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Seven must-see Broadway (and Off Broadway) shows you can ACTUALLY get tickets to this December

If you, like my family, have made plans to head to New York this December but have not planned far enough ahead to, say, buy tickets to a Broadway show, you’re in luck: there are plenty of others like you who are spontaneous theatergoers. Well, fly-by-night patrons in search of available, affordable, AND quality tickets need not worry about getting last pick, a la an unfortunate dodgeball game or holiday dinner behind greedier and more robust relatives.

EW’s stage team has highlighted seven shows (four Broadway, three Off Broadway) that you should — and more importantly can – still get tickets to upon your visit these next few weeks in December. They’re sensational shows, only made better by the fact that you don’t necessarily have to wait in the cold at TKTS or book months in advance to enjoy the experiences that people may still be fond of next year. (Also, stick around EW.com next week for our editor’s Top 10 stage picks of 2013!)

Big Fish (EW’s Grade: B+)
You only have a few more weeks to catch this extraordinarily inventive and heartstring-tugging love letter to the grand traditions of musical theater (with the production values of 2013 thrown in, of course) before it closes December 29. Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz is utterly mesmerizing, as are the supporting cast (like the dynamite Kate Baldwin, whose name you’ll be hearing more and more) and an old-fashioned score by Andrew Lippa that will have you humming for days. READ FULL STORY

'Peter and the Starcatcher' heads Off Broadway

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Peter and the Starcatcher may be closing on Broadway later this month, but the Tony Award-winning play has found a new home Off Broadway at New World Stages.

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the Peter Pan prequel tells the story of the orphan who became The Boy Who Never Grew Up. The play first debuted in March 2011 at New York Theatre Workshop before heading to Broadway in 2012, where it will close on Jan. 20. The show will transfer to its new Off-Broadway location this spring.

“We have had an amazing run on Broadway, and audience demand continues to grow,” said lead producer Nancy Nagel Gibbs. “In fact, last week we had our highest grossing week ever. Our transfer to New World Stages allows the ‘little show that could’ to continue to inspire and enchant even more audiences.”

A national tour is scheduled to begin in August.

Read more:
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ gets box office bump even before Tony wins
Tony Awards: Check out the full list of winners here!
Broadway critical list: ‘Magic/Bird,’ ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ struggle out of the gate

'Peter and the Starcatcher' gets box office bump even before Tony wins

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Even before Christian Borle picked up his Featured Actor Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher Sunday night, the Peter Pan prequel was winning over Broadway audiences. The play had its best week ever, earning $541,177 for the week ending June 10, according to figures from the Broadway League. That’s a healthy 27-percent jump from the previous week — certainly nothing for Borle’s Black Stache to snigger at. (In addition to Borle’s acting prize, the show earned three other Tonys in technical categories.) Overall, Broadway box office was up nearly $1.9 million last week — an impressive achievement considering that the $1 million-grossing drama Death of a Salesman had closed on June 2.

Given the promotional platform of last night’s all-time-lowest-rated Tony telecast, we should expect a box office windfall in coming weeks for the evening’s big victors, particularly eight-fold musical winner Once. (Last week, the movie-based musical played to nearly full houses and grossed $845,343, 85 percent of its potential gross. Look for both ticket prices and profitability to climb quickly.) Musicals like The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Newsies, and Nice Work If You Can Get It boasted both multiple Tony wins and solid production numbers that translated well to the small screen. Even musicals like Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Ghost that came up empty-handed in the Tony derby may see a modest uptick in advance sales thanks to their televised numbers.

Some of the Tony broadcast’s production numbers may have a more cautionary effect. I suspect that virtually no Tony viewers were swayed to buy tickets to the long-flailing revival of Godspell — or to book a Royal Caribbean cruise to see that shaky non-Equity production of Hairspray. Indeed, Godspell posted its worst box office returns ever last week, down 7 percent to $156,437. Prepare ye the way of a closing notice. And last season’s musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which will have its last performance June 24, was down 6 percent to $487,923 — the second worst full week in the production’s 15-month run.

As for straight plays, Tony winners such as Clybourne Park and One Man, Two Guvnors now have fresh promotional fodder to lure audiences. The acting prizes arrive too late to help two long-running new plays, Other Desert Cities and Venus in Fur, which are due to close this Sunday. And without Tonys to tout, some other new non-musical plays may struggle to hang on through the end of summer. The Blair Underwood-led revival of A Streetcar Named Desire was flat compared to the previous week, grossing $299,235, and The Lyons took in a mere $239,983 — in both cases, that was less than 30 percent of their potential gross.

Read more:
Tonys: 10 moments we loved
Tony Awards 2012: Broadway Style!
Tony Awards: Check out the full list of winners here!
EW’s Stage hub

Inside the Tony Award nominees: Best Play

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As the Tony Awards approach (Sunday, June 10), EW takes a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor. Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Play. (See also: Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical.)

Peter and the Starcatcher

Opened: April 15, 2012

Starring: Christian Borle, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Chanler-Berat

Written by Rick Elice; music by Wayne Barker; directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers

Synopsis: A clever retelling of Peter Pan, Starcatcher re-imagines Peter as a nameless orphan (Chanler-Berat) held captive on a pirate ship called the Neverland and reinvents Captain Hook as a scenery-chewing pirate named Black Stache (Borle). Their paths collide when their ships crash and they’re both marooned — along with a cast of vibrant characters — on a not-so-deserted island. READ FULL STORY

'Evita,' 'Peter and the Starcatcher' to launch national tours

Once was first, Nice Work was next, and now two more of this year’s major Tony Award nominees have announced plans to launch U.S. tours in 2013.

The Ricky Martin-led revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita will kick off its first national tour in the fall at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island (although the inclusion of Martin on the tour is relatively unlikely). As Evita finds out what’s new with rural Rhode Island, the vivid, imaginative Peter and the Starcatcher will be set sail on its first tour at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado in August.

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