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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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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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Disgraced: Win Signed Script, Playbill. Closing Too Early?

Win a script signed by the playwright or a Playbill signed by the entire cast of Disgraced, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Ayad Akhtar that just announced it will close on Broadway on March 1, 2015.

I think this is a terrific show, as I make clear in my review – Bluntly provocative and dramatically satisfying, it asks us to think about current issues in a way that few new shows on Broadway do.

That is why I am sad it is closing just about four months after it opened, and it leads me to the contest question I am asking you to address:

What show closed too early? Why do you think this happened, and how did you react?

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.

2. Please like my Facebook page. That’s where I will announce the winners.

3. This contest ends Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at midnight Eastern Time, and I will make the drawing no later than noon the next day. You must respond  within 24 hours or I will choose another winner.

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Freestyle Love Supreme Giveaway Contest: Win A Speaker

FreeStyleLoveSupremepicWin a speaker from Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights, Hamilton), Christopher Jackson (The Lion King, In The Heights, Holla If Ya Hear Me) and the rest of the cast of Freestyle Love Supreme, a new television series by the popular hip-hop improvisational comedy troupe of the same name. The show will air Fridays starting October 17th at 10:30 p.m. ET / PT, on a 15-month-old cable television channel called Pivot TV.

Their motto: Give us a word, give us a beat, get out of our way.  They take audience suggestions and run (or rap) with them. (See video below.) Freestyle Love Supreme began about a decade ago when Miranda and his co-founders were still undergraduates at Wesleyan University. They’ve traveled to comedy festivals around the world, performed at theaters such as LCT3 at Lincoln Center and Joe’s Pub at the Public, and now they’re coming to your home theater, with ten 30-minute episodes on Pivot.

Here’s what the speaker looks like:

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It’s a small, easy-to-use speaker that connects to your phone or computer via bluetooth to play your music. It has a retail value of about $100.

To enter this contest, answer ONE of these questions:

What topic would you want to hear a freestyle rap about?

OR
What theater artist would you like to see with their own television show, and what would it be about?
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 fully, 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 Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 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.)

Book Giveaway Contest: Tradition, about Fiddler on the Roof

TRADITION_02Win a free copy of the book Tradition by Barbara Eisenberg, subtitled The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical.

Published for the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof’s opening night on Broadway, Tradition! weaves together behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes about the Fiddler film and musical, thoughts on its cultural importance and tales of its resonance. Theater journalist Barbara Isenberg interviewed the men and women who created the original production, the film and significant revivals to produce what Library Journal calls “an obligatory purchase for every musical theater collection.”

To enter the contest, please answer one of the following questions:

What is your favorite book about the theater, and why?

or

What was your favorite moment of performing in or watching Fiddler on the Roof – 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 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, September 23rd, 2014 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.)