Once On This Island, written by Ahrens and Flaherty (the duo behind Ragtime, Seussical, Anastasia) began previews November 9, 2017 and opens on December 3, 2017! It tells the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie (Ms. Salonga), Asaka (Alex Newell, “Glee”), Papa Ge (Merle Dandridge, “Greenleaf”), and Agwe (Quentin Earl Darrington, Cats), on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Even more, the show is done “in the round” at the Circle In The Square Theater. The stage and the seats are in a large oval shape, which means that there are no bad seats in the whole house! Every seat is like a premium seat… without the price of a premium seat! And if that’s not enough to have you sold, and Once On This Island is offering a best price guarantee! That means that if you find a lower advertised price than what the box office is offering, the box office will match it.
It was just released that the cast of Once On This Island is one of four Broadway shows set to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Read HERE for more information and a really great sneak peak inside look at Once On This Island‘s rehearsal!
Win the friend and/or family member-of-the-year award and get discounted group tickets for your whole squad HERE.
Broadway Cares is a non-profit organization that raises money to fight AIDS. Since its founding in 1988 it has raised over $285 million and has helped innumerable people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses. Part of Broadway Cares’s fundraising effort is the Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition, which will be happening December 4 at 4:30 PM and December 5 at 2 pm. It will take place at the New Amsterdam Theatre (home of Aladdin)
The Competition celebrates the talented ensemble members of Broadway and Off- Broadway, who perform for a chance to win the Gypsy of the Year award. Plus, the shows that raise the most money in the six weeks before the Competition receive a Gypsy of the Year award!
Want to join in on the fun and help a great cause?
You can buy tickets to the Gypsy of the Year competition (starting at $30!) HERE, donate to your favorite Broadway show (and help them win an award), purchase experiences such as meet-and-greets and backstage tours, and also purchase signed CDs and memorabilia from your favorite shows! A $10 donation covers the cost of an HIV test at a health clinic, while a $50 donation covers the cost of 40 meals at a soup kitchen!
It’s hard to believe, but there is a show that has higher average ticket prices than Hamilton! The average price of a ticket for Hamilton this week was $272.24, which is at least $100 more than any other show (for example, the average price of a ticket for School of Rock this past week was $98.87!). Compare those numbers to the average price of a Springsteen ticket this past week, which was $496.72!
Not to worry, Your Broadway Genius is here to help!
There is a sweepstakes you can enter for the chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to Springsteen On Broadway for Saturday, December 30th at 8 pm. That sounds like a holiday gift that will get you the “Best Friend/Relative/Significant Other etc” award for many holidays to come!
The sweepstakes is brought to you by a new show coming to Broadway this summer called Gettin’ the Band Back Together.
The Tony Award®-winning director of Urinetown returns to Broadway with Gettin’ The Band Back Together, a hilarious new musical comedy that The New York Times calls, “A feel-good class act! A playful, irreverent, and genuinely funny musical.”
Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
And when his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands.
So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (the math teacher who isn’t good at math, the Irish cop who dreams about being on Broadway, the dermatologist who can’t get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the battle… and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.
Gettin’ The Band Back Together will begin performances at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre beginning July 19, 2018. For tickets, give us a call at 877-943-2929!
The Band’s Visit is coming to Broadway and is set to open Thursday, November 9. Previews will begin Saturday, October 7.
The show tells the story of an Egyptian Police Band that is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The Band’s Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all.
Two commercials were just released for the show, watch them and click HERE to get your group tickets, you’re not going to want to miss this one!
Who lives in a pineapple
under the sea on Broadway? Spongebob Squarepants! Spongebob Squarepants will be opening on Broadway at the Palace Theatre Monday, December 4 with previews beginning Monday, November 6. Luckily, we don’t have to wait until then to hear the soundtrack- the Original Broadway Cast album will be released this Friday, September 22!
The soundtrack includes original songs from artists like John Legend, Cindy Lauper, The Flaming Lips, Plain White T’s, Panic! at the Disco, Sara Bareilles, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), T.I., and even David Bowie! Orchestrations, Arrangements, and Music Supervision were done by Tom Kitt, who did Next to Normal and American Idiot, among others.
The role of Spongebob Squarepants will be played by Ethan Slater who is making his Broadway debut!
For a sneak peak of the soundtrack click HERE
Get group tickets HERE or call Your Broadway Genius at 877-943-2929 for the best rates!
2018 may seem like a long time from now, but it’s approaching fast! Tickets for the 2018 season are selling quickly- and with the shows that are coming to Broadway this season, it’s clear why. Here’s what you can expect to see next year (or a few days shy of the new year):
– Once On This Island: Once on This Island follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl in the Antilles who falls in love with Daniel, a young man she saves from a car crash. When he returns to his wealthy family on the other side of the island, four gods guide Ti Mourne through a test of her love against prejudice and hate.
– Spongebob Squarepants: Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. Get ready to dive to all-new depths of theatrical innovation at SpongeBob SquarePants, where the power of optimism really can save the world!
– To Kill a Mockingbird: Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate and astonishing success. Inspired by Lee’s own childhood in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird features one of literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness in the character of Atticus Finch, based on Lee’s own father. The character of Scout, based on Lee herself, has come to define youthful innocence—and its inevitable loss—for generation after generation of readers around the world.
