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!

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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.

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!

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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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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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!

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…

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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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.

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!

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!

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!

 

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

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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.

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.

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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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So much to do.

All Tickets, Inc. has made it easier for you to find the right show for your Broadway group. We’ve done this in a few ways. One is rather old fashioned, but proven to be effective, and the other is new to group sales, technologically advanced, and innovative.

The Old Fashioned Way

The old fashioned way is by working with one of our knowledgeable, experienced, and professional group sales agents. The group sales agents at All Tickets, Inc. always provide first class service. They are polite, helpful, and focused creating a premium NYC experience for your group at the right price. They will work through every detail of your NYC trip. Plus, when you get here, an All Tickets, Inc. rep will meet your group and make sure that everything goes off smoothly.

Broadway TIX

broadway tix 3646If you’ve never used our unique Broadway ticket search engine, then you absolutely must. With Broadway TIX, you can find the Broadway show that’s right for you by selecting specific criteria, including genre, price range, and specific dates and times. If you already know what show you’d like to see, you can narrow that down further.

Simply input the criteria, start the search engine, and in no time, you’ll have the information that you need. Compare group, single ticket, student, and other prices; find out if free tickets or early bird savings are available, and discover where the most and least expensive seats are for any and all Broadway shows. Broadway TIX is an amazing tool for groups. And it is totally free!

Everything Taken Care Of

NYCAttr.jpgWhen you contact one of our licensed group sales agents, you’ll not only be able to get the best price possible on the best seats available, but you’ll also have access to everything and anything New York at a big discount price. That’s because when you bring a group to New York City everything is instantly less expensive.

Our group sales agents can make reservations for your group at a wonderful New York or New Jersey hotel, get you reservations at the dining establishment of your choice and secure you admission to any of the great sites, experiences, and events that New York has to offer.

Spring Awakening returns.
Spring Awakening returns.

Book a theatre class, tour of Broadway, a speedy elevator ride up to One World Observatory, a guided tour of a museum, a tour of one of New York’s culturally and historically rich neighborhoods and more. All Tickets, Inc. offers you the Total New York Group Experience.

Contact us today at 1-800-922-0716. We’ll be glad to help you find the best prices, the most interesting and exciting adventures, and the very finest seats to the greatest theatre productions in the world. We are devoted to ensuring that your trip to The Great White Way is as perfect as can be.

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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The best time to buy Broadway group tickets is before a show opens. Once it opens and tickets are in demand two things often happen. First, group tickets become harder to get, especially if the show is a hit. Producers make a lot more money on single ticket sales, and they will limit groups to utilize that ticket base.

The other thing that happens is ticket prices usually go up after a show opens. This is especially true if that production wins a Tony or two. How much higher might they go? That depends on how many people want to see it. Prices can rise anywhere from 40% to 80%!

Getting the Best Group Price

The best way to ensure you’re getting the best group price is to purchase your tickets through a group sakes agent that is fully licensed and insured. At All Tickets, Inc. we are fully certified as group ticket sellers in the NY area. That means that you’ll get the best group price possible by purchasing your tickets through us. Plus, because we are insured, you’re protected.

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We offer a range of quality accommodations.
We offer a range of quality accommodations.

With All Tickets, Inc., which has been selling group tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as booking groups into hotels, restaurants, museums, maritime adventures, backstage tours, theatre workshops, and more for 30 years, you can realize great price breaks. If you have a large group, you’ll save more, and if you book more than one event, experience, or product through, we will give you an extra discount.

Get low prices on NYC hotels (starting at $266) and even lower prices on hotels just across the river in NJ (starting at $117)*. We can get you extra savings on many of New York’s exciting restaurants, tours, and landmarks. Plus, we do all of the research, booking, and arrangements for you. Our service is highly personalized, because we want you to have the very best NYC experience possible.

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An American in Paris is a hit and only we offer free tickets!
An American in Paris is a hit and only we offer free tickets!

Our special free ticket offer has received great response and because of its popularity we have moved the booking deadline from August 31, 2015 to September 30, 2015. Book your Broadway group show tickets by September 30th and receive 1 free ticket for every 30 purchased, or if you purchase another product from us, get 1 free ticket for every 25 paid.

There is no other free ticket deal like this available in NYC! It’s simple, straightforward, and easy. There are no gimmicks. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for asking us to ensure that your trip to the Big Apple is superior in every way.

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Call All Tickets, Inc. today for anything and everything New York. We offer the Total New York Group Experience and promise that you’ll have the time of your life visiting one of the greatest cities in the world. See the best theatre, enjoy world-class museums, and take a special Step-On Tour of one the City’s unique neighborhoods. Call us today at 1-800-922-0176 for more information or contact us via this link. We’ll be happy to help you.

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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.

For those groups that buy their Broadway tickets through All Tickets, Inc. there’s an extra benefit beyond the cost savings they will realize through their group discount. That extra benefit involves receiving free tickets for any Broadway show if groups purchase their tickets through All Tickets, Inc. by August 31, 2015. For information on our Best Broadway Group Comp Deal please click here. For more information on the new shows that will arrive soon, please continue to read this blog.

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.

Group Ticket Sales and Comps

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

Contact All Tickets, Inc. today for group discount tickets sales and for information on our Best Broadway Group Ticket Deal. Any group that purchases 30 tickets or more (or if buying another service or product from ATI, 25 tickets of more) qualifies for free tickets as long as they book by August 31, 2015. Contact is today at 1-800-922-0716 for more information on these and all Broadway shows and to order your group discount tickets.

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group tickets and comp Pacino in China Doll
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.

Contact All Tickets Inc. for Group Sales and Comps

All Tickets, Inc., which has the lowest group prices available on all Broadway shows, is doing something no other licensed group ticket seller is doing in NYC. That is offering groups free tickets when you purchase your Broadway tickets through us. This offer ends August 31, 2015 and is good for any performance, show, and time. For more information on our exclusive Best Broadway Group Comp Deal click here or call All Tickets Inc at 1-800-922-0716.

Group tickets and comps Broadway shows
Group tickets and comps Broadway shows
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.

Take advantage of All Tickets’ Best Broadway Group Comp Deal when you order your tickets to these shows. Remember that to receive your free tickets, you must get your group tickets from All Tickets, Inc.

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.

Get Free Tickets

Remember that as long as you order your group tickets to any of these new productions or any that are currently on Broadway by August 31, 2015, you will be able to utilize our Best Broadway Group Comp Deal. For more information on this special and unique promotion, on all Broadway shows, and on anything and everything New York, please contact All Tickets, Inc. by calling 1-800-922-0716.

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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!

Get Comps from All Tickets, Inc.

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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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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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.

Tickets Now!

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.

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)

Group discounts Mirren in The Audience
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.

 

 

SDC-logoAll Tickets Inc., which can connect you with close to a dozen acting, dance, and singing seminars from Stage Door Connections where you learn the art and craft of theatre, can also connect you with insightful and empowering discussion seminars focusing on the theatre. There are close to 30 different educational encounters available offered at highly competitive group discounts. Here are just a few from which you can choose.

The Technical Experience

stage-manager-300x300Do you know what it takes to be a stage manager? You’ll find out the ins and outs of what is one of most exciting jobs in the theatre, as the professional stage manager coordinates each and every aspect of a production. Find out why the show cannot go on without this important part of the team.

Also on hand are insightful and interesting seminars on various design elements, including set, costume, make up, and lighting. Learn about these artistic aspects of the theatre from professionals who are involved in what is a fascinating and always evolving process.

The Creative Team Experience

Close-quarter-instructions-310x310Directing a show is a major undertaking, as the director is charged with making each and every artistic decision associated with a production. How do successful professional directors work to ensure that they get exemplary results? Seminars on script writing, choreographing, and orchestrating are also offered. Also available is a discussion seminar focusing on casting, which is so important to the success of any play or musical. Find out how one of these various aspects of the creative process works by taking one of these exciting educational encounters by Stage Door Connections.

The Business Experience

budget-1-310x310It is called show business for a reason. Broadway plays and musicals are shows that involve big business. A great producer, marketing person, or company manager can make or break a show. Discover the all-encompassing world of the producer, whose fiscal decisions impact the artistic product that appears on stage. Find out how show branding works, how to budget a Broadway show, and what Broadway advertising is all about. The business of theatre is composed of a terrain that is shifting, vast, complex, and treacherous.

More Great Experiences

Expressions-on-stage1-310x310The wonderful thing about Stage Door Connections and their seminars is that you don’t have to have professional aspirations to enjoy one of their educational encounters. In fact they have one entire category called “The ‘Just for Fun’ Experience.” These are really fun experiences for those who want to learn something new while having a good time.

Included on the roster of classes is the seminar entitled You Only Live Once – Never Dance, Sang or Acted Before? No Problem! This educational experience allows your group to experience what it is like to be involved in a performance experience. The whole point is to learn what it’s like and have a great time in doing so. Other seminars allow your group to Meet the Talent. You can have an open discussion with a Broadway actor, dancer, or singer.

All Tickets Can Connect You

For more information on these and all educational encounters offered by Stage Door Connections contact All Tickets Inc. today by calling 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking on this link. Also available are career-based seminars for those who are considering the next step towards a professional life in the theatre. Stage Door Connections and All Tickets Inc. are you gateway to the Broadway stage.

Take a Voice Seminar with a professional and sing!
Take a Voice Seminar with a professional and sing!

All Tickets Inc., through Stage Door Connections, offers groups the opportunity to actively learn about performing on stage. If your group is coming to NYC to see a show, one great way to enrich that experience is by taking a group seminar that gets you on your feet by acting, singing, or dancing. Here’s a look at the wonderful educational encounters from Stage Door Connections that you can access through All Tickets Inc. and at a great group discount rate.

What You Get

You'll meet and work with a theatre professional.
You’ll meet and work with a theatre professional.

New York professionals who possess practical Broadway, Off-Broadway, or regional theatre experience run all Stage Door Connections educational experiences. These are people who are trained and active in the profession. They bring a wealth of knowledge, skill, talent, and experience to the class.

Stage Door Connections provides seminars last either 60 or 90 minutes. These movement seminars, which are designated as such because they get participants up on their feet exploring the art and the craft of theatrical performance, include an introduction of the material, group exercises, and a question and answer session. You will interact directly with the leader of your educational encounter.

Acting Seminars

Scene study can be revelatory.
Scene study can be revelatory.

There are nine different classes focusing on The Broadway Acting Experience. Your group may opt to take a basic, intermediate, or advanced class. Classes include Mastering Cold Readings, Acting Improvisation Technique, and Acting Audition Techniques. There are also sessions in stage combat, comedic acting, and scene study. If your group would like a hybrid experience, please contact All Tickets Inc. We will be glad to help ensure that you get the educational encounter that you desire.

Vocal Seminars

There are six different experiences that are dedicated to voice, and specifically singing and musical theatre. Topics include Harmony Study, Improving Your Singing Technique, and Acting Through a Song. The Broadway Sings educational encounter takes participants through various vocal exercises and culminates in the learning of a song from a Broadway show. It would be great fun and a fine challenge to learn a number from the show your group is going to see while in New York.

Dancing Seminars

Performers must be able to move with confidence, and dance.
Performers must be able to move with confidence, and dance.

There are also six Broadway dance seminars, which include Dance Audition Technique, Dance Improvisation, and Improving Your Dance Technique. Learn about and experience various theatre dance styles in the Dance Through the Decades class, or learn a dance number and/or specific style from a Broadway show when you take the Broadway Dances session. How are dances created? The Choreography Studies educational encounter will give you the scoop on that topic.

Book and Save More

Contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking here to book your group’s Stage Door Connections educational encounter. Get tickets to a Broadway show, let us connect your with a great restaurant or hotel and you’ll save even more. Make the most of your New York experience through All Tickets Inc.

Broadway musical The Visit group sales and discounts see Rivera

 

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Chita Rivera stars in the Broadway musical The Visit

The musical The Visit is on Broadway starting in March and student group tickets are $45.00 while standard group discounts to see Chita Rivera offer 15% to 20% off. The Visit is a new musical by Kander, Ebb and McNally. Based on the modern classic by Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt, This musical takes us on a journey that demands that we question how far we would go to reap the benefits associated with financial security. Those associated with this Broadway musical are world-class professionals. Here’s a look at some of those involved in creating The Visit.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Swiss playwright Dürrenmatt.
Swiss playwright Dürrenmatt.

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (January 5, 1921- December 14, 1990) was a politically active writer who embraced Brecht’s Epic Theatre. Epic Theatre wants us to think about what we are seeing; it eschews emotion because emotion makes us complacent. It uses various techniques focused on reminding us that we are watching a play; it asks us to think about the issues that the show is examining, and it is focused on getting audiences to work towards solving problematic social issues.

Dürrenmatt had his first play produced when he was 26. Entitled It Is Written, the show focuses on a fight between a controversy-loving cynic and a religious fanatic who interprets scripture literally. The battle between the two central characters takes place while the city in which they live is under attack. When the play opened in April 1947, it caused a riot in the theatre and was hotly protested. He wrote The Visit in 1956. It’s mix of comedy and drama, of social satire and social commentary, and of highly theatrical characters with those realistically caught the attention of critics and audiences.

The Writing Team

Longtime writing team Kander and Ebb
Longtime writing team Kander and Ebb

John Kander, composer, and Fred Ebb, lyricist, have given Broadway and world audiences some of the most thought-provoking musicals to ever grace the stage. These include two shows that are presently enjoying strong revivals on Broadway, Cabaret (1966) and Chicago (1975). Other important works include The Scottsboro Boys (2010), Zorba (1968), and Kiss of the Spiderwoman (1992).

The duo originally adapted The Visit in 2001 with Terrence McNally writing the book. A Chicago premiere, which starred Rivera, was well received, however, after the 911 attacks the move to Broadway was cancelled. There have been various regional productions, including the 2014 run at the Berkshire Theatre festival, starring Rivera.

Librettist Terrence McNally is the winner of four Tonys. He received the Tony Award for Best Play for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, and the Tony for Best Book of a Musical for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. His career has spanned five decades; he has seen over 25 of his plays and musicals produced on Broadway stages.

Director and Choreographer

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The Visit is darkly humorous.

Tony winning Scottish Director John Doyle helms the production of The Visit. Doyle has distinguished himself as an innovator having mounted successful Broadway revivals of two Stephen Sondheim musicals, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Company. Choreographer Graciela Daniele studied with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham while working with some of Broadway’s most accomplished artists, including Bob Fosse, Agnes de Mille, and Michael Bennett. Nominated for 10 Tonys, she has choreographed the Broadway productions of Ragtime, The Rink, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Chita Rivera

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Chita Rivera is a true showstopper.

Chita Rivera has starred in many Kander and Ebb musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and The Rink. She has won two Tonys and been nominated nine times. On Broadway, she created the role of Anita in West Side Story (1957), Velma Kelly in Chicago (1975), and Aurora in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (1992).

