La Cage Aux Folles

$46.50 La Cage Aux Folles Tickets CODE IS: LCTIX330
La Cage Aux Folles Discount Ticket Code on Broadway in New York City

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These prices apply to performances April 15-17th and April 20-21st 2010
and are available on select orchestra and front mezzanine seats.

CODE IS: LCTIX330
Prices are
$46.50 – Rear Mezz for 4/15 at 8pm, 4/16 at 8pm, 4/20 at 8pm, 4/21 at 8pm
$49.50 – Rear Mezz for 4/17 at 2:30pm and 8pm
$67.50 – Orch/Front Mezz for 4/15 at 8pm, 4/16 at 8pm, 4/20 at 8pm, 4/21 at 8pm
$70.00 – Orch/Front Mezz for 4/17 at 2:30pm and 8pm

Tickets available at the box office, BROADWAYOFFERS.COM or call 212-947-8844 and use code LCTIX330

Offer valid for the following performances 4/15-4/17/10, 4/20-4/21/10 at 8pm & 4/17/10 at 2:30pm. Limit 25 tickets per order. All prices include a $1.50 facility fee. All sales are final – no refunds or exchanges. Blackout dates may apply. Offer is subject to availability and prior sale. Not valid in combination with any other offers. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.

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New Audio Collection Unveiled at WTC Memorial Museum Site

World Trade Center Memorial SiteThe World Trade Center Memorial Museum preview site (20 Vesey Street) is unveiling an audio collection today, consisting of almost 600 recordings from families and friends of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Stories from first responders are also included.
Visitors can both hear those stories and also record their own recollections and contributions in a separate booth. Some of these memories will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Visitors can also hear stories from people who actually witnessed the attacks. The actual museum is set to open on September 11, 2012. It will offer artifacts ranging from parts of the original towers to tributes left for the victims.
The memorial is slated to open earlier.
The recordings are meant to serve as a resource for those who want more information about the attacks, as well as a way to honor the victims. The site is free and open to the public; it’s located across from the site of the permanent memorial. Visitors can go to national911memorial.org for more information. The web site gives up-to-date information about the progress of the memorial as well as the history and impact of the attacks.
In other news about the Memorial, two reflecting pools for the September 11 National Memorial at the World Trade Center site have been totally framed in steel, meaning that another phase has been completed. When the Memorial is complete, it will contain 8,100 tons of steel. The pools, which sit in the footprints of the original towers, will pump 52,00 gallons of recycled water every minute.
The Memorial Plaza will also contain 400 oak trees surrounding the pools.

Branford Marsalis To Compose Score For Broadway’s Fences

Branford MarsalisGrammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist and bandleader Branford Marsalis has been tapped to write the underscoring for the new Broadway production of August Wilson’s play Fences, directed by Kenny Leon and starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. In a statement about his new gig, Marsalis said, “I look forward to the challenge of creating music that not only complements their performances, but enhances the experience for those sitting in the theater.” This will be Branford Marsalis’s debut as a Broadway composer. Fences begins performances at the Cort Theatre on April 14.

Thank Goodness: Trader Joe’s is Really Coming to the Upper West Side

Trader Joe's LogoUpper West Siders in New York are nothing if not picky about their food: complaining about the lack of good restaurants and comparing notes on where to get the best artisinal cheese is considered a badge of honor.
Now, residents above 59th Street have reason to rejoice–after literally years of rumor and speculation, iconic gourmet food store Trader Joe’s is coming to the city’s Upper West Side.
A new luxury tower, called The Corner, has just been completed on 72nd and Broadway in Manhattan. (Really? In this economy?) One of the stores that will anchor the ground-floor area is Trader Joe’s; it’s expected to open later this year. The building has 50,000 square feet of commercial space; the new store will take over two floors on the corner.
One of the other commercial spaces has been rented to Bank of America (of course), and a third remains vacant.
Trader Joe’s is much loved for its lines of foods that cater to everyone from vegans to the stroller set, with an especially good line of their own products. Prepared meals, kosher foods, ethnic specialties, fat-free, vegetarian–they’ve got it all, and it all comes with a kind of cool, downtown vibe that adds to its appeal. There’s already a Trader Joe’s store on 14th Street in Manhattan, but face it, who wants to bring all those groceries uptown on the subway?
With Citarella and Fairway just blocks away from the new location, and a new Whole Foods further uptown, Upper West Siders may have to find something new to complain about.

Green Isn’t Just for the Lights at the Empire State Building Any More

Empire State BuildingThe Empire State Building on 34th Street and Fifth Avenue,  just added a new lighting system that means that the lights for this monumental building now use 50% less power. The super-efficient commercial LED lighting system cost over a million dollars to install and will recoup its investment within 2 years from the power consumption savings. The iconic Empire State Building has been cleaning up its act as “The Top Of The Rock” at 30 Rockefeller Plaza just overtook it in number of visitors per year. Normally the lights are switched off at midnight to save money and avoid neighbor complaints. Often the lights at night can cause havoc with air traffic as it can blind airline pilots coming in to La Guardia or Newark airports.
The building is responding to other challenges too, from record high office space availability as many of its tenants have either gone out of business or moved to cheaper climes like uptown, downtown or even New Jersey and Long Island.

