Harry Potter and all the events around the franchise really shaped my childhood. My whole family would make plans to attend midnight book release parties at Barnes and Noble and we would meet up at the movie theatres every time to see Hollywood try to take on the characters well loved. The newest installment in Rowling’s neverending story is coming to Broadway from the West End where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been a sold out hit!

In Previews: Opening April 22nd!

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is currently in previews and opens April 22nd at the Lyric Theatre. It is the eighth installment to the Harry Potter saga about the boy who lived, grew up to defeat the Dark Lord Voldemort, and saved the wizarding world. In this installment, we see older versions of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and other notable characters. We also see the children of our triumvirate including Harry’s son, Albus Potter, who must deal with the unwanted legacy of his father. As the show synopsis says: “As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

The Story That Lived

I have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the book when it was released. For whatever reason, I didn’t think the stage directions and character dialogue matched what I knew from the original series. It felt like a fanfiction version of the story…and maybe partly because the show’s main conceiver is not J.K Rowling at all. Playwright Jack Thorne used ideas from Rowling to create the work.

Despite my beliefs about the book, the production has received some incredible reviews. TIME Magazine reviewed the production after its opening night on the West End and stated: “…this is a story that feels made for the stage. Yes, it’s packed with effects as characters cast spells, fly and even transform, achieved through old school stagecraft rather than digital trickery.”

Even though I was skeptical about the book, I have to admit that I have a “blow my savings” attitude about seeing the production in NYC. If I had tickets, I would be there in a heartbeat in a cape and a big old sorting hat right next to my mom who would be dressed the same way!

Will you be reliving your childhood by going to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Let us know on Twitter @AllTicketsInc!

Those who see The Marvelous Wonderettes at Theatre Row’s Kirk Theatre are in for a hot time. The fact is Marvelous Wonderettes groups enjoy a major “Heat Wave” that warms the deepest winter chill and calms the most powerful north wind. This show has a host of up tempo numbers all of which climbed the charts in the 1950s and 1960s. The first act of the musical comedy is set in 1958 at the senior prom of Springfield High where the girl-group, The Marvelous Wonderettes, has been asked to entertain.

Suzy, Missy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean are adorned in crinoline and ready to sing their hearts out. Act two sees the four ladies return to Springfield High to entertain the class in 1968, during their 10-year reunion. In each act, we learn about their lives, dreams, hopes, and relationships as they weave a melodic and harmonious chain of songs that sometimes unites and at other times divides them.

Upbeat Numbers Drive the Show

It’s true that there are ballads and other songs that are more contemplative in tempo in this musical, including “Leader of the Pack,” Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight,” and “You Don’t Own Me,” but there are plenty of upbeat tunes. These songs drive the energy of this musical. Included are the hits “Lollipop,” “It’s in His Kiss,” and the exceptionally energetic “Heat Wave.”

“Heat Wave,” which was released as a 45-rpm single on July 9, 1963, on the Gordy label, a subsidiary of Motown, hit number one on the Billboard Hot R&B chart. It stayed there for a month. It also hit number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The group that made the song a hit was Martha and the Vandellas.

Act Two Curtain Raiser

When you start the second act of a musical you usually want to do so with a bang. The Marvelous Wonderettes certainly does that by beginning the act two with “Heat Wave.” It’s a very hot rendition of the tune that first involves Missy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean. Finally, at one point in the number, they are joined by a very pregnant Suzy. It’s a massively energetic opening to the second act that then offers a reprise of the harmonious “Mr. Sandman.”

Marvelous Wonderettes Groups Love This Cool Heat Wave

For Marvelous Wonderettes groups, the song “Heat Wave” defines the ultimate energy of this musical comedy, which is optimistic, uplifting, and completing engaging. For group tickets to The Marvelous Wonderettes contact All Tickets today by calling 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716 or emailing us at janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com .

Marvelous Wonderettes groups can get tickets for just $45.00 per person. Plus, the professional and personable staff at All Tickets can book your group’s restaurant reservations, hotel rooms, and tickets to other great Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. We’re here to serve you.

Performances of The Marvelous Wonderettes are on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at the Kirk Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036. Use our link to learn more about The Marvelous Wonderettes and the hit song “RESPECT.”

One of the more than two-dozen top 40 songs in The Marvelous Wonderettes is Aretha Franklin’s mega-hit “RESPECT.” Those who take advantage of the low prices for Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets find themselves caught up in this exciting rendition of Franklin’s anthem. The song, which features a driving beat, is all about a woman demanding a “little respect” from her man.

Franklin’s Hit

Franklin’s “RESPECT” charted at number one in the US in 1967. It was number two in Canada, number 10 in England and number 11 in Australia.

The song begins with a demand for “just a little bit” of “respect. But as it progresses to the end, the singer gets more and more demanding. Finally, at the end, she comes to the conclusion that if she doesn’t get what she wants, then the singer will pick up and leave. As it says:

“I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin’ (just a little bit)
You’re runnin’ out of fools (just a little bit)
And I ain’t lyin’ (just a little bit)
(Re, re, re, re) when you come home
(Re, re, re ,re) ‘spect
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I’m gone (just a little bit)
I got to have (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)”

Marvelous Wonderettes Brings It Home

At the end of The Marvelous Wonderettes, a very pregnant Suzy takes the stage. She extremely emotional, as she worried about her relationship with Ritchie and ultra-self-conscious about being pregnant. She sings a tearful rendition of “Maybe I Know.” Missy, in an attempt to bolster Suzy, sings “Needle in a Haystack.” Suzy begins singing “Rescue Me,” but ultimately finds strength when Missy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean sing “RESPECT.”

The show ends happily with Ritchie, who’s running the light board for the shows, signals his love for Suzy by blinking the lights. Also at the end, Cindy Lou and Betty Jean mend their friendship and it looks like Missy is going to marry Mr. Lee. Through the no nonsense pop song “RESPECT,” the woman find their way to a happy, musical comedy ending.

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If you’re looking to get some respect from your theatre group, then we suggest that you contact us for Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets. This is a fantastic Off-Broadway show at a great price. At just $45.00 per person, Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets will definitely get you a whole lot of respect. Group numbers for The Marvelous Wonderettes can be as small as eight (8)

For group sales, email either janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com or call 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716. When you contact us, please be sure to ask us about booking your pre-show or after-show group dining or any other group services you may need.

Performances of The Marvelous Wonderettes are on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at the Kirk Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036. For further information, please see our Off-Broadway listing for this show.

NYC Theatre Group Tickets 2018If you’re looking for NYC theatre group tickets to a great show, then check out The Marvelous Wonderettes today. This Off-Broadway musical comedy is as sweet as “Sugartime.” Remember that big hit by The McGuire Sisters, “Sugartime?” It was a massive success in 1958, which is when Act One of The Marvelous Wonderettes takes place.

Those who purchase New York City theatre group tickets to The Marvelous Wonderettes enjoy a great evening of entertainment that includes over 30 hit songs from the 50s and 60s. Along with the hits, that just keep on coming, groups love the fact that this Off-Broadway musical comedy has quirky, fun characters, fantastic performances, and a story that anyone and everyone can simply enjoy.

Harmony and “Sugartime”

“Sugartime” is one of the first songs sung in The Marvelous Wonderettes. The musical comedy opens with two songs made famous by the Chordettes, “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop” and then it goes into “Sugartime.” This trio of hits gets The Marvelous Wonderettes off to a fast, positive start, as each is an upbeat pop song about love featuring wonderful harmonies.

The fourth number, “Wedding Bell Blues,” changes the mood and dynamic of the musical for a bit, but not until the optimistic, feel-good energy of this hit musical comedy is well established. Along with the wonderful energy produced by the tempos and lyrics of the three opening numbers, which is topped off by “Sugartime,” there are the amazing harmonies that define this type of music. Those harmonies also tell us something about the four Marvelous Wonderettes and their enduring friendships, which may run into rocky times, but never to the point of destroying the bonds that unite the four women.

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It’s always sugartime with The Marvelous Wonderettes. When you get NYC theatre group tickets to this sweet musical comedy and experience its energy and good times, you’ll want to go back and see it again. It’s that much fun.

For the sweetest NYC theatre group tickets offer around contact All Tickets today. Our Marvelous Wonderettes are just $45.00 per person for groups of eight or more. For group sales, email either janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com or call 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716.

At All Tickets, our personable and professional group sales agents are happy to answer your questions, help set up your group’s entire NYC trip, including booking your pre-show or after-show group dining, and ensure you have a great time.

ticketsOur Marvelous Wonderttes group tickets have become very popular. January is a great time to plan your next or your first-ever theatre trip to New York. Get your New York City theatre group tickets to The Marvelous Wonderettes now. Everyone in your group will have a great time at this musical comedy, which features a hit pop music score, beautiful harmonies, and engaging characters. For more reasons as to why groups love The Marvelous Wonderettes, please see our blog from last week.

Performances of The Marvelous Wonderettes are on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at the Kirk Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036.

marv3The Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets deal from All Tickets makes it easy and economical for you to get your contingent to this hit Off-Broadway musical comedy. Groups of eight or more have access through All Tickets, Inc. to the low $45.00 per person ticket price. This is a fantastic deal on what is one of the most upbeat, feel-good musicals currently running in New York.

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All Tickets is a full-service provider for groups, which means whatever your group wants and needs we can supply and at a great price. We can secure your group restaurant, hotel, and transportation reservations, get tickets for other theatre shows, as well as take care of your group’s museum, tour, and special event reservations.

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How Popular Was “Leader of the Pack?”

“Leader of the Pack,” which was released in September 1964, was number one on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on New Zealand’s Lever Hit Parades, number three on Canada Top Singles, and number 11 on UK Singles. It topped the charts in 1965. It was The Shangri-Las biggest hit and the one record for which they are best known. The B side of the 45 was “What Is Love.”


The Shangri-Las singing “Leader of the Pack” in 1964, and then The Shangri-Las’ lead singer Mary Weiss performing it many years later at The House of Blues.

marv4In The Marvelous Wonderettes, “Leader of the Pack” is sung in Act Two during the 10-year reunion of Springfield High’s 1958 class. It’s Cindy Lou who sings “Leader of the Pack” partly as a commentary on Springfield High School bad boy Billy Ray Patton, who’s suspension resulted in his group being cut as prom entertainment 10 years earlier (Act One) and allowed The Marvelous Wonderettes to snag the gig. Cindy Lou, who had Hollywood aspirations that did not work out after she graduated from high school, is back in Springfield and in love with Billy Ray. In a way, the version sung in The Marvelous Wonderettes is done as a torch song.

Marvelous Wonderettes Group Tickets Deal – Last Thoughts

Be the leader of your pack and contact All Tickets today for your Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets deal, which offers tickets at just $45.00 per person. For group sales, email either janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com or call 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716.

We’ll be happy to answer your questions, help set up your group’s entire evening, including booking your pre-show or after-show group dining, and take care of any other group services you may need. Remember that group numbers for The Marvelous Wonderettes can be as small as eight (8)

ticketsOur Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets deal won’t last forever. This is a great time to plan your next or even your first theatre trip to New York and to book your group tickets to this popular show. Everyone in your group will have a great time at this engaging, funny, and entertaining show.

Performances of The Marvelous Wonderettes are on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at the Kirk Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036.

wonderettesThe Off-Broadway musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes is a great show for groups. All Tickets Inc. can secure the best Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets for you if your theatre party is comprised of at least eight. If you’re wondering why you should get group tickets to this particular show, we’ve put together 10 very short reasons as to why groups love The Marvelous Wonderettes. Read on and read quickly!

10 Reasons Why Groups Are Loving This Musical

Here is why you’ll want to purchase the best Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets as soon as possible. Groups love this musical comedy due to:

  1. Hit music and lyrics- more than 30 songs!
  2. The Marvelous Wonderettes, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, ARE marvelous and wonderful
  3. The Three F’s – Funny, frenetic, fantastic
  4. Cross-generational family fun
  5. Melody, Harmony, Hilarity
  6. Intimate setting connects you with energetic performers
  7. Warm, Welcoming, and Wistful – a great nostalgic journey
  8. Upbeat, feel-good ending
  9. Perfect for winter blue and spring thaw
  10. All Tickets Inc.’s low, cannot-be-beat $45.00 group ticket price

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All Tickets Inc. guarentees you’ll have the best Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets. We’ve got the best seats and the best group prices ($45.00 per person), and offer the best customer service. We make it easy for you to secure your great group ticket rate. Plus, we can plan your group meals, hotel stay, sightseeing tour, and more. Groups for The Marvelous Wonderettes start at eight. Contact us today by emailing either janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com or by calling 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716

Performance of The Marvelous Wonderettes are at the Kirk Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036 on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

wonderettesThe Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets provide audiences the chance to have a shared experience that is filled with great performances, hit music, and hilarious comedy. There are also very touching and heartfelt moments, engaging interactions with the audience, and an overall uplifting and positive energy that defines the evening’s entertainment. This is the type of show that audiences of all ages love, families can enjoy together, and all groups find to be an entertaining journey from those 1950s teen years to 1960s adulthood.

The Hits Are Here!

When you purchase your Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets you’ll have a gateway to hearing beautiful, polished, and exciting renditions of some of the biggest hits of the 50s and 60s. Like the presently running Beautiful and former long-running Mama Mia!, both Broadway shows, the Off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes is a top 40 hit-machine. The major difference being that with Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets you’ll have the chance to hear melodies and lyrics written by a range of amazing pop composers and writers and not a few writers or those recorded by one group.

You’ll hear songs like “Heat Wave” written by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier and first recorded and made a hit by Martha and the Vandellas in 1963, and then covered and once again made a hit in 1975 by Linda Ronstadt, and recorded by Phil Collins in 2010 and “Wedding Bell Blues” written by Laura Nyro and and made a major hit by the 5th Dimension in 1969.

Then there’s what is perhaps the best known of all teen tragedy songs, “Leader of the Pack,” written by George “Shadow” Morton, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich. It jumped to number one on the pop charts in 1964 when The Shangri-Las recorded it. It was their biggest hit. See below a live television version sung by the American girl group The Shangri-Las and featuring singer Robert Goulete mugging on a motorcycle. The clip is from the popular quiz show I’ve Got a Secret.

The Marvelous Wonderettes offers over 30 pop hits, all beautifully performed, some soulfully, others comically, that you will simply enjoy.

Character and Situation Comedy

The Marvelous Wonderettes includes plenty of character and situation comedy, as we get to know each of the unique young ladies who make up the group, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy. Each one has her dreams, which include everything from being named prom queen to one of the girls stealing another’s song to marriage.

As an example, how did they get to perform at the senior prom? Suzy and Missy explain to the promgoers, that is those in the audience including those in your group, how the boy’s glee club was supposed to perform, but Billy Ray Patton, their lead singer, was suspended from school for smoking. As they note, “Tobacco can kill, and make you ill.” Thus, the school principal, Mr. Lee, asked The Marvelous Wonderettes to perform instead. The girls then announce that the theme of the prom is “Marvelous Dreams,” and with that, they segue seamlessly into a medley of “All I Have to Do Is Dream” and “Dream Lover.”

Name That Tune!

You don’t have to buy The Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets to participate in our trivia challenges that are upcoming. Some questions are of the name-that-tune variety, where we offer the lyric and you provide the artist and/or song title, while others require that you know something specific regarding the content of the song. Be sure to watch for our theatre trivia focusing on The Marvelous Wonderettes this week.

ticketsPurchasing The Marvelous Wonderettes Group Tickets

Contact us today to purchase your Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets, which are just $45.00 per person. For group sales, email either janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com or call 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, help set up your group’s entire evening, including booking your pre-show or after-show group dining, and take care of any other group services you may need. Remember that group numbers for The Marvelous Wonderettes can be as small as eight (8).

Performance of The Marvelous Wonderettes are on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at the Kirk Theatre, Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036. Call or email us today for the ultimate Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets experience.

Audiences find The Marvelous Wonderettes offers a great evening of theatre, as the show is upbeat, funny, and completely entertaining. Parties who participate in The Marvelous Wonderettes group discount tickets program enhance their experience by being able to share the experience of this show before, during, and after the performance. This musical is perfect for groups looking for a positive, feel-good show that offers insights into who we were in the 1950s, and how we changed in the 1960s.

Innocence- 1950s vs. 1960smarv2

Part of the reason The Marvelous Wonderettes group discount tickets program is popular with audiences of all ages is that the musical has a sense of innocence, mirroring a feeling that seemed to pervade the 1950s, which is when the first act is set. (For more on this musical’s sense of innocence, read our previous blog!) That seems to have been a simpler period, and for many audience members, it’s a nostalgic time. The four characters who make up the Wonderettes, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, embody the simplicity of the time.

Act two, which takes place in 1968 during the 10-year Springfield High School reunion, is also defined by innocence, but it’s a different kind of innocence. The four ladies who are The Marvelous Wonderettes have gone through many changes since they were in high school, and so too has the U.S. These changes are reflected in the stories of the four women’s lives, their relationships on and off stage, and the music that they sing. This period, although seen by many as being more complicated, is also filled with nostalgia.

lesleygoreLesley Gore – It’s My Party

Singer Lesley Gore, who has three of her songs featured in the second act of the musical “Maybe I know,” “It’s My Party,” and “You Don’t Own Me”), may very well define this new innocence. It’s one in which many female singers end up telling it like it is. They define the realities and difficulties of being in love and decide how they will make their stand. The women are saying they are strong enough to weather the emotional storm in which they find themselves, or they’re contemplating independence, or they’re devoted to becoming independent. Where these songs are concerned, the innocence isn’t about the simplicity of life, but rather, that the simple solutions offered in the lyrics will be easy to achieve.

“Maybe I Know” is a song in which the singer knows the man she loves is cheating on her, but she believes that “deep down” he loves her and she hopes that one day he will “settle down.” It’s a simple solution to a complex problem. In “It’s My Party,” the singer, who’s in the midst of her birthday party, is in love with Johnny, and he’s supposed to be in love with her, but he’s managed to disappear from the party and Judy, whose hand he was holding, is gone too. At the end of the song, they come back to the party and are engaged. This is a tune about being completely open with your emotions.

“You Don’t Own Me” features a very strong character, as the singer proclaims to the man she is seeing that she knows she’s just one of his “many toys,” and that means that she will be who she wants to be and do what she wants to do. In other words, he’s one of her toys too. Of the three Gore numbers in The Marvelous Wonderettes, this offers a vision of a woman who’s decided that she gets to play by the same rules to which men have access.

Feel-Good Future

If groups find The Marvelous Wonderettes offers great party feelings, what sort of feelings are they exactly? About what type of party are we talking? What do those who participate in The Marvelous Wonderettes group discount tickets program get from this musical? Unlike the party in “It’s My Party,” the celebration offered by The Marvelous Wonderettes is optimistic and includes, ultimately, a happy ending. By the end of the musical, the four characters still have their challenges, but they are also ready to take them on and move forward.

ticketsContact us today for group tickets to The Marvelous Wonderettes, offering audiences a fantastic musical theatre experience at a great price. Group ticket prices are just $45 per person and a group can be a few as eight people! We make it easy for you to secure your great group ticket rate.

For group sales, email either janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com or call 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716. Performances are at Theatre Row, Kirk Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036 on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

wonderettes1950’s musical innocence defines The Marvelous Wonderettes, and that very innocence is something that audiences find very attractive. The first act of the show takes place in 1958, a time when American Bandstand offered wholesome entertainment, Pat Boone was a teen idol, and girl’s skirts still went down to the knee. The four young ladies who are The Marvelous Wonderettes, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, represent that period.

The second act, which is set in 1968, a time of turbulence in the U.S., still embraces musical innocence, but in a different way, as many of the songs in that act are more about teens, specifically women, setting new rules and following their dreams. Still, all-in-all, musical innocence defines The Marvelous Wonderettes, making it fun, endearing, and eminently enjoyable by a large cross-section of audiences.

Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show

One show that certainly defined the late 50s was Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show, which ran from February 15, 1958 to September 10, 1960. Sponsored by Beechnut Gum, the popular variety show was aired Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Clark’s show featured chart-climbing musical performers, interviews with celebrities such as Bob Hope, Tony Randall, and Johnny Carson, and a countdown from the number 10 down to the number one songs on that week’s top 40.dick clark

Clark did 136 shows, all of which were broadcast live. Of the 136 shows. 131 were broadcast from Manhattan’s Little Theater located at 240 West 44th Street, NYC. (It is now the Helen Hayes Theatre.) The other five shows were broadcast from various parts of the U.S. from June 11, 1960 to July 9, 1960.

The Chordettes

As musical innocence defines The Marvelous Wonderettes, it also defined Clark’s show. One of the prime examples would be the appearance of The Chordettes, who on February 22, 1958 sang two of their hits, “Lollipop” and “Mr. Sandman.” Both of these songs can be found in the first act of The Marvelous Wonderettes

The Chordettes singing “Lollipop” and “Mr. Sandman” on Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beechnut Show

Act II and The Marvelous Wonderettes

Although the second act of The Marvelous Wonderettes includes a reprise of “Mr. Sandman,” the majority of the songs focus on themes that are less innocent, such as rebellion (“Leader of the Pack”), cheating (“Maybe I Know”), equality (“RESPECT”), and female independence (“You Don’t Own Me”). Although 1950’s musical innocence defines The Marvelous Wonderettes in its initial act, there’s a different type of musical innocence in act two. Our next blog considers that new type of innocence and how so many of the songs by Lesley Gore, featured in The Marvelous Wonderettes, contain this new energy.

ticketsPlease contact us today for group tickets to The Marvelous Wonderettes, with performances at Theatre Row, Kirk Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036 on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Group ticket prices are just $45 per person with the group rate kicking in with eight or more. We make it easy for you to secure your great group ticket rate. For group sales, email either janet.robinson@jrgroupsales.com or info@allticketsinc.com or call 212-362-5797 or 800-922-0716.

wonderettesLet the good times roll, the music fill you, and the characters and comedy take you away to a place where you’ll laugh out loud, enjoy classic pop music and lyrics from the 50s and 60s, and get lost in another time for a few truly enjoyable hours. If you’re looking for a great group experience as just described, then you’ll want to take advantage of The Marvelous Wonderettes group ticket prices. This is a wondrously marvelous musical for groups.

Why Audiences Love The Marvelous Wonderettes

There are many reasons as to why audiences love the musical The Marvelous Wonderettes. We’ve chosen five. Once you see it, you’ll probably easily list off five more. Here are just five aspects of this musical that make it a major crowd-pleaser.

One- The Music

Hit after hit after comes your way, including “It’s My Party,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Mr. Sandman,” and “RESPECT.” A collection of number one and top 40 hits, including rock and roll, ballads, doo-wop, soul, and rhythm and blues, take you back to 1958 and 1968. You’ll leave the theatre singing the tunes and the praises of this show.

Two- The Performers

The ladies in this show take it to the limit every performance. The Marvelous Wonderettes stars Ryann Redmond (Suzy), Kristy Cates (Missy), Jenna Leigh Green (Cindy Lou), and Sally Schwab (Betty Jean). The cast members have a wealth of live performance experiences, which includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, and international credits, as well as film and television roles.

Three- The Comedy and Upbeat Ending

The character comedy is hilarious, as the four kooky women reveal their inner feelings, greatest hopes and fears, and raw emotions, often hilariously and sometimes touchingly, through their songs, interactions, and observations. This is a rollercoaster ride that’s powered by big performances, pop classics, and huge personalities as Suzy, Missy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean experience love, jealousy, anger, passion, and much more. Secrets are revealed, dreams are nurtured and dashed, and each of The Marvelous Wonderettes discovers a happy ending as they finish their reunion performance.

Four- The Right Nostalgic Note

If you remember the 50s and 60s, or love that era, including the music, then this is a musical that you will find enchanting. The Marvelous Wonderettes takes you back to a time of big hair, soft sweaters, and crinoline, music that raised you up or ripped your heart out, and friendships that were tempered and forged without social media, Smartphones, and the Internet. In fact, this is a musical that can make just about anyone long for days gone-bye.

Five- Everyone Loves It

It is true that everyone can find something to like about The Marvelous Wonderettes. It has amazing audience appeal that cuts across all generations. It’s smart enough, innocent enough, and honest enough that it readily connects with everyone in the audience. The entire family will love this musical.

A Sixth Reason- The Marvelous Wonderettes Group Ticket Prices

We had to add one more. The Marvelous Wonderettes group ticket prices are just $45 per person and a group can be a few as eight people! We make it easy for you to secure your great group ticket rate. Performances are at Theatre Row – Kirk Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036 on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. & 8:15 p.m., Thursdays at 8:15 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

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The holiday season seems to sneak up on us every year. Even if we aren’t ready when it comes, we submit to celebrating by watching holiday films, singing carols, and investing in tickets to the theatre or ballet. Today, we’re talking about those holiday theatre traditions you can travel to NYC to see as well as national tour of shows that may be performing in your native state!

A Holly, Jolly Christmas

The magnificent Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

If you’ve got the funds to head to New York City this December, there are a couple performances you shouldn’t miss. If you got to see the Rockettes at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, then you know you should go see The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This year’s performance was the best I’ve seen on the television special in years. Besides the spectacular, take a visit to The New York City Ballet to see George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. These locations are pretty obvious ones for tourists but if you haven’t seen them yet, they’re a no brainer.

At Your Own Front Door

Two of the biggest national tours for the holidays will be circulating as late as December 31st. Whether you’re a youngster or just young at heart, you’ll enjoy the live performances of Elf the Musical and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on tour. These productions are going to many cities around the country. Check out the hyperlinks to see if there is a production near you!

There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

If you aren’t planning on going to NYC or driving to a packed theatre to see a productions, there is another live event to consider. On December 17th at 7:00pm eastern time, A Christmas Story the Musical will be live on the Fox Network. The musical stars Matthew Broderick, Maya Rudolph, Jane Krakowski, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Ana Gasteyer. Fix your own snacks and set your family up in front of the television to witness this holiday event!

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Mickey Mouse debuts in Macys’ Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1934.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is my favorite television event of the year. For the past few years, I’ve set an alarm for 8:55am, and run down the stairs in my pajamas like a kid on Christmas to change the channel to NBC. Let it be known that I am 25 years old… Even though I know the performers aren’t singing live and are probably freezing their butts off out there, the Broadway performances have always been a magical part of celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. Read today’s All Tickets Buzz Stream post about the Broadway shows that we’ll all be running down the stairs to on Thursday.

Some Old, Familiar Faces

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be featuring two Broadway shows fans are familiar with this year: Dear Evan Hansen and Anastasia. Dear Evan Hansen won multiple Tony Awards in June this year including best musical, best score, and best book. Ben Platt, the show’s original Broadway cast star, has recently left the musical so we may be seeing his replacement, Noah Galvin, at the parade.

As for Anastasia, this new musical didn’t see as much spotlight on Tony Award night as Dear Evan Hansen but it certainly has the right amount of wonder to be perfect for an event like the parade. With music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on this Island), I’m extremely excited to see this performance in front of the Macy’s storefront.

The New Guys

So…these musicals aren’t exactly new if you’ve been keeping up with videos from Playbill… however, Spongebob The Musical and the revival of Once on this Island will be creating some buzz with their performances at the parade as well. Both shows are currently running in previews. Spongebob is currently set to open December 4th and Once on this Island will open December 3rd.

