Technically, summer’s over. But New York won’t concede! The sun is still shining bright and temperatures in the Big Apple are still lingering in the 70s. Whether you are ready for snow or reveling in the remaining heat, we here at Your Broadway Genius would like to offer you the opportunity to head back to summer whenever you like – with great new deals on tickets to The Grand Paradise!
The Grand Paradise is an immersive theatrical experience presented by Bessie Award-winning Third Rail Projects, the same group who brought us the long-running immersive theatrical hit The She Fell. Set on the brink of the 1980s, The Grand Paradise welcomes patrons with a tropical drink and promises to quench your thirst for adventure and romance. Time Out New York called it “captivatingly sensual interactive adventure”, and the New York Times said it “manages to summon romantic promise and regretful retrospection in a single, open-air breath”. Intrigued? Check out the trailer here to catch a sneak peek!
Ready to book your group tickets to this sizzling performance? Snag your tickets and sail away today with rates starting as low as $85! The show has been extended through December 31st, but don’t be fooled – tickets will be gone before you can say cowabunga!
Check out the teaser trailer for Broadway-bound Amélie! The show is scheduled to open at a Broadway theatre to be announced in spring 2017, following a Los Angeles tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre December 4-January 15, 2017. Los Angeles opening night will be December 16. Group tickets for the Broadway run are NOW ON SALE!
Amélie is based on the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film of the same name, with a story that follows the whimsical and charming existence of its title character, a lonely French waitress who decides to act as a secret wish-fulfiller to the people who live around her.
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Ready to tap your troubles away? Watch the cast of Broadway’s Holiday Inn perform a medley of “Blue Skies” and “Shakin’ The Blues Away” on NBC’s Today Show!
Tis the season to book your group tickets to the “feel-good show of the Fall” (Variety)! Give us a call at 877-943-2929 to get the best seats at the best price.
This coming January, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will celebrate the start of its 4th year on Broadway!
No wonder Beautiful has been performing for so long – this hit musical tells the inspiring life story of singer/songwriter Carole King throughout her rise to stardom, and features some of her most iconic music! Including songs like “I Feel the Earth Move”, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, Beautiful illustrates the story behind the music that defined a generation.
Interested in taking your group to see Beautiful? Now’s the perfect chance to buy tickets! Rates are starting as low as $49 for performances from January 9th through March 12th, 2017. To learn more about this “Snowbird Special” or our spring performance rates, call us at 877-943-2929!
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In Part Two of our Spooky Musicals series, we take a look back at the freakishly funny and quirky musical The Rocky Horror Show! In honor of next week’s airing of FOX’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!, we wanted to give our readers a bit of history as to how the show became the cult classic it is today.
For those of you who may not have seen the show, the musical is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies ofs the late 1940s thru the early 1970s. It follows the story of newlyweds Brad and Janet getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite, Dr. Frank N Furter. Frank is getting ready to unveil his new creation – a Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, muscle man named Rocky Horror.
The show’s book, music, and lyrics were all written by Richard O’Brien in the early 70s. O’Brien was an out of work actor in London at the time and initially started writing the project as a means of keeping himself busy. He chose to combine his passion for the unintentionally comedic nature of B horror movies with his love for 50’s rock and roll music. After reading an early, unfinished draft, Australian director Jim Sharman asked to direct the piece at the Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre. The intimate studio space had been frequently used as a place for emerging writers to develop new work. The show premiered on June 19, 1973 and despite being staged in a tiny 63 seat theatre, the show garnered significant attention. In fact, when record producer Jonathan King saw a performance, he immediately arranged for the cast to make the original cast recording.
In August 1973, the show transferred to the 230 seat Chelsea Classic Cinema and then to the 500 seat King’s Road Theatre in November 1973. The musical, a commercial and critical success, received the 1973 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.
The Rocky Horror Show did not premiere in the United States in March 1974. The show opened at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles with an all new cast except original UK stars Tim Curry and Richard O’Brien. The run sold out and caught the attention of 20th Century Fox executive Gordon Stulberg who produced the 1975 film version (entitled “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”).
With the film opening in Fall 1975, producer Lou Adler decided to mount the show on Broadway in the spring of 1975 in time for the film release. The original production opened on March 10, 1975 at the Belasco Theatre but only ran for a total of 45 performances. The short run is surprising especially when compared to the London production which ran for nearly 2,960 performances before closing in 1980.
