Hamilton Opens on Broadway

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After a successful run off-Broadway at the Public Theater, the hottest ticket in town has made its’ way to the bright lights of the Richard Rodgers Theater. Hamilton, a hip-hop history lesson, follows the life of the man on the $10 bill, one of this great country’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Producer Lin-Manuel Miranda stars in the production and plays the role of Hamilton himself.

Instead of a boring, cut-and-paste history lesson, Miranda decided to change it up and give Hamilton a contemporary look. He casted a largely non-white cast and tells the story with a hop-hop twist. The contemporary feel has helped attract interest from the general public and not just theatergoers.

After receiving a lot of rave reviews from The New York Times, Rolling Stone and the New Yorker, the general public has taken a big interest in seeing the show. Based on ticket sales and the secondary ticket market, it’s easy to say that Hamilton is going to be on Broadway for a long time. It is already being placed in the company of the Book of Mormon, Lion King and Wicked as some of the must-see shows on Broadway. Tickets are already available and sold out through June 2016. Since its’ opening, the demand for Hamilton tickets has gone through the roof with many premium seats selling for over $600 on the secondary market. The box office numbers that Hamilton has drawn is rarely topped Night in and night out, the Richard Rodgers Theater is sold out and filled beyond capacity. Everyone wants their chance to take a history lesson. Madonna, Tom Hanks and even our President Obama have already had the chance to watch the show. If you are ever near the Richard Rodgers Theater and see a long line that would be all of the theatergoers who are trying to earn their ticket in the show lottery. On opening night, that line was over 700 people long!

Lin-Manuel Miranda has quite the interesting theatrical/ musical background. A resident New Yorker, he grew up listening to show tunes and hip-hop music. Quite the rare combination, right? He has taken his love for both and turned it into a genius masterpiece.

If you are looking to see the hottest show to hit the Broadway Lights in the last 5 years, do not miss out on seeing Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theater. Hamilton is a show the entire family will enjoy! The kids are learning about all of the great things Alexander Hamilton did for this country, they will love seeing it in action. The show runs Monday-Saturday, including a matinee on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

 

For great pricing and availability for all performances of Hamilton, check out our website for every performance!

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Dave Grohl snaps leg, finishes up his set in Sweden

dave grohl snaps leg

During the band’s tour stop in Gothenburg, Sweden, Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl took a nasty spill off the stage, leaving Grohl with a broken leg and a lot of uncertainty over the upcoming world tour.

After the fall, Grohl instantly knew that he broke his leg. He then promises Gothenburg that he is going to finish the show after he heads to the hospital to fix his leg. After taking some time to catch his breath and get initially evaluated off staged, Grohl returned to the stage and finished rest of the set while receiving on-stage medical attention. After the show, he instagrammed a copy of his x-ray, clearly showing the fracture, with the caption, “Thank You Gothenburg, That Was Amazing”. Most performers would cut their sets short after fracturing their leg but not Dave Grohl. He loves to play in front of his fans no matter what happens. The show must go on.

So far, the Foo Fighters have cancelled a few performances in Europe already. As of today, Grohl is in London being wheeled around by his wife in a wheelchair. As of now, he definitely has a fracture but there could be more wrong than what the doctors are saying. Will he need surgery? If so, how long will he be sidelined for? We can only hope he has a quick and pain-free recovery and doesn’t miss out on too many appearances.

Musicians need to start being more careful while rocking out on stage. There have been a few recent incidents where they’ve fallen off stage or tripped. The Edge of U2 slipped off the edge of the stage on the opening night of their tour. Slim Jimmy of Rae Sremmurd hurt himself during the group’s performance at Governors Ball.

The band is scheduled to play two nights at Wembley Stadium this weekend. The U.S leg of the tour is scheduled to kick off at Washington DC’s RFK Stadium for a July 4th musical festival. Known for his energetic performances, it is really unclear on what the band will do about the tour. Will they postpone the tour? Stay tuned for more updates as they come out.

 

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Is MMA Coming to New York?

