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3 Unusual Christmas Plays You Shouldn’t Miss This Year

Theatre-MysteryNothing gets you in the Christmas spirit more than a lavishly decorated stage, and Christmas theatre events are some of the most elaborately appointed shows during the year. But if you’re like many people, you’ve already seen the traditional Christmas plays like The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carole, and if you have children, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

But just because you have seen the classics, that doesn’t mean you have to miss the theatre this year. Producers have gotten creative with performances, and this year’s Christmas shows are a testament to that. Here are three Christmas holiday theatre events you don’t want to miss.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

If you live in New York City—or if you plan to visit during the holidays, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular held at the Radio City Music Hall from December 14 thru the 19 is one show you don’t want to miss. Santa Claus himself MCs the event, and while the show has been in production since 1933, this year’s show and Rockettes are built on diversity, so it will be a historic performance.

Broadway Christmas Wonderland

If you’re looking for a magical set, talented singers, and more Christmas carols than you can count, the Broadway Christmas Wonderland may be just the show for you. This performance is for both adult and children alike, and many people who have seen it declare that they plan to see it again before it’s gone. The show starts December 14 in Colorado Springs, and travels across the country until finally wrapping up in Wichita, Kansas on December 22.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

This musical is based on the 1954 film of the same name. The story is uplifting as it follows two song and dance stars who, with romance in mind, follow two beautiful singing singers who are headed toward their Christmas gig in Vermont.

The Irving Berlin’s White Christmas show kicks off December 14 in San Francisco, California, and alternates between there and Saint Paul, Minnesota, finally ending up the tour in San Francisco on December 23.

The classics are heartwarming and comforting during the holidays, but if you want to step out of the box this year, why not see one of the events listed above? Or better yet, take in a classic and a new play.

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Indie Film “Waitress” Makes it Big on Broadway

Waitress_musical_Broadway_posterIn 2007, a little known Indie Film named “Waitress,” quickly developed a cult-like following. And then the writer, director, and supporting star of the film, Adrienne Shelly, was tragically murdered in her New York City home by a construction worker who worked in the building. Ironically, the film’s theme was about resilience and new beginnings.

But the show goes on. A musical adaptation of the film has hit Broadway with a running start, and judging from the audience’s reactions to it, it’s going to have a long run.

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The Million Dollar Musical

A long standing tradition at the Broadway box office is the millionaire’s club. Shows get to join it when they reach one million in sales, and just last week, Waitress ticket sales reached the golden mark. In addition, Waitress made history recently as the first Broadway musical to fill the top creative spots with women—four spots in all.

And it’s no wonder. The show boasts an all-star cast of behind the scenes talent. Diane Paulus, who also directed Pippin, directs it, writer Jessie Nelson of I Am Sam is involved, Lorin Latarro of Movin’ Out, choreographed it, and Sara Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for the show.

And on stage, Jessie Mueller shines in her role of Jenna, a down and out waitress in a roadside diner. Mueller brought audiences to their knees in her title role in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

Can Pie Pull You Out of the Dumps?

The plot of the play is fairly simple, but according to critics, the richness of Mueller’s performance and the roles of the secondary characters give this play all the charm and whimsy necessary to make it a hit. Jenna is married to an abusive husband who waits for her to get off work every day so he can take the money she earned in tips. She befriends two other waitresses at the diner, a salty opinionated one and a naïve one, and they commiserate with each other’s lots in life. Their boss and cook is a gruffy man who also adds humor and interest to the storyline.

Jenna has a talent for baking pies that are so good, they’ve made her a local celebrity. She uses whatever mood she’s in at the time, which can vary wildly, to name the famous pies. But when Jenna discovers she’s pregnant, she’s suddenly no longer content to live with the abuser. So she uses her magical gift of baking pies to enter a contest that has a grand prize of $20,000. In her mind, she’ll use the money to escape the torment of her personal life.

Whimsy, Talent, and a Great Message

If you’re looking for a lighthearted musical this summer that has a deep down hidden message of resilience, you can’t go wrong with Waitress. Although the music and script are light and at times funny, there are also poignant moments in the play that will appeal to those who like to walk away from a show with something to think about. For example, the boss of the diner sings a song that critics are calling deeply moving, and Mueller herself sings a song that brings some members of the audience to tears. In other words, this is truly one of those Broadway musicals that has something for everyone.

