There’s a reason TV and movie studios are flocking to Broadway. Disney’s venerable stage version of The Lion King has grossed over $1 billion at the theatrical box office, and the touring production now at Washington, DC’s The Kennedy Center will celebrate its 5,000th performance on July 13th, at 1:30pm.
The award for one of the most unique, surreal musical theater experiences of the year has to go the gorgeously staged Kennedy Center production of Side Show : The Musical. This production is from the team that brought us Dreamgirls. Side Show features book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, and is directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon. Sam Davis serves as musical director and arranger and conducts the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and in a nice change of pace, the show is doing an extended residency, playing June 13 – July 14.
The history of DC’s National Theater amazes me sometimes. Did you know that the seminal, classic Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical West Side Story had its world premiere at the venerable theater August 19, 1957 – before it went on to fame and fortune on Broadway?
The Broadway League reported that the 2013-2014 season attendance soared to 12.21 million and grossed $1.27 billion, outselling the combined ticket sales of the 10 surrounding professional sports teams including the Mets, Yankees, Jets and Giants. How is that possible? High profile TV stars who shine as brightly live as they do on screen are attracting tourists from all over the world. Here’s a roundup of TV’s biggest names and where you can find them on Broadway this season.
I’ve always been a fan of the Theme Park musical; they generally put an amazing amount of work into putting these shows together. Busch Gardens brings big time music back to its amazing Globe Theater with its latest production, London Rocks.
They say the 3rd time is the charm and nowhere is that more evident than my experience seeing the wonderfully strange, wacky, comical, and surreal experience known as Blue Man Group. It amazes me that somehow Blue Man Group, founded by entrepreneurs Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton and Chris Wink has been around since 1991 and has been seen by more than 17 million people. How do you describe the indescribable? It’s not a musical, it’s not a play, it’s an experience.
I know you all expected at least one epic meltdown from me. But nope, this year, I had the magical pass that got me into every event without jumping through hoops. So I had a very easy time. One thing is clear: it seems the studios are more interested in unveiling trailers and news on their own terms than giving shows like CinemaCon the prominence it once held; very few exclusives were unveiled at the show.
Cirque Du Soleil’s hugely popular Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour is a spectacle that the late, great Michael Jackson would have been proud of. Featuring an amazing soundtrack of remixed hits, it’s like attending a full-on MJ Concert – complete with a live band, only without the Immortal One himself.
Atlanta native and hip-hop/rapper Ludacris is hitting the stage on April 25 at the Patriot Center at 8 p.m. Bursting onto the music scene in 2000 with his first album that went triple platinum, Ludacris has had several hit singles throughout his career and has appeared in several films, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Crash and Hustle & Flow. His recent album features the current single “Party Girls” featuring Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih and Cashmere Cat.
Ok, this is where I admit that I’m old, not the hipster all one of you may think I am. Starting off as a YouTube sensation, Austin Mahone is blowing up big time. The obvious comparison is Justin Bieber (before he went nuts), but I don’t want to compare. When I saw him at JingleBall 2013 a few months ago, I was astounded by how crazy the 16,000 fans that packed the Verizon Center was for this floppy-haired kid.
David Guetta, one of the biggest producers in the music industry is making a rare appearance in the DC area this weekend, taking over DC’s newest venue, the 30,000 capacity Echostage. Saturday night’s show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday’s party. The two-time-Grammy-winner will hit the stage at DC’s newest and largest concert venue with special guest Showtek at 9 pm. Tickets are $46 and VIP tables start at $1000, seating up to 12 guests. These ticket prices are downright reasonable (not the tables, of course). If you have a table or are getting a table please invite me!