If you can’t get to New York, sometimes the only way you can experience a show is by listening to the cast album. The release of a new cast album is always exciting, so here is a list of some upcoming recordings for you to be on the lookout for!
5/18 – Mean Girls
The Mean Girls cast album has it’s digital release TODAY! This show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical and with the cast album you will be able to listen to Taylor Louderman, Grey Henson, and Ashley Park’s Tony nominated performances.
6/1 – Take Me to the World
No, this is not a cast album, but it is Sutton Foster’s newest solo album and according to the track list, it will be fantastic. Featuring songs like “Stars and the Moon” and a mashup of “Got Love” and “Gimmie Gimmie”, this is going to be an album full of great music.
6/8 – My Fair Lady
This revival of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady has everyone cheering. And with 10 Tony nominations, including Best Revival, Best Leading Actress, and Best Leading Actor, the cast album is sure to be a gem.
TBA – Brigadoon
It was just announced that the 2017 Off-Broadway Revival of Brigadoon will release a cast recording. This cast features many Broadway favorites like Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild, and Kelli O’Hara and is sure to make you want to throw on a kilt and dance.
TBA – Miss You Like Hell
The new Off-Broadway musical, Miss You Like Hell, has also announced that it will release an original cast album. This moving story and music is sure to bring some tears to your eyes.
The 2018 Tony award nominations were announced May 1 by Katharine McPhee and Leslie Odom Jr. See below for the full list!
The Children, by Lucy Kirkwood
Farinelli and The King, by Claire van Kampen
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, by Jack Thorne
Junk, by Ayad Akhtar
Latin History for Morons, by John Leguizamo
The Band’s Visit
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Revival of a Play
Angels in America
Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Revival of a Musical
My Fair Lady
Once On This Island
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Best Book of a Musical
The Band’s Visit, Itamar Moses
Frozen, Jennifer Lee
Mean Girls, Tina Fey
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Kyle Jarrow
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Angels in America, Adrian Sutton
The Band’s Visit, David Yazbek
Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Mean Girls, Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper & Rob Hyman, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I., and Domani & Lil’C
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Andrew Garfield, Angels in America
Tom Hollander, Travesties
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Mark Rylance, Farinelli and The King
Denzel Washington, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Glenda Jackson, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Condola Rashad, Saint Joan
Lauren Ridloff, Children of a Lesser God
Amy Schumer, Meteor Shower
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Harry Hadden-Paton, My Fair Lady
Joshua Henry, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tony Shalhoub, The Band’s Visit
Ethan Slater, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Lauren Ambrose, My Fair Lady
Hailey Kilgore, Once On This Island
LaChanze, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Katrina Lenk, The Band’s Visit
Taylor Louderman, Mean Girls
Jessie Mueller, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Anthony Boyle, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Michael Cera, Lobby Hero
Brian Tyree Henry, Lobby Hero
Nathan Lane, Angels in America
David Morse, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Susan Brown, Angels in America
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Deborah Findlay, The Children
Denise Gough, Angels in America
Laurie Metcalf, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, My Fair Lady
Alexander Gemignani, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Grey Henson, Mean Girls
Gavin Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Ari’el Stachel, The Band’s Visit
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Ariana DeBose, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Renée Fleming, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Lindsay Mendez, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Ashley Park, Mean Girls
Diana Rigg, My Fair Lady
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Santo Loquasto, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Ian MacNeil and Edward Pierce, Angels in America
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Dane Laffrey, Once On This Island
Scott Pask, The Band’s Visit
Scott Pask, Finn Ross & Adam Young, Mean Girls
Michael Yeargan, My Fair Lady
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jonathan Fensom, Farinelli and The King
Nicky Gillibrand, Angels in America
Katrina Lindsay, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Ann Roth, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Ann Roth, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Mean Girls
Clint Ramos, Once On This Island
Ann Roth, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
David Zinn, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Catherine Zuber, My Fair Lady
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Paule Constable, Angels in America
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Paul Russell, Farinelli and The King
Ben Stanton, Junk
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Jules Fisher + Peggy Eisenhauer, Once On This Island
Donald Holder, My Fair Lady
Brian MacDevitt, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Tyler Micoleau, The Band’s Visit
Best Sound Design of a Play
Adam Cork, Travesties
Ian Dickinson for Autograph, Angels in America
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Tom Gibbons, 1984
Dan Moses Schreier, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Kai Harada, The Band’s Visit
Peter Hylenski, Once On This Island
Scott Lehrer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
Brian Ronan, Mean Girls
Walter Trarbach and Mike Dobson, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Best Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Angels in America
Joe Mantello, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women
Patrick Marber, Travesties
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
George C. Wolfe, Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh
Best Direction of a Musical
Michael Arden, Once On This Island
David Cromer, The Band’s Visit
Tina Landau, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Bartlett Sher, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, My Fair Lady
Christopher Gattelli, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Casey Nicholaw, Mean Girls
Justin Peck, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
John Clancy, Mean Girls
Tom Kitt, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical
Annmarie Milazzo & Michael Starobin, Once On This Island
Jamshied Sharifi, The Band’s Visit
Jonathan Tunick, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel
- Eat at Sardis
Sardis is a restaurant in the Theater District that is famous for the hundreds of caricatures of ‘show-biz’ celebrities. When you eat here you can play guess who will all the people on the walls.
