Tag Archives: Musicals

“Me” Off-Broadway

Dear Friends,

We have just returned from our wonderful vacation—it was so nice to spend some quality time with our daughter and granddaughters.

As the summer winds down and we’re gearing up for an exciting Fall season, we just wanted to take a moment to recommend an off-Broadway musical for you: Me The People.

The zingy songs aim at the misguided, hypocritical and tragically unfit people who rep us in Washington remind us how important satire is at a time of national upheaval. The rousing finale is nothing short of brilliant. It alone is worth the price of admission.”—The Huffington Post

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It is showing at the Triad Theatre on 72nd Street and they are currently selling tickets through October 01, 2017.  I know that we’ve said it before, but this is a show you definitely do not want to miss!

Click here to buy tickets or learn more!
Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Spreading the Word.

Dear Friends,

This week’s Summer Series recommendation is a show that Ben Brantley of the New York Times (who has seen it four times!) calls the best musical of this century: The Book of Mormon.

It is written and composed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (South Park) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q).  It is the satirical story of two young Mormon missionaries who are sent to Uganda to spread the word of God.
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It has won 9 Tony Awards and they just released additional seats for this fall.  This is great news because you do not want to miss out on this show—it’s a comical way to end the summer (or start the fall or anytime you want to see it!).

To read more and purchase tickets, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Me The People

Dear Friends,

We want to share an off-Broadway musical with you today called Me The People: The Trump America People.  It is currently showing at the Triad Theatre on West 72nd Street.

It is “just what the columnist ordered—an uproarious take on the craven, self-dealing Trump agenda intent on tearing down our government and building a stupid wall. The show delivers a topical, up-to-the minute mockumentary of red-white-and-orange America.”
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Sarah Downs from Front Row Center says that it is “a clever, satirical revue set to tunes from the Supremes to the Eagles to CeeLo Green. The talented quartet of Aisha Alia Dukes, Mitchel Kawash, Richard Spitaletta and Mia Weinberger sing with exuberance and commitment, doing hilarious impressions of everyone from Sigmund Freud to Jared Kushner to Hillary Clinton.”

Tickets are on sale through September 02, 2017—you definitely don’t want to miss this!  To learn more or buy tickets, click here.

Best regards,
Philp and Marilyn

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The Tony Awards!

Dear Friends,

In just a few short weeks will be the night that Broadway lives for:

The Tony Awards

This year will be hosted by Kevin Spacey and we cannot wait!  It will be aired on Sunday, June 11th at 8pm Eastern Standard time on CBS.

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Here are the top nominees in plays and musicals this year (click on the shows to see their websites):

Best Play 
A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath
Indecent by Paula Vogel
Oslo by J.T. Rogers
Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Best Musical
Come From Away  
Dear Evan Hansen 
Groundhog Day The Musical 
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play 
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg 
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2 
Corey Hawkins, John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation 
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter 
Jefferson Mays, Oslo 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play 
Cate Blanchett, The Present 
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo 
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie 
Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes 
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical 
Christian Borle, Falsettos 
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical 
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly! 
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical 
Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 
Christine Ebersole, War Paint 
Patti LuPone, War Paint 
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly! 
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon 

It appears Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 lead the nominations with 12, followed closely by Hello Dolly! with 10 nominations and Dear Evan Hansen with 9 nominations.  For more nominees and to read more about this year’s Tony Awards, click here!

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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A Couple of Reviews

Dear Friends,

Today we are sending you couple of reviews of the musical we recently told you about, Marry Harry, which is currently playing at the York Theatre (619 Lexington Ave—between 53rd and 54th Streets / phone: 212.935.5824) until May 21st.
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For the New York Times review, click here.
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Click here to read the ZealNYC review.

Both reviews tell you what a charming show it is and we hope that you will be able to see it.

For tickets and information, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner

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A Little More Than Just Inflation

Dear Friends,

It never ceases to amaze us just how high tickets prices on Broadway have gotten!  We’re not even talking about the Hamilton phenomenon, where, if you’re willing to wait until next January, you can get center orchestra tickets for $849 A PERSON!

