Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. Cope with the chilly weather by booking group tickets to a Broadway show! Your group could see Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Sunday in the Park with George, Hello, Dolly!…Do you ever have the feeling you’ve seen this all before? No, you’re not experiencing déjà vu, nor are you trapped in a never ending time loop. There are several high-profile musical revivals making a comeback on Broadway this season! In honor of the upcoming musical Groundhog Day, let’s take a look at this season’s revivals, and see how exciting it can be to revisit a show.
When Cats first opened on Broadway in 1982, a transfer of the smash production that had opened on London’s West End the year before, it was an immediate success. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats took Broadway by storm with its whimsical lyrics taken from the source’s original text, iconic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, exquisite direction by Trevor Nunn, and groundbreaking choreography by Gillian Lynne. When the Tony Award-winning original production closed on Broadway in 2000, its 18-year run held the record for longest-running show in Broadway history (a record since surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera, another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that is still running today!). Inspired by a successful limited revival in London in 2014 featuring the original creative team, Cats returned to Broadway in July of 2016, with direction once again by Trevor Nunn and new choreography by Tony Award-winning Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. Tickets for Cats start at $45 for groups of 12+. Whether you’re revisiting the show you loved way back when or seeing the sensation for the first time, this Cats revival is an essential experience for every Broadway lover!
Glenn Close first transfixed Broadway with her transcendent depiction of faded screen star Norma Desmond in 1994, a performance for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Based on the 1950 Hollywood film of the same name, which starred silver screen legend Gloria Swanson in the leading role, Sunset Boulevard tells the story of Joe Gillis, a hopeful, young screenwriter whose life becomes entangled in the web that is Norma Desmond, a tragic former icon who is grasping at the last vestiges of her once-bright career. The new production, a 16-week limited engagement, is a transfer of a successful London revival that played in 2016. This semi-staged production features Glenn Close reprising her performance, backed by a 40-piece orchestra. Tickets for Sunset Boulevard start at $55 for groups of 12+. It’s a rare thing to have a second chance to catch such a memorable performance, so be sure not to miss it!
Written by the musical team behind Les Miserables and based on Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the story of a tragic love affair between Chris, an American G.I., and Kim, a Vietnamese orphan, before and after the Fall of Saigon. The Broadway transfer of the original London production was a massive hit, propelling a young Lea Salonga to stardom. This season’s upcoming revival, another transfer of a successful London production, is set to open on March 23, 2017 for a limited run through January 15, 2018 at Miss Saigon’s original Broadway home, the Broadway Theatre. The show will star Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones, and Alistair Brammer, reprising their lauded performances from the West End, and is expected to make quite the splash! Tickets for Miss Saigon start at $39 for groups of 12+.
This production of Sunday in the Park with George, the second Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, will be the first show to play at the newly restored Hudson Theatre when it opens later this month. Based on an enormously well-received concert production staged in October of 2016, this downsized, semi-staged revival stars Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, making his long-awaited Broadway musical debut as George, and Tony Award-winner Annaleigh Ashford as Dot/Marie. Sunday in the Park with George begins with the story of Georges Seurat (Gyllenhaal), the real-life painter of “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” and his relationship with the fictional Dot, long-suffering model and companion to the tormented artist, who begins to lose her patience with the ever-distant Georges as he tries to complete his magnum opus. The action then moves 100 years into the future, and we follow another George (also Gyllenhaal) who is struggling to maintain his artistic integrity in the world of modern art. This 10-week only run begins previews on February 11, 2017, with an official opening on February 23 and a hard closing date of April 23. Tickets for Sunday in the Park with George start at $49 for groups of 12+. Catch this revival while you can!
Bette Midler finally returns to Broadway as the feisty matchmaker Dolly Levi in the upcoming limited revival of the classic musical Hello, Dolly! The Divine Miss M takes on the role made famous by Broadway legend Carol Channing and stage and screen diva Barbra Streisand in the film adaptation. Midler will be joined by Emmy and Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce, as well as Broadway veterans Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin and more, to sing such beloved standards as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and, of course, “Hello, Dolly!” Tickets for Hello, Dolly! start at $69 for groups of 10+. Don’t miss out on this season’s most highly anticipated hit!
Tony nominee Andy Karl (Rocky) is heading back to Broadway in another movie-to-musical adaptation! Karl will take on role of Phil in the new musical Groundhog Day, based on the iconic Bill Murray film.