- Visit Alexander Hamilton
If you have listened to Hamilton you will know that Alexander Hamilton was buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery and if you visit this cemetery, Angelica and Eliza are also there. If you are a big Hamilton fan this might make for an interesting day trip.
Bake a pie while listening to the entire Waitress album. To get the full experience, you should invent a new pie and give it a Jenna approved name.
A lot of Broadway shows are actually based on books! If you are in a Broadway mood but don’t want to leave your bed, you can pick up a book that inspired your favorite show. Some of these books could be Wicked by Gregory Maguire, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, or My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.
- Triton Gallery
Triton Gallery is a gallery dedicated to theatrical art and posters. Come here to check out all of the art, past and present, and maybe treat yourself to a poster or two.
- Lincoln Center Library
Also known as the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, this library is full of everything a theater lover could ever want including the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. You could spend hours here.
- Drama Bookshop
This bookshop is not any ordinary bookshop! It was founded by the Drama League and stocks over 8,000 plays. This is the perfect place for you to find your new favorite show.
- Shubert Alley
Get your photoshoot on in Shubert Alley! Shubert Alley is in the heart of the theater district and is covered in posters for currently running Broadway shows.
Have a good old fashioned dance party to your favorite show tunes.
Schmackary’s is a Broadway staple. Come here at the end of the day to treat yourself with a delicious cookie… or two.
It’s now mid April, and Spring is finally here accompanied by the classic April showers. And what is the perfect thing for a rainy day? A good rainy day playlist!
This is the perfect playlist for all of your classic rainy day activities like puzzles, baking, and looking melodramatically out a window!
If you are like me, you love listening to cast albums and are always looking for the next show to obsess over (you can only listen to Hamilton so many times). So here are some Musical Theatre songs you might not know that are worth a listen or two.
“Like It Here” (The Hinterlands)
This song is from The Hinterlands, a six part musical miniseries that you can find online here, and this song is just so moving that you will have to listen to it again immediately.
“Lost in the Brass” (Band Geeks)
If you were ever in the band, you will like this song.
“Leave Luanne” (35MM)
35MM is a ‘musical exhibition’ by Ryan Scott Oliver where each song is based on a different photograph. This entire album is definitely worth a listen, but if you only have time for one song, this is it!
“Michael in the Bathroom” (Be More Chill)
This show has gotten much more popular in the last year, and for good reason! Be More Chill is what happens when you mix Little Shop of Horrors and 13. And “Michael in the Bathroom” is the show stopping number that we can all relate to, who hasn’t felt awkward at a party before?
“Stroke by Stroke” (Jasper in Deadland)
This is the song that you will still be singing in the shower three days later.
“Way Down Hadestown” (Hadestown)
This musical adaptation of the Greek Orpheus and Eurydice myth was recorded live and you will fall in love with the music.
Going to see a Broadway show is an incredible experience, but it can also be very expensive. So here are 6 ways you can see a Broadway show without breaking the bank.
Many shows will sell rush tickets the day of the show for a discounted rate. These tickets are great, and usually under $60! However, to get these tickets you will have to be at the box office when they open in the morning. Here is a list of all Broadway shows that sell rush tickets.
