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See Dracula as Never Before

Do you know the story of Dracula? While most people today certainly know the name, having seen countless Halloween specials and costumes with capes and widow’s peaks over the years, some people don’t know much about Bram Stoker’s actual novel and the story it contains. While a bit unwieldy at times — the story is written through the diary pages and journals of the characters — it remains a wonderful and interesting story of horror, love, and adventure that will always hold a prominent place in the hearts of horror fans everywhere. Without Dracula, the popularity of vampires in pop culture today would simply not exist. That’s right; without Dracula, there would likely be no Edward or Bella from Twilight.

Through the years, the character of Dracula has been in nearly everything. Movies and television shows, literature, plays, comic books and cartoons, and more. He’s even gone toe to toe with Batman, which certainly says something about the character’s enduring popularity. However, there’s one other area the master vampire has conquered that many people don’t know about — ballet. You can see shows that take the story of Dracula from the novel and adapt it to the stage as a ballet.

At first blush, it might not seem as though the story would work as a ballet, but it really does work quite well with the right ballet company. The story, which starts out in Transylvania, heads to London, and then returns to Dracula’s castle and it all works remarkably well in ballet form, and is certainly worth seeing.

Different ballet companies around the country will often put on the ballet, usually in the fall of the year, as we get closer to Halloween. During the fall, people are far more predisposed to wanting to see as much fictional horror as possible. The California Ballet in San Diego, the Grand Rapids Ballet, and others put on a wonderful show. If you love the ballet and you are a fan of Dracula, you will not want to miss this opportunity. It’s a wonderful way to see the story unfold. Make sure you buy tickets for the show soon!

Take the Family to a Performance of The Lion King

One of the most impressive and fun shows playing right now is The Lion King, and it’s unlike so many of the other plays and musicals you might’ve seen before. Kids and adults alike will have a wonderful time at the show. It has all of the elements of heroism and adventure you remember and love from the movie.

All of the characters that you know and love are in the musical, and it’s just like seeing a true live action version of the cartoon! They have Rafiki, Simba, Nala, Scar and even the animals of the Serengeti! The actors, dressed as the animals, even walk through the crowd at certain points. It truly is a wonderful spectacle to behold when you see huge puppet giraffes and elephants walking down the aisles and on the stage. Kids adore this!

You will be able to hear all of your favorite songs from the movie that you know and love too. Listen to the beautiful sounds of “Circle of Life”, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King”, and the catchy “Hakuna Matata” and more! The musical score for the show comes from the wonderful Hans Zimmer, who fans know for scores of Sherlock Holmes, Nolan’s Batman trilogy, and the new Man of Steel score.

Of course, the show does have a few notable changes and differences from the cartoon. For example, the character of Rafiki is now female. When the producers were adapting the show, they realized that there were simply not enough female leads. It is a change embraced by the audiences.

The show debuted in 1999 and is still going strong, touring the Heartland and other areas around the country, and even in other nations including England, Canada, and Australia. Even countries such as Korea have had productions of this highly popular and very entertaining musical!

You and the family will absolutely love The Lion King. Make sure to check and see if it is coming to a town near you and buy musical tickets so you can experience one of the best times you will ever have at a musical!

Have You Seen the New Macbeth?

You may have seen Macbeth before. And with the popularity that this play sees between directors and producers, you may have even seen it again and again and again. But no matter how many times you’ve seen this Shakespearean classic, we guarantee you that you’ve never seen it quite like this before. At least not when it’s the show being put on by Alan Cumming at the Barrymore Theater right now.

It’s not exactly a one-man play, as there are a few extras dispersed throughout to help fill out the story, such as when Macbeth is checked into the hospital and two orderlies take his street clothes. The biggest parts of the play though, are all acted out by Cumming, who many audience-goers may recognize as Eli Gold from the television series, The Good Wife.

Much of the dialogue has been left in the original script it was written in, such as the opening lines Macbeth speaks, “When shall we three meet again?”

However it just as often switches to more modern, casual banter, such as replying with “‘Twas a rough night,” after Macduff tells of the night that King Duncan was murdered, using words such as hearing “strange screams of death,” and “the lamentings heard i’ the air.”

Macbeth has been done a hundred different ways before, but you’ve never seen it been done quite like this. It’s currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, but only until June 30, so make sure you get your tickets today!

See What You’re Missing at Theatre by the Blind

Theatre by the Blind is a theater group made up entirely of blind actors. These talented individuals come together to write and create some of the most magnificent pieces you’ll ever see onstage; and they’re currently running Yesterday’s at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. The story will be enough to draw you in, and the talent that you’ll see will have you going back to see this theater troupe again and again.

