Jessica Phillips to Tour Again as Part of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen

2nd December 2019 | Category: Theater

Stage veteran Jessica Phillips joined the company of the Tony-winning Broadway production of “Dear Evan Hansen,” at the Music Box Theatre on November 26th.

Phillips has replaced Lisa Brescia in her role as Heidi Hansen and will repeat her national touring performance on the upcoming tour. The Broadway alum will begin performances in December 2019.

Jessica Phillips is best known for her role as Sheriff Marla in Alan Menken’s “Leap Of Faith”. She has also appeared on Broadway as Marion in “Priscilla”, as well as “Queen of the Desert”, “Next To Normal” (OBC), “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and “The Scarlet Pimpernel”.

Between 2013 and 2016, Phillips played attorney Pippa Cox in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on NBC and was nominated for Emmy Awards in the category of the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Her other TV appearances include television series “Unforgettable”, “Royal Pains”, and “Elementary”.

In addition to Phillips, Dear Evan Hansen production will welcome more new company members from the show’s first national tour.  This includes Tony nominee Christiane Noll, who will play Cynthia Murphy, Jared Goldsmith as Jared Kleinman, and Phoebe Koyabe as Alana Beck.

Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Michael Greif, is the winner of 6 TONY Awards, including Best Musical and critically acclaimed as “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” It features a music and lyrics by Academy Award, and Tony & Grammy Award-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

When asked why the people should come see “Dear Evan Hansen” on tour, Jessica Phillips said:

“This group is so very special, the performances so incredibly potent, the magic inside the relationships so palpable. Even if you’ve seen the show before, you haven’t taken the ride with us and we’re so proud to bring it to your city!”

So, take it from her, and check out the show in your city. Tickets for all the upcoming performances can be purchased here.

Dear Evan Hansen

Show Date and Time: December 3rd, 2019 – April 11th, 2020

Show Location: Music Box Theatre, New York, NY – Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, Greensboro, NC

The Cher Show Ending Its Broadway Run

28th June 2019 | Category: Theater

The Cher Show, a bio-musical, written by Rick Elice and directed by Jason Moore, is leaving Broadway after the final show on August 18th at the Neil Simon Theatre.

The final show follows a run of 34 previews and 296 regular performances and you can get your tickets right here.

Produced by Cher, Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller, The Cher Show opened on December 3rd and received mixed reviews. It has been slipping at the box office after earning $1 million-plus a week in its first three months.

With the total earning of $32.8 million, which is more than respectable, the producers apparently are looking at diminishing advance sales and cutting their losses before the summer tourist season is over.

The show features Cher at three points of her life, played by Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Broadway newcomer Micaela Diamond, with Jarrod Spector as Sonny Bono.

For her role in the musical, Block won a 2019 Tony Award for best performance by a lead actress in a musical, while Michael Beresse took home his first win for his role as a veteran costume designer Bob Mackie.

Do you believe in life after Broadway?

The Cher Show certainly does since the producers have announced that there will be a national tour kicking off in Rochester, N. Y., in October 2020.

“Telling Cher’s life story on Broadway has been a joy,” said Suarez in a statement. “Watching audiences relive her empowering story through six decades worth of conic songs, movies, costumes and relationships have been incredible. We look forward to taking this inspiring message on the road next year. We are incredibly thankful to this brilliant cast and crew.”

If you want to catch The Cher Show on Broadway, secure your tickets on time by clicking here.

The Cher Show

Show Date and Time: Friday, June 28th, 8 p.m.

Show Location: Neil Simon Theatre, New York

David Byrne Brings American Utopia to Broadway

21st May 2019 | Category: Theater

David Byrne, the former Talking Heads frontman, announced that he will be taking his American Utopia show to Broadway.

The tickets for this show are already available right here.

Byrne’s international American Utopia tour kicked off last year in New Jersey and now, with the help from Alex Timbers and choreographer Annie-B Parson, the show will be adapted for a Broadway run later this year. The performances will take place in the 1,500-capacity Hudson Theatre for 16 weeks (October 14th to January 19th).

Byrne describes the American Utopia show as “untethered” with his band entirely mobile on the stage as he performs songs from his solo career but also tracks from when he was the Talking Heads frontman.

