Breaking News: Hello, Dolly! Breaks Broadway Record
$9,082,497. That’s the official ka-ching heard 'round the Great White Way last Saturday when the first caboodle of tickets for Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler went on sale. This hefty amount marks a very comfy cushion for the revival of the Michael Stewart/Jerry Herman mega-musical, especially when you consider there’s half a year to go before the show starts previews on March 15th.
Breaking News: Something Rotten! Closing & More
Just when you thought the hemorrhaging of Broadway shows had reached its peak with the closing announcements of Matilda and Jersey Boys, the bloodletting picked up more momentum. Joining Matilda in its January 1st exodus will be the musical Shakespearean farce Something Rotten! (final performance count: 742).
Breaking News: Leona Lewis Not Long for Cats
Leona Lewis will soon be leaving her little cat’s feet—or thigh-high boots, as the case may be—at the Neil Simon Theatre’s stage entrance. She’ll be out the door after her Sunday, October 9th performance.
Fall Broadway Celebrity Round Up: New & Now
Some seriously high-octane celeb power is spreading across Broadway at this very moment as the head count of award-winning actors from stage, film, and your favorite TV shows multiplies, probably breaking all kinds of new season records! Plentiful previews, outstanding opening nights...here’s to indulging in the thrill of a great season as celebrities come to New York theatre for fall, 2016.
Guess Who's Coming to Broadway: Celebs Hitting NYC Stages
The upcoming theatre season in New York is shaping up to be a good one if you like to see celebrities taking to Broadway stages. Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, and the Broadway debut of Danny DeVito are only the beginning!
Broadway's Jersey Boys Sets Closing Date
It’s always a bit of a heartbreaker when it comes to saying good-bye to an old friend, and for me that includes stellar shows that have been around for a long, successful run. So when I received the official notice that Jersey Boys would be closing January 15th of next year I felt more than a passing sense of loss—there was the sting of abandonment. Thankfully, 2006’s Tony-winning musical has four months to go (months that will no doubt sell out quickly).
Stars Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn on the Last Sweet Days of Fun Home
It was back in June the announcement came: “Fun Home to Play Its Final Performance on Broadway on September 10, 2016 After History-Making 18-Month Run.” I love this show, maybe because it came to Broadway on tip-toe yet managed to break rules, tear down walls and, most impressively, open eyes. It also brought in some incredible talent, like stars Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn.
Chicago at 20 & All That Jazz
Chill the Champagne...get out the confetti...pump up the volume on the Grammy-grabbing cast recording: the irresistible hit musical Chicago is inching up on its 20th Broadway birthday and the gin has never been colder or the piano hotter than it is right now at the Ambassador Theatre.
Live From FringeNYC: On-Site with Great Off-Broadway Theatre
FringeNYC fanatics, young, old, and in-between, braved the hottest day of the summer this past Saturday to be part of the 20th Anniversary year of the New York International Fringe Festival. Some were repeat Fringe-goers who knew the drill and stocked up on passes. Others—especially the first-timers—were testing the waters. All, however, seemed eager to plunge into New York’s biggest annual theatre fest!
Getting Your Fringe On: A Fierce & Focused Guide to FringeNYC 2016
North America’s biggest, boldest and wildest annual multi-arts festival, The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), is ready to launch its 20th season—a very big deal for the close to 200 theatre and dance companies on this year’s schedule and an even bigger deal for anyone on the lookout for one of the Big Apple’s primo theatre must-do events!
Life of Pie: Breaking Boundaries with Broadway’s Waitress
Well before Hillary Clinton became the first woman to land a major U.S. party’s presidential nomination, the historic sounds of a glass ceiling shattering could be heard throughout Broadway’s nooks, crannies, and rehearsal studios as the musical Waitress announced an all-female creative team: a Broadway first.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway: First Video
Hold on to your Oompa Loompas—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is making its Broadway debut and we’ve got the video to prove it! The footage here will get you in the mood for an incredible 2017 meeting of Broadway magic and Roald Dahl's most favored tale, which comes complete with Everlasting Gobstoppers, chocolate waterfalls, and, of course, a glass elevator.
