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New Theater Shows Hitting The Stage

By David Jacobs | October 21st, 2014

This week, several announcements were made regarding some of the most highly anticipated shows to hit the Broadway stage. Another big announcement this week came regarding Broadway in Chicago’s big world premier. The production officially welcomed the premiere of Amazing Grace this week. The show has been in previews since October 9th at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Now the production is officially underway. The all-new musical will continue in Chicago through November 2nd and will feature music and lyrics from Christopher Smith. The cast is lead by Tony Award nominees Josh Youn and Erin Mackey. Together with an all-star cast this production tells that story of the true story behind one of the most popular songs in the world. Tickets are available now for those looking to see this show live.

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The new production On the Town also opened this week on October 16th. The show premiered at the Lyric Theatre. The production made a dramatic revival o f the popular show, which first premiered in 1944. The show features an all-star cast that tell the story of three sailors on shore leave in New York City during World War II. With plenty of comedy, romance, adventure and exciting new choreographed numbers, this show is one of the most beloved in Broadway. Now back and bigger than ever, tickets are officially available for the new updated production of On the Town, for theatre fans looking to relive the magic of this story.

Bulls Tickets Almost $400 On Average For Home Opener Vs. LeBron

By David Jacobs | October 21st, 2014

The Chicago Bulls enter the 2014-15 season amidst much change in the Eastern Conference. The perennial power of the past few years, the Miami Heat, lost their best player, LeBron James, during this past offseason. “The King” returned to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who also added power forward Kevin Love. So the Cavs went from a yearly Eastern Conference doormat to the expected favorites. Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson to free agency (Charlotte) and Paul George is out with a devastating leg injury.

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So the top two teams in the conference from last year have undergone significant changes. No change may be as big as the return of Derrick Rose to the Bulls starting lineup this season. The star point guard has played sparingly the past two years and is looking to return to glory this season with a slight new-look Bulls squad. Carlos Boozer has departed and in is Pau Gasol, the former Lakers star power forward. It is expected Gasol will flourish with Rose at the point, also enabling rising star Jimmy Butler and rookie Doug McDermott to perform at their highest level.

Miranda Lambert Tour and More

By David Jacobs | October 17th, 2014

This week, a major announcement came from some of the biggest rap acts in the business. YG and A$AP Ferg have announced that they will bring the two coasts together with their new outing called the “Best Coast Connection” tour. The venture will bring the West Coast and East Coast together. The tour will kick off in Philadelphia on November 13th. Other stops on the tour include shows in Toronto, Boston, New York and more. Tickets went on sale for some shows this week, and tickets to remaining shows will go on sale to the public next week. This tour promises to be a ‘must see’ event for rap fans as both acts will be previewing some of their new music on this exciting new event.

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Fleetwood Mac and Michael Franti Tour News

By David Jacobs | October 17th, 2014

This week there were many exciting new announcements regarding some of the biggest acts in music today. One of the first big announcements came from Michael Franti. The legendary rocker revealed that he will be heading out on the road for his first ever acoustic tour. This new tour will feature acoustic covers of some of the musician’s biggest songs to date. The tour kicks off this week with an October 6th performance in Santa Cruz, California. From there the rocker will head out to 14 different cities across the United States and Canada. Tickets are on sale now for this intimate new opportunity to see the guitarist play live.

October Broadway News!

By David Jacobs | October 15th, 2014

This week, the official national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella officially headed out on its own national tour. This family-friendly musical has been taking place at New York’s Broadway Theatre. The tour itself will launch on October 10th in Providence, RI at the Providence Performing Arts Center and then will go out to visit several other major cities and venues. Paige Faure, who starred in the Broadway version of the show, will also be taking on the lead road for the tour. Other stars include Andy Jones, Blake Hammond and Ashley Park. The show features exciting music, over-the-top productions and plenty of magic that give this classic tale an entirely new twist. Tickets are on sale now for these shows for anyone looking to see this fairytale production unfold live.

Another major announcement was just unveiled about the show “Here Lies Love.” The highly acclaimed production from the Public Theater has been called a revolutionary new musical experience. The show comes from the creative minds of Davide Byrne and Fat boy Slim. In addition to being filled with brand new choreographed performances and musical numbers, the show takes a look at Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos and her rise to power and fame with the People Power Revolution. The 90 minute show is more than just a play, but a 360 degree multimedia event. Tickets are on sale now to see all of the action live.

