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2-For-1 Tickets! Broadway Week Returns

September 8th, 2015 Comments off

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For those within striking distance of Broadway, early September is the best time to snag discount tickets. Broadway Week returns (September 7 – 20) and some of favorite shows are still available. Here are our top picks and excerpts from our original reviews reminding you why you should kick it into high gear and head to the Great White Way.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of those rare evenings of theater that is both joyous as well as heartbreaking. Christopher is the unlikeliest of heroes, but one you can’t help rooting for. And when the final bow is taken (be sure to stay for the “encore”), perhaps those in the audience will carry with them a tad more compassion, empathy and love for those who are considered “different.”

The cast of "Finding Neverland" (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Finding Neverland” (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Finding Neverland
Finding Neverland 
is a Technicolor celebration of the imagination. Brought to life by director Diane Paulus and a stellar creative team, you can’t help but leave with a smile on your face—well earned after shedding a few tears throughout.

Hand To God
Broadway has gone to hell and a hand puppet—and that’s a good thing. Hand to God, the alarmingly visceral new American play by Robert Askins is a jolt of theater that the Great White Way has been waiting for.

"Kinky Boots," set by David Rockwell (photo: ballogphoto.com)

“Kinky Boots,” set by David Rockwell (photo: ballogphoto.com)

Kinky Boots
Cyndi Lauper, a formidable force who has been on the music charts for more than 25 years, has written a score that bristles with pop flair but also stays true to the musical theater form. Inspired by icons like androgynous disco and soul singer Sylvester and 90s alternative rock band Weezer, she is equally comfortable penning rousing dance numbers like “Sex Is in the Heel” as she is heartfelt ballads like “I’m Not My Father’s Son.”  I predict a Tony award for Cyndi Lauper! (You heard it hear first.)

Broadway Week Returns Jan 20 – Feb 5

January 10th, 2015 Comments off

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True, the dead of winter is not New York City’s most shining moment, but if you’re a die-hard theater fan there’s no better time to head to the city and snag discount tickets to some of your favorite shows. Broadway Week returns January 20 through February 5 (yes, that’s actually two weeks) and practically everything on the boards is available, but tickets are going fast.

Some of our top picks include:

The cast of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Honeymoon in Vegas
This new musical, based on the beloved 1992 Nicolas Cage comedy of the same name, stars Tony Danza as Tommy Korman, an aging gangster looking for one last chance at love (no matter the cost), and Rob McClure as Jack, the conflicted young man who must fight Tommy for the love of his fiancée—set against the splashy, campy backdrop of contemporary Las Vegas.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
An intelligent but unusual 15-year-old boy goes on a quest to prove his innocence in the death of a neighbor’s dog—and unearths a few secrets along the way. Based on Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel of the same name, this drama comes to Broadway following a successful production in London’s West End, where it won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Play.

"You Can't Take It With You" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

“You Can’t Take It With You” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

You Can’t Take It With You
Adhering steadfastly to the notion that money can’t buy happiness, the freewheeling Sycamore clan has forsaken boring the nine-to-five grind for idiosyncratic hobbies and offbeat pursuits. But when youngest daughter Alice brings her fiancé and his conservative—and judgmental—parents to dinner, it throws the family’s happy state of controlled chaos out of kilter. Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to Broadway in a revival of Kaufman and Hart’s 1936 classic comedy.

"Kinky Boots," set by David Rockwell (photo: ballogphoto.com)

“Kinky Boots,” set by David Rockwell (photo: ballogphoto.com)

Kinky Boots
Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein coauthored this musical comedy, based on the 2005 indie film hit of the same name. A young man (aided by a wise, witty drag queen) saves his family’s struggling shoe business by producing sexy women’s shoes…for men.

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Broadway (and Off-Broadway) Bargains!

January 23rd, 2014 Comments off

For theater die-hards, there’s no better time to catch a show in New York City than during the cold winter months of January and February. Sure, you can pay top-dollar to watch Elphaba soar into the rafters of the Gershwin Theater in Wicked… or you can see a show that hasn’t been around for a decade and support the wildly eclectic theater season currently underway. Here are two options to score great seats at bottom dollar:

The cast of "Twelfth Night."  (photo: Joan Marcus)

The cast of “Twelfth Night.”
(photo: Joan Marcus)

Broadway Week: 2-For-1 Tickets Through February 6
Many of Broadway’s biggest hits are participating. Here are our picks:

PippinOne of our favorite shows from last season, you can still catch Tony winner Patina Miller as The Leading Player—a performance not to miss.