Rivera has a magnificent spirit and effervescent energy. In 1986, when the actress was starring in Jerry’s Girls on Broadway, she was in a serious car accident, which broke her left leg in 12 places. Rivera had to have numerous operations, 18 screws inserted, two braces attached, and engaged in aggressive rehab. The result was an amazing comeback. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2009.

Expect a World-Class Musical

The creative energies dedicated to this production of the musical version of The Visit are awe-inspiring. The Visit offers audiences a musical that is theatrical, thought provoking, and entertaining. It will preview staring March 26, 2015 and will open April 23. Call All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716 for group discounts to see Chita Rivera in The Visit, or you may contact us through this link.

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All Tickets Inc. has built its reputation on offering groups personalized, professional service that allows them to access the total New York Experience at a price that is extremely competitive. Our licensed group ticket sales agents will go the extra mile to ensure that your group has the best and most memorable New York experience that is possible. Here’s how All Tickets beats the competition when it comes to the group experience.

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All Tickets Inc. offers all groups the lowest possible prices. You will not find lower group prices anywhere. Along with providing all groups with the best Broadway and Off-Broadway rates, we can also save your group money on hotels, restaurants, museums, historic sites, and much more.

Comp Ticket, Combo Deal, and Volume Discounts

New York offers so many choices.
New York offers so many choices.

All Tickets Inc. is renowned for offering comp tickets for those who purchase their group tickets from us. These comp or free tickets are available for select shows. At this time we are offering comp tickets to two major New York hits: the new musical Honeymoon in Vegas and the revival of Into the Woods.

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The Guggenheim Museum is just one of hundreds of great experiences for your group.
The Guggenheim Museum is just one of hundreds of great experiences for your group.

Whatever New York experience you desire, All Tickets Inc. can connect you with it and at a great group discount price. Hotels, restaurants, museums, maritime experiences, neighborhood, theatre, and historic tours, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and much more are available through us. If it is in anyway connected to or within the environs of NYC we can make sure that your group is able to access it.

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The licensed group sales agents and the entire staff at All Tickets Inc. are ready to serve you in every manner. We will help you plan your trip, book any and all reservations, arrange tours, and get you the best possible price on everything. If you want to go to the Top of the Rock, experience the inner workings of Radio City Music Hall, book a great hotel at a low price, or see the biggest and newest Broadway hit, we can arrange it. Contact us by clicking on this link or calling 1-800-922-0716. We are waiting to serve you and to ensure that your New York experience is enjoyable, friendly, and effortless.

The revival of Pippin won numerous 2013 Tonys and is running strong.
The revival of Pippin won numerous 2013 Tonys and is running strong.

Groups can enjoy deep Broadway discounts on tickets for various revivals. Sometimes people will diminish the importance of revivals, but the fact is during the past few Broadway seasons revivals of musicals and plays on Broadway have yielded stunning productions with new insights. As times change, so too do our visions of plays and musicals, and a revival that treats a play in a new manner can be as interesting, inspiring, and entertaining as a new work. Here are few Broadway revivals that your group should consider seeing.

On the Town

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On the Town is big hit (again)!

The revival of On the Town is a major hit. Originally created by Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, this revival of On the Town is offers audiences fantastic dance numbers, engaging characters and situations, and premium production standards. This is simply one of the best new revivals on The Great White Way. Student group tickets to the show are as low as $29.00 and regular group prices start at $59.00.

A Delicate Balance

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

See Glenn Close and John Lithgow as they headline an all-star cast in the revival of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning play A Delicate Balance. The play investigates the indefinable anxieties that grip an upper-class family. This is drama is about fear in the most primal sense. Told with the wit, intellect, and intensity that define Albee’s work, A Delicate Balance is a masterful play. Group tickets for this first-class production start at $60.00.

Pippin

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Pippin’s circus motif is engaging.

The Tony Award winning revival of Pippin continues to entertain audiences. The original production of the Stephen Schwartz musical, which was directed by Bob Fosse, had a long run on Broadway. This is the first major revival of that show. This revival was nominated for 10 Tonys in 2013 and won 4, including Best Revival of a Musical. Utilizing a circus motif, this Diane Paulus directed production is powerful, funny, and engaging. Group tickets to see Pippin are as low as $43.00.

Chicago

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Chicago has all that jazz! It sizzles!

The longest running American musical is Chicago. It is also a revival. It opened on November 14, 1996 and won six Tonys, including Best Revival of a Musical, and six Drama Desk Awards. It has played more than 7,500 performances. Only The Phantom of the Opera has played more on The Great White Way. Group tickets start at $42.50. The Kander and Ebb musical Chicago is a must-see.

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Upcoming revivals that will open in the next few months include On the Twentieth Century with Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, The King and I with Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, and Gigi starring Vanessa Hudgens. For more information on the shows mentioned in this blog and on all Broadway and Off-Broadway production contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716. We are ready to serve you and ensure that you have the best New York group experience possible at the right price.

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group sales Renée Fleming Living on Love
Renée Fleming makes her Broadway debut on Living On Love. See it!

There are many reasons why groups should get their Broadway discount tickets right now. All Tickets Inc. has great group discounts for all Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, and we are offering comps for two of the hottest shows in New York City. Read more to find out about the great deals you can get now and why February is the time to book your group tickets for this spring, which is just around the corner.

Tony Time

February, March, and April are the final months that shows can qualify for the 2015 Tonys. There’s a flurry of activity with many openings of new plays and musicals, as well as revivals. This is the time that groups can get real deals on new Broadway productions before they open. Often there are early bird specials available through All Tickets that will save you even more cash. Tickets to see this year’s potential Tony winners are available at up to 50% off and for as low as $45 a ticket!

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All Tickets Inc. is offering a special promotion for two of New York’s newest and most popular productions. The New York and national critics have raved about both of these shows. Get your tickets now to these two hit musicals!

On Broadway your group can get big discounts and comps (1 free ticket for every 30 purchased with limits of 4 comps per group per show) for Honeymoon in Vegas. Honeymoon in Vegas stars Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley, and Tony Danza. It is a wonderful, old-style musical comedy that you will love.

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Into the Woods is a classic musical reimagined.

Off –Broadway the revival of Sondheim and Lapine’s Into the Woods by the Roundabout Theatre has caught everyone’s eye. The show is performed by a talented cast of 10, many of whom are triple cast. They are accompanied by piano only, which is onstage. Creatively directed and designed, expertly acted, and beautifully sung, this is a show that should not be missed. Your group can also get big discounts and comps for Into the Woods (1 free ticket for every 30 purchased with limits of 4 comps per group per show).

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Please note that both comp offers are only from All Tickets Inc. To receive your comps, you must order your group tickets through All Tickets Inc. This offer is good for any performance of Into the Woods or Honeymoon in Vegas. Orders must be placed with All Tickets by February 28, 2015 to qualify for comps. For more information on this promotion, please call All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716. We are standing by to connect you with these two fantastic shows, as well as everything New York!

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First actors’ strike in the U.S.

One of the ways in which those in any profession define themselves as a group is by how they refer to their professional organizations. Such references which utilize acronyms or abbreviated names will garner confused looks from the uninitiated or uninformed, while they elicit knowing nods or grimaces from those who are part of the profession. Here’s a quick course in some of the more common organizations, including unions, which are associated with the professional theatre in the U.S.

Equity

aeaIf you are member of Equity, then you belong to the stage actors’ labor union. Sometimes referred to as A.E.A., Actors’ Equity Association is the union for those who act on the stage and also for stage managers. It was founded in 1913 and has about 45,000 members. Broadway, Off-Broadway, national touring companies, and many summer and regional theatres hire union actors and work under one of the more than 30 different AEA contracts.

I.A.T.S.E.

450px-IATSE_logo.svgI.A.T.S.E., which is pronounced “EYE-OT-CEE” is often called the stage hands union. The acronym stands for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. That may sound like a mouthful until you read the full name of this union, which has about 122,000 members. The complete name is the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada. Before moving pictures, there were union actions by stage employees as early as 1886. The union is said to have been officially founded in 1893.

U.S.A.

First actors’ strike in the U.S.

USA stands for the United Scenic Artists, which is the labor union for designers, artists, and craftspeople in the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The union, which for a short time was associated with IATSE, was founded as “the United Scenic Artists Association” in 1897. There are about 3,800 members.

SDC

SDC_organization_logoS.D.C, which until fairly recently was known as S.S.D.S. or S.S.D. and C., is the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. When it was S.S.D.C. it was known as the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. This union was a late bloomer in that it was not established until 1959. There are approximately 2,000 members.

The Guild

dgThe Guild is the shortened name for the Dramatists’ Guild of America, which is sometimes called the D.G.A. Of all of the unions, this one is perhaps the loosest. Originally they were part of the Authors’ League of America, which was founded in 1912, they became their own entity in 1921. The Guild has standardized contracts for Broadway, Off-Broadway and L.O.R.T. (League of Resident Theatre) productions.

Are You a Union Member?

You may be a member of one or more of these unions or know those who are. Unions have been very important in establishing standards for pay, health and safety, and welfare. Prior to the establishment of these unions, those who worked in the theatre could find themselves down and out if they happened to work for an unscrupulous producer.

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Rockefeller Center towers above Manhattan.

Rockefeller Center and the Top of the Rock is truly an inspirational experience, and All Tickets Inc. can secure tickets for your group at a great discount. Rockefeller Center may be best known for the enthralling views it offers visitors from 70 stories up on its observation deck. That part of the Rockefeller Center is awe-inspiring. But Rockefeller Center offers groups so much more. You will be totally engaged from the time you enter the lobby, which reaches three stories above your head; work your way through the landmark’s various experiences, and travel to the top and then back down. Here’s what to expect when you visit this renowned building.

The Grand Atrium Lobby

The stunning chandelier.
The stunning chandelier.

The Grand Atrium Lobby at Rockefeller Center greets visitors in a magnificent manner, as the Joie Chandelier flies and floats from three stories above. With 14,000 fiber optic crystals reflecting and refracting light, this unique lighting instrument, the largest of its kind in the world, leaves an unforgettable impression. As you stop and admire it, you’ll also be taken by the ambience of the Grand Atrium Lobby, which includes sweeping, sloping, and winding staircases and stunning gold and silver highlights and trim.

Building the Rock

The story of how Rockefeller Center was built is vividly related through the images of its Mezzanine Exhibit. See the Rock as it went from being a brilliant vision to a grand reality. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to experience what it was like for those fabled iron bean workers to labor hundreds of feet above the City of Manhattan when you encounter the interactive Beam Walk. You will not only learn about history, but you will also actively engage in it.

Going Up

A view from the Top of the Rock.
A view from the Top of the Rock.

After discovering what it took to create the amazing structure know as Rockefeller Center, you’ll be taken to the Top of the Rock by elevator. From the observation deck, which is comprised of six-stories and reaches a height of over 750-feet, you’ll experience New York in a unique manner. Inspiring views abound, as you discover the neighborhoods, landmarks, and culture of New York City, giving you a whole new vision of the region and its people.

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With All Tickets Inc., it’s easy to book your group on a tour of Rockefeller Center and the Top of the Rock. We’ll secure group discount tickets for you at a great price and negate the need to stand in the box office line. You’ll be able to enjoy the full Rockefeller Center experience. Plus, if you book more than one service or event with us, we can save you even more money.

Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, restaurants and hotels, Broadway educational experiences, and more are available through All Tickets Inc. Contact us by calling 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking here. Our licensed, professional group sales agents will be happy to help you in any way. Plus, All Tickets Inc. specializes in offering personalized, premium service and in ensuring that your group experience is thoroughly enjoyable and eminently memorable. We’re ready to serve you.

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Into the Woods group tickets and comps NYC roundabout
This revival os Into the Woods is highly innovative.

All Tickets Inc. is offering a special free ticket (comp) promotion for group ticket buyers purchasing seats for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed revival of the Sondheim and Lapine musical Into the Woods. Into the Woods is an Off-Broadway hit and All Tickets Inc. wants to make sure that your group gets the best possible deal on tickets. Purchase your group tickets for this production of Into the Woods at the discount rate ($79 Groups and $30 Student Groups) and receive free tickets.

Group Comp Promo

A classic musical reimagined.
A classic musical reimagined.

All Tickets is offering a special, time-limited group ticket sales promotion. In order to take advantage of this promotion you must purchase your group discount seats through All Tickets Inc.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Offer is good for the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Into the Woods
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  • Group maximum: 4 comps (awarded for a minimum of 120 tickets bought)
  • Orders must be placed by February 28, 2015
  • Offer good for any available Into the Woods performance date
  • Act now on this great free ticket offer. Into the Woods will close on April 12, 2015!

Into the Woods- Reviews

Wonderful staging is one element that defines this production.
Wonderful staging is one element that defines this production.

Here are just a few of the wildly enthusiastic reactions from theatre reviewers.

“TRULY ENCHANTING…Into the Woods BRIMS WITH WIT AND MAGNETIC FEELING. I FELL HEAD OVER HEELS.”– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“REFRESHINGLY IRREVERENT… Co-directors and performers Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld steer their troupe of 10 through INGENIOUS STAGING, with CLEVER CHOREOGRAPHY and PLENTY OF ZANINESS.”– Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“POIGNANT…DELIGHTFUL and DEEPLY MOVING REVIVAL.”– Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“PURE STAGE MAGIC! WILDLY INVENTIVE, EMOTIONALLY GUT‐PUNCHING, DELIGHTFULLY OFF‐KILTER PRODUCTION… The anticipation of innovation casts a GIDDY LAYER OF FUN.”– Marc Snetiker, Entertainment Weekly

The Show

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The 10-person cast is simply winning!

In 1988, when Into the Woods was first produced on Broadway, it won three Tonys, including Best Score (Stephen Sondheim) and Best Book (James Lapine). It also received numerous Drama Desk awards. The musical is filled with richly imagined characters, smartly written humor, and emotionally intense and honest moments.

Into the Woods takes some of the better-known fairytales, such as Rapunzel, The Baker’s Wife, Jack and the Bean Stock, Little Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella, and in the first act offers audiences versions of these tales that end happily. But in the second act, there’s a price to be paid for happiness, and various characters meet their demise, find heartache, and discover that the world is not as simple as first thought.

This is a tale beautifully told.
This is a tale beautifully told.

Revenge, mystery, and hatred overshadow the second act, as Sondheim and Lapine reveal that life is an amazing amalgam of wondrous happiness and hopeless strife. In the end, there is victory, redemption, and joy, and what was once thought to be simple has been revealed to be complex, and, at the same time rich.

The storytelling is witty, honest, and emotionally charged and the score and lyrics are engaging, genuine, and poignant. Into the Woods is a classic American musical that is enjoying a revival that has reimaged this work in a highly theatrical manner. (Note: this production is recommended for audiences ages 10 and above.)

