May 16th, 2013 No Comments
If you’ve missed the Fresh Beat Band last time they went on tour, take heart in knowing that you can catch Kiki, Marina, Twist, and Shout as they go on tour once again, performing 60 shows in their tour that will take them around the country beginning in November.
The Fresh Beat Band is one of the most popular shows for preschoolers that teaches about solving everyday problems, all the while setting tasks and challenges to perfect rhyming and the freshest beats to teach children about music, while they’re learning about friendship and respecting each other. When the show was last on tour it sold out in many venues and so, producers decided to take it on the road once again.
“The Fresh Beat Band is back by popular demand,” said Dough Cohn, SVP, Music, Nickelodeon. “The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert Tour has been so successful because it provides 90 minutes of family bonding time where kids and parents can laugh, sing and dance along with the fantastic Fresh Beats.”
The tour kicks off on November 12, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at Majestic Theatre. From there the Fresh Beats will travel around to some of America’s biggest cities including Austin, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, New York City, Orlando, Baltimore, Nashville, Miami Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Phoenix to name just a few.
Tickets are now on sale so don’t miss your chance to see the Fresh Beat Band today!
May 14th, 2013 No Comments
The Who and Maroon 5 were both unfortunately knocked out of the top five highest-grossing concert tours of the week. So, who took their place? And will you be going to any of these concerts?
5.) Pink, The Truth About Love Tour
Average ticket price: $76.84
Last week’s rank: 3
Pink’s tour slips two spots this week, but she’ll most likely continue to be in the top five for several more weeks to come. This tour doesn’t wrap up until the end of July!
4.) Kenny Chesney, No Shoes Nation
Average ticket price: $78.39
Kenny Chesney takes one of the empty slots on the charts this week, as he gets even more fans out to see his show. And with his new album, Life on a Rock, out just last week, it’s no wonder why!
3.) George Strait, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour
Average ticket price: $83.53
Last week’s rank: 2
George Strait slips just one spot this week, but fans know that this is their very last chance to see this legend in concert. As such, he’s likely to fall into the top five until next year, when this tour will sadly do a final wrap.
2.) Bon Jovi, What About Now Tour
Average ticket price: $96.53
Last week’s rank: 1
Bon Jovi drops from the top spot and into the second this week. Still, these rockers are proving that they’ve still got all of that, and with a new album out, even more! There’s nothing like seeing these Jersey boys in concert, so it’s not surprising seeing it still sit so high at the top.
1.) Taylor Swift, Red Tour
Average ticket price: $81.31
Taylor Swift dominates wherever she goes, but even though this tour has been running since March, it’s the first time it’s made it into the top five. Taylor made it in a big way though, climbing all the way to the number one spot in just one week. Although, the announcement she made that Red’s going to Australia might have had something to do with the renewed interest, too.
May 10th, 2013 No Comments
When Toronto Blue Jays pitcher JA Happ was hit in the head by a line drive on Tuesday, RA Dickey said that it sounded “like two bats” hitting each other. Happ immediately fell to the pitcher’s mound, face down, and covering one side of his head with both hands. Eight minutes later he was taken off the field on a stretcher and a total of eleven minutes later, play resumed. Everyone imagined the worst but remarkably, less than 24 hours later he was back at Tropicana Field. Not to play this time, but to talk about how lucky he is.
When Happ first arrived at Tropicana Field, he first met with players from his team as well as Desmond Jennings, who hit the line drive that struck Happ. After assuring everyone that he was feeling fine, he then spoke to reporters.
“I feel really fortunate,” he said. “It looks like I moved just a little bit. I don’t remember doing that, but it looks like it was just enough to where it must have caught me in a better spot, because I think it could have got me head on.”
Speaking about his injuries, he said, “I’ve got some stitches and there’s a fracture in the skull, I suppose, behind my ear, but it’s not serious or threatening. We’ll let those heal.”
The hit is something that’s still weighing heavily on the minds of those around the league, and many are wondering what can be done to prevent something like it happening in the future, and perhaps with more unfortunate results. The league is currently looking at many options, including protective headwear that would absorb impact and protect pitchers’ heads.
Meanwhile, Happ has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, but appears to be doing very well.
May 8th, 2013 No Comments
Bruno Mars has been releasing new tour dates just about as fast as he can, and all over the world, too. But just as quickly as he announces them, fans quickly snatch them up and sell out the venue he’s performing in. But that’s no problem for Bruno. If a concert is sold out along the way, he’ll just add another one to give fans even more chances to see him. But there are only so many days left in the year, so don’t hesitate to get your tickets when Bruno comes to your town. And with 45 North American dates, and over 30 in Europe, there’s a good chance he will!