Twelfth Night — Direct from its sold-out run in London’s West End, this all-male retelling of Shakespeare’s classic tale is nothing short of spectacular.

Cinderella — Wait until February 4 and you’ll catch pop star Carly Rae Jepsen in the title role and TV star Fran Drescher as her evil stepmother.

Feeling lucky? Enter to win the ultimate Broadway experience, which includes dinner for six and tickets to a Broadway show.

The cast of "Disaster!" (photo: Jeremy Daniel)

The cast of “Disaster!”
(photo: Jeremy Daniel)

20at20: $20 Tickets Through February 9
Why should Broadway have all the fun? Take a few steps off the Great White Way and discover a more intimate theater experience. Simply go to the box office of one of the participating shows 20 minutes before curtain and request a $20 ticket. Here is our shortlist of not-to-miss productions:

Disaster! — We recently reviewed this hysterical mash-up of 70s disaster movies and gave it a thumbs up. Life jackets not included.

The Clearing — Are you looking for a modern family drama with plot twists and turns? One of the best new plays off Broadway this winter.

iLuminate — Sometimes you need a little bling, and this groundbreaking combination of storytelling, music and technology will be sure to get your heart racing.

The Best Deal in Town: 2-for-1 Broadway Tickets this Fall

August 2nd, 2013 Comments off
The cast of "Big Fish," coming to Broadway this fall. (photo: bigfishthemusical.com)

The cast of “Big Fish,” coming to Broadway this fall. (photo: bigfishthemusical.com)

Seeing a Broadway show is a dream. (Unless it’s that disastrous 2006 production of Ring of Fire, but that’s another story — and this is about celebrating Broadway, right?) Besides running the risk of seeing a flop, you’re also going to put out some serious chunk change – triple digits these days.

Fortunately, NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, announced this week that Broadway Week Fall 2013 will return this year to offer theatergoers two-for-one tickets to 19 popular Broadway shows from September 2 through 15. Returning for its sixth iteration, Broadway Week was originally created in the winter of 2011 to boost ticket sales for Broadway while providing savings for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Through NYC & Company’s Broadway Week promotion, more than 300,000 theater tickets have been sold generating nearly $20 million in revenue. Tickets for Broadway Week Fall 2013 will go on sale August 19 at nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

“Nothing says New York City like Broadway,” said CEO of NYC & Company George Fertitta. “Each year millions of New Yorkers and tourists visit Broadway to experience the unmatched creativity and talent that define our theaters. Through NYC & Company’s Broadway Week two-for-one ticket promotion, we are giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy some of the best theater in the world at an affordable price.”

“Broadway contributes over $11 billion to the economy of New York City on top of ticket sales and supports 86,000 local jobs. NYC & Company’s innovative two-for-one programs benefit the City, the industry and, of course, the consumer,” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. “Broadway Week has become a much anticipated fall tradition for everyone.”

New Broadway Week participants this fall include the award-winning shows The Trip to Bountiful and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella as well as the highly anticipated productions of Big Fish and The Glass Menagerie. So mark your calendar and let’s hope you pick a winner. We also encourage you to discover your inner Ben Brantley…  share your thoughts on your theatergoing experience on The Broadway Blog’s Facebook page. Who knows, maybe we’ll invite you to become a guest critic!

"The Glass Menagerie" (photo: Michael J. Lutch)

“The Glass Menagerie” (photo: Michael J. Lutch)

Shows participating in Broadway Week Fall 2013:*

• Annie

• Big Fish

• Chicago

• First Date

• Forever Tango

• The Glass Menagerie

• Jersey Boys

• Let It Be

• The Lion King

• Mamma Mia!

• Newsies

• Once

• The Phantom of the Opera

• Rock of Ages

• Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

• Soul Doctor

• Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

• The Trip to Bountiful

• Wicked

*Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply.