Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is officially the Holiday season! What better gift is there to give (and receive) than tickets to an amazing show that gets everyone in the holiday spirit? And what’s even better than that? Getting those tickets at a good price! There’s still enough time to cash in on Cyber Monday deals for Broadway tickets!
Here are a few Holiday-themed shows to enjoy in the next month:
- HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
A host full of talent stars in this brand new Christmas extravaganza hitting New York this November. Home for the Holidays is a mixture of song, music and storytelling, led by a trio of talent show contest winners; America’s Got Talent winner Bianca Ryan, and American Idol winner Candice Glover, and The Voice’s season 6 winner Josh Kaufman. Backed by a eight-piece rhythm and brass band, they’ll be serenading the audience with everything from hymns and carols, to popular pop standards, such ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Home for the Holidays is much more than just a concert though. The whole show is narrated by Kaitlyn Bristowe (The Bachelorette), while Academy Award nominee Danny Aiello (Do the Right Thing, Leon) offers up stories of New York’s Yuletide season through the ages. There’ll also be appearances from a pair of Youtube stars, Peter and Evynne Hollens. This Holiday really has something for everyone.
August Wilson Theatre (245 W 52nd St) until December 30, 2017.
- THE NUTCRACKER
As the clock chimes midnight, a brave young girl turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals a wonderful world of confection. During the holiday period, the entire Company is immersed in activities surrounding George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. All 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students each from the School of American Ballet join forces to make each performance as magical as possible. Children of all ages from New York City and the nation fill the David H. Koch Theater to be captivated by the lure of Tschaikovsky’s music, Balanchine’s choreography, Karinska’s sumptuous costumes, and Rouben Ter-Arutunian’s magical sets. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, based on the Alexandre Dumas pere version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816), demands a full-scale production.
David H. Koch Theater (20 Lincoln Center Plaza) until December 31, 2017.
- RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
A true New York City institution, the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the sparkling, breath-taking way to get you in the Christmas spirit! Beginning in 1933, The Christmas Spectacular is an unforgettable display of sensational singing and dazzling dancing revolving around The Rockettes, the 36-strong world famous dance troupe, who expertly bring magical Yuletide scenes to life. Expect a series of stunning dance vignettes that includes a tender living rendition of The Nativity featuring real camels, sheep, and donkeys, to their very own version of The Nutcracker, complete with life-sized teddy bears dancing with Clara. And of course, no self-respecting holiday show would be without the great man himself, Santa Claus, drawn on a sleigh by a team of uber-glamorous reindeer. And not forgetting the glorious kickline of “12 days of Christmas” where the Rockettes are bedecked with holly and gold costumes. Whether nimbly navigating the classic ‘Parade of the Wooden Soldiers’ or winding through magical snowy forests dressed as candy canes, the impeccably talented Rockettes are a shining sight, decked out in glamorous costumes (each is adorned with over 3,000 Swarovski crystals) and performing on wondrously designed sets. Audiences will understand why this remarkable extravaganza is seen and beloved by over one million visitors a year. An exuberant and grand marvel, banish the humbugs from your life and delight the whole family with a pilgrimage to the country’s most lavish and loved Christmas Spectacular!
Radio City Music Hall (1260 Avenue of the Americas) until January 1, 2018.
- ELF: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL
Buddy is a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s sack of gifts and is taken back to the North Pole! Unaware that he is actually human, and not an elf like the rest of the community around him, Buddy’s enormous size and poor ability to make toys cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on an adventure to New York City to find his real birth family. On arrival Buddy notices that New York doesn’t share the same outlook on Christmas as he does, Santa isn’t real in their eyes. His Father Walter is a book publisher and is more concerned about his job, rather than his family. It’s up to Buddy to inject the festive spirit into the city of New York, as well as bringing his family together to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Theater at Madison Square Garden (4 Penn Plaza) until December 29, 2017.