The tour is the Moonshine Jungle World Tour, and the North American leg kicks off on June 22 in Washington, D.C. and will run in over 45 cities until it wraps up in Coliseo de Puerto Rico on September 1. For those dates, the Fits and the Tantrums, as well as Ellie Goulding, will be along as the supporting acts.
From there, Bruno will take a short break for the month of September, but will pick right back up where he left off in the UK on October 2 in Belfast. He travel throughout different cities there until November 25, when he’s wrap up the European leg with a stop in Newcastle, UK.
Think he’s done there? Those may be all the dates that Bruno has booked for this year, but he has no plans on stopping. With the new year will come an Australian leg, which currently only has shows planned throughout Australia and New Zealand for the time being. But with the way Bruno’s been adding on dates, don’t be surprised to find those Aussie venues filling up too.
For a full listing of the dates and venues where Bruno will be performing, you can check out the Bruno Mars tickets page on TicketSeating.com. And then for goodness sakes, don’t wait any longer! Get your tickets today!
May 5th, 2013 No Comments
They’ve done it with “Footloose,” and they’ve done it with “Annie.” Now Broadway producers are hoping that they can take all the magic of the big screen once again and translate it to the stage. And they’re going to do it with a most unlikely film — “Rocky.”
The stage production follows closely along with the film, keeping true to the story of Rocky Balboa, the boxer who just wanted to be the best there ever was; and yes, all the while still trying to win over Adrianna, known better to Rocky as simply Adrian. But this time, it’s all set to music so that audience-goers can really feel the adrenaline of “Eye of the Tiger” and “Gonna Fly Now.” And they’ll also see some dance numbers unlike any of they’ve ever seen before. Instead of kick lines there are beautiful spars and fights, all in perfectly choreographed movement.
That choreography will be done by Steven Hoggett, while the score was written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The story was written by Thomas Meehan, while the original screenplay was written by Sylvester Stallone. The Broadway show is also being produced by Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA.
This version of the show has already been tested in Hamburg, Germany, and was met with high success. Drew Sarich took on the role of Rocky for the German production, although no casting has been announced for the Broadway musical. Producers are hoping that the musical will be running at the Winter Garden by February of next year.
May 3rd, 2013 No Comments
If you’re planning on heading out to Broadway and catch one of the best shows on Earth, you’ll have plenty to choose from. There are tons of plays and musicals currently dominating the box office, giving you the pick of the litter. Here are some of the biggest shows playing on Broadway right now.
Matilda just opened earlier this month on Broadway, after making the move over from London. The play, which is about a young girl who lives with vicious parents and an even worse headmistress, has grossed over $20 million in ticket sales in just its first few weeks. This week it took in $1,129,419.
With many of the same themes of Matilda running throughout, and the nostalgia that the title of this musical brings, it’s no surprise that Annie ($813,203 this week) is another Broadway favorite that’s still going strong. When it first opened, the box office was immediately sold out. And while sales have been dipping a bit for this classic, they’re sure to get another boost when Glee’s Jane Lynch takes on the role of Miss Hannigan.
Kinky Boots (grossing $1.056,926 this week) is still showing as well, and it grossed nearly as much as Matilda. These two musicals are also said to be the front-runners for the Tony award for Best Musical this year. However, Motown, which made just about $100,000 more than Kinky Boots ($1,151,759) could give it a real run for its money.
And if it’s plays rather than musicals that you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with Bette Midler’s one-woman show, I’ll Eat You Last. With seven sold out performances, $686,031 grossed last week, and breaking the record at the Booth Theater, it’s clear to see why audiences just can’t wait to Eat!
May 1st, 2013 No Comments
How the Western Conference would shape up for the Stanley Cup Playoffs was decided a few days ago; but it took right up until almost the last minute for things to be settled in the East. Perhaps it’s because they got there first that the first games of the playoffs will be held in the West.
On Tuesday the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Minnesota Wild; the Anaheim Ducks will host the Detroit Red Wings; and St. Louis will host the defending Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings. The San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks will also meet in Round One, when the Canucks host the Sharks on Wednesday, May 1.
Things weren’t as firmly decided in the East until this past Sunday, when the Boston Bruins hosted the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa was facing three potential teams in the first round, depending on how Sunday’s game with Boston went. After the Sens won in regulation, they’ll now face the Montreal Canadiens, beginning on Thursday, May 2.
