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Broadway by the Numbers

May 29th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of “Gigi” (photo: Margot Schulman via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Gigi” (photo: Margot Schulman via The Broadway Blog.)

Wondering how many people attend a Broadway show throughout a year? The Broadway League has released end-of-season statistics for the 2014–2015 season, which began May 26, 2014 and ended May 24, 2015. For the 2014–2015 season, total attendances reached 13,104,078 million, and Broadway shows yielded $1,365,232,182 billion in grosses, the best attended and highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history! All new and continuing productions ran a total of 1,626 playing weeks, a record that shows this was Broadway’s healthiest season!

Find out how your favorite Broadway show ranked this season over at The Broadway Blog…


Treat Your ‘Mommie Dearest’ to a Drag-Tastic Mother’s Day at W Downtown

May 5th, 2015 Comments off


Image via W Hotels

Image via W Hotels

While we hope your relationship is better than Joan Crawford and Christina Crawford’s was, W New York—Downtown is bringing back cult-classic Mommie Dearest for unique Mother’s Day, but with a twist. The movie will air with “Drag Mommies” reenacting some of the films most memorable moments for hotel guests and visitors on May 10. Those travelers and New Yorkers away from their mommy for the holiday can come down to the hotel to get some motherly advice and share special drink offers and be catered to by our resident “Drag Mommies”  for the day.

Book through  W Hotels Mommie Dearest Link and treat your mom or just yourself to a weekend you all won’t soon forget. Special services including:  themed cocktails, advice session from  W’s onsite Drag Mommie for the day, special room-service offerings, and a creative turn-down service service.

Additionally,  W Hotels New York (that includes Times Square, Union Square, Hoboken, and and Downtown) is offer a special 40% discount on your second night’s stay over the weekend of May 9-10.


Review: An American in Paris

April 27th, 2015 Comments off
"An American in Paris" (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

“An American in Paris” (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Boy meets girl. Actually, three boys meet girl in An American in Paris—the spectacular new musical now playing at the Palace Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the story follows Jerry (Robert Fairchild), a World War II vet and exuberant ex-pat who has stayed in Paris to pursue his passion of becoming an artist. He meets Henri Baurel (Max von Essen), a wealthy Parisian who dreams of becoming a nightclub singer; and Adam (Brandon Uranowtiz), a scrappy American composer also trying to find his way in the City of Light.

Through a series of events, each man encounters Lise (Leanne Cope), a beautiful young ballet dancer, and the game is on to see which one of them will woo her heart. Meanwhile, Jerry is taken under the wing of art benefactor Milo Davenport (Jill Paice), who hopes that his brushstrokes go beyond the canvas. With just enough plot to keep things interesting, An American in Paris is an absolute visual feast from the moment the house lights dim.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Review: ‘Hand to God’

April 20th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of "Hand to God" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Hand to God” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Broadway has gone to hell and a hand puppet—and that’s a good thing. Hand to God, the alarmingly visceral new American play by Robert Askins is a jolt of theater that the Great White Way has been waiting for.

The violent and funny work takes place “somewhere in Texas where the country meets the city” and follows the emotional wreckage of teenager Jason (Steven Boyer) as he attempts to come to terms with the death of his father with the help of a Christian after-school puppet workshop taught by his widowed mother Margery (Geneva Carr). Fellow students Timothy (Michael Oberholtzer) and Jessica (Sarah Stiles) play witness to Jason’s odd behavior and exceptional talent for puppetry as he finds his voice through his alter ego/sock puppet, Tyrone. Enter Pastor Greg (Marc Kudisch) as the hands-on man of the cloth, who persistently tries to persuade Margery to let go of her grief in a more carnal manner. Meanwhile, Timothy has his own pinings for Margery and his teenage testosterone gets the both of them. As the days wear on, the puppet (a.k.a Tyrone) becomes a more consuming presence in Jason’s life, giving voice to Jason’s tormented emotional state through a series of verbally and physically violent episodes.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Review: Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer in ‘Finding Neverland’

April 17th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of "Finding Neverland" (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Finding Neverland” (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

I must have been about eight-years-old when I jumped off the couch in our family room and fractured my wrist. I was trying to fly and had gallantly tied a bed sheet around my neck in an attempt to soar through the air. Grounded for the season (not by my parents, but by the injury), I set up shop at the kitchen table with my dad’s old dopp kit filled with markers and crayons and a stack of poster board, provided by my mother who I’m sure hoped that a more sedentary expression of my creativity would be the safer route.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Watch: An All-Male ‘Cell Block Tango’

March 17th, 2015 Comments off
Screen Cap via YouTube

Screen Cap via YouTube

An all-male version of Chicago‘s famous “Cell Block Tango” shows Joshua Buscher-West, Marty Lawson, Alfie Parker Jr., Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Alex Ringler, and Ryan Steele take on the famously female-driven song. The performance, part of Broadway Backwards, took place earlier this month, helps raise funds for Broadway Cares.

