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SHE LOVES ME Tonight. At Eight!

Well, actually 7:50 which is when the pre-show begins. I couldn't be any more excited for tonight's live stream of SHE LOVES ME. I found it to be a perfect production of a gem of a musical, and I think that we're all lucky that it's being captured before its closing. Also, extending the audience and viewership (and magic!) of live theatre into people's living rooms, using the latest in technologies -- count me in! 

You can read an interview I did with Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the co-founders and dynamic duo behind Broadway HD and tonight's broadcast right here

Visit broadwayhd.com/shelovesme to reserve a live stream pass to "She Loves Me" on June 30 at 8 p.m. EDT for $9.99. "She Loves Me" is free with all annual subscriptions to BroadwayHD's on-demand library. BroadwayHD annual subscribers in the United States can watch the "She Loves Me" live stream on BroadwayHD's Roku and Apple TV apps.

I'll be watching from here (complete with vanilla ice cream of course), and can't wait! 

 

Posted on: Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 09:49 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Important Read - Angels in America: The Complete Oral History

It’s a near-guarantee that if you put ‘Complete Oral History’ in an article or book title that I’ll read it. This morning was no-different when Angels in America: The Complete Oral History scrolled into my feed, via Slate. 

The piece marks the 25th Anniversary of the show, which premiered in San Francisco and has made its way through multiple great revivals, and a wonderful HBO adaptation. Going back to the beginning, they talk to nearly everyone and anyone to talk about how the production was shaped and changed the theatre world. Simply put, it’s a must-read.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 11:04 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

4th of July Discounts

It's always a good time to see a Broadway show, but on this holiday weekend many shows are offering 40% off tickets including Chicago, The Crucible, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Fun Home, Kinky Boots, She Loves Me, and Something Rotten!. A full description of these shows and a schedule of performances with the special $40 tickets can be found below. For more information: visit StarSpangledBroadway.com.

Chicago
After 20 years in the spotlight, CHICAGO is the longest-running American musical on Broadway. Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, this electrifying tale of greed, murder and show biz has been seen by over 30 million people worldwide. Filled with hit songs like "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle" and featuring sizzling dance in the style of Bob Fosse, CHICAGO is simply "the best musical in town!" (The New York Times).

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2:30 PM, and 7/3 at 2:30 PM

The Crucible
Arthur Miller's THE CRUCIBLE has returned to Broadway in a new production by the acclaimed Belgian director Ivo van Hove. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raves, "you must - and I mean it, you must - catch the play that transforms a fraught slice of American history into a pulsing, present-tense event. The Devil has returned to Broadway, with the power to make the strong tremble." Set during the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, The Crucible is a timeless parable of morality, a scorching indictment of intolerance, and a central work in the canon of American drama.

Performances: 6/29 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 6/30 at 7 PM, 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 7/3 at 3 PM, and 7/5 at 7 PM.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best New Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is in its final weeks! Two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs this "dazzling, pulse-pounding and remarkable" (Time Out New York) adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens that brings Mark Haddon's internationally best-selling novel to thrilling life.

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM , 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3 PM

Fully Committed
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a "comic dynamo" (The New York Times) in FULLY COMMITTED, the "sublimely funny" (The Washington Post) Broadway comedy that takes a sharp skewer to the backside of the restaurant biz. Ferguson plays all 40 characters in this side-splitting tour-de-force directed by Tony winner Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Avenue Q). It's "nonstop laughter" (The Wall Street Journal), but it's only on Broadway through July 31. Get a table while you still can!

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3PM

Fun Home
This summer is your last chance to experience Broadway's Tony Award-winning true story. FUN HOME is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, this groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, FUN HOME is "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" (Newsday).

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 3 PM

Kinky Boots
KINKY BOOTS is the winner of every major BEST MUSICAL award, including the Tony, the Grammy and London's Olivier Award. This dazzling sensation tells the story of the unexpected friendship between a factory owner and a fabulous entertainer. Featuring 16 original songs by CYNDI LAUPER, KINKY BOOTS celebrates the best in all of us - the challenges that shape our journey, the joys that keep us going and the shoes that lift us up along the way!

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, 7/3 at 3 PM

She Loves Me
It's your last chance to see the "show of the season!" (New York Observer). Based on the same story that inspired You've Got Mail, SHE LOVES ME has been hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "the most romantic of all Broadway musicals." Winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical Revival, this universally acclaimed production stars Tony winner Laura Benanti, Tony nominee Zachary Levi, and Tony winner Jane Krakowski.

