Carolee Carmello To Headline Broadway Musicals of 1972

Carolee Carmello

Carolee Carmello

Scott Siegel’s “Broadway By the Year” series, now in its 13th season and beloved by many Broadway theater fans, will continue with Broadway Musicals of 1972 on April 29 at 8pm . As usual, the concert will take place at The Town Hall, located in the Times Square area.

The Broadway Musicals of 1972 is set to star several Broadway talents, including Carolee Carmello (star of this season’s musical Scandalous), Patrick Page (Spiderman), Christopher Fitzgerald (Wicked), and Bob Stillman (Grey Gardens). The Broadway By the Year Chorus will also be featured.

This edition of “Broadway By the Year” will include songs from musicals such as the hit ’50s themed musical Grease, Sugar, and the Stephen Schwartz-penned Pippin, which is about to enjoy a Broadway revival.

Get tickets for the event through Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-982-2787, or by visiting The Town Hall Box Office, located at 123 W. 43rd Street. Ticket prices range from $45 to $55.

New CD To Benefit Broadway Impact

Jeremy Jordan

Jeremy Jordan

A new recording titled Here For You – Ballads For Broadway Impact, featuring the music of Jonathan Reid Gealt, will be released on April 30. The proceeds of the album will benefit Broadway Impact, an organization made up of theater people who support marriage equality.

The CD will feature the talents of many Broadway performers, including Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, TV’s Smash), Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Adrienne Warren (Bring It On), Rachel Potter (Evita), Katie Thompson (Big Fish), and Caissie Levy (Ghost the Musical), as well as The Voice finalist Loren Allred.

Here For You – Ballads for Broadway Impact will be launched with a special concert being held at The Cutting Room on April 29 at 10pm. Tickets are $20 if purchased ahead of time, or $25 at the door. Get tickets by visiting www.thecuttingroomnyc.com or calling 212-691-1900.

broadwayUNLOCKED Benefit To Be Held April 22

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Broadway performer Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) will join songwriters Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting) for broadwayUNLOCKED, a special event that will benefit the Crime Victims Treatment Center, on April 22. Taylor Trensch (Matilda), Eryn Murman (Spring Awakening), Jason Hite (Bare), and Eric Namaky are also scheduled to participate in the concert event.

Held at The Green Space (44 Charlton Street), broadwayUNLOCKED will also be webcast for those who can’t make the concert.   Visit www.broadwayUNLOCKED.com to purchase tickets or to learn more.

“This year we will be able to reach out to thousands across the country, broadening our community and inviting anyone to be a part of helping survivors heal,” Crime Victims Treatment Center director Susan Xenarios said in a statement. “This is a celebration of recovery and transformation and we are thrilled to know that through this concert, our mission will reach anyone who chooses to be touched by it.”

Broadway Bares To Play Roseland June 23

Broadway BaresBroadway Bares, one of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ most popular fundraisers, has been scheduled to play at the Roseland Ballroom on June 23, with performances at 9:30pm and midnight. This is the 23rd edition of the racy annual event, and it has been subtitled “United Strips of America”.

“More than 200 of New York’s sexiest and most desirable dancers will discover – and uncover – amber waves and mountain majesties that only Broadway Bares could find,” announced Broadway Cares. “This trip across the fruited plains of America will most certainly be the stuff patriot dreams are made of.”

Tickets for Broadway Bares start at $65 for general admission, non-reserved standing, while $135 will get your priority standing near the stage. Reserved table seating is available for $750. To find out more about these and other ticket options, visit www.broadwaycares.org or call 212-840-0770 (ext. 268).

Off-Broadway Play The Vandal To Air on PBS

Hamish Linklater

Hamish Linklater

Actor and playwright Hamish Linklater’s new play The Vandal, playing Off-Broadway at the Flea Theater, has garnered a great deal of acclaim and is now getting a chance to be seen by television audiences. Thirteen WNET, the PBS station that serves the New York City area, will film the March 29 performance of The Vandal for later broadcast (a date has not yet been set).

The Vandal is a darkly humorous three-person play about a boy and a woman who meet and share stories while waiting for a bus one cold night. Directed by Jim Simpson, the production stars Noah Robbins, Deirdre O’Connell, and Zach Grenier.

Playwright Hamish Linklater has, up until now, been better known to Broadway and television audiences as a performer. He was recently in the Broadway production of Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar and will soon be seen in The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare in the Park this summer.  Linklater is perhaps best known for his role on the sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Crystal Bowersox To Star in Always … Patsy Cline on Broadway

Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox

After many productions on the regional theater scene, Always … Patsy Cline will finally make it to Broadway this summer in a new production starring Crystal Bowersox (a fan favorite during her season on American Idol) and Annette O’Toole. The production, directed by John Rando, is expected to begin previews in July with an opening in August.

“Crystal is the ideal performer to portray Patsy Cline,” said producer Jeff Cohen in a statement. “In what amounts to a ‘life-imitates-art’ twist, Patsy Cline was discovered on the Arthur Godfrey Show, the number one TV talent show of its day. And Crystal was discovered on American Idol, the number one TV talent show today.”

Always … Patsy Cline relates the friendship between country icon Cline and devoted fan Louise Seger, who narrates the musical. Dozens of Patsy Cline classics are included in the show, including “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” and “Back In Baby’s Arms”.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 3/24/2013

Pippin Broadway MusicalBROADWAY TICKET GROSSES BLOOMING
Though not as impressive as last week’s rise, the Broadway ticket sales numbers once again increased this week. Gaining just under one million dollars, ticket revenue rose from last week’s $20,821,011 up to $21,709,082.

