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Archive for Mamma Mia

Broadway Snow Day Discounts

Due to the snow storm, producers and worried theatres won’t be filled for today’s matinee and evening performances, which is great news for those of you willing to make your way to a Broadway theatre. You can get these deals at the box office or online at BroadwayOffers.com. Here are the deals I’ve been able to find:

Billy Elliot: Use code BEGNA1201

Mamma Mia: Use code MMRES104

Memphis: Use code ME4FANS

La Cage Aux Folles: Use code LCGNA1117

Driving Miss Daisy: Use code MDINC13

The Importance of Being Earnest: Use code IBSNOW

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore: Use code MTSNOW

Lombardi: Print this coupon

Those are the only shows who’ve made announcements announcements so far, but if any others are announced, I’ll update the page here.

If you’re dying to see a show that’s not on the list, I’m guessing they’ll be plenty of extra seats tonight, so if you’ve never rushed a Broadway show or visited the TKTS booth, today would be a very good day to try.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Mamma Mia, Bye Bye Birdie and South Pacific In the News

The Good

Mamma Mia, the 13th longest running show in Broadway history, celebrated 8 years on Broadway yesterday, Oct 18!

The musical currently stars Beth Leavel, John Dossett, Judy McLane, Allison Briner, Halle Morse, Michael Mindlin, Patrick Boll, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andrew Macdonald and Eric William Morris.

The Bad

Bye Bye Birdie, which opened on Oct 15, was panned by reviewers in almost every media publication:

The consensus – the bulk of the cast can’t sing, dance or act. Ouch!

The Ugly

The New York Post reported that the stage manager for Broadway’s South Pacific, Michael Brunner, has been arraigned for recording video of one of the actresses in her dressing room. Lincoln Center Theater has terminated his contract due to the incident.


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The new West Side Story commercial (and some other great Broadway commercials)

West Side Story

Rent

Dreamgirls

Mamma Mia

Fiddler on the Roof

Victor Victoria

Damn Yankees

Cabaret

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The King and I

My Fair Lady

Guys and Dolls

Into the Woods

Phantom of the Opera

Spring Awakening

The Producers


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New cast members for Broadway’s Mamma Mia

On Tuesday, September 22, Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Civil War, Young Frankenstein), John Dossett (Gypsy, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Alyse Alan Louis, Allison Briner, Halle Morse, Michael Mindlin (9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Patrick Boll (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), David Andrew Macdonald (Coram Boy), Eric William Morris (Coram Boy), Felicity Claire, Rachel Frankenthal and Natalie Gallo all joined the New York cast of Mamma Mia.

Video performances from Broadway on Broadway 2009

If you missed the fabulous performances at yesterday’s Broadway on Broadway concert, check out these video clips (NOTE: Some of the fan footage is better than others):

Next to Normal


Rock of Ages


Hair


Bye Bye Birdie


In the Heights


Burn the Floor


Chicago


Finian’s Rainbow


Shrek


Wicked


The Lion King


Jersey Boys


Mamma Mia


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Major Cast Replacements for Broadway’s Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia and Wicked

Starting July 14, Sebastian Arcelus (Wicked, Rent, Full Monty) will return to Broadway’s Jersey Boys to play the role of Bob Gaudio, which he originally played from Dec 07-Jan 09.

 

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He’s not the only actor returning to a role he played on Broadway years ago – John Dossett (Gypsy, Ragtime) will be returning to the role of Sam Carmichael in Broadway’s Mamma Mia! on September 22.  He will be joined by Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, 42nd Street), who’ll be taking over the role of Donna Sheridan.

 

But it’s not all cast reunions – there’s also a Broadway debut – Dee Roscioli, who starred in the Chicago production of Wicked, will join the cast of the Broadway production as Elphaba starting July 21.

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