As to how he came up with this brilliant idea, he wrote on his website: “As I was recording the songs for my American Utopia album, it occurred to me that they would be exciting to play live – and I realized that a lot of my older material would fit right in. I imagined a live show…

I pictured a lot of drummers, a kind of drum line/samba school/second line – that would create the rhythms. I had this vision of how exciting that would be – both for me and for an audience.”

The musician also commented that he is looking forward to bringing the show before an audience who is perhaps not familiar with him, or his music.

“I thought to myself that this new context might be good – it might actually help to bring out the narrative arc a little bit more, to make it just a little more explicit,” he said.

Still, he refuses to reveal what he believes the American Utopia is about, other than saying that the title is not ironic.

Prior to the Broadway run of David Byrne’s American Utopia, the audience in Boston will have a chance to see if the show lives up to its title at 1,700-capacity Emerson Colonial Theatre from September 11th to September 28th.

American Utopia

You can find tickets for Boston shows, as well as New York shows, right here.

Show Date and Time: September 11th, 8 p.m.

Show Location: Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston

Only Fools and Horses Musical at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

3rd May 2019 | Category: Theater

The Trotter boys are back, only this time you will see them on stage as Britain’s most popular sitcom has been re-imagined as a musical.

The fans are now given a chance to see the charismatic trio on at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The show debuted in February and has already made a huge success with plenty of sold-out dates throughout 2019. The plan is for the show to run until September 28, but based on the popularity, the audience is hopeful that it will be extended.

More than 20 years and 60 episodes of the show are compressed into a two-hour musical in which we will see characters at a different crossroads in their lives.

Rodney and Cassandra (Pippa Duffy) are making wedding preparations, Boycie (Jeff Nicholson) and Marlene (Samantha Seager) are trying to conceive, and Del Boy goes to a dating agency looking for a “sort” and ends up with Raquel (Dianne Pilkington).

Jim Sullivan, the son of the show’s late creator John has written the musical along with Paul Whitehouse, who plays Grandad in the show with much of the music written together with the late Chas Hodges of Chas & Dave.

So, if you are interested to see whether the Trotter brothers will be millionaires this time next year, you know where you can find your tickets.

Only Fools and Horses Musical

Show Date and Time: Thursday, May 23rd, 7:30 p.m.

Show location: Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, UK

Show Duration: Two hours

Timing is Perfect to Go See The Big Bang Theory Musical Parody

1st April 2019 | Category: Theater

A beloved TV show The Big Bang Theory has made history by becoming the longest-running multi-camera American sitcom with its 276th episode in its final season.

The nerdy comedy is edging closer to its ending, overrunning Cheers in its twelfth season.

This CBS show has gone on to break many records and crush the expectations, becoming one of the most popular TV series today. As the ending nears, it might be the perfect time to turn your attention to The Big Bang Theory Parody – A Pop-Rock Musical Parody running through April at the Anne L. Bernstein Theater at the Theater Center in New York.

Tickets and dates for the show can be found here.

For the last 12 years, a nerdy group of scientists has been looking for love – and answers to space-age theory – but now find their lives turned upside down as their favourite Star Trek character comes to life.

The Big Bang Theory Pop-Rock Parody is a hilarious journey through all things the original show stands for, wrapped in a pop-rock theme. It highlights the gang’s best, the worst and the wildest.

With John McGowan as Sheldon, Baily McCall as Penny, Kevin Stevens as Leonard and Nrandon Delsid as Rajesh, the show brings all characters onto the stage in a script that contains a rather sexual innuendo.

Book, music and lyrics have all been provided by Karlan Judd, while the show is directed by Tristan J. Shuler.

The plot of the show is rather straightforward. Star Trek’s Q demands all the characters show growth and maturity to prove humanity can improve and grow. That is exactly where fun starts as characters’ foibles are exposed.

Contrary to the reputation of the original show, the parody has been welcomed with mixed critics.

Sheldon does not interact with other characters as much as the spectators could hope for. Raj is depicted as gay, Leonard is battling with self-worth issues while the girl characters are not developed to the same extent as the male ones and will interfere with men and their fun. The parody aspect makes it all very tolerable and amusing.

The show is described as “a hilarious romp through past, present and future” whereas the very fact the original comedy is heading towards its ending makes it well worth a shot with tickets available here.

The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody

Show Dates and Time: Wednesday, 3 April, 8:00 pm

Show Location: Anne L. Bernstein Theater at The Theater Center, New York, NY

Show Duration: 90 minutes