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Contact All Tickets Inc. today for great group discounts and comps for this amazing revival of Into the Woods. We may be reached by call 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking on this link. Remember, this free ticket promotion ends on February 28! Also, don’t forget that All Tickets is running a special comp promotion for the new hit musical comedy Honeymoon in Vegas. You will find more information on this promotion here.

300px-LesMisLogoIf your group is looking to see a Broadway musical that will take you on an inspiring emotional journey, then consider seeing Les Misérables. The new production of the worldwide hit musical Les Misérables, which offers big group discounts, is noted for being awe inspiring, powerful, and spectacular. The recent success and popularity of the film, the reputation of the show overall as being great theatre, and the manner in which this musical affects emotions have combined to make this revival one that is loved by audiences.

Running Strong

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This production is epic and fluid.

This revival of Les Misérables opened in March 2014, and as it nears it’s one-year anniversary, it is running strong. The performances and the production and design standards won the praises of reviews and audiences. This is a first-class revival that has been honed and refined. Plus, this is not a simple reconstitution of former productions.

One of the points to bringing Les Misérables back to Broadway had to do with featuring a reimagined production. The 2006 revival, which came to The Great White Way just three years after the original closed, was considered by many to be a blurred and weak facsimile of the show that enthralled audiences for years, garnered 6 Tony wins, and ran for 16 years, offering 6,680 performances. This version has been praised for its high production standards, exciting direction, and fine performances.

Characters, Story and Music and Lyrics Are Moving

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There’s comedy, as well as heightened drama.

If you’re looking for a story that is filled with emotional character- and plot-driven twists and turns, then Les Misérables is certainly your show. The emotional journey of Jean Valjean is all encompassing. In addition, the charged motivations of characters such as Javert, Fantine, and Cosette, are completely engaging.

The plot is complex; yet, it is also clearly and cleanly delineated as one story intersects with another, and then another intersects with that one. There’s plenty of comedy and drama in this musical.

The music is monumental. It reaches great heights at times, and at other times offers subtleties that are intriguing. The lyrics in numbers such as “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Who Am I?” go right to the emotional essence of a character, while a number like “Master of the House” gives us the comic relief we desire in a musical that focuses on vaulting emotions and tragedy, while offering hope.

Hope is Ours

Hope is ours.
Hope is ours.

Despite all of the heartache in Les Misérables, there is hope through redemption and love. That is the final part of the journey for Valjean and for us. It is inspiring and emotional. Les Misérables has the potential to be a great evening in the theatre and this revival gives audiences that and much more.

Student group prices are as low as $37 per ticket and the standard group price range is from $37 to $125. All Tickets Inc. can get your group great discount seats to see this latest revival of Les Misérables. For group discount tickets, contact us today by calling 1-800-922-0716. We’ll be glad to help you book your group’s sojourn to the Imperial Theatre to see one of Broadway’s most powerful productions.

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Honeymoon in Vegas is a happy-ending musical comedy.

Honeymoon in Vegas, the new Broadway musical comedy, is a massive hit on Broadway. The New York Times, Daily News, Variety, and many more publications and reviewers in all types of media are singing the praises of this musical comedy. With music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years and The Bridges of Madison County) and a book by original screenwriter Andrew Bergman, the stage musical of Honeymoon in Vegas offers audiences a hilarious evening in the theatre.

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For a limited time, All Tickets Inc., is offering group ticket buyers free tickets. This COMP ticket offer is only available through All Tickets Inc. Here’s how it works.

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It’s Elvis infused!
  • 1 free ticket for every 30 purchased
  • Maximum 4 COMPS per order per group
  • Deadline for ticket request- 2/28/15
  • Offer is only good for Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Group tickets must be purchased through All Tickets to qualify for COMPS
  • Good for any Honeymoon in Vegas show time and date

The Plot

Danza is charming.
Danza is charming.

In the musical Honeymoon n Vegas, Jack Singer (Rob McLure), a nice Jewish guy from Brooklyn, finally decides to wed his girlfriend, Betsy (Brynn O’Malley). He does this despite his hardnosed, dying mother’s admonition that he should “Never get married.” The two wing it to Los Vegas to get hitched quickly. Once in Vegas, Betsy is seen by high stakes gambler Tommy Korman (Tony Danza). Tommy recognizes the image of his deceased and beloved wife in Betsy and falls for her. Thus, the comedy develops and multiplies from that point, as Tommy courts Singer’s girl, and Jack is tricked into loaning Betsy to Tommy so that the gambler can take her to Hawaii for a weekend. Of course, all ends happily for everyone because this is a light-hearted musical comedy.

The Cast

McClure and his cast mates  can sell a number.
McClure and his cast mates can sell a number.

McClure, who is a multitalented actor, is completely winning in everyway as Singer. The Tony nominee, who charmed and delighted everyone in the musical Chaplin, offers a spirited, comic performance that combines his keen physical sense, fine singing, and wonderful acting chops. As Betsy, O’Malley offers a wonderful, talented performance, invigorating her character with determined pluck and a good-natured spirit. Danza is a delight, as he ably tap dances, plays the ukulele, and carries a tune while echoing Sinatra’s well-known Vegas style.

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Danza connects with O'Malley via the ukulele.
Danza connects with O’Malley via the ukulele.

The music and lyrics are wondrously whimsical and clever, the book is replete with great gags, bits, and complications, and the Vegas designs, denizens, and culture are right on the mark. Speedy direction by Gary Griffin makes Honeymoon in Vegas a total delight.

For group tickets and COMPS to the Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas contact All Tickets Inc., today by calling 800-922-0716 or by clicking on this link. We can connect you with everything associated with the musical Honeymoon in Vegas, and, also, with everything New York, and always at the right price. This COMP promo is a great deal. Group tickets offer savings of up to 45%, plus, from All Tickets only, you can now get free tickets for Broadway’s first major musical hit of the 2014-2015 Season.

Hand to God is devilishly funny.
Hand to God is devilishly funny.

The second half of the 2014-2015 Broadway season includes a diverse group of new plays. There’s a lot of excitement with Renée Fleming making her Broadway debut in Living On Love. Also, Larry David, star of the popular HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, makes his Broadway debut as a playwright and actor in his comedy Fish in the Dark. Plus, there’s the dark comedy Hand to God, staring Steven Boyer and the new offbeat drama by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour entitled Airline Highway.

Living On Love

Fleming stars.
Fleming stars.

One of opera’s biggest stars, Renée Fleming, makes her Broadway debut in the new romantic comedy Living On Love. The show, which has a limited run, will preview April 1 and open April 30. It’s scheduled to close August 2. The comedy focuses on a husband and wife, both of whom are highly accomplished musicians. The husband, Vito DeAngelis, is a self-centered conductor who has hired a beautiful, young woman to help him write his autobiography. His wife, diva Raquel DeAngelis, becomes overwhelmingly jealous of her husband’s flirtatious relationship with his ghostwriter. So she raises the stakes and brings in a young, handsome stud to create her autobiography. Relationship sparks fly, emotions erupt, and comedy ensues. Living On Love is projected to be a highly popular show.

Fish in the Dark

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

If you love Seinfeld, and especially if you love the irreverent, non-pc, TV-comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, then Larry David’s Fish in the Dark may be your ticket. Along with writing the play, David will also star. The cast for this comedy, which is inspired by the death of the father of one of David’s friends, includes some of the funniest actors you’ll see anywhere. The players include Jerry Adler, Jake Cannavale, Jayne Houdyshell, Jonny Orsini, and Rosie Perez. The comedy previews February 2 and opens March 5. This is a limited run, which will close on June 14. To this date, the show has over $11 million in advanced ticket sales.

Hand to God

Steven Boyer is captivating.
Steven Boyer is captivating.

In Hand to God, the character of Jason, played by Steven Boyer, expresses God’s word through his hand puppet, Tyrone. At least, at first, it seems to be God’s word. But Tyrone is not very innocent or gentle and the question becomes is Jason being taken over by the devil? Tyrone starts to say and do some truly devilish things in this dark comedy focusing on the hilarious and frightening effect that the demonic sock puppet has on those who are dedicated to the Christian Puppet Ministries. Previewing March 12, Hand to God opens April 7; this is a comic tour de force by actor Steven Boyer.

Airline Highway

Steppenwolf's Airline Highway.
Steppenwolf’s Airline Highway.

Previewing April 1, Airline Highway is playwright Lisa D’Amour’s newest offering. The play takes place in the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ notorious and disreputable Airline Highway, Miss Ruby, a legendary stripper who made the glitzy runways of burlesque houses blaze with sexuality, has aked that her funeral be held before she dies. The collection of lost, diverse, and unusual souls who arrive to participate in her sendoff define her life and, also, certain longings and losses that are a part of all of us. From Steppenwolf Theatre, Airline Highway is an intriguing ensemble drama.

See a Broadway Show

There are numerous musicals and plays opening between February and April. This is the best time to purchase tickets and great prices. For more information on these new productions, contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716 today.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is an audience favorite.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is an audience favorite.

If you’re taking a school, student, or educational group to a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, you’ll find that you can usually purchase discount tickets to that show, and, also, enjoy other group educational experiences at a discount through All Tickets Inc. Save more by combining experiences. Here are a few, and only a few, of the great things with which we can connect you.

Stage Door Connections and a Show

Stage Door Connection acting workshop run by Tony winner Joanna Gleason.
Stage Door Connection acting workshop run by Tony winner Joanna Gleason.

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The New York Historical Society Museum and Library engages visitors.

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The introspective musical Fun home comes to Broadway.
The introspective musical Fun home comes to Broadway.

Recently, we previewed three new musicals coming to Broadway, all offering group discount tickets. They were An American in Paris, Doctor Zhivago, and The Visit. We have four more musicals that are coming to Broadway this spring. Those are Fun Home, It Shoulda Been You, Something Rotten!, and The Heart of Robin Hood. Here’s a peek at each of these shows, all four of which are offering group tickets at up to 45% off the single ticket price.

Fun Home

Preview: Apr 4th, Open: Apr 22nd

Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel and with music by Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical and Violet) and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron (2.5 Minute Ride and Well), Fun Home tells the story of Alison. Alison is a graphic novelist who comes home. Home is the Bechdel Funeral Home. The occasion is the death of her father.

In returning home, she must deal with an array of issues, many of which swirl around her relationship with her enigmatic dad. He was hot tempered, brilliant, and held deep secrets. He also greatly defined Alison’s life and future. Through her investigation of her past and in coping with disturbing, unanswerable questions about her father’s veiled desires, Alison is able to define herself and come to terms with who she is and where she may be headed.

It Shoulda Been You

Preview: Mar 17th, Open: Apr 14th

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It Shoulda Been You is an engaging musical comedy about an impending interfaith marriage.

Directed by David Hyde Pierce and starring Tyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You is a musical comedy in which a Jewish girlfriend and Catholic boyfriend are about to tie the proverbial interfaith knot. They look to have the perfect wedding, which will serve as their gateway to an equally perfect marriage.

Then again, this is a musical comedy, and that means that perfection is about to be completely compromised. The bride’s ex-boyfriend arrives on the scene and secrets are revealed, plots are hatched, and what was to have ended happily ever after now seems to be lurching towards disaster. However, this is a musical comedy, and that means that it does end happily.

Something Rotten!

Preview: Mar 23rd, Open: Apr 22nd

th-4Imagine, musical comedy being born in the age of William Shakespeare. That’s the basic premise of this musical comedy set in Elizabethan England in which two upstart writers decide to dethrone the egotistical Bard of Avon. But they need a fresh and new idea! In Something Rotten! that idea is to combine a stage play with music and lyrics, creating a whole new stage animal.

Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, Book of Mormon), Something Rotten! is a romp of a musical comedy. Brothers Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick have created the music and lyrics and Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell have written the book. Karey Kirkpatrick’s credits include the screenplays for James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte’s Web and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Wayne Kirkpatrick’s work includes the song “Change the World” (1998 Grammy, Song of the Year, written with Tommy Sims and Gordon Kennedy) and innumerable popular song that have been recorded by various artists including Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Babyface, Amy Grant, Joe Cocker, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Bonnie Raitt, and Eric Clapton. John O’Farrell, co-writer of the book, is a British writer who has worked on numerous British and U.S. TV and film projects.

The Heart of Robin Hood

Preview: Mar 10th, Open: Mar 29th, Close: Apr 23rd

 

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The Heart of Robin Hood is filled with daring.

The Heart of Robin Hood, with music by the popular and acclaimed band Parsonsfield and book by David Farr, and lyrics by Parsonsfield and Farr, comes to Broadway for a limited run. This is a big musical with well-honed stage combat and stunts, engaging characters, a great story, and wonderful music.

The musical reveals Robin Hood to be a crook but not, at first, an altruistic one. And his band of men is anything but merry. However, Marion manages to change all that, as Robin is transformed in this musical and goodness reigns amongst those who are beleaguered by Prince John.

There's plenty of action.
There’s plenty of action.

Parsonsfield, which was formerly known as Poor Old Shine, is a five-piece Americana band from Connecticut. They utilize a rowdy, rock-‘n’-roll spirit and combine it in a unique way with bluegrass and folk influences. They have transformed all preconceptions about what people think banjos and mandolins should sound like. David Farr is the author of The Heart of Robin Hood and is a British stage director, playwright, and Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Parsonsfield performs the music live for this show.

More to Come

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Renée Fleming makes her Broadway debut on Living On Love.

For Broadway group discount tickets to these and all shows on The Great White Way, contact All Tickets, Inc. at 1-800-922-0716. Next up, we will preview three Broadway comedies and a drama, Living on Love, Fish in the Dark, and Hand to God, cover are the comedies and Airline Highway is the new drama. If you have questions about anything and everything NY and are thinking of or planning a group trip, please contact us. The staff at All Tickets, Inc. will be glad to help you plan and facilitate every part of the NYC adventure.

Chita Rivera in The Visit.
Chita Rivera in The Visit.

The spring 2015 roster of new musicals, each premiering in time to be considered by the Tony Award committee, is just about set. Included is the new Kander and Ebb dark comedy, The Visit, the sweeping romantic love story, Doctor Zhivago, and the stage adaptation of the magnificent movie musical, An American in Paris. Other Broadway musical premieres include Fun Home, It Shoulda Been You. Something Rotten, and The Heart of Robin Hood. There are also numerous revivals this spring, such as The King and I, On the Twentieth Century, and Gigi.

If you love musical theatre, there’s a lot of new production from which to choose. This week All Tickets previews the second-half of the 2014-2015, including three different blogs on musicals. In this first one, we’ll look at The Visit, Dr. Zhivago, and An American In Paris.

The Visit

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The Visit is darkly humorous.

