The Best Alternative Holiday Shows in NYC
Face it—we all love The Nutcracker and The Rockettes, but sometimes during the holidays, it’s nice to branch out. With that in mind, we’ve come up with some alternative holiday entertainment in New York City. We’re not suggesting you forego the classics, just add on to them with these special holiday shows.
Eric Petersen Takes the Lead in School of Rock
The talented children at the exclusive Horace Green prep school in School of Rock: The Musical are taught to strive (but conform); to achieve (but stick to old traditions). Their parents don’t listen to them. Clearly, these kids are ripe for change, and they get it from an unlikely source: schlubby Dewey Finn (Eric Petersen), who has scammed his way into a job as a substitute teacher after being ousted from his hard-rock band.
Cats on Broadway: One for the “Memory” Book
The musical Cats is back and all kinds of iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber mastery has once again pounced onto Broadway. This time it’s at the Neil Simon Theatre, where a vibrant revival has introduced a new generation (or two) to T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”
In Transit: Broadway’s New “Underground” Musical
On first glance, Donyale Werle’s subway station set for Broadway’s new a cappella musical In Transit reads eerily familiar—especially for New Yorkers who do most of their traveling beneath the city. After staring at it a while, however, you realize that it’s an “everystation”: the signage is non-specific, allowing characters to navigate multiple stops—and encounters.
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy: The Best of NYC's Holiday Theatre + Gifts
In New York, the holiday theatre season means a feast of heavenly holiday goodies that sing, dance, jingle, and light up stages across the Great White Way and beyond. Here’s a list designed to entertain everyone from tiny tots to the young at heart. Read on for the best of NYC's holiday theatre season.
Interactive Entertainment for Kids: Pip's Island Thrills in NYC
Looking for fun with kids in New York? Pip's Island is new in town, offering up a unique take on interactive theatre.
Chicago at 20 and All That Jazz
NaTasha Yvette Williams dazzles as the duplicitous Mama in Chicago on Broadway.
Local Color: Blue Man Group Celebrates 25 Years
If there's one thing to be learned from 25 years of the Blue Man Group, it's that every so often it’s a good idea to liberate the 10-year-old boy tsunami surfing somewhere between your superego and id. Oh, he’s there all right, chowing down on junk food, tossing back Jell-O shots, eagerly hoping you’ll free him—if only for 1 hour and 45 minutes—from his perpetual time out.
Griffin Miller On and Off Broadway: Breaking News
A Tony-winning show bows out and a dual-diva Broadway drama opens its ticket sales.... all in all a bad-news/good-news Tuesday for New York theatre.
Celebrity Sightings on Broadway
Regarding the current collection of celebrity draws—well, let’s just say audiences are in for a seriously mind-blowing season, with Off-Broadway giving Broadway a run for its superstars thanks to the Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winners who opted for projects “Off” the Great White Way.
A Guide to Broadway's Theatre Ghosts
We’re in the thick of October, and for most Americans, that can only mean one thing—Halloween is right around the corner! In honor of the ghoulish holiday, we’ve rounded up a list of New York theaters notorious for harboring ghosts. From former owners dropping in for a visit to apparitions of famous faces that played those theatres long ago (and even some who just show up to make mischief), we’ve got your complete guide to ghost-hunting in New York’s famed Theatre District! Read on—if you dare. And happy Halloween!
Todrick Hall Kicks Up Seriously High Heels in Kinky Boots
The sensational musical Kinky Boots adds Todrick Hall (Lola) to the dream team of Harvey Fierstein (book), Cyndi Lauper (music/lyrics), and Jerry Mitchell (director/choreographer).
Gary Busey Comes to Off-Broadway!
Hollywood actor Gary Busey (who catapulted to fame and picked up a Best Actor Oscar nomination in 1978 for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story) will be making his Off-Broadway debut when he joins the cast of Perfect Crime, on November 21st.
White House Chef to Bake for Sweeney Todd in NYC
Former White House Pastry Chef Bill “the Crust Master” Yosses will serve as “official pie maker” for the U.S. transfer of London’s West End hit, the Tooting Arts Club’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The show will begin performances on February 14th, with opening night set for March first.
New Broadway Musicals: The Rush Is On
The opening round of the new fall-winter production schedule is up, running and zigzagging all over the Big Apple, scorching a wildly diverse path across Broadway stages. For theatregoers, this means that no matter where your heart or preferences lie it’s pretty much a slam-dunk you’ll find your perfect match (no online dating required). Read on for the latest on the new musicals coming to Broadway now.
Breaking News: Hello, Dolly! Breaks Broadway Record
$9,082,497. That’s the official ka-ching heard 'round the Great White Way last Saturday when the first caboodle of tickets for Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler went on sale. This hefty amount marks a very comfy cushion for the revival of the Michael Stewart/Jerry Herman mega-musical, especially when you consider there’s half a year to go before the show starts previews on March 15th.
Breaking News: Something Rotten! Closing & More
Just when you thought the hemorrhaging of Broadway shows had reached its peak with the closing announcements of Matilda and Jersey Boys, the bloodletting picked up more momentum. Joining Matilda in its January 1st exodus will be the musical Shakespearean farce Something Rotten! (final performance count: 742).
Breaking News: Leona Lewis Not Long for Cats
Leona Lewis will soon be leaving her little cat’s feet—or thigh-high boots, as the case may be—at the Neil Simon Theatre’s stage entrance. She’ll be out the door after her Sunday, October 9th performance.
Fall Broadway Celebrity Round Up: New & Now
Some seriously high-octane celeb power is spreading across Broadway at this very moment as the head count of award-winning actors from stage, film, and your favorite TV shows multiplies, probably breaking all kinds of new season records! Plentiful previews, outstanding opening nights...here’s to indulging in the thrill of a great season as celebrities come to New York theatre for fall, 2016.
Guess Who's Coming to Broadway: Celebs Hitting NYC Stages
The upcoming theatre season in New York is shaping up to be a good one if you like to see celebrities taking to Broadway stages. Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, and the Broadway debut of Danny DeVito are only the beginning!
Broadway's Jersey Boys Sets Closing Date
It’s always a bit of a heartbreaker when it comes to saying good-bye to an old friend, and for me that includes stellar shows that have been around for a long, successful run. So when I received the official notice that Jersey Boys would be closing January 15th of next year I felt more than a passing sense of loss—there was the sting of abandonment. Thankfully, 2006’s Tony-winning musical has four months to go (months that will no doubt sell out quickly).
Stars Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn on the Last Sweet Days of Fun Home
It was back in June the announcement came: “Fun Home to Play Its Final Performance on Broadway on September 10, 2016 After History-Making 18-Month Run.” I love this show, maybe because it came to Broadway on tip-toe yet managed to break rules, tear down walls and, most impressively, open eyes. It also brought in some incredible talent, like stars Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn.
Chicago at 20 & All That Jazz
Chill the Champagne...get out the confetti...pump up the volume on the Grammy-grabbing cast recording: the irresistible hit musical Chicago is inching up on its 20th Broadway birthday and the gin has never been colder or the piano hotter than it is right now at the Ambassador Theatre.
Live From FringeNYC: On-Site with Great Off-Broadway Theatre
FringeNYC fanatics, young, old, and in-between, braved the hottest day of the summer this past Saturday to be part of the 20th Anniversary year of the New York International Fringe Festival. Some were repeat Fringe-goers who knew the drill and stocked up on passes. Others—especially the first-timers—were testing the waters. All, however, seemed eager to plunge into New York’s biggest annual theatre fest!
Go Behind the Scenes with Broadway Up Close Walking Tours
Actor Tim Dolan is blowing the lid off Broadway’s deepest, quirkiest, most surreal secrets...and he’s willing to share them with anyone with a comfy pair of walking shoes and a willingness to explore the underbelly of the world’s most famous theatre district.