Book of Mormon Lottery tickets for less than $30!

Update – tickets are just $25. Yeah I thought that price looked strange the first time I saw it too. The BAA FB page updated the price in a post after I shared this info.

Book of Mormon is offering a select number of “lottery” tickets during the run of the show at the Paramount Theatre Jan 8 – 20, 2013! This is a hot ticket item, so take advantage of this deal!

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FREE: 5th Avenue Theatre hosts RENT Spotlight night June 20

Get your free tickets to Spotlight Night at The 5th Avenue Theatre for the musical, RENT. Spotlight night is a behind the scenes look at the upcoming production, with special guests talking about the musical and live musical performances from the show.  Fun, free and informative! Get your free tickets, here. 

More info about RENT at The 5th Avenue, playing July 21 – August 19, 2012, here.

Cast of the production includes Daniel Berryman, Aaron C. Finley, Naomi Morgan (who is a doll and I cannot wait to see in the role of Mimi, which she is sure to ROCK), Jerick Hoffer, Ryah Nixon, Andi Alhadeff (a beautiful girl, inside and out, with a voice to match), Brandon O’Neill (so fun to watch), Eric Ankrim (who directed Balagan’s recent production of Spring Awakening), Sarah Rose Davis (comic-adorableness), Antonia Darlene, Kirsten deLohr Helland, Jimmie D. Herrod Jr., Diana Huey (so much talent and charm), Andrew Leonard, Trina Mills (awesome, sexy dancer), Casey Raiha, Heath Saunders, Patrick Shelton, Logan Benedict, Bryan Gula, Lindsay Hedberg, Henry Nettleton and Sarah Russell.

Seattle Rep announces 50th Season lineup

I’ve been attending Seattle Rep since I was a teenage years and there’s a reason they are a nationally and internationally known theatre – some of the best shows in Seattle take place on their stages in the Seattle Center neighborhood. My parents have been season ticket holders for well over a decade (how long, Mom?) and always try to make it to the performances that feature “Talk Backs” after the show, where some of the creative team and actors join the audience for a in-depth look into the production.  I’m excited to hear from them what shows in the next season they are looking forward to seeing the most.

The Seattle Times reports on their upcoming season, as Seattle Repertory Theatre celebrates it’s 50th year (Seattle Pocket notes peppered throughout):

Pullman Porter Blues” (Bagley Wright Theatre, Sept. 27-Oct. 28), a new blues musical by Seattle’s Cheryl West about African-American train porters.

With The Paramount Theatre, the Rep will host a tour run and Seattle debut of the Tony-winning “War Horse” (at The Paramount, Feb. 12-24, 2013). (See the Paramount’s full season, here.

“The Glass Menagerie,” by Tennesee Williams will be mounted by Rep associate artistic director Braden Abraham (Leo K. Theatre, Oct. 19-Dec. 1). (I went to college with Abraham and let me tell you: his creative work is something else. I can’t wait to see how he brings this gem of a play, The Glass Menagerie, to life.  There will be magic when Abraham meets Williams. Even if you’ve seen productions of this show before, don’t miss this one! You can thank me later. Tennesee Williams an American favorite and this play is one of his best.)

“Inspecting Carol” (Bagley Wright, Nov. 23-Dec. 23): This antic satire about a hapless theater troupe butchering “A Christmas Carol” was devised by ex-Rep head Daniel Sullivan and company actors in 1991. (I’ve seen this show before and can’t wait to hear who will be cast in this year’s production. Charming, a great choice for the holidays for everyone in need of a laugh. Which means, get your tickets early.)

“American Buffalo” (Bagley Wright, Jan. 11-Feb. 10, 2013): by David Mamet

New Play Festival (Poncho Forum, January 2013) (Kudos to “big” Seattle theatre (who also struggle – support them with donations and subscriptions!) for supporting new works!)