The Visit stars Broadway veteran and multi-Tony-winner Chita Rivera. Rivera plays Claire Zachanassian, an aging, rich woman who has married and been widowed numerous times. She returns after many decades to her hometown of Müllen. Müllen is in a terrible economic depression and the arrival of Claire Zachanassian brings the residents hope. They become even more hopeful when she says that she will help them get out of their horrible economic slump.

The generous offer by Zachanassian seems too good to be true, especially since she was forced to leave Müllen when, as a teenage girl, she became pregnant out of wedlock. Despite the great shame that was heaped upon her, Zachanassian appears to have forgiven everyone. Well, almost everyone. She makes a deal with almost every citizen in the town. If they revenge the wrong done to her by the man who got her pregnant, they will be generously rewarded.

This dark musical comedy, which is an adaptation of the play by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt, is ripe material for the team of Kander and Ebb who gave us Chicago, Cabaret, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. The book, written by the versatile Terrence McNally, offers intrigue, comedy, and drama. The Visit is highly anticipated.

Doctor Zhivago

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Tam Mutu plays Zhivago.

The cast for the musical Doctor Zhivago was recently announced and it includes Tam Mutu, who is well known on London’s West End, as the title character. Kelli Barret (Baby, It’s You and The Royal Family) joins him as the enigmatic Lara Guishar and Tom Hewitt (Chicago, The Lion King, and Jesus Christ Superstar) is the rough and practical Viktor Komarovsky. Paul Nolan (Once and Jesus Christ Superstar ) plays the rebellious Pasha Antipov and Lora Lee Gayer (Follies) is the caring and dejected wife of Zhivago, Tonia Gromeko.

The show is a sweeping, romantic epic, as Yurii Zhivago, poet and doctor, struggles with his passions, emotions, and desires. Set against the turbulent years of Word War I and the Russian Revolution, Doctor Zhivago is a story of longing, love, and loss. This is a musical that will play upon every emotion you possess.

Directed by Des McAnuff (Tommy, Big River), Doctor Zhivago features music by Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden) lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, and book by Michael Weller (Loose Ends). The show is slated to preview on Broadway starting March 27 and open April 21, 2015.

An America in Paris

Robert Fairchild  is Jerry Mulligan.
Robert Fairchild is Jerry Mulligan.

Perhaps the finest American movie musical ever made, An American in Paris, now comes to the Broadway stage. Based on the movie that starred Gene Kelly, was directed by Vincente Minnelli, and written by Alan Jay Lerner, An American in Paris featured music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won six, including Best Screenplay, Musical Score, and Picture.

The Broadway show is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, who is known for his contemporary ballet choreography. The musical stars Robert Fairchild (NYC Ballet) as Jerry Mulligan and Leanne Cope (Royal Ballet) as Lise Dassin. Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza, Prelude to a Kiss, and Reckless) wrote the book for the show.

An American in Paris tells the story of American artist Jerry Mulligan, living and painting in post-World War II Paris. Mulligan is a man who is pursued by a rich woman, Milo Davenport, who wants to support him financially if he’ll become romantically involved with her, and is attracted to and falls in love with Lise, who is the young woman night club owner Henri Baurel wants to marry. Love triangles abound in An American in Paris, which is a true Hollywood love story in everyway, including its happy ending.

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For more information on The Visit, Dr. Zhivago, orAn American in Paris, contact All Tickets at 1-800-922-0716 or you may reach us via this link. We have great group discounts on these and all other Broadway shows, plus we can connect your group with any NY experience or service you’d like, including finding you great group rates on quality hotels, wonderful restaurants, and exciting and interesting NY experiences.

Lights dimmed on Broadway in tribute.
Lights dimmed on Broadway in tribute.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. William Shakespeare

 

In Part I of this two-part series, we remembered Mike Nichols, Marian Seldes, Geoffrey Holder, Robin Williams, and Lauren Bacall. In this final part, we remember five others who left us this year- Eli Wallach, Amiri Baraka, Ruby Dee, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Elaine Stritch.

Eli Wallach

th-58Eli Wallach’s career spanned six decades. Wallach, who was one of the founding members of the Actors Studio, first studied his craft under Sanford Meisner and then Lee Strasberg. He was one of those actors who could play a wide range of roles. Primarily known as a supporting actor, his ability to utilize the Method was renowned. In 1951, he won a Tony for his performance in the Tennessee Williams play The Rose Tatoo. Although Wallach acted in over 90 movies, creating some memorable film characters in movies such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; The Misfits; Baby Doll; and The Magnificent Seven, it was the stage that he loved. Early in his career, he turned down numerous film roles, saying, “What do I need a movie for? The stage is on a higher level in every way, and a more satisfying medium. Movies, by comparison, are like calendar art next to great paintings. You can’t really do very much in movies or in television, but the stage is such an anarchistic medium.” Despite what later became a very busy film schedule, he kept coming back to the place that he loved the most, the stage. He and wife, actress Anne Jackson, were one of America’s best known acting couples. Wallach died on June 24th at the age of 98 of natural causes. Jackson, to whom he was married for 65 years, and
three children, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild, survive him.

Amiri Baraka

th-50Amiri Baraka was an African-American known as a creator of poetry, drama, fiction, essays, and music criticism, a stage director and producer, teacher, and activist. Baraka, who was born Everett LeRoi Jones, published his work under the name LeRoi Jones when he first started writing. In 1967, he visited African-American author, professor, and activist Maulana Karenga in Los Angeles and became an advocate of his philosophy of Kawaida. Throughout his life, Baraka would utilize this multifaceted activist philosophy in his work. From 1964 to 1978, Baraka wrote eight plays, one of which, Dutchman (1964), is still read and studied today. Dutchman was produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village in March 1964. It received an Obie Award and it was adapted for film. Dutchman was written during a transitional time, when Baraka was still writing under the name LeRoi Jones, but was working towards becoming connected with Black Nationalism. The play is a political allegory about black, white relations in the 1960s. It is violent, edgy, and condemns African-Americans who simply allow the status quo and white supremacy to control their lives and cause their deaths. Dutchman was revived in 2007 at the Cherry Lane Theatre starring Dulé Hill, and in 2013 was staged by Rashid Johnson at the Russian and Turkish Baths in the East Village. Throughout his life, Baraka, who taught at various universities and lectured frequently, was a controversial activist who went against the grain. His vision in Dutchman, which premiered 50 years ago, is still disturbing. Baraka died on January 9th at the age of 79.

Ruby Dee

th-53Ruby Dee, who was a playwright, screenwriter, poet, journalist, and activist, is best known as an actress. She appeared in over 30 productions, including the 1959 Broadway premiere of Loraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (Ruth Younger). A versatile actress, her credits included South Pacific (1943), Purlie Victorious (1961), King Lear (1965), and the Imaginary Invalid (1971). She last appeared on Broadway in 1988, starring in Checkmates. Dee co-starred in the film version of A Raisin in the Sun (1961), and also had major roles in Do the Right Thing (1989) and American Gangster (2007). Her work on the latter film earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. During her career, she received Grammy, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Awards. She was also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honors. As an actress, Dee had an honest and charismatic quality and she possessed the ability to play a wide range that spanned from being ultra vulnerable to overpowering. She was married to actor Ossie Davis until his death in 2005. Dee died on June 11th of natural causes. She was 91.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

th-54Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was an actor, director, and producer, earned a solid reputation as a film actor when he appeared in numerous movies in the 1990s. His performances in Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), and Magnolia (1999) caught the attention of audiences and reviewers alike. In 2005, he won the Academy Award for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote in the film Capote. Despite his film success, and maybe partly due to it, Hoffman was very much connected to the New York theatre scene. In 1995, he became a member of the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theater Company. His off-Broadway directing credits included Jesus Hopped The A Train (2001), Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2005), and The Little Flower of East Orange (2018). In 2000, he earned critical acclaim in the revival of Sam Shepard’s True West, in which he starred with John C. Reilly. Throughout the run Hoffman and Reilly switched roles, with each playing Austin and Lee. He also played James Tyrone, Jr. in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003), and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (2012). For each of those productions, he was nominated for a Tony. Hoffman, who had battled drug addiction as a young adult and been clean for many years, relapsed in 2013. On February 2nd he died of combined drug intoxication. Hoffman was 46.

Elaine Stritch

th-56Elaine Stritch, who was closely identified with the Sondheim song “The Ladies Who Lunch” (Company) and a well-known Broadway actress, had a long career in the theatre. She began acting in 1944, made her Broadway debut in 1946, and last appeared on The Great White Way in 2011 in the revival of A Little Night Music. She played in 19 Broadway shows, plus many other productions, including national tours, at off-Broadway venues, and regional theatres. Stritch was known for many things, including her drinking, forthrightness, and brassy demeanor. In 1971, she won the Tony for Company. She also received a Tony in 2001 for her one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty, where she intimately chronicled her life, including her close relationship with alcohol. Stritch was a dynamic performer who won acclaim in both musicals and straight plays, receiving Tony nominations for her work in Bus Stop (1955) and in the 1996 revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. Stritch and her frustrations in the recording of the Company cast album can be seen in the documentary about the creation of that album. Her failed attempts to nail “The Ladies Who Lunch” are painfully chronicled, and her final triumphant recording of the song ends the film on an up note. Elaine Stritch was a one-of-a-kind performer who loved Broadway. She died in her sleep on July 17th. She had been battling stomach cancer and was suffering from diabetes. She was 89.

Missing Them

The 10 people chronicled in this two-part series will be greatly missed by many. Each of these artists brought unique talents, refined skills, and an enthusiasm for creativity to their work. We were blessed to have had them work in the theatre.

Lights dimmed on Broadway in tribute.
Lights dimmed on Broadway in tribute.

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. William Shakespeare

 

 

Broadway dimmed its lights for various performers, playwrights, and directors who passed on this year. In this two-part series, we remember 10 of those who passed from this stage onto the next.

Mike Nichols

nichols123Equally comfortable directing film, TV, or stage and plays or musicals, Mike Nichols had a storied career that included winning a Grammy, four Emmys, seven Oscars, and nine Tonys. His other honors included the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003, and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010. Nicholas won a Tony in 1963 for his first Broadway directorial effort, Barefoot in the Park, and another in 1964 for his direction of Luv. He won his third Tony in 1965 for his direction of The Odd Couple. Nichols first two films, Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) and The Graduate (1967), were major hits with the first being the top grossing film of the year and the second earning him his first Academy Award. He died on November 19th at the age of 83 of a heart attack. He had spent more than 60 years in the theatre producing and directing numerous Neil Simon plays, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Annie, The real Thing, and many other shows.

Marian Seldes

th-42For seven decades, Marian Seldes acted. She was a stage, TV, film, and radio/recording actress who earned notoriety for appearing in every one of the 1,809 performances of Ira Levin’s Broadway thriller Deathtrap. She received five Tony nominations and won her first time out in 1967 for Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. Seldes, who was a member of the drama faculty of The Juilliard School from 1967 to 1991, taught various up and coming performers, including Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams, Kelsey Grammer, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Patti LuPone, Val Kilmer, and Kevin Spacey. At the 2010 Tonys, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award, noting that “All I’ve done is live my life in the theater and loved it.” She added, “If you can get an award for being happy, that’s what I’ve got.” She passed on October 6th after a long illness. Seldes was 86.

Geoffrey Holder

th-44Although Geoffrey Holder was an amazingly diverse artist, most people in the U.S. knew him for his deep voice, buoyant personality, and tall frame, which they became familiar with due to a string of popular 7-Up “uncola” commercials that aired in the 1970s and 1980s. But Holder, who was born in Trinidad, had an amazing career that included work as an actor, choreographer, director, dancer, painter, costume designer, singer, and voice-over artist. He won two Tonys in 1967 for his direction of and costume design for the musical The Wiz. The show ran for four years on Broadway, offering 1,672 performances. He choreographed and designed costumes for numerous dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Dance Theatre of Harlem, was an avid, talented, and award-winning painter whose patrons included Lena Horne and William F. Buckley, and a book author and music composer. Holder died on October 5th from complications associated with pneumonia. He was 84.

Robin Williams

th-45Although first known as a standup comedian and then as a TV and film actor, Robin Williams was originally theatre trained. After becoming a film star, he would play on Broadway in Mike Nichols’ production of Waiting for Godot in 1988 and in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in 2011. He came to prominence on the TV show Mork and Mindy (1978-82) where he portrayed an alien from another planet who was learning about life on Earth. Williams went on to star and co-star in many top grossing and critically acclaimed films including The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997). He won two Emmys, five Grammys, and an Oscar (Goodwill Hunting). Although he did not garner great reviews on Broadway, he was known to be a hard-working, collaborative, and all-inclusive cast member. He never played the star amongst his fellow cast mates and has been remembered by many as one of the most giving and kind people they had ever met. His wit was unrivaled and his energy unbounded. Williams committed suicide on August 11th at the age of 61. This act shocked millions upon millions.

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall45Actress Lauren Bacall had a sultry voice, demeanor, and soul. Although Bacall enjoyed a long, successful film career and was nominated for an Oscar, she never won the award. She did receive a 2009 Academy Honorary Award. Her film career included major roles in numerous Humphrey Bogart films, such as To Have and Have Not (1944), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948). She and Bogart were married from 1945 until his death in 1957. Bacall won two Tonys. Both were for musicals. The first win occurred in 1970 when she won for Best Actress in a Musical for her work in Applause. She returned to Broadway in 1981, winning the Best Actress in a Musical award once again. She received her second Tony for Woman of the Year. Bacall could command the stage, camera, or any environment she was in with her incisive look, deep voice, and poised angular frame. She was commanding in everyway, and yet, could be amazingly vulnerable. In 1997 she received the Kennedy Center Honors. Bacall died on August 12th, (one day after Robin Williams) at the age of 89 from a stroke.

Part II Upcoming

In Part II of 2014 Those We Lost in the Theatre, we’ll review the careers of five more theatre artists who left us for brighter lights.

Danny Burstein  (as Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone) will play Tevye.
Danny Burstein (as Adolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone) will play Tevye.

For the fifth time, the story of Tevye, the milkman, his family, and the people of Anatevka will come to life on a Broadway stage. Fiddler on the Roof will be part of the 2015-2016 Broadway season, staring rehearsals on September 28th and beginning preview performances on November 17th. Fiddler on the Roof, which includes music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, is based on Tevye and his Daughters by Sholem Aleichem.

Classic American Musical

Fiddler ran for over 3,000 performances.
Fiddler ran for over 3,000 performances.

Fiddler on the Roof premiered on Broadway in 1964 with Zero Mostel as Tevye. It was nominated for 10 Tony and won nine, including Best Musical. The musical broke the long run record, becoming the first musical to log over 3,000 performances on Broadway. It held the long run record for a decade, until Grease took the honor, and it is currently Broadway’s 16th longest running show.

