Stars in the Alley 2016 was a Big Crowd Draw

Photo taken by K. Nowosad
Photo taken by K. Nowosad

The rain did a pretty good job of holding off yesterday as the Broadway League presented Stars in the Alley.  Presented by United Airlines, Sean Hayes and Mo Rocca served as the hosts for the event and they were perfect in their roles providing many laughs for the crowd. The event took place from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Shubert Alley.  It was billed as a free outdoor concert as part of the festivities leading up to the Tony Awards which take place June 12.

Mo Rocca is a Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and he appeared on Broadway in the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Sean Hayes is back on Broadway in Hand to God.  He is also a previous Tony Award nominee for his part in Promises, Promises. After seeing Mr. Hayes yesterday, I would like to see Hand to God as I found him to be very witty. And after seeing performances from over 30 shows that made up yesterday’s program, I am inclined to want to spend the rest of the summer seeing every last one of them.

A good sized crowd was gathered in the rather narrow corridor that is Shubert Alley. The event included star appearances and  performances from over 30 new shows and long-running favorite shows all accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra. To see some bits of a few performances, visit the Facebook page for this website:

From the show Wicked:

https://www.facebook.com/LetsGoToTheTheater/videos/1086426284785950/

From the show Aladdin:

https://www.facebook.com/LetsGoToTheTheater/videos/1086439444784634/

From the show The Phantom of the Opera:

https://www.facebook.com/LetsGoToTheTheater/videos/1086440021451243/

And finally, from the first show I ever saw years ago on Broadway, Fiddler on the Roof:

https://www.facebook.com/LetsGoToTheTheater/videos/1086440021451243/

 

 

‘Tuck Everlasting’ Ends Broadway Run but Releases Cast Album June 3

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After a run of 28 previews but only 39 regular performances, the Broadway show Tuck Everlasting closed on May 29, 2016. The show featured a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle which was based on Natalie Babbitt’s best-selling 1975 novel of the same name. The music was by Chris Miller with lyrics are by Nathan Tysen. Direction and choreography were by Casey Nicholaw.

The casting included Carolee Carmello as Mae Tuck, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Jesse Tuck, Michael Park as Angus Tuck, Terrence Mann as The Man in the Yellow Suit, Fred Applegate as Constable Joe, Robert Lenzi as Miles Tuck, Michael Wartella as Hugo, Valerie Wright as Mother, and Pippa Pearthree as Nana. Sarah Charles Lewis played the central role of Winnie .

After seeing this show in previews, I thought it could do very well on Broadway especially with the summer tourist season in sight. It seemed to have everything a show needed to do well including a variety of characters, good songs, well choreographed dance numbers, and a story that was appealing as it psyched the imagination. I was especially moved by the final ballet that represented a woman’s journey through life. That alone could have sold the show to me; but I have found the older I get, the more I can look at theater in a very sentimental way and enjoy all that it has to offer.

As disappointing as the closing is, the good news is that the cast album will be released digitally on June 3. Check this link on itunes for more information.

‘Hamilton’ goes to Digital Lottery for the Winter

I thought the crowd was big on Opening Night back in the summer.  Photo by K. Nowosad
I thought the crowd was big on Opening Night back in the summer. Photo by K. Nowosad
The hit Broadway show Hamilton announced yesterday that they are suspending their outdoor lottery system for the winter months. The lottery system draws hundreds of people everyday as they vie for one of the $10 front row seats to see the musical that is running big dollars to see.

Playbill.com provided the official announcement from producer Jeffrey Seller:

The daily $10 lottery at the Broadway musical Hamilton will move online for the winter starting Tuesday, January 5. The live lottery and live Ham4Ham show will return in the spring.

The digital lottery, powered by Broadway Direct, will be at Hamiltonbroadway.com/lottery.

The Seller statement continued:

The entry period will begin each day at 9:30 AM for that day’s performance(s) only. There is a limit of one entry per person, and each entrant can request up to two tickets. Entries for matinee performances will be accepted until 11 AM; the evening performance entry period ends at 4 PM. Winners will be notified via email shortly thereafter with a link to purchase the tickets. Winners will have a 60-minute window during which they must claim and pay for their tickets with a credit card online. Tickets not claimed in this manner will be sold to the cancellation line in person at the box office.

There will still be 21 front row tickets available to lottery entrants, and they will remain $10 each. Winners must pick up their tickets at the Richard Rodgers Theatre box office with a valid photo ID that matches the name drawn. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Seller added,

We love seeing so many fans show up to participate in the Ham4Ham lottery and show. But we need to figure out how to safely accommodate our fans without blocking traffic on West 46th Street. We’re taking this winter break to work out some safety measures and improvements that we’ll implement when we return to the live lottery in the spring.

UPDATE: As this article was being written, BroadwayWorld.com wrote that the site had crashed on this first day. A test from this site showed a “Service Unavailable” message posted on the lottery location. Check periodically for fixes to be placed in. I would not be surprised if Lin-Manuel Miranda can fix it himself. He’s quite an amazing guy.

Lin-Manuel reading to the crowd from the book "Hamilton" back on Opening Day. Photo by K. Nowosad
Lin-Manuel reading to the crowd from the book “Hamilton” back on Opening Day. Photo by K. Nowosad