Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s plays in his American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway – until now.
The premiere Broadway production of August Wilson’s Jitney is now in its final weeks. The production, which opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 19th, will play its final performance on March 12th. Fortunately, there are still group tickets available starting at $30 for groups of 10+.
Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last.
Jitney is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and stars John Douglas Thompson (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Bourne Legacy), André Holland (Moonlight, FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke) and more. Don’t miss your chance to see this incredible play by a true American treasure. Call 877-943-2929 and let Your Broadway Genius help you get the best seats at the lowest prices.
Legendary Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber made history last week by becoming the first person in over 60 years to have four shows running on Broadway at the same time! Show number four, Sunset Boulevard, opened at the Palace Theatre on Thursday evening. This makes Lloyd Webber the first person to accomplish this feat since renowned writing duo Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1953, the only other time in Broadway history that this situation has occurred.
In this limited revival of the international sensation, Glenn Close reprises her Tony-winning performance as Norma Desmond, the tragic former movie star who struggles to move on from her once-illustrious career. Lloyd Webber’s other three shows currently running on Broadway are The Phantom of the Opera, the record-holding longest running show in Broadway history, which has been enchanting audiences at the Majestic Theatre since 1987; School of Rock, his latest Broadway smash, which opened last year at the Winter Garden Theatre; and the current revival of Cats, the former holder of the record for longest running show on Broadway, which opened last summer at the Neil Simon Theatre. In honor of this momentous occasion, Andrew Lloyd Webber (center) was found posing with characters from all four of his current Broadway shows on Thursday, as shown in the photo above.
For tickets to any of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows, including the brand new revival of Sunset Boulevard, call 877-943-2929 and speak to a Genius today!
Here at Your Broadway Genius, we’ve got all the tips to maximize your Broadway (or Off-Broadway) experience. Follow these tips, and you’ll be a pro in no time!
- Are you used to buying snacks and drinks in a movie theater before the movie begins? On Broadway, they sell snacks and drinks, too…for twice the price! Since most theaters do not allow you bring outside food into the house, we recommend you eat beforehand and save your wallet!
- Before the show there will usually be an announcement asking the audience members to silence all cell phones and electronics before the show. Genius Tip #2 is to go one step further and just turn them off. Even if your phone is on vibrate only, vibrations can still make a loud noise, especially if your phone goes off during a quiet moment in a show. Also, certain apps still make noise even if the phone is on silent, particularly alarm apps, reminders, music, maps, etc. You can check all these things individually, turn off vibrate, and manually lower your media and ringer volume. Your best bet though is to turn your phone off for a couple of hours and enjoy the show.
- If you are with a group of people, establish your post-show meeting spot before entering the theater and make sure everyone knows how to get there. Depending on the size and age range of your group, it might be helpful to meet somewhere outside the theater, since most people in the theater are trying to leave and you don’t want to get in their way or block them in.
- Bring a bag if you’re thinking of keeping your Playbill or ticket. If you get a souvenir from the show, they’ll usually give you a bag, but the size of the bag may depend on what you get.
Follow these tips, and your Broadway experience will be hassle-free. Call 877-943-2929 now and get your trip started!
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Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter. Cope with the chilly weather by booking group tickets to a Broadway show! Your group could see Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Sunday in the Park with George, Hello, Dolly!…Do you ever have the feeling you’ve seen this all before? No, you’re not experiencing déjà vu, nor are you trapped in a never ending time loop. There are several high-profile musical revivals making a comeback on Broadway this season! In honor of the upcoming musical Groundhog Day, let’s take a look at this season’s revivals, and see how exciting it can be to revisit a show.
