One of my favorite people to talk theater with is my dear friend Alex. We started following each other on Twitter a year or two ago and then ran into each other in person at my favorite Broadway event, the annual Flea Market. We hit it off instantly and knew our theater obsession would lead to a wonderful friendship. Today, I’m thrilled to present to you my guest blogger, Alex! If you like what you see (which, I know you will) check out his blog at http://www.nrnwtheater.com. Enjoy!

 

As we often do, your girl Broadway News and I are always discussing new Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Heck, we even see one, two or seven every now and then. And if there is one epiphany that we have had recently, it is this…THERE ARE, LIKE, 20 SHOWS OPENING THIS FALL.

 

Mind you, that’s a good thing. Especially in light of some 12 or 13 shows closing in the last three months (we miss Priscilla, *sniff*). Of the many shows opening, here’s a mere sampling of the who and what we have our eyes on. And we hope some discount and/or rush opportunities will avail themselves to us money-loving folk. Because we really do heart money, despite our penchant for spending it. A lot.

 

Detroit – Playwrights Horizons, Opens on September 18th 

 

Playwrights Horizons has been on role lately. They debuted Clybourne Park, which just went on to win “Best Play” at this year’s Tony Awards. Also, Broadway News and I loved the minimalist gem that was Leslye Headlund’s Assistance.

 

Detroit – a character study of what the term “neighbor” means in this day an age – has two names that stand out. David Schwimmer, whom as you know, Broadway News might even be a bigger F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan then me (*hint* she isn’t) [*he’s wrong. -BN] and Amy Ryan, a Tony and Oscar-nominee whom has made her mark in television and movies as a superb actress. Put it all together and I we will be putting my Playwright’s Horizons membership to good use.

 

If There Is, I Haven’t Found It Yet – The Laura Pels Theatre, Opens on September 20th

 

If There Is…, a story about a bullied, overweight teenager transferring to the school where her mother teaches just as her uncle comes into the picture, debuted to rave reviews around three years ago at the Bush Theater in England, going as far as to win the George Divine Award. Convinced yet? If that doesn’t moisten your lips, the talented Jake Gyllenhaal will be making his American-stage debut playing the corky uncle. Our tickets are already purchased (a rarity for us) and if you are interested, you might want to whip out the plastic right now.

 

Grace – Cort Theater, Opens on October 4th

 

Broadway News and I are comedy people and like the Cort Theater’s previous inhabitant, The Lyons, Grace is serving up dark comedy for dinner with a side of depth as we witness a couple running around Florida trying to open up a chain of gospel-motels. It also boosts one of the more interesting casts, with Paul Rudd at the helm alongside Kate Arrington, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner. For those of us under the age of 50, Asner was the voice of Carl Fredrickson from “Up.” You know what that means? We should give him balloons at the stage door.

 

Running on Empty – Richard Rodgers Theater, Opens on October 9th

 

Anyone in the mood for standup? Because Lewis Black, last seen on Broadway in Black on Broadway, is one hilarious comedian and he is taking his touring show to the Richard Rodgers Theater for a week. Known to dabble in government and politics, you know he has all the material in the world with the current presidential election. Not to be missed, for sure…

 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Studio 54, Opens on November 13th

 

Anyone else in the mood for murder mystery musical theater based on the Charles Dicken novel? How about a murder mystery musical production that has won Best Musical, Book and Score in the past? Pair that with a cast including Stephanie J. Block, Chita Rivera, Will Chase, Jessie Mueller, and Betsy Wolfe – you know, amongst others – and we have a trip to the Victorian era worth making.

 

Dead Accounts – Music Box Theater, Opens on November 29th

 

In the “one of these names is not like the other” game, we have a Theresa Rebeck-written show directed by Jack O’Brien starring Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz. Don’t make me say it…because it is glaringly obvious. Broadway News and I took a huge liking to Rebeck’s last outing on Broadway, the fantastic Seminar. Jack O’Brien only has won like 3 Tonys or something, one of which being a musical you might have heard of, called Hairspray. Norbert Leo Butz is a Broadway staple churning out solid work season after season and even worked with O’Brien on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which non-coincidentally, gave Butz his first of two Tony awards. Hey, we’ll take the phenomenal with the Holmes…there, I said it.

 

Bare: A Pop Opera – New World Stages, Opens on December 9th

 

Of everything else coming out this Fall, Bare is probably what I am most excited for. The show has had a cult following since its debut in California over a decade ago.nAn opera with a rock musical score filled to the brim with timely, teenage issues and featuring a young, talented cast? Count us in…right in the mold of Spring Awakening and not a moment too soon.

Theater Ink

August 14, 2012

Theater has a way of striking a chord in us. Truly great theater leaves a lasting impression on our hearts and keeps us thinking about what we witnessed long after we go home. There are some shows that really stick with us and even change us. Some can have such an affect on us that we are compelled to declare our love permanently; to always have a piece of it be a part of us.

Tattoos are a major form of self-expression [but if you try to convince me that the multicolored butterfly above your ass is an expression of your freedom, I will laugh right in your face]. I asked my lovely twitter followers at @bwaynews to send me pictures of their tattoos and what it means to them, why they got it in the first place…

Addie shares her love for Wicked:

This is my wicked tattoo. I first saw the show in 2009 (saw it 3x that yr). The whole show holds a special place in my heart. Defy gravity means (to me) not having anyone hold you back, to not let people bring you down. To do what YOU feel like you need to do. To feel comfortable w yourself.

 

 

 

 

The next two are from Marg – both from Priscilla Queen of the Desert:

The first is the iconic symbol of Priscilla…the shoe. And underneath it is Nick Adams signature. I fell in love with Nick the first time I saw the show.  I live in Toronto and saw the show 6 times here..and then traveled to NY many times and ended up seeing the show 29 times. I went to the last show on Broadway and it was such an emotional weekend. 
Nick is the most talented Broadway performer I have ever seen and on top of that he is such a special and generous person.


The other tattoo is the silhouette of the 3 main characters on top of Ayers Rock…the completion of their journey to find love and tolerance. My brother and I watched the movie Priscilla a hundred times or more…it was “our” movie. When he passed away from AIDS a few years ago..I wanted a permanent tribute to him and to the show I love so much.

Kaci combined her love for two shows in one tattoo:
This is the tattoo I got about a year ago.  The music notes are Natalie’s part in Light “There will be light” from Next To Normal. I love the message that no matter how tough times get there will always be “light” And one of my biggest “lights” is Next to Normal. Also the music staff is left open because my journey has just began. I have seen N2n 25 times and followed the tour to 4 different cities. I connect on such a deep level that it almost becomes therapy to watch! Never thought a show could impact me so much!  Then above it I have Defy Gravity because sometimes we just have to trust our instincts and leap!  It reminds me that no matter what I control my own destiny.

Nathaly shares her drama masks:
I thought I’d share my theatre masks located on the back of my left wrist. Every time I look at them, they are a simple reminder that I need to continue striving for my goal of being a working actress, and eventually being on Broadway. The imperfections represent the hard work. The time that has passed working and trying to get where I want. I plan on retouching it when I get my first broadway show, symbolizing that I have reached a huge goal.

Sydney shows off her two theater tattoos:
I got this one from  In the Heights in Feb 2009 I believe, soon after it closed. I saw the show over 20 times and those words, Paciencia y Fe, always jumped out at me. My tat is a reminder when I start to lose patience OR faith!
No show has ever affected me more.


From RENT. Words to live by! I had part of another tat covered up, so it seemed like the perfect spot for those words 🙂