45th Street really is a magical.
We’ve got The Color Purple, Eclipsed, Kinky Boots, and The Lion King, all featuring casts largely, if not all, of color. #MYGOD
And if that wasn’t enough to bring you shuffling along down 45th, then we have a new incentive!
While in previews, Shuffle Along Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed is offering $40 rush tickets.
GIRL. You heard me. $40.
Let’s face it. The theatre isn’t cheap. So listen here, there’s a WAY to see this history making performance and the growth it is making every day until it opens. All you need is the WILL to get yourself to the box office before 10 a.m.
Shuffle Along welcomes six-time Tony Award Winner, Queen Audra McDonald, back to the stage, alongside Tony Award winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter. The cast of 34 is rounded out by Tony Award nominees Joshua Henry and Brandon Victor Dixon, and features Broadway Black’s Off-Book The Theatre Podcast host Amber Iman.
Tickets are for day-of performances and are available beginning at 10 a.m., Monday through Saturday until April 27. The box office of the Music Box Theatre is located at 239 West 45th Street.
Dave Chappelle Live On Broadway Grosses Over 1.4 Million Despite Blackout
Comedian Dave Chappelle made his Broadway debut July 9th with Dave Chappelle Live on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Originally scheduled to close July 13th the residency was extended an additional week through July 20. Made possible by the In Residence on Broadway series which is a collaboration between Live Nation, The Araca Group, and Entertainment Benefits Group.
Saturday nights are the money makers on Broadway especially during the middle of July, in what we New Yorkers like to call tourist season. However, that all came crashing down when a power outage shut down most of the 41 Broadway houses this past Saturday. The blackout didn’t stop the show for most of those Broadway casts. They took to singing in the New York City streets, but the overall Broadway ticket sales took a 10% hit for the week.
Chappelle somehow came out unbothered by the blackout in his first week on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne. In just four nights on Broadway, the comedian raked in over 1.4 million, making him the 6th highest selling ticket of the week with an average ticket price of $243. He followed behind Hamilton at $2.67m The Lion King at $2.39m, To Kill a Mockingbird at $1.7m, Wicked at $1.5m, and Moulin Rouge at 1.49m.
So, your Saturday night show is canceled, what do you do? Dave Chappelle does to impromptu sets at Gramercy Theatre and The Comedy Cellar.
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LaChiusa’s Hello Again Starring Audra McDonald Begins Filming
Broadway superwoman Audra McDonald has to be the busiest woman in show business – on stage and off. Previously, we told you about her performance at “A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House, ” and we also told you that she’ll be starring with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter in the upcoming musical revue “Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed” set to open in 2016. As if preparing for that role wasn’t enough, McDonald is currently filming an adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical Hello Again.
The musical was originally produced off-Broadway by Lincoln Center Theatre in 1994 and is inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 play La Ronde: Hello Again. The original production earned eight Drama Desk nominations including Best Musical.
McDonald joins an all-star ensemble that includes Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Tyler Blackburn, and Rumer Willis. The story follows “10 lost souls who skip across 10 periods in New York City history, slipping in and out of one another’s arms and beds in a daisy-chained exploration of lust’s bittersweet embrace of love. Its central characters are the Whore, the Nurse, the College Boy, the Young Wife, the Husband, the Young Thing, the Writer, the Actress and the Senator.”
Ash Christian, Tom Gustafson, Cory Krueckeberg, and Hunter Arnold are producing the film. Krueckebert wrote the screenplay and Michael John LaChiusa provided the music and lyrics. The film has already begun production in New York.
McDonald is no stranger to the big screen as she recently appeared alongside Academy Award winner Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash.” She’s also appeared in “Seven Servants,” “The Object of My Affection,” “Cradle Will Rock,” “It Runs in the Family,” “Rampart,” and “The Best Thief in the World.” McDonald will also provide the voice of “Garderobe” in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” slated for release in 2017.
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