Broadway Ticket Availability
NEW YORK (AP) _ It’s nice to know some things are staying the same at ``The Producers,″ the Mel Brooks musical that begins its second year on Broadway in April.
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, the hit show’s original stars, leave March 17, and two days later, British actor Henry Goodman and television star Steven Weber take over the roles of those theatrical scamps, Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom.
Yet the sterling supporting cast will remain, starting with Tony winners Gary Beach and Cady Huffman. Beach plays Roger De Bris, the more-than-flamboyant theater director, while Huffman portrays the blond Swedish bombshell Ulla. Also continuing are Roger Bart as Carmen Ghia, De Bris’ devoted personal assistant, and Brad Oscar as Franz Liebkind, the neo-Nazi playwright who writes ``Springtime for Hitler.″
But don’t look for ticket availability to ease very much over the coming months. Tickets are now on sale through March 2003. Some scattered seats are available this summer, but for orchestra locations on Friday and Saturday nights, try for dates after Jan. 1.
Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of shows as of Feb. 21. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters’ box offices for the shows listed. Details about how to obtain tickets _ including by calling the box office, Telecharge or Ticketmaster _ appear at the end.
_``Aida.″ Elton John and Tim Rice’s crowd-pleaser of a musical based on the ancient Egyptian love triangle. John’s music may be the show’s initial lure, but audiences will be wowed by designer Bob Crowley’s spectacular sets and often outlandish costumes. Palace. Ticketmaster.
_``An Almost Holy Picture.″ Kevin Bacon stars in a wispy, meandering meditation by Heather McDonald about a church groundskeeper and his crisis of faith. A Roundabout Theatre Company production. American Airlines/Selwyn. 212-719-1300. Closes April 7.
_``Bea Arthur on Broadway.″ The star of television’s ``Maude″ and ``Golden Girls″ chats and sings. Booth. Closes March 24.
_``Beauty and the Beast.″ For those who want a lavish, literal, live-action version of the delightful Disney cartoon feature, this is the ticket. Others may be content to rent the film. Lunt-Fontanne. Ticketmaster.
_``Cabaret.″ A blistering, high-concept revival of the Kander and Ebb musical set in pre-World War II Berlin. Still one of the most memorable musicals of the last four decades. A Roundabout Theatre Company production at Studio 54. Telecharge.
_``Chicago.″ A potent revival of the 1975 Bob Fosse musical with a sassy Kander and Ebb score. Now Broadway’s longest running musical revival _ and deservedly so. Shubert. Telecharge.
_``Contact.″ Three very different stories about love and relationships told through dance, directed with affection and a sure sense of the theatrical by Susan Stroman. Vivian Beaumont. Telecharge.
_``Elaine Stritch: At Liberty.″ The musical-theater performer brings her acclaimed one-woman show to Broadway. Stritch does five performances a week, Wednesday through Sunday. Neil Simon. Ticketmaster. Closes May 26.
_``Forty-Second Street.″ Those tapping feet are back. A loud, relentless revival of one of the biggest musical hits of the 1980s. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Ticketmaster.
_``Les Miserables.″ It’s been shortened a bit, but this musical retelling of the epic Victor Hugo novel still pushes three hours, a journey made bearable by a still-jaunty and lushly romantic score. Imperial. Telecharge.
_``Mamma Mia!″ The London musical sensation featuring the pop songs of ABBA finally makes it to Broadway. Flimsy plot and loud music but several terrific performances including lead Louise Pitre. A special ``Mamma Mia!″ Telecharge number 212-563-5544. Difficult.
_``Metamorphoses.″ A reworking of Ovid’s classic tales of love and longing by director Mary Zimmerman. Much of the action takes place in a large pool of shallow water. Now in previews. Opens March 4. Circle in the Square. Telecharge.
_``Noises Off.″ Patti LuPone, Peter Gallagher and Richard Easton star in a revival of Michael Frayn’s riotous farce about an inept theater company. Brooks Atkinson. Ticketmaster.
_``One Mo’ Time.″ The New Orleans musical revue that was a big hit off-Broadway more than decade ago finds its way to Broadway. Now in previews. Opens March. 6. Longacre. Telecharge.