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As of this writing, we have a good selection of Waitress tickets, but as the tourists flood into New York City, we predict that shows will begin selling out quickly. In other words, if you want to see this year’s hottest musical, you should reserve your seats now.

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Cinderella Gets a Fresh New Attitude for Broadway

208984aIf you fondly remember Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as a sugary musical television production with Lesley Ann Warren performing in the title role, the updated version of the show for Broadway may just give you a little jolt. All your favorites are still there – Impossible things happen every day, and Cinderella still sits in her own little corner on her own little stool – but being whatever she wants to be has taken a decidedly modern turn. The Broadway production that’s now touring the country (currently in Los Angeles, and moving to San Francisco at the start of May) ironically owes its updated story to the writer’s decision to unearth the original version of the fairy tale, written in 1697.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the original production of Cinderella for television. It first aired in 1957, starring a 21-year-old Julie Andrews in the title role. The version most familiar to today’s parents and grandparents, starring Lesley Anne Warren, aired in 1965 and became an annual tradition for many families. Hammerstein’s intent was to expand the book and produce the show on Broadway, but he died before that happened. Since then, various versions of the play have cropped up on stages around the country – and on television – but it took a confluence of circumstances to fulfill Hammerstein’s dream of bringing Cinderella to Broadway in 2013, and it almost didn’t happen at all.

As playwright Douglas Carter Beane, who wrote the book for Broadway’s Cinderella, tells the story, his first instinct was to turn down the chance to update Cinderella for modern Broadway audiences. Like many who grew up with the versions made in the 1950s and 1960s, his impression of Cinderella was that it was a “someday my prince will come” story, where the heroine is rescued from a life of drudgery by a handsome prince and a healthy sprinkling of fairy godmother magic. He was curious enough to look at the original production, though, and then to seek out the original Charles Perrault fairy tale on which it was based. What he found was a whole other story that had been left out of modern retellings entirely.

“If I just told the French story of what happened,” Beane told a San Antonio Express reporter, “people would think it was the most radical story.”

And so he did.

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The version of Cinderella that debuted on Broadway in 2013 is a story with a message. Rather than it being the tale of a beautiful but poor young girl who is swept away by a handsome prince, it’s the tale of two lost people who find each other, and in doing so, find themselves as well. Underlying nuances that are only hinted at in the Rodgers and Hammerstein book find their way to center stage in the Broadway production. In the 1965 television, show, for example, the king and queen have a brief conversation about their brooding son, but it’s never quite clear why he’s in no hurry to marry. Beane gives all of the characters more depth, and reinstates the original moral of the story – how Cinderella wins over the prince and the entire court, not with her beauty, but with her kindness and charm.

If you’ve sworn off Cinderella stories because you think it teaches bad lessons about waiting for Prince Charming, the Broadway Cinderella production will make you fall in love with the magical fairy tale all over again. This is not your grandmother’s Cinderella. She’s so much stronger and more resilient, which makes her all the more lovable.

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6 Things We Didn’t Know About The Lion King Musical

803px-The_Lion_King_Musical.svgSo it’s pretty old news that Disney’s The Lion King Musical is the third longest-running production on Broadway (it gets beat by Phantom of the Opera and Chicago, but comes in with nearly 200 more shows than Cats), but there are some neat little tidbits of information about Broadway’s biggest grossing production that we didn’t know – and bet you didn’t either. These six fun facts will help you amuse your friends and astound your family when you get The Lion King tickets for a spring vacation matinee. (And did you know The Lion King is on tour again? The show will be in Richmond starting April 18, and make its way through across the country over the next several months. Keep your eye on our Lion King tickets inventory for your chance to see the show in your home town.)

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You’ll Hear Six Different African Languages in The Lion King

While most of the show is performed in English, the actors speak six different indigenous African languages at various points in the show. They include Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, Tswana, and Congolese.

Some of the Costumes Are REALLY Tall

The animal costumes in The Lion King are part of what make the show so magical and engaging. Many of them are big – but none of them come close to the giraffes, seen in “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.” They tower over the rest of the animals and actors at a staggering 18 feet tall.

The Lion King Is Broadway’s First Billion Dollar Grossing Show

Even though two shows have played on Broadway longer, The Lion King is the biggest grossing show in Broadway history, pulling in more than $1 billion by the end of October 2013. Part of the reason for that, according to producers, is that the actors nearly always play to packed houses. The show has almost never played to less than an 80% capacity crowd. That means, among other things, that it can be really hard to get The Lion King tickets through traditional channels. (We’ve almost always got them in our inventory, though.)

First Woman to Be Awarded a Tony for Best Director of a Musical

Julie Taymor, who won the Tony Award for Best Direction of Musical for The Lion King in 1998 was the first woman to win a Tony in that category.

The Actors Portray a Lot of Different Animals

In fact, the actors represent 25 different species of animals, fish, birds and insects in The Lion King. Some of the animals include lions (of course!), hornbills, warthogs, meerkats, hyenas and wildebeest.

Disney Offers a Teachers’ Guide to The Lion King

For teachers who want to use a trip to Broadway as a learning experience, Disney has put together a 40-page study guide to The Lion King. It includes facts about the environment and history that relate to The Lion King’s setting. It defines unfamiliar terms (great for vocabulary lessons), suggests theatrical and other educational activities, and even manages to discuss apartheid in terms that are simple enough for most children to understand. In fact, if you really want to impress, you can download the study guide (it’s free!) and drop truth bombs on your companions before and after the show.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical – a Rare Holiday Treat

3_pIeBNmtT8.movieposterWho doesn’t know that Mr. Grinch is a mean one? The story of the mean old miser whose heart grows three sizes when he learns the true meaning of Christmas is a holiday tradition in many families – but few get the chance to see the Broadway production live on stage. The show, which originated in Minneapolis in 1996, has a storied history that involves a strike of theater support workers, a special court order and a special arrangement with the family of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel – and if it’s playing in a city near you this year, you’d better grab Grinch tickets quickly, because it probably won’t be back for a long, long while.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas in New Orleans

This year, the show kicks off its limited engagement tour in the Big Easy. It will be the first time families in New Orleans have a chance to see the classic kids’ story come to life on stage, and tickets are very limited, thanks to the theater’s policy of releasing tickets first to its subscribers. If history holds true, it will be years before the Broadway touring company returns to New Orleans, or any of the other cities on this year’s itinerary. How the Grinch Stole Christmas has been touring since 2010. The run usually consists of 5 to 10 cities, and only one city has hosted the musical more than once. It played Chicago in 2012 and 2014.

The Grinch’s History

In 1994, the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis debuted an original production of the classic animated Christmas special, thanks to a special arrangement with the estate of Theodore Geisel, better known to generations of kids and parents as Dr. Seuss. The play ran again in 1995 and 1998, always to sold out houses. In 1998, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego mounted a production of The Grinch, and has repeated it every year since. The Grinch musical didn’t come to Broadway until 2006, but when it did, it made a smashing debut. With critical raves of the production, audiences packed the Foxwoods Theatre for a historical 12 shows per week. In the second week of December 2006, the Broadway production of How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical achieved something no other show had managed for nearly two years. It knocked “Wicked” out of first place in the weekly top earners chart, breaking a 100-week streak of that show as Broadway’s biggest earner.

The show made history again in 2007, when its second Broadway run ran into problems when the stagehands’ union, Local One, went on strike against a number of Broadway theaters. The strike prevented the show from opening on schedule despite a separate contract negotiation. When the theater owner locked out the stagehands and the company in sympathy with the striking workers, the Grinch producers went to court and got an injunction forcing them to reopen, much to the delight of audience members who had How the Grinch Stole Christmas tickets. The show played out its entire run despite the theater owners’ Grinch-like behavior.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas features all of your favorite songs from the animated Christmas special, plus a few more that were written specifically for the stage production. It’s a must-see holiday spectacular, and with Grinch tickets in such high demand, this is the time to lock yours in if you want to give your kids a special holiday treat they’ll never forget.

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Motown the Musical is About – What Else? – The Music!

1411601782bg_Motown-Pstr-4c2As “Motown the Musical” – the slick Broadway jukebox show authored by none other than Motown founder Berry Gordy – makes its way across the country on its national tour, theater reviewers have been almost universally laudatory. That’s almost, not unanimously. Here and there, you’ll find a few reviewers noting that the show is “thin on story.” Maybe they thought Gordy would spill deep, dark, behind the scenes secrets of his rise from featherweight boxer to heavyweight music producer, and ultimately, one of the most powerful men in the music industry. That was never Gordy’s style, though. Motown was all about the music and the show – and so, too is the theater spectacular he’s put together with producers Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris.

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A Lot of Music for the Price of One Ticket

And what a show! “Motown the Musical” manages to pack nearly 70 Motown hits into just under three hours on the stage, all the while weaving the story of Gordy and the stars he discovered, groomed and ultimately lost as they moved on to their own projects. All the big names are represented – and lovingly portrayed: Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations… the list goes on and on. Even the harshest critics note that the actors portraying the stars are about as authentic as they come.

But the real story is about the music, and “Motown the Musical” really delivers on that promise. These aren’t just a jumble of songs – they represent the best of Motown’s catalogue, including megahits like Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and The Marvelletes’ “Please Mr. Postman,” medleys of the Jackson Five’s greatest hits, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder’s super hits – it’s like a Motown party that goes on and on and on.

The Show Offers Much More than Music

That’s not to say that the performances are lacking in anything, either. Charl Brown was nominated for a Tony for his performance of Smokey Robinson on Broadway, and he recreates the role to perfection in the touring company. Luci St. Louis plays a flawless Diana Ross, and has the audience eating out of her hand with her rendition of the dynamic diva. Thirteen-year-old Kwame Kandekore charms the audience as an appropriately energetic young Michael Jackson – his previous role was in the London production of “The Bodyguard,” where he shared the role of the star’s son, Fletcher, with six other 10-year-old boys. The show’s star, though, is undoubtedly Cedric Neal, whose Berry Gordy is sensitive, touching and very, very personal.

Well, not really. The real star of “Motown the Musical” is the music, which has the audience tapping toes, nodding their heads, and singing along with the lyrics that they all know so well.

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“Motown the Musical” is playing a series of 2-5 day runs in select theaters across the country through the end of the year. Many of the venues sell out quickly, especially in cities with an active theater scene.

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Three Women Power The Sound of Music National Broadway Tour

SoundOfMusic-thumbIt only seems appropriate on International Women’s Day to pay tribute to the three amazing women who are bringing new life to one of Broadway’s most beloved classics, “The Sound of Music.” The Broadway revival cast is currently touring North America, playing in such renowned venues as the Boston Opera House, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music and Ontario’s National Arts Centre in the next few months.

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Can an Old-Fashioned Play Bring it to Broadway. Yes!

When The Sound of Music tour was announced last year, the news was greeted with a mix of wariness and anticipation. Broadway critics wondered whether director Jack O’Brien could breathe life into a show that was largely considered dated and old-fashioned. Those doubts were swept away as the show opened to rave reviews after its Los Angeles opening. While critics spoke glowingly of nearly all aspects of the production, their real praise was reserved for the trio of women playing major roles in the show.

A Young Actress Rules the Stage

Kerstin Anderson takes on the role of Maria Von Trapp, a role that has been played by two of the grand dames of American theater, Julie Andrews and Mary Martin. At just 20 years old, Anderson had never played in a large-scale production when she auditioned for the part last year. The sophomore at Pace University enchanted O’Brien the moment she opened her mouth to sing, and he knew he’d found his Maria. His faith in the young Anderson has been more than justified. One critic wrote that Anderson plays the role with “a spirit so joyful, a physicality so lithe and coltish and a soprano so faultlessly soaring that only Frau Shraeder…could possibly resist her charm.”

Anderson’s youth brings a sweetness and freshness to the meaty role that’s in keeping with the freshness of the production – and with the youth of another of the major players, Paige Silvester, who plays 16-year-old Liesl Von Trapp. Variety’s Bob Verini noted that for a change, Liesl actually does seem to be 16 going on 17 rather than 21 going on 30. Silvester brings a wealth of experience to her role – she’s toured nationally with “Evita,” among other things, and is the proud possessor of a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Michigan – and she puts that experience to good use. Silvester’s Liesl has an emotional depth that’s largely missing in the more familiar 1965 movie role.

The Sound of Music—Only Fresher

In fact, the entire production has more emotional depth. O’Brien has stripped away the years of tradition surrounding the classic Broadway musical and rendered it according to the original book rather than trying to recreate the Hollywood silver screen production on stage. Under his direction, a much younger than expected Mother Superior, played by soprano powerhouse Ashley Brown, gently guides and counsels the young novice Maria as the girl deals with her own doubts and questions. Brown’s soaring soprano rendition of Climb Every Mountain will stay with you long after the curtain comes down – as will the fresh look at the relationships and inner emotions of the main characters in this new, fresher version of The Sound of Music.

