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Hurricane Sandy made its strength known in New York City last week, including the Broadway neighborhood, forcing several shows to cancel performances and with the mass-transit system shutdown, the storm effected shows through the rest of the week.
According to The Broadway League, receipts for the Great White Way's 28 shows totaled $13.7 million, down nearly $6 million from the previous week's sales. Broadway favorites like "The Book of Mormon," "Wicked," and "The Lion King" still managed to bring in over $1 million, but several shows reached less than 50 percent of their potential gross, according to figures posted by BroadwayWorld.com.
"Zarkana," a magical acrobatic rock opera experience will mesmerize audience members on the Las Vegas strip as another Cirque du Soleil production. Preview performances began on November 1 at the Elvis Theatre in Aria Resort & Casino. The preview performances will run through November 11 and the show will officially open on November 12 for a full residency.
Before finding its' full-residence in Vegas, "Zarkana" was a touring show selling more than a million tickets to awed theatergoers around the world. The production debuted the summer of 2011 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. It then had successful limited engagements in Spain's Madrid Arena, at the Kremlin Theater in Moscow, and back at New York's Radio City Music Hall for another summer in 2012.
Broadway will finally be back to its normal schedule this week after being dark while Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City last week. A true icon and one of the city's biggest economic contributors, Broadway reopened on Wednesday, October 31, some shows offering discounted tickets, and serving as just a small reminder that nothing can stop "the city that never sleeps."
Amanda Pekoe, president of theatrical marketing and advertising company The Pekoe Group, told TicketNews® that while she expects that there will be a slight bump in ticket sales this coming week, things are still not quite back to normal. "There are still a lot of factors that needs to be considered, including that right now only a couple of trains are running into Manhattan from Brooklyn, many areas are still recovering from the storm and will continue for quite some time, and there is a gas shortage. Peoples' priorities right now are safety and helping their friends and neighbors bounce back."
George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" has returned to the stage of the David H. Koch Theater for the 2012 holiday season. The performance is scheduled to run from November 25 through December 31. According to the New York Post , "New York City Ballet's 'The Nutcracker' is as much about kicking off the holiday season as it is about dance." The ballet is a familiar classic for the holidays.
Featured on stage are 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two separate casts of 50 students currently enrolled in the School of American Ballet. The staging features Balanchine's classic choreography and elaborate visual effects. "From the moment the lights dim, you are transported to a wondrous world of magic and wonder. A rousing snowstorm sends a blizzard of ballerinas across the stage, sweeping you to exotic locales in the enchanting Land of Sweets," claims the official website for the New York City Ballet.
Hurricane Sandy definitely had an effect on Broadway ticket sales through the week ending October 28. All but four shows on the Great White Way experienced a decrease, and gross ticket sales were down $1.7 million, or 8.4 percent from the previous week.
According to figures posted by The Broadway League, ticket sales totaled $20 million through Sunday, down from the almost $21.8 million previously. With a city-ordered mass-transit shutdown in New York City, The Broadway League was forced to cancel all evening performances on Sunday, October 28 and Monday, October 29, which led to a steep decrease in sales for many shows.
"Giant" is a musical about a love story based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber. Previews began Off-Broadway at The Public's Newman Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, on October 26, 2012. The official opening is set for November 13 and the production will run to December 2, 2012.
The Public Theater has a tradition of teaming up with non-profit theaters around the country. "Giant" is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center. Three-time Tony-nominated director, Michael Greif will direct the New York production as he was the director of the play at the Dallas Theater Center last winter. The Public Theater also has a great history of presenting new musicals, Shakespeare, and other classics with this strategy.
PRESS RELEASE: "MOST BROADWAY MATINEE AND EVENING PERFORMANCES TO GO ON AS SCHEDULED TOMORROW WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31st"
Most Broadway matinee and evening performances in New York City will play as scheduled on Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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(New York, NY) - October 30, 2012
Organizers have officially announced the second-annual TEDxBroadway, a daylong conference that brings together leaders in academics, entertainment, marketing and media to discuss the issues and opportunities facing Broadway and generate ideas for growing its future. The event will take place on January 28, 2013 at New World Stages in New York City.
Last year's sold-out event focused on what Broadway will be like in the year 2032. The 2013 TEDxBroadway will bring together some of the most influential people in the industry to answer the question: "What's the best that Broadway can be — on stage, in the community, and throughout the world?"
It's that time of year again. Hot summer days turn to cool autumn nights; the leaves change colors and begin to fall. Soon the trees will be bare, waiting for the impending snow. Another tell-tale sign that winter is on its way is the preparation for the seasonal favorite, "Radio City Christmas Spectacular." Tickets are on sale now for the hit holiday show and New York City staple. This year, the Radio City Rockettes will be celebrating 85 years of their heartwarming holiday tale. The "Christmas Spectacular" opens on November 9 and will run through December 30 at the Radio City Music Hall.
The Rockettes are thrilled to be celebrating such an exciting anniversary. In an interview with Broadway.com during a summer preview of the 2012 "Christmas Spectacular," Rockette Jacey Lambros described why she believes the show is such a success. "I think it has endured for 85 years because they're consistently evolving. Every year we add new show elements and new technique, and we sort of spice it up each year to bring it to modern times."
Preview performances are underway for "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple Mcpherson," a musical that takes on religion, sex, drugs, music, and romance. The book and lyrics are by TV host, actress, singer, and writer Kathie Lee Gifford. The show will officially open on November 15 at Broadway's Neil Simon Theater.
Aimee Semple McPherson is a controversial 1920's Pentecostal evangelist preacher who was the first female to earn a radio broadcast license and she created a Christian multimedia empire. The play also tells about the controversial events of Mcpherson's life, including her mysterious kidnapping and scandalous love affairs. A drug overdose took her life in 1944, yet Time magazine named her as one of the most influential people of the 20th century.