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Why A Broadway Show Is Worth Your Attention

Why A Broadway Show Is Worth Your Attention

Live-action plays used to be a popular go-to for an evening out on the town. People would dress up, have a nice dinner, and head off to see their favorite stars in a live show.

With the rise of the modern motion picture, convenience, price, and digestibility drew audiences away from the stage. While theatre remained a staple of American culture, it took a step backstage.

Despite how engaging an action movie can be, it’s important to show those who grew up with films how thrilling plays can be. Each one is a unique experience. Actors may mess up, improvise a new line, or deliver one differently.

Engaging with a Broadway show requires complete dedication. The audience walks in and is immediately captured by the atmosphere. You will get shunned for cell phone usage. Failing to give your full attention to the show is looked down on. While people don’t like interruptions during a movie, they are more tolerated than any during a live play. Especially a Broadway play.

Not every play is worth your time and money, and shows are expensive. If you’re going to a Broadway show, little risk is involved. These experiences went through a multitude of showings and criticisms to make it to the top. While expensive, the talent is worth the price.

That’s not to mention how dramatic a play is. Movies capture audiences with meticulous portrayals of drama. A play is a realistic reenactment of a story. There is no editing. There is no manipulation of events. It’s you and the actors. The script must shine if the show is to succeed. Actors, props, and set design are important, but these fall apart without the script to hold them together.

A big Broadway draw is also the city of New York. A cultural centerpiece, it’s not uncommon for audiences to explore the city after curtains close. The ever-popular Times Square is a big draw, with Broadway leading right into it.

Variety is a big draw as well. Tons of tried-and-true plays show for years. They go until audiences become sick of them, meaning there’s little rush to get out to New York and see one. In fact, some musicals go on tour and can be seen in your city. The recent Hamilton being a prime example.

A Broadway show exudes a certain kind of passion you will experience nowhere else. Being in a room with lifelong performers is a feeling like no other, and is quite inspiring. Most plays include lots of music, meaning those who lean away from traditional performances can still find something to enjoy. These actors commit to doing their shows multiple times a week and seeing them give their all never gets old.

Some may argue you can replace a Broadway musical with a concert. That is simply not true. While both have a focus on music, concerts lean towards production and a light show to keep audiences engaged. The talent is still there, but musicals have a pure factor about them. It’s unusual to see people dancing around and singing without direct instrumental accompaniment. An orchestrated score still plays, but seeing the actors engage with the music in new ways is something anyone who appreciates art should experience.

A Broadway show is an occurrence like no other. The combination of live music, acting, and the respect of an attentive audience lead to an unmatched event worthy of anyone’s attention. No, they aren’t edited masterpieces designed to appeal to the masses. Nor are they a representation of a perfectly presented piece. Broadway shows are real, flawed, beautiful interpretations of a writers vision. They deserve the consideration that’s been lost as modern film has taken over, and they are a rewarding escapade for anyone willing to give them a chance.

The Exciting Theater

The Exciting Theater

The theater is one of the most exciting venues for entertainment. Whether you’ve grown up loving Broadway style musicals, or you’ve never seen a show in your life, the theater is always an exciting event. But a lot of people avoid the bigger shows because of the difficulty of getting cost effective tickets. If you’re a fan of going out and seeing a show, this is not a reason to stay home. Here are a few easy tips that you can use to make getting tickets to your next show a lot easier.

Don’t Rely on Just the Box Office

When you buy tickets to a concert, you have no problem thinking of using other websites to buy tickets. Most people have used sites like StubHub and SeatGeek for years for concerts and other events, but when it comes to the theater, there’s still a tendency to rely on the box office. Yes, this is where tickets start, but it’s not the only place that tickets can be bought. Tickets will almost always sellout quickly at the box office for the big name shows, but this doesn’t mean that they are sold out everywhere. Use these resources, and suddenly you will find that you have many more opportunities to go to the theater than you ever thought you would have, even for the big shows.

Don’t Be Afraid to Search for Deals

Third party ticket sites are like any other kind of business. They need to make a profit. But one of the ways that they can do that is by creating customer loyalty. This often involves the use of promotions, discounts, or other types of deals. Look around on the internet, and you will find that the big ticket sites often have coupon codes or other deals for you to take advantage of. Do some research, and you will find it a lot easier to save money. You might not save that cash right now, but there are always rewards programs out there that will save you money over the long haul. Use these, and you will spend a lot less cash over the course of time. It’s well worth the effort that you spend searching around. And don’t forget to check out the offers that sites have for those individuals that buy a lot of tickets at once.

