Broadway in Bryant Park Concert Series to Launch July 10

106.7 LITE FM Partners with New York Theatre

For fourteen consecutive years, the radio station 106.7 LITE FM has held an annual lunchtime summer concert series in Manhattan’s Bryant Park featuring the casts of Broadway shows.  The series will begin on Thursday, July 10, 2014, and will continue for six consecutive Thursday until its final event on August 14, 2014.  The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets in midtown Manhattan.  The performances will begin at 12:30pm, arranged to be convenient for lunchtime entertainment, as many full-time workers in the area take their lunch break in the park on the many green tables and chairs set up around the field.  In addition, the shows are broadcast live on the radio, 106.7 LITE FM.

Bryant Park people on grass big stage with 106.7 lite fm Broadway in Bryant Park

Rocky, Wicked, If/Then, Pippin, Chicago, Les Misérables

The first three events are co-hosted by an Off-Broadway show, and all are hosted by a LITE FM personality.  On July 10, the host will be Delilah, and the show will be co-hosted by Off-Broadway’s Buyer and Cellar, running in the West Village at the Barrow Street Theatre.  The four musicals featured on that first show will be Rocky, Wicked, If/Then, and Stomp.  The last of these is an Off-Broadway show, but still a long running musical hit.  Interestingly, this show features both Wicked, which launched Idina Menzel to undeniable fame, and If/Then, in which she currently stars.  On July 17, the 106.7 LITE FM host will be Helen Little, and the show will be co-hosted by the show Perfect Crime.  This show will feature the Broadway shows Pippin, Chicago, and Les Misérables, as well as the Off-Broadway shows Atomic and iLuminate.

Phantom of the Opera, Cinderella, Bullets over Broadway, Rock of Ages, Once, Holler if Ya Hear Me, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

106.7 lite fm new york skylineaFor the third week in the series, on July 24, the 106.7 LITE FM host will be Christine Nagy, and the show will be co-hosted by the Off-Broadway show Sistas the Musical.  The event will feature the Broadway shows Phantom of the Opera, Cinderella, and Bullets over Broadway as well as the Off-Broadway shows Avenue Q (once a Broadway hit, now running at New World Stages), and Piece of my Heart (not to be confused with the recent Broadway show A Night With Janis Joplin, this is a musical about the life of Bert Berns).  On July 31, the event continues led by 106.7 LITE FM host Bob Bronson, and featuring the four Broadway shows Rock of Ages, Once, Holler if Ya Hear Me (the new Tupac Shakur musical), and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which just won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Jersey Boys, After Midnight, Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Motown the Musical, On the Town

The penultimate event in the series will take place on August 7, hosted by Rich Kaminski.  The event will feature two Broadway shows – Jersey Boys and After Midnight – as well as the Off-Broadway shows Heathers and 50 Shades! The Musical.  Finally, on August 14, the series will come to a close hosted by Delilah, and featuring four Broadway shows: Matilda, Mamma Mia!, Motown the Musical, and On the Town, which will soon be running at the newly named Lyric Theatre (the former Foxwoods Theatre, where Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark was most recently running).  In general, this series is a marketing event aiming to lure more radio listeners to become theatregoers, while also offering a treat to New Yorkers in the bliss of summertime.

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 3/09/2014

This weeks notable movements on Broadway are:

A RAISIN IN THE SUN OPENS IN PREVIEWS
Shot out of cannon is A Raisin In The Sun, which is only three performances in and already the sell-out show of the new season. Denzel Washington stars in this redo of the Broadway favorite which averaged $144.53 in its first three days of previews.

MOTHERS AND SONS
Tyne Daly in Mothers and Sons continues to draw audiences, but is upside down with 81% of seats sold, but with an average of only $45 per ticket price – putting it the bottom two shows on Broadway.

ROCK OF AGES
Following the close of Bronx Bombers and Machinal, Rock Of Ages has moved into the bottom three Broadway show slot, their first time at this position. Their average paid admission is up on last week though, so time will tell if this can be turned around with recent TV spots that were run on local New York TV stations.

JERSEY BOYS
The musical story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, helmed by Dodger Theatricals, that follows the rags-to-riches tale of four blue-collar kids working their way to stardom has struck a soft spot by only filling only 63.40% of their seats last week. It appears that their strategy is to keep their prices high and seats empty, which is a General Manager strategy that is likely to end with losses for investors. Once the darling of Broadway, Jersey Boys shows signs of wear and tear, by now finishing in the bottom ten position of all Broadway shows. This show may need a fresh management approach to reinvigorate ticket sales.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending March 9, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis 3/09/2014

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $409,353 5,306 73.13% $77.15
A RAISIN IN THE SUN $151,179 1,046 100.00% $144.53
AFTER MIDNIGHT $622,013 5,986 72.22% $103.91
ALADDIN $826,491 10,320 100.00% $80.09
ALL THE WAY $736,790 9,322 81.94% $79.04
BEAUTIFUL $847,672 7,140 86.99% $118.72
CHICAGO $520,320 6,604 76.44% $78.79
CINDERELLA $781,798 9,988 71.30% $78.27
IF/THEN $909,159 8,502 95.26% $106.93
JERSEY BOYS $600,488 6,228 63.40% $96.42
KINKY BOOTS $1,268,989 9,961 87.44% $127.40
LES MISÉRABLES $964,004 9,286 94.28% $103.81
MAMMA MIA! $603,731 7,642 81.93% $79.00
MATILDA $991,341 10,566 92.23% $93.82
MOTHERS AND SONS $235,662 5,200 81.05% $45.32
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,119,747 10,880 90.25% $102.92
NEWSIES $648,357 8,563 90.33% $75.72
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $525,313 6,224 72.51% $84.40
ONCE $580,888 6,099 71.99% $95.24
OUTSIDE MULLINGAR $343,445 5,048 97.08% $68.04
PIPPIN $608,988 6,086 76.84% $100.06
ROCK OF AGES $299,674 3,730 79.97% $80.34
ROCKY $635,153 9,581 78.17% $66.29
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,583,887 8,752 102.63% $180.97
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY $476,005 6,522 80.00% $72.98
THE LION KING $1,511,718 13,312 97.88% $113.56
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $809,460 10,326 80.42% $78.39
WICKED $1,667,093 14,782 97.35% $112.78
Totals: $21,278,718 223,002 84.75% $94.46

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League.
All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2014 nytix.com

NYC Super Bowl Event Will Feature Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys Broadway ShowFootball’s biggest event, the 2014 Super Bowl, is coming up on February 2 in East Rutherford in New Jersey. Broadway is getting in on the celebration for Super Bowl 48. Thirteen blocks of Broadway are being turned into “Super Bowl Boulevard,” and on January 29 cast members from Jersey Boys will perform on the Boulevard’s Roman Numerals Stage.

The performance, which will start at 6pm, will feature the hit musical’s star quartet of Matt Bogart, Richard H. Blake, Drew Gehling, and Joseph Leo Bwarie. The world-famous Rockettes and the Boys Choir of Harlem will also perform that day.

This isn’t expected to be the only instance of Broadway getting involved with Super Bowl mania. The cast of Rock of Ages is scheduled to perform on the Roman Numerals Stage on January 30, and again on Super Bowl Sunday outside of MetLife Stadium during the event’s official Tailgate Party. The cast of Jersey Boys are also scheduled to appear at ice hockey Classic at Yankees Stadium between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils and  a couple of days later at the same venue when the Rangers take on the Islanders. The cast of Jersey Boys will entertain the crowd prior to the game.

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.

John Lloyd Young To Reprise Role in Jersey Boys Movie

John Lloyd YoungJohn Lloyd Young, the talented actor who originated the role of Frankie Valli in the Broadway production of Jersey Boys, will get to play the part again on the big screen in the new Jersey Boys film, to be directed by Clint Eastwood.

John Lloyd Young will be the only one of the original four actors who played Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway to reprise his part on film. However, he’s not the only member of the original Broadway cast to appear in the Jersey Boys movie. Erica Piccininni, who originated the role of Lorraine, will also get to revive her part for movie audiences.

Along with John Lloyd Young, actors Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza will complete the quartet of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Clint Eastwood To Direct Jersey Boys Movie

Clint EastwoodThe forthcoming big screen adaptation of Broadway mega-hit Jersey Boys now has a director. Academy Award winning director and acting legend Clint Eastwood will take the helm of the film version of Jersey Boys, which tells the true story of the formation, success, and tribulations of the pop group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Jersey Boys, which will be produced by Robert Lorenz and Graham King, is set to begin filming in L.A. late this summer. The production is currently holding casting auditions.

Featuring numerous hits by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys opened to rave reviews in November of 2005 and has continued to be a Broadway audience favorite since then. The show won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.

Jersey Boys Celebrates 3,000th Broadway Performance

Jersey Boys Broadway ShowThe performance of Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre tonight marks a major milestone for the hit Broadway musical.  Jersey Boys will be having its 3,000th performance, which is quite a feat for a Broadway show.

Although it began previews quietly, Jersey Boys quickly began generating buzz when it came to Broadway in 2005 and opened to great reviews. The Tony Award winning mega-hit is #18 on the list of longest-running shows in the history of Broadway.

Jersey Boys tells the true-life story of the formation and success of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the pop group responsible for numerous hit songs, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Oh What a Night”.  The production’s original Frankie Valli, John Lloyd Young, recently returned to Jersey Boys on Broadway, and is currently singing
alongside Matt Bogart, Jeremy Kushnier, and Drew Gehling.

Broadway’s Original Jersey Boys Stars Release Holiday Single

The Midtown Men

Their time together singing the hits of Frankie Valli and The Four Seaons in Jersey Boys on Broadway inspired some of the hit production’s original stars to continue making sweet music under the name of the group The Midtown Men.  Comprised of Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio), J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi), and Michael Longoria (Frankie Valli understudy), The Midtown Men are currently on a tour that’s taking them all over the nation, from Las Vegas to New Jersey.

In anticipation of the Christmas season, The Midtown Men have put out a holiday single called “All Alone On Christmas,” which was written and arranged by Steven Van Zandt (who also, along with other E Street Band musicians, plays on the track).  The song can be purchased on iTunes, and all the proceeds from this digital download are going to the American Red Cross to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

To find out if The Midtown Men are singing anywhere near you, visit them online at www.themidtownmen.com.  In concert, they specialize in ’60s hits by The Beach Boys, The Beatles, famed Motown artists, and, of course, The Four Seasons.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons On Broadway Opens

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on Broadway opens at the Broadway Theatre today.  The lives and music of the original four-man pop sensation inspired the massive hit musical Jersey Boys, which is just playing a couple blocks away at the August Wilson Theatre.  The limited engagement offers people an opportunity to see the real-life Jersey boy Frankie Valli singing songs that, decades later, remain part of the public consciousness.  “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like a Man”, “Working My Way Back To You”, “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”, and “Who Loves You” are just a few of the classic chart-topping hits from the ’60s and ’70s made famous by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Frankie Valli himself is the only remaining member of the original band who performs live, so the concert does not actually feature the original line-up.  But it is Valli’s clarion lead vocals that most people remember most when they think of the band’s songs, so no doubt Four Seasons fans will find the concert a treat.  They are only performing seven shows, from October 19-27.  To get tickets, visit www.telecharge.com or call 212-239-6200.  More information on the Broadway engagement is also available at www.frankievallionbroadway.com.

Open Casting Call for Jersey Boys Film

A couple of significant developments have come about concerning the forthcoming film adaptation of the Broadway mega-hit musical Jersey Boys.  The movie, which already had assigned writer John Logan the task of penning the screenplay, now has a director: Actor-turned-successful director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) will helm the Jersey Boys film.

It has also been announced that the Jersey Boys movie is going to have an open casting call for the four lead parts:  Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, and Nick Massi.  The casting calls will be held in Philadelphia on August 18 and in New York City on August 26.

If you were born to be one of the Four Seasons but can’t make one of these open calls, videotaped auditions are also being accepted through August 22.  Find out more at www.jerseyboysmoviecasting.com.