A Little Night Music Soundtrack Now on CD

A Little Night MusicEven many of Stephen Sondheim’s most avid fans know very little about the film version of his classic 1973 Broadway musical A Little Night Music. Starring Elizabeth Taylor and Diana Rigg, the 1978 movie was not a success and has gone largely forgotten by musical theater fans over the decades.

But now Sondheim fans can judge for themselves whether or not the movie’s songs were worth preserving, as the A Little Night Music movie soundtrack has been made available on CD for the first time ever. The CD recording has been released by Sony Masterworks and is also available for digital download.

In addition to well-known Stephen Sondheim songs like “Send in the Clowns,” the soundtrack also includes a re-written film version of “The Glamorous Life” and instrumental cues that were previously unreleased. Go to MasterworksBroadway.com to find out more about the recording.

Hands on a Hardbody Cast To Perform at Barnes & Noble September 4

Hands on a Hardbody Broadway ShowIt has been several months since the short-lived Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody ended its run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, but the show will still be remembered due to the upcoming August 27 release of its original Broadway cast recording.

The CD release will be celebrated with a special event at Barnes & Noble (Manhattan’s East 86th Street location) to be held on September 4 at 7pm. Cast members from the Broadway cast will perform and sign copies of the CD for fans.

Featuring a score by Amanda Green (Bring It On) and Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Hands on a Hardbody was inspired by a real-life event in Texas in which a group of people took part in an endurance competition in the hopes of winning a brand new truck.

The 21-track Broadway cast recording of Hands on a Hardbody includes songs such as the soaring “I’m Gone” and a bonus number titled “The Tryers”.

“Once Week” on Broadway Starts August 20

Once Broadway MusicalThe Broadway musical Once is dubbing this coming week “Once Week”. From August 20-23, the show will offer special prizes and free events. But most importantly, Once will be giving away 20 free tickets through its lottery for its evening performances on those dates.

To enter the Once lottery, arrive at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre two and half hours before the performance to put your name into the drawing for tickets. The names will be drawn two hours prior to the performance.

Once tells the romantic story of two people who connect through music. It won eight Tony awards last year, most notably the Best Musical prize. The popular show also has a production running in London, and a national tour is preparing to launch. Visit oncemusical.com for more information.

PBS To Air Broadway Play The Nance

Nathan LaneAlthough it didn’t last especially long on Broadway, the recently-shuttered play The Nance will live again on film. Taped during special performances of the production that were added following its scheduled closing, The Nance will air on PBS as a part of its “Live from Lincoln Center” series in 2014.

Written by Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Xanadu, Sister Act, Cinderella), The Nance starred Tony Award winner Nathan Lane as a burlesque performer who played campy characters onstage, yet had to hide his own homosexuality from the world.

Lane’s co-stars in The Nance included Cady Huffman (The Producers), Andrea Burns (In the Heights), Lewis J. Stadlen, Jenni Barber, Jonny Orsini, and Geoffrey Allen Murphy.

Tom Skerritt Joins Cast of Broadway’s A Time To Kill

Tom SkerrittEmmy-winning actor Tom Skerritt will make his Broadway debut this season, co-starring in the forthcoming drama A Time to Kill, based on The Firm author John Grisham’s first novel. Skerritt will play the role of Lucien Wilbanks.

M*A*S*H, Alien, Top Gun, Steel Magnolias, and A River Runs Through It are among Tom Skerritt’s film credits. However, he is equally well-known for his role on the acclaimed CBS TV program Picket Fences, for which he won his Emmy Award.

Tom Skerritt joins a cast that includes Sebastian Arcelus, Patrick Page, Tonya Pinkins, and Fred Dalton Thompson. Adapted by Rupert Holmes and directed by Ethan McSweeny, A Time To Kill is scheduled to start performances at the John Golden Theatre on September 28. Opening night is set for October 20.

How To Avoid Additional Ticketmaster Ticket Fees at the 2013 Radio City Christmas Show

Radio City Christmas SpectacularThe Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes, is a holiday favorite that is particularly popular with families. While nearby Broadway is often prohibitively expensive for large groups, Radio City frequently offers discount codes, promotions, and cheaper mezzanine seating that makes it possible to get tickets for as low as the $30-$50 range.

The catch is that the Ticketmaster fees associated with these tickets keep getting higher and higher. Even if you get, for instance, a $39 base price ticket for the Radio City show, you will still be stuck paying an additional Ticketmaster “service fee” of $14-$18 per ticket if you order your tickets by phone or online.

Fortunately there is a way to avoid these hefty Ticketmaster fees, and that is to buy your Radio City Christmas show tickets in person at the ticket box office.

Buying tickets in person can be an inconvenience for some and an impossibility for many others who live outside of New York City — which is precisely what Ticketmaster is counting on. However, if you are in the New York area, there are three different locations where you can purchase Radio City Christmas Show tickets in person, so you can choose the location that is most convenient for you.

radiocity2Ticket Location 1 – The Radio City Music Hall Box Office
The first location is, of course, is the Radio City Music Hall box office, located at 1260 6th Avenue (between 50th and 51st streets). Enter at the corner of 6th Ave and 50th Street to get to the box office in the main lobby. This is a good location to try if you work in midtown Manhattan, or happen to be dropping by the midtown area for something else (such as seeing a Broadway show).