The Rocky Horror Show would not return to Broadway until October 19, 2000. The production, staged in the round at Circle in the Square Theatre, proved to be much more successful. The revival earned 4 Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical. The show closed in January 2002 after 437 performances. It is speculated that the show closed prematurely due to financial losses during the time post-9/11.
On October 20, a new television version of The Rocky Horror Show will air on FOX. Are you tuning in? We sure are!
With Halloween just around the corner, we’re celebrating notable spooky musicals that have appeared both on and off Broadway! Horror has always been a tricky genre to capture live on stage but when it works, it is an absolute treat. Our Geniuses have done some research and we’re ready to report back to you with some of our findings.
We’re launching our series with a show that failed to achieve both critical acclaim and box office success. The show is the musical Carrie which is still widely considered one of the most notorious flops in Broadway history.
Based on Stephen King’s best selling novel and the popular 1976 film, the musical did not fare nearly as well as the film adaptation or the source material. The stage version was nearly entirely sung through and staged in the tradition of a Greek tragedy. The show featured a book by the film’s screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and music by Michael Gore. Gore and Pitchford had previously collaborated on songs for the film Fame. A major criticism of the show was the unintentionally comic presentation of Carrie’s telekinetic powers. Additionally, clunky pop lyrics did not manage to captivate audiences – particularly the Act II opener which musicalized the teenagers’ quest for pig’s blood.
The musical had its world premiere with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in February 1988. The production featured direction by Terry Hands and choreography by Debbie Allie. The cast included Broadway veteran Barbara Cook as Margaret White and newcomer Linzi Hateley in the title role. The production was plagued with script and technical problems. For example, the crew was unable to douse Ms. Hateley with fake blood without causing microphone to malfunction. On opening night, Ms. Cook nearly suffered severe injuries from an elaborate set piece causing her to resign from the show. She stayed with the musical for the remainder of the run in England.
Despite mixed reviews and a plethora of technical issues, the musical transferred to Broadway’s Virginia Theatre in the spring. Ms. Cook officially left the show and was replaced by Betty Buckley, who ironically had appeared in the film version of Carrie. The show opened on Thursday, May 12, 1988 to scathing reviews from critics. Carrie closed on Sunday, May 15 after only 5 performances at an $8 million loss.
The show has since been been produced frequently in regional theatres. Most notably, a 2012 Off Broadway revival at MCC reunited Gore, Pitchford, and Cohen who collaborated on heavily revising the book and score. This production also led to the first-ever cast album of the show.
Be sure to check back next week for a glimpse into another spooky show!
While we love new works, we can’t help but enjoy seeing a classic play or musical re-imagined in a revival. Broadway revivals introduce familiar shows to a brand new audience. Some revivals even stray drastically from the design and staging of their respective original productions. This fall, you can expect to see quite a few classics remounted on Broadway. Here are just a few shows you can get ready to ‘fall’ in love with all over again:
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new production of The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s masterpie
ce about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. Simon Godwin (Associate Director at the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Two Gentlemen of Verona) directs a fresh new adaptation by Tony Award® winner Stephen Karam (The Humans, Sons of the Prophet).
The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Academy Award® nominee Diane Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, The Cherry Orchard captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. First produced in Moscow in 1904, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. By turns tragic and funny, Roundabout’s new adaptation promises to breathe fresh life into this towering tale.
The Cherry Orchard will begin preview performances on September 15, 2016, and open officially on October 16, 2016.
This is a limited engagement through December 4, 2016 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre.
William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos comes back to Broadway this fall in an all new production from Lincoln Center Theater. Lapine returns to direct an extraordinary cast featuring Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Tony nom.), Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Tony Award), Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Tony nom.), Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris, Tony nom.) and Betsy Wolfe.
Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.
Falsettos will begin preview performances on September 29, 2016, and open officially on October 27, 2016.
This is a limited engagement through January 8, 2017 on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
THE FRONT PAGE
Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic 1928 comedy, The Front Page, arrives on Broadway this fall.
The press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson (John Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Nathan Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.
The Front Page features a star-studded cast including Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, Robert Morse, Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Christopher McDonald, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock, and Clarke Thorell.
The Front Page will begin preview performances on September 20, 2016, and open officially on October 20, 2016.
This is a limited engagement through January 29, 2017 on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre.
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