Panic! At the Disco’s Brendan Urie to Star in ‘Kinky Boots’

Brendan Urie, lead singer of the rock band Panic! At the Disco, will make his Broadway debut this summer in “Kinky Boots,” according to Variety.com.

Urie will play Charlie, the central character of the musical who takes over his father’s shoe factory and turns it into a drag queen shoe business.

“Kinky Boots” has been struggling with ticket sales in the last few years, and has since brought in other celebrities to generate sales, such as Wayne Brady and Todrick Hall who both recently played Lola, drag performer and Charlie’s business partner.

Urie will debut in “Kinky Boots” beginning May 26 and will complete his run August 6.

To buy “Kinky Boots” tickets, click here.

 

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‘Significant Other’ to Close April 23

After playing only 79 Broadway performances, “Significant Other” will end its short Broadway run on April 23, according to Playbill.com

In 2015, the production sold out in a limited off-Broadway run at the Laura Pels Theatre. Critics raved about the show, which follows a millennial friend group living in New York.

After beginning previews in February, the show struggled to maintain steady ticket sales, only grossing $141,741.50 last week.

See show photos and more info about “Significant Other” here.

Broadway Premiere of ‘Amélie’ Receives Mixed Reviews

The new musical, “Amélie,” based on the 2001 Oscar-nominated film, opened April 3 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

The show stars Philippa Soo as the title character, who originated the role of Eliza Hamilton in the Broadway smash hit Hamilton. Set in Paris, the musical follows Amélie, a woman who brings random acts of kindness to strangers on the street, and finds a love interest along the way.

Playbill.com compiled a list of reviews of “Amélie,” which can be found here.

 

How to Find Cheap Broadway Show Tickets

The New York Times recently wrote an article about tips for how to find cheap Broadway show tickets.

Broadway is well known for selling tickets at prices upwards of $200, depending on the popularity of the show. The article broke down its tips into several categories, including lottery and rush tickets, utilizing apps, and TKTS.

Some Broadway shows offer lottery tickets, where people can either digitally submit their name or go to the box office in-person. If a winner is lucky, he or she can score tickets to shows like “Hamilton” for only $10. Rush tickets are available for students with a valid I.D. and can be claimed the day of the show at the box office, depending on availability. These tickets are typically $40 or less.

Apps are another way to score deals, such as TodayTix. Certain shows have a lottery option on the app and also discount tickets. After purchasing tickets, TodayTix employees dressed in red uniforms will be standing outside the theatre with the tickets.

TKTS, run by the Theater Development Fund, is a huge booth in Times Square where tourists and Broadway lovers wait in line for discounted Broadway tickets, typically being offered for half their original price. However, popular shows like “Wicked” or “Hamilton” are usually not offered here.

For more on discounted Broadway tickets, click here.

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Makes Regional Debut This Fall

The National Theatre in Washington, D.C. announced its 2017-2018 season, which includes a musical adaptation of the movie, “Mean Girls.”

The show, which will make its Broadway debut in the coming year, has been adapted by Tina Fey, Emmy Award winner and original screenwriter of the original movie.

“Mean Girls” will be produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson, and include music by Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, of the “Book of Mormon” and “Something Rotten!” will direct and choreograph the forthcoming musical.

The musical will run October 31-December 3.

For ticket information click here.

 

NEA Releases Statement After Trump Budget Proposal

President Trump released his budget proposal today, which included cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), according to its official website.

The NEA promptly responded to this news by stating, “We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and rural, and in every Congressional District in the nation.”

The budget will be brought to Congress next and if it is approved, it will go into effect beginning October 1.

See NEA Chairmman Jane Chu’s full statement here.

‘Groundhog Day’ Begins Previews Today

Groundhog Day begins Broadway previews today at the August Wilson Theater.

The musical is based on the 1993 movie, ‘Groundhog Day,’ starring Bill Murray. The new musical stars Tony Award nominee Andy Karl as Phil, who finds himself waking up to the same day over and over again.

“Groundhog Day” features a score by ‘Matilda’ composer Tim Minchin, with choreography by Peter Darling, Tony Award winning choreographer for “Billy Elliot.”

Opening night will be April 17. Find tickets for “Groundhog Day” here.