‘Cabaret’ Opens and ‘Aladdin’ Reviews are In


Cabaret began previews last night. The long awaited revival of the classic show is starring Alan Cummings and Michelle Williams. Cummings is reviving his role as the Emcee for which he won a Tony Award in 1998. This show marks the Broadway debut of Michelle Williams who plays Sally Bowles.

Cabaret is running at the Studio 54 Theatre and will play a limited run until August 31, 2014. The orchestra is set up with tables of 4 for seating to resemble a nightclub. Prices are running between $47 – $362 on the show’s official website at Roundabout Theater. Discounts aren’t being found at this point. This might be a tough show to get tickets for as the months go on.

Aladdin, Disney’s new entry onto Broadway, opened on Thursday night to a string of very fine reviews. Last week, before this all occured, the average ticket price clocked in at $74.25. Look for that to go up as it ran at 100% attendance. Broadway Box has moved it to their Hot shows category meaning discounts aren’t there. The show is playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre which seats just about 1,800 people.

Running a quick check through on the site for tickets, availability for the next few weeks is very tight and for some shows, completely sold out. The one ticket found in the last row of the theater was $56 not counting TicketMaster fees. A $140 – $145 price is being shown on their pricing scale but those aren’t always accurate.

Watch for Disney to eventually do some nice family and group pricing for this show. But it could remain high priced pre-Tony Awards and in the months where tourist are willing to pay better the better prices.

“Beautiful the Carole King Musical” Opens the Spring Season of Shows

beautiful The first of New Broadway shows for the Spring 2014 season opened on Sunday, Jan. 12. Beautiful The Carole King Musical celebrated Opening Night at the Sondheim Theater on W. 43rd Street.

As indicated by its title, Beautiful tells the story of how Carole King came into her own as a songwriter and performer. The story starts back in the late 1950’s when Carole was just 16 years old but already writing music. As she got older, the story of how she and her husband, Gerry Goffin, became a song writing team is told. She wrote numerous songs for some big acts in rock’n’rock and the catalog includes such hits as “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” and “Up on the Roof” among many others. The show concludes with her own entry as a performer as the world famous “Tapestry” album was being enjoyed by so many of her generation.

L-R: Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, and Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus 2013
L-R: Jeb Brown as Don Kirshner, Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin, Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Jarrod Spector as Barry Mann, and Anika Larsen as Cynthia Weil. Photo: Joan Marcus 2013

To see what the critics had to say about the show, visit this Review Roundup on www.BroadwayWorld.com. To summarize, there are mixed reactions to the show but a basic enjoyment of the musical aspects presented.

Learn more about the show at the official website of beautifulonbroadway.com. Full priced tickets are available through this site. As of yesterday, discounts were not showing up easily if at all.