When Cats first opened on Broadway in 1982, a transfer of the smash production that had opened on London’s West End the year before, it was an immediate success. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats took Broadway by storm with its whimsical lyrics taken from the source’s original text, iconic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, exquisite direction by Trevor Nunn, and groundbreaking choreography by Gillian Lynne. When the Tony Award-winning original production closed on Broadway in 2000, its 18-year run held the record for longest-running show in Broadway history (a record since surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera, another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that is still running today!). Inspired by a successful limited revival in London in 2014 featuring the original creative team, Cats returned to Broadway in July of 2016, with direction once again by Trevor Nunn and new choreography by Tony Award-winning Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler. Tickets for Cats start at $45 for groups of 12+. Whether you’re revisiting the show you loved way back when or seeing the sensation for the first time, this Cats revival is an essential experience for every Broadway lover!
Glenn Close first transfixed Broadway with her transcendent depiction of faded screen star Norma Desmond in 1994, a performance for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Based on the 1950 Hollywood film of the same name, which starred silver screen legend Gloria Swanson in the leading role, Sunset Boulevard tells the story of Joe Gillis, a hopeful, young screenwriter whose life becomes entangled in the web that is Norma Desmond, a tragic former icon who is grasping at the last vestiges of her once-bright career. The new production, a 16-week limited engagement, is a transfer of a successful London revival that played in 2016. This semi-staged production features Glenn Close reprising her performance, backed by a 40-piece orchestra. Tickets for Sunset Boulevard start at $55 for groups of 12+. It’s a rare thing to have a second chance to catch such a memorable performance, so be sure not to miss it!
Written by the musical team behind Les Miserables and based on Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the story of a tragic love affair between Chris, an American G.I., and Kim, a Vietnamese orphan, before and after the Fall of Saigon. The Broadway transfer of the original London production was a massive hit, propelling a young Lea Salonga to stardom. This season’s upcoming revival, another transfer of a successful London production, is set to open on March 23, 2017 for a limited run through January 15, 2018 at Miss Saigon’s original Broadway home, the Broadway Theatre. The show will star Eva Noblezada, Jon Jon Briones, and Alistair Brammer, reprising their lauded performances from the West End, and is expected to make quite the splash! Tickets for Miss Saigon start at $39 for groups of 12+.
This production of Sunday in the Park with George, the second Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, will be the first show to play at the newly restored Hudson Theatre when it opens later this month. Based on an enormously well-received concert production staged in October of 2016, this downsized, semi-staged revival stars Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal, making his long-awaited Broadway musical debut as George, and Tony Award-winner Annaleigh Ashford as Dot/Marie. Sunday in the Park with George begins with the story of Georges Seurat (Gyllenhaal), the real-life painter of “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” and his relationship with the fictional Dot, long-suffering model and companion to the tormented artist, who begins to lose her patience with the ever-distant Georges as he tries to complete his magnum opus. The action then moves 100 years into the future, and we follow another George (also Gyllenhaal) who is struggling to maintain his artistic integrity in the world of modern art. This 10-week only run begins previews on February 11, 2017, with an official opening on February 23 and a hard closing date of April 23. Tickets for Sunday in the Park with George start at $49 for groups of 12+. Catch this revival while you can!
Bette Midler finally returns to Broadway as the feisty matchmaker Dolly Levi in the upcoming limited revival of the classic musical Hello, Dolly! The Divine Miss M takes on the role made famous by Broadway legend Carol Channing and stage and screen diva Barbra Streisand in the film adaptation. Midler will be joined by Emmy and Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce, as well as Broadway veterans Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin and more, to sing such beloved standards as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and, of course, “Hello, Dolly!” Tickets for Hello, Dolly! start at $69 for groups of 10+. Don’t miss out on this season’s most highly anticipated hit!
Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is set among a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with feline characters who’ve come out to play on one special night of the year—the night of the “Jellicle Ball.” One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to “The Heaviside Layer” and be reborn into a whole new life.
Rates start at $45 for groups of 12+, so book your tickets today with Your Broadway Genius. Call 877-943-2929 for the best tickets at the lowest prices!