Yesterday’s tells the story of Candy, a jazz club owner that is desperately trying to hang onto her business, and failing at it miserably. But while Candy may not be a great businesswoman, she is an inspiration to the cast of actors she surrounds herself with. And through her own toils and troubles, she inspires others to go on to chase their own dreams. The story, you could say, is a mirror image of what Theatre by the Blind is all about.

It’s because these actors, while extremely talented, have all faced great hardships due to their inability to see. All losing their sight for different reasons, and at different times, each actor has said that they’ve grown to have more self-confidence, and feel as though they’re not alone, all by joining the group and being a part of something so very special.

Yesterday’s was created by the entire cast, co-written by Colin Simson and Lindsay Nyman, co-directed by Greg Shane and Lindsay Nyman, and presented by CRE Outreach.

Yesterday’s opened at the Promenade Playhouse on April 18, and you have until May 5 to see what it’s all about. It’s guaranteed to be like nothing else you’ve ever seen!

2013 Tony Awards Returns to Radio City

When Cirque de Soleil’s “Zarkana” show started up at Radio City Music Hall in 2011, it brought many good things for the city, and for circus and audience-goers around the country. Unfortunately though, it also meant that the Tony Awards, a show that had been hosted at the Music Hall for 13 years, had to move. Since that time they’ve moved to the Beacon Theater on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, but this year they come back to the place they most love to call home — Radio City Music Hall!

It was announced on Monday by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, co-producers of the awards show, that this year, the Tony Awards will be returning to Radio City, now that Cirque’s run was over this past summer. While the Beacon Theater certainly provided for a much more intimate awards show, that small cozy space also brought additional problems for the show. One was that there wasn’t enough seating for the many producers that often attend the show; and the ticket-rationing it created made it difficult for most of Broadway’s biggest fans to attend the show.

Now though, the Tonys are back to the much larger Music Hall, which seats over 6,000 and allows for some of the most impressive sets, this year’s Tony Awards ceremony is bound to be one of the best yet.

Broadway isn’t the only part of the entertainment sector that chooses to use Radio City as their venue for awards shows. The Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and ESPY Awards have also been held at the Music Hall.

Catch Me If You Can Takes the Stage

The popular Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks movie from 2002 is now taking the stage in the form of a musical. The movie and musical is a biographical crime story based on the life of Frank Abagnale. By the time Abagnale was 19 year old, he had successfully performed millions of dollars worth of cons that involved him playing a Pan American World Airways pilot, a doctor in Georgia and a Louisiana parish prosecutor. However, his primary crime was check fraud and it was that crime that led to him being chased and caught by the FBI.

The musical adaptation of Catch Me If You Can premiered in July 2009 in Seattle, Washington at the 5th Avenue Theatre. In March 2011, previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre began and the production officially opened on April 10, 2011.

The musical was created by a team of Tony winners including Terrance McNally, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Jerry Mitchell and Jack O’Brien. The screenplay is by Jeff Nathanson.

The musical has had much success in the area of awards. In 2011, it was the Astaire Awards winner for Outstanding Male Dancers in a Broadway Show, Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Winner, and was nominated for four Tony Awards and winner of Actor in a Musical. It also received many nominees in the Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle awards.

Catch Me If You Can is now travelling the country with stops in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, East Lansing, Milwaukee, Binghamton, Detroit, Hartford, Charlotte and more. You can find tickets to all of these shows on TicketSupply.com.

The Phantom of the Opera Celebrates 25 Years on Broadway

What would a trip to New York be without the opportunity to catch Broadway’s longest running musical, now in its 25th year, the legendary Phantom of the Opera?

Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this musical version of Gaston Leroux’s famous novel won the Tony for Best Musical the year of its debut in 1988, along with six other Tony awards, and has been going strong ever since. The story of a hideously deformed outcast who spends his life hiding underneath the stage of the Paris Opera House, Phantom is a timeless story of love and redemption, as the phantom falls in love with a chorus girl.

Combining a powerful story line with musical genius and mind-blowing theatrical effects, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cherished production continues to enthrall audiences nightly, in New York’s Majestic Theatre. Starring Hugh Panaro as the cursed phantom and Sierra Boggess as the hapless chorus girl, the story is as magical as ever and the music is positively mesmerizing.

