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Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark Playing Now with New Cast!

It’s gained a lot of buzz, with six months of preview showings and the official opening this past June. But now Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark has returned to the Broadway stage and it’s brought some new cast members along for the ride!

This version of Spider-Man has become extremely popular among audiences, being one of the only shows where not only props come flying through the air — but actual characters too! Yes, as you sit in your seat you’ll be up close and personal with the actors like with no other show, as Spider-Man zips around the tall buildings of Manhattan trying to stop the Green Goblin in his tracks – and win Mary Jane’s heart.

The play, which has been described as everything from a “rock musical” to a “pop-up, pop-art opera,” had a hard time getting off the ground due to production delays and budget concerns. Neither was a huge surprise, as it’s also been called “the most technically complex show ever on Broadway.” Now it’s been playing regularly on Broadway for the past six months, and the issues have been ironed out.

The unique elements that make this show what it was are still there, and audiences will still be delighted with the zigzagging characters and the incredible musical score created by U2’s Bono. But, they also get some fresh faces such as Rebecca Faulkenberry, who stepped into the role of Mary Jane on November 8; and Christina Sajour, who replaced Arachne on November 15.

And for those who have already seen it, now is a great time to get tickets for another showing as Spider-Man Reeve Carney has taken some time off this year to work on a television project. He will be back but during his leave, understudy Matthew James Thomas will be stepping into the role. It’s one that Thomas is familiar with as he’s played the part two shows a week, due to the high physical intensity that the role requires.

Same great music, same great action, and a few new faces thrown in — get your Spider-Man tickets today!

Experience Your Timeless Favorites In The Sound of Music Live!

The Sound of Music is even better than you remember when it is live, on stage and right in front of you. This Broadway hit has been playing since the year 1959 and it has now returned, better than ever! It is an eight-time Tony Award winner having won for Best Musical, Best Actress and Best Musical Direction among other awards. One viewing and it is sure to go onto your “My Favorite Things” list!

The story is that Maria is a high-spirited woman, who is more than the small religious abbey she lives at can handle. Therefore, they send her out into the world to be a governess. The idea seems easy enough, but boy does she have her hands full with the seven Von Trapp children and their very serious father! So the adventure begins! Times are not always happy though, as the Nazis have their role in this play as well, but we will let you discover that for yourself. The story is filled with amazing songs, heartwarming scenes and an ending that is sure to leave you amazed, especially if you’ve never seen it before.

What few people today may know is that The Sound of Music is based on the real life memoirs of Maria von Trapp and her book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. The story for the play was written by Richard Rodgers and does take a few liberties with the real life version. The lyrics are done by Oscar Hammerstein II, and what amazing feats they are. Classics from the play include “Do-Re-Mi”, “My Favorite Things”, “Edelweiss”, and of course the title song.

The original play was so successful it went on to be made into the well known movie starring Julie Andrews. The movie won five Academy Awards and is much beloved by American audiences today. While the movie is a great experience, there is still nothing quite like seeing it performed live and in person. Don’t miss your opportunity to see The Sound of Music musical when it makes a stop in your hometown! You will be humming for weeks!

Winnie the Pooh is Alive and Well and in Your Home City!

The Winnie the Pooh legacy was acquired by Disney in 1961, several years after the death of Stephen Slesinger, who bought the rights to the story in 1930 from the original creator A. A. Milne.  Since then, Disney has been handling all productions involving Winnie the Pooh and his friends, including films, direct-to-video productions and merchandising.

Contrary to what you’ve heard though, Winnie the Pooh is not hibernating, nor is he extinct.  In fact Winnie the Pooh was last seen in the summer of 2011 in theaters around the country.  The 2011 film was based on the original writings of A. A. Milne and produced by Pixar powerhouse John Lasseter.  All this plus John Cleese’s narration and a new rendition of the famous theme song sung by Zooey Deschanel, of all people.

However, Winnie the Pooh is not just a superstar of the small screen or the big screen–he is also a Broadway sensation!  Winnie the Pooh has been involved in theater almost since his creation, the first production produced by Sue Hastings Marionettes in 1931.  The latest production for Winnie the Pooh is by the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, and is a children’s production starring all of your famous friends like Pooh, Baby Roo, Piglet, Eeyore Owl, Rabbit and Tigger.

This production is an interactive children’s show, one that blends imagination and education.  There are many creative sets, live actors, and best of all, live music and songs.  Productions are short and last just long enough for toddler-aged children to appreciate what’s happening without becoming scared, bored or distracted.

If you grew up watching Winnie the Pooh and company, then tradition suggests you should give the same learning experiences to your own children.  Winnie the Pooh is such a peaceable and timeless story, that it has been circulated worldwide in a number of different languages.  It is also been used by numerous philosophers as a way to explain some rather complex ideas; just consider how Benjamin Hoff used the characters to explain Taoism, or how Frederick Crews used the characters to satirize philosophical analysis.

It seems as if Winnie the Pooh’s beautiful simplicity inspires children and adults alike!  Come see the event live and relive your childhood!

Come Experience “Chicago” The Way it Was Meant to Be Seen – Live!

You may think you know Chicago if you saw the 2002 film of the same name. However, Rob Marshall’s film adaptation (starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah) is really quite different from the live theatrical musical. In fact, some reviewers of the film complained that the movie felt “streamlined”, since it jettisoned some of the most popular songs of the stage play.

Chicago first debuted in 1975 and was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse of Cabaret fame. Since Bob Fosse died in 1987, and since the original Chicago production only lasted three years, this was an iconic story that deserved a reimagining for the 1990s and beyond. Enter Ann Reinking, Fosse’s protégé, who helped re-imagine the source material for an exciting and bawdy new era. Reinking not only choreographed the musical (in the style of Fosse), but also returned to the stage as Roxie Hart 20 years after first taking the role in the original production.

Fosse regular Joel Grey and Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers) starred as Amos Hart and Velma Kelly respectively, earning kudos for their performances. The new production of Chicago was a hit, and is now celebrating its 15th year of “jazz and liquor.” Not only is the show touring around the U.S., but it is also touring in the United Kingdom. Some of the most interesting celebrity names have popped up to play Chicago characters, including David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson and Michelle Williams.

It’s easy to see why Chicago so effortlessly adapted from 1970s culture to the new era. It is a musical that is cynical and subversive at heart, even as the songs are catchy and emotive. Every new production can build upon Chicago’s broadly satirical foundation; hence, the original 1970s commentary on injustice easily becomes a 2011 commentary on celebrity worship.

The latest cast for this Tony-award winning musical includes Beth Hansen as Matron Mama Morton, Gretchen Dawson as Roxie Hart, Tim Klaga as Amos and Nicole Cassesso as Velma Kelly. Nearly 6,000 performances after the new production started, Chicago is still one of the most popular and critically acclaimed musicals on tour.

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The Lion King Comes to the Stage in a City Near You

It’s been nearly 20 years since we first fell in love with The Lion King, and Disney fans still can’t get enough of this Shakespearean tale adapted to the African jungle. While the animation of the original 1994 cartoon feature was stunning, let’s be honest, the music and the emotional storyline is what truly made The Lion King special.

You might even say that The Lion King is simply too good to waste on direct to video animation–as the disappointing follow ups The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride and The Lion King 1 1/2 showed us. No wonder then that Disney allowed their best fairy tale to be adapted into a stage musical on Broadway!

Everything you loved about the original Lion King mythology is recreated for the stage show. The classic songs, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, are back along with some additional music by South African composter Lebo M. If you loved the epic nature of “The Circle of Life” then you are sure to love the Lebo M’s masterworks like “He Lives In You” and “The Lioness Haunt.” The storyline remains true to the original work, recreating the three act-formula of the movie without much leeway for change. However, there are some interesting details in the new script; Rafiki the baboon is now a female monkey, and there is also a lengthy subplot involving the evil Scar and Nala, Simba’s love interest.

Wait a minute…how does the stage production of The Lion King manage to create animated characters in a real world minimalistic setting? Well, it’s not really minimalistic…the sets and the costumes are truly out of this world, as they blend together actors in animal costumes as well as giant puppetry devices. It’s an amazing vision of The Lion King and one of the most imaginative productions you will ever see.

This is truly one production where lead billing doesn’t matter, as it is fairly difficult to mess up such an archetypical role as a good lion and an evil lion. The choreography is truly the standout, just as Disney once transcended animation with the original film. This Tony Award-winning musical is appropriate for all ages and is just as entertaining for children as it is for adults.

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Rachel York is Cruella DeVil in 101 Dalmatians the Musical

This classic tale was first published as a book, then was animated in 1961, and soon became one of the most beloved dog-advocate stories of this century. The Dalmatian was originally bred over three centuries ago as a fearless, tireless, and ever loyal canine member of fire, police, and militia groups who needed accompaniment through turmoil and social unrest.

As the years sped past and the world begun to realize that fires could actually be extinguished by hauling water to the spot of the smoke, the Dalmatian became just the rescue and alarm dog that the world needed. Ms Cruella, however, developed different ideas for the striking, telltale coat of this faithful service dog, according to Dodie Smith, and begun stealing them in order to make stylish rugs and coats. We despised Cruella some 48 years ago as an animated tyrant, and Ms. Rachel York is really working hard to ensure that we despise her just as much for the next 40.

The stage production of 101 Dalmatians the Musical is set to kick off during mid October in Minneapolis, we are given the fourth take on this beloved tale by Tony award winning writer and director Jerry Zaks. In this stage performance, humans will be cast as the main Dalmatian characters, while rescued Dalmatians of the canine variety are offered walk on and fill in roles as part of the show.

This dog’s-eye-view of 101 Dalmatians has got the country buzzing with excitement, and all signs point to immediate and astounding success. We may even be able to prompt a few more venues, if all goes well. For 101 Dalmatians tickets, secure purchases, and up to date information and scheduling quotes on the show, please feel free to visit

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