“Photograph 51” (Leo K., Feb. 1-March 3, 2013): Abraham directs Anna Ziegler’s bio-play about scientist Rosalind Franklin and her unsung role in the discovery of the double helix mechanism of DNA. (Well, this one sounds quirky and fun! I can’t wait to learn more in their preview pieces.  Love the combo of a real story in a show that also encourages women to become scientists in a field that is still male dominated.)

“Good People” (Bagley Wright, March 8-April 7, 2013) byDavid Lindsay-Abaire

“Boeing-Boeing” (Bagley Wright, April 19-May 19, 2013)  Says Manning, “It’s a crowd-pleaser, a comedy that works like a Swiss watch.” (Heard great things about the recent Broadway revival – can’t wait to see!)

See full Seattle Times article by Misha Berson, here. 

Some of my favorite productions that I’ve seen The Seattle Rep include The K of D, an urban legend, The 39 Steps, Fences, The Cook, Take Me Out, Topdog/UnderdogThe Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, and Waiting For Godot.

What shows most appeal to your tastes in the coming season? Favorite past shows at The Rep?

Pike Place Market contains hundreds of hidden “pockets”

SeattleTravel.com asked me to write an article about Pike Place Market, to share some local insights with potential tourists.  Without an abundance of words to work with, it was hard to choose what businesses to highlight.  I dare say, I could write this post five times over and still have businesses to talk about. Did your favorite Pike Place Market business make the cut? Let me know!  If not, chime in on the comments or on Facebook or Twitter!

An excerpt:

…Staying at a location that has a kitchenette? There’s nothing more satisfying than a fresh meal right from the market. Sosio’s Produce has been handed down through generations and their friendly staff are always at the ready with a sample to try, news of what’s in season, and are a great resource for produce questions. Prefer to have others do the cooking? You can’t walk far without stumbling over many incredible restaurants.  If you’re craving a Parisian experience– MaximilienCafe CampagneMarche and Le Pichet (oh, the pastries!) are local favorites.  The Crumpet Shop is a delight for the senses, with unique savory and sweet rotating menu options.  If you’re a sucker for freshly made pasta, you can’t go go wrong with Il Corvo, down the steps from the market on Western Avenue.  Want to show off to your friends by treating them an incredible meal at an  off-the-beaten path gem of a restaurant? Step up the stairs to the 3rd floor of the Corner Market Building to Matt’s in the Market, where you can dine on deliciously locally sourced dishes with a grand view of the market clock, Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Full article, here.

Sosio’s Produce. Photo by Mark Hinderliter

Wicked & Book of Mormon coming to Seattle 2012/2013

Broadway at the Paramount announced their season tonight!

I’ve been meaning to see Wicked for years now and can’t wait for this October when it returns to town. Brandon and I have been talking about seeing this show together since we first started dating and are definitely getting tickets. It seems like every time it’s been in town we’ve had something come up – this is a show you will not want to wait to buy tickets for, as it is bound to sell out.  Another buy-as-soon-as-you-can show: The Book of Mormon. They wow’ed me with their number on the Tony Awards on TV (sweeping the Tony Awards itself didn’t hurt this show’s popularity, either) and I’ll be sure to get tickets as soon as they go on sale. In my previous job, I sometimes had to order tickets in New York for this production for VIPs and it was a HOT ticket – very hard to wrestle tickets for, so I’ll be sure to snag some as soon as single tickets go on sale.

Here’s a number from The Book of Mormon, I Believe:

UPDATE: Sent a Facebook message to Brandon down the hall – it’s decided, we’ll definitely be seeing these shows when they come to town.   I’m pretty interested in seeing Sister Act – might be a girls night out for that one. Maybe bring mom and dad?

What shows are you excited for? Who do you think has a more vibrant season, The Paramount or 5th Avenue Theatre?

5th Avenue Theatre to bring back some of the BEST Musicals for 12/13 Season

Two of my favorite musicals of all time, Jersey Boys & Memphis, are coming back to The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle!  Having worked at The 5th for 8+ years, I’ve seen a lot of shows, and these two are ones that are HUGE crowd pleasers that are not to be missed.