More Options

If the Broadway performances end and you’re seriously wanting more of that instead of giant pikachu… there is a second option! Change your dial to CBS during the parade and see the casts of Waitress and Come from Away featured on the CBS network. They will also be showing snippets of the parade besides these featured performances. If you’re having a hard time deciding which network you’ll watch that morning, know that Jason Mraz will be performing in Waitress. If you have a crush on him like I do, that might help you make a decision…

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meanOne of the most quotable movies of the millennial generation is going to be premiering on Broadway in 2018. From questioning butter as a carbohydrate to wearing pink on Wednesdays, this is an entertainment phenomenon that has connected fans for over a decade. With a book by Tina Fey and music by her spouse, Jeff Richmond, the world will soon be subscribing to the plastics and their perfect, little, preppy world live onstage. Mean Girls will begin preview performances at the August Wilson Theatre on March 12th of 2018. Before that, it will be housed by the National Theatre in Washington D.C.

There’s a Thirty Percent Chance It’s Already Raining…

Mean Girls was a film from 2004 that starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Tina Fey herself! The film was based on a book called Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. Fey took the book that was all about women and the cliques they subscribe to in school and added her own twist of humor. The film centered around Lohan’s character, Cady Heron, a smart, beautiful young girl who had just switched to a public high school after living her whole life in South Africa. Unfamiliar with the hierarchy of her new school she makes friends with the art geeks, Damien and Janis. After Cady has a run in with the popular girls in school Janis decides to take revenge on the Plastics leader, Regina George, by having Cady pose as a popular girl who secretly wants to ruin Regina’s life.

Someone Should Totally Just Stab Caesar

The question going forward is about whether this musical production can make Mean Girls fans think the live production is just as “fetch” as the original. The characters have to be extremely hateable, likeable, and quotable at the same time. The marketing team for the show just put out a little teaser on Monday, September 11th. View the video below to see what the Plastics have to say about the musical:

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Cher is a style icon, music mogul, and LGBTQ activist whose career has brought forth so many memorable songs and performances. Starting in June of 2018, it seems that she will be working with Broadway creatives to “Turn Back Time” on her career with a five week musical engagement in Chicago. The Cher Show is going through a month long lab now in NYC with Jersey Boys librettist, Rick Elice, Avenue Q director, Jason Moore, choreography by Newsies’ Christopher Gattelli, and production by Hamilton’s Jeffrey Seller.

Babe, Lady, and Star

The casting breakdowns for the production revealed the most to curious fans about the production plot. Three women will play Cher at three different points in her life. The first, Babe, will represent Cher as a young woman: Independent, insecure, and in love with Sonny Bono. Lady will represent Cher in the middle section of her life where she becomes famous and starts to transition to that next part of her star studded life. Star is the final version of Cher who has aged into her successes but still sees failures and hardships.

Could It Be Better Timing?

Because of this eruption of LGBTQ pop culture within the current decade, this could be the perfect time for a Cher musical. Audiences who love Cher also tend to watch television like RuPaul’s Drag Racewhere her son Chaz is a frequent judge and strong advocate for LGBTQ rights. Besides this, Will and Grace is back on television and making national commentary on sexuality like it used to. Sean Hayes’ character on the show loves Cher and even meets her in a past season:

My guess is that there is a specific market for people who would want to go to a Cher musical. The question is if the musical draws them in enough with a good production to get them saying, “Yaass, Cher! I Got You, Babe!

angelsIt was recently announced that ticket sales for the 18 week special engagement of Angels in America starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield have begun. To purchase them now, you have to be an Audience Rewards member. But if you’re like me and you’re not… general ticket sales will begin October 30th and tickets to both parts of the epic story will be sold together. The production comes to Broadway from London’s National Theatre marked as a “Gay Fantasia on National Themes.”

“The Fastest Selling Show in National Theatre History”

The Neil Simon Theatre will be housing this British transfer starting February 23rd for previews that recently had an entirely sold out run at the National Theatre in London. The original production opened on Broadway in May of 1993. It won Tony awards for Best Actor (Ron Leibman), Best Direction (George C. Wolfe), Best Featured Actor (Stephen Spinella), and Best Play (Tony Kushner).

Set in New York City in the 1980s, Kushner’s story has multiple storylines centered around relationships, sexual orientation, and transcendence: “A gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel.”

“The Sky is Not the Limit”

To see this production at the Neil Simon Theatre, not only do you need to wait for general ticket sales but you also have to plan accordingly. On the Angels in America website, a schedule is available for Part I and Part II performances:calendar angels

Tickets are sold as a package so each patron sees both parts. You can make your reservation on http://www.angelsbroadway.com/ on October 30th. Don’t miss his special engagement production!

broderickThe next installment of Fox’s live television musicals is in the works for December 17th when A Christmas Story:Live hits the small screen. It was recently announced that Matthew Broderick will be playing the role of adult Ralphie. Broderick has many years of experience performing in live theatre as well as in films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the film version of the musical The Producers. Hopefully this production will be a memorable one for all the families across America who will be sitting down in front of their screens to witness the old fashioned tradition of live, musical television.

The Plot

If you’ve ever watched the TBS network on Christmas Eve, you’ve seen this movie. I always miss watching the entire film at once since I always turn on the TV in the middle while I clean for Christmas guests…But it’s a sincere Christmas favorite about a little boy named Ralphie growing up in a normal American family who dreams about getting a Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. The most memorable moments in the film include the “triple dog dare” that leads to a tongue stuck to an icy post, Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant, and the scantily clad leg lamp Ralphie’s father takes from the box marked “fra-gi-le.”

ralphieThe musical production of the memorable film was spearheaded by an incredible team including the musical writing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. These two men wrote the music for the current Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen. The book was written by Joseph Robinette who has done a lot of children’s book adaptations like Charlotte’s Web. The show premiered on Broadway in 2012 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre and received multiple Tony nominations.

You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out

The executive producer of the live musical, Marc Platt, is working to help adapt the musical to television with the help of the musical’s creative team and the Fox network. Platt had recently worked with Fox on the adaptation of Grease Live!. In a recent article with Variety, Fox’s president commented: “A Christmas Story’ is one of the most beloved holiday films of all time – audiences have made a yearly ritual of re-watching it – and we are so thrilled to have Marc leading the charge in bringing the musical version of that film to television. (…) The extraordinarily gifted Pasek and Paul were instrumental in transposing the movie to the stage, and we believe the transition to live television event will be just as entertaining for viewers.”

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girlsNamed for the Martina McBride song, the new musical This One’s for the Girls is premiering Off-Broadway on October 7th at St. Luke’s Theatre. The musical is a performance of songs that empower American women and celebrate their heritage. The show’s writer, Dorothy Marcic, is using a similar theme as the writing the Off-Broadway musical called Sistas which played at St. Luke’s as well as theatres in Detroit and Nashville.

I Will Survive

Though there isn’t much information about this production besides casting, showtimes, and some select songs, there is much more about Dorothy Marcic’s other labor of love: Sistas The Musical. This musical continues to play at Luke’s on Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30pm and is about five women in a family who all come together to clean out the attic of a family member who has died. As they clean out the attic, they find old photo albums, record albums, and costumes. The women sing the songs that remind them most of their deceased matriarch and celebrate the heritage of black women in America. Many of the songs in that show are similar to those of “The One’s for the Girls” including “Respect” and “I Will Survive” .

Girls Just Wanna Have Funroar

It has been announced that this production of This One’s for the Girls will play Friday evenings at 8pm and Saturday afternoons at 2pm starting on October 7th. It will be directed by Tamara Kangas Erickson (Director of Chanhassan Dinner Theatre in Minnesota) and music directed by Zachary Ryan (Sistas Music Director). Cast will include Traci Bair (Cirque Dreams), Aneesa Folds (Ragtime National Tour), Jana Robbins (Crimes of the Heart), and Haley Swindal (Jekyll & Hyde 1997 Revival).

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barbaracookEarly in the morning on August 8th Tony Award winner, Barbara Cook, died in her Manhattan apartment of respiratory failure. Cook enjoyed a career as a lyric soprano singing in such productions as The Music Man. She was able to conquer a debilitating addiction to alcohol and adjust to the times by singing more low and soulful music in cabarets. Called a “vivacious vocalist” “forever carrying a tune,” join us in celebrating a songstress whose passing is affecting the nation.

Madame Librarian

In her early years as a performer, Cook portrayed many memorable characters. The first well known character being Marian the Librarian opposite Robert Preston in the 1957 film adaptation of The Music Man. She sang such tunes as “Til There Was You” and “Goodnight, My Someone”. Cook was also well known for being the first Cunegonde in Stephen Sondheim’s Candide. In a 2002 interview with NPR, Cook commented on singing “Glitter and Be Gay” in the operetta:

“The Atlanta-born soprano started her Broadway career in 1951, but it was her 1956 role in Leonard Bernstein’s short-lived Candide, with its popular cast recording, that ensured her immortality. In 2002, Cook told NPR that Bernstein’s vocal demands were daunting.
‘I was counting the high notes in the score, and there were four E flats over high C, there were six D flats, there were 16 B flats and 21 high Cs. … That’s just unbelievable,’ she said. ‘It’s unheard of. But that’s what was in the score for me to sing and I did it eight times a week.’”

Changing With the Times

barbaracook2After a great career doing lyrical soprano work in musicals, Cook suffered from severe alcoholism that prevented her from performing. It wasn’t until the 1980s that she received help from friends to rediscover her talent and regain her reputation. She debuted in cabarets in New York City and London and went public about her issues with alcohol. Cook did get to perform in other musicals as well including a concert version of Follies in 1985 with the New York Philharmonic as well as a 2010 Roundabout revival of Company.

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mbutterfly1The 1988 Drama Desk Award winner for Most Outstanding Play and Tony Award winner for Best New Play is heading back to Broadway with a very cinematic start. M. Butterfly whose lead role once was played by John Lithgow, will be spearheaded by Oscar nominee Clive Owen. The production will be starting previews on October 7th at the Cort Theatre and has released some very dramatic preview trailers. Written by David Henry Hwang, the revival will be directed by Julie Taymor who is most known for her direction of The Lion King in 1997.

Plot

This stage play is based on the love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and a Chinese opera singer named Shi Pei Pu. The subject matter of this story is controversial because it blurs boundaries of gender as well as postmodernism. The characters in Hwang’s portrayal take on the affair for twenty years and the French diplomat never realizes the object of his affection is actually a man.
Clive_Owen
The marketing team for this revival have done a great job of creating suspense for interested audiences. The play trailer is cinematically beautiful and eerie…almost mocking the mood of a Hitchcock film. The production photos of Clive Owen look very similar to photos of a young Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window or Vertigo. The words in the trailer say: “I’ve sat night after night watching our story play through my head. One where she returns at last to my arms. For I have known and been loved by…the perfect woman.”

Big Shoes To Fill

With the lifetime successes of John Lithgow as well as the original director of M. Butterfly, John Dexter, both Owen and Taymor will be in for a lot of work to make this revival better or equal to the original. Is this a production you’d like to judge with your own eyes? Visit the M. Butterfly Show page on allticketsinc.com for great group rates once this show opens for previews!

157285969JS00012_2012_RIPPLNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is currently running on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. Based on a tiny sliver of the novel War and Peace, this musical was spearheaded by the talent that is Diane Paulus over at the American Repertory Theater. However, no matter how much talent has been exhibited in this production, it didn’t see much spotlight at the Tony Award ceremony on June 11th. The creative team is clearly pushing hard to keep ticket sales up, but it seems that their efforts are causing more controversy than ticket conversion…

What Happened

On July 26th, Playbill leaked the news that Mandy Patinkin would be stepping in for the role of Pierre in Great Comet. The role was originated by Josh Groban but has been played by Hamilton alum, Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan since Groban’s departure. Along with Patinkin, singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has been a part of the cast since July 3rd. Her performance time is set to end on August 15th which is when Patinkin was announced to be added to the show for three weeks. However, amidst all this exciting news…something was overlooked.

tn-500_ogc11Comet producer, Howard Kagan, made a statement this week about Onaodowan possibly returning to play Pierre again in September, though this contradicted the first announcement. Kagan originally stated that Onaodowan would play his final performance August 13th. Then more news came… Patinkin was performing for these dates because of a scheduling conflict with the television show Homeland. So Onaodowan needed to agree to new final dates in order to make room for Patinkin’s availability. This caused some uproar on social media especially along the lines of race. Social Media users called producers out for making a black actor step aside for a white actor. Because of this uproar, Patinkin withdrew from the original plan to join the cast.

The Editorial Part

In my opinion, people were surprised that Great Comet didn’t do better at the Tony’s. It offers a lot of new and beautiful elements that make us rethink the definition of “musical theatre.” The production was cast with actors of many backgrounds and even made way for some familiar names. The producers want to see this production continue to sell tickets and Mandy Patinkin is a hugely well-known musical theatre legend. His presence in the show would inspire a new set of theatre lovers to go see it, even though they may not be into its contemporary style.

I want to give the producers the benefit of the doubt and say that schedules got messy and they had to make some quick decisions. I believe that Onaodowan’s feelings and professional contract were bruised because ticket sales became the most important thing. Kudos to Patinkin for backing out respectfully instead of getting involved. Hopefully Great Comet will recover.

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A revival of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is headed to Broadway next spring! Not only will audiences get to hear the memorable music from the show, but it will be performed by some of Broadway’s finest performers…including a MET opera star transitioning to musical theatre.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

It was announced in April of this year that Jack O’Brien (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) would be directing the revival. Stars include Tony nominee Joshua Henry (Aaron Burr, Hamilton Tour) as Billy Bigelow, Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Carole King, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Julie Jordan, and the Metroplitan Opera’s Renee Fleming as Nettie Fowler. This role is set to mark Fleming’s retirement from her opera career and the start of a new part of her performing life.

The Plot is Bustin’ Out All Over

Carousel is the story of Julie Jordan, a young woman who goes to the fair with her friend for an escape from everyday life. She meets an older man named Billy Bigelow who works at the fair and immediately falls in love with him. This show is the story of their unhealthy relationship and the way love ties people together under any circumstance.

The show has yet to book a definite Broadway house though it is set to open on March 23rd of 2018. The show has received a lot of criticism overtime for Julie Jordan’s weak disposition as the female heroine. It will be interesting to see Jack O’Brien’s take on this musical classic and the ways in which he will make the issues of the musical more appropriate. Besides bringing new issues to light and evening the score between Julie and Billy, we will be able to hear Renee Fleming sing all of the most memorable songs in the production.

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Whether you were watching the awards in the mezzanine or sitting at home with a bunch of theatre fans, the 2017 Tony Award live broadcast was a magical experience. One of my favorite moments of the night was seeing Kevin Spacey tap dance. If you missed those musical numbers or didn’t get a chance to see who won which category, let All Tickets’ Buzz Stream fill you in!

The Winners!

Of all of the productions nominated this year, Dear Evan Hansen took home 6 awards. It won Best Book, Best Orchestrations, Best Original Score, Best Performance of a Featured Actress, Best Performance by a Leading Actor, AND it won for Best Musical. Besides all of its wins, Ben Platt’s (Best Leading Actor in a Musical) performance of Waving Through a Window was one of the most incredible elements. Platt, who had been on vocal rest the weekend prior, performed marvelously. View the video below to see his Tony performance if you didn’t get to see it on June 11th!

In the world of the play, I really enjoyed the way that the creatives behind the Tony Awards chose to have the playwrights give their own explanations of their works. Between musical theatre performances, celebrity presenters, and Kevin Spacey silliness, the audience got a little bit of storytelling throughout the program. August Wilson’s Jitney won for best revival, J.T. Rogers’ Oslo won Best Play, and Indecent won for Best Direction as well as lighting design. Kevin Klein, Michael Aronov, Cynthia Nixon, and Laurie Metcalf were the performers who took home awards for Best Leading and Featuring actors and actresses for the season.

Hello, Dolly!

Hello Dolly! was a much anticipated element of this year’s awards for me. People were either rolling their eyes at Bette Midler’s long acceptance speech or yelling Yaass Kween! at their screens. However, a revival such as this requires a real leading lady with overwhelming presence…which the public clearly received. The win for Best Revival as well as Best Leading Actress in a Musical show that Bette and her team overshadowed the other shows in their category (Though the Miss Saigon performance was also very incredible). One thing we didn’t get to see was Bette Midler performing on the night of her win. Although David Hyde Pierce’s performance was wonderful and we got to see a song originally deleted from the history of Hello Dolly!, I would have liked to see Bette Midler sing.

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I believe that many would argue the productions of The Wiz and Hairspray by NBC were more successful than that of Grease Live! or The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Fox network. I threw my fair amount of shade at the production of Rocky I watched last October! But whether we watch NBC or Fox, we still get the popular celeb names who aren’t necessarily the right casting choice for live musical theatre… Fox just announced its plan to broadcast Rent Live! Though we don’t know of the release timeline yet, it sounds like a great choice for generating nationwide theatre nerd watchers!

rentThe Need to Express to Communicate

NBC has worked hard to brand itself toward family friendly musicals. We know NBC as the number one source for family traditions like The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It only makes sense for them to continue on the path of wholesome family musicals to cuddle up around the television to. However, Fox’s choice to show less “family-friendly” material proves that they have a different audience with which to communicate. They want to reach slightly older musical theatre fans and are hoping to achieve a high volume of watchers. Though shade-throwers like myself would say NBC’s production value is better, Fox’s Grease Live! beat most of NBC’s productions in volume of viewers.

“…And I’m Just a Little Weak on My Feet”

NBC announced that its next live musical will be Jesus Christ Superstar and it won’t premiere until Easter of 2018! In the meantime, Fox has plans laid out for live productions of A Christmas Story and Rent. Perhaps Fox is headed in the right direction and audiences will be thrilled with the outcome! I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that we get a great depiction that the musical theatre classic deserves.

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Dear Evan Hansen is one of the favorites this year!
Dear Evan Hansen is one of the favorites this year!

The Tony Awards are set for June 11th at 8pm on CBS and audiences will be watching to see all of the performances! Some highlights will be songs from Great Comet, Dear Evan Hansen waving through a window, and Bette Midler will be gracing the stage in Hello Dolly! hoping for a Best Revival win.

Another Opening, Another Show

After last year’s incredible and inevitable sweep by Hamilton, this year’s awards may not be as crazy. However, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Great Comet, and Groundhog Day have caused a stir in audiences. Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen are the two shows to really tackle from social and historical controversies this year…so my money’s on one of those shows to bring home the award for Best Musical this year.

The Competition Is On

When it comes to Broadway plays, there have been some incredible performers in New York City this year. There are some big names nominated for awards including Cate Blanchett, Danny DeVito, Jennifer Ehle, Sally Field, Laura Linney, Laurie Metcalf, Nathan Lane, Richard Thomas, and Cynthia Nixon. Whomever wins the awards for Best Actor or Best Actress in a play will be in the company of many other talented nominees.

June 11th!

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Use the tonyawards.com to see all the nominees in every category.

It’s almost time for summer stock theatre and some Broadway favorites are going to be featured at New England regional theatres this season. Mark your calendars, book your hotels, and don’t forget to print your tickets! Read today’s All Tickets article for a listing of Broadway’s best on regional stages on the east coast!

The Cape Playhouse

mcgrathSet on Cape Cod in Dennis, MA, this regional theatre will be bringing in some fantastic names this season. Notably, they will be producing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as well as Gypsy. Spelling Bee, which is playing from July 11th-22nd, will feature Michael McGrath (She Loves Me) as Panch, Kay Trinidad (The Little Mermaid) as Marcy, and Farah Alvin (It Shoulda Been You) as Rona. From August 8th-19th, former Elphabas Julia Murney and Caroline Bowman will star in Gypsy. Murney will play Rose and Bowman will play Louise. This is seriously a season not to be missed!

The Ogunquit Playhouse

cassidyThis theatre in Ogunquit, ME likes to take its sweet time releasing cast lists but it has already been announced that Patrick Cassidy (Annie Get Your Gun) will star as Sam in their production of Mamma Mia!. The production will open on May 17th and run for seven weeks until July 1st. After that, Sally Struthers (All in the Family) will star in Bullets Over Broadway from July 5th to July 29th. Based on the film by Woody Allen, this musical is about the making of a Broadway show with some unlawful gangsters meddling in the production costs…

If you’re looking to take a seaside vacation on the east coast this summer, consider these two locations for your musical theatre amusement! Make sure to call their box offices for recommendations on food and lodging.

Since previews opened on March 4th, Studio 54 has been home to Sweat. Previously staged at the Oregon Shakespeare Theatre as well as the off-Broadway Public Theatre, this show was recently granted the Pulitzer Prize for theatre. Lynn Nottage, the show’s conceiver, is the first woman to receive the award twice in a lifetime. The show focuses on the working class in the United States “whose anxiety helped put Donald J. Trump in the White house” (New York Times, March 26th).
The Story

The show features a diverse cast of nine ensemble members. They play steel mill workers in Reading, Pennsylvania during the George W. Bush presidency. These workers have been friends all their lives and have continued to spend their time together working in the steel factory. However, changed in the workplace cause them to pit against each other. Differences in race, creed, and gender start to pull them apart as there looms a secret, violent end that is sure to shock audiences.

New York Times critic, Ben Brantley, was hard on the piece in his opening night review saying that the play is overly expository, but he still seemed to really enjoy the show saying that it “warrants serious applause” as well as the “belated Broadway debut of Ms. Nottage, a justly acclaimed dramatist of ambitious scope and fierce focus” (New York Times, March 26th). He also commented on the reality in the characters that Nottage achieves in her writing:

Sweat is best at its muddiest, when love and hate, and the urges to strike out and to comfort, teeter in precipitous balance. That’s when Ms. Nottage’s characters, and the cast members who embody them, emerge in their full tragic humanity.
Sweat is one of the many productions to which we offer great group prices. If you’re taking a large group of adults to the city and want to see this sincerely moving Pulitzer prize winning show, we urge you to head to AllTickets for your purchase. Once you’ve seen it, tweet us @AllTicketsinc and tell us what you thought of the show!

romy_micheleA favorite movie of mine growing up was Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. The film overwhelmingly exaggerated stereotypes of high school kids and hilariously chronicled the journey Romy and Michele took to impress their former classmates as adults. From June 8th to July 2nd, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre will host a new musical version of the film in hopes that they can turn the cult classic into a musical hype.

The Plot

The film title pretty much encompasses the plot. Romy and Michele were best friends in high school and went on to live in LA together. They are both unmarried, don’t have boyfriends to speak of, and their jobs aren’t glamorous. When the news of their impending high school reunion reaches them, they come up with fake life stories to shock the people who belittled them.

The Team

The creative team behind this production includes director, Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages), book writer Robin Schiff (Original screenwriter for Romy and Michele…), choreographer Peggy Hickey (Anastasia), and songwriters Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay (Orange is the New Black). The team has already chosen the stars to play Romy and Michele, originally played by Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino in the film. Playing Romy is Courtney Wolfson, star of Broadway’s Kinky Boots and playing Michele is Rene Wall from Disney’s Frozen Live.

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amelie3Amelie, the film to stage musical starring Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo, will be opening at the Walter Kerr Theatre on April 3rd. Though it’s opening is a few weeks away, the musical has already received some criticism from the LA Times. Read some review highlights of this 2017 season sensation and get a peek of what is to come!

Humble Beginnings

The film Amelie was released in 2001 and received 5 Oscar Award nominations. Audrey Tautou(The DaVinci Code) played the title character of this whimsical telling. In the movie, Amelie has a very sad childhood living in Paris. Her mother commits suicide and her father shows no affection for his daughter. As a result, Amelie grows up a lonely woman working in a corner bistro in the city. A series of events prompts the discovery of a tin box left in her apartment by a previous tenant. amelieThe box contains photos and memorabilia and Amelie sets out to find its owner. When she finds the man who had lost the tin as a boy, she sees the way her act of kindness affects him. From then on, she works to do good deeds in the world for others. Ultimately, she learns to do good things for herself as well.

Reviews

Overall, reviews for the musical are good! However, these reviews are from previews and might not reflect what will be said once the show officially opens. The LA Times article is specifically important because the musical originally opened at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre last year. They have a kind of regional claim over the show’s origins. While Phillipa Soo was performing in Hamilton, the Berkeley Rep had chosen Samantha Barks (Eponine, Les Mis film) to play the title role. The LA Times cited Soo as a better choice for the role in type and vocal timbre, though Barks had done a better acting job, objectively. Charles McNulty, the LA Times reporter who reviewed the show, had more to say:

amelie2“Soo’s Amélie is shy, beautiful, genial — and a little bland. The character’s individual contours aren’t fully drawn yet. The window Amélie keeps staring out of is meant to frame a woman who is in the process of forming herself, but we need to know a little more about this germinating entity. (…) But these quibbles likely won’t keep you from getting swept up in the fun of this larky show. The music, which is nearly continuous, provides a magic carpet of orchestral strings upon which the production floats at will. Musical director, conductor and keyboardist Kimberly Grigsby draws out a sumptuous sound from her orchestra. And every time Soo opens her mouth to sing, the stars in Paris’ night sky shine brighter.”
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It’s been 25 years since we saw a production of My Fair Lady onstage. fair2The original production which starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, won 6 Tony awards. The movie was great too, though Marni Nixon had to “ghost sing” for Audrey Hepburn. The newest revival will be opening for previews on March 22nd, 2018 at the Lincoln Center Theatre and Broadway journalists are already speculating about the newest Eliza. Whoever she is…she needs to be someone who can “dance all night!”

“A-E-I-O-U”

The musical, based after the play by Robert Bernard Shaw called “Pygmalion,” is about a girl named Eliza who sells flowers on the street. One night she meets a gentleman, Henry Higgins, who mocks her lowly stature and speaking voice. He tells her that he is a linguist and could perfect her language to get her a better job as a real lady. Eliza dreams about the possibilities and then shows up at Henry Higgins’ home to ask about the offer. fairHiggins agrees to put her up in his home, dresses her like a lady, but treats her like a test subject until the end of the play when he realizes his adoration for her.

One of the great elements of the musical is Eliza’s strength. All of the female characters have power regardless of their social stature, but Eliza goes from being treated like a test subject to a woman with a strong mind and a stubborn attitude. The music is beautiful, the story is funny, and the relationships are memorable.

The Creative Team

Directing this revival is Bartlett Sher, recipient of the 2008 Tony for Best Director from South Pacific also at Lincoln Center. Sher will be bringing back his South Pacific team with Scenic designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Catherine Zuber, and lighting designer Donald Holder.

We can’t wait to see who the next Eliza is! Would you go out for the role if there was an open call? Let us know on Twitter!

spamiltonEven before last year’s Tony Awards, American audiences knew to expect multiple wins for Hamilton. As Broadway’s current sensation, it almost feels like other Broadway shows don’t live up to it! However, looking back at theatre history we see that sold out patterns like Hamilton have occurred before. In fact, there is an entire Off-Broadway show whose plot centers around the normalization of the Hamilton phenomenon. The production called Spamilton both praises and normalizes the phenomenon while appealing to well-versed musical theatre geeks everywhere.

The Conceivers

The composer and playwright behind Spamilton is Forbidden Broadway creator, Gerard Alessandrini. Though his Off-Broadway career has been all about spoofs since 1988, Alessandrini has won a number of awards including an OBIE, a Lucille Lortel Award, a Drama League Award, and five Drama Desk Awards. Some other musical titles in his Off-Broadway series include Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey, Forbidden Broadway: A Rude Awakening , and Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back.

