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Happy New Year from CTC!

By David Jacobs | January 1st, 2013

As the New Year was ushered in this week many began focusing their sites on what the world of entertainment would bring in for the year 2013. With several big announcements regarding 2013 live ticket events, concert and music fans have plenty to be looking forward to in 2013. One of the biggest upcoming concert events for 2013 came from the famed country crooner Taylor Swift. The country superstar announced late in 2012 that she would be heading on the road in 2013 for her Red Tour across the country. The live concert is set to kick off on Wednesday March 13th at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha and will keep the singer on the road for most of the year. Tickets to see Taylor Swift in 2013 are on sale now.

End Of 2012

By David Jacobs | December 28th, 2012

With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, several live theatrical productions will be making their final performances this week before closing for the holiday season. Productions including Elf, A Christmas Story, and A Christmas Carol will be making their final performances this week and into next week so those looking to get tickets for these shows before they end for the season will want to act fast. The world of Broadway was dealt some other big news this week with the death of two iconic Broadway actors who have recently passed away, Charles Durning and Jack Klugman. Both actors passed away this Monday and Broadway will be paying tribute to the fallen actors this Friday evening during all of their performances to observe the passing of these two talented performers.

All Broadway productions will be paying homage to the actors. This includes the highly anticipated Broadway musical “Dead Accountants” starring famed movie actress Katie Holmes. The production, which was highly anticipated by both Broadway fans and fans of the actress just announced it will be closing two months early and play its final performance on January 6th. Those who want to see Holmes take the stage live and see this modern musical in person will want to get their tickets now before the production ends.

Entertainment This Week

By David Jacobs | December 27th, 2012

This week the world of entertainment has been focused on the holiday season; with many of the biggest touring acts in music right now taking a break to enjoy the holidays at home. While most musical acts took a few days off from their tours before gearing up for touring action in 2013; the theatrical world was a buzz this holiday season with hit live theater musicals about the holidays from A Christmas Story to Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are all heading into their final week of performances before the holiday season comes to a close. Most of these Broadway productions are only slated to play through the first of the year, so fans will want to get their tickets now before these plays close until next holiday season.

While there has been minimal news from the music and theater world around the holiday season, the professional sports world has been in full swing. With regular season NBA games lasting through the holidays; there has been plenty of basketball action to keep fans excited. With the New Year approaching it also means that more of the big bowl games on on the horizon. With several bowl games already played, some of the biggest ones yet, including the Cotton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl and the BCS National Championship are all set to kick off around the New Year. Tickets are still available for college football fans who want to get in on all of this action during bowl season.

Christmas Sports and Theater

By David Jacobs | December 26th, 2012

With the week of Christmas celebrations ahead the official Christmas week kicked off with a blast with several big announcements in the entertainment world. However for most people this week is all about seeing Christmas-themed shows, music and events. Although the NHL season is currently suspended indefinitely, there will be plenty of NFL action on Christmas Eve with Monday Night football. The NBA will also be partaking in the holiday celebrations with several games taking place on Christmas day. This includes a highly anticipated match up between the new Brooklyn Nets as they take on the highly rated Boston Celtics on Christmas Day. Tickets for these games are still on sale and available for those looking to get in on all of the holiday action.

However, this week in entertainment isn’t only about big Christmas sports events, it is also all about the holiday themed celebrations. This of course includes the Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas production at Madison Square Garden. This is a live entertainment event unlike any other that is sure to fill the seats of the massive venue each and every night. Tickets are available to the event now and will be one sale through December 30th.

Festivals, NCAA Football, Probowl Etc…

By David Jacobs | December 22nd, 2012

This week it was revealed that the long running Bamboozle Festival, held annually in the Asbury Park, New Jersey area. The festival, which annually draws in around 100,000 fans who gather together to hear the eclectic musical stylings of this festival, has been officially been cancelled for 2013. However, another music festival made a big announcement this week when the official line up for the SnowBall Music Festival was revealed.

This annual music festival, held in the spring of Winter Park, Colorado, revealed its first set of line ups and the date of the festival. The SnowBall Music Festival will take place in March 8-10 in 2013. So far the following acts have been approved for the 2013 festival; Portugal, The Man, Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic. Sixty other acts are still slated to make an appearance at the festival and perform on the festival’s four different stages. Tickets to the festival will go on sale next year.

Broadway and Off Broadway

By David Jacobs | December 21st, 2012

The theatrical world received a big treat this week when the play Water by the Spoonful hit the NYC stage this week. This play was written by Quiara Alegria Hudes and was the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner in the drama category. This much talked about drama covering topics like addiction, recovery, family and military has captured the hearts of many already and will be hitting the Second Stage Theatre in NYC this week for live performances. Tickets are now on sale to see this much talked about production live.