You Can Sell Tickets

Sometimes, you might find that you have theater tickets, but you can’t go see the show. Just like how you can buy tickets, you can sell your tickets online, too. Now, when you do something like this, you need to look at your motives. Are you trying to make a profit on your tickets? It’s possible to do this, but it is very hard to do so. Or, are you just hoping to recoup some of the cash that you spent on tickets in the first place? If this is the case, then you are in luck. Third party sites are great for this.

Big Name Shows Don’t Need to Be Big Expenses

Let’s say you want to go see the hottest new show on Broadway, but you can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on a single seat. Even if this is all that the box office has left available to the public, third party sites often have discounted tickets that are being offered at a promotion price, or just were bought up quickly when they first went on sale. These tickets are completely legitimate, and they can give you access to an amazing experience. Just be sure to go through a site that is reputable and guarantees their tickets. It’s never a bad idea to be cautious when it comes to your money.

Greatest plays on Broadway of 2017

Greatest plays on Broadway of 2017

Last season of Broadway that ended in May, brought more than 13 million visitors in the theatres of one of the most famous neighborhoods in New York. Some of the shows were very popular, some were less. Some of the shows are well known to the public, and some were new and needed to make a breakthrough in the world of the theater.

The new season started this September. Some of the plays continue to run in the new season with great success, and some got canceled. If you’re planning to visit Broadway soon but you’re not sure what to watch, here are four plays that we think are great.

The Phantom of the Opera

It’s not accidental that this show is the first on our list. If you haven’t seen it, and you consider yourself in love with theatre, you must do it right away. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest running play in Broadway history. It’s been on stage since 1988 and if this is not enough to convince you, then the awards might. This show has 7 Tony Awards, a lot of others, and the theater is always full of spectators.

The Phantom of the Opera is based on the novel by Gaston Leroux in which the main character, The Phantom is a former deformed conjuror who is writing plays for his loved Christine, a rising star of the Paris Opera. When another person starts sharing romance with her, the Phantom is outraged and starts killing people in the Opera House.

Theatre: Majestic
Price: From $45
Cast: James Barbour, Ali Ewoldt, Rodney Ingram, Michelle McConnell…

Hamilton

Hamilton has received critics like revolutionary and the play of the decade. It started last season and became one of the most popular shows on Broadway instantly. The mash-up of acting, hip-hop elements, and pop music is incredible and the public obviously loves it because last year the shows were almost all sold out and the play won a ton of awards, including the prestigious Tony for best musical.

Hamilton is based on the life of one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, Alexander Hamilton. In the play, Hamilton is portrayed as a both good and bad person. It is not a glorification of one of the most influential persons for creating the States as we know them now, but more like a regular man with flaws. Like all of us.

Theatre: Richard Rodgers
Price: From $285
Cast: Javier Munoz, Daniel Breaker, Lexi Lawson, Mandy Gonzales, Bryan Terrell Clark…

The Book of Mormon

From the creators of South Park combined with the music master behind Frozen comes the comedy musical called The Book of Mormon.  The script was written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the music was composed by Robert Lopez. It is on Broadway from 2011 and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down. The crowd loves this play and the 9 Tony awards prove that.

The Book of Mormon is a play about two Mormon missionaries who go to Africa trying to convert the local people to their religion but find it harder than they thought it would be because the people there are hungry and poor. Through songs and great dialogues, the actors will win your heart and certainly draw a smile on your face.

Theatre: Eugene O’Neill
Price: From $99
Cast: Nic Rouleau, Brian Sears, Kim Exum, Stephen Ashfield, Billy Eugene Jones.

A Bronx Tale

Remember the movie from the 90’s where Robert De Niro is taking on the neighborhood mob boss to win the trust of his son Calogero? Well now it’s on Broadway and De Niro is the Co-Director of the play together with Jerry Zaks. The everyday life in the Bronx is now turned into a musical where the crowd laughs and cries on the emotional scenes at the same time.

This is a play about a little boy who is torn between the teachings of life of his father Lorenzo and the lectures from the mafia boss Sonny. It’s a play about the values of life, the love of the family, and respect.

Theatre: Longacre
Price: From $45
Cast: Richard H. Blake, Nick Cordero, Bobby Conte Thornton.