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The Wiggles are on Their Way

The Wiggles are still one of the most popular children’s acts in the world, and this Australia-based group is touring once again. They’ve been entertaining children for more than two decades now, something that few acts of any type can boast. The group is not one to shy away from making changes either. They want their fans to feel entertained no matter how many times they might have watched their DVDs or seen them live. With their brand new Taking Off tour, they are doing just that.

If your kids love the Wiggles, or if they’ve never even seen them, this show will be a surefire winner. The show promises to be quite a bit of fun, and all of the great characters will be there. The kids will enjoy seeing Wags the Dog, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and all of the other great characters they know and love.

What are they doing to make things a bit different though? For starters, this tour will feature a brand new team of Wiggles, including the first female Wiggle, Emma. She is the Yellow Wiggle and is sure to be a hit with all of the kids out there. The new team is sure to infuse the show with even more energy, something that is vital to any Wiggles concert.

The Wiggles also have a new CD out, naturally. It might be something you want to pick up before the shows so you get to hear some of the new material. They will be performing some of the old favorites that everyone knows, but they will certainly be playing quite a bit of new material from their Taking Off album too. They are already out on tour in the United States.

If you want to give the little ones in your family a real treat, then you will certainly want to look into getting some Wiggles tickets. Mom and Dad will have just as much fun as the youngsters do! You will want to buy your tickets soon though, because these concerts tend to sell out rather quickly. Your kids will have a wonderful time and will remember this concert fondly for the rest of their lives.

See the Phantom of the Opera, the Longest Running Musical on Broadway

When most people think of Broadway, The Phantom of the Opera is one of the shows that come to mind. It’s a show synonymous with musical theater in NYC, and most people have a good idea of the story and they know all of the wonderful songs. The tale, for those who do not know, follows the Phantom. This enigmatic figure lives below the Paris Opera House, where he hides from the world because of his appearance. The story opened in October of 1986 and has been running in NYC since, making it Broadway’s most enduring musical ever. In addition to being the longest running, it also holds the honor of being the most successful financially.

The Tony Award-winning musical has a beautiful and haunting musical score from Andrew Lloyd Weber and Charles Hart. Some of the most popular songs from the show include “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Prima Donna”, “Masquerade”, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, and “Point of No Return”. One of the other things that attuned attendees might notice is that the orchestra is larger than what most musicals have. They have a 28-piece orchestra, which is perfect for the style of music in the show.

Even though Broadway and the Majestic Theatre is the home of the Phantom, that doesn’t mean it is the only place to see the show. It is also possible to catch one of the dates on the U.S. tour. Check them out in Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more. The tour brings wonderful theater to corners of the country that might not have quite as robust a selection as Broadway can offer.

If you love musical theater and you’ve never seen The Phantom of the Opera, it is high time you remedied that! Even if you’ve seen the show a dozen times, it’s always a great time with some incredible songs and performances. Take family and friends, or even catch a show on your own. It will mesmerize you! Look for a tour date near you and buy some tickets today. It’s a perfect time to treat you and your family to a dinner and a show.

Enjoy Some Time with Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s The Book of Mormon

When Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided they wanted to do a musical, many people had no idea what to expect. Some even rolled their eyes. Most people know Parker and Stone from their work on their seminal television series South Park, as well as from Team America. At first blush, many do not imagine that these two creators would be able to construct a musical that would be able to stand up to those that are on Broadway right now.

However, those who really know the duo’s work know that South Park and Team America both have a number of wonderful and very catchy songs in them. They happen to be wonderful storytellers as well, and this translates quite well to the stage. It was a new territory for Parker and Stone to enter, but they did so with aplomb. In fact, the musical opened to rave reviews from many professionals as well as fans who found it to be funny, engaging, and even heartwarming. Everyone from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter loved the show.

Even the Broadway community embraced the show, and it received an amazing 14 nominations from the Tony Awards in 2011. It actually won 9 of the awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. No one seemed more surprised by these wins than the people behind the creation of this musical did. Parker and Stone said that they were amazed at the nominations and amazed that they were actually able to take home 9 Tony awards. Fans of the show will tell you that it was inevitable though. Anyone looking for something fresh from Broadway will enjoy it.

The Book of Mormon has done so well in New York, Chicago, and London that shows are now scheduled at other venues all around the country, and chances are they are coming to a theater that will not be too far from you. If you want to laugh, and you want to have an afternoon or evening full of great music, wonderful performances, and a fun story, then you want to see this musical! Buy tickets for a show in your area today.

Billy Crystal to Reprise One-Man Broadway Show One Last Time

It hasn’t been on Broadway in nearly ten years. And since that time it’s been a touring show in both America and Australia, and has been turned into a book. Now, Billy Crystal is putting on his one-man show, 700 Sundays, one last time; and he’s doing it where it all started. That’s back on Broadway.

The title is inspired from the fact that before his father’s death, Billy spent nearly every single Sunday with him. This being the only day of the week that Billy’s dad had off from work, he grew up looking forward to that day — and those times — more than any other of the week. The story of Billy spending time with his dad, and eventually losing him to a heart attack when Billy was the tender age of 15, is what 700 Sundays revolves around. Now, the Tony award winner wants to bring it back one final time.

“I’ve now decided to tell this story one last time in my own backyard, where it all took place,” Billy said when talking about the show. “It is a privilege to return to Broadway to say goodbye to one of the greatest thrills of my life.”

The show already has previews set to being on November 5 at the Imperial Theatre, with the official opening night being scheduled on November 13. From there, the show will run until January 5.

When 700 Sundays was last on Broadway for the 2004-2005 season, it won a Tony award for special theatrical experience. It’s also the highest-grossing non-musical production in Broadway history. To be a part of it, just one more time, book your tickets today!

Highest Grossing Broadway Shows

Whether you want to take in the hottest play or a musical that will move you to tears, there are a lot of great shows on Broadway to choose from right now. Here are the top five shows on Broadway for the week ending May 17, 2013.

5.) Kinky Boots
Grossed: $1,250,718
Playing at: Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Cyndi Lauper has always been about being true to yourself; and that’s never been more evident than in this Broadway musical, written by her!

4.) Lucky Guy
Grossed: $1,389,588
Playing at: Broadhurst Theatre

Tom Hank’s Broadway debut is going extremely well for him, as his role as a New York City reporter lets him enjoy being part of the top five this week!

3.) The Book of Mormon
Grossed: $1,692,483
Playing at: Eugene O’Neill Theatre

A show about Mormon missionaries, with a fantastically funny spin, lands this show in the top five this week, more than two years after its debut!

2.) Wicked
Grossed: $1,697,007
Playing at: Gershwin Theatre

They grow up best friends only to go their separate ways and now, one wants to work for the powers of good again! The story of two witches

1.) The Lion King
Grossed: $1,846,975
Playing at: Minskoff Theatre

Seeing as how this is the highest-grossing Broadway musical of all time, it’s no surprise that the story of Simba and his journey to ruling the kingdom is still topping out this week’s highest-grossing shows!

‘Super Why Live’ Slated for State Theatre in NJ

Super WHY Live: You’ve Got the Power!‘ is currently on tour and one of their upcoming stops is the State Theatre in New Jersey. While in town this cast of super heroes will be putting on two different shows to make sure all their littlest fans get the chance to find the “Power to Read,” and come and see them live!

‘Super Why’ is one of PBS Kids’ most popular shows that combines children’s love of super heroes, adventure, and reading. Aimed towards preschoolers it depicts the lives of Alpha Pig, who has “Alphabet Power”; Wonder Red, who has “Word Power”; Princess Presto, who has “Spelling Power”; Woofster the puppy; and of course, Super Why, who has the “Power to Read.” Together they make up the Super Readers who, along with the little ones in the audience, read stories and solve problems within those stories. Each episode makes even bigger fans out of the kids that watch and now, all those characters are coming to the State Theatre!

The New Jersey show takes place on Wednesday, May 8, when two performances will be shown — one at 3pm and one at 6pm. Just like within the shows, the cast will dive into a story trying to figure out, “Who has the Greater Super Power in the World?”

The show is produced by S2BN Entertainment, one of the leading producers in kids’ shows, in association with Out of the Blue Enterprises. Get your tickets today, because this one’s fun for the whole family!

“Romeo and Juliet” go to Broadway and get a New Spin

If you’re going to take Shakespeare’s iconic play, Romeo and Juliet, to Broadway, you better have great actors, and you better be able to put a new spin on it while keeping it true to its original storyline and charm. It seems that the version that’s about to hit the Broadway stage has all three.

David Leveaux will be producing the newest version of Romeo and Juliet, which will begin previews on August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The charming and very talented Orlando Bloom, who’s best known for his work in “The Lord of the Rings” series, will make a very dashing Romeo; while Condola Rashad, Tony-nominated actress, will be a breathtaking Juliet.

What’s the difference that this version of the play brings? The love is unrequited due to racism and prejudices lying within the Montague and Capulet households.

During promotion of the film producers said, “In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’ passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of revenge. Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.”

Get your tickets today for this broadway show!

Roundabout Theatre to Revive “Dinner with Friends”

Being set up on a date by friends is something that rings familiar to so many ears. But what happens when that setup turns into marriage, and then divorce? That’s just the question that Donald Margulies puts to the task in his play Dinner with Friends that will be a part of Broadway‘s Roundabout season in 2013-14.

It is over dinner one evening that two married friends explain to the married couple that set them up in the first place that their marriage is crumbling. This has a drastic effect on the two friends still happily married, and it brings about a conversation entailing heartache, love, passion, and of course the inevitable question of what will happen to their tightly-knit friendship now that two of them are breaking apart. No casting has been announced as of yet, nor have the theaters that will play host to this play next year. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t already have some pretty big names behind it.

Those are Pam MacKinnon, who’s directing the play and has been nominated for a Tony for Claybourne Park; and of course the Pulitzer Prize winning writing of Donald Margulies. The play is touted as being “wryly funny” and “richly layered,” and will certainly have audience members thinking about the many different paths in life, those taken and those less traveled — and the journeys each has to bring.

Without a venue or a cast, tickets won’t be on sale for this one for a while. Just like all Roundabout plays however, subscribers will be the ones to have first grabs at them when they go on sale!

“Glee’s” Jane Lynch to Step into Broadway’s “Annie” Role

You’ve come to know and love her as the tough, sarcastic cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester on “Glee;” and now you can watch Jane Lynch on Broadway’s “Annie!” Lynch will be taking on a role that seems to have been made for her (or at least Sue Sylvester) when she dons the nightgown and gin cup of Miss Hannigan – the cruel head of the orphanage from which little red-headed Annie hails.

The role needed to be filled when two-time Tony award winner, Katie Finneran, who filled the role in past productions, was recruited by Michael J. Fox for his new unnamed sitcom. Needing someone that can be bitter and cruel, yet also still able to draw sympathy and compassion from the audience, Jane Lynch seemed destined for the role.

This will be Lynch’s Broadway debut, and she’ll be there for eight weeks only. Starting on May 16, Lynch will join the “Annie” cast at the Palace Theatre until July 14.

“Some may say I know a thing or two about playing intimidating authority figures,” Lynch said when talking about the role. “So I am excited and honored to be making my Broadway debut and joining the pantheon of women who have taken on the great and irresistible role of wicked Miss Hannigan.”

Fanilows Rejoice Barry Manilow’s Return to Broadway After 25 Years

After waiting a quarter of a century for Barry Manilow to return to the Broadway stage, Fanilows had to wait a little while longer after the show was postponed due to the singer suffering from bronchitis. The show was postponed only briefly though, and now dates have been added in March to make up for them. And for Fanilows lucky enough to attend, Barry says this is one of his most intimate settings ever.

“It’s a totally different feeling from the stage,” says Barry when talking about performing at the St. James Theatre which seats only 1,710, as opposed to big stadium tours. “I’m in their laps; they’re in my lap. It’s very, very intimate.”

The show, Manilow on Broadway, officially opened on January 29 after Barry had recovered from his illness and it will run until March 2. Fans can expect all of the greatest hits including “Could It Be Magic,” “Mandy,” “Copacabana,” and “Can’t Smile Without You.” But, Barry also promises that the songs have been revamped to make them still classic, but with a few new twists.

“Every few years, I go back into all the songs and I update them so that it never sounds like an oldies show. If you come to the shows, they’re full of muscle. ‘Copacabana’ sounds like it could have been released yesterday,” he says.

But Barry’s not going to stop when this Broadway run ends. He’ll still be traveling around performing shows on the weekends, and he’s got two new albums in the works as well. He’s also currently working on his own musical called Harmony, a show for which he’s writing the original songs.

“I’m old as the hills and you would think I’d be out to pasture someplace because I’ve done everything. But nothing has changed,” he recently said. “I’m still hungry. I’ve still got a million ideas. I’m still strong and ready to create.”

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