Breaking news, Broadway lovers! Next season’s revival of Ahrens and Flaherty’s Once on This Island has just announced an international casting search to find the production’s heroine, Ti Moune. There will be open call auditions in seven major cities throughout the United States and Haiti! Original Ti Moune and Broadway favorite LaChanze (If/Then, The Color Purple) made a video to announce the search! Watch the video below and then go to their website to find out how YOU can audition to star in next season’s revival.
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, guided by the island gods, sets out on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
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 theater to bring us together, move our hearts, and help us conquer life’s storms. This is why we tell the story.
Take your group to see Kinky Boots and discover the show that’s inspired so many people. Share this video on social media using the hashtag #StandForLove, and then be sure to call Your Broadway Genius to start planning your show. Tickets start at $42 for groups of 10+, so call 877-943-2929 to speak to a Genius today.
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.
Earlier this month, Newsday was taken over by School of Rock star Brandon Niederauer. The Long Island newspaper followed the 13-year-old (who has played the role of Zack since the show opened in 2015) for an entire day to see what it’s really like for a Broadway star who also happens to be a kid. Look through this fun feature and see how Brandon and his co-stars balance their homework and chores with “stickin’ it to the man” each night at the Winter Garden Theatre!
Want to take your group to see Brandon rock out on his guitar in School of Rock on Broadway? Tickets start at only $45 for groups of 15+, so call Your Broadway Genius at 877-943-2929 today for the best seats at the lowest prices.
One of the most talked-about new shows of the Broadway season, Come From Away, arrives on Broadway this spring! The breathtaking new musical is currently in previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and is scheduled to open on March 12th. Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of how a small community, notable only for an international airport that was primarily used as a refueling station, came together after the events of September 11, 2001. In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers–spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances.
Much like the subjects of this unconventional musical, Come From Away has had quite the journey to the Great White Way, playing record-breaking engagements in San Diego, Seattle, Washington D.C., Toronto, and even Gander, Newfoundland for two special performances presented to the actual heroes whose actions inspired this incredible show.
To help student groups get the most out of this important and complex story, check out the Come From Away Study Guide. This guide is a fantastic resource on both the background of the specific events of the play, as well as the events of September 11 and the impact they had on the United States and the international community. The resource is the result of collaborative efforts between the TDF Education team, the education team at Seattle Repertory Theatre and the education team at La Jolla Playhouse as well NYC and D.C. educators. The Come From Away Study Guide is an extremely useful tool for teaching students about this difficult topic.
Student rates start at $45 for groups of 10+, so book your tickets now! For the best seats to Come From Away at the lowest prices, call 877-943-2929 to speak 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.
Legendary Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber made history last week by becoming the first person in over 60 years to have four shows running on Broadway at the same time! Show number four, Sunset Boulevard, opened at the Palace Theatre on Thursday evening. This makes Lloyd Webber the first person to accomplish this feat since renowned writing duo Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1953, the only other time in Broadway history that this situation has occurred.
In this limited revival of the international sensation, Glenn Close reprises her Tony-winning performance as Norma Desmond, the tragic former movie star who struggles to move on from her once-illustrious career. Lloyd Webber’s other three shows currently running on Broadway are The Phantom of the Opera, the record-holding longest running show in Broadway history, which has been enchanting audiences at the Majestic Theatre since 1987; School of Rock, his latest Broadway smash, which opened last year at the Winter Garden Theatre; and the current revival of Cats, the former holder of the record for longest running show on Broadway, which opened last summer at the Neil Simon Theatre. In honor of this momentous occasion, Andrew Lloyd Webber (center) was found posing with characters from all four of his current Broadway shows on Thursday, as shown in the photo above.
For tickets to any of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows, including the brand new revival of Sunset Boulevard, call 877-943-2929 and speak to a Genius today!
Here at Your Broadway Genius, we’ve got all the tips to maximize your Broadway (or Off-Broadway) experience. Follow these tips, and you’ll be a pro in no time!
- Are you used to buying snacks and drinks in a movie theater before the movie begins? On Broadway, they sell snacks and drinks, too…for twice the price! Since most theaters do not allow you bring outside food into the house, we recommend you eat beforehand and save your wallet!
- Before the show there will usually be an announcement asking the audience members to silence all cell phones and electronics before the show. Genius Tip #2 is to go one step further and just turn them off. Even if your phone is on vibrate only, vibrations can still make a loud noise, especially if your phone goes off during a quiet moment in a show. Also, certain apps still make noise even if the phone is on silent, particularly alarm apps, reminders, music, maps, etc. You can check all these things individually, turn off vibrate, and manually lower your media and ringer volume. Your best bet though is to turn your phone off for a couple of hours and enjoy the show.
- If you are with a group of people, establish your post-show meeting spot before entering the theater and make sure everyone knows how to get there. Depending on the size and age range of your group, it might be helpful to meet somewhere outside the theater, since most people in the theater are trying to leave and you don’t want to get in their way or block them in.
- Bring a bag if you’re thinking of keeping your Playbill or ticket. If you get a souvenir from the show, they’ll usually give you a bag, but the size of the bag may depend on what you get.
Follow these tips, and your Broadway experience will be hassle-free. Call 877-943-2929 now and get your trip started!
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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!
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set among a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with feline characters who’ve come out to play on one special night of the year—the night of the “Jellicle Ball.” One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to “The Heaviside Layer” and be reborn into a whole new life.
Rates start at $45 for groups of 12+, so book your tickets today with Your Broadway Genius. Call 877-943-2929 for the best tickets at the lowest prices!