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Whether or not you’ve seen The Sound of Music on stage or screen, this particular production is a must-see. There are Sound of Music tickets available for nearly all upcoming shows, so there’s no excuse to miss it.

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How Mary Bridget Davies Won the Role of Janis Joplin in “A Night with Janis Joplin”

JanisJoplin_spotlightMary Bridget Davies, who won a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Janis Joplin on Broadway in 2013, has been “preparing for this role all my life,” Davies tells anyone who asks. The raspy-voiced singer has stunned audiences across the country with her uncanny resemblance to the powerhouse singer, not just in voice but in appearance and manner. While there may be a little secret sauce to her dead-on performance as Joplin – she’s distantly related to the rock and roll icon on her maternal grandmother’s side – most people who know Davies will tell you that there’s a whole lot more work and practice in the mix than the luck of birth.

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It Was in the Stars

Davies grew up in a family surrounded by music, and started her own band, The Mary Bridget Davies Group, to play bars and venues in her native Cleveland. It was there that she caught the eye – and ear – of Sam Andrew, who founded the band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Janis Joplin’s first big successes came when she sang with Big Brother and the Holding Company back in 1967. Andrew invited Davies to sit in with the band on an international tour, and remembered her later when he was casting the national tour for another Joplin show, “Love, Janis.” Davies won the lead in “Love, Janis,” for which Andrew was the musical director.

That was in 2005. Fast forward to 2011. Randy Johnson, writer and director of “A Night with Janis Joplin,” had mounted a regional tour of his production, starring singer Cat Stephani, with Davies as her understudy. In a story that seems pulled out of a Hollywood movie, Stephani backed out of the production during the show’s final preview, saying that she didn’t feel she had the full vocal range to do Joplin justice. With a day’s notice – and no rehearsal – Davies stepped into the role for opening night and gave it her all.

Davies Didn’t Recognized Her Own Talent

According to the show’s now legendary lore, Davies figured the performance was a one-shot deal that would last just until they cast another singer in the lead. However, Janis Joplin’s brother Michael was in the audience that night. When Davies stepped up and belted out the Joplin standard, “Ball and Chain,” he decided that only she would do to portray his sister in the regional tour of “A Night with Janis Joplin.”

Davies played Janis Joplin on stages across the country for the next two years. When producers Scott Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich decided to bring the show to Broadway, Mary Bridget Davies was the natural choice for the title role. With years of practice under her belt – not to mention that little bit of secret sauce on her grandmother’s side of her heritage – Davies brought down the house night after night with her rendition of Joplin classics like “Cry Baby,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Summertime.”

A Night With Janis Joplin—the Revival

Now, just two years after the production closed on Broadway – and decided against an off-Broadway run – Davies is back in the role she was born to play, bringing Janis Joplin to stages across the United States and Canada. If you missed her during the show’s all-too-short run on Broadway, this is the perfect opportunity to grab “A Night with Janis Joplin” tickets and settle in for a night with… Janis Joplin.

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A Broadway Revival That’s Truly a Revival – Get The Color Purple Tickets for Black History Month

Color_purple_posterWay back in 1999, Broadway producer Scott Sanders optioned the rights to produce Alice Walker’s iconic novel, The Color Purple, which had already been translated to the big screen, as a Broadway play. It took five years for Sanders to get all the fiddly bits right, but on December 1, 2005, “The Color Purple” opened on Broadway for a wildly successful 3+-year run. Since the show hit Broadway, there has seldom been a month that it hasn’t been performed somewhere in the world. From 2007 through 2010, a series of casts took the show to Chicago, Los Angeles, North and South Carolina, Florida, Nevada and many more states and cities. In 2013, John Doyle mounted the first international production of the blockbuster play at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London to critical acclaim. Now, after 8 years away from the bright lights of Broadway, The Color Purple has come home, and the homecoming is spectacular.

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The Wild Success of The Color Purple

Don’t take our word for it. The 2015 Broadway revival of The Color Purple, jointly produced by Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Oprah Winfrey, opened in December at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre and the critics haven’t stopped talking about it since. The reviews from such widely diverse publications as the NY Times and Variety are packed with words like “red-hot knockout performance” and “beautiful beyond belief” and “a glory to behold.” Those aren’t just idle words and puff pieces, either. Those are reviews coming from some of the toughest, most jaded theater critics in the business.

