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Ever wonder what it takes to prepare the stage for a Broadway Production? Find out first-hand at our WICKED LOAD-IN LUNCH! Tuesday, April 2 from 11:00am-1:00pm at the Auditorium Theatre.
 
We have received special approval for our patrons to view the load-in process for WICKED! (Load-in is the process of the set going from truck to stage in preparation for the show.) Bring your lunch and sit in a designated area of the Theatre while you watch touring professionals and local union employees set up the sights and sounds for WICKED! Come and go as you are able, company representatives will be available to answer questions and explain the process! No RSVP required, simply come to the Auditorium Theatre and take it all in. You won’t believe the transformation!

RBTL’S 2013-2014 SEASON ANNOUNCED!

The 2013-2014 M&T Bank Broadway Season at the Auditorium Theatre, the 30th presented by the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) and Partner Albert Nocciolino, has been announced!

GHOST THE MUSICAL: October 8-13, 2013

WAR HORSE: November 5-10, 2013

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL: December 10-15, 2013

SISTER ACT: February 11-16, 2014

ONCE: March 18-23, 2014

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: April 16-27, 2014

RBTL and Albert Nocciolino are thrilled to be bringing another sensational season of touring Broadway to Rochester! 6-show Season Ticket Packages are on sale now to both renewing and new Subscribers. For additional information on Subscriber benefits or to purchase Season Tickets please call 585.222.5000. Season Tickets are also available online at www.rbtl.org and in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office.

The Book of Mormon Follows Economic Trend

Based on statistical analysis by ‘The Broadway League’, the New York City-based national trade association for the Broadway industry, the local economic impact of Touring Broadway productions are significant.  Our past Blockbusters like WICKED, Jersey Boys and The Lion King all had notable dollars being spent in the Rochester community, and The Book of Mormon followed the trend.  The estimated local economic impact of The Book of Mormon was over 4 million dollars, touching area hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, parking lots, retailers, union workers, vehicle rental companies and more.

Ticket buyers from 36 counties flocked to the Auditorium Theatre to see this highly anticipated production.  61% of sales were from Monroe County, and another 7% from Ontario County, 4% from Wayne County and 3% from Livingston County.

The cast and crew of The Book of Mormon filled over 400 room nights at local hotels.  They visited local tourist attractions, spent their time in Rochester at area restaurants and retailers.  In addition, the show employed over 100 local union workers at the Auditorium Theatre throughout the 8 performances.  Because of Theatre patrons, paid parking areas surrounding the Theatre were full for the entire week.  Local area restaurants were filled with patrons before and after each show.  Out of town ticket buyers stayed in hotels and toured the city, and local retailers were also impacted by theatergoers.

RBTL is thrilled to have had such a successful engagement of The Book of Mormon and we look forward to the remainder of the Season with WICKED and Les Miserables still to come.

So, what is all this talk about Touring Broadway Show lotteries you ask?  Let me give you the scoop.

Some Touring Broadway Shows that come through the Auditorium Theatre will hold a limited number of Orchestra-level seats until the week of the show to use for a lottery drawing.  It’s typically around 20 seats per performance but that is up to each individual show.

In a specified window of time prior to each performance, patrons can enter their names into a drawing for the chance to win the ability to purchase these great seats at what is usually a significantly reduced rate of around $25.  Again, the price may vary by show, but who wouldn’t want to buy a top-price seat (usually in the mid-$70 range or more) for just $25???!!!

In ROCHESTER, the production of THE BOOK OF MORMON will conduct a pre-show lottery March 5-10, 2013 at the box office, making a limited 20 tickets available for each performance at $27.50 apiece.

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance (so for a 7:30pm show you can enter beginning at 5:00pm); each entrant will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain (5:30pm for a 7:30pm show), names will be drawn at random for the chance to purchase that limited number of tickets priced at $27.50 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

Now that you’ve got the details, I’ll see you next week at the lottery!

30 Years of Broadway in Rochester

The 2013-2014 M&T Bank Broadway Season at the Auditorium Theatre will be our 30th Season in Rochester with Presenting Partner, Albert Nocciolino.  We will announce the award-winning lineup of shows on Wednesday, March 13th so check back for the list!

Over the years we recall such memorable shows as:

Dreamgirls

42nd Street

CATS

Camelot

Singin’ in the Rain

South Pacific

Cabaret

Fiddler on the Roof

Les Miserables

A Chorus Line

Peter Pan

The Phantom of the Opera

My Fair Lady

Guys & Dolls

Evita

Jesus Christ Superstar

GREASE

The Sound of Music

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Hello Dolly

West Side Story

Miss Saigon

Chicago

Porgy & Bess

The King And I

Fame

Beauty and the Beast

RENT

Footloose

Fame

Annie

Aida

The Music Man

Mamma Mia!