Not Throwing Away His SpoofGerard_Alessandrini

For a creator who has made his career on spoof musicals, Alessandrini is a pretty successful guy. Spamilton seems to be no exception since the New York Times gave it a pretty great review last September. One of the elements the Times Reviewer, Ben Brantley, mentions is the hype of Hamilton with the overall fame and popularity of former President Barack Obama. His attendance in its rise of fame and post as America’s first black president were staple elements of Hamilton. Alessandrini’s Spamilton has a scene where Barack and Michelle are listening to the Hamilton soundtrack before bed. Alessandrini mentions that JFK and Jackie O would listen to Camelot before bed since it was Jackie’s favorite musical during the JFK presidency and this scene was made as a mirror to that event.

“(…) contrary to what its more rabid fans might believe, “Hamilton” is neither the only show in town nor the only musical that ever mattered. “Spamilton” is here to dispel those myths by placing Mr. Miranda’s masterwork in a context that might be described, on many levels, as broad. (…) In other words, Mr. Alessandrini’s latest effort isn’t just about “Hamilton,” but about where it fits on the continuum of show business as usual

(New York Times, Sept. 2016).

This production is happening at Stage 72, formerly known at The Triad. It runs for 80 minutes with no intermission and if you sit in the orchestra, you need to order at least 2 drinks. If you like Broadway spoofs and drink minimums, head to 158 West 72nd Street before the show closes on April 30th!

comefromawayThis month, a new Broadway show will be opening at the Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre. It is a production that has seen a lot of stage time since 2015 on the West Coast and whose subject matter is a little touchy. It is the first musical the world has seen that is based on the events of 9/11. Its name, Come From Away, refers to its setting in Newfoundland, Canada where 38 planes holding almost 7,000 people were forced to land after the U.S. government shutdown the U.S. airspace. The musical, which is walking on marketing eggshells, could be the musical of the year.

Deterring From 9/11 Terminology

I decided to write about this new production after I watched the above NY1 interview with musical ensemble member, Joel Hatch. Prior to watching the interview, I had seen multiple marketing videos of music and audience quotes, none of which really touched on the fact that 9/11 is the musical’s central event. Hatch addressed the anxiety of the NY1 journalists about seeing a production around an event that is still pretty taboo in our society. He said that this musical is largely about how the entire world was affected by 9/11.

The show stars 12 actors who take on many roles to tell real stories of people who were stranded in Newfoundland after 9/11. The actors play Newfoundland residents as well as the “come from aways” (non-native visitors) to enact relationships that came out of the 5-day stay on the island. The music of the show is celtic-folk and represents the Irish immigrants who settled in Newfoundland in the early 1900s. It has eight band members who are also a big part of the story.

The Drawcomefromaway2

Though the marketing spends much more time dwelling on the show’s characters than the fact that it is a 9/11 musical, that is the draw to the show. Just wondering what political commentary will be made in the production, and wondering if it is a good telling could be enough to drive ticket sales. Also, its musical sound is current with the Broadway trend in folk music like that of Bright Star, Once, and The Bridges of Madison County.

Make up your mind about the show and order some group tickets from All Tickets today. If you’ve already seen the show, what did you think? Tell us on Twitter!

sundayLast October, the New York City Center hosted Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal for a concert performance of Sunday in the Park with George. The production, which received rave reviews from the New York Times, will be transferring to Broadway at the Hudson Theatre from February 23rd until April 23rd.

The Show

The original production of Sunday in the Park…, written by Stephen Sondheim, premiered in 1984. It starred Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters and received Tony Awards for best Lighting and Scenic Design. Since it was up against La Cage Aux Folles that year, it was a bit overshadowed.

The story, based on a painting by George Seurat, takes place on the island of La Grande Jatte on the River Seine just outside the gates of Paris. In 1884, George Seurat is busy painting the people around him. Through his painting he learns about the people around him. When he goes home, he meets his mistress and model, Dot (Peters’ character). George’s pre-occupation with work has gotten in the way of his romance with Dot and in finding herself pregnant and unhappy, she accepts the marriage proposal of another man.

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It takes a lot to be compared to theatre greats like Patinkin and Peters. According the reviews of his staged reading performance last year, that concert was a very cathartic experience. This new production, which will employ full stage designs and costumes unlike the reading, should be even more successful in catharsis:

“But when Mr. Gyllenhaal intones, ‘blue, blue, blue, blue,’ in a bristling succession of notes, you could swear you hear dabs of paint turning into shimmer. With that moment, we’ve stepped with Mr. Gyllenhaal through the doorway of one man’s vision and into the empyrean summoned by his character, the 19th-century French painter Georges Seurat. It’s going to be a long and happy time before we have to return to our dimmer daily worldviews”

(NYT, Oct. 2016).

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sweeneyAs a kid, one of my favorite films was the tour version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn. The original cast included Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou and the musical has been represented by many duos! The latest couple playing Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney will be performing Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre next year. Tony Award winners Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello will be “trying the Priest” Off-Broadway from April 11th- August 13th.

City on Fire

The last time we saw Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd in New York City, it was in concert at Lincoln Center starring Bryn Terfel as Sweeney, Emma Thompson as Lovett, and Audra McDonald as The Beggar Woman. The production was live telecast and reinvented the usual concert musical performance ideal. The cast started out in their fancy attire in front of music stands and a full orchestra until they stripped themselves of the “polite performance behavior,” changed into costumes, chucked their scripts, and performed the musical full out. It was an incredible performance.

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel
Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel

Before the Lincoln Center performance, we saw another reinvented production of Sweeney Todd at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in 2005. The production starred Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris. Directed by John Doyle, it transferred to New York from the West End. This production was revolutionary because the actors worked at the orchestra along with their regular parts. Lupone played the tuba and the percussion instruments while Cerveris played the guitar. Since this production, other musical revivals have followed suit in asking their performers to also act as the orchestra. The most recent Roundabout revival of Cabaret adopted this idea as well.

Did You Come In For a Pie, Sir?

This newest adaptation of the show, arranged by Christopher Bond, is supposed to be an awesome experience. The press notes from the production state:

“…immerses audiences in a completely new theatrical experience. This Sweeney Todd comes to New York City following sold-out runs in London where the show debuted in Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, the oldest continuously operating pie shop in the city, before transferring to a West End venue on Shaftesbury Avenue. The working pie-shop environment will be re-created at the Barrow Street Theatre.”
Pies will actually be sold to audience members during the production. Hopefully, the pies won’t be as expensive as the drinks at Broadway theatres! Chances are pretty low on that front…

The Wild Party at the City Center in 2015!
The Wild Party at the City Center in 2015!

The City Center puts on incredible limited engagement productions each year at great prices. I paid $25 a couple of years ago to see The Wild Party starring Sutton Foster and Steven Pasquale. It was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen in New York and the audience couldn’t have been more boisterous. Besides the crowd enjoyment, I couldn’t forget the cool ancillary programming alongside their season. With The Wild Party came historical lessons in dances crazes during prohibition in the lobby before the show. The ancillary programming has yet to be announced but their 2017 season was announced in May and we cannot wait…

BigRiver-570x570BIG RIVER

From February 8th-12th, a special production of Big River will have all of seven performances! Based on Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the musical has an amalgam of styles of music: bluegrass, honky tonk, and gospel. Tickets for this production start at $35. Stars like Christopher Sieber(Spamalot), Lauren Worsham(Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), and Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will be among the cast.

The New Yorkers: A Sociological Musical Satire

Set during prohibition, this musical reconstructs the 1930 show by Cole Porter that was lost to time and lack of upkeep. It is made possible by the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Broadway Musical Restoration Fund who provided the loose ends of music for the reconstruction. The production is set for March 22nd-26th and will hopefully live up to its name as one of the most ambitious musical reconstructions of its time: “The musical centers on featherbrained socialite Alice Miller, whose bootlegger beau leads her on a madcap romp from Park Avenue to Sing Sing and back again”.

The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple will run from May 10th-14th and is another ambitious production. The plot is based on The Iliad and The Odyssey. Its creators, Jerome Moross (Music) and John Latouche (Book), premiered it in 1954. Instead of Ancient Rome, the plot is set for 1950s USA. It sounds like a flop of a musical to me but it seems that critics liked it at the time.

Any of these productions would be well worth the $35 ticket. Playbill will be announcing more stars for the Encore season at the City Center and we hope we’ll be seeing more familiar faces!

charlie1The full cast was announced on December 19th for the new musical telling of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The oompa-loompas can be previewed starting March 28th of next year at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on West 46th Street. The cast will include 36 ensemble members including some Broadway veterans like Emily Padgett, Kathy Fitzgerald, Ben Crawford, John Rubinstein, and Christian Borle.

From Book to Movie to Musical

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a Roald Dahl favorite around the world giving it high expectations for viewers. The 1971 film helped us “view paradise” with Gene Wilder, the Tim Burton conception from 2005 gave us a slightly darker yet closer to the book telling, and the book has been a staple in public libraries children’s sections since its conception in 1964. Telling this story to reach the magical level originally achieved by Dahl to make it a transcendent story is the challenge a production like this would have to achieve.

The story is about a young boy named Charlie Bucket who lives in poverty with his parents and four grandparents. His grandparents share the only bed in the house and Charlie must work to help his family survive. His family lives in the same town as the famous Chocolate Factory run by Willy Wonka who closed his doors to visitors many years before. Wonka announces that he will allow five special people the opportunity to tour his factory and to win a lifetime’s supply of chocolate. He hides five golden tickets in his chocolate bars to be found by five lucky winners!

The Cast

Christian Borle will play the mysterious Willy Wonka!
Christian Borle will play the mysterious Willy Wonka!

One of the interesting things about this casting announcement is that they have cast three alternating children as Charlie: Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, and Ryan Sell. However, all of the “bad” children who are also on Wonka’s tour will be played by adults. Augustus Gloop, the first child to get the boot, will be played by F. Michael Haynie. He played Boq in Wicked as well as Dogfight off-Broadway. Other adults playing kids will be: Emma Pfaeffle as Veruca Salt (Finding Neverland), Trista Dollison as Violet Beauregard (A Bronx Tale), and Michael Wartella as Mike Teavee (Tuck Everlasting).

Christian Borle (Spamalot, Something Rotten, Legally Blonde) will lead the cast as Willy Wonka after a successful run of Falsettos on Broadway. He’ll go right from Falsettos to playing Wonka in 2017. Hopefully the reviews for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be as positive!

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Carrie Fisher in Agnes of God.

Carrie FisherWe’re all disappointed to see that so many beloved celebrities have passed away last year. Incredible performers who moved us during their lifetimes are difficult to let go. Recently, Carrie Fisher passed away from the effects of a massive heart attack. Today, we remember her career on the Great White Way and the live performances in which she excelled.

Broadway Debut

What you may not know is that Carrie Fisher made her debut on Broadway in 1973 in a revival of a musical that starred Debbie Reynolds! The musical was Irene about an Irish immigrant woman named Irene who is making her way up in New York high society. The original production began in 1919 and was revived in 1973 with Fisher as an ensemble member at the Minskoff Theatre.

Post-Star Wars Theatre Success

After the release of the first Star Wars film, Fisher had some more substantial roles on Broadway. From 1977 to 1983 when the original Star Wars films were released, she was involved in a few productions. In 1980, she originated the role of Iris in a comedy called Censored Scenes from King Kong. She performed alongside Stephen Collins and Alma Cuervo.

Carrie Fisher in Agnes of God.
Carrie Fisher in Agnes of God.

In January of 1983, Fisher replaced Amanda Plummer in the Broadway production of Agnes of God written by John Pielmeier. The show is about a nun who gives birth to a child in a convent and then strangles it. Agnes, the nun, must see a psychiatrist whose negative past has deterred her from the church. The psychiatrist ends up learning a lot about herself in the process of examining Agnes.

In 2009, Carrie Fisher opened her one woman show Wishful Drinking at 54 Below sponsored by the Roundabout Theatre Company. It received rave reviews and let audiences in on her experiences as a celebrity including the alcoholism she dealt with years before. To see excerpts from her one woman show, check out this link from Broadway World TV.

May The Force Be With You

With all of her triumphs as a performer, Carrie Fisher was also a great person. She suffered from drug abuse while in the public eye as a young performer but has been very vocal about her experiences. Her courage in expressing her life challenges in books, her one woman show, and in interviews gave her fan base more to respect her for more than just the skimpy outfit in The Return of the Jedi.

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Greenfield, Thomas Allen. Broadway: an encyclopedia of theater and American culture. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2010. Print.

In my house we have a Roku system that is set up with Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, and pretty much every streaming station you could dream of. Congress is trying to pass a bill to require cable companies to create apps for their service. It only makes sense that the streaming services would make it to Broadway as well in the form of BroadwayHD. For a monthly, yearly, or a la carte price, you can watch the Broadway shows you’ve been dreaming of right on your computer screen!

THE BREAKDOWN

newlogobhd_whitetmThe breakdown of subscribing to this service is a little pricey. With Netflix ranging from $7.99-$11.99 depending on video quality, HBONow at $15.99 a month, Amazon Prime ranging from $99-$149 a year (with tons of added bonuses in shipping costs), and Hulu at $7.99 a month, Broadway HD is a little expensive. The price to watch individual shows is $7.99 with a monthly subscription price of $16.99 and a yearly price of $169.99. You also are not able to receive all productions in all regions yet AND the video streaming site is not available on streaming devices like my beloved Roku.

What you do get with BroadwayHD is live recorded musicals and plays! You can also watch “making of” documentaries, classic Shakespeare performances, and concerts like Sondheim’s birthday concert from 2010. To escape from the high-priced site, you can choose to join their mailing list for offers. Maybe you’ll get a great coupon that will help you decide if this service is worth its weight in gold. Go to the site on January 14th when the stream of Holiday Inn goes live.

MORE WAYS TO WATCH

Watch Broadway shows right from your TV!
Watch Broadway shows right from your TV!

According to my local movie theatre, another option for Broadway viewing off-Broadway is emerging in the new year. Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical will be available for viewing at a limited number of movie theatres around the country. It will open on February 16th with two other dates as well: Feburary 18th and 22nd. Check Fandango today to see if your local theatre will be showing the production.

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groundhog1On March 16th, 2017, previews for Groundhog Day will begin at The August Wilson Theatre. Composed by Tim Minchin (Matilda), the musical will have audiences reliving the same day over and over again. Based on the film of the same name starring Bill Murray, an all-star cast will come together to tell the story on the Broadway stage.

“Stuck in a Loop”

The film is about a cocky meteorologist named Phil Connors who is sent to a small town to cover Groundhog Day. After a day of having a bad attitude, he awakes the next day to find that it is Groundhog Day once more. He relives the day many times changing the way it ends. Sometimes, he even attempts to commit suicide for a way out. It isn’t until he lives the day the right way in realization of his love for his news producer Rita that he breaks the curse of Groundhog Day and changes his outlook on life.

Andy Karl & Barrett Doss
Andy Karl & Barrett Doss

The Cast

Andy Karl of Rocky The Musical will be leading the production as Phil Connors playing opposite Barrett Doss from the revival of You Can’t Take It With You in 2014. TheatreMania listed some other ensemble members on December 13th:

Rebecca Faulkenberry (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), John Sanders (Matilda), Andrew Call (Grease Live), Raymond J. Lee (Honeymoon in Vegas), Heather Ayers (Young Frankenstein), Kevin Bernard (Billy Elliot), and Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening).

Over and Over Again

Broadway producers are continuing to create musicals from successful films. We’ll have to head to New York to see how this production fares! Make sure to check All Tickets Inc. to see if we will be offering group prices for the show.

It’s one thing for a book to be turned into a movie. If a book does well, it makes sense for cinematographers to take a crack at the plot. It seems that musicals are continually being made and piggybacking on the “plot-tails” of successful films. Legally Blonde, Shrek, Sponge Bob , and American Psycho are just a few recent titles we’re seeing on the Broadway stage. It was recently announced that a Mean Girls musical will be workshopped in Washington D.C. next year with a book by Tina Fey. The question is…will it be good?

“That is So Fetch!”

Cady Heron, a transfer student from Africa, moves to a typical high school in the United States. A chance encounter with the popular girls puts her in the perfect spot to sabotage the school hierarchy of “cool.” The 2004 film was based on a book called Queen Bees and Wannabes which was a non-fiction self-help book by Rosalind Wiseman. Tina Fey took the book, turned it into a screenplay, and starred in the film alongside Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams.

The film is a teen comedy classic with great quotable lines, relatable scenarios, and Saturday Night Live star cameos. Similar to the musical version of Legally Blonde, I think it might be difficult for the musical adaptation to escape from the comedic lines of the film. Nell Benjamin was the lyricist for the Legally Blonde musical and will be working alongside Fey’s husband, Jeffrey Richmond, to create the musical magic for the show.

On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

From April 3rd-29th, a musical lab of the show will be premiering in Washington D.C. Auditions for the lab are being held by Telsey + Company on December 6th at Pearl Studios. Hopefully we will see some videos of the lab to understand what is in store for Mean Girls fans!

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Even though I know there is lip syncing, many of the attractions are old Disney stars covering Christmas songs, and Al Roker is too corny to watch, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has always been my favorite event on television. I have no wish to ever go to New York to watch the parade in the cold, but the initial Broadway performances in front of Macy’s couldn’t make me happier. The smell of great food, live Broadway performances, and family coming over to celebrate are the elements that make up a great holiday.

Webber's Cats will be one of the acts this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Webber’s Cats will be one of the acts this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Special Appearances By…

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn is another act this Thanksgiving!
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn is another act this Thanksgiving!

On November 1st, it was announced that Cats, Holiday Inn, and Hairspray Live! will be performing along with the regularly scheduled Radio City Rockettes. This is the 90th anniversary of the parade so NBC and Macy’s are trying to live up to the hype. Other titles will soon be announced.

Since NBC is the creator of the live musicals we’ve been seeing the past few years (besides the FOX network productions), they will be previewing Hairspray like they did last year with The Wiz. In my opinion, that production had one of the most talented casts we’ve seen on a live television production in the series, so hopes are high for Hairspray! I’m looking forward to seeing Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, and Martin Short on my television on Thanksgiving morning.

Good Morning, Macy’s!

Last year, audiences saw Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, The King and I, On Your Feet!, and Something Rotten. Of the already chosen titles, “Mr. Mistoffelees” and “Welcome to the 60’s” would be great songs to showcase from Cats and Hairspray! But what other family-friendly shows on Broadway could be appropriate for the parade? Perhaps we’ll get a peek at Anastasia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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sunsetIn November of 1994, Broadway welcomed an incredible cast to the Minskoff Theatre. Alice Ripley, Glenn Close, George Hearn, and Alan Campbell made up some of the dynamite cast. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, a book by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, and direction by Trevor Nunn, the show ran for three years and won the 1994 Tony for Best Musical. Glenn Close’s performance won her a Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award, and the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical! This February, Close will be reprising her role as Norma Desmond in, you guessed it, Sunset Boulevard.

“As If We Never Said Goodbye”glenn-close_0_0

Broadway has changed since 1994, but Close is sure to dominate the stage once more as if she never left the production. There is plenty of documentation online that shows just how incredibly she played her role. The part of Norma was played by Betty Buckley, Patti Lupone, and Elaine Paige in its initial runs in London, so clearly the part calls for a lot of drama and vocal agility.

Sunset Boulevard is based on a film of the same name, directed by Billy Wilder from 1950. As Norma Desmond, Close plays an “over-the-hill” actress who once had success in silent films. Joe Gillis, a rejected screenwriter meets Norma and she tries to get him to back the screenplay she has written to pitch to Paramount Studios. Norma takes Joe as her pet, but the need for fame and love breaks everything apart. *No spoilers!*

Casting and Production Dates

Casting besides Close’s return to the show has not been officially announced. However, the production is set to premiere on February 2nd at The Palace Theatre on 1564 7th Ave & W 47th Street. Prior to Sunset Boulevard, The Illusionists will be opening at the same theatre on November 28th bringing golden age magic to Broadway until January 1st!

For more information on casting, keep watching the news on Playbill.com! If you want to see highlights from Glenn Close in the original Broadway production, check out this video we found on YouTube that shows why she earned all of those awards!

bronx1After a successful run of A Bronx Tale at the Paper Mill Playhouse, this production co-directed by Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro, will be transferring to Broadway for previews in November. Besides the directing duo, this show brought composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid”) and lyricist Glenn Slater (“School of Rock”).

The Plot

The musical is about a young boy living in the Bronx named Calogero who becomes friends with Sonny, a man who runs the neighborhood as a mob figure. Calogero stands up for Sonny at times when his parents would disagree with his loyalty. The boy becomes more and more involved with Sonny’s world as the show progresses, and he must ultimately choose whether to stay with his mob family or his biological family’s wishes. Joshua Colley (Flounder in “The Little Mermaid”, Hollywood Bowl) played young Calogero in the Paper Mill production. Watching videos of Colley’s performance is a jaw-dropping experience. That part will be played by Bobby Conte Thornton.

The Criticsbronx

The New York Times reviewed the production of A Bronx Tale on February 24th: “Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale,” originally a solo show, later a movie, and after that a solo show once again on Broadway, has proved to be comfortably malleable material. Now it has been given a hefty infusion of music and dance and — presto! — the familiar-as-red-sauce story, with most of its rough edges intact, can be found finger-snapping and doo-wopping its way across the stage of the Paper Mill Playhouse here…” (NYT).

The Times found the creative team and cast to be a talent-filled musical revue but not altogether new and exciting. In comparison to some of the other productions of last season the show was predictable: “Slickness and skill certainly aren’t all we want in a new musical. In the post-’Hamilton’ era now upon us, ‘A Bronx Tale’ feels conventional: a sentimental tale of a man’s moral awakening combined with ear-friendly music” (NYT).

If you’re looking to see this production in a large group, watch our website for group prices as previews approach. Opening night is set for December 1st at the Longacre Theatre.

New Pasek an Paul Musical!
New Pasek and Paul Musical!

From the talented minds who brought the world Edges, Dogfight, and James and the Giant Peach comes a new musical called Dear Evan Hansen. The musical, originally set to premiere on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre, has now been switched over to the Music Box Theatre with the same production dates. The show is about a teenager whose life is changed when the school bully commits suicide. The production won an Obie for its ambitious commentary on social anxiety and identity.

#YouWillBeFound

The production is being directed by Michael Greif who is a three-time Tony nominee for Rent, If/Then, and Next to Normal . Their director is used to creating art with musicals of hard-hitting material. With the incredible creative talent of Pasek and Paul, this production should be no exception.

Besides the Obie Award, the production has also received the Helen Hayes Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award. It has received many positive reviews already from its 2015 run at the Arena Stage, and its Off-Broadway run at Second Stages. The Washington Post said some great things about the production including this quote from the Dear Evan Hansen website:

“A heart-piercing trip to the place that musical theater can sometimes take us to.”

A Story of Realness

Dear Evan Hansen will start B'Way previews on Nov 14th!
Dear Evan Hansen will start B’Way previews on Nov 14th!

The plot of this musical is based on a real-life death in Benj Pasek’s grammar school past. Amidst the fights for transgendered individuals as well as the support for the 2016 democratic presidential candidate by the AEA, this production comes at a controversial time in our history. To see if this show makes an impact on audiences that I think it will, you should get your tickets soon for the previews starting on November 14th!

Falsettos opens Oct 27th!
Falsettos opens Oct 27th!

Another Tony season has come and gone. This year was especially memorable and community-driven, and we must now look ahead to the upcoming season. Continuing with the theme of LGBTQ rights in the media, Broadway will welcome Falsettos to the Walter Kerr Theatre this fall. The production will star sensational actors such as Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells, and Two-Time Tony award winner, Christian Borle.

Synopsis

The original 1992 cast of Falsettos!
The original 1992 cast of Falsettos!

Falsettos originally opened in 1992 with book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by William Finn. Set in 1979, it concerns a dysfunctional family. The father, Marvin, has left his wife and son to be with Whizzer, his male lover. The family members attend sessions with a psychiatrist, Mendel, to work through the transition. The musical deals with falling in love, falling out of love, religion, what it means to be a man, what it means to be a homemaker, and the Aids epidemic during the 1980s. Its words are hilarious, meaningful, and transcendent. It will be an important addition to this season’s programming.

The original production starred Michael Rupert, Stephen Bogardus, Barbara Walsh, and Chip Zien. It was nominated for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Performance of a Lead Actor, Best Performance of Featured Actor/Actress, and Best Direction. It won for best book and musical score but did not end up winning best musical. It lost to Crazy for You.

Revival History

This revival is sure to make a statement this year with its important message, strong cast, and fantastic score. Keep watching Playbill for announcements of other castings, production updates, and openings. Previews started on September 29th with an opening night on October 27th.

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cursed  The storytelling magic of the Harry Potter series was infectious for over a decade. My family stood in lines together outside book stores at midnight from the release of the fourth to the seventh book. The story is back again with new installments at The Palace Theatre in London. For those of us who can’t swim the English channel to get a seat, we get a book release this weekend on July 31st! Just like old times…

The Release

Who could that be?
Who could that be?

The book release is in play form co-created by JK Rowling, director Jack Tiffany, and the playwright Jack Thorne. The play tells the story of now middle-aged Ministry worker Harry Potter and the children of the triumvirate audiences grew to love in the original series. Potter’s son Albus is now attending Hogwarts, making friends, and living in the wake of his legendary father. The title suggests that Albus is “the cursed child” who falls in as the next generation Harry Potter.

Rowling leads a marketing campaign with the hashtag #KeeptheSecrets urging audiences to keep new knowledge to themselves. Social media is a much larger monster than it was when the original books were released and she wants to show the authenticity of this production within the confines of the canon through this tag.

The production is set up into two parts which exceed five hours in entirety. The play is designed to be seen as a matinee into a night performance or two night performances in a row. This aspect has been criticized as “exploitation” like the division of the last film into two parts, but critics like Theo Bosanquet of TIME Magazine then say that this tale cannot be told in less time than five hours and splitting it is necessary for audience comfort. The book release will not be sold in multiple volumes to exploit you and will be sold for $17.99 before tax.

Ron, Hermione & Rose
Ron, Hermione & Rose

The Reviews Are In!

The reviews say a lot of the same things: “magical, spell-binding, thrilling, dazzling, etc.” Bosanquet of TIME went on from these adjectives:

“While many Potter fans might have preferred a new movie or a book, this is a story that feels made for the stage. Yes, it’s packed with effects as characters cast spells, fly and even transform, achieved through old school stagecraft rather than digital trickery. But Thorne and Tiffany also conjure up moments of intimate drama; it’s telling that the biggest gasp in Part One came not from a twist of the plot or a moment of magic but during a blazing argument between Harry and Albus where the father firmly crosses a line. In these scenes between father and son, Jamie Parker as Harry captures a sort of tortured celebrity anxiety, suggesting his concerns about Albus’s shortcomings are in part driven by ego, and in part an orphan’s struggle to connect with his child.”
It’s reviews like this that bring back that excitement in Rowling’s storytelling. But the difference from book to screen is that Rowling’s tale was at the mercy of Hollywood. With play to stage, audiences should be able to experience the play well enough without the live production. We will just be missing the award winning performances of its debut cast.

Tweet us a photo of you in line with your copy this weekend! Happy reading!

There is a long history of big, heavy books being taken on by courageous musical theatre writers: Les Miserables, Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Little Women, and many other novels that don’t skimp on poetic detail. War and Peace is the quintessential detailed novel and it’s coming to Broadway this year in the form of a musical called Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812.

The Jist of the Thing

Great Comet at the ART.
Great Comet at the ART.