- A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Seven performers are bringing to life (or death) 57 characters in this imaginative production brought to you by MOD Theatre Company, directed by Adam and Andrea Daveline. With clever action and creative staging, this ghostly retelling of the classic tale delivers a fresh look at tradition. The legendary Charles Dickens tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, through a night fraught with visitations from haunting holiday spirits; the first being his former business partner who passed away and comes to warn him of the three ghosts that will be visiting him: The Ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas yet to come. His whole life will be flashed before his eyes as he is led down a cold, bitter path to redemption.
Beckett Theatre (410 W 42nd St) until December 17, 2017.
On Your Feet! the original musical based on the life of Grammy-award-winning recording artist Gloria Estefan, and her producer-musician-entrepreneur husband, Emilio Estefan, will take its final bow at the Marquis Theatre on August 20th, 2017.
On Your Feet! officially opened in November of 2015 and will close having performed a total of 780 performances on August 20th. The current cast includes Ana Villafañe, who originated the role of Gloria, Ektor Rivera as Emilio, Doreen Montalvo as Gloria Fajardo, and Alma Cuervo as Consuelo.
The show is choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo, who earned a Tony nomination for his work in On Your Feet!, with an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. Completing the creative team are Tony-winning director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, Tony-winning scenic designer David Rockwell, Tony-nominated costume designer Emilio Sosa, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kenneth Posner, Tony Award-winning sound designer Steve Kennedy, projections designer Darrel Maloney, and hair and wig designer Chuck LaPointe, with music direction by Lon Hoyt, orchestrations by Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, and dance arrangements and orchestrations by Oscar Hernandez.
If you are still feeling the rhythm and want to Conga with the Estefans, don’t fret, On Your Feet! the tour was just announced to launch in Buffalo, NY on September 22nd, 2017, with a Grand Opening in Miami on October 5th, 2017. The International Premiere is set for Utrecht, Netherlands on October 29th, 2017 with additional worldwide productions planned in Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Mexico and Japan.
Casting for the tour has not been announced.
Get your tickets before this “uplifting, intimate, and inspirational” production closes! Tickets for On Your Feet! begin at $45 for groups of 12+. Call 877-943-2929 now to book tickets for your group!
Broadway isn’t the only place to find captivating theatre. Off-Broadway is home to many exciting shows and has also served as a launching pad for some of Broadway’s biggest hits. Roundabout Theatre Company has two shows currently running in their Off-Broadway space, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, that we think you’ll enjoy:
If I Forget
In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate—with biting humor and razor-sharp insight—how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.
From Steven Levenson, acclaimed writer of Dear Evan Hansen and Roundabout’s The Language of Trees, comes If I Forget, a sharply funny, unflinchingly honest new play about the stories we choose to believe, the compromises we can’t avoid and the hurt only our nearest and dearest can inflict.
In the video above, watch the cast of If I Forget, including TV’s Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Tony nominees Larry Bryggman (Proof), Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black), and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park).
If I Forget is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre through April 30, 2017.
On the Exhale
When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor (Tony Award® nominee Marin Ireland, reasons to be pretty) finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime – and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.
Roundabout Underground presents On the Exhale, a provocative world premiere from Martin Zimmerman (Netflix’s Narcos), directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Well, Roundabout’s Violet). Staged with propulsive, heart-pounding intensity in Roundabout’s intimate Black Box Theatre, this grippingly immediate story draws you into the white-hot center of our country’s most divisive – and most urgent – debate.
In the video above, watch star Marin Ireland (Amazon’s Sneaky Pete) discuss On the Exhale.
On the Exhale is playing at Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre through April 2, 2017.
Group tickets start at $30 for If I Forget and $20 for On the Exhale for groups of 10+. To book your tickets today, call Your Broadway Genius at 877-943-2929.
Sunset Boulevard has extended its run to June 25, 2017! Glenn Close returns to Broadway in the tour de force performance that earned her the Tony Award for Best Actress – and a place in Broadway history.
Featuring a 40-piece orchestra, the largest in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning masterwork of dreams and desire in the land called Hollywood comes to the Palace Theatre for 20 weeks only following a sold out run in London’s West End.