October Concert News

By David Jacobs | October 15th, 2014

This week, one of the biggest bands in rock history, The Who, announced plans for their 50th anniversary tour. The band will be heading out on a new tour, and tickets for newly added shows go on sale next week. The band announced the dates for the North American leg of the tour this week, which will feature stops across the country. The tour called “The Who Hits 501” will kick off on April 15th in Tampa, Florida and run through May 30th where it will wrap up in Forest Hills, NY. Then the band will kick off another leg, starting on September 14th in San Diego, and running through November 4th in Philadelphia. Other major stops include shows in St. Louis, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and more. Tickets for the 2015 concert event go on sale for most dates on October 17th.

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34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert and More

By David Jacobs | October 15th, 2014

This week the line up for the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert was announced. The annual event will be held this year in New York City in December. The team behind the event made the announcement this week on what would have been Lennon’s 74th birthday. According to the announcement there will be several big performers taking the stage at the event. This includes Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, Marshall Crenshaw, Ben E. King and Joan Osborne. Debbie Harry will also be performing at the event. The concert will be held on December 5th at Symphony Space in New York City. Proceeds of the concert will benefit John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Spirit Foundation. Tickets go on sale for this concert event this week, for all who want to see this special annual tribute live.

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Bob Seger News

By David Jacobs | October 14th, 2014

This week, shortly after announcing plans for his new album, Noel Gallagher revealed that he will be heading out on the road for a new tour event. The album, called “Chasing Yesterday” will feature a brand new single and exciting track list and will be released to the public on March 2nd, 2015. The singer will be promoting the release of this new album with a UK tour. The new tour will keep the singer on the road through 2015 and will feature songs from the new album, including his highly anticipated upcoming single. According to the singer, the single will be called “In the Heat of the Moment” and will be released on November 17th. This highly anticipated new single promise to give fans a preview of the music they can hear on the new album and on the singer’s accompanying tour. The tour kicks off on March 3rd in Belfast. Tickets for these tour dates will be released to the public on Friday October 17th. Additional shows for the tour are expected to be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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Ariana Grande Tour

By David Jacobs | October 1st, 2014

The seemingly overnight pop sensation singer Ariana Grande continues to succeed at everything she attempts. Starting out at a ripe old age of 8, Grande has been performing for audiences that include television, broadway and on stage.

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It seems Grande has appeared on stage everywhere lately whether an award show, like the MTV Video awards or the famed late night comedy hit, Saturday Night Live. The song bird, often compared to the likes of singing diva Mariah Carey because of her ability and skill at hitting a range of high notes, has opened up tours for a number of performers including Justin Bieber. Recently Grande joined Adele in a illustrious ranking – that of being the only female artist with three top ten hits simultaneously by a lead artist.

Now Grande is making news again. She’s recently announced her first North American tour. The tour will run for three months, beginning in February 2015 and culminating in April 2015. Called the Honeymoon Tour, the announcement comes only three weeks after the release of her second studio album, My Everything. Though the tour will run mainly throughout the United States, Grande will make two stops in Canadian cities Toronto and Vancouver. Still months away, the tour is already causing much hype in the industry and among Grande’s fans, being compared to tours by hot artists Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

Fall Broadway Update

By David Jacobs | September 28th, 2014

This week, there were several big announcements that came regarding the live theater world. One of the biggest announcements of the week came from hit pop singer Fergie. Along with her husband, actor Josh Duhamel, the songstress has revealed that she has plans to bring the fantasy novel “The Last Unicorn” to Broadway. Fergie has plans to create a musical adaptation of the popular book and animated film. His original animated film, released in 1982, featured the voices of Alan Arkin, Mia Farrow and Jeff Bridges. Now Josh Duhamel will produce the stage version of the venture. The team also includes Connor Cochran and Lauren Sends. There have been other attempts to bring the show to the sage in the past, but no production has made it to the Broadway stage. The project is still in the early stages of developments, with more details on the premier of the production expected to be released by the end of the year.

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Another big show that many are talking about is the show “The Country House,” this production comes from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies. The production will be returning to Broadway, as this comedy about a deeply dramatic family comes back to the stage. Tony and Emmy award winner Blythe Danner will star as Anna Patterson in the show, the Matriarch of the Danner family. This compelling new play also features the direction of Tony winner Daniel Sullivan. Tickets are available to see this new highly sought after production, live.

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