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Giving Thanks.

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Dear Friends,

This being Thanksgiving week, we are thinking about thanks in the theatre world.

We always felt that the theatre would suffer—and perhaps come to an end—because it is not a mass-production enterprise.  Therefore, it cannot equal automobiles, electric lights, and all sorts of items in our daily lives that are mass-produced by machines.

We have previously told you that in 1943, when we brought Oklahoma! to Broadway, Orchestra tickets were $5.75 each, the equivalent to $81.53 today.  Since currently  Broadway musical tickets are averaging $125.00, it is clear that ticket prices have gone up faster than inflation—although only somewhat faster!

The good news is that all 40 Broadway theatres currently have plays running or will be opening new plays this Spring.  This make us very happy because the fact that plays are not mass-produced has not yet ended the theatre!

We are happy and giving thanks this week to all of those who work hard to make the theatre the success that it continues to be!

Best regards and Happy Thanksgiving!
Philip and Marilyn

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Playwrights Welcome

Dear Friends,

We received an email yesterday from Samuel French, with whom The Theatre Guild has worked for many years.  It was a reminder about Playwrights Welcome—a program with the Dramatist Guild and participating theatres to offer playwrights free tickets to shows.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Become a member of the Dramatist Guild (click here to learn more and become a member)
  2. Go to the Samuel French Playwrights Welcome website to find a participating theatre near you and their terms for the Playwrights tickets. For example in New York State, the following theatres are participants:
    • Atlantic Theater Company (New York, New York)
    • Axis Company (New York, NY)
    • Irish Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
    • Paul Robeson Theatre (Buffalo, NY)
    • The Pearl Theatre Company (New York, NY)
    • Queens Theatre (Queens, NY)
    • Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York, NY)
    • Road Less Traveled Productions (Buffalo, NY)
    • Roundabout Theatre Company (New York, NY)
    • Urban Stages (New York, NY)
    • Vineyard Theatre (New York, NY)
  3. Go to the Box Office of a participating theatre and ask if they have Playwright tickets.
  4. If so, present your Dramatist Guild card and your ID and go see a great show!

As we have written about the rising price of theatre tickets—especially on Broadway—we are so excited to learn about this opportunity for members of the Dramatist Guild to see shows for free!

And for those of you who plan to start their Thanksgiving Day travels early—please have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Best regards,
Philip and Marilyn

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Final Chance!

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder that Prince of Broadway will be closing its limited run in only 12 more performances–with its final performance on 10/29/2017!

It showcases the life and times of our dear family friend, Harold Prince, including some of his greatest productions, like:

West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and The Phantom of the Opera to name a few!

You definitely do not want to miss out on this spectacular show!  Click here for your last chance at tickets!
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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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Summer Series Intro + Oslo

Dear Friends,

We hope that you had a wonderful and relaxing 4th of July!

What better way to keep cool this summer than to go see a show?  We thought we would take a bit of time each week to highlight a show currently on Broadway that we think you should see.  Some are plays, some are musicals—but they all are fantastic!

We decided to start with the best–The Best Play, that is.  Winner of the Tony for Best Play,  Oslo tells the true story of the pathway to peace of 1993 Oslo Accords.  The play centers around Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, who helped orchestrate the highly secretive peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat.

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In addition to winning a Tony for Best Play, Michael Aronov won a Tony for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play.

If you haven’t seen this yet, we urge you to go soon, as it will be closing on July 16th.  It is showing at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln center.  To purchase tickets, click here.

According to the New York Times review:

This rich drama of quixotic politics fills to the bursting point its capacious new home at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Staged (and admired) last summer at the Lincoln Center Theater’s smaller downstairs space, the Mitzi E. Newhouse, “Oslo” has now become the colossus it was always meant to be, while giving an even sharper focus to the urgent behind-the-scenes intimacy at its fast-beating heart.

You can read the full review here.

Best regards,
Philp and Marilyn

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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.

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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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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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Great Actresses on Broadway

Dear Friends,

Today we are coming back to a subject that we’ve discussed previously—namely the bravura performance of Glenn Close in her Broadway play, Sunset Boulevard.

In years past, great actresses would play on Broadway every year, sometimes in a new play and sometime in an old one.

We are thinking of acting greats, such as Helen Hayes and Lynn Fontanne (who performed for The Theatre Guild in 19 plays over her career!).

Each year we would ask ourselves “which play is Helen Hayes in this year?” and then we would go see that play.  This seems almost directly opposite to modern times when we ask which is the most popular play showing on Broadway this season.

So it is in this spirit of focusing on the great stars that we urge you to see one of our greatest actresses, Glenn Close, in Sunset Boulevard, which is currently running on Broadway only until June 25th.

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That is only 12 more weeks!  We are urging you to not miss out on seeing her amazing performance!

Click here for tickets while they last!  Or call the Palace Theatre 212/730-8200.

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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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Snow, Stocks, and Most Import of All: Amazing Theatre

Dear Friends,

This afternoon we are preparing for a lovely 10”+ inches of snow that is expected to arrive tomorrow.  We wanted to write to you before it starts.

Today we want to again remind you to purchase tickets for Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close.  Ben Brantley of the New York Times said that “Ms. Close is even better than when I first saw her — more fragile and more frightening, more seriously comic and tragic.”

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The play is set to close on June 25, 2017 and tickets are selling rapidly.

You can purchase tickets on their website or by calling the Paramount Box Office 877/250-2929

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On a non-theatre subject, we received a stock market prediction by market analysist David Stockman that a big stock market crash would be starting this Wednesday, March 15th.

What a jolly week!  Let’s hope he is totally wrong!

Best regards—and stay warm!

Philip and Marilyn

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