Tickets start at $55 for groups of 12+, so don’t miss your chance to see this incredible musical and legendary performance. Call 877-943-2929 and talk to a Genius today!
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s plays in his American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway – until now.
The premiere Broadway production of August Wilson’s Jitney is now in its final weeks. The production, which opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 19th, will play its final performance on March 12th. Fortunately, there are still group tickets available starting at $30 for groups of 10+.
Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last.
Jitney is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and stars John Douglas Thompson (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Bourne Legacy), André Holland (Moonlight, FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke) and more. Don’t miss your chance to see this incredible play by a true American treasure. Call 877-943-2929 and let Your Broadway Genius help you get the best seats at the lowest prices.
The New Group’s production of Evening at the Talk House is playing at The Pershing Square Signature Center for 6 weeks only! This production marks the U.S. premiere of playwright and actor Wallace Shawn’s latest play, which was first produced by the National Theatre in London in 2016. Matthew Broderick and Jill Eikenberry lead the U.S. cast, which also features Shawn in a role he reprises from the London production. Evening at the Talk House is playing at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre from January 31 to March 12, 2017, so book now! With group ticket prices as low as $30, there’s no time to waste! Call 877-943-2929 and speak to a Genius today!
Press notes state: “Remember when you felt you could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Yes, things have changed a bit, haven’t they? And everyone keeps saying there’s nothing to be afraid of! Please join us to raise a toast on the 10th anniversary of the opening night of Robert’s (Matthew Broderick) under-appreciated masterpiece, Midnight in a Clearing with Moon and Stars. To recall that wonderful creative atmosphere, which we all miss so much, Nellie (Jill Eikenberry) will host this celebration at our old haunt, the Talk House (which, despite everything, remains open). Please come. We need each other.“
Don’t miss them! Continuing where our previous post left off, let’s take a final look at the shows that are set to close this Sunday, January 15th:
This long-running hit tells the story of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons, portraying the band’s formation and success, as well as providing a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes drama that plagued the 1960s sensation, all from the perspectives of the members themselves. Since opening at the August Wilson Theatre in 2005, Jersey Boys has been playing The Four Seasons’ greatest hits to Broadway audiences from all around the world. Be sure to catch the phenomenon while you still can!
Next up at the August Wilson Theatre: Groundhog Day is set to open on April 17, 2017.
Following an incredibly successful Off-Broadway run, this four time Tony Award-winner opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in February of 2016, before moving to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre that August. Written by Stephen Karam, this one-act play depicts a tense family Thanksgiving in the small Manhattan apartment of one of the grown daughters. In addition to winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans was also a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.
Next up at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre: Come from Away is set to open on March 12, 2017.
Check into the Holiday Inn before it closes its doors! Adapted from the 1942 film of the same name and featuring the beloved standards by Irving Berlin, this feel-good holiday hit opened this past October at Studio 54 for a limited engagement. This energetic, toe-tapping musical stars Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and Corbin Bleu (Godspell, High School Musical) as two thirds of a song-and-dance trio who headline at a farmhouse-turned-inn. This show is one you won’t want to miss!
Next up at Studio 54: Sweat is set to open on March 26, 2017.
Stay tuned for our next installment, as we take a final look at the shows that are set to close during the rest of January!
Catch them while you can! Continuing where our previous post left off, let’s take a final look at the shows that are set to close this Sunday, January 8th:
The Color Purple:
Transferring from the West End, this uplifting production of The Color Purple opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in December of 2015 to rave reviews. Cynthia Erivo made her star-making Broadway debut as Celie, the resilient heroine of Alice Walker’s novel (also adapted into an iconic 1985 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey). This powerfully scaled-down revival of the musical electrified critics and audiences alike, winning two Tony Awards (Best Actress for Erivo and Best Revival of a Musical) in the process. Don’t miss your chance to witness this amazing production, starring Erivo and Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday!
Next up at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre: Bandstand is set to open on April 26, 2017.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses:
You won’t want to miss this provocative adaptation of the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star as 18th Century French aristocrats who manipulate and seduce unwitting participants in their vicious games. Another West End transfer, this limited engagement at the Booth Theatre is the second revival of the play by Christopher Hampton, which was adapted into the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Next up at the Booth Theatre: Significant Other is set to open on March 2, 2017.
