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‘Hamilton’ for a Hamilton — Without Freezing in the Cold!

January 5th, 2016 Comments off

We got off easy up until now. The bitter, cold winter has finally descended on New York City. If you’re one of the throngs of Hamilton fans hoping to score a coveted $10 lottery ticket, you’re in luck! The daily lottery will move online for the winter. The live lottery and live Ham4Ham show will return in the spring.

The digital lottery, powered by Broadway Direct, will be at www.hamiltonbroadway.com/lottery. The entry period will begin each day at 9:30 a.m. for that day’s performance(s) only. There is a limit of one entry per person, and each entrant can request up to two tickets. Entries for matinee performances will be accepted until 11am; the evening performance entry period ends at 4pm.

(l to r) Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Gold, and Cephas Jones in 'Hamilton.' (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

(l to r) Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Gold, and Cephas Jones in ‘Hamilton.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Winners will be notified via email shortly thereafter with a link to purchase the tickets. Winners will have a 60-minute window during which they must claim and pay for their tickets with a credit card online. Tickets not claimed in this manner will be sold to the cancellation line in person at the box office. There will still be 21 front row tickets available to lottery entrants, and they will remain $10 each. Winners must pick up their tickets at the Richard Rodgers Theatre box office with a valid photo ID that matches the name drawn. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

“We love seeing so many fans show up to participate in the Ham4Ham lottery and show.  But we need to figure out how to safely accommodate our fans without blocking traffic on West 46th Street.  We’re taking this winter break to work out some safety measures and improvements that we’ll implement when we return to the live lottery in the spring,” said producer Jeffrey Seller.

The musical’s producers are undertaking an effort with The Nederlander Organization to give the live lottery an upgrade and provide the most user-friendly, safe environment possible for the many patrons who turn up each day in the hopes of winning a $10 ticket.

The HAM4HAM Show, during which cast members from Hamilton and/or others from the Broadway community perform for the crowd, will also go on hiatus during this time, and will return in the spring.

Inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, Hamilton features book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.

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Lottery! ‘School of Rock’ Now in Previews

November 9th, 2015 Comments off
Alex Brightman and the cast of 'School of Rock' (photo: Timmy Blupe via The Broadway Blog.)

Alex Brightman and the cast of ‘School of Rock’ (photo: Timmy Blupe via The Broadway Blog.)

Beginning today with the first preview performance on Monday, November 9, 2015, School of Rock – The Musical will host a daily lottery ticket drawing. Entries will be accepted outside the Winter Garden Theatre box office (1634 Broadway) beginning two hours prior to each performance, and names will be drawn at random, for a limited number of $25 front row orchestra tickets, 90 minutes before curtain time. See below for complete rules and regulations.

Based on the 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock – The Musical will feature music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor(currently represented on Broadway by Les Miserables). 

School of Rock – The Musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are available by visiting the Winter Garden Theatre box office Monday – Saturdays between 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, online at Telecharge.com, or by calling 800-447-7400.

Warner Bros. Records will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording for School of Rock – The Musical on Friday, December 4, 2015, on the eve of opening night. The new album will feature a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, along with three songs from the immensely popular 2003 film. Three-time Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo, who has worked with Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins, and Gary Clark Jr., produced the album along with Lloyd Webber.

The complete rules and regulations for the new lottery policy are as follows:

–          A limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold via lottery.

–          Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two hours prior to each performance.

–          90 minutes before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25.00 each.

–          Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner – entries will be checked for duplicates.

–          Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets.

–          Tickets may be purchased in cash or with a valid credit card.

–          Tickets are subject to availability.

–          Tickets will be located in the first row of the orchestra.

–          The cancelation line will begin following the lottery.

–          A limited number of standing room tickets will be available at the box office for $27.50 on the day of the performance, and only when the performance is sold out.

‘Allegiance’ Launches Digital Lottery $39 Rush Tickets

October 19th, 2015 Comments off

AllegianceAllegiance will implement a digital lottery for $39 seats available each day via:

allegiancemusical.com/lottery

Entries can be submitted the day of the preferred performance, either by 11 a.m. for matinees or 3 p.m. for evening performances. Winners will be notified via email or text, depending on what they select during the entry process, and winners may purchase up to 2 tickets which will be held at the box office.

Allegiance will also offer a limited number of $39 rush tickets for patrons 35 years old and under for each performance beginning at the opening of the box office each day. There will be a limit of 2 tickets per customer.  Cash or credit cards will be accepted for all lottery and rush tickets, and seat locations will vary depending on availability.  The Allegiance Digital Lottery is powered by Shubert Ticketing and marks the launch of the new Telecharge Digital Lottery platform which provides theatre-goers wide access to affordable tickets through multiple social media networks.

Allegiance stars Tony and Olivier Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) in her long-awaited return to Broadway joined by “Star Trek” icon George Takei in his Broadway debut at age 78, and Broadway and “Glee” star Telly Leung. Allegiance is the vibrant and unforgettable story of one family’s resilience in the face of seemingly-insurmountable odds, inspired by Takei’s real-life experience as a Japanese American during World War II.

