If you enjoyed our TOP 50 TONY AWARDS COUNTDOWN last month, there is more showstopping Broadway favorites coming up. As many of you know within the next 39 DAYS, it’s ready gonna be Thanksgiving as we ring in the holiday season. You know what that means?!!!
LET’S HAVE A PARADE!!! November 25th, 2021 will be Thanksgiving Morning where we get to wake up to celebrating New York’s legendary MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. We of course are talking about The 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year’s parade promises to be spectacular as it will be the first parade in 2 years to have spectators in-person. In case anyone may not know, last year’s event was cancelled for experiencing LIVE IN PERSON due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it was done as a combination of a pre-recorded and live event on NBC and CBS without the crowds and not that many participants.
With the world starting to make its way back to normal, this year’s edition promises to make up for all that lost time. The parade will include all of its notable moments including…..
The Giant Balloons,
High Energy Clowns,
Spectacular Marching Bands,
some of the biggest names in show business (Film, TV, and Music),
so much more.
However, the big highlighted moment when its comes to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for us is……. THE BROADWAY PERFORMANCES!!! If you’ve seen the NBC telecasts, they are performed in front of the Macy’s store in Herald Square on 34th Street. Meanwhile the CBS telecast features the performances pre-recorded on location somewhere in NYC or at their Broadway Theater.
With the Broadway acts, we are pleased to announce beginning October 26th, 2021 on the 30 DAY mark…. we at New York Broadway Tours will be presenting our TOP 30 BROADWAY AT MACY’S COUNTDOWN.
Every morning leading to the parade, we will be sharing with you our favorite showstopping performances from Broadway’s biggest night of the year from both previous NBC and CBS telecasts of the parade. It will feature many of your favorite shows. Get ready to sing along, share your reactions, and excitement. We also will be giving some fun facts about the history of many of these unforgettable Musicals we all love.
The Parade will air traditionally both on NBC (in front of that famous Macy’s Store in Herald Square on 34th Street) and on CBS (live from Times Square).
Let’s celebrate the return of coming together once more and of course Broadway being back!!!!
Who is excited?!!!
Emmy winner and Broadway favorite Darren Criss releases new holiday album A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS out now; Tour to travel across North America this December!!
BREAKING NEWS: Before he returns to Broadway next year in the long awaited revival of American Buffalo, Emmy winner and Broadway favorite Darren Criss (TV’s Glee along with Broadway’s How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and HEDWIG) is set to bring AN EXTRODINARY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you. The versatile screen and stage star most recently released his newest holiday A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS out now from Decca Records.
A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS showcases this celebrated talent’s vocal chops performing an unbelievable reimagined take on notable holiday favorites, rarely covered tunes, and more. The album features Criss performing duets alongside….
Country singing sensation Lainey Wilson,
Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Evan Rachel Wood,
Acclaimed singer, actor and fellow Glee castmate Adam Lambert.
It also officially marks as Criss’ first ever full length solo album. With his music career (outside of his work on Glee as “Blaine Anderson”), he previously released 3 EP solo recordings consisting of 2010’s HUMAN, 2017’s HOMEWORK, and his most recently created during the pandemic 2021’s MASQUERADE. All 3 EP’s went on to become successful topping the charts.
Along with the new holiday album, Criss will embark on a month long concert tour celebrating the holidays here in North America. The tour will kick off December 3rd, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN before making his way to the following cities….
Ann Arbor, MI (where Criss’ Alma Matter is),
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
a stop in our New York City backyard at The Beacon Theatre!!!
If you love Darren Criss and want to know about about him and your favorite Glee stars that have rocked Broadway, join us for our GLEEKS ON BROADWAY Walking Tour relaunching next month.
Who is excited?!!!
THROWBACK THURSDAY: Can’t believe we are only halfway through October. You know what that means? Halloween is right around the corner. Over the years. Broadway has had an unforgettable ongoing legacy of Spooky Themed musicals that is still popular with Musical Theater fans today. One of them is the legendary and iconic….. The Rocky Horror Show!!!
For those who may not know, it’s considered as the ultimate love letter to Science Fiction and Horror films from the 1930’s-1960’s. Created by Richard O’Brien, it tells the classic tale of a newly engaged couple who gets caught in storm and find themselves in the home of a mad transvestite scientist. Notable songs include DOUBLE FEATURE, DAMNIT JANET, HOT PATOOTEE, and of course the showstopping TIME WARP.
THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW was originally conceived by Richard O’Brien in the 1970’s. He was a huge lover of Science Fiction and Horror Films since he was a young boy. At the time, he was an out-of-work actor. However to keep him busy during the Winter evenings, he started developing the show. Originally, the musical was set against the backdrop of the glam era that had manifested itself throughout British pop culture during that time. But also during that time was the rise of transvestism.