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM, and 7/3 at 2 PM

Something Rotten!
From the director of ALADDIN and the co-director of THE BOOK OF MORMON comes SOMETHING ROTTEN!, the hilarious smash that tells the story of two brothers who set out to write the world's first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most laughs on Broadway, it's something wonderful... something for everyone... it's SOMETHING ROTTEN! 

Performances: 7/1 at 8 PM, 7/2 at 2 PM and 8 PM

Posted on: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 02:24 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/27

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 6/26/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,113,062
HAMILTON $2,007,222
WICKED $1,969,159
ALADDIN $1,671,568
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,371,455


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
AN ACT OF GOD ($306,916), FUN HOME ($384,193), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($392,158), FULLY COMMITTED ($426,533), LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT ($502,602)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

THE COLOR PURPLE $238,537
THE KING AND I $164,236
MATILDA $159,439
BRIGHT STAR $158,776
WICKED $150,787


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT ($-158,744), AN ACT OF GOD ($-21,229), HAMILTON ($-19,616), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF ($-16,828), ON YOUR FEET! ($-4,320)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $187.03
THE BOOK OF MORMON $156.92
THE LION KING $155.72
WICKED $134.61
WAITRESS $130.40


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($72.54), FUN HOME ($73.46), FINDING NEVERLAND ($77.41), FULLY COMMITTED ($79.27), THE CRUCIBLE ($82.08)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

WICKED 110.64%
WAITRESS 107.9%
HAMILTON 103.3%
THE LION KING 100.31%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 99.62%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
AN ACT OF GOD (42.6%), FINDING NEVERLAND (44.82%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (45.74%), FUN HOME (48.33%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (50.72%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.5%
HAMILTON 101.6%
WAITRESS 100.9%
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 100.7%
THE LION KING 100.0%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ON YOUR FEET! (63.2%), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (64.3%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (66.4%), JERSEY BOYS (68.2%), AN ACT OF GOD (68.8%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

THE COLOR PURPLE 1750
BRIGHT STAR 1247
LES MISÉRABLES 964
THE KING AND I 952
MATILDA 947


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SHE LOVES ME (-296), SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT (-243), AN ACT OF GOD (-229), THE CRUCIBLE (-102), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (-85)

That's all for this week... Other statistics that you'd like to see? Let us know!

Posted on: Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 03:09 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Ham4Hill

Want to see HAMILTON with Hillary Clinton? Us too. 

Enter now for a chance to win a free flight, hotel, and two tickets to see Hamilton in New York in July.

 

Posted on: Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 11:50 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Meat Loaf Sings DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES

Here's a fun one for today. Rocker Meat Loaf has a new album due out in September, featuring 10 songs written by longtime BAT OUT OF HELL collaborator Jim Steinman. Steinman of course is also a theatrical animal, who got his start under Joe Papp at the Public Theatre and wrote the lyrics for WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND, as well as creating DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES (and it's theatrical cousin TANZ DER  VAMPIRE) amongst many others. 

On the new Meat Loaf album, and featuring Karla DeVito (THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE on Broadway) and Ellen Foley (HAIR and INTO THE WOODS) is a track now called 'Going All the Way'. 

Theatre fans will recognize multiple parts of the tune from DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES and it's German-incarnation... 

Bonus fun fact, Steinman shared on Facebook last week re: his long-percolating BAT OUT OF HELL stage musical that "Next spring, my musical BOOH debuts at the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, CONVENT GARDEN IN LONDON, where it belongs, with Wagner, Verdi, and Puccini!! I'm very grateful for that!!!!!!!! SEE IT--IF WE DON'T F*CK UP, YOU'LL LOVE IT!!!!!!"

Posted on: Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 12:46 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

2016-17 Tony Nominating Committee

We're always asked by readers around awards season time about WHO is behind the Tony nominations. Well, here is the list for next (omg, this!) Season. 

The Nominating Committee attends all productions during the Broadway season and meets on the date designated by the Administration Committee to determine, by vote, the Tony Award nominees for that season. The committee of Tony Nominators will include 51 members for the 2016-2017 season. Members of the committee serve a three-year term.