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After many failed attempts, the legislation to legalize mixed martial arts (MMA) in the state of New York is finally making some headway. New York is currently the only state in the U.S that has not legalized MMA. That may change soon.

Concerns over serious injuries, athlete safety and disability insurance are some of the main reasons why the sport is not legalized. If and hopefully when the sport is legalized, there will have to be some tweaks to language in the bill to protect all parties.

The bill passed the State Senate with a 49-13 vote in favor of legalization. In previous years, the legislation passed through the State Senate but was rejected by the State Assembly under the control of anti- MMA Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver before the State Assembly can vote. Since the last vote, Silver has been arrested for corruption charges and is no longer in a position of power. His replacement, Carl Heastie, is pro-MMA and hopes to bring the bill to the Assembly Floor. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo supports the legalization of mixed martial arts and will likely sign the bill when it’s on his desk.

UFC has already planned their inaugural event, UFC 194, at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, for December 5th. If the bill passes, you can guarantee the fight card will be packed with the sport’s biggest stars. “Obviously, it’d be a bad- ass card if we come to New York, we’re going to blow it out of the water. “ said UFC president Dana White. There is no shortage of high profile New Yorkers that are dominating the UFC. Both the UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman (Baldwin) and the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones (Ithaca) could potentially co-headline the super fight card. Jones is currently suspended for personal reasons and could make his return to the Octagon in his home state. White continued by saying “You know we’re going to have a lot of New Yorkers on the New York card….the first ever at the Garden, some of these guys’ dreams are to fight at the Garden”. MSG is the World’s Most Famous Arena and a mecca for athletes of all sports.

MMA, especially UFC, is quickly becoming very popular across the United States. It is unfortunate that it is professional mixed martial arts is illegal. New York MMA fans have to travel further to watch a fight. How can one of the largest sports markets not legalize one of the fastest growing sports in the US? Here’s to hoping the bill passes and Gov. Cuomo signs the bill. That first main event at MSG will be special for not just New Yorkers but UFC fans all over the world.

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2015 Tony Awards

Broadway’s biggest night is upon us as the best and most talented stars will celebrate the best year in Broadway history. Over 13.1 million theater enthusiasts attended Broadway shows and grossed over $1.3 billion in sales at the box office. In order for a show to be nominated for this year’s awards, they must have opened before April 2015.

 

Alan Cummings (“Cabaret”) and Kristen Chenoweth (Wicked, On the Twentieth Century) will be hosting this year’s awards show. Both Cummings and Chenoweth are previous Tony Awards winners. Award presenters this year include Jason Alexander, Neil Patrick Harris, Taylor Schilling, Ruth Wilson and Deborah Messing.

 

In this year’s batch of new shows and revivals, a few shows dominated the nominations as Fun Home and An American in Paris lead with 12 nominations, Something Rotten! received 10 nominations and Wolf Hall Parts One & Two and the revival of The King and I with 9 nominations.

 

Here are Center Aisle Tickets picks for this year’s Tony Awards. Kevin Crockett took the victory in our Grammys pool, who will be the Tony’s big winner?

 

Best Play

-          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time- Kevin, Jason

-          Disgraced- Mitch

-          Hand to God- Justin

-          Wolf Hall: Parts One and Two

 

Best Musical

-          An American in Paris-Justin

-          Fun Home

-          Something Rotten! Kevin, Jason, Mitch

-          The Visit

 

Best Revival of a Play

-          The Elephant Man- Kevin, Mitch, Justin, Jason

-          Skylight

-          This is Our Youth

-          You Cant Take it with You

 

Best Revival of a Musical

-          The King and I- Kevin, Justin, Jason

-          On The Town- Mitch

-          On the 20th Century

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play

-          Steven Boyer – Hand to God

-          Bradley Cooper- The Elephant Man Kevin, Mitch, Justin, Jason

-          Ben Miles- Wolf Hall Parts One and Two

-          Bill Nighy- Skylight

-          Alex Sharp- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

-          Geneva Carr – Hand to God

-          Helen Mirren- The Audience Kevin, Justin, Jason

-          Elisabeth Moss- The Heidi Chronicles

-          Carey Mulligan- Skylight Mitch

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

-          Michael Cerveris- Fun Home

-          Robert Fairchild- An American in Paris – Jason

-          Brian d’Arcy James- Something Rotten!! Mitch, Justin

-          Ken Watanabe- The King and IKevin

-          Tony Yazbeck- On The Town

 

