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1
Oct

Stage Rush TV: Episode 33

Talking points:

Are you seeing any plays at the NYMF, Rushers? What Broadway staples have you rediscovered? Have you caught Time Stands Still? Leave your thoughts, questions, and suggestions in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to follow Stage Rush on Twitter and Facebook for on-the-go updates, news, and sightings.

1
Oct

Ticket giveaway: ‘Time Stands Still’

Making a return after its triumphant run on Broadway last winter, Time Stands Still is back for more box office bang. Donald Marguiles’ drama starring Laura Linney, Brian d’Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, and Christina Ricci (replacing Alicia Silverstone) is even better than it was in its first outing (trust me—I’ve already seen it and loved it!). Stage Rush has a pair of free tickets to give away, so that you can see it too!

Here are the easy steps you need to take to have your chance to win these babies:

  • Enter on Facebook by writing on Stage Rush’s Facebook wall (“Like” us, if you haven’t already done so)
  • Enter on Twitter by retweeting one of Stage Rush’s tweets about the contest (@StageRush must be mentioned somewhere within your tweet, or else we won’t receive your entry)

You can enter this contest one time via each method. So if you enter through Facebook and Twitter, you will have two entries in the contest. No more than two entries per person will count. If you play through Facebook, you must be able to be contacted via private message. If you play through Twitter, I must be able to direct message (DM) you (you have to be following @StageRush in order for this to happen).

The giveaway will end on Friday, October 8. I will notify the winner through Facebook and/or Twitter private message.

All participants must be able to see the show between the dates of October 12 and November 4 on either a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday performance. The tickets are not valid for resale and must be picked up at the show’s box office on the day of the performance.

What are you waiting for, Rushers? Get over to the Stage Rush Facebook wall or retweet us on Twitter—it couldn’t be easier!

30
Jul

Stage Rush TV: Episode 24

Happy birthday to me! Joining me for this special edition of Stage Rush TV are my dear friends Georgina and Kym, along with some other very esteemed guests who open the episode.

Talking points:

  • At the Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY to see Michael Mayer’s On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, featuring Brian d’Arcy James and Anika Noni Rose
  • When friends and theater combine to make a cherished tradition
  • Congratulations to the winners of the Night Music/Promises, Promises ticket giveaway
  • Broadway grosses

Do you have any theater traditions with your friends, Rushers? Let me know what it is, and what your special memories are. Have you ever been to Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater? Will you be seeing this concert production of On A Clear Day this weekend, or are you waiting for when it comes to the Vineyard Theatre in January 2011 (or both)? As always, leave your thoughts, ideas, (and birthday wishes) in the comments!

24
Jul

Stage Rush TV: Episode 23

Talking points:

Were any of you Rushers at the Next to Normal lottery for Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, and Brian d’Arcy James’ final performance? Did any of you win? Who has camped out for Shakespeare in the Park tickets? Do you think it’s worth it? Who has seen Bernadette Peter and Elaine Stritch in A Little Night Music? Who else, like me, has a crush on Leigh Ann Larkin? Leave your thoughts, questions, and ideas in the comments!

16
Jul

Stage Rush TV: Episode 22

Talking points:

Rushers, what did you think of Brian D’Arcy James as Dan in Next to Normal? Please tell me, since I didn’t see him. What did you think of this week’s Broadway in Bryant Park? Were you disappointed Montego Glover was absent, or were you thrilled to see Danielle Williamson? Are you getting your eyeliner out in anticipation of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’s Broadway transfer in September? Leave all your excitement, woes, and thoughts in the comments!

23
Apr

Stage Rush TV: Episode 10


Talking points:
What do you think, Rushers? Are you beaming that Brian d’Arcy James will be coming back to Next to Normal? Did you see him in the show’s off-Broadway run? What did you think of the four shows I saw this week? Did Million Dollar Quartet make you leave smiling? Did you find Everyday Rapture to be a bummer, like I did? Have you been to an At This Performance concert? As always, leave it in the comments!
29
Jan

Time Stands Still

The number one lesson I have learned so far this Broadway season is the benefit of seeing a show while it’s still in previews. Time Stands Still, which boasts four above-the-title names, should be a big draw for student rushers. While the drama is selling well right off the bat (it sold 94 percent of its tickets in the week ending January 24), the rush crowd was nonexistent on the Sunday that I attended.

I arrived at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 11:55 a.m. Yes, this is the dreaded Sunday rush (box offices open at noon, forcing rush crowds for popular shows to wait out in the cold an extra two hours). I, however, didn’t stay out in the cold. Although it was a gamble, I used my judgment and assumed that this show would not yet be pulling a large rush crowd, while still in previews. I haven’t seen a lot of advertising yet for the show, and some people I’ve talked with didn’t know it was showing yet. There was no one waiting at the box office and the doors were already open when I arrived. I walked up to the box office attendant and purchased my tickets with ease. It ranks among the easiest rushes I’ve ever done. Time Stands Still has a student rush policy for $26.50 a piece, up to two tickets per ID. Tickets go on sale when the box office opens.

Although there are four stars inhabiting the four roles in this show, I was most excited to see it because it was written by Donald Margulies. For years, I’ve been a huge fan of the HBO movie Dinner With Friends, which is based on his play and for which he also wrote the screenplay (the play won the Pulitzer for Drama in 2000). Margulies is excellent at writing dialogue for couples, particularly for scenes in which they evaluate the fundamentals of their relationship. What Margulies does for Andy MacDowell and Dennis Quaid in Dinner, he does nearly as well for Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James in Time. Read more »

27
Feb

Shrek the Musical

Getting discounted tickets for Shrek the Musical today presented itself as an all-too-easy task. But rushing is a gamble, and things either fall right into place or they, well, don’t. Shrek has a student rush policy, but it’s $36.50, which is the most expensive student rush price I have ever seen. Although such a high rush price is a bit odd for a production that played to just over 51 percent capacity in late January, the producers probably had to differenciate the price from that of their ticket lottery, which they seem to be pushing much harder.

Cutely named The Duloc Ticket Lottery to connect with the show, the drawing is held in the M&Ms World store (five blocks away from Shrek‘s Broadway Theatre). This is an interesting partnership between production and retail, as it seems to encourage commerce ‘while you wait.’ The only other show I’ve known to do this was the now defunct Young Frankenstein, which held its lotto drawing at the 42nd St. McDonald’s. That, however, was across the street from the Hilton Theatre and seemed convenient enough. I don’t quite understand why Shrek would hold its lotto drawing at M&Ms World when it is so far away (and the Broadway Theatre has an enormous lobby), other than they’re getting a small kickback from Mars Inc. Read more »