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Mamma Mia Tickets – Meet the Writers and Producers

June 3, 2014

Do you love ABBA and musicals? Then it only makes sense for you to have some Mamma Mia tickets in your hot hands. Before you hit the theater for one of the most entertaining shows of the last 20 years, bide your time with boning up on your “Mamma Mia!” facts.

In March of 1999, “Mamma Mia!” opened in front of a paid audience in London’s West End before making its way to Broadway and other stages around the world. The musical world never looked back. Here then is a breakdown of the iconic show’s writers and producers.

Judy Craymer

Ms. Craymer is most well-known for her work producing the hit show, “Mamma Mia!,” but she has also produced many other shows since the aforementioned show’s debut. Judy met up with songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in 1983 just as ABBA’s Gold album was reaching the top of the UK charts. While the songwriters weren’t that enthusiastic at the time, they worked with her. In 1997, Ms. Craymer also recruited Catherine Johnson to write the book for the musical.

Judy Craymer is also responsible for producing the “Spice Girls Musical,” among others. She’s known in the musical theatre community as being both fearless and creative in anything she sets out to do.

Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson

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Wicked Tickets – 4 Reasons To See It On Broadway Before It Hits the Silver Screen

June 2, 2014

The Broadway musical “Wicked” has “The Wizard of Oz” enthusiasts and others raving over the spectacular performances. You’ve probably toyed with the idea of buying tickets to see what everyone else is making such a fuss about. However, can’t you just wait until the movie comes out?

Trust us. You shouldn’t wait until the film comes out. Not sure if you should grab your Wicked tickets now or wait? Consider these four reasons you should see “Wicked” while it’s still on Broadway.

1. The Many Awards “Wicked” Won Make it Worth Seeing

If your friends have raved about the show, they have good reason to, and countless award organizations agree. The musical lays claim to over 50 awards, including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards. Entertainment Weekly calls “Wicked” the, “Best Musical of the Decade,” and Variety deems it, “A Cultural Phenomenon.” Even The New York Times calls it “Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster.”

This recognition alone should tell you a bit about how incredible the show is. However, just because the Broadway show has earned awards doesn’t mean the film will perform as well. That’s why it’s a good idea to see it now before you lose the chance to witness the magic that made the show so popular.

2. It’s an Extraordinary Learning Experience for Children

While children under five are not permitted to enter the show’s home theater, bringing your children ages eight and up is a great idea. Taking your children to see the musical live will give them an experience you can’t recreate in the movie theater or at home. With this experience, children gain insight into a side of entertainment they’re not used to seeing.

And the best part? “Wicked” is a great show for children that many respond to much like a Disney or Pixar film. Plus, most of the songs feature a pop beat, so children are more likely to enjoy the music without getting bored.

3. You Can’t Recreate the Set On-Screen

Plays and musicals often feature sets nothing like those in movies because film creators can film a new scene in a different location. “Wicked” is one of the most prominent exceptions. With changing backgrounds, you’ll feel like you’ve actually stepped into a new location, which gives the production added value. Plus, the actors fly at times, creating such a realistic experience that you might really believe you’re in Oz. Seeing the set on-stage will leave you in awe, but you won’t see these costumes, backgrounds, and special effects if you wait for the film version.

4. It Makes a Better Date Night

You’ve likely gone on many movie dates, but how many times have you taken your date to a Broadway musical? Given that the experience is much different, it gives you and your date the chance to experience something new — even when you can’t think of a better date night than visiting a theater. Plus, it allows you both to appreciate the world of live performance.

If you decide to venture to the theater for what’s sure to be an incredible experience, buy tickets at Scorebig, where you’ll find reasonably priced options.

Kinky Boots – The Story of the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein Musical

May 30, 2014

Whether you’re a fan of Cyndi Lauper, musicals, or great shoes, you’ll find that Kinky Boots tickets can meet your needs. With a star-studded team and a true life story, this is one musical you simply must see.

The True Story Behind “Kinky Boots”

“Kinky Boots” is based on the true story of the W.J. Brooks Shoe Company. Owner Steve Pateman rejuvenated a tired footwear line with alluring boots for both men and women, known as the Divine line. Pateman defined himself as something of an exhibitionist, eager to shock people. His racy footwear line was inspired by a fetish shop called Laces in Folkestone. In 2005, the story became a movie with the title “Kinky Boots.”

Bringing “Kinky Boots” to the Stage

Harvey Fierstein approached Cyndi Lauper about turning the story of “Kinky Boots” into a musical. Though others tried for the job, Fierstein felt that their pieces were coming off too cabaret, without the original touch that the musical needed. Free at the time, Lauper agreed to do it and a stellar team was born. Grammy and Emmy winner Cyndi Lauper served as the composer and lyricist for the musical. Harvey Fierstein, author of hits like “Newsies” and the “Torch Song Trilogy,” wrote the book.

The Musical Adaptation of “Kinky Boots”

Though the core of the story is true, the musical and movie adaptations added some new elements that would help create an engaging and theatrical tale. The main character, Charlie Price, gets his inspiration for the kinky boots from a drag queen named Lola. While Price is more conservative, it’s Lola who brings the spark of creativity and inspiration that’ll ultimately the save the shoe company.

