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Ticket Giveaway: Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady.

Ticket Giveaway: Win two tickets to “The Traveling Lady,” a play by Horton Foote at the Cherry Lane Theater.

The play, about a woman who journeys to a small town in 1950’s Texas to reunite with her husband upon his release from prison, is, like much of Horton Foote’s dramas, both poignant and gently amusing, as I wrote in my review.

To enter the contest for a free pair of tickets to “The Traveling Lady,” please answer this question:

What is the most moving play you’ve ever seen or read, and what made it so?

1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.
But you must answer the question, complete with explanation or your entry will not be approved for submission.

2.  This contest ends Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

The winner will get a voucher for two tickets to see The Traveling Lady between June 28 and July 9, 2017.

 

 

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Giveaway Contest: The Great Comet

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Win a free copy of the book “The Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway“(Sterling Publishing, 2016), which traces the improbable evolution of the musical, “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812,” that began with an unknown cast in tiny, experimental Ars Nova, an 87-seat Off-Off Broadway house, and wound up at Broadway’s 1,200-seat Imperial Theater, starring Josh Groban.

I describe the book in some detail here. It includes a CD with five of the songs

To enter the contest, please answer the following question:

What is the best book about the theater, and why?

1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.
But you must answer the question, complete with description and explanation, or your entry will excluded from consideration.

Update: To clarify:  I’m asking for a non-fiction book about the theater — a memoir, a history, a textbook…anything but a script, libretto, fiction.

2. This contest ends Monday, March 20, 2017  at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. I will  e-mail the winner at the e-mail  address that’s automatically included in the responses.  If I don’t get an e-mail back from you within 24 hours, I will choose another winner. The book will be mailed to you at an address in the United States or Canada.
(3. All submissions have to be approved, so you won’t necessarily see your entry right away: Please be patient, and don’t submit more than once.)

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Miss Saigon Ticket Giveaway Contest

miss-saigon-the-movieWin two tickets to see “Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance” in a movie theater near you on September 22.

“Miss Saigon” returns to the Broadway stage next March, but for one night only, the new stage production is available in a filmed version on screens throughout the United States, including three movie theaters in Manhattan. (List of locations)

To enter this contest, simply answer the question:

What is the best movie of a musical you’ve ever seen, and why?

(Alternate question: What is the worst movie of a musical you’ve ever seen, and why?)

The Rules (please read carefully.)

  1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.

But you must answer the question, complete with description and explanation, or your entry will not be approved for submission.

  1. Please include your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)

3. Tell me in which venue (from the list above) you would like to see the show.

This contest ends Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing shortly afterwards. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter by Thursday, September 22 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time or I will choose another winner. (The show begins in most places at 7 p.m. that day.)

 

More about the show:

“Captured live in front of a sold-out audience at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris – but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.” The cast features Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. The finale features appearances by the original cast, including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman.”

 

Win a FREE Fringe Festival Pass. See EVERY SHOW

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See any and EVERY SHOW at the 20th anniversary New York International Fringe Festival for FREE.

Win a “Fringe VIP” Pass,  a $500 value —  but priceless.

The Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, which this years runs from August 12 to August 28th, presents nearly 200 shows each year by some of the world’s best emerging theater troupes and dance companies. In the 20 years since it began, the Fringe begat one hit Broadway musical, “Urinetown,” and many Off-Broadway transfers. Fringe alumni include now-famous actors Bradley Cooper,  Mindy Kaling, and Michael Urie, and directors Diane Paulus (Hair, Pippin), Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Rocky), and Leigh Silverman (Violet.)

Go to the 2016 FringeNYC website to see the selection this year. (and see a photo essay of some of this year’s offerings below)

We’re giving away a pass.

To enter the contest, answer the question:

What was your most memorable Fringe experience?

Please elaborate

  1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post (below the photo essay) because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.

But you must answer the question, complete with description and explanation, or your entry will not be approved for submission.

Update: Be Specific.. Gushing about the festival in general is not answering the question.

(Those who have had no Fringe experience, you can answer an alternate question: What NY Fringe show would you most like to have seen/would most like to see and why?)

  1. Please include your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)
  2. This contest ends Friday, August 12, 2016 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

Obviously, you have to be in New York between August 12th and August 28th in order to see the shows.

Please remember to include your Twitter name.

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Wicked Broadway Ticket Giveaway Contest

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Ticket Giveaway: Win two tickets to see Wicked for free.

July 26 update: Congratulations to Sarah Packford for winning the random drawing — and the two Wicked tickets.

wicked_logoThe long-running Broadway musical tells the story of “The Wizard of Oz” from the witches’ perspective, more specifically from the Wicked Witch of the West, who was not, as a child, wicked at all, but just green-tinted, taunted, and misunderstood.

We’re giving away two center orchestra tickets, courtesy of Vivid Seats,  for the performance on Saturday August 27, 2016 at 8pm.

To enter the contest for these tickets, answer:

What is the most magical moment you ever witnessed on stage? What made it so for you?

  1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.

But you must answer the question, complete with description and explanation, or your entry will not be approved for submission.

Update: The question is about a specific moment in a show — something typically lasting no longer than a few minutes — not an entire show or performance.

  1. Please include your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)
  2. This contest ends Monday, July 25, 2016 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

Obviously, you have to be in New York on August 27, 2016 in order to see the show.

