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Beautiful- The Carole King Musical is a new Broadway show featuring hit songs by the Queen of all chart topping songwriters. Starring Jessie Mueller as King, Beautiful focuses on the future superstar’s early years- her struggles and triumphs. Synopsis Beautiful captures the magic of songwri[ read more ]
Set in the Hollywood of the 1980s, when the rock bands featured bad boys, stinging guitar riffs and hammering drums, Rock of Ages is a fast-paced, drug-laced, sex-maze of frivolity set to the hits of the time. It’s true that there is a story, but it’s fairly light, which helps to e[ read more ]
Winner of 7 Olivier Awards (more than any show in history) and of every Best Musical award in London, including the Critic’s Circle Theatre Award, Theatre Awards UK, Evening Standard Award, Whatsonstage.com Award and the Olivier Award, Matilda The Musical is due on Broadway starting April 23, 20[ read more ]
The new musical The Bridges of Madison County, which is based on James Waller’s novel of the same name, offers the bittersweet story of Robert Kincaid, a photographer, and his brief but life-altering affair with Francesca Johnson, an Iowa farm wife. The Bridges of Madison County is written by Tony[ read more ]
The hit 2006 indie film Once is now a hit musical featuring the music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova and a book by Enda Walsh. Once won the Audience Award at Sundance and then became an indie hit. This story of two songwriters who team up to create amazing music together is n[ read more ]
It's Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s and the setting for After Midnight (formerly known as Cotton Club Parade) is the famous Cotton Club where some of the finest music of the jazz age was born and performed. After Midnight was first performed in November 2011 and November 2012 at New York City Cent[ read more ]
Disney’s animated film Aladdin (1992) is now a new musical. The magic of Aladdin, including the wonderful music by Alan Menken, which was written for the movie, takes the Broadway stage at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The book by Chad Beguelin (Elf, The Wedding Singer) is filled with adventure, acti[ read more ]
How can you not love the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? Jersey Boys, which won the 2006 Tony for Best Musical, is their story. Featuring over 30 songs that the group made famous as they went from being four guys in Jersey to international stars, this is one upbeat story. Directed by De[ read more ]
With a palindrome as its name, the 1970s-80s Swedish pop group ABBA seemed to constantly have a song or two at the top of the charts. Their tunes made them internationally famous, as they became the anthem for millions who loved to dance, sing along with their music and simply have a good time. [ read more ]
The Phantom of the Opera is filled with opera-like music, high emotions and intense surprises. It has had an amazing run on Broadway, entertaining audiences since 1988 when it won seven Tonys, including Best Musical. This is the story of a legend, the supposed Phantom who lives in the se[ read more ]
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is a new musical comedy about a British commoner who can move up in the ranks as long as he can somehow thin those ranks. He elects to use his cunning to murder those who are in his way to his inheritance of the Earldom of Highhurst. Based on the novel Israel[ read more ]
Wouldn’t you love to know the Wicked Witch of the West’s backstory? And what about Glinda? How did she come to be so good? Wicked considers both of these questions and more as it reshapes our understanding of what goes down in the Wizard of Oz. This highly imaginative musical features a fine[ read more ]
Motown The Musical is the story of the man who created what would become one of the greatest record labels ever. Featuring a vast range of great Motown hits, this musical tells the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy as he made music history around the world. Synopsis Motown The Musi[ read more ]
The live-action Disney film Newsies has been adapted for the stage and is filling the Nederlander Theatre stage with its cast of newsboys. The 1992 movie musical focuses on the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. Newsies is a great family show with lots of entertaining songs, an [ read more ]
With signature direction and conceptualization by Julie Taymor, The Lion King, which was based on the Academy Award winning movie of the same name, premiered on Broadway in 1998, winning six Tonys. This play is a visually rich, musically vibrant telling of the story of Simba—a young li[ read more ]
For the first time ever, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be produced on Broadway. Playwright Douglas Carter Beane provides a new book for this rags to riches fairy tale, as Cinderella gets a “you go girl” attitude that’s just right for the new modern day setting. This will be a[ read more ]
Based on the 2005 film of the same name, the musical Kinky Boots features music and lyrics by Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Kinky Boots is the story of two people, a young man named Charlie Price who inherits a shoe factory, and a drag queen named[ read more ]
If there’s ever a show that always seems to be ripe for a revival, it’s the musical Chicago. And why wouldn’t it be immensely popular? Along with offering audiences strikingly theatrical music and lyrics, the emotional rollercoaster, Chicago is dark, satirical and at times amaz[ read more ]
Pippin is back on Broadway for its first major revival ever. The Stephen Schwartz musical focuses on King Charlemagne’s son Pippin and his quest to find his “corner of the sky.” Part history, part existential quest and part musical comedy, Pippin offers theatregoers razzmatazz, social commen[ read more ]
If you’re expecting The Book of Mormon to be reverent then you’re in for a big surprise. This musical is the result of collaboration between Matt Stone and Trey Parker, who created South Park, and Robert Lopez, the co-creator of Avenue Q. With a team like that there will certainl[ read more ]
It was announced today that veteran performer Saul Williams will star in the new musical entitled Holler If Ya hear Me, which features the songs of Tupac Shakur. The show, which is scheduled to preview on Broadway on May 29, will feature an original story about the dreams and struggles of those living in the inner city, and will offer a score based on Tupac Shakur’s… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on April 8, 2014 @ 5:28 pm
If you’d like to see a musical that focuses on shipping, then you’re in luck, as next season Broadway welcomes Sting’s new musical The Last Ship as well as the revival of the musical Titanic. Both musicals are very different in everyway except for the fact that they have as their central image and unifying element that of a ship.