Performances of Allegiance began at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street) on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 with an official Opening Night set for Sunday, November 8, 2015.  For more information, visit www.AllegianceMusical.com.

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.)

NYTW Announces $25 CheapTix

August 20th, 2015 Comments off

nytwNew York Theatre Workshop has announced a new CheapTix program, which will make all single tickets to the first two performances of every NYTW production available to the general public at $25. The program will kick off with Fondly, Collette Richland, the first production of the New York Theatre Workshop 2015/16 Season. Fondly, Collette Richland begins previews on Friday, September 11, 2015 and officially opens on Monday, September 28, 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003) for a limited engagement through Sunday, October 18, 2015. Tickets for Fondly, Collette Richland are now on sale at www.nytw.org.

With theater ticket prices rising to the point of excluding many in our community from experiencing the power of inventive theatrical productions, NYTW is committed to ensuring access for as many in our community as possible. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, all single tickets will be available to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at NYTW.org or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475 (MondayFriday Noon6pm). Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a $25 day-of rush ticket will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only at the box office, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Young people (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

Single tickets for Fondly, Collette Richland are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.nytw.org or by calling 212-460-5475 (MondayFridaynoon-6pm). In addition, a variety of membership packages are on sale now, and are also available at www.nytw.org orby calling 212-460-5475 (MondayFridaynoon-6pm).

As previously announced, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2015/16 season will also include the world premiere of Lazarus, by David Bowie and Enda Walsh (Once, Tony Award) inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevisand directed by Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler, More Stately Mansions, Obie Awards); the New York premiere of Red Speedo written by Lucas Hnath (The Christians) and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz (Hollow Roots); and Hadestown by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and inventive two-time OBIE award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Three PianosNatasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812).

Broadway’s ‘It Shoulda Been You’ Celebrates Marriage Equality

June 28th, 2015 Comments off
Lisa Howard (l) and Tyne Daly (r) in "It Shoulda Been You" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Lisa Howard (l) and Tyne Daly (r) in “It Shoulda Been You” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

In honor of the Supreme Court’s historic decision to give marriage equality to all, It Shoulda Been You is inviting everyone to celebrate love and equality with buy-one, get-one-free tickets to share with your spouse (even if you haven’t had the chance to make it officially legal yet!). This special offer will end Monday, June 29 at 12 p.m.

Directed by Emmy and Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce, It Shoulda Been You has been celebrating marriage equality since it began performances in March. The only show on Broadway to include a gay wedding, a lesbian wedding, and a straight wedding, the production regularly expands on its message of love and acceptance in a variety of ways. Several couples have proposed and exchanged vows on stage, including a young gay couple who are now happily engaged. The producers of It Shoulda Been You recently invited all of the Justices of the Supreme Court to see the show for a positive example of what love and marriage equality look like.  

It Shoulda Been You is a culture clash for the ages when two families from wildly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wedding. As if the union wasn’t complicated enough, the bride’s ex-boyfriend arrives, bringing the wedding to a screeching halt and throwing both families into hysterical chaos. Plots are hatched, promises broken, secrets exposed—and the bride’s resourceful sister is left to turn an unmitigated disaster into happily ever after. It Shoulda Been You puts a refreshingly modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, proving that when it comes to wedding day insanity, it’s all relative.  

It Shoulda Been You features an original book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi. Tony and Emmy Award-winner Tyne Daly and Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris, lead an all-star cast of Broadway luminaries which also includes, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Lisa Howard, Edward Hibbert, Tony Award-nominee Montego Glover, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler and Chip Zien. 

It Shoulda Been You’s equality offer is valid for all performances in July. The offer may be redeemed via Ticketmaster.com using the code MEQ1, by calling 877-250-2929, or in person at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office (256 W 47Th Street).

Watch Lisa Howard sing the show’s 11 o’clock number, “Jenny’s Blues.”

What a Deal: “Fun Home” Announces Mobile Discount Lottery Tickets

March 27th, 2015 Comments off

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Fun Home, the highly-anticipated, award-winning American musical that begins previews tonight, has announced an exclusive mobile lottery partnership with TodayTix. With music by four-time Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori, a book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron and direction by Drama Desk nominee Sam Gold, Fun Home officially opens on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre (235 West 50th Street), on Sunday, April 19th.

In lieu of a traditional lottery, Fun Home will partner with TodayTix to allow its members to enter a mobile lottery via the TodayTix app, available in the App Store or Google Play Store. The entry period will begin each day at midnight, and continue until winners are notified via push notification 3-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Winners will be offered the opportunity to purchase either one or two $32 tickets, and can pick up them up from the box office of the Circle in the Square Theatre. Lottery tickets and seat locations are subject to availability.

“Part of our mission is to bring an entirely new audience to the theater by enhancing accessibility. Fun Home is exactly the kind of show that these non-traditional audiences want to see: daring, brilliant and culturally relevant,” said TodayTix co-founder Merritt Baer. “We couldn’t be more excited to enter into this partnership, which extends our existing relationship with The Public Theater and the works that have been incubated there.”

Pronounced “a beautiful, heartbreaker of a musical” by the New York Times, Fun Home is the groundbreaking new Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways.

