Bernadette Peters Stars in Sondheim / Marsalis Piece

A Bed and a ChairIt has been announced that multiple Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters will star A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair. The show is a collaboration between legendary Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and famed jazz artist Wynton Marsalis.

A Bed and a Chair, which is directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Parker Esse, will also feature the talents of Meg Gillentine, Tyler Hanes, and Cyrille Aimée. It was conceived by Doyle, along with Peter Gethers and Jack Viertel.

Featuring over 24 Stephen Sondheim compositions, each re-imagined by Wynton Marsalis, A Bed and a Chair will play New York City Center from November 13-17 as an Encores! Special Event. Learn more at jalc.org.

Rockers on Broadway Benefit Coming to Le Poisson Rouge

Rockers on BroadwayBroadway gets rocking on November 11 when Rockers on Broadway takes over (le) Poisson Rouge. The benefit concert will celebrate the collaboration between The Who’s Pete Townshend and Broadway director Des McAnuff, who worked together to bring The Who’s Tommy to Broadway in 1993.

Founded by Donnie Kehr (an original member of the Broadway cast of Tommy), Rockers on Broadway is held periodically to give Broadway performers a chance to rock out in support of charity. This newest concert will raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The Broadway Dreams Foundation, and the ASCAP Foundation’s Children Will Listen Program.

“Rockers began because Pete wanted Tommy‘s cast of Broadway performers to get some experience performing in rock clubs to understand what he did,” stated Kehr. “So our first event actually had rock god Pete Townshend playing backup for Alice Ripley, Norm Lewis, Michael Cerveris, myself and others to help give our Broadway performances a rock n’ roll edge. And that spirit has guided 20 years of Rockers On Broadway.”

The performance line-up for Rockers on Broadway has not yet been announced, but further information can be found at rockersonbroadway.com. Tickets start at $30. Call 212-505-3474 to purchase.

Off-Broadway’s The Last Five Years Cast Perform at B&N

The Last Five YearsThe Upper East Side location of Barnes & Noble (150 E. 86th Street) continues its commitment to Broadway and Off-Broadway theater fans with a new event scheduled for October 14 at 4pm which will feature the recent Off-Broadway musical The Last Five Years.

Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor, who starred in the revival of the two-person musical, will perform along with the show’s composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown. All three will also sign copies of the production’s new cast recording, which was just released in stores on September 24.

This new recording of The Last Five Years (which was first recorded in 2002) is produced by Brown, as well as executive producers Stacey Mindich and Kurt Deutsch.

10th Annual Broadway Unplugged Concert To Be Held on September 30

Baritones Unbound

Baritones Unbound

Broadway stars will be shaking the rafters at The Town Hall on September 30 at 8pm, and without the aid of amplification, at the latest Broadway Unplugged concert. This will mark the 10th anniversary of the Scott Siegel-produced series, which aims to recreate the early days of Broadway when singers relied on the power of their voice rather than microphones.

The Broadway Unplugged concert will feature the talents of numerous Broadway singers, including Christopher Sieber, Jeff McCarthy, Tonya Pinkins, Liz Callaway, Max von Essen, Noah Racey, Christiane Noll, Bill Daugherty, and Jeffry Denman. They will also be joined by the trio Baritones Unbound, made up of Broadway regular Marc Kudisch, Jeff Mattsey of the Metropolitan Opera, and Tony Award winner Ben Davis (La Boheme on Broadway).

Tickets are available for $27, $52, and $77. The Town Hall is located at 123. W. 43rd Street.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/22/2013

A Night with Janis JoplinBROADWAY SEES A BOOST IN TICKET SALES
As more and more new shows start appearing on Broadway, ticket sales are rising. This week saw an increase of nearly a million dollars, as the total Broadway ticket revenue went from the previous week’s $18,556,316 up to $19,497,278.

JANIS JOPLIN ON BROADWAY
People are already heading out in pretty good numbers to spend A Night with Janis Joplin. The musical revue, which just began preview performances this week, saw 90.71% attendance, with an average paid admission of $77.83.

THE WINSLOW BOY STARTS PREVIEWS
Audiences have been somewhat less enthusiastic about seeing The Winslow Boy, the latest revival production from Roundabout Theatre Company. In its first week on Broadway, the play filled the theater to just 63.84% capacity and had a very low average ticket price of $37.52.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending September 22, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $144,461 1,856 90.71% $77.83
ANNIE $412,001 5,348 47.04% $77.04
BIG FISH $690,188 9,685 88.56% $71.26
CHICAGO $603,095 7,343 84.99% $82.13
CINDERELLA $624,567 7,479 53.39% $83.51
FIRST DATE $358,225 5,672 66.32% $63.16
JERSEY BOYS $876,545 8,536 86.89% $102.69
KINKY BOOTS $1,584,027 11,480 100.77% $137.98
MAMMA MIA! $775,756 9,054 75.55% $85.68
MATILDA $1,171,253 11,016 96.16% $106.32
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,425,653 11,841 98.22% $120.40
NEWSIES $630,288 7,865 82.96% $80.14
ONCE $660,873 6,875 81.15% $96.13
PIPPIN $962,677 8,008 101.11% $120.21
ROCK OF AGES $376,048 4,159 89.17% $90.42
ROMEO AND JULIET $471,441 7,495 71.03% $62.90
SOUL DOCTOR $143,750 3,642 64.85% $39.47
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $718,957 9,683 76.46% $74.25
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,759,612 8,752 102.63% $201.05
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $424,420 4,829 88.67% $87.89
THE LION KING $1,743,149 13,468 99.03% $129.43
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $896,703 10,869 84.65% $82.50
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $483,907 5,051 67.88% $95.80
THE WINSLOW BOY $88,627 2,362 63.84% $37.52
WICKED $1,471,059 12,987 89.74% $113.27
Totals: $19,497,278 195,355 82.07% $92.76

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

Musical Coming to New York’s Grand Central Terminal

Orphan TrainNew York City’s famed Grand Central Terminal, recognizable even to many non-New Yorkers because of its prominence on film and TV, is known as a place where thousands of commuters travel through each day. But it has not been much known as theatrical venue, at least until now.

Featuring music by Doug Katsaros, lyrics by Michael Barry Greer, and a book by L.E. McCollough, Orphan Train: The Musical will play in Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall on October 11 and 12. The musical is based on a real-life initiative in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which had New York City orphans sent out West to adoptive families. Much of the show actually takes place in Grand Central Terminal.

“I am so pleased this show, created and performed by so many talented people, will be seen by New Yorkers in this amazing space,” stated the production’s director and choreographer Patricia Birch. “This is going to be an emotional, immersive experience for the cast and the audience alike.”

Performances of Orphan Train: The Musical are free, but reservations are required. Visit orphantrain.eventbrite.com to reserve tickets.

Stars Align for Broadway Flea Market This Sunday

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

Dozens of Broadway and television stars are coming to Shubert Alley this Sunday, September 22 for the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, the free annual event held in Times Square to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

This year’s Autograph Table and Photo Booth will offer fans a chance get up close and personal with stars (in exchange for a donation to BC/EFA) such as Judith Light, Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, Laura Benanti, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Patrick Wilson, Cherry Jones, Harriet Harris, Donna Murphy, and many more.

The event, which goes from 10am to 7pm, will also feature an elaborate flea market, with tables dedicated to many Broadway shows and theater organizations selling items as varied as cupcakes baked by Broadway performers and authentic props used in Broadway shows.

Broadway & Beyond! Celebrates Dancers on October 8

Liza MinnelliDancers are a critical part of the Broadway landscape, but the physical demands of their professional means that it is often short-lived. Career Transition for Dancers is a non-profit dedicated to helping these artists, and their 28th Anniversary Jubilee, titled “Broadway & Beyond! Celebrating Theatre & Dance,” will be held on October 8.

This special event is going to feature performances from several well-known Broadway and theater actors, including Rosie O’Donnell, Andrea McArdle, Kelly Bishop, Christiane Noll, Orfeh, Jimmy Tate, Randy Skinner, and Noah Racey. Liza Minnelli will also be there to present the Rolex Dance Award to Ann-Margret.

“Broadway & Beyond” will take place at the New York City Center. Tickets to the performance range from $45 to $130. Call 212-581-1212 or visit nycitycenter.org for more information or to get tickets.

K.D. Lang To Appear in Broadway Bound After Midnight

k.d. langGrammy winning musician k.d. lang is set to make her Broadway debut in the new musical revue After Midnight at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Lang is scheduled to begin her engagement with the show on February 11, 2014 and end on March 9.

After Midnight is planning to have a succession of special guests playing limited engagements during the show’s run. American Idol‘s Fantasia Barrino (The Color Purple) will be the musical’s first featured performer, headlining from October 18 until the time that k.d. lang joins the show.

k.d. lang is a well-known adult contemporary artist who most recently released the album Sing It Loud. Her recording Absolute Torch and Twang won lang her first Grammy, and she continues to be best known for the hit single “Constant Craving”.

Free Broadway on the Hudson Concert Scheduled for September 27

Broadway on the HudsonBroadway will be going downtown on September 27, when the cast members of several hit Broadway shows participate in the “Broadway on the Hudson” concert in lower Manhattan.

Cast members from the Broadway musicals Pippin, Newsies, Cinderella, Annie, Chicago, Rock of Ages, First Date, and The Phantom of the Opera are all slated to sing songs from their respective Broadway shows.

Sponsored by American Airlines, the “Broadway on the Hudson” concert is free. It will take place at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, located at 220 Vesey Street, from 12:30pm to 2pm. Get more info on the concert at broadway.org.