ON THE MARQUEE: Broadway’s Merch Shops (One Shubert Alley and Theatre Circle)

ON THE MARQUEE: We got so much WORD ON THE STREET from many of our friends sharing their photos and things they’ve heard for us to share.
We are soooooo happy to announce that both 44th Street’s THEATRE CIRCLE and ONE SHUBERT ALLEY are officially set to re-open their stores beginning this September 2021. For many of you that have taken our walking tours, this is one of our many favorite HOT SPOTS we visit. Both these shops are known for have the best pieces of Broadway merchandise you could ever want They have everything from…..
Show T-Shirts,
Cast Albums,
Theater related books,
Show Souvenir Programs,
so much more.
The shop collects all the main merch from all the current running shows…… especially for those who ran out of money and/or those who forgot to buy their merch at the Theater when you saw the show.
An official date for both stores to re-open this September will be announced soon.
Who is excited??!!!

Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell to headline solo concert at Lincoln Center part of RESTART STAGES this Summer!

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LOOK AT YOUR LIFE THROUGH HEAVEN’S EYES!! All Summer long, Lincoln Center is bringing the magic of Live Theater and Performances with its RESTART STAGES program. So many performances coming from the worlds of classical musical, jazz, and of course our very own Broadway scene. One of those many performances to come will be a breathtaking evening inspiring us TO REACH THE UNREACHABLE STAR with Tony Award winning Broadway favorite Brian Stokes Mitchell.
The angelic baritone will present a new cabaret show entitled OUT WITH THE OLD from July 21st-23rd, 2021 before returning for an encore engagement from August 12th-14th, 2021. With his trio (led by Tedd Firth), the evening will feature a full diverse selection of Great American Songbook standards and Broadway favorites by this breathtaking talent. You can expect Stokes as well to perform notable hits from his legendary career including RAGTIME and MAN OF LA MANCHA.
Since we are still coping with ongoing COVID-19 pandemic safety precautions, there will be a limited amount of seating for this free concert. You can’t just show up though. TodayTix will be doing a virtual lottery for FREE TICKETS on each night Brian Stokes Mitchell will be performing. They are welcoming both people who have been vaccinated and also those who haven’t yet (which will require people to social distant and wear their face mask).
We’re also sure for a face one of the concerts will be livestreamed as well. Stay tuned for more information on that.
Don’t miss SOME ENCHANTED EVENING with this legendary performer.
Who is excited?!!

BROADWAY THROWBACK: Idina Menzel’s WICKED trapdoor accident

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DID YOU KNOW: The magic of a Live Theater performance. You never know what exactly can happen. Great moments and scary moments. One notable mishap that made the headlines happened back in 2005 during a performance of the smash hit WICKED.
On a mattinae performance on January 8th, 2005 at the Gershwin Theatre….. the 2nd to last day before DEFYING GRAVITY for the last time…. Wicked‘s Tony winning original star Idina Menzel had one of the most terrifying onstage mishaps ever. During the climatic scene where “Elphaba” (also known as The Wicked Witch of The West) is melted by “Dorothy”, Menzel fell through an elevated trap door on the stage fracturing her lover rib. The show was stopped for 45 minutes for the EMS team to come taking her out of the trap, onto a gurney, and straight to a nearby hospital. At the same time upstairs, Menzel’s standby who eventually became the first “Elphaba” replacement on Broadway herself Shoshana Bean has to get GREENIFIED in just 7 minutes to do the last 2 minutes of the show. Following the curtain call, then-cast member New Kids On The Block favorite Joey McIntyre (the 1st fulltime replacement “Fiyero”) who was set to depart with Idina the very next day, spoke to the sold out crowd letting everyone know she was going to be okay.
Shoshana Bean was set to take over as the fulltime “Elphaba” on January 11th, 2005. With Menzel not being able to complete the remainder of her Broadway run, Bean went on for Idina for her last 2 performances….. the evening on January 8th, 2005 and the initially scheduled final performance that very next day of January 9th, 2005.
With doctors orders, Menzel did not have to stay overnight in the hospital and have surgery. She was given painkillers to heal the broken rib and was discharged. Since she also couldn’t do her last 2 WICKED shows full out, the creative team knew they wanted to something special as a way for the company and the fans to say farewell to the original Green Girl. On January 9th, 2005, Bean played “Elphaba” till that climatic melting scene. In the scene right afterwards, Bean stepped out and Menzel went on surprising the audience appearing in the show’s FINALE scene….. a Red Track Suit (from ex-husband Taye Diggs). When Menzel entered the stage, the sold out crowd of the Gershwin Theatre ROARED into a Thunderous 5 minute standing ovation. Many of the fans (known as The Fanzels) called her out during the show. Even Jennifer Laura Thompson (the first replacement “Glinda”) adlibed a line from the bubble…… FELLOW OZIANS, I LOVE IDINA MENZEL!!! After singing the final FOR GOOD reprise, Menzel along with Joey McIntyre exited together through the time dragon clock…. and blackout.
The curtain call, Bean and Thompson bowed together before a speech was given saying Happy Trails to Joey McIntyre. Afterwards, WICKED’s director Joe Mantello walked onto the stage to give an emotional speech bringing Idina Menzel back on.
Menzel recovered from her WICKED accident just in time to start production on the film version of Rent. However, her journey with WICKED was not over….Menzel would eventually would go back to the role of “Elphaba” a year and a half later reprising the role and launching the show’s London company. Luckily, that final curtain call she was able to finally FLY and DEFY GRAVITY for the last time.
Later on during her ongoing concert tours, Idina has shared the story of her experience of that traumatic fall in WICKED. People knew of what happened but most people don’t know what it was like from Idina’s point of view. Really crazy. Check out this audio recording from a Boston show back in the Summer of 2005.
How crazy was that?!!!

