Hamilton Opens Pop-Up Shop

Going off of last week’s Shop Broadway post, the first store for a single musical recently opened on the 7th.

Any guesses as to the musical? If you guessed Hamilton you’re right.

Located across the street from the Richard Rodgers Theater in the Paramount Hotel, The Hamilton Shop carries t-shirts, hoodies, hats, books and more, all with a Hamilton theme. Currently, the store plans to remain open through the holiday season and to add exclusive merchandise as the days go by.

Currently, all of the merchandise in the store is available to be purchased at http://www.hamiltonbroadwaygoods.com if you can’t make it to NYC to buy the wares in person.

Even before the physical store opened Hamilton was making waves in merchandising by selling clothing in Bloomingdales in June.

Like everything related to Hamilton the announcement of the shop happened as a surprise tweet and fans have since flocked to the store.

 

 

 

Personally, I’m already planning out my shopping list for my trip to NYC this Thanksgiving.

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Phantom’s Delay and 30th Anniversary

Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway in 1988 and has been running ever since. The musical was made into a movie in 2004 and a live recording of the show was made in 2011.

The show was set to open a production entirely in French at the Mogador Theatre in Paris tonight but, due to a fire that broke out in the basement on September 25, the show has been suspended indefinitely. The Paris production was set to star Sierra Boggess who has been playing the role of Christine off and on since 2004. The Mogador Theatre is only a few blocks away from the Opera Garnier, where the actual story of The Phantom of the Opera takes place. After the fire, the cast performed a few songs outside in front of the Opera Garnier.

Also this week Phantom celebrated its 30th anniversary on the West End in London with a concert. The concert included the current cast as well as members of the original company and guests in the special performance.

Rent’s 20th Anniversary Tour Delights Fans

With the 20th anniversary tour already underway Rent is still broadcasting its important message to audiences around the world.

Written by Jonathan Larson, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The national tour comes just 8 years after the closing of the show’s 12-year run on Broadway.

Most of the cast for this show’s first experience with Rent was watching the 2005 movie adaptation. Despite their young ages most fans are enjoying the revival of a beloved musical.

For more information on Rent check out this story about the creation of the show and for more information on the National Tour check out their website here.

Shop Broadway

Not only does Broadway have fans that flock to the theaters in droves, it also has fans who have never been to see a musical. These online fans are quick to devour anything Broadway they can get their hands on from official merchandise to fan made and fan sold merchandise.

One of the most recent trends to hop on the Broadway bandwagon is choker necklaces.

The chokers are being sold by Gagged Chokers and are mostly sold out already.

enoughwomen_1024x1024ffb_-_adam-2_1024x1024Another clothing option that has been making headlines with the re-emergence of athleasure is Fit For Broadway. They sell a number of Broadway related workout gear.

 

And perhaps the best place to shop for Broadway merchandise is Etsy. Just a general search of Broadway provides you with a treasure trove of potential gifts for the Broadway lover.

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Grumpy Cat to Star in Broadway’s Cats

Grumpy Cat, AKA Tarter Sauce or the internet’s favorite feline, will appear in Cats on Broadway, the musical announced Thursday.

Grumpy Cat will be the first actual cat to join the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical — although the show is about cats, it traditionally has an all-human cast, meaning the addition of a genuine cat will certainly make for an interesting show.

So far fans seem to be confused by this announcement.

 

Cats, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, reopened on Broadway in July.

Why the She Loves Me Livestream Mattered

For theater lovers outside of New York, the ability to watch shows was limited to the ability to get to the city and purchase tickets. Thankfully, someone decided to use the Internet to fix that problem. Broadway HD is a new streaming service from a couple of acclaimed Broadway producers.

The service, created by Tony-winning producers Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley is offering a full library of theatrical performances available for individual rental—two nights for $8—and monthly and yearly subscription access.

On June 30, Roundabout Theatre Company’s hit musical, She Loves Me, was broadcast live on Broadway HD making it the first musical to ever be live streamed. Fans were able to watch the stream for $9.99.

Fans loved the opportunity to get to see the show before it closed.

Justin at JustinTheatreReviews reviewed the actual content of the stream here.

 

 

Hopefully, in the coming time, more musicals will follow in the footsteps of She Loves Me and embrace the internet and possibility of streaming more shows as they appear on Broadway.