If you’ve never attempted the monstrous read that is War and Peace, here’s a summary:

Tolstoy’s War and Peace tells the story of five families struggling for survival during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Prince Andrey Bolkonsky, a proud, dashing man who, despising the artifice of high society, joins the army to achieve glory. Badly wounded at Austerlitz, he begins to discover the emptiness of everything to which he has devoted himself. The novel’s other hero, Pierre Bezukhov, tries to find meaning in life through a series of philosophical systems that promise to resolve all questions. War and Peace is nothing more or less than a complete portrait of human existence.
A “complete portrait of human existence” seems like a pretty big mountain to climb for a modern day musical, and according to critics of the show’s most recent production at the American Repertory Theatre, that mountain stands very menacingly.

The difference with the musical seems that the central character is Natasha, Pierre’s love interest in the book played by Denee Benton. The audience is completely immersed in the production as the set design is wrapped within the seats and characters are blocked into the audience. The Boston Globe reviewed the production calling it “captivating” but stated that audience members should have an understanding of the plot before going to the show. The show is thrilling from “the moment Natasha receives an illicit love letter until Pierre’s concluding aria over a celestial wonder (…) The trouble is, that letter arrives at the top of the second act.”

Josh Groban will appear on Broadway!
Josh Groban will appear on Broadway!

Final Tweaks Before Curtain

It seems that the 1812 creative team will have more to fix before the show opens this year. Presale tickets for the previews in October became available on May 1st and can be purchased on The Comet Is Coming Website. Denee Benton will continue her place in the role as Natasha and Josh Groban will be making his Broadway debut in the role of Pierre. Go to the website to follow all social media, and enter your email for a chance to win two tickets to opening night! #TheCometIsComing

By now, we’ve all heard the Hamilton jokes. While watching the Tony Awards this Sunday, you should “take a shot every time Hamilton wins.” If you don’t have to get up for work the following Monday, maybe you will attempt this. But what about all of the other musical theatre moguls who deserve to be recognized for their performances this year?

The 70th Tony Awards on CBS

On June 12th at 8pm, I’ll be settling down with some of my favorite local theatre friends to watch the awards. We’ll cry watching live performances, laugh as host James Corden makes jokes, and get aggravated with the friends who disagree with our picks to win. Starting with Best Direction of a Musical :

Sure, Hamilton seems likely to win, but what about Spring Awakening? Directed by Michael Arden, the original Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical, this production featured actors using American Sign Language. The addition of actors who are deaf and hard of hearing brought on new meaning for the show. Surely they must have a chance!

Best Costume Design

While Hamilton seems likely to win, Shuffle Along had some fabulous 1920s costumes of vibrant colors and flapper styles. Audra McDonald looked incredible in bright purple and pant suits. However, Audra’s clothes will have to trump Paul Tazewell’s designs for the revolutionary hoop skirts and red coats.

Best Actress in a Musical

While Hamilton has Renee Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo as their featured and leading women nominations (and they will probably win), what about Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple or Jane Krakowski for She Loves Me ? The Color Purple, though it didn’t win for Best Musical originally, Erivo did just win the drama desk award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical! Jane Krakowski has caused lots of laughter with She Loves Me and received some rave reviews!

Best Actor in a Musical

Hamilton uses non-traditional casting creatively.
Hamilton uses non-traditional casting creatively.

With three men from Hamilton up for Best Featured Actor and two from other musicals, it seems clear that Hamilton will take the win. Then there’s Lin-Manuel and Leslie Odom, Jr. in line for Best Leading Actor. These two friends and Hamilton powerhouses are the talk of the Tonys. In my belief, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Daveed Diggs are taking home the awards. I’m not even going to suggest another show will win this one.

Best Musical

Hamilton.

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shuffle2Audra McDonald is arguably one of the greatest and most versatile performers in the world today. Her history of winning Tony awards began only a year after she graduated from Juilliard. She has originated some incredible musical roles, roles in television, and she performs live at various events throughout the year around the globe. She has been asked to sing at the request of President Obama, has been cast in Broadway productions of Shakespeare, and most recently won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Billie Holiday. Audra McDonald returned back to Broadway this spring in a production called Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.

A Really Long Title

shuffle5433The musical starring MacDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Joshua Henry began previews on March 15th. It is billed as a revival for the 1921 musical Shuffle Along that made waves on Broadway concerning African American performers. The plot concerns two men, Steve and Sam, both running for mayor of Jimtown, USA. Themes of the production include untrustworthy politicians, comic fights, and minstrel show stereotypes. Audiences loved the jazzy music and the satirical book, though it still received much criticism from the press. Even after the harsh climb to perform this piece at all, the struggles of the original producers paved the way for African American performers on the Great White Way.

Though this revival is set upon the plot of the original production of Shuffle Along, the second half of the title explains what the writers and producers are trying to do with the plot:

“The year is 1921, and the jazzy musical Shuffle Along limps its way into New York. Its pre-Broadway run had been a financial disaster, leaving the show thousands of dollars in the red and it doesn’t seem that Depression struck Broadway audiences will have either the money or the inclination to seek out this all-black cast musical. All in all, the creators expectations are not high…But remarkably, they are proved very wrong! This is the story of how Shuffle Along defied the odds to become a blockbuster hit and rewrote the rulebook when it came to black musical theatre in the process. The show centers on 1920’s singer Lottie Gee (McDonald), who starred alongside future icons Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson” (New York City Theatre).

See the Preview!

This show comes at a great time with the issue of the Oscars boycott for multicultural inclusion in American entertainment. Audra McDonald will be a great actress to carry that message but make sure you see the show before July 25th! She is going on a sabbatical from the production for another engagement and will return again in September.

My first experience with the comedy of Mike Birbiglia was when my brother sat me down to watch his first stand up show called What I Should Have Said Was Nothing. After watching the YouTube video through buffering lenses, I was hooked. His comedy focused around his own extremely relatable awkward life experiences heightened to the perfect amount of hyperbole that I was basically on the floor gasping for air. Birbigs is really getting his true comedic recognition these days performing his latest one-man show Thank God for Jokes at the Lynn Redgrave Theater now through May 29th!

From Catsachussets to Orange is the New Black

The Shrewsbury, MA native is most recognizable from his recent casting in the Netflix original Orange is the New Black. He has been cast in small roles in many films, television shows, and recently played opposite Brie Larson in Trainwreck. The majority of the big production projects in which he is cast try to fit him to the awkward, thirty-something male roles in a way that doesn’t quite equal his real personal awkwardness as demonstrated in his stand up.

His second stand up production called My Boyfriend’s Girlfriend and his film Sleepwalk with Me were really the biggest stepping stones of his career. My Boyfriend’s Girlfriend, which I have watched at least three times, chronicles his romantic life where he humorously struggles to find love and keep it. I think I like this production so much because it reminds me of Annie Hall if Woody Allen was more loyal, Italian, and *spoiler alert* ended up with Diane Keaton in the end.

Jokes, Jokes, Jokes

On February 14, 2015, I attended Thank God for Jokes at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, eager to hear the new “bits.” Mike Birbiglia talked about his marriage and how his wife is always late, being in ‘Catsachusetts,’ vegans and vegetarians, republicans and democrats, and most of all, point of view. The New York Times called the show: “his 85-minute monologue, an indescribably ridiculous collection of anecdotes and asides that miraculously blend into a whole.”

If you’re in New York City now or before May 29th, you’ll want to see this performance live to enjoy 85-minutes of Mike Birbiglia’s side of the story. He’ll say “batter up” to all his bad ideas and convert you to the biggest Birbigs fan just like me!

The hit musical with your favorite throwback songs! - Disaster!
The hit musical with your favorite throwback songs!

I recently finished a musical review that highlighted the 1950s and 60s and gained a new appreciation for the jukebox musical. While the energy often is pushed to continue moving along to the next song making the dialogue all about fluff and laughs, there is great enjoyment found in odes to decade musicals. Disaster! is no exception to the rule, in fact, it makes its own! This jukebox show parodies the musical and film disasters of the 1970s with hilarious props and crazy characters.

Now Starring…. Roger and Elphaba?

Kerry Butler, a former Elphaba who has spent a lot of her recent time starring in Rock of Ages is partnered with Adam Pascal, our favorite rock musical heartthrob of Rent and Aida. Brought together by Disaster! co-writer and actor Seth Rudetsky, these two along with the rest of the award winning cast brave their way through literal natural disasters while singing the Top 40 hits of the 1970s!

Come see the mayhem! - Disaster on Broadway
Come see the mayhem!

History and Review Status

This show originally premiered Off-Broadway at the St. Luke’s Theatre from November 3, 2013 – April 11, 2014. The current production on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre started March 8th and will be leaving on July 3rd. It runs a little over 2 hours with intermission.

According to the original review by the New York Times from when the production was Off-Broadway, a lot of the jokes seem dependent on a well versed 1970s audience. The reviewer, who was familiar with Rudestky’s allusions, mentions the movies being satirized. But he also goes on to say that the show really “earns the exclamation point.” He admits to rolling his eyes at the 70s films he both hated and loved as they are mentioned in the plot.

See It Before the Tidal Waves Take It Away!

You only have until July 3rd to see the production! Check out our group prices here at All Tickets Inc. to see how you can save on your next NYC adventure, and watch this video from the cast of Disaster performing on the Today Show!

bright1 When I heard there was a new musical premiering on Broadway this year about the depression in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my first thought was: The Waltons. the Musical? Expecting to hear of the wholesome 7-child family with a sassy grandma and their dog Reckless, I was surprised to learn that the story is not that but that the book was written by Steve Martin! Written as a collaborative piece between Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star tells the story of “Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II who meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives. Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie makes his Globe debut with this entertaining musical of enduring love, family ties, and the light of forgiveness that shines from a bright star.”

Steve Martin Fans Flocking?bright2

One of the most interesting elements of this production besides the fact that it has a “winsome country and bluegrass score”, songs that “are treated with lovely, lucid orchestrations”, and “a skeletal A-frame cottage that moves as nimbly as any of the performers”, is Steve Martin’s persona in connection to the production. He is known for so many creative skills as a musician, novelist, art collector, actor, and comedian, that seeing him in this new light causes audiences to say, “Wait..like THE Steve Martin? What doesn’t that guy do?” It might be interesting to take a poll and see if his stardom in different areas of the arts brings on new Broadway audience members!

bright3Maybe Not the Brightest Star… Yet

Critics have given this show reviews already since it opened at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego last September. Critiques were curious about the treatment of the climax and the reveals of the show’s surprising secrets in the coming Broadway production. Variety was particularly harsh last year in their critique saying: “Songs aside, characterizations are distinctly undercooked. Guileless Billy seems untouched by wartime service, too callow to craft greeting cards let alone the “sweeping tale of pain and redemption” Alice unaccountably expects of him. Meanwhile, she must be the least rebellious hellion the Blue Ridge ever saw, with a preacher dad (Stephen Lee Anderson) as fundamentalist-strict as a marshmallow. The dialogue keeps alluding to hardscrabble existence and emotional damage, but the tone at the Murphy cabin is sheer “Brady Bunch.” Like my initial wonder about the placement of The Waltons in this tale, Variety seems to have found them. Their belief that the story needs to be more rooted in pain and redemption is evident with Variety as well as The New York Times. The critiques want more connection to the characters to in turn be more connected to the time and place of the production.

Opens March 24th!

You can currently see previews for this show and it will open March 24th at the Cort Theatre. Find out if the kinks were worked out the production this winter and let us know at the All Tickets Facebook Page!

One of the funniest musical, romantic comedies is returning to the stage this month! She Loves Me has been running previews since February 19th and will officially open on Saint Patrick’s Day! The show stars Laura Benanti as Amalia, Zachary Levi as Georg, Jane Krakowski as Ilona, and Gavin Creel as Kodaly. This talented and hilarious group of characters is sure to make a production worth seeing.

The Original Knee-Slapper

She Loves Me was originally written in 1963 by Joe Masteroff (Book), Sheldon Harnick (Lyrics), and Jerry Brock (Music). Georg is a shy manager in Budapest at Maraczek’s Parfumerie who receives love letters from an admirer. Amalia gets a job at the Parfumerie and quickly becomes Georg’s least favorite person to work with. However, they both seem to have romantic pen pals sending them letters… Barbara Cook, Daniel Massey, Barbara Baxley, and Jack Cassidy were among the original cast of this show in ‘63. Like the Tom Hanks/ Meg Ryan romantic comedy, You’ve Got Mail, this storyline has influenced many other spin-offs. This particular telling of confused love is filled with vitality and plot twists!

Hilarity Even Before Opening Night

The Broadway Channel recently shared a clip from a night of interviews and performances by the cast of She Loves Me. Jane Krakowski performed bits of music from the show in her type-cast guise as a sexy thirty something, Gavin Creel showed off his charm as a ladies’ man, while Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi goofed around as themselves in front of the cameras. If these clips are an insight into the iceberg that is She Loves Me, Broadway is in for an amazing revival!

We wish the cast of She Loves Me an incredible opening night this month! Hopefully, the luck of the Irish is behind them for opening on March 17th! Follow us here at All Tickets Inc. for more info on your favorite revivals, new box office hits, and discounts on group tickets!

The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

The Color Purple has returned to Broadway since its original production in 2006 that earned it eleven Tony Award nominations! The original production, based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, starred LaChanze as Celie, Brandon Victor Dixon as Harpo, Felicia P. Fields as Sofia, and Renee Elise Goldsberry as Nettie. The new production is showcasing some incredible stars such as Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery, Cynthia Erivo as Celie, and Orange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks as Sofia. This production opened on December 10th and is sure to continue to move audiences nine years after its birth.

The Story

Celie(Erivo) and Nettie(Joaquina Kalukango) are two young, African American sisters growing up in 1909 with their Pa in rural Georgia. Impregnated by her father for the second time, 14-year old Celie must give up the child to her father who says he’s “getting rid of it, same as the last one.” A while later, a man in town named Mister(Isaiah Johnson) is looking for a wife and wishes to marry Nettie. However, she is too young and has dreams of becoming a teacher, not a wife. Celie is given to Mister and must learn how to be his hard-working wife on the farm taking care of his many children, born of his late wife. After an altercation between Mister and the visiting Nettie, Mister throws her off his property and tells Celie they can never see each other again.

The original production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards!
The original production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards!

Celie suffers for many years alone under the cruelty of Mister until his eyes become set on Shug Avery(Hudson), his old lover, returning to town. Shug lives in the house with Mister and Celie to recover from alcoholism and ends up teaching Celie that she has more strength than she knows to fight the negative influences in her life. This story highlights the experience of black women in a time in American history when they were chastised for being black and feminine.

The Musical

The Color Purple embraces the complexity of the characters.
The Color Purple embraces the complexity of the characters.

After three national tours and a London production, this musical is back on Broadway and ready for a reboot with some interesting characters. Based on a Broadway review on TheRoot.com, the male characters differ a bit from the book telling of the story: “the book was highly criticized for its lack of positive black male characters, but the play has softened and fleshed out both major male figures. Harpo, who is played by Kyle Scatliffe with just the right amount of humor, is a man who wants a woman as a partner, not a servant. Mister, the tyrannical force in Celie’s life, is given a redemptive end and is played well by Isaiah Johnson.” This particular telling of the production seems to be embracing the complexity of the individual characters and reflects the style of musical theatre we’re currently seeing elsewhere on Broadway.

Go See It!

This show is open and ready for viewing right now at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 242 West 45th Street. You can enjoy the vintage sounds meshed with the bombastic Jennifer Hudson sound in this novel classic until it leaves Broadway again. It should be interesting to see how this musical fares as a revival at the Tony Awards next year.

Tuck Everlasting was a childhood book and movie that I held very dear to my heart growing up. Jesse Tuck was my first ever literary crush, and once was portrayed on film by the young Jonathan Jackson, my crush continued with the new version of the story. The book, originally written in 1975 is still read today in elementary and middle school curriculi highlighting the ideas of love, family, and immortality in a bildungsroman for the young, privileged Winnie Foster who need not leave too far from her backyard to discover a very different world than the one she knows. This story is opening as a musical on Broadway previewing on March 31st starring Andrew Keenan Bolger and Carolee Carmello.

The Summary

Winnifred Foster is sick of being cooped up by her mother. Between piano lessons, corsets, and ridicule on what is “proper” for young ladies, she wishes to escape and be free. One day, she runs into the woods behind her house and discovers a boy drinking from a spring. He warns her not to drink the water and forcibly takes her back to his house in the woods with his mother Mae Tuck and brother Miles. The family tells her that the spring gave their family immortality and that they have lived for a whole century in their youthful states. She also learns that they are being pursued by “The Man in the Yellow Suit” who wishes to discover the secret to their long-lasting life. She stays with the family, learns from them, and helps them in their journeys to escape the people hunting them. In the end, she must choose whether to drink the water and become immortal or live out her natural life.

Alexis Bledel & Jonathan Jackson.
Alexis Bledel & Jonathan Jackson.

The Film: A Two-Star Flop

The story was portrayed for the first time on film in 2002 starring the then Gilmore Girls star, Alexis Bledel. She portrays a much older character than the one intended for the book, clearly so the audience can see a love story between Winnie and Jesse Foster. In rewatching the film as an adult, I became very surprised at the jagged quality of the plotline! As a child, I had not remembered the awkward ways at which Winnie becomes friends with everyone. Though it is a fantastical romance film, the characters lack realness in their actions and leave the audience asking many questions about the Tuck family motivations. Roger Ebert described the people in this film by gender: “…the women are plucky and the men are either sinister or inessential, unless they are cute teenage boys, of course” (rogerebert.com).

The Musical

Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse Tuck and Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster.
Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse Tuck and Sarah Charles Lewis as Winnie Foster.

One can only hope that this musical version will continue on with the magical quality of these characters and forget the jaggedness of the characters in the film. Bolger will be portraying Jesse Tuck and Carmello will be playing the role of Mae Tuck now that her role as the mother in Finding Neverland is over. There is another musical whose book followed closely to a flawed screen book and suffered greatly in the 2014 Tony Award ceremony.

Expectations?

Follow Tuck Everlasting on their Broadway website opening with previews March 31st at the Broadhurst Theatre located between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Opening night is set for April 26th and we’ve got our fingers crossed that this next literary-based musical hits above and beyond our expectations for this children’s book favorite!

"Meet the nicest kids in town!"
“Meet the nicest kids in town!”

The Playbill twitter was alive and giphy on January 13th about the NBC announcement of Hairspray as their next live musical performance! They shared a gif from the film adaptation with Amanda Bynes and Nikki Blonsky jumping up and down in front of their television set. It was the perfect picture to accompany our excitement of the announcement after the incredible success of The Wiz this past December.

High Hopes

Now the announcement is here, we all begin to wonder how the casting will go! I, for one, hope Edna Turnblad’s portrayal is more like the original 1988 film as well as the stage production with the funny, guttural voice. The character in the 2007 film, portrayed by John Travolta, didn’t have that same element. Whether or not audiences think the casting is “right,” we’ll all have different opinions. It does seem that the use of lesser known musical theatre actors has become greater as the live NBC musicals have been getting more popular. Casting actors like Carrie Underwood as Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music Live or Allison Williams in Peter Pan Live has become a necessity since producers have acquired a larger musical theatre audience with these famous names.

Amber Riley & Shanice Williams in "The Wiz"
Amber Riley & Shanice Williams in “The Wiz”

Fairly new to these big performances, Shanice Williams was chosen to play Dorothy for The Wiz! The young actress was a breath of fresh air, especially next to the household names she performed with. We can hope that live musicals on NBC will continue to bring us actors with wide musical theatre backgrounds like that of Uzo Aduba, Stephanie Mills, Christian Borle, Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Laura Benanti. We wish we could make a “Fantasy Football” type of dreamcast ourselves for these NBC performances, but ratings and audience size do depend on these big names!

Any Guesses?

If you could cast Hairspray Live for next December, who would you choose? Share your dreamcast with us on the All Tickets Twitter! Which curvaceous Broadway actress do you think should be singing “Good Morning, Baltimore” this year?

Taking the wheel on moving day!
Taking the wheel on moving day!

Hello, my name is Nelson Smith, a 3 3/4 year old guinea pig. Over the summer, I moved to a magical place called New York City. The move was pretty wonderful and easy, aside from being listed as a “hamster” on my apartment lease, battling bed bugs and cockroaches, my momma getting shingles and being cranky, and my boss at my old construction job in NH getting mad at me for leaving and cutting my hours down from 40 per week to 30 hours over 4 weeks rendering me financially unstable… It was not so bad.

So here I am, a little guinea pig in the big city. As soon as I get there, I receive a group text from some other guinea pig guy friends: Fluffy, Muffy, Buffy, Gruffy, Huffy, Puffy, Ruffy, Tuffy, and Sam. They say they want to plan a big trip, come visit me in the Big Apple, bring all their dates and have a blast, but felt it daunting to plan such a large trip. So they contacted me since I am highly organized and detail-oriented, and own a sweet air mattress that I use my momma’s hair dryer to inflate. I tell them to send me their schedules. They are guinea pigs, so it is pretty open. And there, I begin to plan.

The first step is planning how they get here. In New Hampshire, our form of public transportation is hitching a ride with your neighbor. Miraculously, there are buses. So I use this Wanderu service I read about on the subway to help navigate their buses. Easy enough.

This is me looking extremely disappointed with the internet
This is me looking extremely disappointed with the internet

Then I start to look up shows, since many of us are lovers of the theatre. Opening Google, I type in “shows in New York.” Apparently, there are over 40 Broadway theatres and over 100 Off Broadway Theatres. They all have different shows, schedules, prices, discounts, etc.

After picking my jaw up off the floor, I decide instead to start with restaurants. Momma and I would go to the same 10 places or so back home, so I figured this would be an easy starting point. Google: places to eat in New York. Why is the screen all red? Oh, it is infested with red dots, each representing a different place to eat. Even when I specified “vegan friendly” restaurants, I was still astounded by the burgeoning number of results! I pick my jaw up from the floor yet again.

Now I am beginning to panic. Momma walks into the room and tells me that there are still some bed bugs and we should not have any more guests over. I will need to find hotels for Fluffy, Muffy, Buffy, Gruffy, Huffy, Puffy, Ruffy, Tuffy, Sam and their dates to stay. With dread, I search Google, see the enormous amount of results, and then proceed to sob into my little paws.

Exploring All Tickets!
Exploring All Tickets!

Momma sees me sobbing and asks what is wrong. I explain to her my issue. She tells me that while Google is a wonderful creation, that it is not always best for planning, organizing, and booking large group trips. She tells me about a website called All Tickets Inc. If there is anything I have learned in my sweet, short life, it’s that my momma is always right.

As I type in the website name, I am afraid of what will pop up. Then again, I have that fear practically every time I use the internet. My fingers tremble while hovering over the enter key, when suddenly I remember, I don’t really have actual fingers.

Enter! Well, this website is cleanly designed and not at all daunting! As I use the Group Discount search engine, I find that I can type in my specifications before browsing huge lists of venues, productions, and individual information! All I have to do is type in when my friends are visiting in the date range, my budget, and even the TYPE of show I would like to see! Wow! Avenue Q! Maybe I should have some of my guy friends bring their kids, it’s basically like Sesame Street, right?

Next, I select hotels. Oh yes, “pet friendly” please! And I definitely see some restaurants that will cater to our vegan diet! Boy, do I feel fancy! Next, I send my friends a link to the “attractions” page and have them vote on their favorites to determine where we should visit first. Where to first? The Bronx Zoo? Beast Speedboat Ride? St. John’s Cathedral? (Muffy is very religious!)

"Hmm, that looks interesting."
“Hmm, that looks interesting.”

Next, I call All Tickets Inc at 1-800-922-0716. I tell them, there is so much to do, and so little time! But guess what. They design my itinerary FOR me. I feel so spoiled. I feel so posh. This is what it must be like to live in New York! But without cabs blaring their horns at you, all the muggings, and people urinating on your shoe.

What I liked best about All Tickets Inc:

  • Easy to navigate, informative website.
  • Informative articles on their Buzz Stream.
  • They coordinate everything for me with great group and combo discounts; dinner and a show, a hotel and attractions, etc.
  • Using All Tickets Inc. saved me a LOT of time, effort, and money.
  • Joining the e-mail list helps keep me in the loop for new shows I may want to see or upcoming seasonal attractions!
  • Their travel tools let me know about weather, traffic and travel conditions, and even mobile apps for NYC. Thank you for suggesting Uber and HopStop! As a small guinea pig, it is difficult to walk throughout the city. Especially with the large number of women wearing high heels. And men.

 

The result? My guy friends and I had a wonderful time. We saw a show, grabbed dinner, and they did not have to sleep on my “Walmart’s finest” air mattress. We stayed within our budget, and I did not get a headache from over-planning. We had plenty of time to spend together, and they cannot wait to come back and visit again. Thanks, All Tickets Inc!

Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o stars in this original new play.
Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o stars in this original new play.

At the onset of the New Year, Theatermania posted a quiz promoting new shows called: “Which Show Should Be Your First of 2016?” Being an avid consumer of BuzzFeed videos of the like, I took a shot at it. Expecting to see an answer like Tuck Everlasting, instead I got a different show that is also premiering in March called Eclipsed. Curious about this production, I checked my sources that expect this show to leave audiences discussing its subject matter for a long time after the theatre experience.

Woman Power on Broadway

Many surprises await in this remarkable play.
Many surprises await in this remarkable play.

The show is written by Danai Gurira who is well known as Michonne from The Walking Dead and was born in Zimbabwe. Eclipsed tells the tale of a group of Liberian women who look for strength in community during the upheaval of their homeland. In looking at the Broadway-made webpage for the production, your downward scroll is followed by the face of Lupita Nyong’o, continually reminding you that this Academy Award winner is a member of the show’s cast.

The 12 Years a Slave star plays a character named “The Girl” in this production while all of the other women are given legitimate names. The production also markets itself as “a stirring tale of hope, humor, and resilience- and the only new play by a woman on Broadway this season.”

Early Reviews

Eclipsed is sure to captivate audiences.
Eclipsed is sure to captivate audiences.

By consulting Broadwayworld’s Review Round-up, much has been learned about the production that premiered for a short time at The Public Theatre from October 14th to November 29th. One of the most interesting and telling reviews came from USA Today: “The five characters in this play, all female, compel our attention equally, as do the vibrant, nuanced performances delivered under Liesl Tommy’s muscular but tender direction. The Girl evolves the most, allowing Nyong’o to show more range than she did in her Oscar-winning turn. When we meet her, shortly after she has been kidnapped, she seems as artless as she is frightened…We soon learn, however, that The Girl can read…and lets Nyong’o reveal glimmers of passion and cunning in her character. But The Girl is still malleable, and desperate…As The Girl, under Maima’s sway, is persuaded to become a fighter herself; Nyong’o shows us to devastating effect how she is transformed
(at least nearly) through terror and denial.”
Other reviewers from the New York Times, Variety, and The Post gave similar praise to the short run of the performance back in the fall.

If you’re looking for a show that will challenge your mind, open your heart, and leave you talking well after the curtain has closed, this could be the show for you this year. However, if you have gotten a different response on your Theatermania quiz taking, we want to know what it is! Let us know on the All Tickets Facebook page!

School of Rock

December 6th marked the official opening date of School of Rock on Broadway! Based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black, this musical tells the story of a down-and-out amateur rock musician in search of a new band and some easy money to pay the bills.The rocker, Dewey Finn, under the alias of a certified teacher friend, becomes a long-term substitute at an uptight private school, and finds his head-banging band in his class. Dewey ultimately teaches the students about who they are through musical discovery.