An Interesting Team and an Unforgettable Musical

Cyndi Lauper was a newcomer to the art of composing for a musical. She began with the most difficult number – the introduction. She would later shrug off the accomplishment saying, “ignorance is bliss.” Not knowing how challenging that piece was, she jumped in and took on the task with enthusiasm.

Lauper and Fierstein would bounce ideas off one another regularly as they put together the musical. Lauper was often hesitant about having dialogue worked into her songs. She felt that if a song included too much dialogue, she wouldn’t do her job right, so she reworked the pieces according to this philosophy.

Building an Emotional Story

Though the true story behind “Kinky Boots” is more about marketing and financial success for a shoe business, the tale as it plays out on the stage is one of self-discovery. An unlikely partnership turns into an inspiring story of success against adversity. Unlike many composers, Lauper wrote the music for each character, giving them strong and unique voices to tell their unforgettable tale. In many places, the signature stylings of Lauper are obscured entirely by the character’s own personalities.

If you’re looking for a musical that’ll shake things up and leave you smiling, “Kinky Boots” is an obvious choice. Buy tickets at Scorebig and you can enjoy this unforgettable and inspiring musical for a low price.

Mamma Mia Tickets – Performing in the Broadhurst Was A Step Up

May 29, 2014

Mamma Mia tickets are more prized than ever before, as the ABBA musical settles into its new home in the Broadhurst Theater. Its November 2013 move from the Winter Garden Theater to the heart of Broadway marked a real coming-of-age for the international smash show.

The Move Gives the Show Security

The show’s recent move to the Broadhurst Theater gives the production — currently the 10th longest-running Broadway show –some extra security. The new theater is in the heart of Broadway, and that enviable location has helped many of its previous productions succeed.

Les Miserables intended to play for just six months when it opened in October 2006, but the season was actually extended to 15 months. Amadeus clocked an impressive 1,181-show run in the theater from 1980, and crowds flocked to see Cabaret there 1,165 times from 1966.

“I’m thrilled that we have this opportunity to move Mamma Mia! to the Broadhurst Theatre in the heart of Times Square,” affirmed the show’s creator and producer Judy Craymer. “As we celebrate 12 years and 5000 performances in New York, I’m thrilled that The Shubert Organization has created this timely opportunity, which will allow us to present Mamma Mia! to delight audiences on Broadway for many years to come.”

The Broadhurst is a Step Up

The show’s old home in the Winter Garden Theater was nice enough, but it was a bit isolated far down on 7th Avenue. The theater would also be left without a show for months at a time, which didn’t exactly inspire confidence.

On moving to the Broadhurst, “Mamma Mia” truly became part of New York’s theater community. It’s a stone’s throw from Times Square and Broadway’s other big theaters; its steady stream of shows reflect that. Whenever one came to a close, there was always another keen to take its place. The Broadhurst is in demand, so audiences know that when a show plays there it’s one of Broadway’s best.

It’s also a wonderful place to see a show, with a wide auditorium that offers unobstructed views of the stage from every seat. The Broadhurst seats 1,186, an ideal number because it lets patrons know they’re seeing a major production without sacrificing intimacy. It’s a little smaller than the Winter Garden, but that’s a real plus for the audiences.

The Show Sounds Better

A new custom audio equipment package to celebrate the show’s move to the Broadhurst ensures it sounds better than ever.

Leading theatrical audio firm, Masque Sound, installed a substantial speaker package to ensure every seat enjoys a premium listening experience. The production also upgraded its old Cadac analog console to a digital one and strengthened its front of house mix. The Masque Sound team also worked hard to ensure there were no signal interference issues between the neighboring theaters.

Masque Sound’s work ensures the songs of ABBA featured in “Mamma Mia” sound crisper and more vibrant.

Even if you’ve seen “Mamma Mia” during its 12-year reign, it’s worth buying tickets at Scorebig and enjoying a second helping. It’s an entirely different experience in Broadway’s beloved Broadhurst.

Wicked Tickets – How Genius Composer Steven Schwartz Stole The Show

May 28, 2014

The accolades seem to never end for the smash hit musical Wicked — four Audience Awards; six Drama Desk Awards; one Grammy Award; three Tony Awards. Less than a year ago, the show also surpassed Miss Saigon to become the 11th longest-running show in Broadway history. With such success, it’s no wonder that people around the world clamor for Wicked tickets when the show visits their area.

What might surprise you, though, is that the man behind this brilliant show, Stephen Schwartz, happened upon the idea quite accidentally while on the verge of leaving Broadway forever. The story of how Wicked then came to be is as magical as the show itself.

The Man Behind the Masterpiece

Originally from New York, Stephen Schwartz attended Carnegie-Mellon University, where he wrote a show that would soon dazzle Broadway — Godspell. The show first appeared on Broadway in 1971, when Schwartz was just 23. He also enjoyed success with Pippin, but then experienced a litany of misfortunes that culminated in the early 1990s. Discouraged, Schwartz was ready to leave Broadway behind for good when a simple twist of fate changed everything.

