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BROADWAY 

A BRONX TALE

A new musical adaptation of author Chazz Palminteri's solo play, set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s. 

From the producers: Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s - where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love and above all else: family.

"A Bronx Tale" had its premiere at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in February 2016. The stage production is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks.

ANASTASIA

From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris, a new romantic musical about a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.
Begins March 28th. 

From the producers: From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, "Anastasia" is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.

Composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens pen the score, with original songs filling out the tunes they originally wrote for the animated film, with Terrence McNally on board to write the book. The new musical comes to Broadway following a tryout run in Connecticut in 2016.

A new musical based on Carole King's inspiring story, tracking her rise to stardom and featuring many of her award-winning songs. 

From the producers: Long before she was Carole King, music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and had a flourishing career writing hit songs, but it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she managed to find her true voice.

Carole King (now in her early 70s) received four Grammy Awards for her 1972 album "Tapestry." She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Running since April 2016
Cirque du Soleil's first show created specifically for Broadway weaves a tale of passion and creativity set during Hollywood's Golden Age. 

From the producers: Set in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood, this groundbreaking event spins the tale of a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art. Featuring a cast that blends the best in circus arts and musical theatre, Paramour will transport you to a world of sublime beauty and emotion as it walks the exhilarating tightrope of the heart.

Founded in 1980 as a dance troupe, Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun) has had spectacular success internationally with its touring New Vaudeville-style circus and specialty shows. "Paramour" is directed by French stage director and choreographer Philippe Decouflé. Five-time Grammy Award nominee and two-time Emmy Award winner Andreas Carlsson is co-composer with the team of Bob & Bill (a.k.a. Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard).

                 

                                                                          

                                      WHY ?

The theater has always been a passion of mine since my parents took me as a young child. Perhaps it's in my blood; I can't live without it. It makes me sad that the price to go has gotten out of many people's price range. When asked what I wanted for Christmas, I said, "The same thing I want every year and never get." Well, this year I got tickets to, "Jersey Boys", and can't wait. Over the years I've seen many shows; CATS, RENT, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH PACIFIC, WICKED, KING AND I, BILLY ELLIOTT,GREASE, HAIRSPRAY, ETC. MY FAVORITE, WICKED.

WHEN DARED AT INTERMISSION, I WENT ON STAGE AND SAT ON THE BIG CAT'S LAP. MY SON STILL TEASES ME.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO BROADWAY TO SEE A BROADWAY SHOW.

 

                    MARY POPPINS-JULIE ANDREWS

Why Go to the Theater?

Why go to the theater at all? What is so special about a theater performance? In a theatrical performance, there are live performers in the presence of a live audience, and the electricity generated between actors and spectators is the most exciting aspect of attending a theater production. In theater unlike film or television each performance is unique because each audience responds differently and brings different expectations and sensibilities to the event. For example, think about a comedy onstage and a comedy in the movies. During the staged performance, the audiences response or lack of response will clearly affect the way the actors and actresses shape their performances; but during the running of the film, the reaction of the audience in the movie house can obviously have no impact on the performers. A theater event exists in the present and changes over time; a film exists on celluloid in the past and does not change. Remember, then, that although a theater performance has many components including playing space, scenery, costumes, lighting, sound, and text its' primary elements are always the performers and the audience.

http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0073382140/420463/chapter1.html#whygo


ZIEGFIELD FOLLIE GIRL

BROADWAY'S BEGINNING

The Ziegfeld Follies were a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931.


In 1893, a local Chicago music teacher, Florenz Ziegfeld became music director for the World's Fair and sent his son, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. to Europe to seek out talent for the fair. In what might have been a harbinger of Ziegfeld's approach, he failed to return with any musical talent of note but did round up a man he touted as the "world's strongest" and exhibited him in flesh colored tights (eeeeeeoooow!). From this rather ignominious beginning, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. established a genre of entertainment that changed the world of stage performance and popular music. A very complex man; a showman and promoter, Ziegfeld ruthlessly exploited women over the course of his career, yet at the same time was a passionate defender of civil rights. In his early follies, Ziegfeld employed Bert Williams, the first and most successful black performer on vaudeville. Ziegfeld defended Williams against the racism of others and even once threatened to move out of his apartment building when the doorman refused entry to Williams who was coming to Ziegfeld's home for dinner. Ziegfeld brought us stars like Fanny Brice, Anna Held and Eddie Cantor. Some of America's greatest composers wrote music and productions for Ziegfeld to stage; Victor Herbert, Irving Berlin, Jimmy Monaco, The Norworths, William Jerome and many others had a hand in the music. Yet, in spite of all this music and performance, Ziegfeld himself was not a musician, not a singer, not a songwriter. He was a promoter, the musical stage's Barnum whose main stock in trade was women, beautiful women, scantily clad, sometimes nude and plenty of them.

http://parlorsongs.com/issues/2004-1/thismonth/feature.php


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SHOWS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

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THE LITTLE MERMAID

 

 

THE LION KING

 

 

IT'S NEVER THE SAME NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU SEE A SHOW.

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Broadway Theatre Etiquette
Tips and advice on how to practice good etiquette and appropriate manners when attending a Broadway show

Some Broadway theater newcomers aren't sure what the proper behavior and Broadway theatre etiquette is when attending a Broadway play or musical. Common questions that Broadway first-timers ask are: What is the appropriate attire for the theater? Are refreshments available at the theater? When do I applaud during the performance?

Those are all good questions, but there are also other important questions that most Broadway visitors don't think to ask, many of which are related to how to behave (and how not to behave) during the show so as to better enjoy the performance and to allow the rest of the people in the audience to enjoy it as well.

Sitting in a Broadway show is not like being at a movie theater - it's usually much more quiet, so you have to be more careful not to make noise. The performers who are entertaining you are doing so live and in person, so it's important to be respectful to them as well.

Because many first-time Broadway theater attendees - and, frankly, many regular theatergoers who should really know better by now - aren't exactly sure what the proper Broadway theatre etiquette and behavior is, we have created a primer on the Do's and Don'ts (mostly the latter) of Broadway theatre etiquette when attending a live performance.

http://www.nytix.com/Links/Broadway/Articles/etiquette.html


 


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