Hopefully you saw our post on Bathroom Genius Tips for going before the show. But what about once you get to the theater? Why is this such a complicated situation? Well, if you’re seeing a show in a Broadway theater, you are going to be sitting in a theater with at least 499 other patrons, and most of those people are going to be rushing to fairly few bathroom stalls during the same small breaks. If you’re a Broadway novice, you could probably use some Genius Tips on how to navigate this situation so you can do your business and be back to your seat in time to enjoy the show. (Note that all of these tips can apply to other situations in addition to going to the bathroom, such as going to the water fountain, bar, concession stand, souvenir stand, etc.)
- Before the show begins, right when you’re first finding your seat, ask the usher where the nearest bathroom (or water fountain) is. Also find out if there is a larger one on another level that people might not think to go to. This way, when you do get up (whether before the show or at intermission), you know where you are going right away. Always leave your seat with a plan!
- Now, this tip is one of the most important. Get to the theater nice and early (house doors usually open 30 minutes before curtain) and do everything you need to do BEFORE the show. This includes: buying food or drink, buying your souvenirs (if you know what you want to get ahead of time), and, most important of all, going to the bathroom. Even if you don’t think that you have to go yet, even if you are seeing a show with an intermission and you think you can go then, go to the bathroom before the show. The lines are MUCH more crowded if you go at intermission, and going beforehand prevents you from having to run out of the show to address an emergency!
- If you do need to go on any lines during intermission, leave your seat and get in line as soon as the lights come on. Intermission lines are notoriously long, and many people underestimate how many people will need to use the bathroom and take their time getting up and into the lobby. Don’t make that mistake. As a matter of fact, if there is ANYTHING you need or plan to do during intermission, do it ASAP, because those 15 minutes go by a lot quicker than you’d think. (Geek Note: Don’t trust the “Ortega Maneuver” from Bunheads. It didn’t work for Michelle and it won’t work for you.)
Follow these Bathroom Genius Tips, and your next Broadway experience will be a breeze. Don’t believe us? Book your next show and try them out! Call 877-943-2929 for the best group tickets at the lowest prices!
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Direct from the West End, Rohald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory arrives at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this Spring. This highly anticipated page-to-stage adaptation promises to be one of the sweetest new musicals of the season. With direction by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray), music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray), and Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher) in the role of Willy Wonka, the show has all the perfect ingredients for a hit Broadway musical.
Luckily, you don’t have to give away all your gold to earn a ticket to this treasured tale. In fact, now through January 27th only, tickets are available for as low as $39.
But hurry, because there’s only 9 days to take advantage of this unbeatable offer to the world of Wonka like you’ve never seen before. Give us a call by Jan. 27th at 877-943-2929 to secure your seats.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delectable treat for groups of all taste buds but especially students! Check out this Study Guide to make your experience at the theatre even SWEETER!
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One of the most highly anticipated productions this year is the live stage adaptation of Anastasia. From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical Anastasia is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.
Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox animated film, Anastasia reunites the Tony Award®-winning writers of the Broadway classic Ragtime: book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Darko Tresnjak, a Tony Award winner for Best Direction of a Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, will direct, and Peggy Hickey (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) will choreograph. The all-star cast includes Christy Altomare (Spring Awakening), Derek Klena (Wicked), Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables), and Mary Beth Peil (CBS’s “The Good Wife”).
To help enhance the student group experience, check out the Anastasia Education Guide. This booklet provides insight into the creation of the show and the story of Anastasia via articles, bios, and photos. Study guides are a wonderful resource for enriching your group’s theatrical experience.
Student tickets are available starting $49. Give us a call today at 877-943-2929 or book here to secure your Broadway group tickets to Anastasia!
In Part Two of our Spooky Musicals series, we take a look back at the freakishly funny and quirky musical The Rocky Horror Show! In honor of next week’s airing of FOX’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!, we wanted to give our readers a bit of history as to how the show became the cult classic it is today.
For those of you who may not have seen the show, the musical is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies ofs the late 1940s thru the early 1970s. It follows the story of newlyweds Brad and Janet getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite, Dr. Frank N Furter. Frank is getting ready to unveil his new creation – a Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, muscle man named Rocky Horror.