Fiddler on the Roof is considered to be the last great book musical, signaling the end of an golden age for musicals on The Great White Way. The 1971 film adaptation was highly successful and the show has enjoyed international popularity. It was last seen on Broadway in 2004 with Alfred Molina as Tevye. That revival had 36 previews and 781 performances.

The Latest Revival

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Danny Burstein.

This latest revival will star Danny Burstein as Tevye. Bartlett Sher, who worked with Burstein the Broadway revivals of South Pacific and Golden Boy, will direct the production. Burstein has also been in the Broadway revivals of Cabaret and Follies. Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter will create the dance numbers, which will be based on original conceptions and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

A Story for Today

Topol was a hit on the big screen as Tevye.
Topol was a hit on the big screen as Tevye.

Although set in 1905 czarist Russia, Fiddler on the Roof offers audiences a story and themes that still resonate with them today. The focus is on family, love, and, of course, the power and fragility of tradition. More so, this is a musical about the inevitability of change and our amazing ability to adapt to challenges and transform ourselves. It is a heartfelt, beautiful piece of theatre that has been masterfully created by Bock, Harnick, and Stein.

The music is beautiful and it resonates with audiences emotionally; the lyrics are character-based and, at times, moving and at other times extremely humorous; and the book is powerful in the manner in which it captures character, creates conflict, and takes us on a journey that is satisfying in every way.

More on Fiddler

We’ll have more information on this latest revial of Fiddler on the Roof. This musical offers educational and school groups the chance to enjoy a premium Broadway musical and plenty of opportunity for thematic, artistic, and cultural discussion. Fiddler on the Roof has been an audience favorite for 50 years. It’s songs, characters, and themes based in pre-Internet, pre-social media, and pre-mass media early 19th century Russia still offer us important insights about humanity, family, and love.

Kander & Ebb The Visit Broadway discounts Chita Rivera
Kander & Ebb The Visit Broadway discounts Chita Rivera
Rivera will star in The Visit

Tony winner Chita Rivera will be on Broadway once again, playing the lead in the new Kander and Ebb musical, The Visit. Based on the modern classic of the same name, The Visit is a dark comedy about an aging, rich woman who returns to her economically depressed hometown of Müllen. The woman, Claire Zachanassian (Rivera), has come back with the promise of helping the town enjoy a new period of economic vitality. She makes a proposition to the citizens of the town, asking them to do something for her. If they perform the act she requests, she will ensure that the Müllen will, once again, prosper.

Modern World Drama Classic

Dürrenmatt wrote The Visit.
Dürrenmatt wrote The Visit.

The play, The Visit, is considered to be a modern classic. Written by Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt, it premiered in 1956. The play, which is written in the late aftermath of World War II, asks how far one would go to secure financial security. It questions individual morality, investigates group dynamics, and considers the concept of vengeance as well as moral responsibility.

Considering the overall, general theme of the play, which would be the basic idea that money corrupts, The Visit is a perfect choice at a time when Wall Street is seen by some as being an institution that is morally bankrupt and an environment filled with actions that many outsiders question in terms of culpability and moral rectitude.

What is the power of money? Why does it drive people to engage in actions that they normally would not? Does our moral compass go askew due to the allure of financial gain and its benefits? How far would you go to enjoy what many consider to be the good life?

Moral Center

The Visit raises a range of moral questions.
The Visit raises a range of moral questions.

The idea that each of us should have a moral center that guides us is an ancient one. Some believe that religion offers the anchor we need to ensure that we act in a moral manner, while others feel that religious beliefs and practices are not necessary in order for individuals and societies to behave in a moral manner.

The Visit carefully considers various concepts related to morality, including:

  • The law and its purview
  • Vengeance as a form of justice
  • The power of forgiveness
  • Dehumanization and lack of empathy
  • The force and worth of cold logic

Still a Comedy

And, yet, despite these important and serious themes, The Visit has a strong comic element that includes highly ironic moments, wit and sarcasm, and situational humor. Like other works by Kander and Ebb, such as Cabaret and Chicago, The Visit is highly humorous and stunningly dark.

Chita Rivera

Rivera is an amazing performer.
Rivera is an amazing performer.

There is no one quite like Chita Rivera. The term “trouper” may have been coined just for her. Rivera, who will turn 82 in January, has had a stellar career. She has won two Tonys and been nominated nine times. On Broadway, she created the role of Anita in West Side Story (1957), Velma Kelly in Chicago (1975), and Aurora in Kiss of the Spiderwoman (1992).

Rivera has shown amazing resiliency. In 1986 when she was performing in Jerry’s Girls on Broadway, she was in a serious car accident when the vehicle in which she was riding collided with a NY cab. Rivera broke her left leg in 12 places, and after 18 screws, numerous operations, two braces, and rehab, she came back stronger than ever.

In 2009, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2012 appeared on Broadway in the revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Rivera is a performer that audiences cherish. Expect her to be stellar in The Visit.

Spring 2015

The Visit, which includes a book by Terrence McNally (It’s Only a Play, Master Class), will open in Spring 2015. It has been performed in numerous venues with Rivera in the lead role, including the Goodman Theatre and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The musical will premiere in time for this year’s Tonys and should be a major contender. Contact us for more information by calling 1-800-922-0716. Great seats and group discounts are available.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Rockett Reindeer.

The Holiday Season, which takes much of its energy from Christmas, is a special time on Broadway and in NYC theatre. Specific shows focusing on Christmas usually open at some point in November and run until late December or early January. These include annual The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and various other offerings, such as this year’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

In recent years we have seen Elf, Peter Pan, and A Christmas Story all make their way to NYC for the Holiday Season. Plus, the week from Christmas through New Year’s is often a record-breaking one, as school children, their parents, friends, and extended family members see shows such as Wicked, Aladdin, and The Lion King.

A Different Time

Washington Irving's Old Christmas.
Washington Irving’s Old Christmas.

But all of this hustle and bustle and theatergoing is relatively new. Christmas was a time that prior to the mid-19th century was celebrated as a religious holiday separately by many different groups in the U.S. But eventually, what many would later bemoan about Christmas was also what ultimately would make it so popular, its commercialization

Here’s a quick look back at what Christmas and associated entertainments were like in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

19th Century: English theatre in the 19th century saw Dickens’ works, such as A Christmas Carol, adapted to the stage. Also in England, Pantomimes, shows focusing on spectacle and based on fairy tales, were often a holiday treat. English Christmas Revels, which had a longstanding tradition, were stage shows featuring various types of music and dancing.

1821: The Dutch word “Sinterklaas” for St. Nicholas evolved into the English “Santa Claus. ” This was, in part, due to a New York City printer, William Gilley, who published an anonymous poem referring to “Santeclaus” in a children’s book. The poem was the first that described a character based on St. Nicholas as having a sleigh. A single reindeer pulled that sleigh.
1823: The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas”, which is also known as “The Night Before Christmas” and “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” is first published anonymously in 1823. In 1837, Clement Clarke Moore acknowledges that he wrote it.

The parlor was a place to entertain and share experiences.
The parlor was a place to entertain and share experiences.

1832: Charles Follen, Harvard’s first German professor, helps popularize the tradition of the decorated Christmas tree to New England. Harriet Martineau, an English journalist visiting Boston sees it and writes about it, spreading the word.

1843: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is first published. American author Washington Irving and Dickens were friends, and at some point Irving writes his essay entitled “Old Christmas,” harkening to English holiday traditions.

1850: By the 1850s, Santa Claus and Christmas trees are firmly “rooted” in the U.S. So too was American parlor culture. The parlor was where people gathered to sing, play games, and even perform parlor theatricals, which play publishing houses such as Baker’s Plays printed. Holiday celebrations were held during Christmas time in parlors that would include a piano or guitar, and some parlors actually housed small theatres.

1863: German-born cartoonist Thomas Nast has his first of many illustrations of Santa Claus published in Harper’s Weekly.

1870: On June 24th, President Ulysses S. Grant signs the bill, making Christmas an official holiday in the U.S. Also included as holidays in the bill were Thanksgiving, January 1st, and July 4th.

1870s: In the U.S., George L. Fox becomes the ultimate performer of Pantomime, creating his piece based on Humpty Dumpty.

George L. Fox performed in Pantomime. His most famous role was Humpty Dumpty.

1897: “Is There a Santa Claus?” was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897, edition of The (New York) Sun. The editorial, which included the famous reply “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”, is one of the best known, reprinted, and referenced editorials to ever appear in newsprint.

1899: Ben Hur- A Tale of Christ, which was written by Lew Wallace in 1880, is turned into a play. It runs in New York for 194 performances, opening on November 29, 1899. This play, which was renowned for its spectacle, violence, and reverence to Christ, would be done across America for 21 years.

1903: Victor Herbert’s operetta Babes in Toyland opens in NYC on October 13th and enjoys a 192-show run that goes through the holidays and ends in March 1904. Although not a Christmas show, the toy theme, buoyant music, and fantasy mirror the English Pantomime tradition and capture some of the holiday spirit.

1920s: There were holiday themed reviews in New York that were less religious in spirit and more in the celebratory mode of enjoying song, dance, and alcoholic spirits. Popular Christmas songs of the time included At the Christmas Ball (Bessie Smith), The Santa Claus Blues (Clarence Williams), and Lonesome Christmas Blues (Blind Blake).

1924: The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held, and, yes, Santa closes out the original event, as he still does today.

1933: On December 21st, the first Radio City Christmas Spectacular was performed. It ran for two weeks. Radio City had opened just one-year prior. The show did and always has featured Santa.

Focus of Popular Entertainments

Santa is a major part of America's Holiday Season.
Santa is a major part of America’s Holiday Season.

In terms of popular theatre in the U.S., entertainments that focus on Santa and fantasy and on the spirit of gift giving, celebratory festivities, and being close to the ones that you love, are those that have been embraced by both the general public as well as producers.

And although Christmas is a religious holiday, it did not become a national holiday until it was well on the way to being commercialized. Also, by the time it was made a national holiday, the U.S. had survived the Civil War, had seen the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, and was rapidly developing its national identity. Plus, the other holidays signed into law with Christmas in 1870 in that same bill were all non-religious.

What Does It Mean?

What does this mean? Many times people reference the “sprit of Christmas,” which includes being bright, cheery, and optimistic. It is probably not by chance that this spirit is embraced during the darkest time of the year, and it makes sense that these days some of the brightest lights in the world, those on Broadway and in NY theatres, are part of that enlightening and lightening experience.

Group discounts for it's only a play
Group discounts for it's only a play
Of course they’re laughing, It’s Only a Play is a hit!

The news is that Terrence McNally’s comedy It’s Only a Play, which includes a cast of stars, has recouped its $3.9 million capitalization. The announcement was made by producers Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman and Ken Davenport on December 17. That makes It’s Only a Play the first show of the 2014-2015 Broadway season to make its nut back. The show has been selling well. For the week ending December 7, 2014, its eight-show gross was $1,424,039. That marks the show’s best week for box office receipts.

From Nathan Lane to Martin Short

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Martin Short joins the cast January 4th.

The show, which stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, will see Lane exit the stage after the January 4, 2015 performance. Actor/comedian Martin Short will replace him starting January 7. The show, which is presently at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, will transfer to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for the January 23 performance, staying there through to the end of the run. It’s Only a Play is scheduled to close on March 29.

Matthew Broderick will remain with the comedy until the week of March 14. Also in the show are F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, and Megan Mullally. Grint and Mullally will also be leaving the show on January 4. Katie Finneran (Noises Off and Promises, Promises) will replace Mullally, and “30 Rock” alum Maulik Pancholy will replace Grint. Pancholy makes his Broadway debut.

A Hilarious Evening

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Comedy abounds!

In It’s Only a Play, playwright Austin Peter is all aflutter over whether or not his opening night on Broadway will be a grand one. He shares the evening with friends cast members, and other professionals, as anxieties, rivalries, plots, and neurosis abound. The stage becomes filled with one hilarious moment after another, as playwright Peter sees the possibility that his career may be permanently exiled to off-off-off Broadway.

“We are delighted that Broadway audiences have embraced the laughter and hijinks of It’s Only A Play,” said producer Kirdahy in a statement. “We knew, with Terrence, Jack and this phenomenal cast, we had something special, but these results exceeded our expectations.”

See It NOW!

Katie Finneran and Maulik Pancholy join the cast of It’s Only a Play.
Katie Finneran and Maulik Pancholy join the cast of It’s Only a Play.

It’s Only a Play is a wonderfully funny evening in the theatre. This is the perfect time to get group tickets at low prices to this show. Time is running out to see Nathan Lane, but if that’s your choice, you can see him. However, there’s plenty of time to capture what should be a phenomenal performance by the hilarious Martin Short. Groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets to see Short at prices ranging from $55 to $118 (saving on average $25 on the regular ticket price).

Contact us through this link or by calling 1-800-922-0716. All Tickets Inc. will help you plan every aspect of your group’s trip to New York. We can provide you with a wide range of dining opportunities, fine accommodations at great prices, and reservations for any New York experience of which you can think.

Don’t delay seeing It’s Only a Play. This is a winning, unique Broadway comedy featuring Tony Award winning actors in a comedy by one of America’s most successful playwrights. See It’s Only a Play and find out why there truly is no business like show business.

Dr. Zhivago Broadway musical group discounts see Tam Mutu
Dr. Zhivago Broadway musical group discounts see Tam Mutu
Tam Mutu plays Zhivago.

The big, new musical Dr. Zhivago, which is based on the blockbuster novel on which the major motion picture was based, has completed casting. There’s been a lot of excitement about the show ever since it was announced earlier this year. Could Dr. Zhivago be Broadway’s next massive, sprawling musical hit? Could it be the next Les Miserables?

Dr. Zhivago Leads

Kelli Barrett  is the enigmatic Lara.
Kelli Barrett is the enigmatic Lara.

The romantic and poetic story of Yurii Zhivago, which is set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, will star Tam Mutu. Mutu, who has played leads in West End productions of Les Misérables and Love Never Dies and will appear in the soon to be produced Donmar Warehouse production of City of Angels, makes his Broadway debut in the new Broadway musical drama. It was recently announced that Lora Lee Gayer will appear as Tonia Gromeko.

Also, Kelli Barrett (Wicked, Rock of Ages) stars as Lara Guishar, Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show, Dracula) is Viktor Komarovsky, Paul Nolan (Once, Jesus Christ Superstar) plays Pasha Antipov and Josh Canfield appears as Liberius.

Tom Hewitt plays the cunning Viktor Komarovsky.
Tom Hewitt plays the cunning Viktor Komarovsky.

Other new cast members include Jacqueline Antaramian, Jamie Jackson, Heather Botts, Wendi Bergamini, Melody Butiu, Julian Cihi, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Bradley Dean, Michael Brian Dunn, Drew Foster, Kira Guloien, Robert Hager, Ericka Hunter, Denis Lambert, David McDonald, Joseph Medeiros, Pilar Millhollen, Gary Milner, Spencer Moses, Julius Sermonia, Jacob L. Smith and Jesse Wildman.