The cast of Fun Home includes Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris, three-time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone, Obie Award-winner Sydney Lucas, Emily Skeggs, Roberta Colindrez, Zell Steele Morrow, Joel Perez, Oscar Williams, Lauren Patten, Gabriella Pizzolo, Marrick Smith, Jim Stanek, and Nicole Van Giesen.

Fun Home opened to rave reviews at The Public Theater in October 2013, and was quickly extended four times due to popular demand. It was named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, and received the OBIE, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Off Broadway Alliance Awards in the 2013-2014 season.

Discount! Rush Tickets Now Available for “Wolf Hall”

March 24th, 2015 Comments off
"Wolf Hall" (photo: Johan Persson via The Broadway Blog.)

“Wolf Hall” (photo: Johan Persson via The Broadway Blog.)

The Broadway transfer of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 announced that a same day general rush will be available at the box office of the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway, between 50th and 51st Streets). Tickets will be available for $49 each, with a limit of two (2) tickets per person.

The box office is open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Saturday from 10 a.mm to 8:30 p.m.

A limited number of student tickets will also be available for each performance for $27 per part, and will be available online at www.Tix4Students.com.

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2, which explores the deceit, betrayal, and intrigue of the court of Henry VIII, is written by Dame Hilary Mantel and adapted by Mike Poulton. This special event invites theatergoers to be part of a unique theatrical experience, similar to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s award winning production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 features a company of more than twenty actors, headed by Ben Milesas Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII, all under the direction of Olivier Award nominee Jeremy Herrin, who makes his New York City directing début.

What a Deal: $19.57 Tickets for “Living on Love”

March 21st, 2015 Comments off
(photo: Andrew Eccles via The Broadway Blog.)

(photo: Andrew Eccles via The Broadway Blog.)

Though the new screwball Broadway comedy Living on Love begins performances on April Fools’ Day, it’s no joke that the play’s producers are offering $19.57 tickets, including a limited number of orchestra and mezzanine seats, at the first three performances only, April 1 through April 3. The special ticket price is a nod to the setting for the play – the glamorous world of New York City in 1957 when music, culture, & style reigned supreme.

The world’s most beloved opera singer Renée Fleming plays the world’s most beloved opera singer in this hilarious new screwball comedy. When her larger-than-life maestro husband (Sills) becomes enamored with the lovely young lady (Chlumsky) hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography, the diva retaliates by hiring her own handsome, young scribe (O’Connell) to chronicle her life as an opera star. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways.

Four time Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming makes her Broadway debut alongside Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills, 2-time Emmy Award nominee Anna Chlumsky, Jerry O’Connell, Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson in Living on Love by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin, and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.

Tickets can now be purchased for these three performances for a limited time only in the following ways:

Please note that $19.57 tickets are subject to availability and apply only specified performance date and times. All sales final (no refund or exchanges) and seating restrictions may apply. Telephone /internet orders subject to Telecharge.com service fees. Limit 4 tickets per order.

Living on Love begins performances on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and opens on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). The production will play an 18-week engagement through Sunday, August 2, 2015. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. For more information, visit www.LivingonLoveBroadway.com

What a Deal! $14 Tickets to Broadway’s “It Shoulda Been You”

February 10th, 2015 Comments off

120248.ISBY.MiscArt_5x7.inddLove is in the air… and for Broadway fans it comes a lot cheaper than a ring from Tiffinay & Co. Producers of It Shoulda Been You have announced a special one-day-only offer for one-of-a-kind ticket prices. Visit the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th St) starting at 10 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, February 14, for the opportunity to purchase $14 tickets for the first 14 preview performances of the new musical. This special offer will end at 2:00 pm and is limited to the 114 tickets per performance.

Directed by David Hyde Pierce and featuring an original book & lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi, It Shoulda Been You begins previews on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th St) on March 17, 2015, with an opening night date set for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

Between the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. patrons will have the ability to purchase 1 or 2 tickets at the special $14 Valentine’s Day rate while also enjoying ‘wedding-themed’ activities, including a photo booth and complimentary lattes designed by coffee artist Michael Breach.

In the hilarious and heartwarming new musical It Shoulda Been You, it’s a culture clash for the ages when two families from wildly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wedding. As if the union wasn’t complicated enough, the bride’s ex-boyfriend arrives, bringing the wedding to a screeching halt and throwing both families into hysterical chaos. Plots are hatched, promises broken, secrets exposed—and the bride’s resourceful sister is left to turn an unmitigated disaster into happily ever after. It Shoulda Been You puts a refreshingly modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, proving that when it comes to wedding day insanity, it’s all relative.

The cast of It Shoulda Been You includes Tony Award-winner Tyne Daly, Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, Lisa Howard, David Burtka, Tony Award nominee Montego Glover, Chip Zien, Josh Grisetti, Adam Heller, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler, and Edward Hibbert, along with Farah Alvin, Gina Farrell, Aaron Finley, and Mitch Greenberg.

The creative team for It Shoulda Been You includes Josh Rhodes (Choreography) Anna Louizos (Set Design), William Ivey Long (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), and Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), with additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall.