On October 30th, the mega-hit musical Wicked plays its 10-year-anniversary performance at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway. The New York institution is pulling out all the stops throughout the month of October with a new marketing campaign that will culminate in the October 30th show, a night that is sure to be full of special surprises. Let's celebrate by examining the wonder that is Wicked.
I recently heard that one of my favorite shows, Wicked, was poised to take over the 11th spot on the list of longest-running Broadway shows (overtaking Miss Saigon). I'm excited that it's so close to cracking the coveted top ten, but this also got me thinking about how shows manage to attract audiences for so long.
After thousands of performances, there must be something really special about a show that can continue to hook new generations of theatregoers. After all, there are a lot of good show... [Read more]
Those of us theatre fans lucky enough to live within a reasonable distance from New York know the pleasure of a trip to Broadway: sitting in a legendary theatre that has hosted legendary shows which have captivated audiences for decades; marveling at the talent of some of the best stage actors of our time; experiencing the thrill of the biggest, best new plays and musicals first hand.
Broadway is really a remarkable place, but luckily, the most successful of these shows often pick up and take i... [Read more]
(1) Real men love Broadway. When Randy gets the inside scoop on why men everywhere are taking their wives to see musicals (it's called subtext), he becomes a superfan, and Sharon is so pleased with his newfound appreciation for theatre that she repays him. Handsomely. | Episode #220: Broadway Bro Down (Season 15, Episode 11)
(2) Before Glee, show choirs saved the world, not just FOX's ratings. The South Park kids are on their way to Costa Rica to help save the environment. While Kyle struggles ... [Read more]
Like so many people around the world, I count Wicked as one of my all-time favorite musicals. Its success on Broadway and around the world is a testament to its universal appeal. I have seen it four times, and when people ask me for recommendations for what to see on Broadway or on tour, I ask them first if they have seen Wicked yet. It's a crowd pleaser and often opens people up to the world of musical theatre (including my own previously skeptical father, who is now in the process of wearing o... [Read more]
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Coming on the heels of Ticket Liquidator’s month-long Concert Madness Tournament, the creative team here at Live Toast wanted to reward one lucky fan with a $350 gift certificate towards the summer concert of their choice (or a baseball game, theater event, whatever your heart desires.) Fans of the Ticket Liquidator page on Facebook recently crowned country superstar Jason Aldean as the musical artist the... [Read more]
On one of my recent pilgrimages to NYC, I saw the new Broadway production of Godspell. This revival (the first on Broadway) represents the show's 40th anniversary. Because of the popularity of the original production, the release of the film version shortly thereafter, and the show's thriving life in schools and community theatres, many people bring their previous experiences with the show to bear when seeing this incarnation. But, like many other young people, I had never seen Godspell before, ... [Read more]
Broadway fans, especially those who aren't lucky enough to live near the theatre mecca, have had a lot to celebrate over the past decade with the releases of film versions of some of the biggest hit musicals ever to hit the Great White Way. The 2002 release of the Oscar-sweeping hit Chicago, starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, and Queen Latifah paved the way for a new generation of movie musicals. Soon thereafter came Phantom of the Opera (2004), starring Gerard Butler ... [Read more]
It's no secret that Broadway doesn't exactly have a reputation for appealing to the average male demographic. And while I would argue that if the guys just gave most of the fine musicals on Broadway a chance that they would be surprised at how much they like them, virtually no show appeals to everyone. Thankfully, there are several productions that wives, girlfriends, etc... shouldn't have to drag their men to, and if they do, shouldn't be hearing any complaints afterward. After all, as Neil Pat... [Read more]