The Show

The musical, which was first produced at the La Jolla Playhouse in May 2006 and was later revamped for an Australian production that was produced by John Frost in 2010, is based on the 1958 Nobel Prize-winning novel by Russian author Boris Pasternak. The musical is scheduled to open on Broadway April 21, 2015.

Paul  Nolan is Pasha the revolutionary.
Paul Nolan is Pasha the revolutionary.

Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff, who directed the Australian production, will reprise his duties for Broadway. Dr. Zhivago has a book by Michael Weller (Moonchildren, Loose Ends), music by Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden) and lyricists by Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Amy Powers (Lizzie Borden). Kelly Devine (Rocky, Rock of Ages) will choreograph the show.

Also on board for the Broadway premiere are scenic designed Michael Scott-Mitchell, costume designer Paul Tazewell, and lighting designer Howell Binkley. Sound design will be by Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Sean Nieuwenhuis, and music arrangements by Eric Stern with musical supervision by Ron Melrose. Danny Troob will do the orchestrations.

What is Dr. Zhivago?

Lora Lee Gayer is Tonia Gromeko.
Lora Lee Gayer is Tonia Gromeko.

The producers of the show note that, “Dr. Zhivago is an epic romance set during the final days of Czarist Russia, the First World War and the chaos of the Russian revolution. Raised as an aristocrat, Zhivago is a political idealist, physician and poet whose life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar.” They add, “Zhivago is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, competing for her affections with the young revolutionary Pasha Antipov, and the aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky. Dr. Zhivago celebrates the strength of love and art, in the face of political oppression, war and revolution.”

The themes are deep, the subject matter is thrilling, and the energy of the story is larger-than-life.

Plan Now

Now is the perfect time to get Early Bird rates for groups of 10 or more for the musical Dr. Zhivago. Group rates at the Early Bird prices are from $39 to $79. Early Bird prices end January 31, 2015. For more information on Doctor Zhivago or to get tickets call 1-800-922-0716.

Group tickets sting the last ship on broadway

Group tickets sting the last ship on broadwaySting’s a big hit in his own Broadway show, The Last Ship. The musical has received good reviews but ticket sales have been slow. Part of the reason for The Last Ship’s difficulty in attracting audiences has to do with the time of year. The musical is a serious show. It is not a musical comedy and it is not a holiday or family show, which are the type that tend to do well this time of year. Yet, it is an extraordinary production and musical, and audiences are loving it.

Take That!

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Sting performing in The Last Ship

Sting surmised the whole situation of being put into a Broadway show nicely when he noted that after just two rehearsals and then having to perform in front of an audience was like being “thrown down an elevator shaft.” He humorously, but also accurately noted, “I kept thinking, ‘What’s the next song? What do I have to say next? What am I wearing?’”

It’s not an uncommon experience for replacements on Broadway who get a total of two rehearsals before appearing in the show. The good news is that there were no major snafus and Sting was delighted to have even gotten some laughs. Even more delightful was the boost in box office sales.

High Tide for The Last Ship

An extra bow.
An extra bow.

Sting joined the company on stage on December 9. The sales for that week were 66% higher than the week before, climbing to $817,897. The average size house at the 1,350-seat Neil Simon Theatre was 77%. Although the producers of the musical would like to see a few more seats sold, the upswing was enough to have Sting commit to two more weeks of performances. That means that the rock star will be in the show until January 24th, which takes him through the highly profitable holiday season and partly into the post-holiday doldrums when ticket sales traditionally lag.

Inspirational Story

The Last Ship is, to a degree, Sting's story.
The Last Ship is, to a degree, Sting’s story.

The Last Ship is the story of Gideon Fletcher. As a young man, he dreamed of leaving his small shipbuilding and seafaring town of Wallsend for more interesting places. He did just that. Abandoning all, including his beautiful girlfriend and simple life, he discovered a new world.

After 14 years, he returns to Wallsend and finds his childhood sweetheart is engaged to another man and that his hometown is in distress. Wallsend, which has been known for building majestic ships that dominate the high seas, is about to lose its identity and soul and the hardworking people their livelihood, as the shipbuilding enterprise is to be shut down.

The men who have labored for the shipbuilding company resolve the engage in an act of solidarity and create a great monument, a towering and emblematic representation of the magnificent vessels they’ve created for generations. And Gideon, in coming home, realizes that when he left the small town of Wallsend that he lost more than he ever could have imagined. It is an uplifting and inspirational story.

See Sting!

If you have a group of 15 or more, you can save 30% to 40% per ticket on The Last Ship and see Sting perform on Broadway. All Tickets Inc. is taking orders for this highly theatrical and inspiring musical. Contact us today at 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking here.

Group tickets Broadway Honeymoon in Vegas
Group tickets Broadway Honeymoon in Vegas
Danza, O’Malley & McClure star.

It’s not exactly under the radar. The musical comedy Honeymoon in Vegas had a very fine run at the Paper Mill Playhouse. It got good reactions, sold well, and impressed many. Right now it is in previews on Broadway. Those previews started about three weeks ago, and they will continue for about five more weeks. Chances are the show you see now will not be the show that arrives on the boards on opening night.

So, will Honeymoon in Vegas be a big hit? You never can tell with any show, but one thing is for certain, this musical comedy has a lot in its favor. Here are five reasons why this Broadway musical could be the next much sought after Broadway experience.

Paper Mill Playhouse Production

th-11The Paper Mill Playhouse, which most recently gave Broadway the hit musical Newsies, not only has a great reputation, but their production of Honeymoon in Vegas. Plus, which was mounted this past summer, got very strong reviews. That included an extremely positive notice from the NY Times lead reviewer. That’s not a bad start for a show transferring to Broadway.

McClure, Danza, O’Malley

Three very strong and experienced Broadway performers, Rob McClure (Jack Singer), Brynn O’Malley (Betsy Nolan), and Tony Danza (Tommy Korman), are in lead roles. This cast knows how to play musical comedy, and they have good connections on stage.

The Writing Team

th-13This is a solid duo. Honeymoon in Vegas is adapted by Jason Robert Brown (music and lyrics), who has numerous Tonys, including two 2014 Tony Awards, one for Best Original Score and one for Best Orchestrations for The Bridges of madison County. Andrew Bergman is a screenwriter. Whose comedy credits include Blazing Saddles, Soapdish, and Honeymoon in Vegas. Can these two write a winning musical comedy? One would think, yes.

Solid Directing and Choreography

Gary Griffin directs and Denis Jones choreographs. Both performed the same duties for the Paper Mill production. Griffin first came to light on Broadway as the director of The Color Purple, and Jones has previously been a dance, dance captain, and associate choreographer on The Great White Way. His last Broadway project was Legally Blonde.

Time is on Their Side

th-10The musical comedy started previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on November 18th. They will be working the show and solidifying the entire piece until opening night, which is January 15, 2015. That’s a solid chunk of time to get this musical polished and sparkling for Broadway.

Group Rates for Honeymoon in Vegas

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So much to do.

You’re planning a group experience and you’re going to get a lot of people together to see a Broadway show. Great idea! But what show are you going to go and see? If you’re a tour operator certainly you’re going to want to attract as big of a group as you possible can.

If you’re an individual making plans for your school, church, business, or an organization, you’ll want to ensure that your group experience is a winner. In taking on this job, you may even be feeling that pressure that many people start to experience when they decide to facilitate such a project. We call it “what if anxiety?!” With this type of worry, your head begins to spin as all sorts of “what if” questions start to fill your brain.

Questions such as:

  • What if people hate the show?
  • What if I don’t order the right number of tickets?
  • What if the weather is bad?
  • What if the seats are terrible?
  • What if I’ve picked a non-family show for my family group?
  • What if we lose out tickets, are late, get lost…?

A Few Things to Consider

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What will your group want to do?

As you can see, the what ifs can go on forever, escalating out of control.When you’re planning your Broadway group experience it’s a good idea to do some research. Even if you know what is currently on Broadway and have done this before, take some time to find out what’s happening, what may be new, and what new trends are developing. There may be shows on the horizon of which you are unaware, or productions that are closing, or a star who has decided to replace a lead in a musical or play that is presently running.

Also consider what else your group may want to do. Might they also want to have a meal, go to a museum, or enjoy a cruise around Manhattan? Are you thinking about staying overnight, utilizing transportation when in the City, or venturing across the river to New Jersey?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then you’re head may start to feel as if it’s going to fly into space. Now you’ve got to call around and get group rates for various types of services and events. This Broadway group musical ticket project is turning into something akin to the planning that goes into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Your brain is beginning to hurt. You feel as if you’re getting a migraine.

Working with a Licensed Group Sales Agent

We'll make sure your group experience is great!
We’ll make sure your group experience is great!

There are reasons as to why group sales agents exist. One reason is to get your group the best price possible on Broadway tickets, hotel rooms, meals, and various other services and experiences. They are ready to help you plan out your entire group experience, to answer any questions you might have, and to act for your benefit in any way possible. They also exist to ensure quality, to make your job as effortless as possible, and to make sure that everything goes right for you and your fellow group members from start t finish. They are your remedy for all and any headaches, and they are your stress reliever. At least, that’s how we see it at All Tickets Inc. (ATI).

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Williams as Peter Pan.
Williams as Peter Pan.

Banking on the popularity of their recent live telecast of The Sound of Music, NBC will air a live version of the Broadway musical Peter Pan. Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie, the musical first premiered on Broadway in 1954. Since its Broadway premiere, it has been produced three times on television (1955, 1956, and 1960), with each version starring the original Peter Pan, Mary Martin. There have been three Broadway revivals, 1979 starring Sandy Duncan and 1991 and 1998 starring Cathy Rigby. The Rigby productions have also been remounted on Broadway.

Original Musical

The play Peter Pan, which Barrie wrote on 1904, was a huge hit. The musical also became massively popular. With music by Jule Styne, Mark Charlap, and Trude Rittmann (dance arrangements), lyrics by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Carolyn Leigh and the book a recounting of the original by Barrie, Peter Pan became an instant family-friendly event.

Mary Martin as Peter.
Mary Martin as Peter.

The musical opened on October 20, 1954, at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York for a limited run of 152 performances. The limited run was due to the fact that the production had been sold to NBC, ensuring its financial success despite the small number of Broadway performances. Its last performance occurred on February 26, 1955. It won three Tonys that year, with Mary Martin (Peter Pan) winning for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and Cyril Ritchard (Captain Hook) winning for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

Live Tonight

Although many people know actor Christopher Walken for the many psychotic characters that he has played in various films, when the actor first started in the business he was a dancer and a singer. No stranger to musicals or playing dastardly characters, Walken should be right at home as Captain Hook, who is, after all, “the the swiniest swine in world [and]… the dirtiest dog in this wonderful world.”


A behind the scenes look at Peter Pan from ENT.

Playing the ultimate boy who will never grow up is Allison Williams. Williams, who is the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and TV producer Jane Gillan Stoddard, is best known for her role of Marnie Michaels in the HBO series Girls. Williams is an actress, comedian, and musician, and she acknowledges that one of the reasons she accepted the role was to change her public image as a performer.

Peter Panization

Peter and the Starcatcher was a critical success.
Peter and the Starcatcher was a critical success.

Lately, New York has had a fascination with Peter Pan. In recent years, Cathy Rigby has returned to play the role during the Christmas season, and Peter and the Starcatcher, the story of how Peter Pan became the boy who would never grow up, was a hit both on and off Broadway. It won 5 Tonys in 2013 and is touring the U.S. starting in January 2015. The 2014-2015 Broadway theatre season will feature the new musical entitled Finding Neverland, which focuses on how author J.M. Barrie found his inspiration to create Peter Pan. It was recently produced at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA.

Watching Peter Pan Tonight


Walken on Fallon talking about the production.

Tonight’s show is live, which means there are no retakes. This is a one-shot deal and as close to a stage production as TV can get. A throwback to the early days of TV, which included productions of classic dramas such as Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and musicals like Peter Pan and Cinderella, there’s sure to be a raw energy tonight when this production premieres on NBC at 8 p.m.

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For the next two months, All Tickets will be introducing various new quizzes and challenges related to Broadway musicals, plays, and personalities. Our latest entry is our Broadway Musical Lyric Challenge. This is in addition to our Theatre Trivia Tweets.

To be able to access our new challenge, which is perfect for those who love musicals, enjoy great lyrics, and/or have knowledge of the art form, you’ll need to Like Us on Facebook. We’ll be posting links to this entertaining and challenging quiz on our Facebook page. Plus, we will also Tweet them when they are first published. Thus, joining us on Twitter will help ensure that you can link to the latest challenge immediately.

What is the Broadway Musical Lyric Challenge?

Follow the link!
Follow the link!

It’s simple and great fun. When we post about a new Challenge simply follow the link. You’ll find song lyrics from a Broadway show. Your job is to take on the challenge, click through the lyric, and from the multiple choice answers listed provide the correct line. We’ll tell you how you did each time you complete a lyric and at the end you’ll receive your score. There are 10 questions for each lyric.

Our Rankings Are

  • 8-10 Right– You’re the Star of the Show!
  • 6-7 Right– Supporting Player on Your Way to the Top!
  • 5-6 Right– You Made it into the Chorus- Smile!
  • 3-4 Right– You’re Still in the Apprentice Program!
  • 0-2 Right– Don’t Give Up Your Day Job, Kid, but Keep Trying!

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Choose an answer!

Twice a week we’ll be posting new Broadway Musical Lyric Challenges. To find out when the next one is ready to go be sure to join us on Facebook and, also, on Twitter. By doing so you’ll also receive information on our weekly newsletter, new group deals, and Broadway news. Keep up to date on Broadway and special group deals with All Tickets Inc.

Coming up are lyrics from On the Town, Annie, Oklahoma!, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Fiddler on the Roof, and A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum. You’ll have a great time playing along with friend and family, and showing everyone what an amazing Broadway aficionado you are.

Let Us Know How You Did!

Find out if it's correct!
Find out if it’s correct!

Follow this link to play our first Broadway Musical Lyric Challenge. We’ve already given you the right answer to the first question, so you’ll get at least one correct. We’re sure that many of our readers will be Stars immediately. That’s how savvy they are about Broadway musicals.

Come back to this post to let us know how you did on the All That Jazz Broadway Musical Lyric Challenge. We’d love to hear from you and get your feedback. This is just one of the various new Broadway and theatre-related quizzes All Tickets is developing. Make us your Broadway and NYC entertainment and group travel page. We would love to help you plan your next New York and Broadway experience. We look forward to hearing from you.

th-1New York City has some fantastic outdoor attractions, like Central Park, maritime experiences, tours of Battery Park, Greenwich Village, Harlem and NYC’s other neighborhoods, the Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour, and so much more. But there are a lot of ways to experience the greatness of New York City indoors, and many of these experiences are the perfect choice for those months when the cold wind blows, the snow falls, and night comes quickly.

