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20at20 Returns: Discount Off-Broadway Tickets

January 20th, 2015 Comments off

20Baby, it’s cold outside. Not only that, but it seems as if half of Broadway has shuttered since the New Year. But for the price of a movie and popcorn, you can treat yourself to an off Broadway show.

The Off-Broadway Alliance once again presents 20at20, a 20-day bonanza of cheap tickets to some of the most interesting off Broadway shows on the boards. Revisit a favorite or dare to see something new so you have something to brag about at Sunday brunch.

The Broadway Blog highlights our picks from this year’s line-up, but there’s no need to be picky. At this price, you can see more than one. Simply arrive at the theater 20 minutes before curtain and request a “20at20” ticket (limited availability). The offer runs January 20 through February 8.

 

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Nevermore
Creative stagecraft, poetic storytelling, and music converge in a uniquely theatrical experience that tells of one of the world’s most haunting and visionary writers, Edgar Allen Poe. Originally produced by Catalyst Theatre in 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of Poe’s birth, Nevermore then played to sold-out houses at New York City’s New Victory Theatre. The production has continued to evolve and returns with even more wild theatricality.

 

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Baba Brinkman returns to SoHo Playhouse for an encore performance of his unique riff on religion. The fourth off-Broadway show written by and starring Drama Desk Award-nominee Baba Brinkman, Rap Guide to Religion is a 75-minute, peer-reviewed rap scripture about the science of religion, from tribal animism to Islam to Justin Bieber thanking God at the MTV Teen Choice Awards. The result is one third rap concert, one third comedy, and one third TED talk, adding up to a whole new species of off Broadway theater.

 

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Churchill
Last year we had Bryan Cranston as LBJ in All the Way and this year brings Chicago actor Ronald Keaton as Winston Churchill. The memory play takes place post-World War II, as Churchill reflects upon his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain’s finest hour.

 

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Avenue Q
Theater fans know that Avenue Q actually began off Broadway before moving to the Golden Theatre where it ran for more than six years and won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. If you’ve been living under a Fraggle Rock for the last decade, the show is a hilarious romp about becoming an adult in New York City, all told through the use of innovative puppeteering. But this show isn’t exactly kid friendly, as it addresses issues like sex, drinking, and surfing the web for porn.

Free Theater? The Town Hall Celebrates Broadway

March 19th, 2013 Comments off

The Town Hall (photo courtesy of www.thetownhall.org)

Have you ever been to a stink bomb of a show only to find yourself mesmerized by the glorious architecture and design of the theater that you have found yourself trapped in for three hours? Well, apparently the Department of the Interior has, as they have recently designated New York City’s Town Hall as a National Historical Landmark site.

Celebrating this honor as well as the appointment of newly elected President and CEO Michael Presser, the trustees of The Town Hall Foundation are presenting a free — yes that’s FREE — concert on March 28. And you won’t have to worry about being bored out of your mind as the line-up includes some of the great modern classics currently on Broadway.

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Spotlight on Town Hall will feature performances from the Broadway productions of Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera, Off-Broadway’s Avenue Q, The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, The Town Hall Broadway’s Rising Stars Chorus, and others to be announced shortly. The evening is hosted by NY1 anchor and theater critic Roma Torre and will also feature a special performance by Broadway hottie and current star on NBC’s Smash, Jeremy Jordan.

“With this exciting event we are opening our doors to New York audiences and the arts community as we all come together to celebrate this beloved New York City institution,” said Presser. “As the newly elected President I am looking forward to many more events to come as a new era at Town Hall begins.”

First opened to the public on January 12, 1921, The Town Hall has hosted many of our most celebrated artistic, political and public figures, including, German composer Richard Strauss (who performed there in February, 1921 just weeks after it opened), Eleanor Roosevelt (who spoke and appeared on numerous occasions), renowned singer Marian Anderson (who made her New York debut at The Town Hall in 1924), jazz musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker (who played together at a concert in June, 1945), and more recently President Barack Obama, Woody Allen, John Grisham, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Billy Joel, Liza Minnelli, Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston (who performed for the very first time at age 14 at The Town Hall).

Tickets will be available be available at 12 p.m. on Monday, March 25 on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information on The Town Hall, visit www.thetownhall.org.

 

We Love You Broaday, Part II

February 11th, 2013 Comments off

As part of this week’s series of our favorite Broadway love songs, I turned to Broadway producer extraordinaire, Eva Price. Her Broadway producing credits include “Annie,” “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony” among others.

Our little secret: Eva’s got a soft spot for some of the best Broadway ballads as well as a couple of quirkier picks — a sure sign that she’s got an eye for what will be the next big hit. Here are some of her favorites…

“As Long As Your Mine,” Wicked
“This is a gorgeous, sexy, passionate song. Out of context it’s gritty and somewhat sexual. And then you stop and think, two people of two different races (essentially) who aren’t necessarily supposed to be together are so fused by desire that they are tearing each other’s clothes off, AND singing to each other. Totally beautiful!”

“Little Fall of Rain,” Les Miserables
“A totally heartbreaking moment. Unrequited love always gets me and this is a raw, real, and tragic ending to a love that will never be. Whoever sings this song (Broadway, West End, movie… even amateur productions that I’ve seen) blows my mind and breaks my heart with those killers voices and emotional delivery.”

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VIP ACCESS: Three Broadway Documentaries Go Behind-the-Curtain

July 25th, 2012 Comments off

Every fourth Wednesday of the month, the “VIP Access” column will serve up advice on how to make your theater-going experiences cheaper, easier and more fulfilling with inside scoop from the experts. This month, we’re going behind the curtain to see how Broadway shows really get to opening night…

2006 Broadway Revival of "A Chorus Line". Photo by Paul Kolnik.

It’s July and all is quiet on Broadway.

Or so it seems. Actually, right now in production offices, rehearsal studios and writers’ rooms around New York, the real drama is happening as the 2012-2013 theatrical season takes shape. Big decisions are being made with multi-million dollar investments on the line.

So how do we mere mortals get behind the scenes and find out what’s really happening? (And don’t say, “Watch the first season of Smash on my dvr.” It’s fun but a documentary it is not.) Fire up your netflix subscription and rent these three highly recommended, “warts and all” films about the state of the Broadway art…

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FEBRUARY MVP: Anika Larsen of “Disaster” & “Myths and Hymns”

February 28th, 2012 Comments off

Anika Larsen in "Myths & Hymns". Photo by Richard Termine.

February’s Most Valuable (Theatrical) Player works hard for the money. Actually, given the Off-Broadway venues she performed in this month, I’m guessing she worked hard for not a lot of money. But, oh, the rewards for the audience!

So let’s give a wildly enthusiastic standing ovation to Anika Larsen for her double duty work in Myths and Hymns (for the Prospect Theater Company) and Disaster! (recently extended at the Triad.) In the former, she plumbed the depths of Adam Guettel’s complex and dramatically intense songs with heartbreaking emotional clarity. Then, after a full week of performances, she spent her Sunday nights scaling the heights of silliness as a nun addicted to gambling and 70’s hits.  Comedy and tragedy, pathos and parody, Larsen handled it all with her serious acting chops (check her resume full of Broadway and touring gigs) and that impeccable and seemingly limitless voice.

Someone get this woman a starring role on Broadway…if she can fit it into her schedule.

After the jump, watch and listen to Anika as she sings “Fine, Fine Line” from her stint in Avenue Q and as she shows off her big belt to Disaster co-writer, Seth Rudetsky.

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