While this low key performance will have many inspired, a much larger scale production is taking place down the street in New York City at Madison Square Garden. Tickets are currently on sale and productions are in full swing for the How the Grinch Stole Christmas Live production. The live musical event will feature famed actor Jeff McCarthy as the Grinch and the play will feature the classic music from the major motion picture. This event will be held in the massive Madison Square Garden arena in New York City and is expected to sell out night after night as thousands of families come to get in the holiday spirit and see this production live. Tickets are still on sale for a few performances that will run through December 30th.

Winter Theater

By David Jacobs | December 20th, 2012

The theatre world has been treated to a number of big announcements this week that have had Broadway fans of all types anxiously awaiting several big upcoming performances. At the top of everyone’s list for 2013 performances is the highly anticipated new remake of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; the Tennesse Williams classic will feature a new Broadway stay beginning in January 2013 and will feature award winning actress Scarlette Johnasson. However, while many are anxiously awaiting this large scale production, other theatre fans have been focusing their attention elsewhere.

Many have been anxiously awaiting the upcoming United States version of the hit live musical Matilda. The musical rendition of this famed children’s book and family movie has already found a great deal of success in London and a new Broadway production is slated to appear in the United States in 2013. While the buzz surrounding Matilda the Musical has been high, there has been very little casting news until this week when it was revealed the Oliver Award winner Lesli Margherita would be joining Gabriel Ebert, Lauren Ward and Karen Alridge in the leading roles of this musical. It was also revealed that the production is officially set to open on March 4th of 2013 and that it will premiere at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway. Tickets for the event will be going on sale next month.

Yes on tour and theater news

By David Jacobs | December 18th, 2012

The entertainment world was treated to several big announcements this week including a concert tour announcement from the highly successful rock band Yes. This award winning progressive rock group announced this week that they would be hitting the road in 2013 for an upcoming tour event that promises to be one of the most unique of its kind. Instead of taking a more traditional approach to their concert set list, the rock group will be playing through three of their albums in their entirety at each upcoming performance in 2013. This unique approach to their concerts for next year already has fans and critics alike buzzing. Those who are looking to see these unique live performances in person and to catch Yes on tour in 2013 will find the group on the road for most of the year. Tickets to 2013 concerts will go on sale beginning this Friday December 21st.

This week also marks the world premiere of the highly anticipated premier of Amy Herzog’s The Great God Plan. This production will open on December 18th and will follow a month of highly successful and well-reviewed preview performance. This play is set to run through the holiday season for the not-for-profit Playwrights Horizon and will feature the talents of Becky Ann Baker, Peter Friedman, Sarah Goldberg and Jeremy Strong. Tickets for the production are on sale now.

Mid December News

By David Jacobs | December 15th, 2012

With December in full swing, for many football fans, it means college football bowl season. The first round of bowl games have started this week and ticket sales to those games were higher than they have been in years. With a number of big bowl games still slated for the rest of the month and into January of 2013; including many of the big BCS bowl games and the national championship bowl game, tickets are still available for those who want to see these live football events in person. Those who are still looking for remaining college bowl game tickets will find that most locations have options available but that they will still need to act with urgency as most tickets sell out by game day.

Meanwhile the theatre world received its own special treat as in the world of live theatre, this season is all about getting in the Christmas spirit. On December 15th it was revealed that the world premiere of A Wing in the Willows Christmas; a brand new musical from the Two River Theater Company would be hitting the stage. The new production is based off the fames children’s classic from author Kenneth Grahame and was created to provide wholesome holiday entertainment for the whole family. Tickets for opening night December 15th and the rest of the production’s live shows are now available.

Book Of Mormon, Evita and Picnic

By David Jacobs | December 14th, 2012

This week, the world of Broadway was treated to the triumphant return of one of the most praised live musical productions when Picinic made its return to the stage. The play re-opened on Broadway on December 14th after it was announced earlier in the season that Picnic would return to oBroadway due to popular demand.  This drama about a small-town community looking to see beyond the confines of their town and to the world beyond their home when an out-of-town stranger arrives to their community. The dramatic play already had a successful Broadway run and is returning once again after a tour across the country. The play, inspired by the Pulitzer-Prize winning book from William Ingle is once again playing live on Broadway and tickets are currently available for those looking to see the production live.

Those who are looking for a live Broadway experience beyond the streets of New York City will also be able to catch an award winning production when The Book of Mormon heads out on the road. Additional tour dates were announced for the production which will be visiting venues around the country into 2013. The wildly successful Broadway play, from the creative minds of Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, has already gotten the attention of audiences from all over the globe and now thousands more from all over the country will get the opportunity to see this inspiring musical live. Tickets to the event and the recently added dates, are now on sale and available to the public.

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