NY Skyride

It's the ride of your life!
It’s the ride of your life!

Located in the Empire State Building, the NY Skyride offers you a breathtaking virtual tour of the City. Kevin Bacon is your narrator as you trip along the unique NY skyline. Visit close to three dozen NY landmarks, as you enjoy the perspective of a private helicopter tour. All of this is done via a specially designed state-of-the-art platform, which moves in synchronization to an 18-foot high-definition screen. It is spectacular and it’s also the fast track to the Empire State Building’s Observatory Deck.

Museum of the Moving Image

Chuck Jones perfected the Warner Brothers cartoons.
Chuck Jones perfected the Warner Brothers cartoons.

Located in Astoria Queens, this family friendly museum includes films, special collections, and exhibits about film and TV. Running now through January 19, 2015, is What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones, a special exhibit devoted to the man who brought us the wisecracking Bugs Bunny and the exasperated Daffy Duck, and who created so many other characters, including Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote, and the Road Runner. Also, running from November 28 to December 28, See It Big! Animation. This series offers a range of contemporary animated films, some of which are appropriate for all ages, and some of which are intended for adults. Plus, there’s much more to see and experience at , the Museum of the Moving Image.

Discovery Times Square

Stunning exhibits define Discovery Times Square.
Stunning exhibits define Discovery Times Square.

More than a museum, Discovery Times Square is the destination for discovery through unique and immersive exhibits in New York. Here, events epic and rare come to life by connecting you to the greatest human stories ever told. Presently being shown is The Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, an interactive science exhibit devoted those bigger than life Marvel superheroes.

You’ll also fine Gunther von Hagens’ stunning look into the workings of the human body, Body Worlds Pulse. The museum describes this exhibit in the following way, “Experience the science and splendor of the human body through Plastination, a breakthrough in anatomy invented by trailblazing scientist, Gunther von Hagens. Learn about the human body, its form and function, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century.”

Discovery Times Square will transfix your group, providing them with a truly amazing experience.

Museum of Modern Art

Matisse Cutouts are featured.
Matisse Cutouts are featured.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) offers visitors interesting perspectives, groundbreaking, innovative work, and an impressive film series. MoMA includes works by modern masters such as Warhol, de Kooning, Haring, Calder, Kadinsky, Pollack, Matisse and Picasso. Special exhibits presently running include Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (through Feb, 8, 2015), Sturtevant: Double Trouble (through Feb. 22, 2015), and Nicholas Nixon: Forty Years of The Brown Sisters (through Jan. 22, 2015). The Museum of Modern Art will give you a whole new perspective on culture and the arts in our era. It is located at 11 West 53rd St.

Get Group Rates

For group rates and reservations to these great experiences and everything NYC contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716. It may be cold outside, but inside there’s a whole lot of ways to stay warm and be entertained as winter blows through Manhattan.

Ifelix the cat126356t was in 1924 that R.H. Macy & Company started what would become an ongoing tradition- their Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade was started due to the fact that the department store had a large number of first-generation immigrant employees from Europe. They wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving in America in the same way their parents and grandparents had celebrated important events in Europe.

This year marks the 88th parade, as there was no Thanksgiving Day Parade from 1942-1944 due to the need for rubber and helium due to the war effort. Here’s a look at the first parade and a collection of some past and recent balloons.

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

The First Parade

The first parade included Macy’s employees in festive costumes, floats, professional bands, and live animals from the Central Park Zoo. Santa ended the parade, as he has ever since. He was enthroned on the balcony of the 34th Street entrance to the store. He was given the title “King of the Kiddies.” The first parade drew over one-quarter million to the parade route. It was such a major success that it was decided that it would be an annual event.

First Balloons

The first balloons, which replaced the live animals, were seen in the Macy’s Parade in 1927. They were the brainchild of Anthony “Tony” Frederick Sarg. Sarg was a London marionette maker. When he moved from London to New York he was hired to create a window display of the parade for the store. The next year, he designed the first large animal-figure balloons for the parade. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio produced them.

The first balloon was the cartoon character Felix the Cat. He was filled with air. In 1928, they began filled the balloons with helium. In those days, they would release the balloons and whoever found one after it landed would be given a prize by Macy’s for it’s safe return. Since that time there have been hundreds of different balloons. Mickey Mouse made his debut in 1934.

Big Balloons and Broadway Performances

macys6The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is know for offering those who watch is fantastic marching bands, fun floats filled with stars, and a lot of holiday spirit. Along with featuring approximately 15 large character balloons, each year Macy’s includes performances from Broadway shows.

The first time a Broadway show was featured in the parade was in 1980 when the cast from The Pirates of Penzance performed. However, it was not until 1998 that Broadway shows became an annual part of the parade. It was also that year, for the first time, that Macy’s offered numbers from numerous productions. Last year, they featured Matilda, Motown, Pippin, and Kinky Boots. This year the parade will include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Last Ship, On the Town, Side Show, and Finding Neverland.

macys10There are also numerous performers each year. Some of the more than a dozen who will perform this year include KISS, Idina Menzel, The Vamps, Hilary Duff, and Nick Jonas. New floats this year will include Cracker Jack at the Ball Game, Goldieblox Girl Powered Spinning Machine, Dora and Friends Aventuras Fantásticas, Pirate’s Booty Treasure Hunt, Sino-American Friendship Association’s Beauty of Beijing

9 AM Start Time!

macys21356The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will start at 9 AM tomorrow. About 50 million watch the event on TV and approximately 3 million line the parade-way. As usual, it should be a grand event!

We hope that tomorrow you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends and family, good times, and great memories. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Big effects, big surprises, and big thrills!
Big effects, big surprises, and big thrills!

As November moves towards December and Thanksgiving Day beckons, we’ve collected a few bits and bites of Broadway news and observations for you. This is a digest of sorts that you may want to ponder when digesting your turkey tomorrow. (There’s no law that says you can’t read them today!)

The Illusionists

The Illusionists- Witness the Impossible begins its six-week limited Broadway run tonight. This is a “magic” show unlike any other, as seven of the world’s most innovative and accomplished illusionists bring their show to the Marquis Theatre.

The bill includes:

  • The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin: A rising star in the world of magic, the Academy of Magical
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    Andrew Basso, fully exposed in Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell!

    Arts recently named him the 2014 “Magician of the Year.” His array of talents will keep you enthralled

  • The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry: He’s said to be a combination of Marilyn Manson and David Copperfield as he brings together the art of magic with the macabre. He’s quite famous for his mesmerizing “America’s Got Talent” appearance.
  • The Trickster, Jeff Hobson: A true showman who loves the glamour of the business, the guy looks innocent and harmless enough, but his act will blow your mind while sending you into howls of laughter.
  • The Escapologist, Andrew Basso: He will perform Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell with no concealment. Basso is Italy’s star escape artist. The illusionist he most admires is the great Harry Houdini..
  • The Inventor, Kevin James: Comedian, innovator, and master illusionist, Kevin James loves the strange and unusual. He is famous for having created numerous masterful tricked and illusions. Prepare for a unique journey when he takes the stage.
  • The Warrior, Aaron Crow: Weaponry and magic go hand-in-hand with Aaron Crow. He doesn’t talk much, as he’s the typical, good looking string and silent types, but his actions are strong and pointed. Get ready for the man who has mastered some of the most dangerous illusions in which one can engage.
  • The Futurist, Adam Trent: Technology abounds in the world of magic created by Adam Trent. He’s cutting edge in everyway, and, at the same time, part vaudeville comedian.

See this amazing show. There are great group rates available. Contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716 for more information. The show officially opens on December 4th and close on January 4th.

The Heart of Robin Hood- Limited Engagement

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The Heart of Robin Hood is spectacular.

The musical The Heart of Robin Hood, which the Royal Shakespeare Company premiered in 2011 and was produced by the American Repertory Theatre in December 2013, will be on Broadway in 2015. It will play Toronto from December 23, 2014 to March 1, 2015 and then come to Broadway starting March 10, 2015. The Heart of Robin Hood will open March 10, 2015 for a strictly limited run, closing August 23, 2015.

The musical, which includes some amazing stage combat, stunts, and special effects, is a new and innovative telling of the tale of Robin Hood. In this version, he starts out as a bandit who, with his cutthroat gang, steals and selfishly keeps his pilfering, to someone who is turned into an altruist due to the influence of Marion.

Recent Observations- Broadway Trends

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On the Town is big hit (again)!

This season on Broadway is seeing quite a few limited runs, including those like The Illusionists and The Heart of Robin Hood, which are making NYC one stop in a long tour. That means that groups need to act quickly to get seats to these shows.

At this point, unlike last season, there are no plays by William Shakespeare scheduled. There are three shows, however, about royalty that are coming to Broadway- The King and I, The Audience, and Wolf Hall.

Also, there are three shows scheduled or running this season that start with the word “on.” There is the hit revival of On the Town, which opened about four weeks ago. Also upcoming is the revival of the Cy Coleman, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green musical On the Twentieth Century with Peter Gallagher and Kristen Chenoweth. Finally, there is the new musical based on the life of Gloria and Emilio Estefan entitled On You Feet.

Finally, Comden and Green are represented by two revivals, both of which we just mentioned: On the Town and On the Twentieth Century.

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Group tickets one world trade center freedom tower
One World Trade Center.

One is a symbol of our intrepid spirit and determination as it rises above Manhattan and all of North America, while the other offers remembrance of sacrifice and a testament to a tragedy unlike any other the United States has ever experienced. Visiting both will provide you with two very different views of New York City, its history, and its future. They are One World Trade Center Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Big and Booming

One World Trade Center Freedom Tower, which at 104 stories (1,776 feet) is the tallest building in North American, is a magnificent structure both inside and out. It shoots out from its Manhattan base to loom above a city that sits on a tiny island that has more skyscrapers and hulking buildings per square mile than any other place on Earth. Yet, despite all of the competition for grandness around it, there is nothing grander in NYC than One World Trade Center.

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Designed by David M. Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 3-million-square-foot building includes plenty of attractive and state-of-the-art office space, breathtaking views from its towering observation deck and world-class dining establishments. Upon entering the 104-story building, you’re greeted by a grand lobby that immediately sets the tone and style for this majestic structure.

Contact All Tickets Inc. to book your group’s visit to experience the amazing views from the observation deck of America’s newest and tallest landmark.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

9/11 Memorial.
9/11 Memorial.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum offers groups an emotional experience that will revive memories for some, offer historical reference for others, and enlighten all. The 9/11 Memorial is a place for contemplation, reverence, and solemn remembrance. It is a beautiful tribute that honors those who lost their lives on that day.

The 9/11 Museum will give you a range of perspectives on the tragedy. You’ll learn about the destruction, the bravery, the loss, and the resilience that define this moment in our history. Although the Memorial is open to groups and individuals and requires no reservation, the Museum does require group reservations. All Tickets Inc. can secure your group’s reservation to visit the 9/11 Museum.

A City of Landmarks

9/11 Museum.
9/11 Museum.

Although Manhattan is a total of 33.77 square miles, 10.81 square miles are water, leaving just 22.96 square miles of land. Still, Manhattan is brimming with landmarks and special attractions, including Times Square, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, The Apollo Theatre, and Broadway (to mention just a few). If your group is traveling to New York for a day, a weekend, a week or longer, All Tickets Inc. can book you into anything and everything New York. Contact us at 1-800-922-0716 for more information on visiting New York City.

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pacino98Broadway is abuzz with announcements regarding two premieres with both scheduled for October 2015. One is a new play by David Mamet entitled China Doll, while the other is a new musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, which is called The Visitor. The Mamet play will star Al Pacino.

Pacino and Mamet

China Doll includes three elements, a billionaire named Mickey Ross, played by Pacino; his assistant; and a phone from which Mickey takes one last phone call before going off to get married to a young woman and take on semiretirement. Mamet wrote the role of Mickey specifically for his friend, Oscar and Tony winner, Pacino. The two have collaborated four times before.

In taking about China Doll, Mamet said that his script is “about a wealthy man, his young fiancé and an airplane.” He also said, “The man has just bought a new plane as a wedding present for the girl. He intends to go into semiretirement, and enjoy himself. He’s in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant.. He takes one last phone call…”

That one phone call sends Mickey in a new direction, testing him in many ways. It’s expected that China Doll will be on Broadway for a limited run.

Kitt and Yorkey

Idina Menzel stars in If/Then.
Idina Menzel stars in If/Then.

The musical writing team of Kitt and Yorkey has given Broadway audiences Next to Normal, which won the Tony and Pulitzer Prize, and the musical If/Then, which is presently running on Broadway. Their new musical, The Visitor, is based on the 2007 film of the same name. The movie starred Richard Jenkins, who received an Oscar nomination for his work.

The Visitor is about a widower in post 9/11 New York who befriends a Syrian immigrant. Since his wife passed away, the widower, Walter, has lost all sense of meaning in his life. He struggles to get by, and then, upon befriending Terek, he eventually begins to rediscover life.

According to the creators, “The Visitor is the poignant and urgent story of Walter, a lost soul who gets a new lease on life with the arrival of Terek, an undocumented immigrant who challenges Walter’s capacity for acceptance, change, and even intimacy… The Visitor suggests that the ties that bind us–music, passion, love–are far more powerful tools for healing than the things that tear us apart.”

Kitt and Yorkey are two of the most innovative musical theatre creators presently working on Broadway. This project has the potential to be a major Broadway hit.

More to Come

Doctor Zhivago comes to Broadway soon.
Doctor Zhivago comes to Broadway soon.

There is plenty more to come in 2015-2016, and still more new shows to be announced for this Broadway theatre season. Coming up in 2014-2015 are musical revivals such as On the Twentieth Century, The King and I, and Side Show, as well as new musicals such as Finding Neverland, Dr. Zhivago, and An American in Paris. New plays include Hugh Jackman in The River and Helen Mirren in The Audience.

Spend an evening going on Carole King's journey with Beautiful.
Spend an evening going on Carole King’s journey with Beautiful.

If your group wants to see a good-time Broadway jukebox musical, there are some wonderful shows on The Great White Way. Each one delivers a fine and engaging evening of entertainment. Let the memories, good times, and comedy (always mixed with drama) roll. Consider booking group tickets for these shows!

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Let the good times roll!
Let the good times roll!

It is the story of one of America’s greatest pop songwriters, Carole King, and her journey, which includes fame, fortune, marriage, motherhood, and divorce. Jessie Mueller won the Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her portrayal of King, and she is singularly magnificent.

Hit after hit rolls out in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which is a truly uplifting jukebox musical. Included are “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Up on the Roof,” “So Far Away,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” How did King come to be such a major force in American music; what made her so special; and how did she manage to survive in the cut throat world of American pop music? Celebrate the life of one of America’s great artists.