The Best of the Best of Late-Summer Theatre in NYC
With a new season of shows poised to sprout wings near the end of September, the excitement in and around New York’s Theatre District is electric. But before we open our hearts and wallets to these big buzz newbies, it’s good to remember we’re smack in the middle of opportunity heaven, late summer being the time of year when we can easily score tickets to some of Broadway’s hottest shows—including some groundbreaking productions that will soon be leaving the Great White Way.
Broadway Week 2016: Discounts and Videos
Broadway Week is a great time to catch theater in New York, and we've got a terrific roundup of videos for a sneak peek at what shows are playing. Some all-time classics are on offer, as well as newcomer sensations. The 2016 edition of Broadway Week runs from January 19 to February 5, with 2-for-1 tickets bringing prices down to as low as $40 per seat. Get excited for some great New York theater with this video roundup.
Hot Town, Hot Stories: Broadway's Latest
We've got the latest in hot summer stories: all the comings and goings on Broadway and in New York theatre.
The Best Tips for Theatre Weekends in NYC
With apologies to London, there's no better destination for theatre fans than New York City. From Broadway blockbusters to Off-Broadway charm, the best of the stage world comes together here, most of it concentrated in the Theatre District. Whether you're looking for discount tickets, insider tours, or a few key shows, read on for our tips on how a theatre fan can spend a weekend in NYC.
Whoopi Goldberg & Nathan Lane Among Stars Soloing in White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Patrick Wilson, Brian Dennehy, and Mike Biribiglia have signed up for single performances in Off-Broadway's fascinating new theater experiment White Rabbit, Red Rabbit.
An American in Paris's Leanne Cope
Stepping into a role immortalized on celluloid 65 years ago by Hollywood icon Leslie Caron has to be all kinds of daunting, particularly if it includes stepping out of your ballerina comfort zone into the Broadway spotlight where the skill pool includes singing and acting.
Carrie St. Louis Is Having a Wicked Good Time on Broadway
The story that inspired all things Wicked strikes a sentimental chord with audiences, regardless of age. Who doesn’t have a soft spot for Dorothy, Toto, and her traveling trio of Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion? But forget what you’ve read in L. Frank Baum’s classic book, or observed in countless viewings of the 1939 film version—Broadway’s emerald green hit Wicked is not The Wizard of Oz.
Hot Town: New York Summer Theatre
It’s officially “hot town, summer in the city” season, making now all about slipping into a New York theatre for musicals with “dancing in the street” reputations for cranking up the heat—in air conditioned comfort, of course.
Cirque du Soleil Paramour Brings the Golden Age of Hollywood to Broadway
Cirque du Soleil is back on Broadway, with the legendary company's first show created expressly for the Great White Way. PARAMOUR is an all-new theatrical experience that combines the spectacle of Cirque du Soleil with the storytelling magic of Broadway.
Richard H. Blake and Jersey Boys on Broadway—Oh, What a Night!
Richard H. Blake plays the polarizing force in the Four Seasons, Tommy DeVito, who can claim responsibility for bringing the group together, as well as for its ultimate dissolution. Catch all the music and the drama in Jersey Boys, the Tony-winning musical that brings audiences to their feet at every performance.
Shuffling Along: Broadway Closings Breaking News
A tsunami of closing announcements have bombarded the Broadway coast this past week, but the mega shocker is clearly Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, which is calling it quits altogether on July 24th—the date previously cited for star Audra McDonald’s pregnancy exodus.
Brian Stokes Mitchell Does More Than Shuffle Along
In 1988 Brian Stokes Mitchell made his Broadway debut in a short-lived musical called Mail at the Music Box Theatre. “Back then I was one of the youngest people in the cast, and now, well...” he lets his voice trail off in a knowing chuckle, positing that he’s come full circle to become a senior cast member at the Music Box—this time in one of the hottest shows in town: Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
Broadway Gossip Summer 2016
Bright Star and Lin-Manuel Miranda leave Broadway, but Jaime Camil comes storming on in Chicago, as we look at the hot Broadway Gossip for summer 2016.