For anyone visiting New York, this is a must see; a remarkable story in an extraordinary venue that is rapidly becoming something of a national monument. The show, which debuted first in London in 1986 starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, still continues to captivate audiences simultaneously at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, with over 10,000 performances in that setting. There have also been dozens of other productions worldwide during the last 25 years.

New York’s Phantom of the Opera continues to get rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, using words like “spectacular,” “thrill,” “visually overwhelming,” and “extravaganza.” For tickets and showtimes in both New York and London, go to TicketSupply.com and don’t miss this historical Broadway musical!

Bette Midler Takes Broadway Stage in “I’ll Eat You Last”

If you’re going to write a play in which there is only one character, and that character needs to be a woman who’s flamboyant, confident, and larger than life, then you need Bette Midler to play the part. Director Joe Mantello knew that as he embarked upon the new play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, and that’s why audiences will be delighted once again with Bette’s stage presence starting on April 5.

The play, in which Bette carries on her own, is about Superagent Sue Mengers. Coming from a family that escaped Hitler’s Germany and still faced much poverty for years after, Sue Mengers rose up and became the best known agent in Hollywood. It was in the 1970s that Mengers was at the height of her success, representing almost every single major star in Hollywood. She would later become one of the most famous socialites and then, a legacy that was part glamor, and part sadness.

Now, that story will play out on the Booth Theatre stage. Previews for the show begin on April 5, with the show officially opening on April 24. John Logan has written the play, and it will be produced by the team of Graydon Carter, Arielle Tepper Madover, James L. Nederlander, The Shubert Organization, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jeffrey Finn, Ruth Hendel, Larry Magid, Jon B. Platt, and Scott and Brian Zeilinger.

Sadly, the world lost Sue Mengers two years ago, but producer Graydon Carter is excited about this chance to bring her legacy to life.

“I adored Sue, and no trip to Los Angeles was complete without a dinner at her place. To work with Bette, John, Joe, and my fellow producers to bring her to the Broadway stage is something that I believe would have pleased Sue greatly.”

Seeing Bette on the Broadway stage is always something truly unforgettable. Tickets have already gone on sale, so make sure you get yours today!

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike Broadway Tickets Are on Sale Now!

After enjoying huge success at its premier at the McCarter Theatre Center and Lincoln Center, Christopher Durang’s Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike is headed to Broadway’s Golden Theatre; and tickets are already on sale!

The story is one of an adult brother and sister who have never left their childhood home, while their Hollywood sister has been busy making movies and living the life of glamor far from the desolate farm. She comes home, with a handsome young fella on her arm, and things are thrown into complete chaos at home. Every emotion you could possibly imagine comes right to the surface, and family matters have never seemed so dramatic. And the fact that this one has major star power behind it doesn’t hurt either.

The odd couple that has never home, brother Vanya and sister Sonia are played by David Hyde Pierce and Kristine Neilsen, respectively. And across them on stage are the talented Sigourney Weaver playing the part of Masha, and Billy Magnussen, taking on the part of her boyfriend, Spike.

The creative team includes Mark Bennett on original music and sound design; Emily Rebholz in costume design; Justin Townsend in lighting design, and David Korins in scenic design. Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike is produced by Joey Parnes, Larry Hirschhorn, and John O’Boyle.

This play is on for a 17-date limited engagement only, and it all starts on March 5, 2013. Tickets are already on sale and they won’t last long, so make sure you get yours today!

It’s Two-for-One Off-Broadway this Week!

For the seventh year in a row, New York theater producers and acting cast want to give even more people an even bigger chance to see as many shows as possible. That’s why this week, NYC & Company are offering two-for-one tickets to some of the best Off-Broadway has to offer!

“This winter we encourage New Yorkers and visitors to take advantage of this two-for-one ticket savings opportunity and experience some of the best theatre in the country for an extremely affordable price,” said CEO of NYC & Company, George Fertitta, when announcing the event.

The event actually extends past the week, with discount tickets being offered from January 28 until February 10. Some of the biggest plays that are eligible for two-for-one Off-Broadway are Bare, Forbidden Broadway, Forever Dusty, My Name Is Asher Leve, Channeling Kevin Spacey; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and How to Be a New Yorker, to name just a few.

And that’s not all! Broadway Week is currently still on, so you can still get two-for-one tickets for all your favorite on-Broadway shows too! Until February 7 you can check out huge Broadway plays at a discount price including Annie, Chicago, The Lion King, Newsies, Rock of Ages, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and Wicked.

Wherever you are, whatever you want to go see, make sure you get your tickets to on and Off-Broadway today! You won’t see prices like these again until next year!

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