After spending 2012 away from the stage, Michael Buble is back with a new tour in support of his latest album, To Be Loved, and initial onsales are this Friday and Monday. The ever-popular Buble will visit 40 cities on this tour, including stops in Indianapolis, IN; Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, NC; and San Diego, CA. The tour's U.S. concerts are scheduled to begin on September 7 at Chicago's United Center. They will end on November 30 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
Released on April 22, To Be Loved has proven to be yet another hit, debuting at the top of the Billboard 200. This is Buble's fourth straight album to do so. It also debuted at number one in Buble home country Canada, the fifth time it has done so there.
Other onsales this week include Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Tour, which has another seven concerts on sale this Friday. If your city isn't up this week and hasn't gone up yet, never fear as there are more onsales next Friday, May 24. Also, Christmas has come early for fans of the Radio City Rockettes. You didn't misread that — all 200+ Radio City Christmas Spectacular shows are onsale this coming Tuesday, May 21.
Finally, the Backstreet Boys are back. As we reported earlier this week, they're following up on their successful tour with New Kids on the Block in 2011 with their very own 25-date tour during the second half of the summer. The In a World Like This Tour will begin on August 2 at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago and end on September 8 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Wheatland, CA. Jesse McCartney and Jersey Shore's DJ Pauly D will join them. Initial onsales are on Friday and Saturday.
This week, Justin Timberlake is back on the onsales radar, with nine new concerts on sale this coming Monday. The pop and R&B icon is staying busy throughout the year with a second new tour in the fall and winter, in support of his latest album The 20/20 Experience. Timberlake, who is also going on tour during July and August with Jay-Z, is wasting little time before heading back on the road again during the end of the year.
The tour's U.S. dates, which are split roughly evenly between November, December, and January, kick off on November 13 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. The tour is currently slated to end on February 10, 2014 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE. However, it is possible that more dates will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more information.
Fans of The Beatles will get a chance to hear some of their iconic music on stage. Let It Be, a musical currently playing in London's West End, will transfer to Broadway for a limited summer run.
More than 40 of The Beatles' biggest songs, like "Hey Jude," "Twist and Shout," and the title song, "Let It Be," will all be part of the production that originally opened to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary. The show will continue to run in London, with NYC previews beginning July 16 at St. James Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for July 24, with a closing date of Dec. 29.
Sutton Foster and Jesse Tyler Ferguson announced the 2013 Tony Award nominations early this morning. Snagging the most nominations were Matilda the Musical, Kinky Boots, and Pippin, the last of which had been open on Broadway for all of five days.
A full list, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, is behind the jump.
If you ever thought "Rocky" wouldn’t work as a theatrical musical, apparently you were… wrong? The stage adaptation, developed by Sylvester Stallone, who wrote and starred in the original film, had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany, back in November 2012. It received positive reviews, particularly for its staged boxing sequences and "gritty realism". Now Rocky is slated to move to the Great White Way in February 2014 at the Winter Garden Theater.
Zachary Quinto, who some might know from his acting role on NBC's "Heroes" or his revival of Spock in the "Star Trek" film franchise, will also head to Broadway. Quinto will star in Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie, which will open Sept. 26, 2013. Although Quinto was recently recognized for his off-Broadway performance in Angels in America, this will be his Broadway debut.
Meanwhile, last week rumors began to swirl that Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"; "The Dark Knight Rises") would be making her Broadway debut in a revival of Cabaret. Hathaway's rep quickly shut down those rumors, and now many are saying Emma Stone ("Easy A"; "The Amazing Spider-Man") will fulfill that role instead. Nothing is confirmed, but whoever is selected will star opposite Alan Cumming, who is currently doing a one-man performance of Macbeth at Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
So who are you most excited about seeing? Emma Stone? Spock? Or Rocky?