While still developing the show, O’Brien began to share pieces of it with various Theater creators. However, it won the attention of Australian director Jim Sharman (best known for directing the original Australian premieres of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar) who planned to develop it in London at the small experimental space Upstairs at the Royal Court Theatre. From there, O’Brien, Sharman, and a whole creative team came together to develop the piece.
When the show was first being developed, it was given a temporary working titled called THEY CAME FROM DENTON HIGH. However, it was quickly switched back to ROCKY HORROR.
In 1973, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW premiered at the Royal Court’s 63-seat Theatre Upstairs for a month long run. With its success there, the show immediately transferred to the King’s Road Theatre and later the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre) where it ran for an incredible 7 years. Under the direction of Jim Sharman, the cast was led by….
Tim Curry as “Dr. Frank-N-Furter”,
Christopher Malcolm as “Brad Majors”,
Julie Covington as “Janet Weiss”,
Richard O’Brien as “Riff-Raff”,
Patricia Quinn in the dual roles “Magenta” & “The Usherette”,
Nell Campbell as “Columbia”,
Paddy O’Hagan in the dual roles of “Eddie” and “Dr. Scott”,
Rayner Bourton as “Rocky”,
Jonathan Adams as “The Criminologist” / “The Narrator”.
The original London premiere received a Evening Standard Award for BEST MUSICAL that same year of 1973.
Following the success of the show’s world premiere in London, ROCKY HORROR began to make its way Internationally. It made its debut here in the United States in 1975 playing the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, California for a triumphant month long run. Immediately afterwards, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW made its debut in our New York backyard on Broadway. However, when it got there, it turned out to be a huge flop. It played the Belasco Theatre for only 4 previews and 45 regular performances. Under the direction of Jim Sharman, the cast was led by…
Tim Curry reprising the role of “Dr. Frank-N-Furter”,
Bill Miller as “Brad Majors”,
Abigale Haness as “Janet Weiss”,
Richard O’Brien reprising the role of “Riff-Raff”,
Jamie Donnelly in the dual roles “Magenta” & “The Usherette”,
Boni Enten as “Columbia”,
Rock star Meat Loaf in the dual roles of “Eddie” and “Dr. Scott”,
Kim Milford as “Rocky”,
Graham Jarvis (later William Newman) as “The Criminologist” / “The Narrator”.
Despite flopping, the show would go on to get several Theater nominations including a Tony Award for BEST LIGHTING DESIGN. It also received 3 Drama Desk nomination for UNIQUE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE, OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (for Tim Curry) and OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (for Boni Enten).
With its life after the original London and Broadway runs, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW went on to hilariously spook audiences around the world including Australia, San Francisco, Europe, Asia, several UK Touring companies, a return to London, and more.
The show would eventually find its way back here to our Broadway backyard in 2000 with an acclaimed revival that ran longer vs. the original production. This revival played the Circle in the Square Theatre for 30 previews and 437 performances. This production was very intimate and the action taking place all around you. It also had its share of celebrity stunt casting for the roles. Under the direction of Tony winner Christopher Ashley, this cast was led by….
Tom Hewitt (later Terrence Mann) as “Dr. Frank-N-Furter”,
Alice Ripley (later Kristen Lee Kelly) as “Janet Weiss”,
Daphne Rubin-Vega in the dual roles “Magenta” & “The Usherette”,
Lea DeLaria (later Jason Wooten) in the dual roles of “Eddie” and “Dr. Scott”,
Sebastian LaCause (later Jonathan Sharp) as “Rocky”,
Dick Cavett (later Cindy Adams and even Penn & Teller) as “The Criminologist” / “The Narrator”.
This revival was nominated for 4 Tony Awards in 2001 including BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL but lost all the categories. It also got 5 Drama Desk Award nominations that year including OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL. Also lost. It also received a special Theatre World Award for Raul Esparza.
The stage version of ROCKY HORROR is still popular today being performed in schools, community, and regional theaters everywhere.
Along with its success on stage, ROCKY HORRO earned a huge cult following with its success on screen. The original movie was released in 1975 from 20th Century Fox. The offer for the movie was given even before the show went to Broadway during its LA engagement. Under the direction of Jim Sharman (who directed the original stage version), the cast featured a mix of original cast members from its London staging and some newbies. That included….
Tim Curry reprising his iconic role as “Dr. Frank-N-Furter”,
Barry Bostwick as “Brad Majors”,
Susan Sarandon as “Janet Weiss”,
Richard O’Brien reprising his notable role as “Riff-Raff”,
Patricia Quinn reprising her role as “Magenta” & “The Usherette” (of course now in the movie is known as “The Lips”),
Nell Campbell reprising her performance as “Columbia”,
Meat Loaf reprising his Broadway role of “Eddie”,
Jonathan Adams this time playing “Dr. Scott”,
Peter hinwood (with Trevor White’s singing voice) as “Rocky”,
Charles Gray as “The Criminologist” / “The Narrator”.
