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- Theatre Offers Many Gifts
December 18, 2018
Theatre Offers Many Gifts
The theatre offers many gifts. It’s a simple statement, direct and to the point. And it’s appropriate to make it at this time of the year. After all, it is the season to be giving gifts, to friends and family, to those in need, and to those who have served us well. The holiday season is often one where we show appreciation to others, engage in altruistic acts of kindness, and simply try to be a bit more generous, caring, and loving.
It is also the bleakest time of the year. Over the next few months, we will be surrounded by darkness. In a time that seems to be occupied with and dominated by negativity, each of us seems to be more and more isolated. With depression and anxiety in the US at the highest levels ever, we can certainly use more optimism, community, and meaningful communication. Where might we find it? You may find what you need at the theatre. To reiterate, the theatre offers many gifts to those who take the time to engage it. Why should we do so?
Some REAL Facts
First, consider the facts below. They have been garnered from various publications and reports that were published in 2018. They are all reflective of the condition of those living in the U.S.
- Alcoholism is on the rise and killing more people than ever
- Depression is at an all-time high
- Suicide rates continue to rise
- Stress and anxiety levels have never been higher
There are many reasons for the spikes noted above. In a report filed by NBC News, Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital talked about some of the reasons for the rise in depression.
Dr. Williams noted, “Many people are worried about how busy they are.” Plus, she added, “There’s a lack of community. There’s the amount of time that we spend in front of screens and not in front of other people. If you don’t have a community to reach out to, then your hopelessness doesn’t have any place to go.”
Theatre Creates Community – A Shared Experience
Theatre, which is unlike any other art form, offers audiences a unique experience. When we go to the theatre, we form a community. Sometimes this community is primarily made up of strangers, and other times, we may know quite a few people in the audience. But rarely does one go to the theatre alone. That means we’re sitting and sharing an experience with a larger group, and, if we go with someone, a smaller group.
When we go to the theatre, we are to put away our various media-connected devices, focus on one area, and watch from the darkness of the auditorium a special place bathed in light and occupied by people performing live. Not only are they performing, but they are creating characters on stage who are engaged in solving a problem, tackling an issue, or dealing with the ups and downs that life has to offer. In other words, when we watch a stage play or a musical we are viewing a representation of life, a living, three-dimensional model that represents us. As we react to it, the performers hear us. In live performance, the actors take the energies we give them through our attention and reactions, and use them to support their next moments.
In the theatre, there is this give-and-take between actor and audience that does not exist in film, TV, or online. Thus, the community includes audience and actors, as well as often unseen technicians, all engaged with one another for a few hours where the darkened audience is transcended and transformed by the light emanating from the stage.
What Dr. Williams alluded to as lacking from so many of our lives, community, is created by the theatre. Broadway creates one type of community, while Off-Broadway creates another. Unique communities are the product of Off-Off-Broadway, touring, regional theatre, elementary through high school theatre, university and college productions, and community theatre shows. In fact, if you talk to anyone who works in the theatre, whether they be a professional or an amateur, they will point to the feeling of community as being one of the best aspects of any show or production.
True, Theatre Offers Many Gifts – The Most Important One
We said at the beginning that theatre offers many gifts. What are some of those gifts? The theatre allows us to unabashedly feel a range of emotions, to simultaneously forget and remember, to go back in time, and to dream. It can challenge us intellectually, teach us about a range of subjects, and entertain us for a few hours.
When we go to see a play or musical, we have something new to talk about with those with whom we went. We can share our ideas, emotions, and reactions to the event, as we foster connections between the part of the temporary community of which we were just a member. That after-show drink, snack, or dinner allows us to communicate about what we just saw. And we may continue to do so for years to come. When we are at work, see some friends, or meet someone new, we may share our experiences, thoughts, and emotions connected with that show.
But perhaps the most important gift offered by the theatre is one engaged in alone. Contemplation. We can turn that shared event, experience, live performance over and over in our mind, remembering, dissecting, and analyzing it to find comfort in, learn from, or to renew a belief in ourselves, our potential, our goodness, and our caring. In a time that is so negative, the theatre provides us with a chance to be exceedingly positive.
And the play or musical does not have to have an upbeat ending for us to take something affirmative from it. Because after we leave the theatre, having gone on a shared journey with a group that has found a common energy and engaged in a unique experience where audience, performers, and technicians have shared in the creative process, we possess a new understanding of and renewed energy for life. And when that happens, anything is possible. Indeed, the theatre offers many gifts.
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- The Cursed Child to NYC
April 18, 2018
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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- It’s a Winter Heat Wave of Hits with The Marvelous Wonderettes
February 9, 2018
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.”Continue reading →
- The Marvelous Wonderettes – Getting the RESPECT They Deserve
February 9, 2018
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 “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.
Get Marvelous Wonderettes Group Tickets Today
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Continue reading →
- The Marvelous Wonderettes – Groups Find It as Sweet as Sugartime
January 25, 2018
If 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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Our 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.Continue reading →
- Be the Leader of the Pack: Get Your Group to The Marvelous Wonderettes Today
January 24, 2018
The 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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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.
In 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Our 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.Continue reading →
- 10 Reasons Why Groups Love The Marvelous Wonderettes
January 22, 2018
The 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:
- Hit music and lyrics- more than 30 songs!
- The Marvelous Wonderettes, Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, ARE marvelous and wonderful
- The Three F’s – Funny, frenetic, fantastic
- Cross-generational family fun
- Melody, Harmony, Hilarity
- Intimate setting connects you with energetic performers
- Warm, Welcoming, and Wistful – a great nostalgic journey
- Upbeat, feel-good ending
- Perfect for winter blue and spring thaw
- All Tickets Inc.’s low, cannot-be-beat $45.00 group ticket price
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Continue reading →
- The Marvelous Wonderettes – Nonstop Hits, Comedy and Good Times
January 22, 2018
The 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.
Contact us today to purchase your Marvelous Wonderettes group tickets, which are just $45.00 per person. For group sales, email either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Continue reading →