Darren Criss’ ELSIE FEST concert to return this Summer in Brooklyn!!!

BREAKING NEWS: Live Performance is making its triumphant comeback this year. We have more of the hottest events for all Theater fans making its way back to NYC. The latest is the popular Elsie Fest. The outdoor Broadway concert will be part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival and scheduled for August 29th, 2021 at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn.
In case anyone may not know, ELSIE FEST was created by Emmy Award winner and Broadway favorite Darren Criss back in 2015. You can consider it as Broadway favorites doing their own cabaret act but as a mainstream pop star level in front of over thousands of screaming Theater fans. You can expect them performing both Broadway favorite & tons of surprises. Previous headlining acts included…..
Tony winner Sutton Foster,
Tony and Olivier Award winning legend Lea Salonga,
Tony nominee Aaron Tviet,
Tony and Emmy nominee Matthew Morrison,
Emmy nominee and Broadway vet Lea Michele,
Broadway favorite Corey Cott,
Stage and screen favorite Gaten Matarazzo,
Tony winner Lindsay Mendez,
Tony winner Jason Robert Brown,
Broadway Guru Seth Rudetsky,
Tony winner and Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr.,
Tony winner and Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo,
Tony nominee Megan Hilty,
and so much more.
Announcements for this year’s lineup will be revealed at a later time.
Who is excited?!!!!

Broadway Throwback: Tony winner Idina Menzel’s debut album

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2021 marks a huge year for Tony Award winning powerhouse Idina Menzel. Last month, she celebrated her 50th Birthday & the 25th Anniversary of the professional gig that started it all….. her Broadway debut in Rent. What an unforgettable legacy she has left within those past 25 years. We all love her success on stage and on screen. However, Menzel’s also had an amazing career as a Pop star releasing 8 solo albums. Get ready for a THRILLIFYING rare seen performance like no other…. during the early era before her career even skyrocketed as a global phenomenon with WICKED, Glee, and of course Frozen. Here is the music video of her debut single MINUET from her 1998 cult smash hit album STILL I CAN’T BE STILL.
The music video itself for MINUET is soooooooo hot!!!! It features Menzel in an old Volkswagen van driving through an automatic car wash. It also features an appearance by her fellow RENT co-star and now ex-husband Taye Diggs.
In case anyone may not know the story, Menzel’s journey to becoming a solo artist began back while she was performing in her Tony nominated breakout Broadway debut as the original “Maureen” in Rent. While doing the show 8 times a week, she got offered a record deal with Hollywood Records. After departing RENT in 1997, Menzel went straight to work on the album. Recorded in upstate New York, she worked with some incredible musical talents, geniuses, and creators. It was produced by Milton Davis. All the songs together were written by Menzel and Davis.
STILL I CAN’T BE STILL was released on September 13th, 1998. MINUET became the only single from the album reaching #48 on Radio & Records’ CHR/Pop tracks chart. To promote the album, Idina did various performances including in-store events, singing at the Lilith Fair Music Festival, and went on tour serving as the Opening Act for Francis Dunnery. The album sadly failed to top the charts, sold less than 10,000 copies, and Menzel was dropped from Hollywood Records. The label put the album out of print.
For Menzel, she went to a moment of obscurity but still had the courage, passion, and drive to write music. She and Milton Davis continued working together for a 2nd album done independently.
However, when Idina’s career took off with her Tony winning performance as “Elphaba” in WICKED, her expanded fanbase (known as THE FANZELS) began demanding to re-release STILL I CAN’T BE STILL. Thanks to them, it was re-released in September 2005.
Today, STILL I CAN’T BE STILL is still available to download digitally. There are also physical copies on Amazon.com as well.
Today, Menzel has continued to perform songs from that debut album in her ongoing solo concerts around the world.
As of March 2018, STILL I CAN’T BE STILL has sold over 18,000 copies.
How amazing is this video?
Anyone have that original debut album of Idina’s?!!!