Update: Please remember to include your Twitter name.

Bright Star Broadway Ticket Giveaway Contest

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Ticket Giveaway: Win two tickets to see Bright Star for free.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new musical Bright Star opens at Broadway’s Cort Theater on March 24, 2016, with a country and bluegrass score,  directed by Walter Bobbie with a cast of 22 including Carmen Cusack and Paul Alexander Nolan. Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s.

To enter the contest for a free pair of tickets to Bright Star, answer this question:

What is the best song from any Broadway show past or present? What makes it so?

  1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.

But you must answer the question, complete with explanation or your entry will not be approved for submission.

  1. Please include in your answer your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)
  2. This contest ends Monday, March 21, 2016 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

The winner will receive a voucher for a pair of tickets to see Bright Star on any performance on Tuesday to Thursday evenings from 4/26/2016 to 6/9/2016. Obviously, you have to be in New York sometime during this period in order to see the show.

Update March 22: The Random.org drawing resulted in the number 15, which is Melinda Bercy. Congratulations!

Spring Awakening Ticket Giveaway

SpringAwakeningnewlogoTicket Givewaway: Win two tickets to see Spring Awakening for free. I love this show; it’s joyful and beautiful, with an exciting and appealing cast, 17 of whom are making their Broadway debuts.

I’m not alone: the New York Times calls it “thrillingly inventive….a first-rate production of a transporting musical,” the AP says it’s “exhilarating.”

This rock musical about teenagers discovering the tumult of sexuality is presented by Deaf West, performed in both American Sign Language and spoken English.

“Signing has been integrated here so deftly that you feel the language’s fluidity has a natural place in musical theater.” – The Washington Post.

Update: The winner of the drawing is Migdalia Pizarro

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Austin P McKenzie with company

To enter the contest for a free pair of tickets to Spring Awakening, answer this question:

What is the most exciting live stage show you’ve ever seen, and what made it so?

(Update: Emphasis on “exciting“)

1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.
But you must answer the question, complete with explanation or your entry will not be approved for submission.
2. Please include in your answer your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)
3. This contest ends Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

The winner will receive a voucher to see Spring Awakening on any performance from Monday to Thursday through 11/20/15. Obviously, you have to be in New York sometime during this period in order to see the show.

Win Two Tickets to On The Town

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Ticket giveaway: See On The Town on June 4th, 2015 for free.

The revival, which I love, does justice to a show that made history on Broadway — marking the Broadway debuts of Leonard Bernstein and the songwriting/book writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The current production has been nominated for four Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Yazbeck), best choreography (Joshua Bergasse) and best direction of a musical (John Rando.)

To enter the contest for a free pair of tickets to the show on June 4th, answer this question:

What show had the best dancing you ever saw on Broadway?

1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.
But you must answer the question, complete with explanation (such as at least one specific dance number) or your entry will not be approved for submission.
2. Please include in your answer your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)
3. This contest ends Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.
(4. All submissions have to be approved, so you won’t necessarily see your entry right away: Please be patient, and don’t submit more than once.)

See The Lion For Free With Benjamin Scheuer: Ticket Giveaway Contest

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Ticket Giveaway: Win a pair of tickets to see The Lion starring Benjamin Scheuer, the much-praised solo show running through March 29th at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project.

Armed with six guitars, Scheuer performs 15 tuneful songs in 70 minutes that together form a personal coming-of-age story: how his father, an amateur guitarist and a professional mathematician, helped spark his love of music; how his father died just after Scheuer at 13 had a  falling out with him;  how he met a girl who inspired him,  but she wound up traveling around the world to break up with him; how diagnosis of cancer before the age of 30,eventually helped him gain a stronger connection with his family and deeper understanding of the world.

Videos of several of the songs are below.

To win a pair of tickets to the show please answer one of the following questions. Either:

What show or show tune has made a tangible difference in your life, and how?

OR

What’s the best coming-of-age show you’ve ever seen and why?

Here are the rules for entering this contest.

1. Please put your answer in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.

But you must answer one of the questions, complete with explanation, or your entry will not be approved for submission.

2. Please include in your answer your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)

Please remember to tell me your Twitter name with your submission. 

3. This contest ends Friday, March 20, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

The Visit Ticket Giveaway: See Chita Rivera’s New Musical For Free

The_Visit-1Ticket Giveaway: Win two tickets to see Chita Rivera and Roger Rees in The Visit, “a stunning tale of young love, timeless seduction, and sweet revenge.” The Visit marks the final collaboration between John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and Cabaret), with a book by Terrence McNally. It begins performances March 26th at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater, and opens April 23, 2015.

This contest to win a pair of tickets to the show is easy: Just come up with a tagline to the following video:

It can be funny, it can be daring, it can be alluring — and, if it’s good enough, it might actually be used.

1. Please put your suggestion for a tag line in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, because the winner will be chosen through Random.org based on the order of your reply, not its content.
2. Please include in your answer your Twitter name and follow my Twitter feed at @NewYorkTheater so that I can send you a direct message. (If you don’t have a Twitter name, create one. It’s free.)
3. This contest ends Thursday, March 12, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond to my direct message on Twitter within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

 

Update: Congratulations to Corey Sexton, winner of the random drawing.