Tony n’ Tina Coming Back to Off-Broadway

Tony n' Tina's WeddingA pioneer in interactive theater, the former long-running Off-Broadway hit Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding is coming back to New York City’s Off-Broadway scene this year. Starting March 5, the two-part theater piece will play at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School (120 W. 46th Street) in midtown Manhattan where Tony and Tina’s comedic wedding ceremony will take place. The audience will then be led by the show’s performers (playing the bridal party and Tony and Tina’s friends and family) through Times Square to Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar (220 W. 44th Street), where they will eat an Italian buffet, enjoy cocktails, and dance to a DJ.

Brought to life by Hofstra University undergrads Nancy Cassaro and Mark Nasser in 1985, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding went on to have a long commercial run in Greenwich Village, followed by a 10-year run in Times Square.

Tickets for this new production of the interactive performance piece are $125-175. Performances will be held Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7pm, along with 2pm Saturday matinees and 3pm Sunday matinees. Visit www.TonyLovesTina.com or call 866-811-4111 for tickets and information.

Broadway Loves the Spice Girls To Play at 54 Below

The Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! that has played London’s West End may not have yet made it to Broadway, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of Broadway performers who love the famed British pop group. In fact, many of them will be gathering at 54 Below on January 13 at 11:30pm for a special concert dubbed “Broadway Loves the Spice Girls”.

Well over a dozen New York City actors will perform new vocal arrangements (written by Benjamin Rauhala) of the Spice Girls’ many hits, including “Wannabe” and “2 Become 1″. The list of performers slated for the concert include Ashley Kate Adams, Stephanie Umoh, Kate Loprest, Jason Gotay, Gabrielle McClinton, Emily McNamara, and Darren Bluestone.

The cover charge for the concert is $10, and there is also a $20 food/drink minimum. To purchase tickets or learn more, go to www.54Below.com.

Broadway’s 700 Sundays Will Be Taped To Air on HBO

Billy Crystal 700 SundaysBilly Crystal’s return production of 700 Sundays, which is playing for a limited time at the Imperial Theatre through January 5, has proved to be a major Broadway hit this season. But if you haven’t been able to score tickets to Crystal’s one-man show, you will be able to see it on HBO next year. On January 3 and 4, 700 Sundays will be taped to broadcast in 2014 on the premium cable network.

“Billy Crystal has been a beloved member of the HBO family for more than three decades,” stated president of HBO Programming, Michael Lombardo. “It’s thrilling to us that he decided to let us film this legendary theatrical event.”

700 Sundays, which originally played on Broadway several years ago (and won a 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event), is Billy Crystal’s dramatic memoir in which he talks about growing up in New York City and in particular the cherished Sundays that he spent with his dad.

Jersey Boys To Offer Guarantee For Inclement Weather

Jersey Boys Broadway ShowThe long-running hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, playing at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City, has announced that it will be offering a “Winter Weather Guarantee” to people who buy tickets for performances taking place from January 2 to March 30, 2014.

Given that winter storms can wreak havoc on the roads and shut down airports, this guarantee is particularly helpful for tourists or people who have to commute significant distances to get into the city.

The guarantee allows Jersey Boys ticket holders to exchange tickets for those performances for tickets to any other performance that is currently on sale. Learn more about the details of the “Winter Weather Guarantee” policy at www.JerseyBoysBroadway.com/Winter.

James Franco, Leighton Meester To Star in Broadway Of Mice and Men

James FrancoThe classic John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men will come to the Broadway stage early next year in a new production starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester. Anna D. Shapiro will direct the production, which will mark the first time that Of Mice and Men has been seen on Broadway in 40 years.

James Franco (Oz the Great and Powerful, 127 Hours) will take on the main role of George, while O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) will play his sweet but simple-minded friend Lennie. Meester (TV’s Gossip Girl) will play Curley’s wife.

Of Mice and Men will start preview performances at the Longacre Theatre on March 19, 2014, with opening night scheduled for April 16. The production will be a limited engagement, playing until July 27. Tickets go onsale on January 11. Find out more information at OfMiceAndMenOnBroadway.com.

Real Housewives Star To Perform Off-Broadway

Kandi BurrussKandi Burruss, one of the stars of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, will soon join the cast of the Off-Broadway show NEWSical The Musical. Her two-week stint in NEWSical will be from January 13-26, 2014.

“I am thrilled to join the cast of NEWSical The Musical,” said Kandi Burruss in a statement. “Having just come off of my own musical production, NEWSical The Musical furthers my journey in entertainment to, simultaneously, do more of what I love: act and sing.” As well as her role on the Atlanta edition of the popular Real Housewives franchise, Burruss is known as a songwriter and record producer.

NEWSical the Musical, which currently features Christine Pedi and Michael West, among others, is playing on Theatre Row at 410 W. 42nd Street. Tickets are $90 to $110. Go to www.NEWSicalthemusical.com for tickets and information.

Broadway Sings For Toys on December 16

The Broadway BoysThe 8th Annual Broadway Sings for Toys: A Benefit for Toys for Tots comes to The Cutting Room on December 16 at 7pm. The event is hosted by The Broadway Boys, who include Daniel Torres, Travis Morin, Jesse Nager, Brad Greer, John Michael Dias, Gabe Violett, and Zal Owen.