Musical Influence

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sofia Roma Rubino
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sofia Roma Rubino

One of the most interesting elements of this production is that Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote and arranged the music. The style, much different from his Phantom of the Opera or even Jesus Christ Superstar days, focuses much more on the musical influences discussed in the film that Dewey uses as “teaching moments:” ACDC, Led Zeppelin, Rob Zombie, Stevie Nicks, Aretha Franklin, and many more. Webber focused his writing on the children, as did the book writer, who focused their story-telling angle on the kids defining themselves through the music. While Dewey’s discovery that he is a stronger man is an important element, the School of Rock creative team decided to focus on the character development of the kids.

School of Rock Kids Rocking Social Media

The kids are rocking this stage!
The kids are rocking this stage!

Besides the fact that the creative team has focused itself on the musical kid experience and the show, the marketing team has also done the same. If you follow @SORMUSICAL on Instagram, you’ll see an amalgam of celebrity photos from opening mixed among videos highlighting the kids’ experience behind the scenes, going to parties, and being introduced at functions. The marketing for this show has idealized the experience of kids being Broadway stars and added the extra value of rock ‘n roll life since they’re all always dressed like rock stars on the road. It’s sure to be a spectacularly energized show based on the excitement the kids exhibit in their social media stories!

Group Sales from All Tickets Inc.

Don’t forget that All Tickets, Inc. includes comp tickets to groups who use our services when ordering their Broadway tickets! Get the same low prices as you would from the theatre’s group sales office, plus receive free tickets from All Tickets, Inc. We also have great deals on hotels, tours, dining, museums, and much more. Contact us today and save by calling 1-800-922-0716.

 

The hit revival of Spring Awakening.
The hit revival of Spring Awakening.

There are a lot of wonderful shows to see on Broadway, including longtime favorites such as Wicked, The Lion King, and Aladdin. Plus, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, and The Illusionists- Live on Broadway provide great wonderful entertainment choices.

On Your Feet- A Hit!

On Your Feet moves in all the right ways.
On Your Feet moves in all the right ways.

On your feet opened on November 5th of this year. This is a driving, exciting, and inspiring musical about Gloria and Emilio Estefan and the Latino experience in America. It includes all of Estefan’s big pop Latin-flavored hits including “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, “1-2-3,” “Mi Tierra,” and “Conga.”

The New York Times said that On Your Feet is “undeniably crowd-pleasing! Resist if you dare.” And the Wall Street Journal proclaimed that this bio-musical is “slick, satisfying and smoking – hot!” This musical is guaranteed to entertain and captivate.

Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along

Shuffle Along features an all-star cast.
Shuffle Along features an all-star cast.

Multi-Tony winner Audra McDonald is back on Broadway again. This time McDonald stars in a revival of the groundbreaking Eubie Blake, Noble Sissel, F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles musical, Shuffle Along. The show will preview March 14, 2016 and is scheduled to open on April 21st.

In 1921, Shuffle Along became a major Broadway hit, and it changed Broadway forever, shedding new light for audiences on the black experience in the U.S. This version of Shuffle Along, which is directed by the highly innovative George C, Wolfe, gives audience’s a backstage look at the troubled production of Shuffle Along and its triumphant Broadway premiere.

Jesse Mueller and Waitress

Jesse Mueller is back on Broadway.
Jesse Mueller is back on Broadway.

Jesse Mueller, who won a Tony for her portrayal of Carole King the Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, comes back to Broadway in another new musical, Waitress. Based on the 2007 movie of the same name, Waitress looks at the life of a struggling woman who is dealing with an abusive relationship, work pressures, and burgeoning dreams.

Waitress, which is set in Joe’s Pie Diner located in a small town on highway 27, features music and lyrics by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson, and direction by Tony winner Diane Paulus. Waitress comes to Broadway in Spring 2016.

Spring Awakening Has New Life

The mixed cast of deaf and hearing actors in Spring Awakening redefines this award-winning musical.
The mixed cast of deaf and hearing actors in Spring Awakening redefines this award-winning musical.

The first major Broadway revival of Spring Awakening is a major hit. Deaf West Theater produces and performers the Tony Award winning musical, using both American Sign Language as well as the spoken and sung word and a mixed cast of hearing and deaf actors.

The critically acclaimed revival opened on September 27, 2015 for a limited run and is scheduled to close on January 24, 2016. This production of Spring Awakening, which is directed by Michael Arden, is credited with intensifying the musical’s poignancy and drama.

The original production of Spring Awakening opened on Broadway on December 10, 2006. It won Tonys for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Musical. The original Broadway show ran for 859

Get Free Group Tickets

Get comps too to On Your Feet.
Get comps too to On Your Feet.

All Tickets, Inc. includes comp tickets to groups who use our services when ordering their Broadway tickets. Get the same low price as you would from the theatre’s group sales office, plus receive free tickets from All Tickets, Inc. If producers are also providing comps, we’ll make sure that you get those too! We also have great deals on hotels, tours, dining, museums, and much more. Contact us today and save by call 1-800-922-0716.

th-17It is that great time of year on Broadway when holiday shows are on the boards, all sorts of new productions have just opened or are preparing for their first night, and there’s a whole lot of festive entertainment choices for families and groups. This is a great time to see a long running Broadway musical, to catch a special holiday event, or simply see the splendid sites of New York decorated in their Christmas best. Here are just a few of the great things that you and you group can do.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

th-15It started in 1924 and has been televised since 1952. It is the second-oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the US. Macy is tied for second oldest with Detroit’s parade. The oldest, by four years, is the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia.

But the Macy’s Parade is seen as being the ultimate kickoff to the holiday season, as it includes immense balloons, Broadway performances, floats, bands, and, of course, Santa Clause.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

th-12You won’t find another show like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Featuring the world famous Rocketts, this show includes everything Christmas including an homage to The Nutcracker, a trip to the North Pole, and, of course, Santa himself.

As noted on the show’s website, “Take a thrilling 3D ride through the skies of New York with Santa, and be whisked up to the North Pole, as state-of-the-art technology transforms Radio City Music Hall into a magical, immersive wonderland.”

This is a truly magnificent experience that every and any group can enjoy at low group discount prices from All Tickets, Inc. The show is now open and runs through January 3, 2016.

Rockefeller Center- Lighting of the Christmas Tree

th-9It is known as “America’s Christmas Tree,” and it will be lit this year on December 2. This season’s tree, which came from Gardner, NY, weighs 10 tons and is 78-feet tall. The Norwegian spruce is presently in Rockefeller Center waiting for its 45,000 LED lights to be officially lit.

Plus, the center features a wonderful outdoor skating rink and your group can always take a ride to the Top of the Rock. If you are going to the Top of the Rock contact All Tickets, Inc. for group discount tickets and the opportunity to forego long waiting lines.

The Ride Holiday Edition

th-7The Ride Holiday Edition started offering their special NYC holiday tours on November 20 and will continue through December 20. This is a fantastic way to see NYC at night and enjoy all of the great decorations and sites. The Ride utilizes a state-of-the-art coach bus.

The Ride takes you on a 4.2-mile tour of New York’s iconic, landmark Christmas decorations. Included on your tour is a seasonal video, a specially arranged soundtrack, and special holiday choreographed performances. On display is the electric wizardry of the NYC’s Holiday brilliance. Contact All Tickets, Inc. for special group prices.

NYBG- Holiday Train Show

th-6This wondrous and enchanting display runs from November 21, 2015 to January 18, 2016. That means you can enjoy all of its joy and excitement after the holidays as well as during. This is an amazing event that will reawaken the child in you and capture the imagination of everyone in your group.

For great holiday fun, special group discounts, and free Broadway group tickets to any Broadway show, contact All Tickets, Inc. at 1-800-922-0716.


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All Tickets Inc. is in the business of making sure that groups have a great time in NYC while getting top value on their dollar. Broadway group discounts, reduced rates on meals and accommodations, and fantastic group deals on NYC experiences, sites, and attractions are all available through All Tickets Inc.

Great Discounts without the Hassle

An evening cruise can be the perfect way to end a day.
An evening cruise can be the perfect way to end a day.

Along with deep discounts on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and reduced group rates on all other aspects of your trip, All Tickets Inc. takes the hassle out of booking, coordinating, and facilitating your next group excursion to NYC and the surrounding area. We make it as easy as possible for you to develop your itinerary, get the lowest prices, and make sure every asp[ect of your group experience is addressed in a thorough manner.

You Name, We Can Help You Do It

Whatever you need for your group excursion All Tickets Inc. can help you book it. Tours of NYC, marine experiences including lunch and dinner cruises, museums, tour buses, backstage tours, talkbacks, dinner and hotels, and much more. We guarantee that we will get you the best price possible on all events and experiences and we’re sure that you’ll find our personalized service to be second to none.

The Greatest Shows!

Group sales Broadway Davies Janis Joplin
Mary Bridget Davies as Janice Joplin

Simply put, Broadway has the greatest plays and musicals you’ll ever see. Enjoy long run musicals like The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, or Chicago, newly mounted revivals including Pippin, Betrayal, or Waiting for Godot, and new shows such as A Night with Janis Joplin, last years huge Tony winner Kinky Boots, or A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Ask about upcoming new musicals, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Bridges of Madison County, and Rocky The Musical.

If you want to see a play by Shakespeare, there’s Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and Richard III. Each production is unique and exciting. Don’t forget some of the most recent hit musicals to take Broadway by storm during the past few seasons like Once, The Book of Mormon, Motown, and Newsies.

We’ll Take Care of Everything

All Tickets Inc. will take care of all of your group needs, ensuring that every detail is attended to and that your group has a fantastic, memorable experience. We want everything to be perfect the next time you visit NYC with your group. For more information on our services, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and everything and anything New York, contact us at 1-800-922-0716. We are waiting to serve you.

search Halloween is the beginning of a holiday season in NYC that also includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve and Day. Starting in October and going through to the start of January, New York City is engaged in celebration after celebration.

All Tickets, Inc. can provide your group with a wide assortment of services associated with every one of these holiday events. We will secure your group discount tickets to a wide range of events, such as Boo at the Zoo, a Thanksgiving cruise, Radio City Music Christmas Celebration, and many other engaging experiences. Here’s an overview of some of what is happening in the NYC area for Halloween.

Boo at the Zoo

th-1Held at the Bronx Zoo on weekends, Boo at the Zoo offers an array of family and kid oriented events. Running through November 1, Boo at the Zoo includes magic shows, costume parades, a hay maze, pumpkin painting, and live music. Plus there’s a bunch of live creepy varmints at the zoo with which you can have a close encounter.

NYC Botanical Garden

th-3The Botanical Garden features Halloween Hoorah, which is a fun and frightful adventure that includes more than 500 pumpkins carved, sculpted, and transformed into a creatively ghoulish collection of Halloween icons. There are many great activities for the family, including leaf rubbing, seed sorting, cider pressing, and the family-favorite Pumpkin Parade. Enjoy time at the pumpkin playhouse and see quality performances by the Alice Farley Dance Theater. It all comes to an end on October 31st when there’s a full day of celebration and special activities.

Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure

th-5Running through October 31st, there’s Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure. This special show, which has been developed specifically for Central Park’s Marionette Theatre, starts with the two main characters safe in their home. Within their imaginative dreams they encounter a Halloween adventure in NYC replete with mermaids, monsters, pirates and vampires.

Ghost Walk

The famously infamous Wall Street Ghost Walk is guaranteed to entertain, engage, and scare you. The guided tour of New York’s most haunted neighborhood occurs every Friday and Saturday. Explore Wall Streets’ creepiest cemeteries, bleakly historic buildings, and darkly beckoning alleys.

Party On!

thOf course, New York City offers visitors a large number of thematic parties. Two of the more famous soirees are a single event known as Webster Hell Halloween Party 2015 and multi-events under the umbrella Joonbug’s Mega Halloween Party Line-Up. Webster Hell – The Official Halloween Parade After Party 2015 is one wild night that is known as “New York’s Biggest Halloween Party Ever – Guaranteed!” There’s a massive costume contest that awards $5,000 to the best-dressed winner and includes a virgin sacrifice, ghoulish goblins making their way into the crowd, and a richly bloody basement dance floor. Joonbug’s Mega Halloween Party Line is your connection to amazingly creative parties for adults.

Contact All Tickets Today

th-6For everything Halloween, holiday, and New York City, please contact All Tickets, Inc. We love providing groups with the scariest, most entertaining, and very best experiences. Contact us at 1-800-922-0716 for more information and to get the best group price available.

Welcome to NYC!
Welcome to NYC!

If you’re planning a group trip to New York City, you’re going to have a lot of decisions to make, including what to see, where to stay and eat, and what sorts of things to do. There are a few things to remember when it comes to visiting New York with a group. All of them are extremely positive. At least, from our perspective they are, and we believe, after working with us, they will result in a totally positive experience for you.

Make It Uncomplicated

An American in Paris is one of close to 40 great shows now on Broadway.
An American in Paris is one of close to 40 great shows now on Broadway.

Planning a group trip to New York City and the surrounding area can be intimidating. Where should you stay, what’s the right restaurant for you, which show should you see, what other experiences should you book? Even knowing what is available is daunting.

The group-discount professionals at All Tickets, Inc. are ready to guide you every step of the way. We’ll do the research for you, plan your itinerary, and confirm your bookings. We’re devoted to making the planning and facilitating of your group experience as simple and stress-free as possible.

We’ll make sure that every detail of your trip is attended to and that you and everyone in your group has the opportunity to have a great time in what is considered by many to be the most exciting city in the world.

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The Apollo today.
The Apollo today.

At All Tickets, Inc. we specialize in creating engaging, memorable group experiences. One of the ways in which we do that is by making sure that you get the best possible deals on everything New York. That includes Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, museums, maritime adventures, special holiday events, historic sites, tours, meals, accommodations, and more.

One example on how you can save more is through Combo Bookings. With Combo Bookings when you purchase more than one service, experience, or product through All Tickets, Inc. we offer a special discount on that additional item. In that way, the more you book the more you will save.

Enjoy a cruise.
Enjoy a cruise.

Book a Broadway show and a restaurant and you’ll get a low group rate on both, plus an additional discount on the restaurant. The same is true for anything- hotels, sites, tours, etc. Also, please remember that with All Tickets, Inc., and only All Tickets, just about any group can qualify for free Broadway show tickets.

To qualify, purchase your Broadway group discount tickets through All Tickets, Inc. and receive 1 free ticket for every 30 paid (no limit) or, if you purchase an additional service, item, or experience, receive 1 comp for every 25 paid (no limit). It is the ONLY deal of its kind and is available for all Broadway shows as long as you book by December 31, 2015.

Unique, Quality Experiences

It's a great and exciting city.
It’s a great and exciting city.

The staff at All Tickets, Inc. is focused on making sure that all of our groups enjoy New York City experiences that are unique and first-class. The complete and total enjoyment of your group visit to New York, whether it’s for a day, weekend, or longer, is of utmost importance to us.

Personalized Service

Contact All Tickets, Inc. today and we’ll start working with you immediately. We’ll strive to ensure that you’re able to become totally engaged in what we believe will be an experience that is filled with great times, amazing events, and wonderful memories. Contact us today by calling 1-800-922-0716. We can’t wait to serve you.

On Your Feet is captivating.
On Your Feet is captivating.

Musicals s about music or that focus in some way on musical performance often seem to be naturals for Broadway. They run the gamut of subject matter and include long running hits as diverse as The Phantom of the Opera and Jersey Boys. Classic Broadway hits that focus on music or musical performance in some manner include Show Boat, A Chorus Line, and The Music Man.

The 2015-2016 Broadway season offers three such musicals. Two, On Your Feet and School of Rock – The Musical, are new, and one, Dames at Sea, was the Off-Broadway hit that brought Bernadette Peters into the limelight four decades ago. Each show promises to give audiences something unique.

School of Rock

Rock on with School of Rock!
Rock on with School of Rock!

The 2003 hit movie that starred Jack Black comes to Broadway. Slated to preview on November 2, 2015 and to open December 6, School of Rock features additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. Laurence Connor will direct and JoAnn M. Hunter will choreograph.

This is a dynamite team bringing the tale of Dewey Finn to The Great White Way. Finn has been banished from his band No Vacancy. He disguises himself as a substitute teacher and gets work as an instructor at a topnotch prep school.

Finn, who wants to be a rock star, forms a band with the talent he finds at the school. His short-term goal is to win the Battle of the Bands so he can use the prize money to get himself back on his feet. Over the course of his journey, he learns some very important life lessons.

This is a musical comedy of hot guitar riffs, pounding drum rhythms, and pulsating tempos.

On Your Feet

feet48The musical On Your Feet, which previews October 5, 2015 and opens November 5, is the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and the Latino experience in America. There’s a lot of excitement about this show that includes many of Estefan’s most popular songs, such as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, “1-2-3,” “Mi Tierra,” and “Conga.”

The book is by Alexander Dinelaris and music and lyrics by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Jerry Mitchell directs and Sergio Trujillo choreographs. Both are Broadway veterans. On Your Feet is an inspiring show.

Dames at Sea

Dames at Sea is pure fun.
Dames at Sea is pure fun.

If you love silliness, great choreography, and wonderful music then Dames at Sea is your cup of tea. Directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner (White Christmas and 42nd Street) Dames at Sea is the story of a young, naive girl from Utah who gets off the bus in Manhattan and finds herself in the chorus of a Broadway show.

Along the way she falls in love, has a major run-in with the shows star, gets to be the star of the show, and wins instant Broadway acclaim while performing on a battleship. (The theatre the show was to be in was demolished.)

Dames at Sea offers fast-paced fun, stirring dance numbers, and a wonderful collection of cmic characters. It is a great family musical.

Becoming a Hit

What's it like to be hit?
What’s it like to be hit?

One thing that unites each of these very different musicals is that they are all focused on what it is to be a success as a performer. School of Rock offers us a glimpse of the individual focused on his goals and attaining them while learning important lessons about friendship and fairness. On Your Feet gives us the American dream and says that in the USA individuals with talent, dedication, and high standards can work hard and overcome huge obstacles. Dames at Sea is the prototypical tale of the small town girl who makes good in the big time, giving us a boatload of laughs and a whole lot of innocent spirit.

These are wonderful shows for groups. For more information, group comps, and low group rates, contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716.

Hamilton comes to Broadway.
Hamilton comes to Broadway.

The 2015-16 Broadway theatre season is filled with a variety of new musicals and plays, as well as revivals. This is a season that offers groups great discounts, as well as free tickets. There are a lot of deals for student as well as other groups.

Some producers are offering comp tickets, and All Tickets, Inc. is providing free tickets to all Broadway shows to all groups that purchase their seats through us. If there are also producer comps available, you’ll get those through All Tickets, Inc. too. That means a group of 100 could receive from 4 to 8 free tickets with their order placed through All Tickets, Inc.

New Musicals About the US

There are many new musicals either now open or coming to Broadway that are about the US and our history. These include the Off-Broadway, hip-hop hit Hamilton, which is about our first Secretary of the Treasury; Allegiance, which focuses on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, and Amazing Grace, a musical about the slave trade and one man’s social conscience.

Musical Revivals

The Color Purple stars England's Cynthia Erivo.
The Color Purple stars England’s Cynthia Erivo.

There is also a list of exciting musical revivals. These include a new production of The Color Purple starring Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery and, making her Broadway debut, Cynthia Erivo. Erivo starred in the London production of the show as Celie. The Color Purple looks to be an exciting Broadway event. Plus, there is Dames at Sea. This musical comedy was a huge Off-Broadway hit decades ago and is finally finding its way to the Broadway stage.

Also on hand is one of the greatest America musicals off all-time Fiddler on the Roof. This new production will star Broadway favorite Danny Burstein as Tevye. This is the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Fiddler.

Broadway will host the first revival of Spring Awakening this season, and a new production of the Bock, Harnick, and Masteroff musical comedy She Loves Me. She Loves Me stars Tony winner Laura Benanti and Disgraced star Josh Radnor.

Plays Coming Up

Tony winners Jones and Tyson in The Gin Game.
Tony winners Jones and Tyson in The Gin Game.

Two Arthur Miller plays are scheduled for Broadway. The Olivier winning London production of A View from the Bridge travels to The Great White Way for the new season. Also, Broadway welcomes the Miller classic The Crucible.

Other revivals include the riotous farce Noises Off; the Pulitzer Prize wining play The Gin Game, starring Tony winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson; and A.R. Gurney’s comedy about man, dog, and wife, Sylvia.

Broadway premieres of plays are also upcoming. Three new ones are scheduled- a new David Mamet drama entitled China Doll, which stars Al Pacino; the reality-challenging drama The Father, starring three-time Tony winner Frank Langella; and the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Misery, which stars Bruce Willis making his Broadway debut.

More on the Horizon

There are many more new Broadway productions that will be opening in 2015-16. It’s best to get your tickets early, as you’re able to secure the best seats and the lowest prices. Group tickets are reasonably priced, and with All Tickets’ free ticket program, you’ll save even more.

0b9202_986c2c4c6374407aae18e02fc7f02861.jpg_srz_p_422_277_75_22_0.50_1.20_0If your student group is going to see a Broadway show, you can enhance and enrich the event by adding another theatre-related experience. These added experiences can be relatively inexpensive, and when you book one through the same group ticket agency that is handling your show tickets, you can often get an added discount.

Such related experiences, which include tours of Broadway or a specific theatre, theatre classes run by professionals, and talkbacks with those associated with the show you are seeing, are a great way to take full advantage of your Broadway experience. Here are just a few of the types of things from which you may choose.

Stage Door Workshops

stage-manager-310x310Stage Door Workshops offers student groups the opportunity to take a class with a Broadway professional. Acting, dance, musical theatre, and singing are just a few of the general areas covered. Your group may want to learn the style of choreography being used in the show you’re about to see, or they may want to discover what it’s like to be in a Broadway chorus.

Comedy acting, vocal training, and choreography tips are some other areas in which you can focus. Or maybe you want to learn the ins and outs of a specific profession in the theatre such as directing, producing, marketing or designing. There’s no end to the type of class you can take.

Broadway Up Close

Various wonderful touring experiences are available through Broadway Up Close. Their original tour, which was created five years ago, takes you along The Great White Way where your group will discover exciting and interesting facts about Broadway theatres, artists, producers, and personalities. The tour travels from the southern end of the Broadway theatre district on 41st street to 45th street in between 6th and 8th avenues. Highlights include the rise and fall of 42nd Street, Roof Top Gardens, and hauntingly interesting ghost stories. Plus, each knowledgeable guide offers his/her own personal stories about Broadway. Each tour guide is equipped with an iPad chock full of one- of-a-kind photos and videos to further enrich your experience.

Plus, Broadway Up Close offers Private Tours, including one that gets you up close and personal with the Broadway experience. This is a perfect addition for those who will be attending a Broadway performance. This touring experience starts with their Private Tour around Broadway that Broadway Up Close is so famous for and includes a 45-minute sit down lunch or dinner with a performer from a show your group will be seeing that night. Your meal will include an appetizer, soda and an iconic pie from John’s Pizzeria.

Talkbacks

TB3-310x310A talkback is where your group gets to discuss the show they just saw with some of those involved with the performance. Get insights from actors, stage managers, and others. Ask questions about the performance, the rehearsal process, and themes, characters, and issue in the show. Talkbacks are an exciting and interesting way for your group to connect directly with the show that they just experienced.

Get the Full Effect

If your student group is going to a Broadway show, then why not have access to the full effect. These tours, workshops, and discussions can make your Broadway show experience and event that you will always remember.

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Spring Awakening returns.
Spring Awakening returns.

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Hamilton uses non-traditional casting creatively.
Hamilton uses non-traditional casting creatively.

Hamilton and Amazing Grace, two new Broadway musicals, are about very different subjects, but both offer not only great entertainment value, but also food for thought when it comes to race in America. Certainly, the various recent incidents involving the questionable and sometimes illegal use of police force on blacks, enlightening and accusatory justice department findings, and the mass murder of men and women at a black church in Charleston, S.C. by a white supremacist have charged the emotions of lawmakers, citizens, and the President of the United States.

Race, and specifically slavery and those who were enslaved, is something with which the United States has never totally come to terms. Perhaps that’s because the more than 100-year cultural norm of slavery and the mentality that allowed it to happen and prosper is not something that you can deal with in a relatively short historical period. This may be especially true in a nation as diverse of ours, which has 50 states, each with a certain amount of independence and personal identity and yet each a part of a “united” country.

Hamilton and Race

Questions are plentiful.
Questions are plentiful.

Hamilton, which offers audiences a racially mixed and predominantly minority cast playing mainly white historical figures, actively challenges our ideas of race, putting in the forefront, through its casting and other artistic decisions, the question as to whether or not race is a cultural and societal construct and not a simple reality.

Set to hip-hop and R&B styles, this historical musical about Alexander Hamilton is entirely sung. The lyrics are powerfully potent on many levels, and the characters are strongly drawn and very real. Historically, Hamilton, a man who was a born out of wedlock, poor, orphaned, and raised in the West Indies, rose to power and became chief staff aide to General George Washington, was a driving force behind the Constitution, created the U.S. Coast Guard, and was the first Secretary of the Treasury.

The story unto itself is fascinating, but the manner in which creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the creative team have fashioned it is brilliant, captivating, and enthralling.

Amazing Grace and Moral Conscience

Amazing Grace makes the brutality real.
Amazing Grace makes the brutality real.

Amazing Grace is the story of John Newton. Along with being the man who penned the hymn, which is used as the title of this musical, Newton was the son of a slave trader. It is on a voyage to American on a ship loaded with slaves that Newton feels pangs of conscience regarding the morality of the lucrative family business of which he is a part. Family pressures and traditions deem that he should be a slave trader and, yet, the compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart tug at his conscience and sense of justice.

At the memorial service in Charleston, S.C., President Obama, as part of his eulogy, sang “Amazing Grace,” using it to connect those who had been murdered to a responsibility that we all now carry to be a part of a “United” States of America. Newton’s journey of enlightenment in the musical Amazing Grace is one that the entire country must also eventually take.

Connecting US

Uplifting, resonant, and thought provoking, Amazing Grace and Hamilton are two new Broadway musicals that everyone, from school students to seniors, will find inspiring and valuable. Both are not only potential hallmarks of the 2015-2016 Broadway season, but they are also important connectors that join us with our past in order to see a new and better future.

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Amazing Grace.

There are numerous new musicals coming to Broadway in summer and fall 2015. These include various shows that have seen success outside of New York. Included are three dramatic shows and one comedy. Broadway, which will welcome these musicals starting in September, will see some diverse offerings as the new theatre season opens.

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Allegiance

th-37Allegiance is a story of honor, love of country, and prejudiced. Set during World War II, this new musical focuses on a young Japanese-American man and his extended family as they are sent to a U.S. internment camp. The young man wants to and does serve his country against the Japanese despite the fact that he and his relatives are treated so terribly by the U.S. government. This musical is told as a memory and stars Star Trek’s George Takei. It previews October 6 and opens November 13, 2015.

Amazing Grace

amazinggraceThe new musical Amazing Grace tells the true story of John Newton, a man of conscience who must decide if he will follow in his father’s footsteps and continue to trade in slaves or if he will forgo what he sees as an immoral business. Newton, who penned the famous spiritual Amazing Grace, is a man in conflict who possesses dignity, honor, and loyalty. These qualities clash as he attempts to resolve his inner and outer conflicts. Amazing Grace previews June 25 and opens July 16, 2015.

On Your Feet

On Your Feet is an inspiring story.
On Your Feet is an inspiring story.

