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Broadway Guide

My first experience with a Broadway show was a little… unique. My mom, grandma, aunt, and I were all going to see The Little Mermaid, but not before making a weekend of it shopping and dining around NYC.

The problem? We hadn’t planned. At all.

We knew our hotel was sort of in the vicinity of where the show was taking place, but it ended there. We did, however, know exactly how to make it to Central Park to take a completely unnecessary, but nonetheless fun, horse and carriage ride.

So imagine our surprise when we left to see the show and we found out the distance to the theater was quite the haul (particularly for my grandma!). We just kept thinking, "Well, it can’t be that much further, right?"

We also didn’t eat beforehand, so when the show got out late, we were hungry. We schlepped to a nearby restaurant, where the wait just to get in was an hour because everyone had the same idea as us. We were ravenous when we finally got to eat. But at least the show was amazing!

Thankfully for you, it’s possible to avoid the pitfalls of not-giving-a-thought-to-how-your-weekend-will-go; we just launched a comprehensive guide to Broadway theaters to help with travel and planning. No, seriously, it basically does everything but the actual traveling for you. (And if we could do that for you, we probably would.)

We’d like to think it comes at a pretty decent time, too. Although February is relatively quiet in terms of new Broadway productions, in just a few short weeks, its season will really begin to take off with Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks, kicking off the month of March with previews. From there, 14 other shows (by my count) will also go into previews, with five Broadway productions officially opening: Cinderella, Ann, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (which is currently Off-Broadway and will be transferring), Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Hands on a Hardbody.

Have I mentioned this is all happening in March?

So now is the perfect time to snag tickets. But it might be a little helpful to peek at the Broadway guide beforehand, or even after purchasing tickets, to find out each theater’s location, a little about its history (so you can sound smart around your friends, duh), a link to nab directions, nearby restaurants and close places to stay.

Like any Disney production, The Little Mermaid was oh-my-gosh incredible; our complete lack of planning totally wasn’t.

You know how everyone talks about how awful it is to be alone around the holidays?

Apparently that fear extends to celebrities, businesses, and even satirical political commentators, as they’ve all decided to join one union or another just in time to have someone (or thing?) to kiss under the mistletoe.

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles

The union of Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles caused an explosion within the tween (and, let’s be honest, teen and adult) blogospheres as the couple was spotted – get this – holding hands. The newly-confirmed relationship provided answers to "who will be the subject of Taylor’s next song?" and "WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ONE DIRECTION RIGHT AT THIS VERY MOMENT?" (caps lock necessary). It broke the hearts of many who wanted to date the superstars themselves, and even caused a few to balk at the age difference between Swift, who will be 23 next week, and Styles, who turned 18 in February. (Fun fact: Styles was born in 1994. Seriously.) Tonight, the two will team up for the Z100 Jingle Ball with Justin Bieber at Madison Square Garden – and there are miraculously still tickets left. All we can say to this is: OMG.

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Fall 2012 Broadway predictions

Broadway Sign

It's nearly September, which means it's time to make some predictions about the upcoming fall Broadway season, which is bringing a lot of different shows to the Great White Way. Check out opening dates and my predictions below.

The Anarchist: Previews Nov. 13, Opens Dec. 2
Patti LuPone and Debra Winger are both acting legends, and they combine with a David Mamet play in this production. Should be a good one, though the show is scheduled for a limited run ending February 17.

Annie: Previews Oct. 3, Opens Nov. 8
This musical first premiered on Broadway in 1977, and it ended up running for almost six years. It's a family favorite, so I think this will do really well.

Chaplin - The Musical: In previews, Opens Sep. 10
I'm not really sure how well this one will do; sure, everyone knows who Charlie Chaplin is, but I'm not sure how many people are clamoring to see him on stage these days.

A Christmas Story: Previews Nov. 6, Opens Nov. 19
So this isn't actually a new show, but it's the first time it's been on Broadway. The classic holiday movie is beloved by many, so I'm guessing the musical version on Broadway will be right up there with the Rockettes and the return of Elf this season.

Cyrano de Bergerac: Previews Sep. 14, Opens Oct. 11
This play has been on Broadway in various productions since 1898, and Broadway heavyweights Douglas Hodge and Patrick Page are lending their skills to the production, so I think this will be a big hit.

Dead Accounts: Previews Nov. 3, Opens Nov. 29
This is a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, who also wrote last year's Seminar. The biggest draw for this show might be the fact that Katie Holmes is making her Broadway return, alongside Norbert Leo Butz (who I, and many other theater fans, love).

Glengarry Glen Ross: Previews Oct. 16, Opens Nov. 11
This David Mamet play has been on Broadway twice before, with moderately successful results. This time, though, Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale are starring in the drama, which ups the ante for sure.

Grace: Previews Sep. 13, Opens Oct. 4
Another star-powered show, with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. Because it's a comedy starring a few great comedians, I think this one will perform well on Broadway this season.

Other New Broadway Shows:
An Enemy of the People: Previews Sep. 4, Opens Sep. 27
Golden Boy: Previews Nov. 8, Opens Dec. 6
The Heiress: Previews Oct. 7, Opens Nov. 1
The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Previews Oct. 19, Opens Nov. 13
The Performers: Previews Oct. 23, Opens Nov. 14
Rebecca - The Musical: Previews Oct. 30, Opens Nov. 18
Scandalous: Previews Oct. 13, Opens Nov. 15
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Previews Sep. 27, Opens Oct. 13

Do you agree with these assessments? What show are you most looking forward to this Broadway season? Tell us in the comments! And for a complete list of current and upcoming Broadway shows, visit TicketNetwork's Broadway page.

 

2012 Tony Award winners

The 66th annual Tony Awards were dominated by Once, which took home eight Tony Awards last night. Host Neil Patrick Harris was hilarious and entertaining as always, and the musical numbers were amazing. A few weeks ago I made my predictions for this year's Tony Award winners; last year I got 14 right, which was pretty awesome; let's see how I did this year:

Best Play

  • What Liz predicted: Venus in Fur
  • Who actually won: Clybourne Park

Best Musical

  • What Liz predicted: Once
  • Who actually won: Once

Best Book of a Musical

  • What Liz predicted: Lysistrata Jones
  • Who actually won: Once

Best Original Score

  • What Liz predicted: Newsies
  • Who actually won: Newsies
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2012 Tony Award predictions

Theatre masks

The Tony Awards are rapidly approaching, with the telecast scheduled for 8/7c on June 10. Since I did pretty well last year, I decided to make some predictions about who will take home the big prizes this year. My predictions are below.

Best Play

  • Nominees: Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher, Venus in Fur
  • Liz's pick: Venus in Fur. I've heard great things about the show, and it also stars Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda.

Best Musical

  • Nominees: Leap of Faith, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once
  • Liz's pick: Anyone notice that this category is almost entirely made up of musicals that were based on movies? I think it'll be a close race between Newsies and Once, but I think Once might squeak by with a win.

Best Book of a Musical

  • Nominees: Lysistrata Jones, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once
  • Liz's pick: Lysistrata Jones. I think this one might come out of the woodwork to win. The plot is hilarious and I'm guessing the book is, too.
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