_``Proof.″ Jennifer Jason Leigh stars in David Auburn’s fine family drama about a vulnerable daughter, her genius father and the elusive solution to a difficult mathematical problem. Winner of the 2001 Tony Award for best play. Walter Kerr. Telecharge.
_``QED.″ Alan Alda stars as physicist Richard Feynman in a mild, occasionally diverting play by Peter Parnell. Plays Sunday and Monday evenings only. Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center. Telecharge. Closes May 13.
_``Rent.″ Jonathan Larson’s touching and now nostalgic look at struggling artists in New York’s East Village. Nederlander. Ticketmaster.
_``Sweet Smell of Success.″ John Lithgow and Brian d’Arcy James star in a musical version of the celebrated film about gossip and power in New York of the 1950s. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Now in previews. Opens March 14. Martin Beck. Telecharge.
_``The Crucible.″ Liam Neeson and Laura Linney star in a revival of Arthur Miller’s drama about the Salem witch trials. Now in previews. Opens March 7. Virginia. Telecharge.
_``The Full Monty.″ A raunchy, funny musical version of the British film success, transplanted to Buffalo, N.Y. Eugene O’Neill. Telecharge.
_``The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?″ Bill Pullman and Mercedes Ruehl star in a play by Edward Albee about a most unusual family. Now in previews. Opens March 10. Golden. Telecharge.
_``The Lion King.″ Director Julie Taymor is a modern-day Merlin, creating a stage version of the Disney cartoon hit that makes you truly believe in the magic of theater. New Amsterdam. Ticketmaster. Difficult.
_``The Phantom of the Opera.″ The one with the chandelier. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House is the prime, Grade A example of big Brit musical excess. But all the lavishness does have a purpose in Harold Prince’s intelligent production. Majestic. Telecharge.
_``The Producers.″ Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick star in a riotous stage version of the Mel Brooks movie. The musical is even better than the film, which is saying something. Winner of the 2001 Tony Award for best musical. Lane and Broderick leave the cast March 17. Their replacements: Henry Goodman and Steven Weber. St. James. A special ``Producers″ Telecharge number 212-239-5800. Difficult.
_``The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.″ Valerie Harper now stars in Charles Busch’s hilarious dissection of a neurotic Upper West Sider and her unsatisfactory life. Harper gets expert assistance from Tony Roberts and Michele Lee. Ethel Barrymore. Telecharge.
_``Urinetown.″ The off-Broadway musical spoof with an outrageous title moves to Broadway. A witty, wickedly entertaining show with a delightful cast headed by Hunter Foster and John Cullum. Henry Miller. Telecharge.
The Telecharge number is (212) 239-6200 unless otherwise indicated. There is a $6.00 service charge per ticket, plus a $2.50 handling fee per order.
Ticketmaster is (212) 307-4100. There is a $6 service charge per ticket, plus a $3.00 handling fee per order.
All theaters owned by Jujamcyn _ the St. James, Martin Beck, Virginia, Eugene O’Neill and the Walter Kerr _ have a $1 surcharge per ticket for theater restoration. Shows that opened in Shubert theaters after Jan. 1, 2001 also a ``facilities″ surcharge for theater restoration: $1.25 per ticket.
Both Telecharge and Ticketmaster will provide information on specific seat locations. They also have toll-free numbers for theater ticket calls outside New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For Telecharge call (800) 432-7250; for Ticketmaster call (800) 755-4000.
The League of American Theaters and Producers has a special telephone line called the Broadway Line for information on most Broadway shows (except ``The Lion King″ and ``Beauty and the Beast″) and how to purchase tickets. Calls must be made on a touch-tone phone. The number is 1-888 BROADWAY. The line will also provide information on Broadway touring productions. Consumers in the New York tri-state area may call (212) 302-4111.
The TKTS booth in Times Square at Broadway and 47th Street sells same-day discount tickets to Broadway, off-Broadway, music and dance productions. There is a $2.50 service charge per ticket. Cash or travelers checks only. The downtown TKTS booth is located at Bowling Green Park Plaza. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
In addition, full-price tickets and information on Broadway and off-Broadway shows are available at the Broadway Ticket Center, located on the east side of Broadway between 46th Street and 47th Street. There is a $4.50 service charge per ticket.
For 24-hour information on theater, dance and music performances in New York’s five boroughs, call the Theater Development Fund’s New York City-On Stage, (212) 768-1818.