If you happen to be in NYC, tomorrow, June 2, 2017 head down to the historic Shubert Alley at 44th street for one of my favorite events of the year Broadway Stars In The Alley. It’s a annual free concert put on by the Broadway Alliance. Featuring performances from over 20 different Broadway shows including Groundhog Day, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Get on Your Feet, School of Rock and more. It’s really just an excuse to have a free public dress rehearsal ahead of next week’s Tony Awards. I’m busing up to NYC to catch this event and will have a bunch of cool interviews. Check out this amazing list of talent that’s going to be on hand.
Chris McCarrell, will star in a brand-new production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical this March at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street). Written by Joe Tracz (Netflix “Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Rob Rokicki (Strange Tails), and directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar), the strictly limited engagement will begin performances on March 23, opening on Tuesday, April 4 and will run through May 6, 2017.
Like all musical theater lovers I’ve been obsessed with Hamilton this year. Primarily because I was offered a chance to see the show during the press previews and I didn’t go because I was too lazy to see it. Now that it’s a worldwide phenom, the press people tell me to go away, whenever I ask for a ticket. I did manage to see it, by chance. I told Director Thomas Kail my Hamilton story and he got a laugh out of it.
Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel was in DC to receive the National Archive Foundation’s Record of the Year Award. We talked a bit about television and his mother’s love of The Fosters (a show I used to be obsessed with), making Broadway more accessible to everyone, politics and there’s a short clip of his Q and A at the end! Also receiving the award was Thomas Kail (Hamilton Director) and Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow. Also on hand were Hamilton Director Thomas Kail and Hamilton Author Ron Chernow.
I think everyone who follows me on Facebook knows of my obsession and story regarding Hamilton. I was offered press tickets during it’s opening run, but was too damn lazy to go up to NYC to see it. Then of course once it exploded I lost my opportunity and my contact was like “Go away you hockey puck!” By pure chance I ended up seeing the show earlier this year. So to say I was excited to get a chance to meet and talk to Lin-Manuel Miranda was an understatement.
The Broadway musical, Bridges of Madison County starts its extended run at The Kennedy Center this week. The show, based on author Robert James Waller’s hugely successful book, which was also adapted into film by Clint Eastwood. This is a story about love won, love lost and the general messiness of life.
One of my favorite events of the years is Broadway’s Stars In The Alley. Every year for the last few years, the Broadway League puts on a free outdoor concert. The 2 hour event is sort of an unofficial dress rehearsal for the Tony Awards and features appearances and performances from over 30 different Broadway shows. The event is held Friday, June 3rd, in the historic Shubert Alley on West 44th, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, rain or shine.
The nice thing is, it’s usually a well organized event and normally starts on time, so get there early! This year’s participants include performances from the cast of Something Rotten, The Color Purple, Get On Your Feet and more. The cast of Hamilton will make an appearance as well, although not performing. Here’s a full list.
Sometimes life makes you feel like you’re stuck. Sometimes it’s your own choices that get you there – the people who spend your time with or the activities where you put your energy that leave you feeling like you have nowhere to go. Other times, it’s other people’s decisions that seem to trap you.
This is going to be a total cluster. In order to even hope to get tickets to Hamilton over a Year away, you pretty much have to subscribe to The Kennedy Center’s Broadway Subscription for the next 2 seasons. That’s several thousand dollars just to see this stupid show. Now to muddle the waters even further.