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Booming Broadway

Dear Friends,

A few days ago the New York Times had a great article about the rising price of Broadway tickets.  Since we’ve broached this subject before (click here to read), we wanted to share this article with you.

According to the article:

The Broadway season that ended on Sunday was one for the record books. Box-office grosses, which have been climbing since 2013, rose 5.5 percent, to $1.449 billion, a new high, according to figures released on Tuesday by the Broadway League, an industry trade group.

The article gives credit to a combination of factors, namely hit shows like Hamilton, who are sold out months in advance, and shows with big star power like Glen Close and Bette Milder.

One way in New York

The average ticket price is currently $109.00 and while some worry that these rising prices will scare off new theatre goers, producers assert that the higher prices are a way to recapture money going to the scalpers.

Of course, the Times points out, there are options for purchasing last minute tickets at discounted rates such as websites like TodayTix, which offers a large selection of discounted Broadway tickets for both musicals and plays (alas, not for Hamilton!). A great option for many of us who love the theatre, but don’t have a spare $500 to spend!

To read the full article, click here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about rising prices and your favorite ways to get discounted tickets!

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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The Terms

Dear Friends,

Last week on television, film maker Michael Moore announced a marvelous happening—he is coming to Broadway with his play, The Terms of My Surrender.  According to Moore:

it’s a humorous comedy about a country that just elected a madman as president.

The play, which Moore says is “simultaneously entertaining and infuriating,” will run for 12 weeks at the Belasco Theatre, with previews starting July 28th. To purchase tickets click here.
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We think this is brilliant and cannot wait to go see it!  As we have said in a few past articles (Power of Theatre and President Trump), we believe one of theatre’s biggest responsibilities is to speak out about the political culture of our time.

Thank you Michael Moore—we know that it will be a huge success!

And before we go, we’d like to leave you with a great quote from Arthur Miller:
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Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn Langner
The Theatre Guild

PS—to read more about this play, you can click here to see an article from the New York Times.

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Lifetime Achievement

Dear Friends,

As many of you know—and may have seen—the Golden Globes were this past Sunday and we just wanted to commend Meryl Streep on winning the Cecil B. deMille Award.  Meryl began her illustrious career on the stage in New York City and many years later has been nominated by the Academy Awards more than any other actor.

During her speech, Meryl took the opportunity—as the NYPD likes to remind us—“if you see something, say something” and she certainly did.  She saw an opportunity to speak out against some of the more despicable moments in the Trump campaign and issued a call to action for everyone in the public eye to bring to light the injustices that Trump embodied during his campaign.

With just over a week until his inauguration, it is so very important for people not to lose hope.  We live in a great country—and that will continue, as long as we the people continue to strive to make it great!

Congrats, Meryl!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

PS—click on the picture below to watch her speech in its entirety.

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Shuffling…Out

Dear Friends,

We just read in the New York Times about how—despite its popularity and awards—Shuffle Along will be closing.  The production company is saying that it is due to the dramatic drop in sales for performances after Tony-awarding winning leading lady, Audra McDonald, goes on maternity leave.

It reminds us all that Broadway—and the theatre in general—can be a very fickle beast!

We remember well a few years (okay, more like 40 years) ago, when we were performing Golda starring Anne Bancroft at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, and the theatre caught fire.  Thankfully no one was hurt—and as luck would have it the theatre across the street—the Shubert—was able to take us in and allow us to let the show go on (just sans the scenery!)!

We congratulate all the wonderful performers in Shuffle Along—and wish them all the very best, whatever their future may hold!

Best,

Philip & Marilyn

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Hamilton Rising!

Dear Friends,

Hamilton continues to be perhaps the most stunningly successful play of our lifetimes!

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The big news yesterday was that it received 16 Tony Award Nominations—the largest number in Tony History, which goes back 70 years!

For all of us in the theatre, we don’t recall any initial success as big as this.

The closest that come to mind are Fiddler on The Roof and My Fair Lady.  Of course, it is hard to compare these plays accurately, as all of the great hits prior to Hamilton occurred in the pre-social media/internet world and did not have the instant world-wide publicity and acclaim that Hamilton enjoys.

Today we wanted to share with you another manifestation of Hamilton’s popularity:

The book “Hamilton Revolution,” which is a behind the scenes look at making the musical and written by Hamilton author Lin-Manual Miranda and cultural critic Jeremy McCarter, is flying off the shelves!

In fact, the New York Times quips (quite correctly) that getting the book isn’t any easier than getting a ticket!  The book, which came out on April 12th, is now in its second printing and it estimated to have 400,000 copies in print by the summer!

It seems we just can’t get enough!  Congrats to Miranda and the entire cast and crew of Hamilton on their 16 Tony nominations!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Slam in the Park

We know that it’s July, but we wanted to share with you a fantastic happening every April: a gathering in Central Park to read Shakespeare’s sonnets (not plays). It is the Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam, which started in 2010, and—rain or shine—all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets are read aloud.

Shakespeare had 2 personalities: the one that wrote plays with plots, like playwrights today, and the other who wrote sonnets based on his view of life. These sonnets are his expressions, his thoughts, his own dreams.
We read about this event in The New Yorker and wanted to share this article with you today, where the author, Adam Gopnik, wonders “can love, and its songs, go on forever?” as he ventures through the various types of love Shakespeare expressed in his wide-ranging sonnets. This is a magnificent event, especially for those wanting something more interactive than seeing a Shakespeare play.

Sonnet Slam does not have yet have details of their 2016 event yet posted (that we found), however, as we hear further news, we will pass it along!

The article is June, Moon, Tune by Adam Gopnik and found in the July 6 & 13, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.

Illustration by Eiko Ojala--click on photo to go to The New Yorker online

Illustration by Eiko Ojala–click on photo to go to The New Yorker online

See what Shakespeare is saying here:

Sonnet 18:
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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