While The 5th isn’t presenting a brand new musical as they usually do (Memphis played The 5th Avenue before it became a major hit on Broadway), the 12/13 season is full of fun. They’re also bringing Elf, The Addams Family and The Music Man.

Other shows include Grey Gardens (in partnership with ACT Theatre) and Pirates of Penzance.  The latter is billed in The 5th’s email newsletter as “One of the most popular musicals of all time.” I’m personally not a Gilbert & Sullivan fan, but classic musical lovers will be drawn to this show, I expect.  And my fella is excited to check it out, if only because it’s one of the classics he’s never seen. “Isn’t that ‘Modern Major General’ song from that show?” He asked me tonight. Turns out, yes. “Hoarders meet the Hamptons” in  Grey Gardens – casting will be everything in this intimate production…excited to hear more news about it in the coming months.  Tempted to watch the Drew Barrymore version of the movie soon to check out the show.

Jersey Boys is electrifying and full of musical fun with the story and music of Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons.  It’s a great show to take your date, best friend or mom to.  Generations of people love this show and one can only hope we’ll see Seattle actor Jason Kappus in the role of Bob Gaudio for this production.

The Music Man is a movie that evokes fond memories of childhood for me – who wouldn’t fall in love with this story and music.  The 5th Avenue’s orchestra is always fantastic and I can’t wait to hear them “trombone” away. I have a feeling this will be one of those productions where people walk away knowing that was the best production of The Music Man they will ever see.

Elf takes the stage for Nov 30 – Dec 31 – I haven’t heard much about this production but I’m glad to see the Seattle arts world will be gifted with a unique option for the holidays. As with most movies where the lead is so iconic to watchers (Gene Kelly in White Christmas, Tim Curry in Rocky Horror), the biggest challenge of this show is in the casting/directing and of course performance of the main character – Will Ferrell has some big pointy shoes to fill!

What can I say about Memphis? Not enough. The story alone is riveting and inspiring. Add in the incredible score and dancing that makes the audience jump out of their seats to dance in the aisles at curtain call, and you’ve got one of the best musicals ever made.  I’ve seen this production multiple times and applaud The 5th for bringing it back to the theatre so soon – audiences who missed it before Broadway will be in for a treat, while the rest of us will feel like we’ve reconnected with old friends when the beloved (and rockin‘) characters take the stage.

Above all, don’t miss Memphis and Jersey Boys. If you saw them before, you probably won’t be hesitating to buy your tickets for a second time.  These shows must be seen live for the full experience – the dancing, music and stories of each will be some of the best theatre you will see in Seattle all year.  I may just have to relearn a little bit of the Jersey Boys choreography again soon.

Have you seen any of these shows, at The 5th or elsewhere?  I’d love to hear your thoughts! What shows in particular are you most excited for?

Season tickets and more information, here.

Tonight, The 5th Avenue hosted a twitter chat during their season announcement party – check out hashtag #5th1213 to check it out! Kudos to Chris Marcacci at 5th Avenue Theatre for his hard work – they trended on Twitter in Seattle!

Incredible story from Seattle Children’s Theatre & Children’s Theatre Company

Just take a look at the performance notes from a production of Harold & the Purple Crayon by Seattle Children’s Theatre: (UPDATE: This particular performance took place at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN today, where the Seattle Children’s Theatre production of Harold and the Purple Crayon is now being performed, through February 26th).

Image: Ron Darling

This story is just one example of why theater and arts are important in our lives.  There really is nothing that compares to the magic that happens between a live performance and it’s audience.  My nieces love their special outings with me to Seattle Children’s Theatre (we are subscribers) and it really helps bring their imaginations to life.  If this story has moved you, consider donating to SCT to help them continue their work in our community and across the country. Thanks to Ron Darling for sharing this story with us on Facebook.