We decided to do some research about the average ticket price and we found one article where the writer says that she paid $2.50 (stand-up seats) in 1960 to see Gypsy at the Imperial Theatre.  According to the Dollar Times, that would be the same as purchasing the ticket for $20.53 today.  Today, Rear Mezzanine tickets to see Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet also at the Imperial start at $59.00—three times as much!

We then decided to look at our biggest hit, Oklahoma!, and found that the price in 1943 for the best seat was $4.80—that is $68.57 today.

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Anyone who has been to the theatre recently will know that it is hard to find mezzanine tickets for $68 dollars, let alone orchestra seats!  Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet (Imperial Theatre) is selling orchestra tickets starting at $169 per ticket, and center orchestra tickets for Miss Saigon at the Broadway Theatre are $249 per ticket.

It is not unthinkable to know that tickets prices have increased over the years—but to increase 4, 5, or even 10 times, even accounting for inflation?  CRAZY!

The last days of Pompeii?

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Marry Harry

Dear Friends,

We are writing today with some exciting news!

A delightful musical, Marry Harry, will be coming to the York Theatre April 25-May 21.

marry harry fullIt is a romantic comedy about love and family in the East Village and “Marry Harry cooks up ideas of family loyalty, marriage, love, and food with a side of humor, heart, and just the right amount of spice.”  It is written by our friend, Jennifer Robbins.

We think it’s a wonderful way to spend the evening—a fun musical with a superb cast and a lot of laughing!

You can click here to read more about it and buy your tickets or call the theatre directly 212/935-5824.

And the York is currently offering a special price on tickets $39.50 (April 25-May 3) using the promo code MARRY39 and $56.00 (May 5-23) using the promo code MARRY56!

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Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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La La Land

Dear Friends,

We have just seen the movie La La Land and it is a once-in-10-years kind of movie!

The two actors—Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling—are incredible and have delivered the movie of the year (or perhaps 10 years?).    La La Land won 7 Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical (Gosling) and Best Performance by Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical (Stone).

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It is still showing in movie theaters.  Click on the picture for the full review from Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Live “Theatre”

Dear Friends,

We are writing you today about a most interesting television event that took place last night—the musical Hairspray Live on NBC at 8pm (New York time).

It was so interesting to watch this musical, which instead of being rehearsed and running on Broadway for years, one could tune in for one night only on your television screen.

So here are our thoughts about the evening:

It was certainly interesting to see a full-scale musical, with all the actors/singers/dancers/choreography that one could possibly want.

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It was not like seeing a Broadway musical.  One of its disadvantages was the fact that there must have been at least 30 commercial interruptions throughout the evening.   These interruptions made it very disruptive and this was more tedious than seeing it all at one time.  In this regard, it was very much like a television show, where the commercials were inserted into any—and all—parts of the show.

So we said to ourselves “this is certainly not like seeing Hairspray on Broadway, but on the other hand we do not have to pay for it and do not have to leave our house.  However, the interrupts caused choppiness AND we have to see it on a 3’x4’ television screen, which is nothing like having 40 actors on a Broadway stage.”

Our final summary: “it’s a very good television show, but nothing like the play.”

If you’d like to read the USA Today Review, click here.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

 

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President Trump: Theatre Muse?

Dear Friends,

We are thinking about the effect of the Trump election on our American theatre.

As we all know, the theatre is an important and powerful mechanism to react to current political environment.  As an example, we think a big reason Hamilton has resonated with so many people right now is the current political climate, and the unrest that parallels the unrest that Hamilton saw.  Furthermore—and even more directly—there have been a resurgence of WWII plays resurrected around New York City in the months leading up to this election.

These plays included a couple of versions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by playwright Bertolt Brecht and The Drumf and the Rhinegold by Wagner.  You can read more about these in the New York Times (link to full article).

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There is no doubt that this is a great time for playwrights to be writing and theatres to be presenting even more plays about the political scene in a more dramatic fashion than newspapers (of course, newspapers are wonderful).

We have always thought of theatre and films as a great means of communicating about the political events of the era.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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