This Week on Broadway for April 12, 2015: Andy Propst, Author of You Fascinate Me So, The Life and Times of Cy Coleman


Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Andy Propst, the author of the new book, “You Fascinate Me So, The Life and Times of Cy Coleman”. We review Skylight @ The John Golden Theatre, Hand to God @ The Booth Theatre, and Iowa @ Playwrights Horizons.



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Notes and links for the podcast.

Guest: Andy Propst, author of You Fascinate Me So, The Life and Times of Cy Coleman



Amazon: You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman by Andy Propst

Applause: You Fascinate Me So (video on this page)

Cy Coleman: Wikipedia | IBDB



PF + MP: Skylight @ The John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th Street

JM + PF + MP: Hand to God @ The Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th Street

Flashback: This Week on Broadway for December 1, 2012: Marc Kudisch

PF: Iowa @ Playwrights Horizons @ Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 West 42nd Street, through May 10, 2015




Mamma Mia closing in September

Is The Heidi Chronicles closing? This week’s gross is $275,393

Trio of Broadway Veterans to Receive 2015 Tony Honors
The Tony Awards have tapped scenic artist Arnold Abramson, press agent Adrian Bryan-Brown and theater technician Gene O’Donovan to receive the 2015 Tony Honors for industry work that falls outside the Tonys’ regular competitive categories.















Post Script:

Musicals Tonight! Pardon My English by George & Ira Gershwin, April 7-19, 2015
Andrew Belinfante’s quick list of must-knows for getting cheap tickets:
Some things to define:
  1. SRO – Standing Room Only. This means you will stand for the show. Usually an assigned standing position in the back of the Orchestra
  2. Rush – This is a first come first serve line outside of the box office when it opens. Example: If the box office opens at 10 and there is nobody in line at 9:50 when you arrive, then great! You get tickets. If people have been waiting since 5am…the likelihood is less. There is also student Rush which means you have to have a student ID. Sometimes rush lines give 1 ticket per person and sometimes they give 2. I know most tourists don’t want to wait in rush lines, but for New Yorkers who are willing to, this is pretty great.
  3. Lottery – You go down and play and maybe you win, maybe you don’t. Usually around $30. Some shows draw 2 hours before curtain and some draw an hour before curtain.
Ways to find out about/get tickets:
  1. – this will give you information on how to get the cheapest tickets available for any show currently in one of the 40 Broadway theaters. It is an awesome resource. You cannot purchase tickets here, but it will give you knowledge of the cheapest available.
  2. – The Rush Report tells you each week what the likelihood you will get tickets is by taking count of how many people were in certain lines at certain times during the week versus during the weekend. THIS IS AWESOME! You can find out what time you need to be at the theatre to get your rush tickets!
  3. HIPTIX – More info HERE.
  4. LincTix – More info HERE.
  5. MTC 30 Under 30 – More info HERE.
  6. TodayTix – GREAT app you download on your phone. They show you a week schedule of shows and what the cheapest you can get on the app is. These aren’t the cheapest available tickets, but they give pretty good deals most of the time. They also have digital lotteries built in to the app so you simply enter on your phone and they email you if you win.
  7. Tix4students – You can do this if you have a student ID or Transcript to prove you are in school. It is $5 for a year and they often have great deals.
  8. TDF – Really easy to get a membership and get cheap tickets. I pay $25 for the year for it because I work in education. The prices here are always better than the booths.
  9. BroadwayRoulette – I know you mentioned this on the show, and it is pretty cool. The one downfall here, in my humble opinion, is that you don’t know what show you’re seeing. For tourists, that’s great because they have likely seen less, but for people who go to shows regularly or semi-regularly, you run the risk of seeing a show a second time (still cheap and worth it, but not great if you’re looking for something new).
  10. Digital Lotteries – this is becoming more and more popular with shows. BOM has a Twitter lottery three days a week, Something Rotten! just started their digital lottery. I am pretty sure Gigi did too…
  11. Volunteer Usher – A great way to see shows completely for free is to volunteer usher. A lot of theatres do this. All you need to do is hand out playbills, pick up some trash or leftover items after the show and you get to sit in the audience. Pretty cool!



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Karen Morrow

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