The Inception of Wicked

In 1996, singer-songwriter John Bucchino invited the disheartened Schwartz to vacation with him in Hawaii; Schwartz agreed. While in Hawaii, the two men went sailing with John’s friend Holly Near. Serendipitously enough, Holly brought up the book she was reading, a novel entitled Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, and explained its story line to her two companions. Immediately, Schwartz conceived the idea of the Wicked musical.

An Uphill Battle

Schwartz knew he had a solid idea for an adaptation, but he hit a bump in the road when he found out that the novel’s author, Gregory Maguire, had already sold the rights to Universal. Universal planned to make a feature film out of the novel. Determined to secure the rights for a stage production, Schwartz flew to Connecticut to convince Maguire, who agreed. Schwartz then also managed to persuade and recruit Universal producer Marc Platt to become a joint producer of Wicked.

The Creative Culmination

With the rights in hand, Schwartz put together a creative team of producers, director Joe Mantello, choreographer Wayne Cilento, and Emmy-Award-winning writer Winnie Holzman. The team worked tirelessly translating the book’s plot into a musical, and the show first played at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco in May of 2003. In response to critics, the team then reworked the story line, music, and character prominence. As close as possible to perfection, Wicked debuted on Broadway in October of 2003.

If for no other reason, you have to buy Wicked tickets at Scorebig just so you can see the end product of years and years of work. And don’t hesitate: the motion-picture adaptation is allegedly hitting theaters in the next few years, and everyone knows how Hollywood embellishes and alters. As you take in the show live, just remember you wouldn’t be in the chair you’re in if it hadn’t been for that one fateful boat trip and a simple conversation.

Jersey Boys Tickets – How Broadway Connects to New Generations

May 27, 2014

Music in America has come a long way from the harmonizing notes of groups like the Four Seasons; however, fans across multiple generations are buying Jersey Boys tickets to enjoy the songs and swoon over Frankie Valli. Indeed, there’s a new breed of Broadway shows out there: musicals that appeal to millennials. Here’s why young people love Broadway shows.

Classic Motifs and Stories Never Go Out of Style

“Jersey Boys” begins with one of the hottest selling French singles in 2000, “Ces soirées-là.” It’s a cover of the Four Seasons’ 1967 song, “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night).” The song is about a man losing his virginity and the instant attraction he felt upon seeing a woman. Love — or lust — at first sight is a story that never goes out of style and can be found in most Broadway musicals.

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Wicked Tickets – Show Has Managed to Yield 1000% Returns for Investors

May 26, 2014

Theatergoers who buy Wicked tickets will enjoy an evening full of magic, friendship, and deep human truths that can only be expressed through fantasy. For more than ten years, the Broadway show has captivated audiences of all ages and backgrounds with its enduring story, sense of humor, and memorable music.

Investors in the show have reaped huge returns, and it does not look like the thrill ride of success for Wicked is likely to end anytime soon. What is behind the musical’s success? Does it really live up to all the hype?

Numbers Speak Volumes

From a business perspective, the show is an unqualified treasure trove. In its first ten years on stage, it sold nearly $800 million in tickets and entertained more than 7 million people. In an industry where most shows fade into obscurity after a season or two, this isn’t a feat to scoff at. Wicked’s success has made it into the 12th-longest-running show on Broadway. When people talk about great Broadway shows, it gets mentioned along with timeless stories like The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera.

One investor commented, “Ever since we recouped [in 2005], I’ve made between 85% and 100% returns a year. Last year, I got 110%.”

Ticket sales are not the only source of revenue for the show. License fees and satellite shows also make a large contribution to Wicked’s monetary success.

A Story that Touches Hearts

Perhaps the primary reason behind the show’s success is its story, which holds universal appeal. People who grew up loving The Wizard of Oz and people who crave new spins on old tales appreciate Wicked.

Wicked’s story focuses on the witches from The Wizard of Oz, relating how Glinda and the Wicked Witch were dear friends and how the Wicked Witch did not really deserve her unappealing title. With humor and beautiful music, the story explores themes such as friendship, love, the nature of good and evil, and making sacrifices for what really matters.

Commenting on the story’s wide appeal, Jorge Chacheiro, who chairs the performing arts program at Pace University, said, “It’s the Ugly Duckling story set on its head, and we can all relate to that.”

Some of the show’s most beloved songs include “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” “For Good,” and “No Good Deed.”

Tickets that are Worth the Investment

Of course, it takes more than brilliant production, talented actors, and a beautiful story for a show to make it to the top. Higher than average ticket prices have also played a role in making Wicked into Broadway royalty. When the show opened in 2003, the average ticket cost $66. At the end of 2013, that number had climbed to $120, an increase of 82%.

When theatergoers invest in Wicked tickets, they invest in a rich and memorable experience, and it is worth the money. Wanting to get a taste of Wicked, however, does not condemn you to paying box office prices. If seeing this spectacular show is on your to do list, check out Scorebig before you look anywhere else for tickets. Scorebig always sells tickets at below box office prices, so you can get a wicked good deal on seeing a wicked good show.

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