Groundhog Day is a new musical comedy from the award-winning creators of the international hit Matilda the Musical: director Matthew Warchus, composer & lyricist Tim Minchin and choreographer Peter Darling. Check out Andy Karl discussing this exciting new Broadway show below!
Discover what a day a difference makes at Groundhog Day. Book your Broadway group tickets with one of our Geniuses today at 877-943-2929!
Group tickets are now on sale for the Broadway premiere of A Doll’s House, Part 2! Written by Lucas Hnath, A Doll’s House, Part 2 is the wildly ambitious sequel to Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece, which is often cited as one of the greatest plays ever written. Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf (Misery) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation) star, while Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home) directs! Previews for this production begin April 1st, ahead of an official opening on April 27th. Early Bird Group Sales pricing starts at $35! Call us at 877-943-2929 before March 6th to take advantage of this special group rate.
In the final scene of Ibsen’s 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event—when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora’s exit. Now, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
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.“
Tickets are now on sale for The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, arriving Off-Broadway this Spring! Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan (also adapted into a successful Hollywood film in 2010), The Lightning Thief stars Chris McCarrell (Les Misérables) as Percy Jackson, 12-year-old son of the Greek god Poseidon, who has to deal with newly discovered powers he can’t control and monsters on his trail while going on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods.
The updated musical, with a book by Joe Tracz and music & lyrics by Rob Rokicki, has been touring the country, and comes to the Lucille Lortel Theatre for a limited engagement. Previews begin on March 23rd for an April 4th opening, and the production is scheduled to close on May 6th.
Be sure not to miss this action-packed theatrical adventure that will rock your world – and the underworld. Prices start as low as $35 for groups of 8+, so call 877-943-2929 now for the best seats at the lowest price!
Direct from the West End, Rohald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory arrives at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this Spring. This highly anticipated page-to-stage adaptation promises to be one of the sweetest new musicals of the season. With direction by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), and Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher) in the role of Willy Wonka, the show has all the perfect ingredients for a hit Broadway musical.
Luckily, you don’t have to give away all your gold to earn a ticket to this treasured tale. In fact, now through January 27th only, tickets are available for as low as $39.
But hurry, because there’s only 9 days to take advantage of this unbeatable offer to the world of Wonka like you’ve never seen before. Give us a call by Jan. 27th at 877-943-2929 to secure your seats.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delectable treat for groups of all taste buds but especially students! Check out this Study Guide to make your experience at the theatre even SWEETER!
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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!
One of the most highly anticipated productions this year is the live stage adaptation of Anastasia. From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical Anastasia is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.
Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox animated film, Anastasia reunites the Tony Award®-winning writers of the Broadway classic Ragtime: book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Darko Tresnjak, a Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will direct, and Peggy Hickey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) will choreograph. The all-star cast includes Christy Altomare (Spring Awakening), Derek Klena (Wicked), Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables), and Mary Beth Peil (CBS’s “The Good Wife”).
To help enhance the student group experience, check out the Anastasia Education Guide. This booklet provides insight into the creation of the show and the story of Anastasia via articles, bios, and photos. Study guides are a wonderful resource for enriching your group’s theatrical experience.
Student tickets are available starting $49. Give us a call today at 877-943-2929 or book here to secure your Broadway group tickets to Anastasia!
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!
Looking to bring your group to something other than a standard Broadway musical this Spring? Here at Your Broadway Genius, we know that Broadway is the home to a diverse array of theatrical experiences and we want to make sure you get the chance to bring your group to some of the most powerful plays of this season as well. One of our top recommendations? From the mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) comes Indecent, a “superbly realized and remarkably powerful” (The New York Times) new drama that celebrates the power of art. An “illuminating and heartbreaking” (Time Out New York) true story of a contentious play and the artists who risked their lives to perform it, Indecent comes to Broadway following a critically acclaimed, sold-out Off-Broadway run.
An enthralling glimpse into theatre’s history, we know that this deeply moving performance is one that your group will regret missing. Though performances begin this April, Your Broadway Genius currently has group tickets for Indecent starting as low as $37! We’re sure that audiences will be running to the theatre to see this show. Get your Broadway group before the rest by giving us a call at 877-943-2929!