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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.
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 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."
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.
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.
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.
Broadway producers from the Kirmser Ponturo Group recently announced plans for a new, still untitled play that will focus on the history of Major League Baseball's most famous team. The New York Yankees and the MLB organization are partnering with producers, and the Kirmser Ponturo Group hope to have the play ready to hit the Great White Way by late next year.
In regards to the upcoming play and the Yankees' collaboration Bloomberg reports that Lonn Trost, the team's Chief Operations Officer, said, "It is a thrill that two iconic American institutions, the Yankees and the Broadway theater, are joining together. Just as generations of fans have been captivated in their seats at Yankee Stadium, theatergoers will be able to experience the same drama and joy. We look forward to opening our archives to the process and sharing our stories."
Bouncing back from the double-hit of Hurricane Sandy followed by snowstorm Athena, day-to-day business in New York City is continuing its slow return to normalcy. Ticket sales did not follow last week's significant increase of over $6 million, but did continue to mildly increase.
According to this week's figures posted by The Broadway League, Broadway gross ticket sales totaled just under $20.9 million for the week ending on November 18. The gross ticket sales are up $1.3 million from the previous week ending on November 11.
The Longacre Theatre opened its doors earlier this week to a raunchy comedy about the Adult Film Awards. However, according to Mark Kennedy of the Associated Press, the show just isn't going to work out. As of Thursday night, just one night after the show's opening, producers have pulled the plug. Kennedy says, "It was a new, brave and profane show set in the world of porn that had been building some word of mouth interest." Unfortunately, on top of the negative reviews, the hurricane that struck New York City only added to the show's demise, throwing the producers for a loop.
Roundabout Theatre Company's "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a Broadway revival, officially opened on November 13, 2012 at Studio 54. The zany musical is set to run through February 10, 2013. Charles Dickens passed away before he finished his last novel, therefore taking the whodunit murder mystery with him to the grave. Rupert Holmes turned the novel into a musical with various endings, and allowed the audience to decide who the murderer is.
The Roundabout Theatre Company originally scheduled the opening date on November 29, but pushed it up to November 13, previews still began on October 19.