Also starting their series on May 2 will be the New York Rangers, when they head to Washington to take on the Capitals. But fans in the East won’t have to wait that long to see playoff action.
The Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders on May 1; while the Boston Bruins will also host the Toronto Maple Leafs on the same night.
Did your team make the playoffs this year? Who do you think will be the winners of the eight different series? And who will win the Stanley Cup?
April 24th, 2013 No Comments
We’ve become more accustomed to seeing him on the Broadway stage or taking up various roles on television and the silver screen. Now though, Harry Connick Jr. is going back to his roots with a new music album, and it’s the most personal he’s ever written. To promote the album, and give his fans a chance to see him for just who he is, the megastar is also taking the album out on the road this summer!
The album will be his seventeenth studio album and it’s titled, Every Man Should Know. It will be out on June 11, and the singer said in a press release that it’s his most personal album yet.
“No rules, no limits,” Connick says. “I used to be more comfortable writing…ideas that intrigued me but didn’t necessarily come from personal experience. It’s one thing to assume the role of a storyteller — it’s quite another when the story is your own. I felt ready to explore some of my personal experiences in some of the songs this time around.”
He also says that while it’s the most personal, it’s also the most eclectic album he’s ever made. While it does largely stick to his roots in jazz, the album also contains “straight-up country” and guests such as trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and vocalist Kim Burrell.
The tour to support the album will be almost a month long, beginning on June 19 in Baltimore and wrapping up on July 17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In between Connick will also be stopping into Rhode Island, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Atlanta, and Pennsylvania, to name just a few of the tour stops.
April 22nd, 2013 No Comments
Daniel Tosh is probably best known as the host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, which uses a lot of viral web videos to get laughs out of viewers as Tosh interjects his comedy in between. He’s also a successful stand up comedian, though.
Tosh really burst onto the scene in 2001 when he was on the Late Show with David Letterman. Eventually, one Comedy Central special led to another before he picked up his own show in 2009. Tosh is known for pushing the boundaries of acceptable comedy, so his content often includes jokes about racism and sexism.
Tosh has had a running joke that he will end his career on May 29, although he has a slew of shows scheduled starting on May 30 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Still, you never know. The last chance to see Daniel Tosh perform could come on April 19 and April 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada when he performs at the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage.
Tosh is always coming up with fresh material, but he has released one CD, one DVD and one combination CD and DVD. Those might give some sense of what you can expect to hear from his routine this year. True Stories I Made Up was released in 205, while Completely Serious came out in 2007 and Happy Thoughts dropped in 2011.
Any time Tosh performs without the constraints of television censorship, you never know exactly what you might get. On top of his own admission to making misogynistic and racist jokes that he finds funny even if he doesn’t believe them, Daniel Tosh was at the center of controversy last July after accusations that he made inappropriate jokes about rape.
Tosh denied that the accusations were accurate, but apologized for his remarks nonetheless. A long list of prominent comedians then came out to support his right to speak uncensored as a comedian, much in the tradition of many comics who pushed the boundaries of acceptable speech in the past.
You may not know exactly what you’ll get, but you know that Tosh won’t be afraid to speak his mind and there are sure to be plenty of laughs so get your tickets now for his shows in Las Vegas on April 19 and 20.
April 15th, 2013 No Comments
Last night audiences at McCarter Theatre were privy to a very special treat — Rebecca Taichman’s take on Shakespeare’s Winter Tale. Taichman has done plays before, both taking on Shakespeare and being done at McCarter. But, this being a play that “has everything, really,” as lead actor Mark Harelik puts it, people were doubly excited, and doubly as anxious to see if Taichman could pull it off. Turns out she can, and with flying colors, too.
The Winter’s Tale is a story about King Leontes, and how he believes that his wife, Hermione, is having affections for his best friend. Acting upon his jealousy he imprisons her, leaving her to give birth to their child in her jail cell; and then later having that child abandoned. Only after he can no longer have Hermione at all, and after she starts haunting his dreams, does he begin to realize his deep love for her, and need to be reunited with her once again.
Taichman has only a small cast for this production, so many characters assume many different roles — and many, many different costumes — throughout the play’s entirety. Mark Harelik takes on the main role of King Leontes, while Hannah Yelland (Tony-nominated for 2011′s Brief Encounter) will be playing the part of Leontes’ wife, Hermione.
The play, directed by Taichman, eliminates parts of the script that are difficult for audiences to follow; and set after intricate set by Christine Jones pulls this great show together from beginning to end. Opening night is over, but you can catch The Winter’s Tale at McCarter Theatre in Princeton until April 21.