Hairspray

The Producers

The Lion King

Spamalot

WICKED

Avenue Q

The Drowsy Chaperone

Jersey Boys

The Color Purple

Million Dollar Quartet

Mary Poppins

Memphis

We are thrilled to be bringing yet another season of Broadway to Rochester and can’t wait to share the lineup with you!

WICKED
APRIL 3-21, 2013

AUDITORIUM THEATRE

Patrons are lined up this morning at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office to purchase tickets to the special 3-week return engagement of WICKED.

Back by “Popular” demand. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon and was named “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times.

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete, and completely satisfying, new musical in a long time.” (USA Today).

Tickets are available in person at the box office, by phone at 800.745.3000 and online at: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/164/864373

Student Reviews of The Addams Family

The Addams Family is a musical that the whole family can enjoy, filled with laughter, wit, romance, and the classic show we all fell in love with.

The cast of The Addams Family was phenomenal! Gomez was spot on, Uncle Fester was hilarious, Pugsley was adorable, and Wednesday had an incredible voice! Some of my favorite characters include the ancestors, Grandma, Lurch, and Mrs. Beineke. The acting was fantastic and everyone was well heard! The ancestors were all phenomenal dancers and Gomez and Morticia were featured in “Tangode Amor.”

The set and lighting design was incredible! Contrasting to the dark and spooky house which the Addams reside, I loved the classic red velvet curtain and the beautiful New York City skyline. The fantastic technical aspects were featured throughout the show in various scenes and songs such as “The Moon and Me,” where Uncle Fester “floats” to the moon, doing aerobics in the stars.

The costumes were absolutely stunning! I loved the different white costumes that the ancestors wore. Favorites included the flappers and Marie Antoinette inspired costumes. The rest of the costumes stayed true to the ones from the original TV show.

The orchestra sounded great and the sound quality was very clear. The script and lyrics were very clever and funny, and revealed a great redeeming message.

Despite some minor adult themes and some rude humor, this is a great show for families. I had a great experience seeing The Addams Family with my mother, and I hope that many people in the Rochester area would come to the Auditorium Theatre and enjoy this musical comedy.

-Paige Waldron

The Addams Family. There is so much to say about this musical. I was not actually very familiar with The Addams Family movie, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this show one bit. The songs are hilarious and you never want to miss a second of one.

The actors were amazing performers and their voices were quite exceptional. (I absolutely loved the voice of the girl who played Wednesday!) The sets were creepy and perfect for the show - and they looked great in the Auditorium Theater!

I loved watching the show and I laughed almost every minute. I can’t wait to go and see the show again on Sunday with my school! It is definitely a show worth seeing.

-Hannah Erny

Upon returning to the Auditorium Theatre for the third musical, The Addams Family, I’ve ever seen there, I was enthusiastic to watch my first comedy. Yes, Billy Elliot had highlights that made me laugh but this was the first musical specifically classified as a comedy that I’d attended. I sat in the “Tweet” Seat area among many other ambassadors and chatted about how excited we were. All of the ambassadors I met were kind and funny and made me really feel welcome.

The show soon started after a comical opening from the announcer and I was taken by the gorgeous set within eye sight. The set looked so real that I felt as if I was directly near the Addams Family home. The classic theme song for the Addams Family played and I found myself snapping along when appropriate. Much to my surprise, others were also snapping along at the oh too familiar tune!

After some finger snapping on my part, I found out what happens “When You’re an Addams”. The most amazing thing by far throughout the entire show, in my opinion, was how true to the original the costumes and actors looked. It was as if I was watching the cartoon come to life before my very eyes. I was standing in the same auditorium as the real Addams Family!

The musical numbers that really made me happy were the comedic ones. Most of the songs kept me either laughing or feeling the love in the air. Whether it was Gomez, Jesse Sharp, explaining the things he’d never do or Wednesday, Jennifer Fogarty, torturing Pugsley, Jeremy Todd Shinder, and him enjoying it, I was entertained throughout the entire show. There was never a dull moment.

Comedic timing was nearly perfect in the show, especially with Grandma, Amanda Bruton, and Gomez. Some jokes were a little vulgar but then again, those were the jokes that got the most laughs. Other jokes about people such as Barack Obama and Charlie Sheen left me laughing just as hard.

The ensemble cast of Addams Family was especially incredible when it came to the harmonies of each group number. I wasn’t sure which actress belted the high soprano notes above everyone but it added an effect to the song that was unmatched in any I had seen before. The ensemble also managed to be in sync with every dance move performed. Each character, though nameless, I felt was an actual ancestor with a back story and that is what makes a good ensemble!

The set itself was, without a doubt, well-made and used properly. Each set change was seamless and hardly noticeable. It’s amazing how a simple setting can change the feel of the entire show. Without such a fantastic set, the show might not have been as good!