When the movie was originally released, it flopped. However, the audiences were still packing the Theaters every night. There would also be a share of repeats who would come to the movie again and again which started ROCKY HORROR’s most legendary tradition we know today….. THE MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS. For those who may not know, those screenings are truly an extravaganza known for some crazy wild madness that goes on in the Movie Theater including….
A Shadow Cast – Fans reenacting the entire movie in front of the screen,
Yelling out replies back at the movie on the screen – (Example: “Brad Majors” being called an A**hole and “Janet Weiss” being called a “slut”.
The props – Audience using random items during key moments including Rice being thrown in the opening wedding scene, newspapers over the head with water guns firing, and more,
It also played a huge impact for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Midnight Screening traditions still happen today.
Most recently, ROCKY HORROR was re-made on screen as a TV movie for FOX. This version was given more of a modern updated version of the musical. Under the direction of Kenny Ortega, the cast was led by….
Laverne Cox as “Dr. Frank-N-Furter”,
Ryan McCartan as “Brad Majors”,
Victoria Justice as “Janet Weiss”,
Reeve Carney as “Riff-Raff”,
Christina Milian as “Magenta”,
Ivy Levan as “The Usherette”,
Annaleigh Ashford as “Columbia”,
Adam Lambert as “Eddie”,
Ben Vereen as “Dr. Scott”,
Staz Nair as “Rocky”,
Tim Curry this time as “The Criminologist” / “The Narrator”.
The FOX TV movie received mixed to negative reviews but earned critical praise for Laverne Cox performance.
ROCKY HORROR is still a thrilling high energy out of this world experience like no other.
Check out footage below of the musical’s most recent 2000 Broadway revival!!!
Any ROCKY HORROR fans out there?!!!
RADIO CITY ROCKETTES get their kicks back into high gear as CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR returns this year!!
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR is just around the corner. You know what that means…. It’s almost Holiday Time in New York City!!! The world famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes are vaccinated, reunited, and once again delivering those high kicks as they are currently preparing to bring back the legendary RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR for the first time in 2 years.
We are so excited to share with you footage of the iconic dance team back in rehearsals showcasing their signature moves back in place and where they belong.
For those who may not know about this beloved holiday show. It’s truly a National Treasure to the Big Apple. The production features over 140 performances on stage (consisting of The Rockettes themselves, Singers, Dancers, and a full orchestra) performing a full original score and a twist on some notable holiday favorites with a twist….. all to get everyone in the spirit of the Holidays in NYC. The show has so many beloved highlighted moments that is still beloved in the show today from the opening Reindeer Sleigh Ride number, The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, a portion from The Nutcracker, The Rag Dolls, New York at Christmas, and of course the beautiful and emotional Living Nativity scene.
Last year’s edition was sadly cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also marked the very first time EVER in the show’s history that a season was cancelled since its debut in 1933. However, everyone at Madison Square Garden Entertainment kept their spirits up to know the show will return. With the show’s return this year, it promises to give fans the greatest performance of their lives and making up for what was missed last year
The 2021 RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR returns to Radio City Music Hall from November 5th, 2021 through January 2nd, 2022.
Who is excited?!!!
FOUNDATION FOR NEW AMERICAN MUSICALS to present first ever Gala honoring Marc Shaiman and Robert Klein at the New Amsterdam Theatre on October 24th!!!
BREAKING NEWS: The Foundation for New American Musicals is set to present its first ever benefit gala honoring 2 of the most acclaimed Award winning faces of our Broadway Theater scene next week. It has just been revealed that this year’s recipients will consist of it’s co-founders….
Tony nominee Robert Klein (Broadway’s They’re Playing Our Song and The Apple Tree).
The Gala will be held on October 24th, 2021 at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre (current home of Aladdin).
The Gala will also include live performances from some familiar faces who have worked with both Shaiman and Klein including….
Emmy Award winner Bruce Vilanch (Original National Tour and Broadway replacement “Edna Turnblad” in Hairspray and TV’s Hollywood Squares plus writer for the Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys),
Broadway and West End favorite Marisha Wallace (recently seen as “Motormouth Mabel” in the recent limited engagement West End revival of Hairspray),
Congrats Marc and Robert!!!
How exciting is this?!!!
New York Broadway Tours debuts new logo and promo announcing November 2021 relaunching of the Walking Tours!!!
BACK ON THE STREET WHERE WE LIVE… WHERE WE BELONG! So happy to be officially relaunching our Walking Tours November 2021!!! Book Your Tickets Now!!!!