On Your Feet is the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and their struggles and triumphs in America. The musical, which includes some of Estefan’s most popular songs, such as “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, “1-2-3,” “Mi Tierra,” and “Conga,” is the tale of two Latinos who had a mutual dream that they pursued and, ultimately, lived. This is an inspiring piece of musical theatre that will thoroughly captivate and entertain. On Your Feet previews October 5 and opens November 5, 2015.

School of Rock

searchBased on the movie of the same name, the musical School of Rock offers audiences a main character who is a loser. The audience ends up rooting for this character who is named Dewey Finn. Finn, who wants to be a rock star but has been tossed out of his band, poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. It’s then that he realizes his students have the musical talent to create a band with him as the leader. Finn hopes to win the big prize in the battle of the bands contest and take the money to get his life back in order. The new musical includes music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and Webber, and a book by Julian Fellows. It previews November 2 and opens December 6, 2015.

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James Earl Jones returns to Broadway for The Gin Game.
James Earl Jones returns to Broadway for The Gin Game.

Broadway will see the revival of two honored American plays, A View From the Bridge and The Gin Game. The revival of Arthurs Miller’s A View from the Bridge is a transfer of the award-winning production that was first produced on London’s West End. The Gin Game is an American production starring two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones and Tony winner Cecily Tyson. The Miller play will preview October 21, 2015 and has been scheduled for a limited run, closing February 21, 2016 while The Gin Game will premiere September 21, 2015 and open October 13, 2015.

A View from the Bridge

The production of A View from the Bridge that is coming to The Great White Way has received numerous plaudits and awards, including three Olivier Awards. There’s a lot of excitement concerning this production which will play at the Lyceum Theatre in NYC.

Arthur Miller’s tragedy was first produced in 1955 on Broadway where it ran for 149 performances. Although not successful when it was first produced, revivals have received numerous awards, including the 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, 1998 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, and 2015 Olivier Award for Best Revival, Best Actor (Mark Strong), and Best Director (Ivo van Hove).

The play tells the story of dockworker Eddie Carbone and his obsession with his wife’s 17-year-old niece, Catherine. This is an intense, moving, and violent drama that ends tragically for Carbone, as he is unable to escape from the passions that drive his actions. Mark Strong and Phoebe Fox reprise the roles of Eddie Carbone and Catherine respectively, which they both played on London’s West End.

The Gin Game

Cecily Tyson joins Jones in The Gin Game.
Cecily Tyson joins Jones in The Gin Game.

The revival of D.L. Coburn’s The Gin Game will feature two of America’s greatest actors, James Earl Jones and Cecily Tyson. Jones, who has been nominated for numerous Tonys and won for The Great White Hope and Fences, and Tyson, who received her Tony for the revival of A Trip to Bountiful, will perform the play at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

The Gin Game received the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the 1978 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play, 1978 Tony Award for Best Play, 1997 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Play, and 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

The play tells the story of Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey who meet at a retirement home and begin playing gin. Fonsia knows nothing about the game so Weller begins to teach her. She is an amazing pupil, as she starts to beat her teacher at every hand played. As the play progresses, the two new friends begin exposing one another’s failures, disappointments, and weaknesses. The Gin Game is a poignant and beautifully written drama.

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The revival of A View from the Bridge is powerful.
The revival of A View from the Bridge is powerful.

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Pacino will star in a limited run of China Doll.

All Tickets, Inc. Best Broadway Group Comp Deal includes all of the most exciting, new shows that are coming to Broadway for the 2015-16 season. Two new plays with big name stars will be on the Broadway boards this season, as will a musical based on the best selling novel Tuck Everlasting.

The plays are China Doll, a new show by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino, and Misery, with a script by William Goldman, starring Bruce Willis. Willis will be making his Broadway debut in Misery, which is based on the Stephen King novel and the hit movie of the same title.

China Doll

China Doll is the story of billionaire Mickey Ross (Pacino) who is about to get married to a beautiful, young woman and go into semiretirement. Just before Mickey is about to dash off to his new life his assistant, played by Fran Kranz, fields a phone call that makes him pause and turn his life towards a new direction. China Doll, which will be directed by Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Clybourne Park), will preview Oct. 20, 2015 and open Nov. 19, 2015.

Misery

Willis stars in Misery.
Willis stars in Misery.

Misery is a frightening tale about novelist Paul Sheldon and an unfortunate car accident he’s involved in on a snowy New England road. At first all seems fine, as Annie Wilkes, Sheldon’s biggest fan, rescues him from the wreck. But Annie also rescues his latest manuscript from the car.

The new novel focuses on a character named Misery, who Sheldon has serialized in a string of romantic novels. When Annie realizes that the character she loves so much is about to be killed off, she holds the novelist hostage, wanting him to save the lead character from her demise.

Willis (Sheldon), who is known for his work in films including the Die Hard series, will be joined by Elizabeth Marvel (Annie). Marvel has been seen in numerous Broadway shows including Picnic, Seascape, and Top Girls. Will Frears, whose New York credits include Still Life, Rainbow Kiss, and Year Zero, will direct. Misery, which will open in fall 2015, has not yet set its dates.

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting is awe inspiring.
Tuck Everlasting is awe inspiring.

The new musical Tuck Everlasting is schedule to preview Mar. 19, 2016 and open Apr. 17, 2016. Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon) will direct and choreograph the show which features a book by Tony Award® nominee Claudia Shear (Dirty Blonde), music by Chris Miller (The Burnt Part Boys), and lyrics by Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys).
The musical, which is based on the best-selling, award-winning novel of the same name by Natalie Babbitt, asks the question, “If you could live forever, would you?”

When Winnie Foster discovers the magical secret of the Tuck family, she embarks on an extraordinary adventure that will change her life forever. This is a journey unlike any other and one that audiences will forever remember as they discover the essence of love, family and living life to the fullest.

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Hamilton stars Lin Manuel Miranda as the first U.S . Secretary of the Treasury.

The new Broadway theatre season is starting to take shape, and it’s clear even this early in the process that there will be a lot of interesting and exciting shows headed to The Great White Way. Group tickets can save you a lot of cash, and All Tickets, Inc. can save you even more with our Best Broadway Group Comp Deal, which offers groups free tickets. Plus, you can get even more savings when you purchase various additional experiences, services, and products from us. Get information on this money-saving offer.

Hit Musicals

There’s a wealth of hit musicals coming to Broadway, including the popular Off-Broadway rap musical Hamilton developed by In the Heights creator Lin Manuel Miranda. The new work sold out its run at the Public Theatre and will transfer to Broadway in late summer for an open run.

Fiddler stars  Tony nominee Danny Burstein. Here he is in Follies.
Fiddler stars Tony nominee Danny Burstein. Here he is in Follies.

Also coming to Broadway for the 2015-2016 season is the revival of what is one of the greatest and most beloved American musicals, Fiddler on the Roof. Fiddler on the Roof, the story of the milkman, Tevye, and his family in czarist Russia, stars Broadway favorite Danny Burstein. In its original run, it became the first musical to offer more than 3,000 performances on Broadway. Written by Bock and Harnick, this classic will preview in November.

Another Bock and Harnick musical, She Loves Me, is slated to be revived on The Great White Way. The light-hearted musical will star Laura Benanti as Amalia and Josh Radnor as Georg. The production dates have not yet been announced for She Loves Me.

The Color Purple stars England's Cynthia Erivo.
The Color Purple stars England’s Cynthia Erivo.

After a successful London remounting, a revised version of The Color Purple will also be making its way to Broadway. The show, which will preview in November, will feature Cynthia Erivo in the lead role. Erivo, who starred in the London production and received rave reviews, will be making her Broadway debut.

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More Musicals

Also coming to the Broadway stage for the first time will be the musicals Allegiance, Amazing Grace, On Your Feet, School of Rock, and Tuck Everlasting. Three of the shows focus on some aspect of the American experience.

Amazing Grace takes us on a journey of conscience.
Amazing Grace takes us on a journey of conscience.

Allegiance tells the story of Japanese Americans who have been placed in a World War II internment camp and one young man’s call to patriotic duty. It is a musical that explores various questions concerning prejudice, love of country, family, and war. Amazing Grace looks at a young man’s struggle with his conscience as he deals with the fact that his family is active in the slave trade. Will he continue in the family business or will he attempt to change his life and society? On Your Feet tells the inspiring and uplifting real-life tale of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and the Latino experience in America. It includes a rich catalogue of hit songs made famous by the singer.

Gloria Estefan's story comes to the Broadway stage.
Gloria Estefan’s story comes to the Broadway stage.

One film-based musical, School of Rock, and another novel-based show, Tuck Everlasting, will also be on Broadway. School of Rock, which takes as its source the hit comic movie starring Jack Black, includes music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellows. Tuck Everlasting, which takes as its source material the best-selling, award-winning novel by Natalie Babbitt, focuses on the character of Winnie Foster. In the show, Foster discovers the magical secret of the Tuck family, and in doing so, finds her life changed forever.

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It shoulda been you group discounts Broadway and comps
It’s high energy!

It Shoulda Been You is a musical comedy that has a lot going for it. Directed by David Hyde Pierce, this musical about a Jewish and Catholic wedding that goes off the tracks and desperately tries to find a happy ending. (By the way, it does; it is a musical comedy after all.) It Shoulda Been You is a true audience pleaser. It is a true remedy for bad mood, the blues, crankiness, or any lack of luster or laughter in anyone’s life.

Great Jokes, Wonderful Characters & Winning Actors

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The acting is right on target.

This 100-minute comedy, which has about 200 to 250 laughs, offers theatregoers a new look at the subgenre of wedding farce, and carries its wacky and ridiculous plot twists, complications, and characters to the penultimate brink of ludicrousness. Everything is played to the hilt, making It Shoulda Been You a comedic romp of an evening, filled with high energy, smart and some not-so-smart gags, and genuine feelings of love and care.

A seasoned and adroit Broadway cast has been enlisted and includes Tony winners Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons, Gypsy) and Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Joining them are Broadway vets David Burtka (Gypsy), Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Lisa Howard (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Edward Hibbert (Curtains), Montego Glover (Memphis), Josh Grisetti (Peter and the Starcatcher), Michael X. Martin (The Bridges of Madison County), Anne L. Nathan (Once), Nick Spangler (Book of Mormon), and Chip Zien (Into the Woods). This group handles the material with aplomb.

The show has a book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, with music by Barbara Anselmi, who conceived the show, and additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall. The team has created a screwball musical comedy that defines screwball musical comedy.

Reviews Are In

Great fun on the bridal circuit.
Great fun on the bridal circuit.

USA Today’s Elysa Gardner enthusiastically observed, “…this new musical, this Broadway season’s freshest and funniest to date, defies skepticism, both in its wacky humor and its big, buoyant heart. Book writer and lyricist Brian Hargrove and composer Barbara Anselmi have taken a familiar premise — that of lovers from different backgrounds uniting — and crafted something that is both endearingly old-fashioned in spirit and decidedly contemporary in execution.

Hollywood Reporter reviewer Frank Scheck put It Shoulda Been You in historical and comedic context when he noted, “That old popular-comedy chestnut Abie’s Irish Rose is given a modern twist in the new musical It Shoulda Been You, which plays like vintage dinner theater infused with a Borscht Belt sensibility. That it nonetheless manages to be truly amusing is a testament to the talent both on and offstage: such comic pros as Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris and Edward Hibbert manage to make the hoariest of jokes uproarious, while director David Hyde Pierce has staged the proceedings with a brisk expertise that makes the 100 intermission-less minutes fly by. It’s the sort of show that practically redefines the term ‘guilty pleasure.’”

Nothing like a wedding to mess up being in love.
Nothing like a wedding to mess up being in love.

Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune offered some insightful comments when he wrote, “The aim here, for sure, was an updating of the standard wedding farce, and so achieved, given the various eleventh-hour arrivals of courage and a remarkably fluid set of sexual orientations that allow for a fresh mix-and-matching of couples. Still, there is something cheering about the arrival of gay marriage in traditional farce, that most conservative of theatrical genres, in a show designed mostly to play to those who would not have been on the vanguard of such change.

“It is in such moments that societal change is most palpable, but still, the main reason to admire ‘Shoulda’ is the frequency, quirkiness and heartiness of the laughs.”

A Time to Laugh

It Shoulda Been You is great fun.
It Shoulda Been You is great fun.

It Shoulda Been You offers audiences a time to let go and laugh, full and hearty. It’s a freeing experience and one from which all of us can benefit. Along with low group rates, All Tickets, Inc. is also running its Best Broadway Group Comp Deal. Take advantage of this special promotion, which ends August 31, 2015, and get free tickets (1 for every 30 paid; or, if purchasing another service from us, 1 for every 25 paid) as well a generous group discount. It Shoulda Been You is a must-see musical comedy. Call us today at 1-800-922-0716. Book before August 31 to qualify for comp tickets.

rotten8765Something Rotten!, which has been nominated for 10 Tonys and is part of All Tickets’ Best Broadway Group Comp program, is a riotous musical comedy. How funny is it? It’s got everything from broad slapstick to tongue-in-cheek humor to anachronistic references to tomfoolery (that last is not a character, it’s about being silly). Set during the English Renaissance it’s about the ersatz birth of musical comedy during a time when Shakespeare ruled the stage and England the seas.

Here are a few clips from Something Rotten!

Something Rotten Videos


Welcome to the Renaissance as performed when the show was in rehearsal


Getting in Character- How does one become the Bard?


Shakespeare in the House- It’s good to be the leading dramatist (maybe).


A clip from the production Something Rotten!

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If you purchase your group discount tickets from All Tickets, Inc. you can get free tickets to the show too. All Tickets, Inc. is offering 1 free ticket for every 30 purchased or 1 free ticket for every 25 paid (if you also purchase another product, experience, service from us). This offer, which ends August 31, 2015, is exclusive to All Tickets, Inc.

Contact All Tickets, Inc. for great seats to a great show, Something Rotten! Plus, we can get you group tickets for any Broadway show. Our comp deal applies to all Broadway productions currently running or upcoming as long as you book your tickets by August 31, 2015. Call is today at 1-800-922-0716 or use our contact form.

something10098Something Rotten!, which has been nominated for 10 Tonys, is anything but the name suggests, rotten. The name comes from a famous line in Hamlet, which is “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” It’s said by Marcellus to Horatio, and it is about how Claudius has allowed the country to become corrupt.

In the case of the musical comedy, Something Rotten!, that title refers to one of the final numbers during which the theatre company prepares for opening night of Omelette: The Musical. The show Something Rotten! is a madcap takeoff on the age of Shakespeare, musical theatre, and Shakespearean literature.

Reviews

The reviews for Something Rotten! when it opened in April were enthusiastic. Many of those who commented on the show love the music and lyrics, the show’s unbridled comedy, and it’s wonderful performances.

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Something Rotten!

Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press wrote, “Something Rotten!…is fresh and hysterical and irreverent. It’s easily the funniest thing to arrive on Broadway since The Book of Mormon…the song A Musical, in which the writers get to goof on such shows as Rent, Pippin, Les Miserables, On the Town, Annie and the Rockettes. It’s one of the highlights of a show that is full of them, all led by director Casey Nicholaw at his exuberant, daffy best…A stunningly good first act…invariably leads to a somewhat weaker second act, but that’s still better than most entire musicals on Broadway right now….”

In the Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney observed, “This is a big, brash meta-musical studiously fashioned in the mold of Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Producers and The Book of Mormon, loaded with crowd-pleasing showstoppers, deliciously puerile gags and an infectious love of the form it so playfully skewers…If the songs themselves are standard-issue show-tunes, they are elevated by dynamic staging and performances. Nicholaw can spin froth into a full-bodied confection, even if this one cries out for something more substantial at the finish.”

rotten8765Elysa Gardner of USA Today said, “Happily, the director/choreographer is Casey Nicholaw, whose distinctly joyful irreverence…is just what’s needed here…The talented players are key. Brian d’Arcy James buoyantly returns to Broadway as Nick…Nick prefigures certain skeptical scholars in believing that Shakespeare’s invention is not always truly his own. Certainly, as played by a devilishly funny Christian Borle, this Will’s a slippery fellow…Nigel, played by John Cariani — giving a relatively subdued performance, in which tenderness and goofiness are relayed with endearing understatement — is actually the more inspired of the siblings…Even if you haven’t brushed up on your Shakespeare recently — or your musical theater — you’ll find plenty that’s amusing, if little that’s memorable, in Something Rotten!”

Feeling Silly ,See It and Get Comps!

Something Rotten!15432Right now All Tickets, Inc. is running its Best Broadway Group Comp Deal. Just purchase your group discount tickets to any Broadway show by August 31, 2015, and you will receive a free ticket for every 30 purchased. There’s no limit on comps and they can be for any performance. And, yes, this does include group discount tickets for the hit musical Something Rotten!.

Also, if you purchase your tickets through All Tickets, Inc. and also buy another service, product, or experience, such as a Step On Tour, restaurant visit, hotel rooms, museum tour, etc., you will receive one free ticket for every 25 purchased.

Get group discount tickets plus comps, see Something Rotten!, have a great time, book a wonderful meal (at a group discount), and enjoy all of the savings. Group discounts for Broadway shows save ticket buyers from 20 to 45-percent and can be as low as $42/ticket.

Contact All Tickets, Inc. today at 1-800-922-0716 to see Something Rotten! and save.

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comp tickets Broadway for Hamilton and all shows
Hamilton, the Off-Broadway hit, comes to Broadway this August.

There are a lot of great Broadway shows with low group tickets prices that you can see this spring, summer, and fall. In addition to those Broadway group discounts you already enjoy on all shows, All Tickets is also offering its Best Broadway Group Comp Deal, which provides one free Broadway show ticket for every 30 purchased through us. That’s automatic extra savings.

If you add another experience, such as guided tour of Central Park, a visit to the New York Botanical Garden or the garden at the Cloisters, or a sojourn to the Central Park Zoo or Bronx Zoo, you’ve got an even better deal, as you’ll receive one free ticket for every 25 purchased. That offer is good as long as you book both the show and the additional experience through All Tickets, Inc. by the August 31, 2015 deadline.

What to See?

The Lion King is fun for the entire family.
The Lion King is fun for the entire family.

There are a lot of exciting and diverse choices when it comes to Broadway shows. Perhaps your group would like something family friendly, like The Lion King or Aladdin, or may they’d enjoy seeing a light-hearted musical comedy such as Something Rotten! or A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder? There are musical theatre classics, which include Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera, and hilarious comedies like It’s Only a Play and Hand to God. There are some entertaining revivals of classic musicals running, such as The King and I and On the Town.

Amazing Grace arrives for the new Broadway season.
Amazing Grace arrives for the new Broadway season.

Exciting new shows coming to The Great White Way include the Off-Broadway hit Hamilton, a rap musical about our first Secretary of the Treasury; Allegiance, a musical about a Japanese-American family sent to a US internment camp during World War II; and Amazing Grace, the story of a conscientious young man dealing with the fact that his family is involved in the slave trade. All of these musicals strike at the heart of themes, issues, and historic events that very much define America. These three new musicals offer great learning experiences for students while being completely entertaining and engrossing.

There are many more Broadway plays and musicals from which your group may choose. Please see all of our Broadway listings and be sure to contact us at 1-800-922-0716 if you have any questions, need help planning your visit, or would like to take advantage of our generous free ticket offers.

Parks

A tour of Central Park is captivating.
A tour of Central Park is captivating.

Combining a Broadway show with natural beauty makes for a diverse and exceedingly pleasant New York City experience. Where else but in New York City would you find an amazing amalgam of steel, cement, and glass, and, simultaneously, natural majesty?

All Tickets, Inc. can provide you with a Step On Tour of New York’s truly soulful sanctuary, Central Park. Walking paths, Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, the intimate Central Park Zoo, Wollman Rink, Central Park Mall, and Bethesda Fountain are all possible stops along your personalized and expertly run Step On Tour.

Gardens

The Holiday Train Show  at the NY Botanical Garden is always popular.
The Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden is always popular.

New York City offers visitors some wondrous opportunities to enjoy brilliantly designed gardens. A tour of Central Park will certainly include this aspect, but more specifically the New York Botanical Garden and the Cloisters will provide you with the ultimate in vegetative excellence.

The New York Botanical Garden offers visitors lush rose gardens, a What’s Wonderful in Spring tour that is breathtaking, and the Curator’s Spotlight, which is a series of small botanical installations that are unique and precious.

Running from May 16 through November 1 is a wonderful and one-of-a-kind exhibit entitled FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. This blockbuster exhibition is the first to examine Frida Kahlo’s keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. This is truly a captivating experience.

The Cloisters offers lush gardens.
The Cloisters offers lush gardens.

Plus, don’t forget the New York Botanical Garden’s popular annual events, which include its astounding Haunted Pumpkin Garden and captivating Holiday Train Show. Plan ahead for these events as they often sell out.

The Cloisters, which are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, offer an array of educational tours for student groups from first grade through high school. School classes and their teachers are invited to explore The Cloisters with a Museum instructor. Programs are tailored to the age and ability level of each class and are approximately ninety minutes long, unless otherwise indicated. The Cloisters includes a wonderful garden that will enchant you.

Zoos

Bronx Zoo lion cubs playing.
Bronx Zoo lion cubs playing.

The preeminent zoo on New York City is the Bronx Zoo. The Bronx Zoo offers an intriguing collection of habitats and species. From its stunning Butterfly Garden to the menacing Birds of Prey sanctuary and from its stately African Plain to its rambunctious Mouse House, the Bronx Zoo offers a quality experience for all. Special activities include Penguin and Sea Lion Feedings, Camel Rides, and their state-of-the-art 4-D Theatre.

You will also find animal experiences and events at the Central Park Zoo and the intimate zoo at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. These are both wonderful parks to visit and tour, and All Tickets, Inc. can offer you a premium experience at each one.

Free Tickets & Much More

All Tickets, Inc., which provides all customers with premium, personalized service, is ready to ensure that you get the best possible group discount and anything and everything New York. Along with our amazing free ticket offer, our licensed group sales agents can get you deals on hotel rooms, group dining, NYC Step on Tours, and anything else you can imagine. Contact us today by calling 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking on this link. We’re standing by to help.

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Click on the image to be taken to our Group Discount Search Engine.

All Tickets, Inc. has an amazing search engine that we offer completely free to anyone and everyone who has Internet access. We developed this unique search engine, known as Broadway TIX, so that people will know how much Broadway show tickets cost for any performance of every Broadway show and they can compare single ticket prices to group deals. Everything you need to know about the price of a ticket for any Broadway show is there!

At the same time, we are offering an unrivaled free ticket offer called The Best Broadway Group Comp Deal. If you purchase your Broadway group tickets through ATI, you will receive 1 free ticket for every 30 paid (unlimited comps) or 1 free ticket for every 25 paid (unlimited comps) if you buy your show tickets and another service, experience, or product through us such as hotel rooms, meals, group tickets to an attraction, a Step On Tour, etc.

You can use Broadway TIX to find the price of a single and group ticket and to calculate how much more you’ll save through our proprietary program- The Best Broadway Group Comp Deal

Doing the Math

An American in Paris is loved by audiences.
An American in Paris is loved by audiences.

If you went to Broadway TIX and wanted to go see An American in Paris on June 11, 2015, you would find that the highest priced single seat was $137.00 and the lowest priced was $47.00. You’d also see that if you bought group tickets you’d pay $123.30 for the most expensive ticket and $42.30 for the least expensive.

You might think, “Not a bad deal, I can see a show that has 12 Tony nominations for as little as $42.30 if I’m with a group. That’s a real deal.”

Now consider the deal you get with All Tickets, Inc. Let’s say you have 100 in your group and you are also purchasing a group dinner through All Tickets, Inc. That means that you qualify for 1 free ticket for every 25 purchased. So, you’ll receive 4 free tickets to the show. Before the comp deal, your average ticket price was $42.30 and with the deal it’s $40.67, which is about a 4.5% savings over the group rate.

If your group went with the highest price ticket, your average ticket price would be $123.30 before the free ticket deal. With 4 free tickets, it becomes $118.50. You can use the free tickets to lower the price for each participant, as some sort of special reward for people being amazing group contributors, or as prizes to raise some money for your group or organization. It’s totally up to you.

ATI: The Only One Offering Comps Now!

See Fun Home or any Broadway show for less with All Tickets Inc.
See Fun Home or any Broadway show for less with All Tickets Inc.

By the way, you can also use Broadway TIX to search to see if any Broadway shows are offering comps. We first did so with An American in Paris. They are not. If they were and you purchased your tickets through All Tickets, Inc. we would make sure that you got both the producer/show comps and ours. (If you buy your tickets anywhere else all you will get is the producer comps.) We also searched to see if any Broadway shows at all are presently offering free tickets to groups. They are not.

That means the only place to get free tickets with your purchase of Broadway group seats is through All Tickets, Inc. we do truly have the Best Broadway Group Comp Deal in the big city.

Use Broadway TIX

The staff at All Tickets, Inc. would love it if you would use Broadway TIX to search for ticket prices, producer comps, and special pricing programs. You can search specific shows, a price range, any date, or perform a general search. This is a great tool for budget planning and determining how you’d like to allocate your resources. (Perhaps you’d like to see two Broadway shows rather than one by going with a lower ticket price for each?)

If you use our search engine, it in no way makes you obligated to purchase your group tickets through us. But we sincerely hope that you will do so. All Tickets, Inc., which may be reached by calling 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking on this link, is totally dedicated to customer satisfaction. We offer highly personalized service in planning your trip whether it’s for one day, a week, or any length of time in between. Plus, we do have The Best Broadway Group Comp Deal around. Note, orders must be placed by August 31, 2015, to qualify.

comps American in Paris on Broadway
comps American in Paris on Broadway
See the stunningly magnificent An American in Paris.

All tickets, Inc. is running a unique free ticket deal for any and all groups. We call it The Best Broadway Group Comp Deal. To qualify, simply purchase your Broadway show tickets through us and book at least one other experience, service, or product through All Tickets and you’ll get one (1) comp ticket for every 25 purchased. Plus, there’s no limit on the number of comps for which you can qualify. Purchase 150 tickets to a Broadway show and you’ll receive 6 free tickets to that same show. Buy 175 and you’ll get 7 free, 200 and you receive 8 comps, and so forth.

By the way, you don’t have to buy something else with us other than your Broadway tickets to get comps. However, if you purchase only your Broadway show tickets from us, then the free ticket offer is 1 for every 30 purchased. Again, they are unlimited and for any show. This is the only type of deal that you’ll find anywhere from any licensed NYC Broadway group sales agent.

The Best Service from ATI

We'll help you find your way around Broadway and NYC.
We’ll help you find your way around Broadway and NYC.

There’s so much to do in the Big Apple when you’re here with your group. Throughout the time that All Tickets, Inc. is running its The Best Broadway Group Comp Deal, which expires on August 31, 2015, we will be highlighting how you can have the most fun and get the best deals possible by booking with us.

Remember that All Tickets, Inc. provides its customers with highly specialized and personalize service supplied by courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful group sales agents. We are a licensed group sales agent for anything and everything New York, offering our customers The Total New York Group Experience at the best possible price. Plus, we are dedicated to making sure that your group experience is made easy, simple, and hassle-free. Here’s a great idea that you can use if your group is especially interested in the theatre and art.

See and Show and Take a Theatre Workshop

Enjoy a theatre workshop.
Enjoy a theatre workshop.

