No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!

forgetmenotnyc
Stand-by
joined:1/29/09
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/11/13 at 11:47pm
Other than Radio City Music Hall, this seems to be a rare season that there is no special Holiday musicals. What does this mean? From Alan Menken's "A Christmas Carol, Grinch, White Christmas, Elf, to A Christmas Story - why nothing for NYC this yr? Has the idea of a 2 month, at most, production kinda run its course?
indytallguy
Featured Actor
joined:7/13/08
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/11/13 at 11:51pm
A Christmas Story is playing Madison Square Garden:

Theatre at MSG
forgetmenotnyc
Stand-by
joined:1/29/09
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 12:08am
Thanks Indytallguy. What with their TONY 2013 number & all, I was certainly thinking they were going to be around this season. Somehow, their advertising has just bypassed me unlike last season when they were officially on Bway. I guess that is a step up for them since they can get accommodate larger audiences at MSG, right?

Updated On: 12/12/13 at 12:08 AM
Liza's Headband
Broadway Legend
joined:5/28/13
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 12:12am
Yes, you would think so. A much larger house to fill, but also a much shorter run with presumably smaller nut (as they can run that production on a different contract; it's not a Broadway house)
Outoftowner2
Stand-by
joined:1/8/12
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 11:09am
Saw ACS last night. The theater isn't great but the cast is wonderful. This is a very good show
See it if you can.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 11:15am
"I guess that is a step up for them since they can get accommodate larger audiences at MSG, right?"

Not in my opinion. The Theatre At MSG is just a converted basement. It was designed for rock groups, not theater. It has terrible sightlines, there are a couple of seats on the highest level where a person is sitting right behind a column and can't see the stage at all. It's a difficult space to perform in because with the audience so far away, reactions are hard to judge (and take longer to echo back to the actor). And the interior is not in anyway warm or inviting.
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PJPan
Understudy
joined:5/6/13
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 01:31pm
Saw it last night as well...fully enjoyed it! High energy cast, entertaining, and some nice Pasek & Paul music. Well worth it.
Vespertine1228
Broadway Legend
joined:10/30/05
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 02:17pm
Frankly, I think basement is too nice a word. It's just an awful, awful venue. Possibly my least favorite in New York. What really gets me is that it's a popular comedy venue for big comedians. I saw Ricky Gervais there and I might as well have been listening to the radio.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 03:01pm
"What really gets me is that it's a popular comedy venue for big comedians."

I can do you one better. I went to see Brett Butler there and I guess her fanbase is so small that they set up tables out in the lobby and she performed in the lobby.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Matt1
Featured Actor
joined:5/10/13
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 09:57pm
Even the most expensive seats are far away from the stage. I saw A Christmas Story last year and loved every minute of it, which surprised me. See it again this year but not happy about the venue.
CapnHook
Broadway Legend
joined:5/12/03
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/12/13 at 10:03pm
They announced Madison Square Garden MONTHS ago. I hear they have been selling well and do not need to spend much on advertising. Good for them. I wish they would have played elsewhere. The Marquis, perhaps.
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
mikey2573
Broadway Star
joined:12/28/10
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/14/13 at 09:41am
I saw the tour once in Hartford and twice in Boston and it is a terrific show. I was really not pleased to hear it would be playing MSG as I agree with all the negatives posted about it on this thread; HORRIBLE theater (and I've only ever been there once, YEARS ago for A CHRISTMAS CAROL, would never see anything there again, EVER!). It is a fantastic show and the cast is simply AMAZING; full of energy and having so much fun! But, at MSG? I wouldn't pay to see it there.
jonartdesigns
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/04
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/14/13 at 04:01pm
for those who have gone, does the adult cast sign after the show?
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RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/15/13 at 12:55am
Are there any cheap tickets? I totally forgot this was even having it.
tom2000a
Chorus Member
joined:11/10/12
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/16/13 at 12:13am
It's the worst theatre space in NYC. It's awful. I saw A Christmas Carol and The Grinch. The problem is the seating area is so huge and the stage is so tiny. I would never see anything there again. EVER. And I wanted to see A Christmas Story. I find it hard to believe they can fill that huge space but I guess they are.
ClumsyDude15
Broadway Legend
joined:12/11/06
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/18/13 at 12:49am
Not to repeat what RippedMan asked above, but what is the cheapest option to see A Christmas Story? I adored the show last year, and am going to try and see it hopefully sometime next week, but don't want to break the bank.
AntV
Leading Actor
joined:12/23/12
No Broadway Holiday Shows This Year!
Posted: 12/20/13 at 07:36pm
TDF has tickets for next weekend's shows. But they say what sections the seats will be located and they aren't that great. Is that a definite location for this show or just the usual TDF saying the worst place the seats could be, but then they end up being great seats?

Because I looked at the Sat. 28th matinee on Ticketmaster and in the 300 section where it says the seats will be located there are very few seats remaining. Are the TDF seats already allocated? That Saturday matinee actually has the most seats available in the good sections out of any of the performances remaining. I would think TDF would use their members to fill in seats somewhere close like they usually do, no?

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