As recently reported in The Huffington Post, ‘Hamilton‘ seems to persist as the most popular show on Broadway right now. Tickets are in extremely high demand and are fetching outrageous prices. In order to try to see the show, New York residents have been driving into the city on a daily basis to enter the lottery in the cancellation line at the last minute. If anyone holding a seat to the performance happens to cancel their seat, those in the cancellation line can try to buy the ticket on a first come, first served basis.
A cottage industry has popped up to help die hard fans try to grab a ticket. There are now professional line-sitters who post ads on Craigslist to offer to grab tickets for fans for a fee. Even with the original cast of the show having moved on, there is still high demand for show tickets. This has caused quite the chaotic scene in the waiting lines outside the theater. According to the interview in the article, fights have broken out between professional line-sitters. At times, the cops have been called to handle unruly patrons and help to calm down outbursts between professional line-sitters.
There are now stricter rules on how line-sitters can wait in the cancellation line. They are no longer allowed to camp out in tents or purchase more than two tickets at one time. This has not deterred the most enterprising professional line-sitters from offering their services to interested fans of the show.
Theatre-goers in London’s famous West End district have Harry Potter fever. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” began previews at the Palace Theatre on June 7th. Now it is playing to packed houses ever since its official opening on June 30th.
This play was a combined effort between J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. After they came up with the general storyline together, Jack Thorne wrote the final script.
This play picks up nineteen years after the last book in Rowling’s famous series of magical novels. Harry Potter is now a grownup, a father of three children, and an employee at the Ministry of Magic. The central relationship in this play is between Potter and his youngest son Albus. Through various new trials and adventures, Harry Potter and Albus have to confront the legacy of the Potter family.
The famous roles of Harry, Ron, and Hermione are played by Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley, Noma Dumezweni respectively. This play was directed by the award-winning John Tiffany.
For anyone planning on seeing this show, you should be aware that this production is four hours long and it takes place over two nights.
Most critics from around the world have given this new play positive reviews. Critics Jack Shepherd for Independent, Matt Trueman for Variety, and Dominic Cavendish for the Daily Telegraph all gave this play five-stars. Critics hope that this play will make younger people interested in live theatre, much like the books turned a generation on to reading.
Sometimes, it seems all the viral videos out there involve stupid human tricks or cute animals. Thankfully, a video was produced by a professional ballet company to challenge these viral video stereotypes and get people excited about ballet. Peter Lindbergh and Stephen Kidd put together a short video in black and white to celebrate the upcoming season for the New York City Ballet. The video is quickly becoming popular among people interested in theater and the performing arts.
The short video showcases the grace and athleticism of ballet dancers. You can see dancers gracefully pose in astounding positions. You can observe plenty of sweating and bending in ways the average person can’t even imagine. You can also see plenty of toned men lift ballerinas high up in the air for dance routines. It truly is incredible to watch, and it makes people realize how athletic and disciplined ballet actually is.
The utilization of black and white for the video lets the viewers connect with the timelessness of ballet. It is a type of disciplined dancing that has been around for hundreds of years, and it will certainly be around for hundreds of years more. This will be long after the latest Hollywood blockbuster is long forgotten. If you are just discovering the beauty of ballet, this is a video to share on your social media websites. If you are an avid follower of ballet, this video will surely get you excited for the upcoming ballet season. Check it out as soon as you can!