In addition to The Broadway Boys, other artists scheduled to perform at the benefit concert include a slew of Tony winners, such as Lillias White, Chuck Cooper, and Adriane Lenox (dueting with her daughter). Nick Adams, Charl Brown, Morgan James, Crystal Monee Hall, Ryan Shaw, Jessica Philips, and Marva Hicks will also appear.

Tickets are $20, and attendees are also asked to bring and unwrapped toy. Call 212-691-1900 or go to www.thecuttingroom.com to get tickets and find more information. The Cutting Room is located at 44 East 32nd Street.

Twelfth Night Goes Off-Broadway

Twelfth NightWhile audiences are enjoying the very Elizabethan-style version of Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance on Broadway, the Off-Broadway scene is getting its own take on the beloved Shakespearean romantic comedy of mixed identities this month, courtesy of the Essential Theatre Group.

Unlike the Broadway production, which has an all-male cast (as productions did in William Shakespeare’s own time), ETG’s production has a mixed-gender cast — no doubt a relief to those who already find the gender-bending Twelfth Night a little confusing at times. ETG’s Twelfth Night, which is directed by Tony Lance, also features original music by Conly Basham and Gillian Bell (a sample can be viewed here).

Twelfth Night plays December 13-21 at The Tank Theatre, located in Times Square at 151 West 46th Street on the 8th floor. Tickets are a budget-friendly $15 and can be purchased at twelfthnighttank.brownpapertickets.com.

Julie Taymor Appears at the 92nd Street Y November 17

Julie TaymorIn “From Stage to Screen and Back Again,” an event at the 92nd Street Y, theatrical visionary and Broadway director/designer Julie Taymor will discuss her work with actor Harry Lennix (who was in Taymor’s 1999 movie Titus).

Tony Award winner Julie Taymor is of course best known for her extraordinary work in Disney’s stage adaptation of The Lion King, which has remained one of Broadway’s biggest hits for 15 years. However, she became very controversial during the development and preview period of the multi-million dollar Broadway production of Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark. Currently, she is directing a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn.

Julie Taymor will be at the 92nd Street Y on November 17 at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by calling 212-415-5500 or by visiting www.92y.org.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/10/2013

Billy Crystal 700 SundaysBIG JUMP IN BROADWAY TICKET SALES
After a few weeks of falling sales, Broadway ticket sales made a big leap this week. Overall revenue swelled by more than $3 million, increasing from last week’s $22,476,709 to $25,659,018. This change is a strong sign that Broadway is officially entering its lucrative holiday season.

BILLY CRYSTAL PLAYS 700 SUNDAYS
Actor Billy Crystal has arrived on Broadway with a bang, starting preview performance of 700 Sundays at the Imperial Theatre this week. This return engagement of Crystal’s one-man Broadway show filled its theater to 87.20% capacity, selling tickets at an impressive average ticket price of $149.29, which already earned 700 Sundays entry into the Millionaire’s Club (at a weekly total of $1,147,436).

THE BOOK OF MORMON BEATS LION KING
Like last week, Wicked made the top of the Broadway grosses chart, taking in $1,864,819. However, perhaps the more notable fact was that The Book of Mormon came in second (at $1,767,155) ahead of third place finisher The Lion King ($1,705,540), which is an uncommon occurrence given the much smaller size of The Book of Mormon‘s theater and the enduring popularity of The Lion King.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending November 10, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,147,436 7,686 87.20% $149.29
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $354,837 5,865 86.35% $60.50
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $438,961 5,107 83.89% $85.95
A TIME TO KILL $230,794 3,991 62.20% $57.83
AFTER MIDNIGHT $585,515 7,076 85.38% $82.75
ANNIE $838,833 10,569 92.97% $79.37
BETRAYAL $1,245,258 8,424 100.00% $147.82
BIG FISH $600,339 7,595 67.28% $79.04
CHICAGO $575,717 7,122 82.43% $80.84
CINDERELLA $858,663 10,177 72.65% $84.37
FIRST DATE $399,240 6,002 70.18% $66.52
JERSEY BOYS $843,189 7,933 80.75% $106.29
KINKY BOOTS $1,671,806 11,433 100.36% $146.23
MACBETH $387,834 6,099 72.82% $63.59
MAMMA MIA! $645,791 7,715 82.71% $83.71
MATILDA $1,157,911 10,956 95.64% $105.69
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,333,883 11,085 91.95% $120.33
NEWSIES $749,821 8,110 85.55% $92.46
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $635,850 7,118 82.92% $89.33
ONCE $725,833 7,225 85.28% $100.46
PIPPIN $846,955 7,270 91.79% $116.50
ROCK OF AGES $406,067 4,372 93.74% $92.88
ROMEO AND JULIET $343,802 4,480 42.46% $76.74
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $810,162 10,036 79.25% $80.73
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,767,155 8,752 102.63% $201.91
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $674,956 5,575 89.57% $121.07
THE LION KING $1,705,540 13,398 98.51% $127.30
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $790,698 9,869 76.86% $80.12
THE SNOW GEESE $264,903 4,058 78.04% $65.28
THE WINSLOW BOY $264,605 3,922 66.25% $67.47
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $491,847 8,263 98.28% $59.52
WICKED $1,864,819 15,175 99.94% $122.89
Totals: $25,659,018 252,458 83.93% $96.71

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com