Shows will often also do both digital and in person lotteries. These are great ways to get cheap tickets and the seats are usually good. But it is not a guarantee that you will get any tickets, so this method is better for someone who will be in the area anyway. For a list of all Broadway lotteries and how to enter, click here.
There are many special discounts out there if you are under a certain age. If you sign up for HIPTIX you have access to $25 tickets to Roundabout productions. With a LincTix membership you can get $32 tickets to Lincoln Center Poductions. The Manhattan Theatre Club also has a 30 under 30 deal, where if you are under 30 years old you can get tickets for $30.
These are all websites that you can get discounted tickets on.
- TKTS Booth
There are multiple TKTS Booths around the city, but the most notable one is in Times Square. At the booth you can easily get discounted tickets!
Often you can get significant discounts on tickets if you buy them in bulk. So get a gaggle of friends and go enjoy a show!
Stephen Sondheim’s impact on theater is incalculable. Every theater kid has at least one Sondheim song in their back pocket at all times, and many can cite a Sondheim piece having some sort of significant impact on their lives.
So, in honor of Sondheim’s birthday, here are 10 of Sondheim’s best songs and our favorite lines from each.
Finishing the Hat
And how you’re always turning back too late / From the grass or the stick / Or the dog or the light
Somebody, sit in my chair / And ruin my sleep / And make me aware / Of being alive
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd
No more giants waging war / Can’t we just pursue our lives, with our children and our wives / ‘Til that happy day arrives, how do you ignore / All the witches, all the curses/ All the wolves, all the lies, the false hopes, the good-bye’s, the reverses
I rewrote the rewrite
The Ladies Who Lunch
Keeping house but clutching a copy of Life / Just to keep in touch
Send in the Clowns
Isn’t it rich? / Isn’t it queer? / Losing my timing this late in my career
The Glamorous Life
Ordinary mothers needn’t meet committees / But ordinary mothers don’t get keys to cities / No, ordinary mothers merely see their children all year / Which is lovely, I hear
Children Will Listen
Careful the wish you make / Wishes are children / Careful the path they take / Wishes come true / Not free
Every Day a Little Death
He smiles sweetly / Strokes my hair, says he misses me / I would murder him right there / But first I die
It’s finally spring on Broadway, and that means new shows opening every week! Here’s a sneek peak at the shows that start previews this week.
Rocktopia: ROCKTOPIA is Broadway’s new theatrical event featuring the greatest music from today and all time— from the dramatic sweep of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Copland, to the modern drive of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Queen and more. Six world-class vocalists and a powerfully large choir, backed by a full symphony orchestra and a five-piece rock band, perform the world’s most legendary music in a totally unique fusion of sounds like never heard before.
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 20
Children of a Lesser God: Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards for Best Play, Children of a Lesser God tells the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. As their relationship heats up, so does their need for control, igniting a thrilling exploration of passion, intimacy, and connection. In 1980, Children of a Lesser God premiered on Broadway and asked: how can we truly communicate? Now, Tony Award®-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences) is laying this question bare in a breathtaking new revival of this landmark play starring Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Lauren Ridloff (Wonderstruck), and Anthony Edwards (ER). Jesse Green of The New York Times calls it “thrilling! Joshua Jackson is a revelation in a tour de force role and Lauren Ridloff is sensational.”
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 22
The Iceman Cometh: Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, for 14 weeks only. Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, “the word ‘masterwork’ is not invoked lightly. Eugene O’Neill’s tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the middle of the night.” Beginning March 22, 2018, Denzel Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem in “the greatest American play” (New York Magazine) by “the greatest American playwright” (The Washington Post).
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 22
The newest musical comedy—with issues—is coming to the Great White Way! The Prom, directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicolaw, will officially take the Cort Theatre, with previews beginning on October 21, 2018, and an official opening night of November 15, 2018.
The Prom follows four Broadway stars on a hilarious mission to change the world and get a little publicity for themselves. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. Now, Broadway’s brassiest are coming to join the fight and they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. From Tony®-winning director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and the writers of The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, and Aladdin this is the hilarious musical comedy starring Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas, and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber. Featuring uproarious laughs and show-stopping dance numbers this new musical is about inspiring people to accept their differences, being the star you were always meant to be, and that immortal truth: There’s no business like getting in other people’s business.