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

-          Kristin Chenoweth- On The Twentieth Century -Mitch

-          Leanne Cope- An American in Paris

-          Beth Malone- Fun Home

-          Kelli O’Hara- The King and IKevin, Justin, Jason

-          Chita Rivera- The Visit

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

-          Matthew Beard- Skylight Justin

-          K. Todd Freeman- Airline Highway Mitch

-          Alessandro Nivola- The Elephant Man Jason

-          Nathaniel Parker- Wolf Hall Parts One & Two Kevin

-          Micah Stock- It’s Only a Play

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

-          Annaleigh Ashford- You Can’t Take it with You

-          Patricia Clarkson- The Elephant Man Jason

-          Lydia Leonard- Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

-          Sarah Stiles- Hand to God Kevin, Mitch, Justin

-          Julie White- Airline Highway

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical

-          Christina Borle- Something Rotten! Justin, Jason

-          Andy Karl- On The Twentieth Century

-          Brad Oscar- Something Rotten! - Mitch

-          Brandon Uranowitz- An American in Paris Kevin

-          Max von Essen- An American in Paris

 

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical

-          Victoria Clark- Gigi- Justin

-          Judy Kuhn- Fun Home Kevin

-          Sydney Lucas- Fun Home

-          Ruthie Ann Miles- The King and I Mitch

-          Emily Skeggs- Fun Home Jason

 

 

Best Book of a Musical

-          An American in Paris Kevin

-          The Visit

-          Something Rotten! Mitch, Justin, Jason

-          Fun Home

 

Best Original Score (Music and/or lyrics) written for the Theatre

-          Fun Home

-          The Last Ship- Kevin, Justin

-          Something Rotten! Mitch, Jason

-          The Visit

 

Best Scenic Design of a Play

-          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Justin

-          Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

-          Skylight- Mitch, Jason

-          Airline Highway- Kevin

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

-          Fun Home

-          On the Twentieth Century

-          The King and I Kevin, Justin, Jason

-          An American in Paris Mitch

 

Best Costume Design of a Play

-          The Audience- Mitch

-          You Can’t Take It With You

-          Wolf Hall Parts One & Two Jason, Justin

-          Airline Highway Kevin

 

Best Costume Design of a Musical

-          Something Rotten! Kevin, Justin

-          An American in Paris- Mitch

-          On the Twentieth Century

-          The King and I- Jason

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

-          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Justin

-          Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

-          Skylight- Mitch, Jason

-          Airline Highway- Kevin

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

-          The King and I Kevin Mitch

-          An American in Paris Justin Jason

-          Fun Home

-          The Visit

 

Best Direction of a Play

-          Skylight- Mitch

-          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time- Jason

-          You Can’t Take It with You

-          Wolf Hall Parts One & Two Kevin

-          Hand to God Justin

 

Best Direction of a Musical

-          Fun Home

-          Something Rotten! Mitch Justin Jason

-          On The Town

-          An American in Paris

-          The King and I- Kevin

 

Best Choreography

-          On The Town- Kevin

-          The King and I

-          The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

-          Something Rotten! Jason, Justin, Mitch

 

Best Orchestrations

-          An American in Paris Justin

-          Fun Home Jason

-          Something Rotten! - Kevin Mitch

-          The Last Ship

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2015 Belmont Stakes Preview – Will This Be the Year?

2015 Belmont Stakes Preview – Will This Be the Year?

2015 belmont stakes preview

Will American Pharaoh become the first 3 year old thoroughbred since Affirmed in 1978 to win horse racing’s historic Triple Crown? Going into the third and final race of the 2015 Triple Crown, American Pharaoh has a chance to join that elite group of equines. Over the last 20 years, we’ve had our hearts broken, as 13 horses could not win the Triple Crown’s longest race. Every horse in the field will be put to the test as none of the horses in the field have raced a 1.5-mile race. This race is more about stamina than speed.