In the most unique production to grace the Great White Way in recent memory, The Encounter takes audiences on a multi-sensory journey from star and director Simon McBurney’s present-day London home to photojournalist Loren McIntyre’s 1969 encounter with an “uncontacted” native tribe in the Amazon rainforest, using Petru Popescu’s book about the event, Amazon Beaming, as inspiration. Since opening at the John Golden Theatre in September of 2016 (following a sold out run in London), McBurney’s solo performance has made use of innovative aural technology (seats are equipped with headphone sets) and truly avant-garde storytelling techniques to take audiences on a voyage through his story, through McIntyre’s, and through their own. The Encounter is more than a play: it’s an experience, one you’ll be thinking and talking about long after you leave the theater.
Next up at the John Golden Theatre: A Doll’s House, Part 2 is set to open on April 27, 2017.
Originally staged Off-Broadway as two one-act musicals before making its unified Broadway premiere in 1992, Falsettos tells the story of Marvin (two-time Tony winner Christian Borle in this production) as he struggles to hold together his modern “family,” comprising his son, his ex-wife, his boyfriend, his psychiatrist, and his lesbian next-door neighbors. This limited engagement opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on October 27, 2016, and it’s been the talk of the town ever since! With a score this rich, a book this funny, and a heart this big, there’s no doubt as to why. Also, be sure to catch Christian Borle again in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this spring!
Next up at the Walter Kerr Theatre: Amélie is set to open on April 3, 2017.
Stay tuned for our next installment, as we take a final look at the shows that are set to close during the last weeks of January!
Every year, a new lineup of shows comes to the Great White Way, ready to dazzle and entrance audiences from all around the world. Unfortunately, in order for these new Broadway shows to open, others have to close. Typically, many of these shows tend to close during the winter months, from January to March. Let’s take a final look at the shows that are set to close at the beginning of January.
Juuust making it to 2017, we said goodbye to these shows on Sunday, January 1st:
Matilda the Musical:
Transferring from a still-running, Olivier Award-winning production in the West End, Matilda the Musical opened on Broadway in April of 2013. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda delighted grown-ups and children alike at the Shubert Theatre for nearly three years before closing on Sunday, January 1. Music and lyrics for Matilda the Musical were written by Tim Minchin, who also wrote the music and lyrics for the upcoming musical Groundhog Day (set to open on Broadway on April 17, 2017).
Next up at the Shubert Theatre: Hello, Dolly! is set to open on April 20, 2017.
This gut-busting musical comedy opened at the St. James Theatre in April of 2015. Something Rotten! tells the story of the fictional Bottom brothers, contemporaries and rivals of the overbearing William Shakespeare, as they struggle to make their mark on the 16th Century theatre world. This uproarious hit showed Broadway a very different side of the Bard.
Next up at the St. James Theatre: Disney’s Frozen is set to open during the 2018 season, following renovations to the theatre.
The Illusionists – Turn of the Century:
This touring magic production returned to Broadway for a limited engagement on November 25, 2016. Featuring several prominent magicians and magical acts, this show wowed and confounded audiences at the Palace Theatre during the holiday season. Hopefully, we can expect The Illusionists to return again soon!
Next up at the Palace Theatre: Sunset Boulevard is set to open on February 9, 2017.
Stay tuned for our next installment, as we take a final look at the shows that are set to close this Sunday, January 8th!
Looking to treat your group to a one-of-a-kind Broadway experience? Ready to laugh your fish-tail off while doing so? Look no further than Oh, Hello on Broadway! After acclaimed runs both Off-Broadway and across the country, comedians Nick Kroll (Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show”) and John Mulaney (Netflix’s “The Comeback Kid”) have taken over the Broadway stage as their “legendary” over-the-hill alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. Only partially scripted, this show guarantees a new laugh at each performance – so we know it’s one your group will not want to miss!