If you’ve seen Waitress on Broadway, you know that the show begins with a catchy tune from the show’s writer, Sara Bareilles, that reminds audience members to turn off any cell phones before the show starts. The lyrics of this song include, “No one’s gonna like you if your phone rings.” While every Broadway show includes a pre-show announcement with the same message, few are as clever and funny as the one at Waitress.
I get asked frequently how I manage to see so many Broadway shows. The short answer is that I have a bunch of tricks to getting discounted/cheap tickets. Here are some of my tricks to seeing Broadway show without spending too much money.
I’ve been listening to a lot of theater podcasts while driving around/walking around lately, and I thought I would share some of my favorites! Happy listening! Continue reading
This morning, I saw a tweet attacking Ben Platt, the Tony-winning star of Dear Evan Hansen, for not greeting fans after the show at the stage door. The Twitter user went so far as to call him an asshole. Ben, as the classy man he is, wrote a thoughtful post about needing to take care of himself in order to do his best work. For him, this often means going home right after a show. (His Twitter handle is @bensplatt. Go read it.)
Three years ago, my dad took me to see If/Then on Broadway for my birthday. At the stage door, I remember thinking about how warm and friendly Jenn Colella was to everyone who she talked to about the show. I also remember thinking how cool it was that she rode away from the stage door on a scooter.
On May 2, Christopher Jackson and Jane Krakowski announced the nominees for the 71st Tony Awards. In a season that was so full of incredible new musicals, it would have been impossible for the nominating committee to recognize every worthy performance. Here are a few of this season’s performances that blew me away but did not get nominated for Tony Awards. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again: awards season in the New York theater community! Here are my predictions for six of the major awards that will be given out on June 12th. The Tony Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 2nd from the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
A few disclaimers:
- I have not yet seen War Paint or Hello Dolly!, but I do have plans to see them both.
- I have not seen enough plays this season to feel comfortable making
- Dear Evan Hansen
- Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
- Come from Away
- Groundhog Day
Best Revival of a Musical
- Hello, Dolly!
- Sunset Boulevard
- Miss Saigon
Best Actress in a Musical
- Bette Midler, Hello Dolly!
- Christine Ebersole, War Paint
- Patti LuPone, War Paint
- Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
- Laura Osnes, Bandstand
Best Actor in a Musical
- Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen
- Andy Karl, Groundhog Day
- Jon Jon Briones, Miss Saigon
- Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
- David Hyde Pierce, Hello Dolly!
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
- Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
- Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
- Brittain Ashford, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
- Jenn Colella, Come From Away
- Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
- Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos
- Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
- Gavin Creel, Hello Dolly!
- John Bolton, Anastasia
- Fred Johanson, Sunset Boulevard
So what do you think? I want to hear your thoughts too!