All About Me: Another Broadway Show Bites the Dust

All About Me Broadway ShowOn the heels of the announcement that The Miracle Worker will be closing early comes the news that another Broadway show, All About Me, will be shuttering on the same date, April 4. All About Me, the Broadway comedy and music show starring Dame Edna Everage and singer/pianist Michael Feinstein, was scheduled to run until July, but inadequate reviews and low ticket sales prompted the producers to close the show only a few weeks into its run. Written by the show’s stars along with playwright Christopher Durang, and directed by Casey Nicholaw (Jerry Zaks was originally scheduled to direct, but pulled out in order to work on The Addams Family), All About Me had lackluster word-of-mouth early during previews, the general feeling being that the pairing of these two very different types of performers didn’t make much sense. Feinstein is known primarily as an interpreter of the American songbook, while Dame Edna is a larger-than-life personality with a wicked sense of humor. It’s possible that they both would have fared better if, as was originally reported in the publicity stunt pulled prior to their show’s official announcement, they had each gone solo on Broadway.

It’s Spring, so it Must be Time to Loop the Loop

Coney Island CycloneThoughts of roller coasters may not be foremost in your mind in this splashy, raw New York weather, but they were certainly on someone’s—the Coney Island Cyclone officially opened for the season yesterday.
Anyone know the traditional ritual that kicks off the season? Yes, it’s the ritualistic cracking of a bottle of egg cream on the first car of the world-famous, wooden-tracked coaster that ushered in its 83rd season.
The Cyclone is perhaps the most famous attraction in Coney Island and one of the most famous roller coasters in the world; riders started taking the plunge back in 1927. Cool roller coaster fact of the day: Since a relatively small portion of land was available for the ride, it had to be designed to be extremely tight and steep, rather than spread out. True afficionados love the old-fashioned wooden coasters for the uh, quality of the ride.
Nineteen more attractions, in an area named Luna Park after the old Coney Island, should be up and running by Memorial Day.
Astroland Amusement Park in Coney Island closed two years ago; the former owner is still in charge of operating the Cyclone.
The Cyclone Roller Coaster was listed in the New York State Register of Historic Places on June 31, 1991; it is also a National Historic landmark. It is one of only 17 coasters in the world that the American Coaster Enthusiasts have designed an “ACE Roller Coaster Landmark,” which is given to rides of historic significance.
The Cyclone at Coney Island is located at 834 Surf Avenue on the Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY. (Who could make up a better address?) Call 718 265 2100 for more information.

The Phantom of the Opera Broadway Show Review

Show Summary
A disfigured man who lives in secret beneath the famed Paris Opera House becomes obsessed with a beautiful young singer named Christine and “haunts” the owners of the theater until they agree to make her the star of the opera.

Broadway Review
This long-running romantic Broadway musical tends to be especially well-loved by female audiences, but in its 20-year Broadway run Phantom has become immensely popular with viewers of all ages and types. The lush Andrew Lloyd Webber score boasts modern classics such as “Music of the Night,” “Think of Me,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “All I Ask of You”. Despite the Phantom’s penchant for seductive ballads, he is in fact a pretty disturbed guy, so be aware that this often eerie musical does feature such unsavory activities as kidnapping and murder.

The Miracle Worker To Close Broadway Production Next Week

The Miracle Worker Broadway ShowThe current Broadway production of The Miracle Worker, playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre, has announced that it will be ending its run in just one week from today, with a closing date of April 4. The William Gibson play is well-known and loved (especially due to the classic film version starring Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft), and the Broadway revival has a host of recognizable names in the cast (including Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller, and Matthew Modine and House‘s Jennifer Morrison as her parents). But all of that was not enough to keep the show, which has been having trouble selling tickets for most of its run, afloat any longer. Rumors that the open-ended production might shutter early started several weeks ago, and they were apparently overwhelming enough that The Miracle Worker‘s producers actually went so far as to issue a press release in early March stating that they intended to stay open despite the poor ticket sales. It appears that the money has now run out, though, and the miracle needed to keep this show on Broadway has not materialized.

Spring is in the Air–And Especially, at Macy’s

Macy's Flower ShowSpring has officially been around for a week now, but even though you may not be able to tell by the temperature outside, all you have to do is wander by Macy’s on Herald Square (151 West 34th Street; 212 695-4400) for the annual flower show, which runs through April 11.
Kicking off today, the main branch of the famous department store will play host to 30,000 varieties of trees, flowers and plants from around the globe.
Although not quite as famous as the store’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, it’s a traditional harbinger of spring in the city, and a must-see for garden fans.
The theme, “Spring is in the Air,” honors both city gardens as well as tropical locales, and free 20-minutes guided tours will be offered every half hour between 11 am and 4 pm for those who wish more of an up-close experience.
Keep your eyes on the skies (or at least the ceiling) when you’re at the show—hot air balloons holding floral displays, biplanes (a traditional sign of spring?), and kites will waft through the air. The show features 10 different garden areas, including topiary and palm sections. You can also check out designer areas inspired by gardens and flowers, such as “tablescapes” (the rest of us may know them as place settings), and even the Colonial Williamsburg Pleasure Garden in The Cellar, which features gardening tools and herbs used in the 18th century.
Storytelling, seminars, and lectures are among the events offered in conjunction with the show, such as today’s floral arrangement presentation at 1 pm.
Flower shows are also taking place at other Macy’s around the country, including ones in Philadelphia, Minneapolis (face it: they need it even more than we do) Chicago, and San Francisco.