 

American Pharaoh won the Kentucky Derby by one length over Firing Line and stablemate Dortmund. Two weeks later, American Pharaoh’s camp was probably some of the only people at Pimlico happy to see the torrential rain begin minutes before the Preakness. The three year old thrived in the sloppy track and dominated down the final stretch, beating the field by seven lengths. Heading into the Belmont, American Pharaoh is the heavy favorite with 3-5 odds as of Wednesday at 12:30pm. Since his victories at the Derby and Preakness, the Triple Crown hopeful has not disappointed in the training leading up to the Belmont.

 

American Pharaoh will be well prepared for the Belmont and has a Hall of Fame duo getting him ready for his shot at horse racing’s biggest prize: the Triple Crown. Bob Bafferthas trained three other Triple Crown hopefuls and has only won the Belmont Stakes once. Victor Espinoza, who looks to avenge his loss at the Belmont Stakes last year aboard Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome, will potentially ride American Pharaoh into the history books. American Pharaoh will be Espinoza’s third

 

There are only 7 horses racing against American Pharaoh. Here’s a brief description of the horses that could rain on American Pharaoh’s parade:

 

o   Keen Ice (20-1)- The son of 2009 Belmont Stakes winner,Curlin, will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux. Desormeaux is one of the top jockeys in current horse racing history, winning six Triple Crown races including 2009 Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird. In recent races, Keen Ice finished strong after slow starts. He finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby. If they can keep up for the full race, Desormeaux could lead Keen Ice to victory. Will his style of falling behind and charging late in the race work out for him?

o   Frosted (5-1)- The gray horse that came from behind to win the Wood Memorial and finished sixth at the Derby will look to beat American Pharaoh. Frosted has the same father as last year’s Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist, which shows he has success in his blood. We know he has great closing speed but can he keep up the pace from the start and use that closing speed to run away with the race?

o   Materality (6-1)- This horse could have a tough time getting to the front after drawing the 8th starting spot on the far outside. After a rough 6th place finish at the Derby, Materality looks to bounce back at Belmont. Materality’s trainer, Todd Pletcher, has had a lot of success at this track winning the Stakes twice and went 1-2 in last year’s race. Can Pletcher’s knowledge and experience at the track putMaterality into the Winner’s Circle?

 

If you were to ask every jockey/trainer/owner entered into the Stakes, they all have the same mindset: “We need to bring out “A+ game” and American Pharaoh needs to bring his “B game”. American Pharaoh is a special horse and will be tough to beat. Can he make history? Experience it live at the Belmont Racetrack this Saturday for a full day of stakes races! Check out our website for all Belmont Stakes tickets!

 

Here are our picks for the Belmont Stakes:

 

Mitch- American Pharaoh

Jason- American Pharaoh

Justin- American Pharaoh

Kevin- Materiality in an upset!(Someone had to not pick AP!)

 

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Rangers vs. Islanders: A Rivalry Renewed

rangers vs islanders rivalry

It has been a long time since both the New York Rangers and New York Islanders were considered Stanley Cup contenders. There is hatred and bad blood between the two franchises and their fans, even when both teams were not good. But now, the fact that both teams are competitive makes this rivalry even stronger.

After the All Star Break, the Islanders are top of the Metropolitan Division and tied for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers are seven points behind the Islanders and currently are chasing a wild card spot.

The Rangers enter the second half of the season in contention for a playoff spot. Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis and Henrik Lundqvist are playing with a chip on their shoulder as they try to make a return to the Stanley Cup Final. They are currently one of the hottest teams in the league, winning 16 of their last 20 games.

After many years of frustration and disappointment, things are starting to look brighter for the Islanders. They are off to an incredible start this season; moving to Brooklyn next year, have two of the top young guns in the NHL and finally a goaltender that isn’t eating up dead money. Led by captain John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and All Star goaltending from Jaroslav Halak, the team is creeping up on their point total from last season and it’s only the end of January.