Book your Broadway show and, at the same time, book a great theatre workshop at Stage Door Workshops through us. You’ll get 1 comp for every 25 show tickets purchased and a fantastic deal on one of the close to 50 learning experiences offered by Stage Door Workshops, the preeminent theatre education resource for groups coming to New York.

They offer workshops for every level, including the curious, the beginner, and the person who wants to be a theatre pro. A New York theatre professional runs every session. Workshops focus on everything from acting to publicity, from stage management to marketing, from dancing to singing, from directing to designing, and much more. For a complete list of what Stage Door Workshops offers, please click here. http://allticketsinc.com/educational/educational-experiences/

Enjoy a Theatre Tour

Tour Radio City.
Tour Radio City.

Book a wonderful and magical theatre tour with us. We offer a wide range of choices, including tours of Radio City Music Hall, the New Amsterdam Theatre, which presently has Aladdin running, Lincoln Center, or the historic Apollo Theatre. Each tour is professionally run, very informative, and entertaining. Or your group may want to learn about the fascinating history of The Great White Way and take the highly informative and fun Broadway Up Close Walking Tour. Plus, we have many more theatre tours available. Please see this page for more information, and, of course, contact us by calling 1-800-922-0716 with your questions of for more information.

Art Museums

The Museum of Modern Art is one of many world-class institutions in NYC.
The Museum of Modern Art is one of many world-class institutions in NYC.

New York City has so many world-class art museums. One of these should be on your list of places to go. There’s the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is considered to be a major accomplishment in architecture. Inside, the museum houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of modern and contemporary art. Or you may opt for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which offers art exhibits from across the centuries. Each and every day the museum features close to 30 exhibits. There’s also the Museum of Modern Art, which focuses on innovative, new, groundbreaking work.

We can book your group into any type of museum, from the whimsical and popular Madame Tussauds New York to the museum dedicated to the young and adventuresome, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. See our full list of art and museum offerings here. And if you don’t find that special something on our list that you know you’d like to see, simply contact us and we’ll make all of the arrangements for your group.

Take Advantage Now

Be sure to contact All Tickets, Inc. before The Best Broadway Group Comp Deal expires. We will be offering 1 comp for every 25 Broadway tickets purchased to those who book another service, event, product, or experience through us until August 31, 2015.

There are close to 40 great shows playing on Broadway, with some of the newest hits being An American in Paris, Something Rotten!, The Visit, and Fun Home. See these Tony-nominated shows at low group rates and with free tickets thrown in. Contact All Tickets, Inc. today by calling 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking on this link.

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free group tickets An American in Paris All Tickets Inc
Get free tickets to Broadway biggest hit shows, such as An American in Paris!

All Tickets, Inc., offering the total NY experienced, announces a new, unprecedented Broadway GROUP COMP (FREE) ticket program. All Tickets is presently running three such offers, but this new one provides groups more flexibility, buying power, and choice. As it is with other COMP promotions from All Tickets, Inc., to qualify groups must purchase their tickets from All Tickets, which are sold at the lowest group prices available. In no way do the free tickets add any charges to a group’s ticket purchase. They are completely free.

The New COMP Programs

The All Tickets, Inc. free Broadway Tickets Program may be combined with Producer Comps. Therefore, if a production is offering group comps and you order through All Tickets, Inc., you will receive both the Producer Comps and All Tickets Comps. This is only the case if you order your group seats to a Broadway show through All Tickets. If Producer Comps are available for a show and your group qualifies, you will receive those plus any free tickets you qualify for by purchasing your tickets through us.

The ATI COMP Program

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Fun Home is nominated for 12 Tonys! See it and get COMPS.
  • Receive Comps/Free Broadway Tickets For ANY Broadway Show
  • Any Date or Time
  • Must Place Your Order by August 31st, 2015
  • All Current & New Customers- Get 1 comp/free ticket for each 30-tickets purchased OR
  • All Current & New Customers- Get 1 comp/free ticket for each 25-tickets purchased when you also buy another touring component, i.e. Restaurant Reservation, Step On Tour Guide, Hotel Rooms, Attractions, etc.
  • This COMP/FREE order is effective for all orders placed from Wednesday, May 27, 2015 to Monday, August 31, 2015. Again, it applies to ANY Broadway show for ANY date or ANY time!

Why Offer Free Tickets?

Something Rotten! is outlandishly funny and a major Broadway hit.
Something Rotten! is outlandishly funny and a major Broadway hit.

All Tickets, Inc., offers comp tickets for a few reasons. The primary one being that we want to give groups more buying power. We understand that Broadway show-tickets are expensive and that many people are on budgets. It’s true that Broadway is the highest caliber of professional theatre in the world and ticket prices reflect the expense of mounting and maintaining world-class productions. But it’s also true that every savings that we can pass on to our customers means that they can get more for less. At the same time, offering free tickets gives us an edge over the competition, as we are providing consumers with something no other group ticket seller does.

We are the leader in COMP tickets for Broadway shows.

Great Time to Visit NYC!

The spring, summer, and fall are great times to get your group to New York City to see a Broadway play or musical and to enjoy all of the history, landmarks, attractions, and amusements that the City offers visitors. If you need help in planning your New York City group trip, whether it is for a day, a weekend, or a week or longer, All Tickets, Inc., is ready and waiting to serve all of your needs, answer all of your questions, and take on all of your challenges.

Contact All Tickets, Inc. today by calling 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking here. We’re standing by! And please remember that this free promotion is time sensitive and orders must be placed by August 31, 2015.

tony-award222The Tony nominees for Best Musical have something in common that is quite unusual. That is they are all still running on Broadway. Often at least on of those musicals nominated will have closed by the time the awards roll around, but this year they are all up and on the boards. It’s an interesting and diverse group that’s on-hand for the 2015 awards. Here’s a look at each one.

An American in Paris

americaninparisBased on the magnificent film of the same title, the stage version of An American in Paris has captured reviewers and audiences alike. The musical features a book by Craig Lucas, in which he has reworked the story significantly without losing the romantic charm of the original. The music is by George Gershwin and the lyrics by Ira Gershwin. The direction and chorography, both of which are stellar, are by Christopher Wheeldon.

Making his Broadway debut as Jerry Mulligan, Robert Fairchild has received rave reviews, and costar Leanne Cope, as Lise Dassin, has also received plaudits. Plus, the production values, including design elements, are outstanding. An American in Paris has been given 12 nominations.

Fun Home

funhomeOf the four nominated shows, this may be the one that is most off the beaten path, but it is nonetheless a wondrous and inspiring musical about a daughter’s journey back home for her father’s funeral. The dad, who committed suicide, was a funeral director, who lived his life with a secret. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, which Bechdel based on her own life, it features a book by Lisa Kron; music by Jeanine Tesori; and lyrics by Lisa Kron.

The show is directed by Sam Gold and choreographed by Danny Mefford. The cast is first-rate and the staging and production values are premium. This is an insightful piece of work that deserves everyone’s attention. Fun Home also has a dozen Tony nods.

Something Rotten!

somethingrottenIf you’re interested in a resoundingly funny musical comedy about the creation of musical comedy in Shakespeare’s day then this musical from the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q is for you. Totally entertaining and completely foolish, Something Rotten! is simply hilarious.

The book is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell; music by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. It’s directed and choreographed by the highly accomplished Casey Nicholaw. Something Rotten! has garnered 10 Tony nominations.

The Visit

thevisitBased on the modern classic of the same name by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, The Visit tells the story of a woman’s return to her hometown from which she was driven in shame years before. The town is in economic despair and she is now a multimillionaire. She will help the town if they will help her get the revenge she seeks on the man who had forsaken her in her youth.

Starring Chita Rivera as Clair and Roger Rees as Anton, The Visit includes a book by Terrence McNally, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. It’s ably directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. This is a haunting, mesmerizing theatrical event. It’s received 5 nominations.

Time for Tickets

If your group is interested in purchasing tickets to the latest hit musicals on Broadway, including An American in Paris, Fun Home, Something Rotten!, and The Visit, contact All Tickets at 1-800-922-0716. We are presently offering an unparalleled and unique free ticket offer for groups that purchase their Broadway show tickets through our professional, fully licensed group ticket service. Contact us today!

manhattan 43746It is sailing season again, and this is the perfect time for your group to book an awe-inspiring sailing experience with New York’s premiere water carry that specializes in wind-powered travel on the water. Manhattan By Sail offers a full range of amazing nautical adventures for your group.

See the Island of Manhattan in a whole different light, from an entirely unique angle, and via an exciting and invigorating experience. A sailing ship offers your group a dynamic way to enjoy the waterways, historic landmarks, and the full natural beauty and manmade magnificence of the area.

The Sailing Ships

shearwaterManhattan by Sail has two wonderful sailing ships that your group can enjoy. The Shearwater is a classic schooner from the opulent Gatsby era. The 80-year-old vessel accommodates 68. It is a designated floating landmark of NYC. The second ship, the Clipper City, is a replica of a 19th century schooner. The 158-foot-long ship carries up to 150 passengers. Both offer groups breathtaking experiences.

Sail and Enjoy

search-6There are many different sailing experiences that your group can enjoy. Get group rates from All Tickets Inc. for the following:

  • Champagne Brunch Sail
  • Sunset Sail
  • Craft Beer Tasting Sail
  • Twilight Sail
  • Daytime Statue Sail
  • Narrated Tour
  • Happy Hour Sail

Great for Your Group

Outlandishly funny.
Outlandishly funny.

Enjoy a hefty brunch, sail around Manhattan at twilight, or travel around the Statue of Liberty and other NYC landmarks. The narrated tours offer groups a wealth of interesting information and are great for schools. Combine this experience with a Broadway show and you’ll save more.

Take advantage of what Manhattan by Sail has to offer and combine it with All Tickets’ free group ticket offer for Something Rotten! or Finding Neverland. This is a time-limited offer where you’ll receive 1 comp ticket for every 25 purchased, when you book any other service or experience through All Tickets, Inc., such as Manhattan by Sail.

Low Rates Through All Tickets

All Tickets Inc. always offers the lowest possible group rates. We’ll go the extra mile to make sure that you get the most for your money, that you have a quality experience, and that you are completely satisfied with your NYC experience. Leave the hassle and frustration of coordinating your NYC group experience and contact All Tickets’ personable, professional group sales specialists. Call us today at 1-800-922-0716 for more information on Manhattan by Sail, our latest comp deal and everything NY.

Comps tickets for something rotten
Comps tickets for something rotten
Something Rotten!

All Tickets Inc., has two great COMP deals for two new Broadway musicals- the magical Finding Neverland and the multi-Tony nominated Something Rotten! Your group cannot only get low group ticket prices for each show through All Tickets, but they can also receive FREE tickets when they order their seats through us. All Tickets Inc., is offering groups two different but cost-cutting deals on both shows.

Offer One- 1 Free Ticket for Every 30 Paid

The first offer, which is available to all existing customers, has the following rules:

  • 1 FREE TICKET for every 30 purchased for Neverland or Something Rotten!
  • No limit on COMPS!
  • Comps for same day as group tickets for Finding Neverland or Something Rotten!
  • Orders must be made from April 29, 2015 through May 31, 2015
  • Orders must be placed with All Tickets Inc. to qualify!

Offer Two- 1 Free Ticket for Every 25 Paid

Magical Finding Neverland.
Magical Finding Neverland.

Our second offer is for existing and new customers who book a show and another service through All Tickets, Inc.

Here are the rules:

  • All new and existing customers
  • 1 FREE TICKET for every 25 purchased Neverland or Something Rotten!
  • Offer good if you are also buying matching quantities for a restaurant, hotel, NYC attractions or a Step On Tour Guide
  • No limit on COMPS!
  • Comps for same day as group tickets for Finding Neverland or Something Rotten!
  • Orders must be made from April 29, 2015 through May 31, 2015
  • Orders must be placed with All Tickets Inc. to qualify!
  • Groups include- Organizations/Associations for Schools and Educators, PTAs/PTOs, Summer Camps, Not-For-Profits, Law Enforcement, Military, ALL qualify for 1-COMP per 25-paid (no limit per order)

Two Fantastic Shows

Outlandishly funny.
Outlandishly funny.

Finding Neverland is a new musical about J.M Barrie, the man who created Peter Pan for the stage. The musical tells the tale of a desperate Barrie needing to write his next hot play after suffering through numerous failures. One day in a London park a mother and her children befriend the writer, and with that new friendship Barrie discovers his inspiration for the boy who would never group up.

Something Rotten! is a comic romp set in Shakespeare’s time that tells the story of two young writers who want to outdo the egotistical bard. They decide to do something completely creative and invent musical comedy. Something Rotten! is an hysterical musical comedy about the creation of musical comedy.

Contact Us Today

To take advantage of these great COMP ticket deals for Finding Neverland and Something Rotten! contact All Tickets Inc. by calling 1-800-922-0716 or clicking on this link. Our experienced and courteous group ticket sales agents will accommodate you in every manner. We’re ready to coordinate every aspect of your group trip and to ensure your complete enjoyment of your New York experience.

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One World Observatory towers above Manhattan. Be over 1,100 feet above the city!

All Tickets Inc. offers great deals on Broadway group sales and discounts and can save you more on everything New York. We are known for providing our customers with premium service. Our group sales agents are knowledgeable, courteous, and dedicated to making sure that your New York experience is memorable, enjoyable, and stress-free. In offering you the total New York experience, we are devoted to providing you with quality products and services, while making your trip as affordable as can be.

Offering Savings On

See a hit show for less.
See a hit show for less.

All Tickets provides groups savings on everything New York, including museums, cultural events, zoos, tours, historic sites, accommodations, and restaurants. We will work with you to coordinate your visit to NYC. Whether it’s for a day, a week, or any other length of time, our licensed group sales agents will create a personalized itinerary that will ensure every detail of your visit is carefully taken care of and coordinated. If you want to see a hit Broadway show, would like accommodations in NYC or just across the river in NJ, and also want to enjoy a trip to the Guggenheim and a tour of the Village, we will arrange all of that and more.

Tour Operators

Save on everything New York.
Save on everything New York.

If you are a tour operator, please contact us at 1-800-922-0716 to find out how we can serve you. We offer special, permanent discounts to tour operators, and All Tickets, Inc. will always work with you to help you provide your customers with the best for less. We also give operators special volume discounts and other perks.

All Groups

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Looking for a great hotel? Call us!

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Combo Deals and Volume Discounts

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Don’t worry, we’ll find everything that you need to have a great trip!

If you book more than one service, event, or experience through All Tickets, Inc., you will receive an extra discount. In fact, the more products and services that you secure thorough us, the greater your savings will be. Along with combo deals, we also provide volume discounts to large groups. No one can beat our dedication to personalized service, providing quality products, and making NYC affordable for all.

For more information on All Tickets, Inc. and our products and services, please contact us a 1-800-922-0716. We have been providing quality group experiences for those visiting the New York City area for more than 35 years! Take advantage of our expertise and let us serve you. We guarantee that you will have a memorable, exciting, and quality visit to NYC.

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NYC is an exciting place!

 

When most people think about New York City they what immediately comes to mind are great live performances, historic and famous sites and landmarks, and wonderful restaurants and topnotch accommodations. Indeed, at All Tickets, Inc. we provide our customers with group discounts on all of these products. However, All Tickets also offers groups access to sea, air and space related experiences. Here are just of few of the great things that groups can do that involve these exciting areas.

The Sea and Water

Enjoy the waters that surround New York.
Enjoy the waters that surround New York.

There are many fine experiences for those groups that are interested in enjoying the waters that surround the Island of Manhattan. School groups and others may want to enjoy a lunchtime tour prior to going to see a Broadway matinee. There are brunch and dinner cruises, special historical and marine education tours, and sailing ship experiences. Or perhaps your group would like to ride one of New York’s high-speed boats!

Air

Take a grand tour of NYC on the NY Skyride.
Take a grand tour of NYC on the NY Skyride.

There are various ways in which you can enjoy views of Manhattan from the air. The NY Skyride at the Empire State Building offers visitors a spectacular 30-minute tour of the island. This is a thrilling, informative, and fun group experience. Or, you may elect to take a Liberty Helicopter sightseeing tours. Take to the air and see Manhattan in a way that few every do. Finally, opening in late May is what will be the most amazing view of New York that you can enjoy from a stationary point! It will be found at One World Observatory, which is located in what is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. See NYC as you never have before, from over 1,100-feet above sea level. Contact All Tickets Inc. for special group rates for all three of these unique air experiences.

Space

See the Space Shuttle at the Intrepid.
See the Space Shuttle at the Intrepid.

There are two very special places that you can enjoy through All Tickets, Inc. that focus on what is perhaps the most awe-inspiring experience any human being can have- space. The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex actually offers visitors access to each of the three types of experiences highlighted in this blog. Set aboard and around the aircraft carrier Intrepid (commissioned 1943), this museum includes numerous high tech aircraft, the U.S.S. Growler, a top-secret submarine, and the fastest passenger jet in the world, the Concorde. Plus, there’s the space shuttle Enterprise!

Visit the amazing Rose Center for Earth and Space .
Visit the amazing Rose Center for Earth and Space .

Looking for amazing insights and information about our universe, world class interactive and media experiences, and special displays that will enhance your view of our universe? Then the Rose Center for Earth and Space will enthrall you. Included is the most technologically advanced Space Theatre in the world, the Hayden Planetarium. Tour the moon, discover how the universe may have come into being, or try to find new forms of intelligent life. The Rose Center for Earth and Space offering a range of engaging educational experiences.

More Information

For more information on these and other sea, air, and space adventures contact All Tickets, Inc. by call 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking on this link. We will help you plan your group experience and will go the extra mile to get you the best possible discount. If you combine products and services, that is do a combo booking, All Tickets can offer you an even bigger discount.

An American in Paris is buoyant.
An American in Paris is buoyant.

An American in Paris, which is based on the Gene Kelley film of the same name, is a major hit for a major reason. Those creating the piece dedicated themselves to taking an iconic and truly artistic film and turning into a stage musical that is unique and different from the film, but that still has many of the same hallmarks. They did not make the mistake of trying to recreate the greatness of the film, they made the wise decision of taking core elements and creating a piece that uses the magnificent power of live performance and utilizes a 21st century perspective.

The Reviews

The reviews are in and they are terrific! Here’s a sampling.

“It’s been years—decades, really—since I last saw production numbers that were infused with the kind of rich, sustained creativity that Mr. Wheeldon gives us throughout “An American in Paris.” This is what musical-comedy dance can look like when it’s made by a choreographer who knows how to do more than just stage a song. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll know what you’ve been missing, and find it hard ever again to settle for less.” Wall Street Journal

“Guiding his first musical, [Chrisptopher] Wheeldon shows a vibrant vision and buckets of imagination, transforming the 1951 Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron film that inspires the show. He’s also got a cast and design team at the top of their game.” NY Daily News

“The city of light is ablaze with movement in the rhapsodic new stage adaptation of “An American in Paris” that opened at the Palace Theater on Sunday, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, a gifted luminary of the ballet world. This gorgeously danced — and just plain gorgeous — production pays loving tribute to the 1951 movie, to the marriage of music and movement, and to cherished notions about romance that have been a defining element of the American musical theater practically since its inception.” NY Times

Book, Music and Lyrics

It will capture your heart.
It will capture your heart.

Craig Lucas has done a rewrite of the Alan Jay Lerner film script, keeping the wit, romance, and verve, and adding grit and substance, making an American in Paris as musical comedy that is fuller and deeper than it celluloid counterpart.

The music and lyrics, by George and Ira Gershwin, are as good as any get. With tunes that include “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Our Love is Here to Stay,” and “S’ Wonderful,” and the syncopated-jazz-classically-styled American in Paris theme and various musical elements that underscore this production, American in Paris is everything that makes the music on the American musical great.

Masterful Choreography and Direction

Christopher Wheeldon, director and choreographer with London’s Royal Ballet, is the artistic visionary who has brought An American in Paris to the stage. His name is now being freely mentioned in the same company as Robbins and Fosse. This is a stellar production due to his imagination, attention to detail, and diverse talents.

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Tony time is here and you can expect An American in Paris to have its share on nominations and wins. This is a stunning show in everyway. We have not mentioned the wonderful performances, which includes Robert Fairchild, principal with the NY City Ballet, dancing, singing and, yes, acting, his way into everyone’s heart. London’s Leanne Cope, who plays opposite Fairchild, is a pixie-like powerful and beautiful presence.

Contact All Tickets today at 1-800-922-0716 for Broadway group discount tickets to what is a major hit.

The Public.
The Public.

Founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 as The Shakespeare Workshop, The Public’s original focus stays much the same as it was when it first started- to bring to audiences the works of writers and the talents of performers who were new, innovative, and unique. The theatre was renamed after Papp’s death in 1991, and it is now called The Joseph Papp Public Theatre. It is located at 425 Lafayette Street in New York’s East Village

Groundbreaking Work

Hair was hip.
Hair was hip.

The Public quickly became known as the producer of new, cutting edge works. The theatre at 425 Lafayette Street opened in 1967 with the world premiere of the musical Hair, which is considered to be the first rock musical. Another work of note that were developed at The Public include A Chorus Line, which, after transferring to Broadway, ran for 15 sold out years.

Plays that started at the theatre and found their way to Broadway include Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf; Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk; The Wild Party; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Take Me Out; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; and The Normal Heart. Recent shows that are about to appear on Broadway include the musicals Fun Home and Hamilton.

A Social Conscience

Hamilton offers food for thought.
Hamilton offers food for thought.

Papp developed a theatre that had a true social conscience and that was dedicated to the development or both audiences and artists. The theatre showcases artists through various series and offerings, and along with having a strong reputation for helping to create new works, it is also known for mounting innovative productions of classics, especially Shakespeare’s works.

Training programs for theatre artists, theatre and playwright labs, and public lectures, forums, and discussions are all a part of the theatre’s programming. They also produce the annual Shakespeare in the Park series, which, since 1957, has run each summer in Central Park

The Delacorte Theatre

Papp at the Delacorte
Papp at the Delacorte

In 1962, the Delacorte Theatre opened its doors. Famous for offering free shows in the summer, the venue is operated by The Public Theatre. Each summer The Public produces two shows at the Delacorte, with one often being a play by Shakespeare. Modern classics are also produced such as Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children. In order for someone to get a ticket to one of these shows, they must stand in line the day of the performance.

A Theatrical Gem

The Joseph Papp Public Theatre is a true theatrical gem, as it offers an array of quality programs, productions, and services. The Public was one person’s dream that not only became a reality, but the continues to endure, embracing Papp’s vision and channeling his energy. The present production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip hop musical Hamilton, which sold out its run and will transfer to Broadway this summer, it one of many testaments to the vitality of this organization. The Public Theater has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and produced four Pulitzer Prize winning shows.

The Apollo today.
The Apollo today.

Located in Harlem, the Apollo Theatre has a history that includes a wide range of entertainments, performances, and appearances, including vaudeville shows, big bands, jazz, rhythm and blues, dance performances, comedians, speakers of national and international stature and much more. Although the entire building was designated as a New York City Landmark in 1983 and the Apollo Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places, it is still a vital and influential performance venue.

Beginnings

Hurtig and Seamon's New Burlesque Theatre.
Hurtig and Seamon’s

The theatre would not be christened the “Apollo” until 1934. Originally, the building, which was designed by architect George Keister and built in 1913-1914, was named Hurtig and Seamon’s New Theater. (It was also known as Hurtig and Seamon’s New Burlesque Theater.) It was a “whites only” venue that was run by Hurtig amd Seamon until 1928 when Billy Minsky, of the famous Minsky’s burlesque family, took control of the space.

However, the stock market crash took its toll on various forms of entertainment, including burlesque and the theatre failed and closed in the early 1930s. Sidney Cohen, who owned other venues in the area, purchased the theatre in 1933 and renovated it extensively. The space, now named the Apollo Theatre, reopened on January 20, 1934 with a new focus. This time it featured performances for what was a growing black population in Harlem and a buoyant artistic movement that spanned the 1920s and went into the 30s known as the Harlem Renaissance.

The shows at the newly refurbished theatre were of the vaudeville/variety type. The initial offering was Clarence Robinson’s production Chocolate Soldiers, which featured Sam Wooding’s Orchestra and starred jazz singer and Broadway favorite Adelaide Hall. It garnered good press and had a strong limited run.

Rich History

Performances at the Apollo included skits, variety, and musicals.
Performances at the Apollo included skits, variety, and musicals.

In 1934, the Apollo Theatre began holding its amateur nights, which it still runs today. Those who were “discovered” during these amateur nights include Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, and Sarah Vaughan..

A typical headliner bill.
A typical headliner bill.

Others who have played the Apollo include Bessie Smith, Lena Horne, Count Bassie, Billy Eckstine, Sammy Davis Jr., Jackie Wilson, Duke Ellington, Little Richard, and Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Holly and his group were accidentally booked into the venue by a promoter who thought they were black. Thus, in 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets became the first white group to play the Apollo. Unlike in the movie The Buddy Holly Story, they were not an instant success. It took several performances before the Apollo audiences accepted them warmly.

Taking the Tour

The Apollo Theater, which is located at 253 West 125th Street in New York City, offers tours of the 1506-seat theatre. Discover the legends, on stage performances, and diverse history that define the space as one of New York’s most influential performance venues. For more information and discount rates on the one-hour Apollo Theatre tour contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716.

Avenue Q is NOT for kids, but it's still going strong Off-Broadway.
Avenue Q is NOT for kids, but it’s still going strong Off-Broadway.

Off-Broadway theatre tickets are less expensive than those for Broadway shows, and, yet when you go to see an Off-Broadway production there’s a chance that you’ll be experiencing a play that was formerly on Broadway and will eventually transfer to The Great White Way. However, there are also many fantastic Off-Broadway plays and musicals that will never go the Broadway. The fact is theatregoers can find a wealth of dramatic and comedic gems at New York City’s Off-Broadway theatres.

Masterworks Theater Company

Midsummer 350x500The Masterworks Theater Company will be producing two classics in the upcoming months. Both will be performed at the 47th Street Theatre. First is the American classic The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The Glass Menagerie is the story of a man, Tom Wingfield, who must escape from his family in order to live his life. Although Tom escapes, he can never fully leave behind the memories of his mother, Amanda, his sister, Laura, and his runaway father. This production, which is directed by Christopher Scott, begins performances May 8 and closes May 30.

Their second show is Shakespeare’s wonderful and magical comedy about love A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Confusion, jealously, and pure hilarity are omnipresent in this exceptionally funny comedy in which young love flourishes during this midsummer night. The show, which is directed by Tamilla Woodard, starts June 5 and closes June 28.

Masterworks Theater Company offers classic plays, exciting educational experiences, and great group learning opportunities. Student group rates are just $33 per ticket.

Clinton: The Musical

The musical covers a gamut of issues and incidents.
The musical covers a gamut of issues and incidents.

This musical satire, which begins previews March 25 and opens April 9 at New World Stages, has a book by Michael Hodge and Paul Hodge and music and lyrics by Paul Hodge. Directed by Dan Knechtges, Clinton: The Musical taking a comical look at the eight-year presidency of Bill Clinton. During that time, he spent a lot of time handling scandals, rumors, and controversy.

In the musical, Bill and Hillary face an array of hot topics related to everything from The White House to Whitewater, sax technique to sexual taboos, medical reform to moral reformers, and Friend of Bill (FOB) wannabes to Clinton degraders and defamers. It’s a whole new look at history.