The show’s book, music, and lyrics were all written by Richard O’Brien in the early 70s. O’Brien was an out of work actor in London at the time and initially started writing the project as a means of keeping himself busy. He chose to combine his passion for the unintentionally comedic nature of B horror movies with his love for 50’s rock and roll music. After reading an early, unfinished draft, Australian director Jim Sharman asked to direct the piece at the Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre. The intimate studio space had been frequently used as a place for emerging writers to develop new work. The show premiered on June 19, 1973 and despite being staged in a tiny 63 seat theatre, the show garnered significant attention. In fact, when record producer Jonathan King saw a performance, he immediately arranged for the cast to make the original cast recording.
In August 1973, the show transferred to the 230 seat Chelsea Classic Cinema and then to the 500 seat King’s Road Theatre in November 1973. The musical, a commercial and critical success, received the 1973 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.
The Rocky Horror Show did not premiere in the United States in March 1974. The show opened at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles with an all new cast except original UK stars Tim Curry and Richard O’Brien. The run sold out and caught the attention of 20th Century Fox executive Gordon Stulberg who produced the 1975 film version (entitled “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”).
With the film opening in Fall 1975, producer Lou Adler decided to mount the show on Broadway in the spring of 1975 in time for the film release. The original production opened on March 10, 1975 at the Belasco Theatre but only ran for a total of 45 performances. The short run is surprising especially when compared to the London production which ran for nearly 2,960 performances before closing in 1980.
The Rocky Horror Show would not return to Broadway until October 19, 2000. The production, staged in the round at Circle in the Square Theatre, proved to be much more successful. The revival earned 4 Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical. The show closed in January 2002 after 437 performances. It is speculated that the show closed prematurely due to financial losses during the time post-9/11.
On October 20, a new television version of The Rocky Horror Show will air on FOX. Are you tuning in? We sure are!
With Halloween just around the corner, we’re celebrating notable spooky musicals that have appeared both on and off Broadway! Horror has always been a tricky genre to capture live on stage but when it works, it is an absolute treat. Our Geniuses have done some research and we’re ready to report back to you with some of our findings.
We’re launching our series with a show that failed to achieve both critical acclaim and box office success. The show is the musical Carrie which is still widely considered one of the most notorious flops in Broadway history.
Based on Stephen King’s best selling novel and the popular 1976 film, the musical did not fare nearly as well as the film adaptation or the source material. The stage version was nearly entirely sung through and staged in the tradition of a Greek tragedy. The show featured a book by the film’s screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and music by Michael Gore. Gore and Pitchford had previously collaborated on songs for the film Fame. A major criticism of the show was the unintentionally comic presentation of Carrie’s telekinetic powers. Additionally, clunky pop lyrics did not manage to captivate audiences – particularly the Act II opener which musicalized the teenagers’ quest for pig’s blood.
The musical had its world premiere with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in February 1988. The production featured direction by Terry Hands and choreography by Debbie Allie. The cast included Broadway veteran Barbara Cook as Margaret White and newcomer Linzi Hateley in the title role. The production was plagued with script and technical problems. For example, the crew was unable to douse Ms. Hateley with fake blood without causing microphone to malfunction. On opening night, Ms. Cook nearly suffered severe injuries from an elaborate set piece causing her to resign from the show. She stayed with the musical for the remainder of the run in England.
Despite mixed reviews and a plethora of technical issues, the musical transferred to Broadway’s Virginia Theatre in the spring. Ms. Cook officially left the show and was replaced by Betty Buckley, who ironically had appeared in the film version of Carrie. The show opened on Thursday, May 12, 1988 to scathing reviews from critics. Carrie closed on Sunday, May 15 after only 5 performances at an $8 million loss.
The show has since been been produced frequently in regional theatres. Most notably, a 2012 Off Broadway revival at MCC reunited Gore, Pitchford, and Cohen who collaborated on heavily revising the book and score. This production also led to the first-ever cast album of the show.
Be sure to check back next week for a glimpse into another spooky show!