THREE NEW BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS DEBUT
There are three additional Broadway shows on the chart this week, as three new productions started previews this week. Each has started out on a very different foot, with the new Pippin revival coming out on top with 99.30% capacity and an average paid admission of $101.28. The Nance, which brings Broadway favorite Nathan Lane back to the Great White Way, has started out with fair but unimpressive sales, getting an average of $71.42 per ticket. The Assembled Parties has had the hardest time of the trio, earning only $44.13 average admission.

EIGHT SHOWS EARN OVER A MILLION
With the winter blues (if not the winter weather) now behind us, Broadway is now seeing more and more millionaires. Last week and again this week there were a total of eight shows that brought in over one million for the weekly total. Among those are of course the big three, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, and the week’s winner, Wicked, which came extremely close to two million at $1,940,002. Other Millionaire’s Club members include popular hits like The Phantom of the Opera and Spiderman, but the wealth has also been shared with several newcomers, Cinderella, Lucky Guy, and Motown the Musical.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending March 24, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPaidAdm
ANN $363,340 5,500 61.77% $66.06
ANNIE $941,132 10,906 79.82% $86.29
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S $357,127 6,116 70.85% $58.39
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF $647,429 6,836 61.74% $94.71
CHICAGO $667,034 7,707 89.20% $86.55
CINDERELLA $1,122,624 12,108 86.44% $92.72
HANDS ON A HARDBODY $211,083 6,415 77.18% $32.90
JERSEY BOYS $883,045 9,062 92.24% $97.44
KINKY BOOTS $852,171 10,893 95.62% $78.23
LUCKY GUY $1,270,733 9,451 99.95% $134.45
MAMMA MIA! $842,657 10,128 85.60% $83.20
MATILDA $834,560 9,935 99.39% $84.00
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,015,331 10,552 102.90% $96.22
NEWSIES $945,008 9,578 100.19% $98.66
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT $658,957 7,659 66.53% $86.04
ONCE $966,182 8,222 97.14% $117.51
PIPPIN $199,935 1,974 99.30% $101.28
ROCK OF AGES $460,871 4,527 97.06% $101.80
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,160,466 12,866 83.33% $90.20
THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES $109,183 2,474 76.12% $44.13
THE BIG KNIFE $105,646 2,799 75.65% $37.74
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,661,180 8,752 102.63% $189.81
THE LION KING $1,892,803 13,467 100.38% $140.55
THE NANCE $199,627 2,795 76.28% $71.42
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,042,563 12,452 96.98% $83.73
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $358,395 5,073 80.57% $70.65
WICKED $1,940,002 14,161 97.85% $137.00
Total $21,709,082 222,408 87.14% $91.17

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2012 nytix.com

The Drama League To Honor Bernadette Peters and More

Bernadette PetersSince 1922, The Drama League Awards have been recognizing excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theater, making them America’s oldest theatrical honors. This year, the Drama League — which includes thousands of members across the nation — is bestowing special honors on beloved Tony Award-winning actress and singer Bernadette Peters, acclaimed director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell, and The Rockettes (known of course for their yearly appearance in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular).

Bernadette Peters (Follies, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun) is being given the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award for her decades-long contribution to the art form (her first appearance on Broadway was in The Most Happy Fella in 1959). Jerry Mitchell, who is currently represented on Broadway by the new musical Kinky Boots, is receiving The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. The Rockettes, along with Madison Square Garden Entertainment, are being given the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award for their longstanding contribution to the promotion of live theater.

The 79th Annual Drama League Awards will be held on May 17 at the Marriot Marquis (home of Broadway’s Marquis Theatre) in Times Square. Visit www.dramaleague.org for more information.

Broadway Star Elaine Stritch To Make Final Bow

Elaine StritchElaine Stritch, one of Broadway theater’s most beloved fixtures, is retiring. From April 2-6, the 88-year old performer will be enjoying her final engagement at the Cafe Carlyle, the famed hotel and cabaret/music venue that has been a favorite for many Broadway and musical theater stars. Titled “Movin’ Over and Out,” the evening will give NYC audiences one last chance to see Stritch on stage before she returns to her home state of Michigan to retire. Rob Bowman will be at the piano for the event, which will provide Elaine Stritch a chance to share stories and songs.

Recently seen by TV audiences as a regular guest star on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, Elaine Stritch made her Broadway debut in 1946 in the play Loco. She appeared in several Broadway musicals in the ’50s, including Call Me Madam, Pal Joey, and On Your Toes.

Elaine Stritch is particularly treasured for her role as Joanne in the 1970 Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical Company, which was captured on the show’s original cast recording and an accompanying video documentary. In 2002, she was lauded for her biographical solo show Elaine Stritch At Liberty. Stritch’s most recent Broadway appearance was in the revival of A Little Night Music.

Newsies Offers Lottery For Free Tickets March 23-29

Newsies Broadway MusicalIn the lead up to its one-year anniversary on Broadway March 29, Newsies is celebrating by offering the tickets distributed in its pre-show lottery for free for an entire week. Newsies is offering these free tickets as a thank you to the musical’s ardent fan base.

The lottery tickets, which will be for a limited number of orchestra seats, will be free of charge starting with the lotto for the evening performance on March 23 through the evening performance on March 29. The Newsies lottery begins accepting entries two and a half hours prior to each performance, with the actual drawing taking place two hours before the performance. One entry is accepted per person, and one person can have up to two tickets. A valid ID must be presented. The lottery is held at the show’s theater, the Nederlander Theatre, located at 208 W. 41st Street.

Newsies will also be celebrating its one-year Broadway anniversary on TV with an appearance on Good Morning America on April 1. The Newsies cast will do a special performance of “Carrying the Banner” in which they will perform the song as they walk from the Nederlander Theatre to GMA’s studio, located in Times Square.