Theatre Thursday: The Nederlander

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The Nederlander Theatre – 208 W 41st Street

The Nederlander wasn’t always called that, it had several different names including the Nation, the Billy Rose and the Trafalgar up until 1980 when James and Joseph Nederlander bought the theatre and named it their namesake.  In May of the next year, the theatre had one of its most distinguished shows to date, Lena Horne in Lena Horn: The Lady and Her Music.

Over the next few years the Nederlander housed many shows including Raggedy Ann in 1986 and Our Country’s Good in 1989. On April 29, 1996 the show that called the Nederlander its home for 12 years opened, Rent. Rent was a rock opera that dealt with strong subject matters and this theatre couldn’t be more perfect. The Nederlander at the time sat away from the rest of the big Broadway shows, creating this grungy off-beat area for what would soon be the hottest ticket in town.

On September 8, 2008 the cast of Rent closed the curtain one more time and the Nederlander started looking for another play to call them home. They started to vamp up the appearance of the theatre around this time with plush seats and carved wood panels to make way for Guys and Dolls.

After a few plays opening and closing their doors at the theatre, Newsies found their home there in 2012. Originally only opening for limited engagement, that spark that found its way between the Nederlander and Rent was now lit up again five years later.

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Not your average Broadway theatre but much more.

Rent took the Nederlander stage for 12 years.

Today, Newsies called the Nederlander their home.

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Broadway Week is Back in NYC

2-for-1 Broadway Tickets in NYC

Broadway Week is back, NYC! All year long we hunt for cheap Broadway tickets and often come up empty handed, but NYC Broadway Week is always sure to provide the best Broadway discounts around. Buy one, get one tickets to Broadway shows. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Broadway Week begins on Tuesday, January 21 and continues until Friday, February 6, so there’s plenty of time to get in your Broadway fill. This year, some of the best shows on stage are taking part in the promotion including:

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the comedy about a man seeking out a family inheritance by murdering everyone in his path.

Bronx Bombers, a drama about the greatest baseball team in the city, the New York Yankees.

Cinderella, the adaptation of the classic Disney tale staring Carly Rae Jepsen.

Kinky Boots, written by Cyndi Lauper, it’s the tale of a man who tries to save his family’s shoe business by producing sexy footwear.

Two Plays in Rep, featuring No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot, staring Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen.

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And many more!

Tickets are on sale now, and you can order through nycgo.com.

NYC Off-Broadway Week 2013

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It’s showtime in NYC! As you may know, NYC Broadway Week began this past Monday. Well, if Off-Broadway is more of your thing, than pay attention. Off-Broadway Week, which begins on September 23, now has tickets on sale. It’s the same deal as Broadway Week – 2-for-1 tickets – and has some of the best shows that are Off-Broadway, including:

Avenue Q
Avi Hoffman’s Still Jewish After All These Years
The Awesome 80s Prom
Bad Jews
Bayside! The Musical!
The Berenstain Bears in Family Matters, the Musical
Black Angels Over Tuskegee
Blue Man Group
Breakfast With Mugabe
Buyer and Cellar
Cougar the Musical
Cuff Me: The Unauthorized Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody!
Dona Flor y Sus Dos Maridos
En el Tiempo de los Mariposas
The Fantasticks
Fetch Clay, Make Man
Final Analysis
Fuerza Bruta
Gazallion Bubble Show
iLuminare: The Art of Light
It’s Just Sex
La Gringa
La Nena Se Casa
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Me and Jezebel
The Model Apartment
My Big Gay Italian Funeral
My Big Gay Italian Wedding
NYC Dueling Pianos
Perfect Crime
Peter and the Starcatcher
Philip Goes Forth
Piggy Nation The Musical!
Romeo & Juliet
Sistas: The Musical
Tennessee Williams’ Two-Character Play”
THOKOZA in I sing For Freedom
Unbrokwn Circle
Women or Nothing
The wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen
You Never Can Tell

So if you in the mood to see even more theater in New York City, you can buy your Off-Broadway Week tickets here.

Broadway Week Back in NYC

Winter Garden theater

It is once again that time of year.  The time when we get to see our favorite Broadway stars for just a discount of the price.  That’s right, on January 22, Broadway Week returns to the great city of New York!

Seeing a Broadway show is as essential to your New York experience as climbing the Empire State Building or riding a double-decker bus tour.  Well, you can now buy two tickets for the price of one on shows taking place between January 22 and February 7.  Shows include classics like Wicked and The Lion King as well as the Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Once.

To get tickets, head over to the official Broadway Week website before they sell out for your show.  If you’re too late for Broadway Week tickets, you can always buy Broadway Tickets here.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Gary’

New Broadways Shows – Get your tickets now!

New shows are in town just in time for the spring, check’em out! 🙂

Broadway Show Tickets

Voca People
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Death of A Salesman
End of the Rainbow
Newsies
Ghost the Musical
Jesus Christ Superstar

All Aboard the Spider-Fan Bus

Hi! I’m Shannon, the Social Media Specialist for CitySights NY.

The great part about my job is that I’m connected to Social Media platforms 24/7. While scrolling through my Twitter-feed one afternoon, I noticed a really neat @SpideyonBway Twitter contest that only required folks to RT one of their messages.

A few hours later, I received a message that I had won! Yippee! Both myself and a friend were guaranteed spots on the Spider-Fan bus during the Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark Red Carpet event outside Foxwoods Theatre in Times Square.

All aboard the Spider-Fan bus! Photo source: Facebook.com/TurnOffTheDark & Marvel.com

The Red Carpet was SO exciting!

From the top of the double-decker bus, we saw Barbara Walters, Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, Julie Taymor, Bono and The Edge, Cindy Crawford, Steve Martin, Spike Lee, Gayle King and more.

Needless to say, I was a little star-struck. It’s not every day you see your favorite celebrities gathering in the same spot.

Unfortunately Mother Nature was not cooperating that night, but the bus driver was prepared and handed us Spider-fans bright yellow ponchos.

Lindsay (Marketing) and Shannon (Social Media) on the Spider-fan bus.

Do not try this at home, folks.

The original Twitter contest was for 2 spots on the Spider-fan bus, but about an hour into the event, someone made an announcement that we’d all receive free tickets to the show!

Ahhh! Pretty exciting, right?

Overall, the show was INCREDIBLE.

The set design, lighting, stunts and final fight scene gave me chills and are definitely something you need to see on your next trip to New York.

Although I wasn’t a big fan of the songs at first, I will admit I’ve had “Rise Above” by Reeve Carney (Peter Parker) as well as Bono and The Edge on repeat the past week!

Interested in seeing Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark on Broadway? Click here for tickets.

Have you seen the show? What did you think of it?