The Last Ship
It’s the March rush to get shows up and open on Broadway before the Tony Award deadline passes. Nominations are due out on April 29, 2014. They will he aired on CBS on June 8, 2014 at 8 pm with Hugh Jackman as host. In recent years, Neil Patrick Harris has been a huge hit as host. Harris is presently preparing to play the lead in the musical… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on March 20, 2014 @ 9:52 pm
Audra McDonald, who already has five Tony Awards to her credit, will take to the Broadway stage again. This time she will star in a new musical about American jazz singer and writer Billie Holliday. The musical, which is entitled Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, focuses on one of Holliday’s final concerts. It’s a musical devoted to examining what was an amazingly tragic life led by… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on March 13, 2014 @ 7:04 pm
There are some interesting and exciting new musicals coming to Broadway this season, including two that feature totally original stories: Hedwig and the Angry Inch and If/Then. Both will open this spring. Hedwig had a very successful Off-Broadway run in 1998, while If/Then is an untested piece that comes from the writers of the hit musical Next to Normal.
Both shows will premiere prior to the Tony… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on February 27, 2014 @ 8:29 am
Here’s what is in previews and about to open on Broadway. Broadway group sales are focused this week on some very big musicals. Of course, each show is hoping to be noticed by the Tonys and stay on Broadway for years to come. With spring just around the corner, Broadway group ticket buyers are looking for the next hit musical.
Rocky, The Musical
Rocky, The Musical, which is… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on February 21, 2014 @ 1:25 am
Get your Broadway group tickets for the new Sting, John Logan, and Brian Yorkey musical The Last Ship, which will begin performances in September 2014 at the Neil Simon Theatre. This looks to be a big event, as Sting makes his Broadway debut as a composer/lyricist and Tony-winner Logan (Red) and Pulitzer Prize-winner Yorkey (Next to Normal) pen the book. Joe Mantello (“Wicked!”)… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on February 15, 2014 @ 8:16 am
This week Bryan Cranston, who is best known as the mythical meth-making high school chem teacher in Breaking Bad, premiered in the new Robert Schenkkan play All The Way. All The Way offers insights into President Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose administration was noted in numerous ways, including setting forth groundbreaking civil rights legislation, an effort to clean up the U.S. environment, and… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on February 12, 2014 @ 11:37 am
There are some special performances that you won’t want to miss. So are Broadway shows that are offering group discounts, while other are special events. One of the unique events involves the long run musical Rock of Ages, while the other focuses on one of Broadway’s most accomplished performers, Audra McDonald.
Rock of Ages has been selected to provide entertainment during Super Bowl week. On January… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on January 29, 2014 @ 12:37 pm
Daniel Radcliffe, who may be best known from the Harry Potter films, will be back on Broadway once again, starring in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan. Radcliffe, who made his Broadway debut as Alan Strang in the revival of Equus and then his Broadway musical theatre debut as J. Pierrepont Finch in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, will play Cripple Billy… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on January 21, 2014 @ 4:36 pm
Looking for a great new show to see at low group rates, then you have to get tickets to Beautiful starring the talented and engaging Jessie Mueller. Mueller, who plays King, is a Tony nominee who can not only sing and act, but she can totally entertain and enchant a Broadway audience.
Mueller is King
Although Beautiful is a jukebox musical, with Mueller in the lead role it… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on January 17, 2014 @ 1:38 am
The revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd is a hot ticket. Free group tickets, exclusively from All Tickets Inc., have made it an even hotter ticket. Take advantage of the Early Bird Discounts presently being offered through March 10. 2014, and if you order through All Tickets Inc., you’ll get 1 free ticket for every 30 paid (up to 4… Continue readingWritten by Paul Mroczka on January 15, 2014 @ 8:09 am
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