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Cracking the Nut: 5 Can’t-Miss Holiday Theatrical Events

December 5th, 2013 Comments off

Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler gathers some theatrical chestnuts for the holiday season.

"Nutcracker Rouge" presented by Company XIV and The Saint At Large. (photo: Phillip Van Nostrand)

“Nutcracker Rouge” presented by Company XIV and The Saint At Large. (photo: Phillip Van Nostrand)

How many times can you drag you or your loved ones to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker or the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring dozens of leggy and bleach-toothed Rockettes? I admit… these are iconic New York experiences, and if you’ve never been to the Big Apple during the holidays, at least one of them should be on your to-do list, along with the tree at Rockefeller Center and the decorated windows along Fifth Avenue. But for those with a more adventurous (and occasionally twisted) take on the holiday season, consider one of these theatrical ventures that is sure to have you bellowing “Ho, Ho, Whoa?” in no time.

"Nutcracker Rouge" presented by Company XIV and the Saint At Large. (photo: Robert Zash)

“Nutcracker Rouge” presented by Company XIV and the Saint At Large. (photo: Robert Zash)

Nutcracker Rouge
For grown-ups only, this mischievous and somewhat loose interpretation of the beloved holiday classic gets cranked up a few notches thanks to the innovative choreography and circus antics from director/choreographer Austin McCormick. Merging dance, circus, cabaret and naughty theatrics, you’ll be have more than visions of sugar plums dancing in your head.

A stand-out performance by Laura Careless, who transforms from wide-eyed muse to a 21st century version of Gypsy Rose Lee is worth the ticket alone—along with a bevy of high-heeled boys in thongs.

Nutcracker Rouge
Minetta Lane Theatre
18 Minetta Lane
Through January 5
Presented by Company XIV and The Saint At Large

Want a sneak peek?

Major Scales and Jinx Monsoon.

Major Scales and Jinx Monsoon.

Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped
Our favorite drag superstar returns with an all-new holiday special, featuring original songs, covers, comedic flair and drag sass that has catapulted actor Jerick Hoffer’s alter ego into sparkly stardom. The pair’s recent hit, The Vaudevillians, just ended a sold-out run at The Laurie Beechman Theater, so now is your chance to catch them in all of their holiday glory.

Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped
Laurie Beechman Theater
407 West 42nd Street
December 7 – 10  

Artwork by Alex Robinson

Artwork by Alex Robinson

A Very Special
Star Wars Minute
Star Wars Holiday Special
Special: Live!
That’s not a typo, just the quirky humor of co-hosts Alex Robinson and Pete the Retailer, who have been hosting the cult-worthy Star Wars Minute podcast over the last year. The duo will tackle the Star Wars Holiday Special, a 1978 TV broadcast, in a live show. Creator George Lucas reportedly said, “If I had the time and a hammer, I would track down every copy of that program and smash it.”

Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street
Wednesday, December 11, 7 p.m.
21 and over
Free plus 2-drink minimum

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From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook

January 23rd, 2013 Comments off

It has been a little more than a month since tragedy struck Sandy Hook Elementary School and our nation mourned with the residents of Newtown, CT. As the town continues to recover, Broadway stars, producers, writers, and directors will lend their voices in support. “From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook” will take place on January 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT, 20 minutes from Newtown. All proceeds and donations will go to United Way of Western Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

“From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook” will feature song, dance, and other appearances from some of the biggest names on Broadway, together with select students from various Newtown choirs and dance groups.

Tony award-winner Christine Ebersole is one of the many talents scheduled to perform. (©Christine Ebersole)

Renowned Broadway performers scheduled to appear include Brian Stokes Mitchell, Linda Eder, Stephen Schwartz, Micky Dolenz, Marc Shaiman, Michael Cerveris, Christine Ebersole, Frank Wildhorn, Philip Boykin, Richard Kind, Nikki Blonsky, Mary Testa, Alan Muraoka, Jan Maxwell, Robin De Jesus, Julia Murney, Capathia Jenkins, Janet Metz, Lance Guest, Erik Hayden, Randy Redd, Dan Mills, and Victoria Matlock, Lee Rocker of the Stray Cats as well as members of the touring cast of “Sister Act” and Muppets and cast members from “Sesame Street”.

Brett Boles, author of the musical “Foreverman,” and Broadway producer Van Dean, both from the Newtown area, are the original conceivers of the benefit concert. The Tony Award-winning producer and the emerging musical theater writer decided to put together this concert as a way to lift the spirits of a town so close to their hearts and show that Broadway cares.

“The outpouring of love and support from the Broadway community has been incredibly heartwarming,” noted Dean, “and everyone was looking for a way they could use their talents to bring something positive to the community. ‘From Broadway With Love’ provides them with the perfect outlet to do so.”

“From Broadway With Love” provides a free night of entertainment for the impacted families, first responders, and the Sandy Hook Elementary community. The Palace Theatre seats approximately 2,600 and a limited number of tickets are now on sale for the general public, ranging from $50 to $250. To purchase tickets or make a tax-deductible donation, visit

This benefit event is made possible, in part, by the generous donations from many companies and individuals including Bermuda Limousine International, One Dream Sound, the Palace Theater of Waterbury, CT, Atomic Rental, Consulting for a Cause, The Silent Orchestra and more.


Pick Your Pleasure with The Actors Fund

January 4th, 2013 Comments off

The holidays are over and you’re back in the swing of things. If you are a New Yorker, the  winter doldrums are about to set in and those resolutions of working out and a three-day juice fast are looming over you. Perhaps you’re a tourist converging on the Big Apple to capitalize on discount airfares and hotel rooms. In either case, this is one of the best times of year to snag seats to a Broadway show. While you’re at it, consider attending one of The Actors Fund‘s “Producer’s Picks”.

The Actors Fund “Producer’s Picks” is an 84-year-old tradition where producers add a special performance or hold a special block of seats and donate proceeds to this worthy organization. The Actors Fund is a national organization that helps performing arts and entertainment professionals by providing a safety net through programs and services for those who are in need, crisis, or transition.

Here’s what you can see this month (be sure to use links below to ensure that your ticket purchase benefits The Actors Fund):

Chaplin — special final performance!
Sunday, January 6, 8 p.m.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Wednesday, January 9, 8 p.m.

Dead Accounts
Thursday, January 10, 7 p.m.


Brian Stokes Mitchell performs for Harry Belafonte at the 2012 Actors Fund Gala. (photo: Lyn Hughes Photography)