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THE WEEK AHEAD, Dec. 22-28: A Guide to Holiday Theatregoing

By Blake Ross, Playbill.com

Elf, A Christmas Story, Annie, A Christmas Carol, and

Annie, Cinderella, Drood, Newsies, Once, Spider-Man and More Will Take Part in 2013 Kids' Night on Broadway

By Michael Gioia, Playbill.com

Kids' Night on Broadway will take place from Feb 25 through March 3, 2013, brought to you by the Broadway League. Anyone age 6-18 is eligible for a free ticket if they are accompanied by a paying adult. A number of Broadway shows, as well as a handful of Off-Broadway performances, are set to participate.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, With Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker, Steams Up Broadway Starting Dec. 18

By Adam Hetrick, Playbill.com

Tennessee Williams' classic 1955 drama returns to Broadway for the third time this decade when Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens tonight at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Welcome to Whoville! How the Grinch Stole Christmas Begins Performances at Madison Square Garden

By Broadway.com Staff

Jeff McCarthy stars as Dr. Suess' famous Christmas antagonist when How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes to the Theater at Madison Square Garden tonight. The musical is directed by Matt August and will feature classic songs like "You're a Mean One, Mr.

Broadway Rush, Lottery and Standing Room Only Policies

By Matthew Blank, Playbill.com

In an effort to make shows more affordable, many Broadway theaters are now offering rush, lottery, and standing-room-only tickets. Securing one of these lower-priced options typically requires arriving early at the box office on the day of the show.

Golden Boy Opens On Broadway Dec. 6

By Adam Hetrick, Playbill.com

Clifford Odets' 1937 classic Golden Boy opens December 6 at the Belasco Theatre and stars former War Horse lead Seth Numrich. Numrich plays Joe Bonaparte, a blossoming violinist who also has the ability to earn big money as a prizefighter.

Cirque Week Las Vegas kicks off December 1

By Alysha Heers

Cirque Week is swinging into Las Vegas this fall for the third year. Cirque du Soleil is featuring a week-long of behind-the-stages events of all seven productions.

A senior publicist for CirqueduSoleil.com, Ann Paladie told TicketNews® they have asked guests for feedback about previous years and they are trying to utilize that feedback to give guests the best experiences possible with this year's Cirque Week. She also said, "We noted that some of our guests are repeat visitors so we strive to offer different experiences for them each year."

Broadway ticket sales increase as holiday season kicks off

By Alysha Heers

Over holidays, ticket sales for Broadway plays can be erratic. Even though most productions closed for Thanksgiving, many made up for it with a special matinee performances for families on Friday, November 23, in addition to their normal Friday night performances.

Ticket sales had a big jump over the holiday with gross ticket sales up $6.4 million from the previous week ending November 18. According to this week's figures posted by The Broadway League, Broadway gross ticket sales totaled $27,019,880 for the week ending on November 25.

'Cinderella' to make Broadway debut early 2013

By Kristina LaFountain

Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" will join the fairy tale bandwagon when it hits Broadway for the first time at the beginning of next year.

Previews for the show, starring Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes ("Bonnie & Clyde," and "South Pacific") as Cinderella, will begin January 24, 2013 at the Broadway Theatre. Surprisingly, this will mark the Broadway debut of the princess character, as well as this particular musical, according to the Entertainment Weekly website.

Four actresses to share lead in 'Matilda the Musical'

By Jessica Turgeon

After revealing plans last March to open in New York sometime in 2013, producers of the upcoming American debut of "Matilda the Musical" have officially announced the four actresses who will share the title role. The show, based on the classic story by Roald Dahl, premiered in November 2010 at Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre in London, where it played to sold-out crowds.

The musical then moved to London’s West End at the Cambridge Theatre in October 2011. The producers reveled in its success and decided to open on Broadway. In 2012, Matilda won seven Lawrence Olivier awards, setting a record for number of wins for any musical. The awards include Best Musical, Best Director, and Best Actress, shared among the four young actresses playing Matilda on the London stage.

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