One thing I noticed is that Lucas, Bryan Welnicki, and Wednesday’s relationship truly seemed genuine! I was rooting for love the entire time! I don’t think the pairing could have been cast any better if someone tried and I don’t think anyone will ever cast it better! One of the funniest lines regarding these two was when Lucas tried to act cool around Pugsley! I may have passed out from how funny the look on Pugsley’s face was!

Speaking of Wednesday, I must admit that I was, in fact, jealous that she had such an incredible voice. There was not a second where she was flat or off key. Her voice carried throughout the entire auditorium. When she sang “One Normal Night” and helped sing “Crazier Than You”, I was left in awe at how perfect her belting was. I would give up my musical theater soul for a voice half as amazing as hers was!

Lucas was a heartthrob that left my friend blushing at how sweet he was. He was an amazing actor with real talent. I looked forward to scenes involving his love for Wednesday and how he would rather die than leave her. However, I did find myself in a difficult position to hear his musical solos. His voice was lighter than any other, so his voice did not carry as well as it should have. Overall, his voice, when heard, was crystal clear and on pitch!

The most memorable number of the show had to be Uncle Fester, Shaun Rice, singing “The Moon and Me”. I was in shock as to how it looked like he was actually floating around the stage. I still can’t figure out exactly how they did that! It looked so real that I thought that he was actually going to start flying into the audience to catch the moon! Not to mention the ending when he “became the moon” in his own little way!

The writing of the show overall was some of the best I’ve seen. It stayed true to the original while still adding some new characters and plot lines. I’d never have thought that the Addams Family could even remotely be turned into a love story but the writer successfully executed it! I was impressed at the jokes and how everyone wanted to have a “bad time”! If bad means good to this family, then I had an awful time at this show!

When it came to what I like to call in every show, “The Person That Caught My Eye The Most And Is Going To Be A Superstar Someday Because They’re So Impressive”, would have to be Pugsley! I have never seen such talent come from anyone, let alone a kid who is several years younger than I. Every second he was on stage, I knew this kid knew what he was doing! He did the dance moves perfect, his vocals were top notch, and his acting was like no one I have ever seen in my life! I wanted to thank him so much and give him a hug because he impressed me to a point where even as I’m writing this, I still know he’s going to be going places! It only goes up from here!

In the end, this show made me laugh, love, smile, sad, happy, and everything in between! By far, the best musical I have ever seen in my entire life! Overall, I’d give this show a 9.8 out of 10 and I hope to someday see it again! Everyone should go see this show! It’s an experience you will NEVER forget!

-Angel L. Zayas Jr.

Group Discounts Available at the Auditorium Theatre!!

Want to see a show at the Auditorium Theatre and get your tickets discounted?  Book a group and receive these amazing benefits: (Concierge services available at the request of the group leader)

1)     Individual usher to greet your group and escort you to your seats.

2)     Playbill’s for your group ready and waiting at your seats.

3)     Personalized service to answer any and all of your questions the night of the show.

4)     Flexible payment plan options

What kind of discount can you expect? *discounts apply to specified performances, subject to vary by show.

Addams Family – save between 10%-20% per ticket!

Group minimum is 15 people for a saving of 10% OR book a group of 40 people or more and save 20%! Group tickets start as low as $28.50.

Check out this sneak peak of the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=OFL31a7HVho

Wicked (buy now before the public!) – save 10% per ticket!

Group minimum is 15 people, with ticket prices starting as low as $32.50.

Check out this behind the scenes video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=EA530E32ZQE&list=PLD9A8A24BA71A7DBE

Les Miserables – save between 10%-20% per ticket!

Group minimum is 20 people for a saving of 10% OR book a group of 40 people or more and save 20%! Group tickets starting as low as $32.50.

Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ySAIHoZB5xo

For more information you can directly contact our Group Sales Coordinator, Christina Moore at: Christina@rbtl.org or (585) 277-3304. Also, check out our website for more group information http://rbtl.org/group-sales.aspx .

—AUDrey

jennpup asked:

My 9 year old daughter is obsessed with Wicked. She's a performing arts student and her Christmas wish was to see Wicked again. We are making a special trip to Rochester the first weekend of April from Canada to see Wicked on Saturday's matinee and I'm wondering if there are any meet/greets that weekend (Friday night, Saturday or Sunday) or some way she can meet any members of the cast. There's a cute video of her as Glinda on youtube (search Delphine Popular from Wicked) Thanks for your help!

At this time there are no meet and greets confirmed and we are uncertain what the show will be able to do when they are in town.  Right now they are focusing on the February on-sale so in-town discussions will likely not occur until mid-March.  Please check back in late March as we should have a better idea at that time.

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