Up next at SCT: A Single Shard, HELP, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Some of the nieces and my favorite SCT productions include A Year with Frog & Toad, Pero, Give a Mouse a Cookie and Go Dog Go.  What have been some of your favorites?

*Special thanks to Robert Dunn who added clarification to the location of this performance in the comments, below. If you are in Minnesota and interested in attending Harold & The Purple Crayon, it runs through February 26th.  More info and tickets, here. I have a personal tie to Children’s Theatre Company in MN, as I performed in the run of Madeline’s Rescue in the late ’80s! What a fun time that was.  As a kid who was introduced to theatre as a child and was encouraged to follow my passion (thanks mom and dad!), I really know first hand how important the arts are in a child’s life.  If you have influence on a kid, be it parent, aunt, friend-aunt or big sister/big brother, bring them to a play, no matter where you are.  

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Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker – Contest

The Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker is back for it’s 6th year!  This “spectacle of  ecdysiastic pageantry” opened last night at The Triple Door and plays until December 24th.  I’m excited to check it out live for the first time tomorrow night.  In a town swimming in Burlesque shows, this group of performers are some of the cream of the crop, including Lily Verlaine, Miss Indigo Blue, Kitten La Rue and Jasper McCann of The Atomic Bombshells and one of my personal favorite performers in Seattle: DanceBelt’s Waxie Moon.

Land of the Sweets is giving away a pair of tickets on their Facebook page (as well as 3 picture books from the show).  You can enter to win, here.

Now through December 24 – buy tickets here.

Contest: Tickets to Team Up For Non Profits at The Tractor Tavern

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Team Up for Non Profits provides our Seattle community with live music concert nights that benefit rotating non profits.  Their upcoming event at The Tractor Tavern in Ballard on Thursday, December 15th is a fundraiser to keep their organization going into the new year!  Bands Drew Grow & The Pastor Wives, Lower Lights Burning and Chris Cunningham will come together for this fun night. More about this creative organization, here. 

Buy tickets, here, through Brown Paper Tickets.

You can also enter to win 2 tickets to the show – simply post in the comments below was Seattle area non-profit you think Team Up should support in future concerts. Contest ends EOD Tuesday.

Be sure to like Team Up on Facebook. 

Carol Brunettes perform tonight at Figgy Pudding in Westlake Center

The Carol Brunettes are back for their 4th year, rewriting rock and pop songs into holiday carols, to raise money for the Pike Market Senior Center & Downtown Food Bank, as part of a holiday tradition called “The Great Figgy Pudding!”

Come see our group sing between 6:15pm and 7:15pm tonight outside of All Saints at 5th & Pine in downtown Seattle.

Want to donate to the cause? Donate here, on Carol Brunette member dL’s page (she has a donor who has pledged to match up to $5000 in donations).

A donation of $25 will feed around 40 adults~  Any donation, even just $5 matters. You are helping feed and provide other important support to the low income and homeless folks in our area. Wish you could donate more, but can’t? Share this blog post, our Facebook Event page, or the donation link via Facebook, email or Twitter and encourage your friends to join you by making a small donation as well.  If you’ve donated here or on our other fundraising page, THANK YOU!

The Carol Brunettes won “Most Creative Performance” in 2010 Figgy Pudding, for their performance of “I Love Mistletoe,” a rewrite of the classic Joan Jett song.

2011 Carol Brunettes: Alida, Carolyn, dL, Harmony, Karianne, Keridwyn, Kristi, Laura, Leah, Somer & Teela!

The event is outdoors! Stay for our set (nine songs), then wander around to listen to the 39 other caroling groups.  Pick up a People’s Choice ballot at the info/check in desk and vote for us!  But most of all, bundle up and have fun as we sing  rewritten songs from Journey, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga and more, for this important cause!

5pm Pre-Figgy Entertainment

6:15-7:15 Teams singing on the streets

7:15 Drumline procession
7:30-8:30 Sing-off on main stage (The Carol Brunettes will sing one song if we are in the top two teams nominated for Most Creative or People’s Choice)