Ticket Location 2 – MSG Madison Square Garden Box Office
The second location where you can buy Radio City tickets is Madison Square Garden’s box office. MSG is located on 7th Avenue, between 31st and 33rd streets. This is the best option for anyone who commutes into the city via Penn Station.

Ticket Location 3 – Beacon Theatre Box Office
The third location is further uptown at the Beacon Theatre, which is at 2124 Broadway, situated between 74th and 75th Streets. People living on the Upper West Side will appreciate this location, and even those who live in Upper Manhattan or the Bronx might find it is fairly easy to stop off at the Beacon on the way home.

Despite the temptation to go the easy route and buy through Ticketmaster, if you are buying multiple tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, you will find that purchasing at one of these three box offices can save you a great deal of money in fees.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 8/11/2013

Total Broadway ticket revenue increased this week, though it wasn’t anything to get too excited about, as the amount was rather small. The previous week’s $23,104,021 was beat by a little over $200,000 this week, with the total of Broadway ticket sales coming in at $23,335,894.

Though newcomers like Kinky Boots and Motown the Musical are wowing Broadway audiences, it is long-running shows like The Lion King and Wicked that continue to top the charts each week. Furthermore, long-runners such as Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, and The Phantom of the Opera are still doing very well, each enjoying over 90% attendance and average paid admissions of $90 or more.

The original new play The Nance, starring Nathan Lane, ended its run on August 11. Despite featuring one of Broadway’s biggest and — usually — most bankable stars, the show never did particularly well at the box office. In its final week, The Nance did respectably, if not impressively, bringing in a total of $444,605 with 81.17% attendance.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending August 11, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
ANNIE $907,382 11,033 80.75% $82.24
CHICAGO $728,309 8,608 99.63% $84.61
CINDERELLA $1,091,550 11,478 81.94% $95.10
FIRST DATE $416,131 7,163 83.76% $58.09
FOREVER TANGO $384,407 5,216 70.26% $73.70
JERSEY BOYS $855,282 8,902 90.61% $96.08
KINKY BOOTS $1,632,911 11,480 100.77% $142.24
LET IT BE $365,570 5,780 42.93% $63.25
MAMMA MIA! $1,002,632 11,102 92.64% $90.31
MATILDA $1,313,384 11,538 100.72% $113.83
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,476,600 12,126 100.58% $121.77
NEWSIES $958,460 9,503 100.24% $100.86
ONCE $762,161 7,632 90.08% $99.86
PIPPIN $1,057,057 8,023 101.30% $131.75
ROCK OF AGES $407,743 4,304 92.28% $94.74
SOUL DOCTOR $197,157 4,824 86.39% $40.87
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,106,734 11,573 85.66% $95.63
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,747,273 8,752 102.63 $199.64
THE LION KING $2,149,242 13,605 100.04% $157.97
THE NANCE $444,605 5,948 81.17% $74.75
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,232,628 12,973 101.04% $95.01
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $489,212 5,799 68.19% $84.36
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE $556,185 5,375 85.37% $103.48
WICKED $2,053,281 15,614 95.90% $131.50
TOTALS $23,335,894 218,351 88.95% $101.32

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

TV Show Psych To Air Musical Episode in December

PsychFollowing in the footsteps of several other TV shows, ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Scrubs, the USA network hit comedy series Psych is doing a musical episode, scheduled to air on December 15.

The special two-hour episode of Psych will feature original music, and will have guest stars from the musical theater world, notably Anthony Rapp (Rent) and Barry Bostwick (Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show).

The episode will follow Psych‘s lead characters, Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill), as they track down a crazed playwright and must consult with a dangerous villain from Shawn’s past.

The Nance Plays Final Performance on Broadway Today

The Nance Broadway ShowDouglas Carter Beane’s new play, The Nance, ends its run at the Lyceum Theatre today. The production began previews on March 21 and officially opened on April 15. Though it was scheduled for an open run and enjoyed respectable sales, presumably The Nance was not able to sell enough tickets (particularly during the summer months when kid-friendly fare thrives) to stay open any longer.

Set in 1937, the play starred Tony Award-winning Broadway favorite Nathan Lane in the role of Chauncey Miles, a well-loved New York burlesque performer. Though Chauncey plays a popular campy character type known as ‘the nance,’ he must keep his own true homosexuality a secret.

Directed by Jack O’Brien, the production also starred Andrea Burns, Cady Huffman, Jonny Orsini, Jenni Barber, Mylinda Hull, and Lewis J. Stadlen.

Broadway Producers Looking for a Few Good Spider-men

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Reeve Carney, the performer who has played the role of Peter Parker / Spiderman in Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark since it first bowed on Broadway, will finally depart the production on September 15. To find his replacement, the show’s producers are launching a talent search.

Currently there are two open casting calls planned, one in New York and the other in Los Angeles. The L.A. call will take place on August 12 at Hollywood United Methodist Church. The NYC call will be held on August 19 at Stage 48 & Sky-Lounge.

The casting description for Spiderman is for males in either their late teens or early 20s, and they can be any ethnicity. “Nerdy with an understated sex appeal and a good sense of humor” is desirable, and a “great rock singing voice” is a must.

Casting personnel will also be seeing actresses who might be considered in the future to play Mary Jane.