Happy New Year! The Broadway Collection News for January

The holidays are almost behind us, but there will still be plenty to do in New York City in 2014! If you are still looking for festive fun, you can still visit the 12th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, open until February 23rd and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, on display until January 7th.

Those who are over the holiday hype in January can enjoy Italian opera all month long at the Met Opera, featuring classics such as the tragic triple-act Madama Butterfly and the comic L’Elisir d’Amore. A fun fact about these operas – Madama Butterfly is the 7th most-performed opera worldwide whereas L’Elisir d’Amore is the 13th most-performed. See a full schedule of the shows playing at http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/index.aspx?nav=top

It’s almost Super Bowl season and with the growing international interest in the NFL around the world, American football may be coming to your country before you know it! In the meantime, enjoy some Super Bowl fun right here on Broadway at Super Bowl Boulevard from January 31st through February 1st! Here, visitors will have the opportunity to pose with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, ride in a toboggan, get autographs and more during this interactive football-themed experience. For more information, visit http://www.nycgo.com/superbowl

Finally, for travelers searching for an affordable trip to New York after all of the holiday hustle and bustle, January is the perfect time to visit the city, with prices dropping and deals popping up everywhere. Here is an example of some great travel deals: http://www.nycgo.com/hotels/

In Broadway news…

Broadway Inbound and The Broadway Collection are SO excited to announce that three new shows will be joining our portfolio in the New Year! We are happy to welcome After Midnight, The Bridges of Madison County, and Cabaret to our roster.

Centered around Duke Ellington’s greatest tunes and other songs from Harlem’s Golden Age, After Midnight is all about the music! The musical opened on November 3rd at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and is currently headlined by the winner of the third season of American Idol, Fantasia Barrino, and the singer-dancer-actor Dulé Hill. After Fantasia departs on February 9th, the musical will rotate a host of prominent special guest stars. Up next? K.D. Lang from February 11th through March 9th and then Babyface & Toni Braxton from March 18th to 30th.

The Bridges of Madison County is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller and tells the story of photographer Robert Kincaid and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife Francesca Johnson. Previews for this gripping tale of forbidden love begin on January 17th at the Schoenfeld Theatre and the show officially opens on February 20th.

Based on a book by Christopher Isherwood and featuring a score by Kander & Ebb, Cabaret tells the story of a seedy nightclub in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power. There, a young English performer strikes up a relationship with an American writer, all while a zealous Master of Ceremonies commands the action at the Kit Kat Klub. Don’t miss the show as it previews on March 21st and opens on April 24th at Studio 54.

In other Broadway news…

Billy Porter, this year’s Tony Award-winner for Best Actor in a Musical, has extended his contract in Kinky Boots and will remain in the show at least through July 2014!

Emmy and Golden Globe award nominee Annie Potts is set to join the cast of Pippin on January 21st, 2014 in the role of Berthe. Four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh will play her final performance as Berthe on January 19th.

Bullets over Broadway, a brand-new musical comedy premiering April 10th, 2014, has announced that three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (Passion; Ragtime; Kiss Me, Kate) will play the role of Helen Sinclair.

Congratulations to Broadway’s Motown the Musical, which just recently went double platinum! The musical is also celebrating their 2014 Grammy Award nomination for the show’s Original Broadway Cast Album in the “Best Musical Theater Album” category. Motown the Musical is one of just three nominees in this category!

Lastly, The Book of Mormon just keeps breaking records – the show broke the Eugene O’Neill Theatre house record for the 47th time in December, earning $1,877,347 for the week ending Sunday, December 8th!

Tags: After Midnight, Bullets Over Broadway, Cabaret, Kinky Boots, Pippin, The Book of Mormon, The Bridges of Madison County, The Metropolitan Opera