The 2016-2017 Nominating Committee includes:

Adrian Bailey - Actor
Victoria Bailey - Executive Director, Theatre Development Fund
Luis Castro - Media and Entertainment Executive/Producer**
Hope Clarke - Choreographer
- Paul Cremo - Dramaturg/Director of Opera Commissioning Program, The Metropolitan Opera
- Patricia Cruz - Executive Director, Harlem Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.**
Trip Cullman - Director
Edgar Dobie - Executive Producer, Arena Stage - Washington, DC**
Scott Elliott - Director/Artistic Director, The New Group**
Harvey Evans - Actor
Sean Patrick Flahaven - Writer/ Composer/Orchestrator/ Conductor/Producer
Paul Gallo - Lighting Designer
Jenny Gersten - Former Executive Director, Friends of the High Line
Daniel Goldfarb - Playwright, Bookwriter
Sam Gonzalez - Dir. of Operations, Pfizer Medical/Board of Trustees, Playwrights Horizons
Adam Gwon - Composer/Lyricist
Roy Harris - Production Stage Manager
Peter Hedges - Writer**
Jack Hofsiss - Theatre, Film, Television Director
Mara Isaacs - Founder and Director, Octopus Theatricals, LLC**
Lou Jacob - Director at the New School for Drama
Anne Keefe - Associate Artist, Westport Country Playhouse**
Tom Kitt - Composer, Lyricist, Bookwriter
Fran Kumin - Consultant, Perf. Arts Organizations/Foundations/University Theatre
Programs
Michael John LaChiusa - Composer, Lyricist, Librettist**
Kate Levin - Cultural Assets Management Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Reynold Levy - Former President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- Patricia Marx - American Humorist and Writer, Former Television Writer
Jim McLaughlin - Former Producer, CBS News/TV Feature and Documentary Producer
Tony Meola - Sound Designer**
Jessica Molaskey - Actor**
Debra Monk - Actor
Roger Morgan - Lighting Designer, Theatre Designer
- Laurence O'Keefe - Composer
Katherine Oliver - Media and Technology Principal, Bloomberg Associates
Christian Parker - Chair, Graduate Theatre Program, Columbia University
Paige Price - Actor/1st Vice President of AEA/Executive Artistic Director, Theatre Aspen
- Ravi S. Rajan - Dean, School of the Arts - SUNY Purchase
Paul Rudnick - Playwright, Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist**
Susan H. Schulman - Director/President, Stage Directors and Choreographers
- Mikki Shepard - Executive Producer, The Apollo Theatre**
Warner Shook - Director
Ellen Sorrin - Director, The George Balanchine Trust**
Jessica Stone - Actor/ Director**
Edward Strong - Producer
Wynn Thomas - Production Designer
Jose Antonio Vargas - Journalist/Filmmaker/Founder of Define American **
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser - Costume Designer
Tom Watson - Retired Executive, Television Advertising
Preston Whiteway - Executive Director, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Evan Yionoulis - Director**

Posted on: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 @ 03:28 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

Alexandra Silber Live at Birdland (and BWW!)

Thanks to great work by BWW's social media team and most importantly by Birdland's Jim Caruso, our Facebook fans have been getting some exclusive looks at some of Broadway and cabaret's hottest talents, before and during their time on the legendary stage. 

Here, from last night is a look at the lovely Alexandra Silber (currently starring in FIDDLER). Enjoy! And of course to follow BWW on Facebook, click here!

 

Posted on: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 10:16 AM Read, Respond & Share: comments

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 6/20

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS - read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 6/19/2016.


Top 5 by This Week Gross

THE LION KING $2,106,410
HAMILTON $2,026,838
WICKED $1,818,372
ALADDIN $1,586,333
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,371,176


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
FUN HOME ($313,556), AN ACT OF GOD ($328,145), THE FATHER ($364,765), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($393,373), FULLY COMMITTED ($417,308)


Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF $117,877
ECLIPSED $93,961
THE KING AND I $92,239
SCHOOL OF ROCK $88,619
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT $82,603


Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
PARAMOUR ($-122,571), THE COLOR PURPLE ($-111,815), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS ($-103,722), FINDING NEVERLAND ($-96,941), MATILDA ($-80,193)


Top 5 by Average Ticket Price

HAMILTON $188.51
THE BOOK OF MORMON $156.72
THE LION KING $155.21
WICKED $129.75
WAITRESS $129.03


Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
FUN HOME ($66.56), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME ($72.79), FINDING NEVERLAND ($75.24), THE FATHER ($77.48), BRIGHT STAR ($77.64)


Top 5 by Gross % of Potential

HAMILTON 122.44%
WAITRESS 106.4%
WICKED 102.16%
THE LION KING 99.99%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 99.6%


Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
FUN HOME (39.45%), AN ACT OF GOD (39.86%), FINDING NEVERLAND (40.09%), THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (45.88%), JERSEY BOYS (46.4%)


Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

THE BOOK OF MORMON 102.6%
HAMILTON 101.7%
WAITRESS 100.6%
THE LION KING 100.0%
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 99.5%


Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (59.4%), JERSEY BOYS (60.7%), KINKY BOOTS (61.0%), ON YOUR FEET! (63.2%), AN ACT OF GOD (64.0%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF 1126
THE FATHER 738
SHE LOVES ME 709
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT 700
THE KING AND I 672


Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
FINDING NEVERLAND (-1619), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (-1280), PARAMOUR (-1028), THE COLOR PURPLE (-883), MATILDA (-700)

That's all for this week... Other statistics that you'd like to see? Let us know!

Posted on: Monday, June 20, 2016 @ 03:18 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

BC/EFA Donates $150,000 to Help Victims of Orlando Shooting

BC/EFA Donates $150,000 to Help Victims of Orlando Shooting

 

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced today that $150,000 will be donated on behalf of the Broadway community and all Broadway Cares supporters to three service organizations in central Florida committed to reaching out and providing emergency assistance to the victims of the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, and their families and friends.

"Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has moved quickly and responsibly on behalf of the New York theatre community to assist those affected by extraordinary, traumatic events," Executive Director Tom Viola said. "We stand with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community in Orlando and indeed with all who suffer from the violence that comes with inflamed rhetoric, toxic misconceptions of each other and subtle promotion of hatred. Let us respond with love and real resources."

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS this week will award emergency grants of $50,000 each to Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida in Orlando and the OneOrlando Fund.

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Working with the city of Orlando, local partners and the National Center for Victims of Crime, Equality Florida will manage and distribute funds being raised through its Pulse Victims Fund campaign on GoFundMe.com, which already has raised $4.7 million.

These funds will address the medical costs, emergency expenses and funeral arrangements of the victims and their families, coordinating immediate emergency assistance with long-term crisis management and support. Since all funds raised by this specific GoFundMe page have been pledged to go directly to those most affected by this horrific incident, BC/EFA's donation will support Equality Florida's administrative costs to ensure that these funds are distributed efficiently, responsibly and with careful oversight.

"We are determined at Equality Florida to take care of our LGBT loved ones, families and community," Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith said. "The responsibility to be an effective and efficient central processing center for all of the many pieces involved with responding to the aftermath of such a tragedy has created a considerable strain on our infrastructure and entire support team. This kind and extraordinary donation from Broadway Cares and the Broadway community, specifically for administrative expenses, allows us to do our best to provide the support created from thousands of individual donations on GoFundMe that our LGBT family so desperately needs now and in the weeks and months ahead."

The GLBT Center of Central Florida is organizing and offering a range of frontline, on-the-ground services to families, friends and others most affected by the shootings, including crisis counseling and an emergency hotline.

"We are so grateful to our friends in the Broadway community and at Broadway Cares for this donation," said GLBT Center Executive Director Terry De Carlo. "We have been running 24 hours a day since Sunday to make sure the families of the victims of this senseless crime are taken care of. From housing, meals and clothing, to flights to get family members here and caskets shipped home, these families have been devastated and face terrific challenges on top of shock and great sorrow. This grant is a blessing and allows us to respond to them now and for weeks to come. The Broadway community will be forever in our hearts."

The OneOrlando Fund was set up by Mayor Buddy Dyer and the city of Orlando this week specifically to respond to short-term and long-term needs, supporting and starting projects to strengthen the entire Orlando community. The fund will help nonprofits that are supporting victims and families; support the LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities; and address the underlying causes of this tragic event.

"Broadway Cares has carefully vetted the three organizations receiving these emergency funds," Viola said. "Too often after such tragedies, well-intentioned people and those with more nefarious motives rush to solicit donations without the infrastructure, ability or genuine intent to reach those who need it most. By partnering with these credible, established entities within the Orlando community, we can be confident that funds raised by the Broadway community will deliver meaningful, immediate and long-lasting help. Please be cautious in responding to online solicitations."

These emergency grants are in addition to $218,500 provided in 2015 by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS through its annual National Grants Program to 23 HIV/AIDS and family service organizations across Florida.

 

Posted on: Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 03:53 PM Read, Respond & Share: comments

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