Last Chance for Into the Woods

The Roundabout’s critically acclaimed revival of Into the Woods is scheduled to close April 12. The retelling of happily ever after fairytales in this musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is a musical theatre classic. This production is highly theatrical and innovative, and it is delighting audiences. It can be seen at the Laura Pels Theatre. In 1988, Into the Woods won the Tony for Best Score and Best Book.

More Great Off-Broadway Theatre

Still running Off-Broadway are numerous former Broadway hits, including Avenue Q and STOMP, as well as the upcoming revival of The 39 Steps, which begins previews April 1. You can get more information on group rates, special discounts, and educational programming by contacting a group sales agent.

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39 Steps off broadway group discounts and sales
Hilarity is ensured with The 39 Steps.

The Tony Award wining mystery comedy The 39 Steps will be Off-Broadway starting April 1, 2015 with the official opening set for April 13. This will be an open-ended run at the Union Square Theatre (100 East 17th Street).

The Show

The 39 Steps is the ultimate madcap spy story that is simply hilariously outrageous. Based on the novel by John Buchnan, this homage to the classic Alfred Hitchcock film of the same title is a riotous romp that utilizes 4 actors playing over 150 roles. Inventive, fast-paced, hilarious, and thrilling, The 39 Steps, which is set in England and Ireland in the 1930s, is a fantastic play for groups wanting an evening that is completely entertaining and engaging.

Original Creative Team

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The mystery, tension, and comedy build

The group that first created the amazingly popular show is back for this production. The 39 Steps, which was adapted by Tony nominated author Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, and is based on the book by John Buchan and the classic 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film, includes in its creative team Maria Aitken (Tony nominated for direction). Also onboard is Tony winning lighting designerKevin Adams, Tony winning sound designer Mic Pool, and Tony nominated scenic and costume designer Peter McKintosh.

The cast includes original Broadway cast member Arnie Burton as Clown #2 and Billy Carter as Clown #1. Plus Broadway veteran actor Robert Petkoff will play the handsome hero Richard Hannay, and Brittany Vicars, who makes her New York City stage debut, will appear as Pamela/Annabella/Margaret.

Performance Schedule

Witness the frivolity and intrigue.
Witness the frivolity and intrigue.

The performance schedule for The 39 Steps is Mondays at 7:00 PM, Wednesdays at 2:00PM and 8:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Tickets are priced at $39-89. Premium seats are $105. There are special rates available for various groups, including students. Contact a licensed NY group ticket sales agent for best deals and associated promotions.

A cruise around NY can add variety to your visit.
A cruise around NY can add variety to your visit.

Groups visiting New York can enjoy a range of educational experiences associated with the city’s waterways. One primary organization, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, is charged with developing educational and historic programming and events at New York’s piers. The group is composed of more than 800 organizations that are connected to the waters that form the ecosystems of New York and New Jersey. The group’s mission is to offer “clean and accessible places to learn, work and play, with inviting parks, dependable jobs and reliable, eco-friendly transportation for all.”

Group Experiences

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You’ll see NY differently from the water.

Groups that travel to New York often go to see a Broadway or Off-Broadway show and to enjoy some of the iconic sites and diverse neighborhoods that the City has to offer. The Empire State Building, Hayden Planetarium, and Guggenheim Museum are just a few of the more popular experiences, while Wall Street, Times Square, and Chinatown tours are on the bucket lists of many groups.

Waterway Experiences Include Range of Activities

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Sailing ships offer a breathtaking experience.

There are basic sorts of cruises that groups can take around New York. These are often focused on sightseeing and may include trips to the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island. These waterway experiences offer those who take them a different view of the city and the chance to learn more about New York and its waters.

Along with such cruises, more specific maritime adventures include trips focusing on the area’s rich history, tours that investigate the biology and science of the surrounding waters, and holiday and seasonally themed tours. Other choices for groups include lunch or brunch tours, jazz excursions, and sailing ship treks on tall-masted schooners.

Making Good Use of Your Time

Ask your group agent if you should eave time to visit the port area.
Ask your group agent if you should eave time to visit the port area.

Twilight excursions can be exceptionally beautiful and midtown cruises are convenient and interesting. Plus, ferry transportation offers groups an economic and exciting way to venture off the Island of Manhattan to other sites and islands. Groups often find that they can get pinched for time. One way to alleviate some of the pressure is to book a cruise that serves a variety of functions, such as one that includes an educational experience and lunch or dinner.

Something a Little Different

Taking advantage of one of the hundreds of waterway experiences your group can enjoy while in New York is a great way for you to make your visit to the area diverse and unique. Trips range in terms of time commitment, but 90-minute cruises are common. Plus, you may want to add some extra time for visiting the shops and attractions associated with the seaport area from which your excursion leaves and to which it returns.

In planning such, you may want to work with a NYC group agent who can ensure that you get the best discount and help you create an itinerary that is not overstuffed with activities and that gives you ample time to do the things you want to do, including fully enjoying your waterway adventure.

Central Park is vast and magnificent.
Central Park is vast and magnificent.

There are a lot of wonderful things for groups to see and do in New York City. As spring approaches and you’re planning a group trip, here are a few wonderful springtime experiences to consider. By the way, when you work with a group ticket agent, you’ll often get extra discounts when you book more than one event, service, or experience fir your group. Do more and save more.

Central Park Tour

Central Park is a rich and resplendent experience in the late spring and early summer when all of nature starts to come to life. Let go of and shed the chilled dead of winter by booking a group tour of this magnificent park. There are numerous tours that groups may enjoy, including Belvedere’s Kingdom tour where you’ll see Belvedere’s Castle, The Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, and 3,500 -year-old Cleopatra’s Needle. Or you may want to book the historical Northern Forts Tour, which takes you to sites that served as important strategic elements in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Take the Ironic Views of the Park Tour and enjoy some of the most beautiful natural sites and manmade structures in all of New York.

Bronx Zoo

See the gorillas at the zoo.
See the gorillas at the zoo.

There is always something happening at the Bronx Zoo. Camel rides, penguin and sea lion feedings, and a special 4-D theatre offer exciting, fun experiences. The various natural habitats allow viewing of gorillas, reptiles, lions, baboons, lemurs and more. The Butterfly Garden offers a spectacular display from April through October. Big bears, American bison, and snow leopards are all in residence. Plus, there much more, including various special programs for groups.

New York Botanical Garden

The NY Botanical Garden is always spectacular. In the spring it is even more so. In March and April various a special cocktail evenings are available to adults. Enjoy The Orchid Show and its thousands of amazingly elegant flowers. This unrivaled flower show defines romance and beauty. Plus, pamper yourself a bit by getting a quick lipstick touch-up by one of Guerlain’s famed make-up artists or let the tensions of the day drift away while you partake of a cocktail inspired by Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale line. You may decide to enjoy dinner at The Pine Tree Café while you listen to the sounds of a live band.

The herb garden is a wonderful place to visit.
The herb garden is a wonderful place to visit.

There also plenty for families, kids, camps, and school groups to do at the Botanical Gardens. Ramble around the Children’s Adventure Garden, enjoy the amazing landscaped Family Garden, or wander through the Native Park Garden.

Much More

There is much more to do in New York in the spring and early summer. Plan to have your group engage in some fresh-air time, taking in the natural beauty, learning about the manner in which man and the natural world have found a balance in the city, and enjoying the wonders of plant and animal life.

Hamilton Broadway group tickets and discounts
Hamilton Broadway group tickets and discounts
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton

Hamilton, the hip-hop musical by and starring Into the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a huge hit Off-Broadway where it presently resides at the Public’s Newman Theatre. The run at the Public is sold out through to the end of its May 3 run. But don’t worry you’ll be able to see Hamilton, as it has been booked to play the Richard Rodgers Theatre where it will start previews on July 16. It opens August 6, 2015 and tickets go on sale March 8.

The Story

This is the story of a man who, at birth, was unlikely to become anyone of importance. Alexander Hamilton was a bastard child born in the Caribbean who was orphaned. Yet, he rose to power to be George Washington’s trusted advisor, to become a leading rebel, a major war hero, and to be the man to convince nations that the U.S. would be an economically viable and rich country. He also was a loving husband, who became a fixture in the nation’s first sex scandal.

In this new musical, the man who was his best friend, who was also the same man who would kill Hamilton in a duel, Aaron Burr, narrates. Other historical personages included in this musical include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Marquis de Lafayette, King George, and Eliza Hamilton.

The Team

Although Lin-Manuel Miranda, one of the primary creators and stars of In the Heights, is a versatile and gifted talent, there are others who are certainly important in bringing Hamilton to the stage. Miranda reunites with In the Heights collaborators Thomas Kail (director ) and Andy Blankenbuehler (choreographer).

Other involved in the process include scenic designer David Korins, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Howell Binkley, and sound designer Nevin Steinberg.

Critical Reaction


Aaron Burr’s Rap about Hamilton.

The reaction from reviewers has been overwhelmingly positive and they should help to make Hamilton an instant hit when it transfers to Broadway.

6.207210Variety reviewer Marilyn Stasio said “There should be a huge audience for this irresistible show. Although the premise sounds outlandish, it takes about two seconds to surrender to the musical sweep of the sung-through score and to Miranda’s amazing vision of his towering historical subject as an ideological contemporary who reflects the thoughts and speaks the language of a vibrant young generation of immigrant strivers. It’s a wonderfully humanizing view of history.”

Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post observed, “The production itself is sterling, energetically directed and choreographed by fellow “In the Heights” alum Thomas Kail and Andy Blankenbuehler, respectively. And you won’t soon forget Brian d’Arcy James’ hilarious turn as a smug King George.”

From USA Today Elysa Gardner noted, “Live entertainment doesn’t get more exciting than this, in any form. So believe the hype: Hamilton is revolutionary in its own right, and an extraordinary achievement.”

Broadway’s First Hit of 2015-16?

Is Hamilton a preordained Broadway hit? Great reviews, a sold out run at the Public through May, and an instant transfer, make it as much a preordained hit as anything can be. It has not opened on Broadway yet, but chances are when tickets go on sale March 8, there will be a lot of people looking for the best seats possible at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

On the Twentieth Century stars Chenoweth and Gallagher.
On the Twentieth Century stars Chenoweth and Gallagher.

The cut off for Tony nominations is late April. April tends to be filled with openings as shows line up to be recognized by the Tony Awards and perhaps reap the benefits of having a late-season hit. There are four openings in March. In April there are 14. That’s an opening about every other night.

The March openings include two revivals and two new shows. There are three plays and one musical. Here’s a quick look at the March 2015 Broadway opening night calendar.

Fish in the Dark (March 5 at the Cort)

Houdyshell, David, and Perez.
Houdyshell, David, and Perez.

Larry David’s comedy, which is written like a Larry David comedy is a hit. It doesn’t matter what the reviewers say as the show is close to sold out for its limited run. The comedy focuses on the death of a man’s father and how it affects his life.

The large cast of 18 includes Larry David as Norman Drexel, Rosie Perez asFabiana Melendez, Jayne Houdyshell as Gloria Drexel, and Jake Cannavale as Diego Melendez. Also included is Jerry Adler as Sidney Drexel, Rita Wilson as Brenda, Drexel, and Ben Shenkman as Arthur Drexel.

David’s fans love this show, which is selling at 101.1% of capacity. MOS reviews are extremely positive.

The Audience (March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld)

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Mirren plays Elizabeth II on Broadway.

The Audience starring Helen Mirren is another instant hit. Mirren, who received an Olivier Award for her interpretation of the role in London in 2012, brings Elizabeth II across the pond to the Schoenfeld Theatre. The Audience looks at Elizabeth’s sixty years of weekly, private meetings with her prime ministers. In essence, this historically based play is conjecture, as no notes are ever taken at these meetings and the two people meeting are sworn to secrecy. Mirren is a stellar performer and the show looks like it will do extremely well throughout its entire limited run.

On the Twentieth Century (March 12 at the American Airlines)

The revival of On the Twentieth Century, which stars Peter Gallagher (Oscar Jaffe) and Kristin Chenoweth (Lily Garland), has been long awaited. The Tony winning musical has never before been revived on Broadway. Written by Cy Coleman (music), and Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Lyrics and book), this is the ultimate screwball comedy.

Set on the luxury train the Twentieth Century, the musical focuses on a Broadway producer, Jaffe, who has had too many flops. He tries to convince his former love and muse, Garland, to leave the screen and Hollywood and return to the stage to play the lead in a new play about Mary Magdalena. The play does not exist, but Jaffe’s passion for his former lover and the theatre are both real. This is a riotous evening of pure musical comedy.

The Heidi Chronicles (March 19 at the Music Box)

Heidi Chronicles stars.
Heidi Chronicles stars.

This is the first Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play. Starring Elisabeth Moss (Heidi Holland), Jason Biggs (Scoop Rosenbaum), and Bryce Pinkham (Peter Patrone), the play follows the life of Heidi Holland, a young woman who believes in feminism, but who discovers that most woman who espouse the movement are lacking true conviction. In her comedy, Wasserstein looks at redefining family, love, and motherhood. Heidi’s journey is one in which she attempts to find balance between her need for a career, intimacy, and family.

There’s even more coming to Broadway in April. These four March shows are a prelude to the frenzy of the final month of the 2014-2015 Broadway season.

See a Broadway show for less.
See a Broadway show for less.

Broadway theatre tickets can easily cost $100 to $200 each. These days the price for a family of four to go to a show on The Great White Way can reach $900. Add in a meal and you could be topping $1,000. But there are ways in which you can save money on Broadway tickets and the entire New York experience.

Get a Group Together

See a hit show for less.
See a hit show for less.

Group tickets offer great value. How much can you save? On average, you’ll pay about 30% less for a group ticket, with savings ranging from 20% and up to 50%. Plus, many shows offer Early Bird Discounts where groups can save an additional $10 to $20 per ticket. You can get such deals through a licensed group ticket agent such as All Tickets Inc.

Many people think that you need 20, 30 or more to get group ticket prices for a Broadway musical or play. But that isn’t the case. Each show determines how many are need at minimum for a group. Most Broadway shows have a minimum of 12 or 15 per group with some being as low as 10 and others being as high as 20. If you know a dozen people who want to see a show (or if you think you can get that number together), you can save a lot of money.

Comp Tickets

Many times you can get comps for new shows.
Many times you can get comps for new shows.

In addition to group savings and Early Bird Specials, you may be able to save even more by taking advantage of comp ticket offers. Comps are free tickets that are given to groups that purchase a minimum number of tickets.

Comp promotions vary. Usually comps are offered at the rate of 1 per every 25 or 30 tickets purchased with the maximum number of free tickets per group per performance being set at 4. Such deals are time-limited.

Producers often offer comps. You will get producer comps, if they are available, when you order thorough the box office or through a group ticket seller. Before purchasing tickets, savvy ticket buyers will check with group ticket agents and inquire if they are offering additional complimentary tickets. That’s right, some group agents will award you producer comps, if available, plus their own comps.

Also, if a producer is not providing comps to their show always check with licensed group ticket agents, as they may be offering comps to that show as long as you purchase your tickets through them. Comps are totally free in every way.

Combo Booking

Book a restaurant with your show and save more.
Book a restaurant with your show and save more.

In working with a group ticket agent, consumers can also save more if they combo book. A combo or combination booking involves a group purchasing two or more services, products, or experiences. Thus, if you get tickets to a show through a group sales agent plus book a meal, museum, theatre class, hotel, backstage tour, or any other type of service or experience, the agent will often offer you an additional discount on top of the reduced price already available

Take Advantage of Offers

By engaging in the group experience, consumers can save a lot of money. Plan early, get a group together that will allow you to take advantage of various types of savings, and get ready to enjoy a quality NYC and Broadway experience.

Clinton: The Musical Tom Galantich
Clinton: The Musical Tom Galantich
Tom Galantich plays WJ in Clinton: The Musical

Clinton: the Musical will see Tom Galantich and Duke Lafoon play the two sides of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. The musicals offers us Bill Clinton, the wholesome as apple pie Commander-and-Chief of the strongest country on the globe, and it reveals the lusty, scandal-laden Billy who used phrases such as “that dog won’t hunt, “ “I did NOT have sex with that woman, and “it depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is” to hide the sins of which he was accused.

Galantich will play “WJ,” the straight-laced president, while Lafoon will interpret bad boy “Billy.” Also cast are John Treacy Egan as Newt Gingrich, Veronica Kuehn as Monica Lewinsky and more, join previously announced stars Kerry Butler as Hillary Clinton and Judy Gold as Eleanor Roosevelt.

Book and Score

Clinton: The Musical Duke Lafoon
Duke Lafoon plays Billy in Clinton: The Musical.

Clinton: The Musical, which is scheduled to preview on March 25, 2015 at New World Stages and open on April 9, offers a score by Paul Hodge and a book by Paul Hodge and Michael Hodge. The Hodges, who are Australian brothers, got the idea for the show after a family outing.

In an interview with Paul Hodge Mother Jones in the summer of 2014, Paul Hodge recalled, “My family and I went to go and see a musical in Australia about an Australian politician, back in 2006 or 2007. And after the show, my dad said, ‘Oh, it was good, but politicians don’t make good subjects for musicals. The only politician who would make a good subject for that would be Bill Clinton.’ And I said, ‘Of course!'”

Director

Director/choreographer Dan Knechtges helms the show. Knechtges Broadway choreographic credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2005), Xanadu (2007), 110 in the Shade (2007 revival), You May Now Worship Me (Special benefit concert, 2008), and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He was nominated for numerous awards for his work on Xanadu, including a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.

Prior Productions

The musical covers a gamut of issues and incidents.
The musical covers a gamut of issues and incidents.

The satirical sendoff of Clinton and his years as president was first seen in 2012 when a shorter version was produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It received a nomination for best new musical. The following year it was remounted at the King’s Head Theatre in London. Last summerClinton: The Musical was produced as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival where it was performed at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.

An All-Out Musical Satire

Clinton: The Musical is a full-length comedy focusing on the eight-year presidency of Bill Clinton, which spent a lot of time handling scandals, rumors, and controversy. Bill and Hillary face issues, struggles, and hot topics related to everything from The White House to Whitewater, sax technique to sexual taboos, medical reform to moral reformers, and FOB wannabes to Clinton degraders and defamers. It’s a whole new look at history influenced by TV shows such as Arrested Development, The Simpsons, and 30 Rock and featuring songs written in various styles, including traditional American musical, burlesque, and 1990s pop.

It’s not too early for groups to plan spring and summer trips to one of the wonderful Wildlife Conservation Society organizations. Groups of 10 or more enjoy deep group discounts on their Wild Spring and Wild Summer experiences at the Bronx Zoo. Group discount rates for the Total Experience range from $20 to $24, while General Admission is $11 to $16, and booking with All Tickets Inc. is easy and convenient.

General Admission Features

Group discounts Bronx Zoo
Lions await your visit.

General Admission to the Bronx Zoo offers a world of great, wildlife experiences. Included is the African Plains, where you’ll view noble and fearsome lions; American Bison Range, where you’ll experience the magic of a seeing a herd of buffalo; the Aquatic Birdhouse, where you’ll be greeted by some of the most colorful feathered friends you’ve ever seen, and the Baboon Reserve, where these animated creatures will astound you.

Other animals that you’ll encounter include lemurs, brown bears, snow leopards, tigers, and sea lions. Plus, you’ll enjoy the World of Birds, World of Reptiles, Mouse House, and Zoo Center, which has been the heart of the park since 1908. But there’s more for groups that want the Total Experience.

The Total Experience

Bronx Zoo Group Discounts Total Experience
The Total Experience includes the fascinating Gorilla Forest.

The Total Experience at the Bronx Zoo includes access to premium exhibits, such as Jungle World, where you’ll see animals in a habitat reminiscent of Indonesia. The Congo Gorilla Forest allows you to view these amazingly nurturing creatures as they interact with one another, and the Butterfly Garden offers over a dozen different species in a beautiful and peaceful meadow and greenhouse.

Other Zoo Experiences

The Bronx Zoo has many other fantastic experiences for you to enjoy, including camel rides, penguin and sea lion feedings, and the Wild Asia Monorail. Plus, there’s a thrilling 4-D Theatre and kid friendly Bug Carousel.

Other Great Experiences

The Wildlife Conservation Society also includes the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo. There’s a lot to do at each and every one of these sites that are dedicated to preserving wildlife and nurturing educational experiences.

Get Tickets Now and Save!

Bronx Zoo- it's a wonderful and magical place to visit.
Bronx Zoo- it’s a wonderful and magical place to visit.

The basic rule of thumb for discount group tickets is the earlier the better, as discounts for spring and summer experiences at the Bronx Zoo are deepest during the dark, cold winter months. If you’re an educational or school group, please be sure to mention this, as All Tickets Inc. specializes in developing premium, entertaining group educational experiences.

For more information on the Bronx Zoo, other Wildlife Conservation Society sites, and the total New York experience contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716 or send us a message here. We’ll be glad to answer your questions, plan your visit, and get you the deepest group discounts possible. And, yes, we also have special offers, comps promotions, and great discounts for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

One World Observatory sits atop One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the sites and landmarks, the waterways, and the skyline that define New York City. The 360-degree walkway and three-story observatory are accessed from below in less than 60 seconds. When it opens in spring 2015 One World Observatory will become New York’s most sought-after travel experience.

One of 2015’s Top Destinations

Group discounts One World ObservatoryOne World Observatory has already earned a distinction as one of the hottest, new travel experiences on Earth. Lonely Planet has included the observatory in its New in Travel e-book.

Of One World Observatory, the editors at Lonely Planet noted, “One of the most anticipated openings of 2015 is the launch of the observation deck at the mighty One World Trade Center. When the steel spire was added to the building on 10 May 2013, the skyscraper reached its final defiant height of 1776-ft; a measure that pointedly makes reference to the year the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. It is now the tallest building in the western hemisphere (think six Statues of Liberty stacked end to end).”

Once You Enter the Building

One World Observatory towers above Manhattan.
One World Observatory towers above Manhattan.

The One World Observatory experience is designed to start as soon as you enter the lobby. Prior to taking express glass elevators to the top, you’ll learn about the planning and construction of the entire building, and be given some very impressive stats and specs concerning the building. Once on top, you’ll tower 1,250-feet above the city where you’ll not only enjoy unbelievable views of Manhattan and beyond, but also shops, dining, and special features and events.

Order Group Tickets Now

Order your group tickets to One World Observatory now. This will be an extremely popular experience that will be very difficult for your group to book as the opening draws closer. The professional and courteous group sales agents at All Tickets Inc. will be glad to take your order, coordinate this group experience with other events your group will enjoy while visiting New York, and help ensure that everything goes perfectly during your visit.

Plus, we can arrange:

  • Maritime experiences
  • Broadway group educational encounters with Stage Door Connections
  • Visits to museums, landmarks, and national sites
  • Hotel and meal reservations
  • Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets
  • Backstage tours
  • And much more!

Contact All Tickets Inc. today for more information on the extraordinary One World Observatory experience. You may reach us by clicking on this link or calling toll-free at 1-800-922-0716.

Take a "Just for Fun" seminar.
Take a “Just for Fun” seminar.

Maybe you’ve never had an acting class, never been on stage, or never had the chance to be in a performance ensemble. But you’re interested and think it would be fun to give it a try. There’s a fun and exciting way for you to do just that for an hour or so. That’s by taking one of Stage Door Connections Just for Fun seminars. It’s true that Stage Door Connections offers a large number of educational encounters that are focused on the developing professional, but they also provide engaging experiences for those who want a taste of what it’s like to be in the theatre.

You Only Live Once

One interesting and educational way for you to connect with the active theatre experience is by taking one the Stage Door Connection’s You Only Live Once- Never Danced, Sang or Acted Before seminars. This educational encounter involves exercises in acting, singing, and dance. It welcomes beginners and offers a supportive, created, and fun environment. You’ll work with a cast member from a Broadway musical and learn part of number from that show. This is a 1½ -hour seminar.

Meet and Talk with a Broadway Pro

Meet the talent and learn about the biz.
Meet the talent and learn about the biz.

The Meet the Talent seminars provide insights and information on performing in a Broadway show. Three different seminars are offered: Broadway Actor, Broadway Singer and Broadway Dancer. You’ll find out what it’s like to perform 6 days a week, 8 times each of those weeks; how rehearsals work, and what it’s like to audition. Each one-hour session includes a question and answer period with a Broadway performer.

For the More Serious

If you’re someone who is interested in a career in the theatre, then All Tickets Inc. can book your group into a Stage Door Connection seminar that is focused on the developing professional. Educational encounters on acting, dancing singing, design/tech, directing, producing, and much more are available. Professionals teach all workshops.

Combo Deals

See a show too!
See a show too!

If you’re bringing a group to New York, contact All Tickets Inc. and ask about our money-saving Combo Deals. If you book two experiences or more for your group, you’ll save even more money. Thus, take advantage of the low group prices we offer on educational encounters with Stage Door Connections and get tickets to a Broadway show or Off-Broadway production, book a restaurant and/or hotel, or make a reservation for maritime, historic, or site seeing experiences. Contact us at 1-800-922-0716 for more information on Stage Door Connection educational encounters for beginners and much more.

Film star Jake Gyllenhaal is on Broadway in Constellations.
Film star Jake Gyllenhaal is on Broadway in Constellations.

Every season Broadway producers land big names to play lead roles in musicals and plays. Many are film stars making their Broadway debut, as Tom Hanks and Debra Winger did in separate shows a while back, while others have enjoyed a range of Broadway success, such as Hugh Jackman, who this season is appearing in The River. Whatever the case may be names can sell tickets. Here are a few Broadway shows that are currently running or will be soon that have name appeal.

Constellations

Constellations on Broadway.
Constellations on Broadway.

Academy award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal stars in a show about star-crossed lovers living in a very different sort of universe. Gyllenhaal, who is a fine actor and Hollywood hunk, was nominated for his work in Brokeback Mountain (2005). Recent film appearances include Nightcrawler (2014) and Accidental Love (2015). Nightcrawler got a lot of attention due to his performance and the manner in which his character developed in a story that was dark and seamy.

In the stage play Constellations, Roland and Marianne meet one another again and again. It’s hard to tell exactly where in time we are, if anywhere, in this relationship. But we become very familiar with the intimacies of their relationship as they become involved in various rituals of co-habitation, betrayal, and separation. Gyllenhaal and co-star Ruth Wilson have proven to be an interesting couple in this witty, sexy, and sophisticated play.

Fish in the Dark

David's show is one hot ticket.
David’s show is one hot ticket.

Fish in the Dark, which stars and is written by Larry David, is an instant hit. The comedy, which is still in previews, has been selling at over 100%, attracting David, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm fans by the droves. David has created a comedy that people are flocking to see partly due to his reputation for creating characters that have no filter and due to the fact that people find his wit, humor, and clumsiness in handling human encounters to be totally engaging. This is the Broadway premiere for David as an actor and as a playwright.

Lithgow and Close

Close and Lithgow  star in A Delicate Balance.
Close and Lithgow star in A Delicate Balance.

John Lithgow and Glenn Glose, both of whom have deep stage roots, are starring in Edward Albee’s classic dark drama A Delicate Balance. A Delicate Balance, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 and Drama Desk Award for Best Play the Tony for Best Revival of a Play in 1996, is a drama about deep-seeded fears and ennui. Lithgow and Close are icons of film, TV, and the stage, and they offer audiences the opportunity to watch two stars who have precise and highly developed acting skills and technique.

Great Group Rates

The fantastic news is that through All Tickets Inc. you can get low group rates to most shows that offer you the chance to see these and other stars on Broadway. For information on Constellations, Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance., and other shows contact All Tickets Inc. today at 1-800-922-0716.