Now Broadway Records is upping the ante by releasing the official revival cast recording of The Color Purple’s musical numbers. The new record features all of the show’s most loved performances, performed by the revival cast members, which include Jennifer Hudson as the sultry Shug Avery, and Danielle Brooks, from “Orange is the New Black,” as the strong-willed Sofia. The real showstopper, though, is the performance turned in by Cynthia Erivo as Celie, the erstwhile heroine of the tale.

Typically, when producers mount a revival of a popular show, critics are skeptical – and they take a lot of convincing to accept that the newly reimagined production is at least as good as the original show. The Menier Chocolate Factory production may have had a little boost in Broadway ticket sales when Oprah captured the excitement and whetted appetites with a primetime production of “Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple.” The show premiered December 19, and featured clips with the Broadway show’s stars, as well as an interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. Actors Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson, Phylicia Rashad and Lupita Nyong’o talked about the impact that the original film had on their lives and on their careers. The special aired around the 30th anniversary of the 1985 film adaptation of The Color Purple, for which Oprah got an Oscar nomination, and just days before the show’s Broadway opening night.

Why This Show is a Must See

Whether you have fond memories of watching Oprah on the big screen or have never seen any adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize novel, the current Broadway revival production of “The Color Purple” is a must-see. The show runs daily with weekend matinees, but many shows are already sold out. Our inventory of tickets changes frequently, so be sure to check with us for The Color Purple tickets before you make your plans.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Turns to Reality TV to Find the Cast for The Wizard of Oz

aaaaIf you know anything at all about Andrew Lloyd Webber, then you likely understand that although he is a master producer and highly regarded in the theatre world, he rarely goes about anything in a conventional manner. And now the hugely successful producer is once again making theatre history by creating reality shows in order to choose the lead role in his latest production of The Wizard of Oz.

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How Webber is Finding Stars to Play Dorothy

In his search for undiscovered new talent, Webber first collaborated with the BBC in a British television talent series called Over the Rainbow in order to find an unknown musical talent to play Dorothy in his new stage production of The Wizard of Oz. Webber also searched for a dog to play in the role of Toto in the series. Danielle Hope was chosen for the London production, and then Webber set his sights on the North American run of the show, and teamed up with Canadian’s CBC to create another Over the Rainbow series in search of talent for that part of the tour. The end result is that Danielle Wade was chosen for the role of Dorothy, who will also star in the US part of the tour. This isn’t the first time Webber has collaborated with the BBC to find undiscovered musical talent for one of his productions. He also used the unorthodox method for finding talent for I’d Do Anything, Any Dream Will Do, and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

Finally, A Wizard of Oz Worthy of the Stage

In the past, productions of The Wizard of Oz have fallen flat with audiences. Most critics agree that Andrew Lloyd Webber is a master at musical theatre and taking on the challenge of “The Wizard of Oz” has certainly provided a challenge. In the past, the Wizard hasn’t been well received for the stage because of the many different acts and scenes, the theatre usually doesn’t lend itself to a true adaptation of the original 1900 book by L. Frank Baum.  Andrew Lloyd Webber hopes to change that, by adding some songs where they should have been and splitting the scenes where the tension is higher has seemed to bring to life the book. In the past, producers have simply translated the movie into a stage production and the result is less than stellar.  Off shoots such as “Wicked” are far more appealing, but carry little of the actual story from The Wizard.  Webber has changed all that by actually dissecting the film and adding more songs. The Wizard of Oz was very well received in London, where it premiered, which is making U.S. audiences that much more anxious to see this latest adaptation.

“The Wizard of Oz” is one of the most adapted stories ever written.  It has been adapted by TV, film and stage no less than 100 times. And according to sources, Andrew Lloyd Webber can’t wait to bring the show to the US. And it won’t be performed only in New York, either. Webber has been quoted as saying that the production doesn’t have to begin in New York because the American people are so familiar with the story, it can open anywhere and be successful.

How to Get Tickets to See the Show

The show opens May 31 in San Antonio, Texas and runs until June 26, where its last show will be performed in Atlanta, Georgia, and as you can imagine, dates will sell out quickly. Anytime there is a production that is so widely known and loved by fans, we can anticipate that the tickets to see The Wizard of Oz won’t last too long.

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