NEW YORK -- Whether arranging individual or group theater tickets,
or packages that include hotel accommodations and tickets, agents
who book through reputable companies such as Broadway.com and
Applause can earn commissions simply by putting a customer in a
"By taking five minutes to book a Broadway show, travel agents
can save their clients the hassle of overpaying a hotel concierge
for good seats or waiting in line at discount ticket outlets for
substandard seating to a show that wasn't their first choice to
begin with," said Janette Roush, director of marketing for Broadway.com. "Plus,
agents earn commissions not only on individual tickets but also on
"We're selling individual tickets to the Christmas Spectacular
at Radio City and to every Broadway and Off-Broadway show in New
York as well as restaurant vouchers in three different price
ranges," Roush added.
New York's fall theater season is shaping up to be an exciting
one. The Hugh Jackman headliner "The Boy From Oz" started well,
with preview grosses in sync with those from recent long-running
hit shows such as "The Producers," "Mamma Mia!" and
Rosie O'Donnell is the lone backer of "Taboo," Boy George's
musical portrait of the flamboyant London nightlife of the
Joel Grey joined the $14 million New York production of "Wicked:
The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," a retelling of
the Wizard of Oz story.
The San Francisco transfer marks the Broadway return of
composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell," "Pippin," "The
Magic Show") after a long absence as a composer of Disney
Revivals of "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Wonderful Town"
promise successful runs, as does "Never Gonna Dance," the latest
Broadway musical based on a film, in this case the 1936 classic
Two one-woman plays are running simultaneously on Broadway:
Ellen Burstyn's "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
(previews begin Oct. 31)" and Tovah Feldshuh's "Golda's Balcony," a
recent off-Broadway transfer that opened Oct. 3.
Also expected to do well are four new plays: the Pulitzer
Prize-winning "Anna in the Tropics," by Nilo Cruz; "The Violet
Hour," by Richard Greenberg ("Take Me Out" is still playing on
Broadway); Richard Alfieri's comedy "Six Dance Lessons in Six
Weeks"; and William Nicholson's "The Retreat from Moscow."
Play revivals include limited runs of Tennessee Williams' "Cat
on a Hot Tin Roof" and Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker."
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