When the team leaves Nassau Coliseum, their home for the last 43 seasons, for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, there will be a little adjustment to the rivalry. Instead of being the Battle of New York, it will become the Battle of the Boroughs, similar to the Knicks & Nets but with a lot more history, excitementand aggression.

If you were to hum a certain tune played at the Garden, every Rangers fan knows exactly what to say. The response is directed to Islanders great, Denis Potvin, who was a cornerstone of the Islanders success in the 1980s. Yes, after 30 years, Potvin still sucks. But most of the hatred is directed towards the Islanders in general. If you were to play “If You’re Happy and You Know It” at Nassau Coliseum, Islander fans have their own rendition towards the Rangers. These franchises have been bitter rivals since the Islanders’ inception in 1972.

With both teams in playoff contention, every goal scored has a huge impact on their season. Every point is essential for both teams. The teams face off twice more this season,. With the 4-1 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday, the Islanders claimed the season series. The two teams have not met in the playoffs since 1994 when the Rangers swept the Islanders en route to their Stanley Cup title. That would be some playoff matchup that every New York hockey fan would love to see.

Every matchup so far has had an electric, playoff-like feel to it. The fans are getting really into the rivalry again. Tickets prices for the rivalry are at an all-time high. For the Jan. 13th game at the Garden, secondary ticket prices were over $300 to get into the arena. Every game between the two franchises is sold out this season and becoming one of the hottest tickets in the New York sports calendar. The two teams face off at Nassau Coliseum on February 16th and March 10th.

As we approach the second half of the season, New York sports fans can look ahead to watching these two teams battle for the title as top dog in New York hockey. Check out our website if you want to join in the rivalry, no matter which side of the rivalry you are on!

 

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Greatful Dead Bid Fare Thee Well with Chicago Run

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It’s time to find some red, white and blue tie-dye shirts to wear 4th of July weekend this year. The living members of the Grateful Dead will come together one last time for a memorable July 4th weekend at Soldier Field. Each night the band will play two memorable sets.

 

The band will be celebrating 50 years. Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann have all confirmed they will perform at the 3 day run. Chicago holds a special place in the heart of the band and Dead Heads around the world. Soldier Field was the Dead’s final performance with their beloved guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia, who tragically died in 1995. It only seems fitting that the band’s “core four” should end their 50-year run on the same stage they played their final show as a full band.

 

“It is with respect and gratitude that we reconvene the Dead one last time to celebrate – not merely the band’s legacy, but also the community that we’ve been playing to, and with, for fifty years.” said Lesh. The “Core Four” have not played together since their summer 2009 tour.

 

Since Garcia passed away, the original members went out and pursued side projects. Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman started RatDog after the Dead disbanded.In 1998, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart formed a band called the Other Ones. In 2009, Bob Weir teamed up with Phil Lesh to form Furthur. After spending a few years touring together, Furthur took a hiatus so that Weir and Lesh could work on solo projects. Phil Lesh has been putting together some incredible lineups at his shows, billed as Phil Lesh and Friends.

 

Lead singer of Phish, Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti and Bruce Hornsby are also set to play along with the legendary jam band. Hornsby has played the keyboard at many shows through the ‘80s and ‘90s. Chimenti plays with Bob Weir on his side project, RatDog. Anastasio is very honored to be asked to play at such a memorable show. He has followed the band since he was 16 years old. There were only a few years where both Phish and the original Grateful Dead were both around. The Dead have passed the “jam band baton” over to Phish as the next generation of jam bands. Anastasio compared the two bands’ style to apples and oranges, both fruits but different flavors.

 

One name that is missing from this talented lineup is Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule. He frequently plays alongside Phil Lesh at the Phil Lesh and Friends shows.

 

Maybe this memorable weekend will spark the Dead to hit the road for one final tour or at least make an appearance at a music festival this summer. Maybe at the 2015 Gathering of the Vibes? Dead Heads can only hope this weekend brings the band back together.

 

 

 

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