Check out the fantastic performance after the jump…

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Save Some Money and See the Shows You Want During Broadway Week

January 15th, 2015 Comments off


True, the dead of winter is not New York City’s most shining moment, but if you’re a die-hard theater fan there’s no better time to head to the city and snag discount tickets to some of your favorite shows. Broadway Week returns January 20 through February 5 (yes, that’s actually two weeks) and practically everything on the boards is available, but tickets are going fast.

Some of our top picks include:

The cast of 'Honeymoon in Vegas' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Honeymoon in Vegas
This new musical, based on the beloved 1992 Nicolas Cage comedy of the same name, stars Tony Danza as Tommy Korman, an aging gangster looking for one last chance at love (no matter the cost), and Rob McClure as Jack, the conflicted young man who must fight Tommy for the love of his fiancée—set against the splashy, campy backdrop of contemporary Las Vegas.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Global Cocktail: Cow & Clover’s Eggnog

December 12th, 2014 Comments off
Image via Cow and Clever

Image via Cow and Clover

It’s not just about the food at Brooklyn’s newest hot spot, Cow & Clover, which brings local ingredients to seasonal wood-fired cooking by Chef Morgan Schofield (il Buco, North End Grill, Blue Hill), but restaurant-goers will take delight in their delicious and festival cocktails this holiday season. After warming up in the 100-seat spacious restaurant, we got to sample one of their insanely delicious eggnogs. We liked it so much, we stole the recipe for you.


In a large bowl beat yolks with egg beater until light. Add sugar and beat until thick. Stir in milk, then rum.  Beat egg whites until peaked. Fold into mixture. Pour into a punch bowl and chill for at least 2 hours. Beat cream until it softly peaks, then gently fold into chilled mixture. Chill again for at least 2 more hours.  When serving, garnish with nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.


Three Broadway Shows to See: Final Curtain Edition

December 5th, 2014 Comments off

Broadway Blog editor Matthew Wexler takes a look at some of Broadway’s biggest hits, which are bidding adieu this January. 

Keke Palmer and Joe Carroll in "Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Keke Palmer and Joe Carroll in “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

As 2014 comes to an end, so do the runs of many of our favorite Broadway shows. The current crop of new productions hasn’t been revelatory (perhaps with the exception of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), so it will be especially sad to bid adieu to some of our favorite standbys. But with a slew of vacant theaters comes January, perhaps some new blood will transfuse the Great White Way and get our hearts beating again. In the meantime, let’s take a last look at three of our favorites (plus a couple of bonuses) before they take their final bows…

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

The original television musical, which aired in 1957, was magically reinvented for the Broadway stage. Originally starring Laura Osnes, the show has seen a several star turns since, including Carly Rae Jepsen and now Keke Palmer. Beyond the gorgeous tunes and innovative design, Douglas Carter Beane retooled the book to make it appealing for a new generation.

Closes January 3, 2015

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Andrew Cuomo Cancels Massive Free Health Care Clinic ‘Expo’ in New York City

November 19th, 2014 Comments off
Stan Brock - Founder of Remote Area Medical. Image via RAM.

Stan Brock – Founder of Remote Area Medical. Image via RAM.

On Black Friday thousands were expected to arrive as early as 5 A.M. at New York’s Jacob Javits Center to take part in a day of free health care. Thanks to the organization, RAM, which once only catered to help those in the developing world, individuals and families would be able to receive medical care even without insurance. Accustomed to creating pop-up clinics across the United States, the organization’s biggest pop-up would have taken place at the convention center after Thanksgiving (with 500 dentists, 2,500 volunteers). The event, though, was canceled just two weeks before it was scheduled. The Office of Governor Cuomo decided not to issue a waiver that would have allowed these dedicated doctors to practice medicine in New York State (a piece of paperwork that governors throughout the United States have issued).

According to HuffPo:

Waiving this provision was entirely at the Governor’s discretion. The offices of Senators Harry Reid, Tim Kaine (both of whom who have seen RAM clinics firsthand), and Chuck Schumer called Cuomo and the NY Public Health Department directly to petition for the clinic to go forward. The reason provided to RAM for the clinic being scuttled: New Yorkers have all the health care they need.

You can click here to message Governor Cuomo.

Learn more about RAM and an upcoming documentary by clicking here.