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is one wonderful musical.
Mamma Mia! is one wonderful musical.

The ABBA jukebox musical recently celebrated its 5,400th performance on Broadway. It’s been running more than a dozen years, and Mamma Mia! is still going strong. The story focuses on a young girl, Sophie, who is getting married on the isolated Greek Island where her mother, Donna, lives. Sophie has a hunch of whom her father may be (she knows it is one of three possible men), and having never met her dad, she invites all three to the wedding. The three show up, as do two of her mom’s longtime girlfriends, and the comedy, drama, and music ensues.

Funny, heart warming, sexy, and dramatic, Mamma Mia! is a great evening in the theatre. Hit songs by ABBA include “S.O.S.,” “Dancing Queen,” “The Name of the Game,” and “The Winner Takes It All.” Plus, every performance includes an ABBA encore of “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” and “Waterloo.”

Jersey Boys

The Four Seasons travel on quite a journey and hot after hit comes with them.
The Four Seasons travel on quite a journey and hot after hit comes with them.

They created a unique sound that made them stars; they were four guys from Jersey and they were known as The Four Seasons. Eventually, they became known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Along with Valli, the group included Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi. How did these four guys from the same neighborhood become mega stars, and what did stardom do to them? Jersey Boys offers audiences insights into The Four Seasons and, with its documentary style, makes you feel as if you’re on the ride with them.

There are endless hits, including “Silhouettes,” “Earth Angel,” “Sherry,” “My Eyes Adored You,” “Let’s Hang On!,” and “Working My Way Back To You.” Jersey Boys is filled with drama, humor, disappointment, triumph, and the hallmarks that make friends, ultimately, friends.

Get a Group Deal

If you have a group of 12 or more, or you’d like help creating a group, for one of these three hit jukebox musicals or any Broadway or Off-Broadway show, contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716. We’ll be glad to help you get the best seats in the house at the lowest price possible.

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Radio City decked out for the holiday.

In past blogs, we have talked about great Broadway group ticket ideas and New York events and experiences that you can enjoy. We have some more ideas today! Plus, remember that it’s not too late to book Christmas and other holiday shows, nor is it too early to start planning to see Broadway plays and musicals in the spring. Book early and combine events and experiences to save more money and get great value.

Wicked Great Time!

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Wicked is a hot holiday ticket.

Wicked was a massive draw last Christmas, and we expect it to do big business this season too. The story of how the Good Witch and Wicked Witch came to be in the world of Oz is a real audience pleaser. This Stephen Schwartz musical has been on Broadway for over a decade and today it celebrated its 4,600th performance. Clever, enchanting, energetic, funny, and moving, Wicked is a spectacular musical, a great holiday treat for family groups, and “popular,” of course.

Grinch or Radio City?

Do you love the Grinch?
Do you love the Grinch?

Which should you see- Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas or The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2014? That is really up to you because both are fantastic shows. If you know the story of and music from The Grinch (and “who” doesn’t?) and have a warm spot in your heart for this holiday classic, then this is the show for you. If you’re into magnificent dance numbers, high tech scenery and effects, and a show as big as all New York and beyond, then The Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2014 may be perfect for your group. Act fast, though, you can’t see either once we ring in the New Year!

Aladdin is Wonderful

It is magical- Aladdin!
It is magical- Aladdin!

Aladdin is the perfect show for those family groups with young kids. There are some thrilling special effects, special comic moments, entertaining and hummable tunes, and a lot of adventure and romance. Disney, as it has in the past with The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and Newsies, has done it right again. Expect Aladdin to rival or even surpass Wicked in terms of holiday popularity.

Backstage Tours!

Three of the shows listed in this blog offer behind the scenes tours. These are entertaining and enlightening experiences unto themselves. Aladdin, Wicked and the Radio City Music Hall will take you backstage to see the inner workings of their venues and the event Depending on the specific show and time that you choose, you may be able to combine a backstage experience with a performance of that same show!

Get Group Tickets Now!

The magnificent Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.
The magnificent Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

It is not too late to get group tickets for the holiday! All Tickets Inc. has knowledgeable, licensed group ticket agents who can help facilitate every aspect of your Broadway and New York group experience. Contact us by calling 1-800-922-0716 or by clicking here. We offer personalized service dedicated to making your New York City experience filled with fond memorable and anxiety free. We will do everything that you request to ensure that you have a successful group experience.

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Alda and Bergen take over in Love Letters on Broadway

A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Love Letters, continues it’s run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Presently the cast stars Alan Alda and Candice Bergen, both of whom are Emmy winners. Alda and Bergen were to perform until December 5th, but they have decided to extend their run an additional 13 performances, taking them through December 18th.

Remaining Schedule

The show opened with on September 13th with Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow. Then Dennehy stayed on to perform with Carol Burnett. At this point, the run and stars look like this: Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg are scheduled to perform

Farrow and Dennehy opened the run.
Farrow and Dennehy opened the run.

from December 19, 2014 through January 9, 2015 and Anjelica Huston and Martin Sheen are scheduled to take over on January 10th and play in Love Letters through to February 15th. However, schedules are subject to change. One thing you do know, however, no matter what cast you see for this production, they will be first rate.

A Beautifully Romantic Play

Love Letters focuses on a relationship that starts in childhood and lasts through adulthood. First a friendship, it eventually becomes romantic and sexual, as Love Letters poses questions regarding the power of true love, intimacy, and commitment. The two characters are as different as night and day. There is the rebellious Melissa Gardner and the straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.

The women playing Melissa.
The women playing Melissa.

But they have a lot of common, including the fact that they care about one another deeply and they both like to write letters to one another. Their story is told through the letters that they exchange throughout their lifetime, much of which is spend apart.

The two exchange letters for over 50 years, confiding in one another, shocking each other, and being disarmingly truthful. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, Melissa and Andrew spend a lifetime offering insights into their hopes, fears, weaknesses, dreams, disappointments, victories, and defeats. One all is said and done and one of them passes away the question becomes, “have they made the right choices in their lives to, in essence, be friends; should they have spent their lives together?”

See It Now

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Huston and Sheen will also star.

This is a winning production to see. The acting duos are composed of some of Broadway’s finest veterans, and the script is a wonderful mix of comedy and drama, wit and honesty, and compassion and passion. The evening flies by and the conceit of letter writing in the age of texting, instant messaging, and email makes audiences realize that these days we are really missing, for the most part, a very personal and special manner of communicating our feelings, insights, and dreams. Love Letters takes you to another time and place, and it is special indeed.

Contact All Tickets Inc. by calling 1-800-922-0716 for group pricing information on Love Letters and be prepared for an evening in the theatre that you will not soon forget. Love Letters does not have amazing effects, a huge cast performing big production numbers, or spectacular visionary breakthrough technology. Love Letters is, however, one of the most theatrical, beautiful, and honest plays you will see this season on Broadway.

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Finding Neverland offers audiences an amazing journey and great stars.

Finding Neverland, the new musical that received its U.S. premiere this year at American Repertory Company, is in the process of putting together an amazing cast. On November 12th and 13th, the producers made announcements regarding three stars who will be playing leads in the show, which will preview in March and open on April 15, 2015.

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The cast of Finding Neverland will include an Emmy winner, a Tony nominee, and an Olivier winner. On November 13th is was announced that Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer and Olivier winner Laura Michelle Kelly would star, and the day prior producers stated that Glee star and Tony nominee Matthew Morrison would also be featured in the show.

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Grammer and Morrison will star in Finding Neverland

Kelsey Grammer

Grammer will play American theatrical impresario Charles Frohman. Most recently the former Frazier star appeared on Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles. In that show, he earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Georges. Grammar, who won four Emmys for his portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frazier Crane, whose catch phrase was “I’m listening,” has also appeared on Broadway in Othello and Macbeth.

Laura Michelle Kelly

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Laura Michelle Kelly recreates the role she starred in at ART.

Kelly, who played the role of Sylvia Llewelyn Davis in the ART production of Finding Neverland, will reprise her role. —she played the part in the recent American Repertory Theater production. Kelly played Mary Poppins on Broadway, the role she created and won an Olivier for in London. On Broadway, the actress has also appeared in Fiddler on the Roof and in the West End in Speed the Plow, Les Miserables and Peter Pan.

Matthew Morrison

Staring as author J.M. Barrie will be Morrison. Morrison, who fans of Glee know as l Schuester (A.K.A. Mr. Schue), last appeared on Broadway in the revival of South Pacific in 2008 and earned a Tony nomination for The Light in the Piazza in 2005. He helped create the role of Barrie in Finding Neverland when he appeared in the workshop production earlier this year.

In an A.P. interview, Morrison said, “I’m excited to not have any more handcuffs, so to speak, and to go back to where my roots are.” He added that Barrie “is so different—like night and day—from Will Schuester.” The actor hopes that audiences will “walk out with a new respect or appreciation for what I can bring to the table.”

The Musical

Finding Neverland.
Finding Neverland.

In Finding Neverland, playwright J.M Barrie finds himself down and out and desperately in search of a subject for a new play. He needs a subject that will revive his career. A chance meeting in a park with a widow and her children leads to a relationship with the family that offers Barrie the insight, inspiration, and vision to change his life, career, and outlook. Inspired by the 2004 film, Finding Neverland has music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham.

Group Early Bird Tickets

Contact All Tickets Inc. by calling 1-800-922-0716 to get group tickets for Finding Neverland and save more. Early Bird prices are available until January 12, 2015. Early Bird prices range from $40 to $89 and allow substantial savings, ranging from $10 to $20, on the regular group ticket price. The minimum number required for a group is 12. Finding Neverland is an enchanting, exciting, touching, and comedic journey about friendship, love, and creativity.

Broadway group discounts The Illusionists All Tickets
Broadway group discounts The Illusionists All Tickets
Andrew Basso, fully exposed in Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell!

Group tickets for the special, six-week Broadway run of The Illusionists- Witness the Impossible are going to be one very hot commodity. In fact, they already are. The show, which comes to the U.S. for a 30-week tour, previews on Broadway at the Marquise Theatre starting November 26th and opens on December 4th. The engagement runs through January 4, 2015. The show is as spectacular as a live show can get, as it features 7 of the world’s most amazing and creative magicians.

What to Expect

There are thrilling acts that will leave you speechless, spectacular effects that will have you on the edge of your seat, and wryly-comical moments blended with magic that will amuse and bemuse you.

The Daily Telegraph said of this show, “It’s deliciously, self-knowingly over the top and brain-bendingly spectacular. Genuinely satisfying family entertainment that should not be missed.”

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A different sort of bird trick.

The Illusionists- Witness the Impossible comes from a sold-out run at the Sydney Opera House. It is the first time that 7 of the greatest magicians in the world have combined their creative energies and richly imaginative minds to present a show that is a mind-blowing spectacular showcase of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts, and acts of breathtaking wonder. These are seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth offering their jaw-dropping talents.

7 Featured Stars

The seven stars of The Illusionists- Witness the Impossible are all highly accomplished performers, magicians, and artists. They are:

    • The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin, who was recently named the 2014 “Magician of the Year,” by Academy of Magical Arts and is a rising superstar in the world of magic.
    • The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry, offering audiences a persona and act that is a combination of Marilyn Manson and David Copperfield, as he mingles the macabre with the art of magic.

  • The Trickster, Jeff Hobson presents the ultimate in showmanship and glamour in an act that will leave you weak from laughter.
  • The Escapologist, Andrew Basso is known as Italy’s star escape artist, as he performs Houdini’s famous Water Torture Cell in a manner no one ever has, with absolutely no covers.
  • The Inventor, Kevin James utilizes comedy, creativity, and a passion for collecting to offer some of the most innovative illusions in the world.
  • The Warrior, Aaron Crow is the strong and silent type specializing in weapon magic; he uses swords, paintball guns, and powerful crossbows to keep fans on the edge of their seat.
  • The Futurist, Adam Trent fuses technology illusions, dancing and comedy with classic magic techniques as he creates mind-expanding illusions.

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Big effects, big surprises, and big thrills!
Big effects, big surprises, and big thrills!

For group tickets to see The Illusionists- Witness the Impossible, contact All Tickets Inc. at 1-800-922-0716 or click here to connect with us via the web. This is a show that has sold out and thrilled audiences around the world. It does not matter what magic show you have witnessed before, this one is unique in every manner. There’s been nothing like it before on Broadway and there won’t be anything like it for some time to come. Are you ready to be thrilled, mystified, shocked, delighted and astounded? Are you ready to witness the impossible? This is a limited six-week run; no you see it, and later you won’t.

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Finding Neverland is funny, enchanting, and imaginative.

Broadway groups for the new musical Finding Neverland can save even more off the single full ticket price by ordering by January 12, 2015. After that date, you’ll still get solid group discounts for this new Broadway musical, but with the Early Bird Special you’ll save from $10 to $20 more on the regular group discount price and up to $45 on the single ticket price. This is a generous deal that can save you hundreds.

The Story of Finding Neverland

The musical Finding Neverland is an enchanting and beautiful tale about how playwright J.M Barrie discovered his inspiration for his play Peter Pan. Peter Pan would become a huge hit for the playwright, and would eventually be turned into the musical version, which has played worldwide since the 1950s, and it would also inspire many other plays, musicals, films, and books.

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The author finds new material.

In Finding Neverland, Barrie is desperate; he has to create another hit play. But he cannot seem to find an idea. Down and out and desperately in search of a subject for the stage, Barrie has a chance encounter with a widow and her children. That meeting in a London park leads to the development of a friendship and relationship with the family that revives Barrie’s spirit and his career. The family gives Barrie the insight, inspiration, and vision to change his life.

Inspired by the 2004 film of the same title, Finding Neverland is an enchanting, energetic, and inspiring musical that looks to be a Broadway hit.

From ART

Finding Neverland was first produced in the United States at the American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, MA. The most recent Broadway shows to come from ART are the award-winning revivals of Pippin and The Glass Menagerie. This production of Neverland premiered in the summer of 2014. Prior to that the musical was produced in England in 2012.

The Broadway production of the new musical Finding Neverland, which features a book by Alan Knee, music by Gary Barlow, and lyrics by Michael Korie, is slated to open at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre the on April 8, 2015. This promises to be a high action musical that takes audiences of all ages on an amazing journey.

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Swashbuckling is allowed!

You can purchase Early Bird Special group tickets with All Tickets Inc. up until January 12th. After that ATI will be happy to take your ticket order for seats at the regular group prices. Group prices start as low as $40 per ticket and group minimums are set at 12. Save up to 40% with the Early Bird price and 35% at the regular group price.

Of course, you’ll save even more through All Tickets Inc. if you book additional experiences and events with us. Hotels, restaurants, museums, tours of NYC, and much more are all available through All Tickets Inc. For more information on Finding Neverland and everything NY call us at 1-800-922-0716 or click here to connect with us on the Internet.