– Farinelli & the King: King Philippe V of Spain, plagued by insomnia, lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli—a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe?
– Escape to Margaritaville: Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the ocean’s warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. Until a beautiful career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.
– Frozen: The timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one young woman struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, the other embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all. Both are searching for love. They just don’t know where to find it.
– Carousel: Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that “set the standard for the 20th century musical” (Time Magazine) and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come.
– Mean Girls: After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Full of razor-sharp wit and remarkable insight, Mean Girls takes a look at friendships—and human nature—through a ferociously funny lens.
– My Fair Lady: A pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond — one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor.
– Travesties: Travesties focuses on Henry Carr, who reminisces about Zürich in 1917 during World War I. The play follows his interactions with Tristan Tzara during the rise of Dada, James Joyce while he was writing Ulysses, and Lenin leading toward the Russian Revolution.
– Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1&2: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places
– Gettin’ the Band Back Together: Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything—the high paying job, the high-rise apartment—until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey. And when his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (the math teacher who isn’t good at math, the Irish cop who dreams about being on Broadway, the dermatologist who can’t get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the battle, and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind, proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.
Call (877)-943-2929 for discount group tickets or click HERE
What do martinis, Adele, and dancing assassins have in common? The answer is Shaken Not Stirred, a new James Bond-themed cabaret opening at The Django at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca this Sunday. Performances are every Sunday beginning September 10 until November 19 at 6 pm and 9 pm. Doors open one hour before showtime, and early arrival is strongly recommended in order to secure good seats and an opportunity to experience the “Hour of Intrigue”.
The performance features classics such as “Goldfinger”, “Skyfall, and “Diamonds are Forever” as well as visits from fan-favorite Bond Girls like Plenty O’Toole. This event is not for Bond fans only; the singing, dancing, and of course, martinis, can be enjoyed by all!
Make sure you are dressed to kill, have a valid 21+ ID, and of course that you get your tickets before they sell out! Tickets are available on their website, and discount tickets are available for groups of 6+ through Your Broadway Genius. Call 877-943-2929 to make sure you don’t miss out on this 007 opportunity!
It’s been a great summer here on Broadway, and although it is hard to accept it, winter is coming… except it seems that it will last for only three weeks! That’s right, Game of Thrones fans, Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen will be flying her dragons into New York City!
Based off the HBO series, the Off-Broadway musical parody is scheduled to run from October 10-29 at the Jerry Orbach Theater in NYC. Tickets are still available and well-priced, so be sure to secure a ticket before Cersei tries to steal your
Iron Throne seat.
Other Off-Broadway musicals to see include Spamilton, A Clockwork Orange, Avenue Q, Stomp, Puffs, and Blue Man Group. For tickets click HERE.
Attention all Ahrens and Flaherty fans and story lovers! Additional casting for the Broadway revival of Once On This Island was announced on August 1st. Once On This Island begins previews November 9th, 2017 with an official opening date of December 3rd at Circle In The Square Theatre.
Once On This Island is the Broadway musical celebration that sweeps us across the sea to a small village—where, in the aftermath of a great storm, a joyous new life begins.
It is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune, sets out on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
See the announced cast and creative team HERE
Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story comes to vibrant life through the score by Tony Award® winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Anastasia, Ragtime). The striking production by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.
Come and gather around for Once On This Island—a triumph of the timeless power of theatre to bring us together, move our hearts, and help us conquer life’s storms. This is why we tell the story.
Group tickets are on sale now!
After much anticipation, the Broadway-bound production of Mean Girls has a cast of plastics that will take the stage October 31st at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. The book, written by Tina Fey, is set to music written by Fey’s husband, Jeff Richmond with lyrics by Tony nominee, Nell Benjamin. Tony winner, Casey Nicholaw, directs and choreographs.
Head plastic and Queen Bee, Regina George, will be played by Taylor Lauderman (currently in Kinky Boots) with Ashley Park (The King and I) as Gretchen Weiners, and Kate Rockwell (Bring it On) as Karen Smith. Erika Henningsen (Les Miserables) will play the leading role of Cady Heron. The cast will also include Barrett Wilbert Weed (Heathers) as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson (The Book of Mormon) as Damian Hubbard, Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Catch Me if you Can) as Ms. Norbury, Kyle Selig (The Book of Mormon) as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, and Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall.
The ensemble of Mean Girls will include Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette, Tee Boyich, Collins Conley, Ben Cook, DeMarius Copes, Kevin Csolak, Devon Hadsell, Curtis Edwin Holland, Myles McHale, Chris Medlin, Brittany Nicholas, Becca Petersen, Nikhil Saboo, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Kamille Upshaw, Zurin Villanueva, Gianna Yanelli, Iain Young.
Mean Girls will feature set design by Scott Pask, costumes by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Brian Ronan with casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox CSA.
Mean Girls the musical will follow the same plot as the highly quoted and beloved 2004 movie:
After living in Africa for most of her formative years, Cady Heron, has to face high school in all of its glory. After gaining the attention from Queen Bee, Regina George and her clique of “Plastics,” Cady soon learns that popularity comes with a price.