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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.

Holiday Excitement

By David Jacobs | December 13th, 2012

Even though the holidays are fast approaching, and many are ready to start enjoying their holiday breaks, the world of entertainment is still in full force and several big announcements were revealed from the entertainment world today. One of the first announcements came just in time for the holiday season as the professionals behind Madison Square Garden in new York City announced that on December 13th they would officially begin performances of the highly anticipated holiday production of Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This is a limited time performance of the production and it will last through December 30th. With impressive pre-show ticket sales already through the roof, those who want tickets to see the production live will not want to wait as even the massive Madison Square Garden will not be able to hold all the fans that want to see this production live.

Theater Time

By David Jacobs | December 11th, 2012

This week in the live theatre world; numerous announcements were revealed regarding the world of live music. One of the biggest announcements came when with the announcement of a Woody Allen musical called Bullets Over Broadway. This unique musical production will follow the film of the same name and will feature the five time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. With this successful Broadway legend and the talent of Woody Allen behind the production, this new musical is already highly anticipated as many are anxious to see Allen’s talents on the Broadway stage. This musical adaptation of the Woody Allen Academy Award nominated film was announced this week and is scheduled to premiere during the 2013-2014 Broadway season.

Audiences will be treated to the new opening of the highly anticipated live musical production Viva Forever! This theatrical performance will feature an array of songs made famous by the 1990s pop music group; the Spice Girls. The musical was developed in hopes to bring the world of live theatrical productions to a younger generation of fans. This music along with an original book by Jennifer Saunders will tell a new tale of following your dreams, friendships and of course ‘girl power’ the production officially opens on December 11th and will call the London Piccadilly Theater its home.

Entertainment Sunday

By David Jacobs | December 9th, 2012

This week the entertainment world was given several big announcements regarding upcoming events in the theatre, sports and music realms. The announcement began with a big reveal from the Broadway world when the highly anticipated musical Golden Boy opened up on Broadway this week. The 1937 story received a makeover and retelling that will bring the classic tale to life in a whole new way. The new production will feature former War Horse star Seth Numrich in the starring role. The premier of the new Broadway musical is set for this week and tickets for those looking to see the event live on the Broadway stage are now available to the public.

Meanwhile, the final match ups for the 2013 college bowl series was announced earlier this week and it was revealed that the BCS title showdown would take place between top ranked Notre Dame; and number two team Alabama. Ticket sales have already set records for this upcoming matchup so those who are looking to get tickets to see the national championships live will want to act quickly. Along with the announcement about the BCS title game; match ups for the Cotton, Chik-Fil-A, Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl; all big college bowl games were also revealed. All current bowl game tickets are now on sale and available to the public just in time for bowl season which is set to kick off after the holidays.

Concert Tours

By David Jacobs | December 7th, 2012

As the holiday season quickly approaches, there are many music and concert fans who are not only getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year, but those who are gearing up for 2013 and all of the exciting live music events that this year has in store. Recent announcements from the music world have revealed a number of big, exciting concert events that will be taking place in 2013 and that are sure to delight music fans of all types.

One of the biggest announcements came from one of the biggest music legends in the history of rock: Eric Clapton. The guitarist revealed earlier this month that he would be taking part in a major United States tour in 2013. The concert is set to kick off on March 14, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona at the US Airways Center. The concert will go on to include 15 different cities across the United States. Tickets are currently on sale for all concert events on this upcoming tour.

BCS National Championship Game, Rolling Stones and More

By David Jacobs | December 6th, 2012

With the new year fast approaching, for college football fans it means its time for college bowl season. Most importantly, it means the BCS National Championship game. Ticket sales were officially announced this week when it was decided that undefeated Notre Dame would play against the number two team in the country; the Alabama Crimson Tide. From the moment tickets were announced this week, tickets have already been in high demand and started selling quickly. Those who are still looking for tickets to the January 7th national championship will want to act fact as these tickets are already on track to sell out quickly, for this annual college football event.

While football fans were treated to this big announcement this week; rock and music fans received an even bigger announcement this week when the iconic rock band, The Rolling Stones announced that they would be joined on stage by Gary Clark Jr. and Mary J. Blige for their December 8th concert. This fast approaching concert, taking place this weekend will be held at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. The new announcement came as a surprise to fans who were already anticipating this huge event. Those who are looking for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these three acts together on the stage will want to act quickly in order to see this act live.

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