The Tony Awards were this past Sunday and Dear Evan Hansen took home the top honor of Best Musical (as well as Leading Actor and a few other awards). Hello, Dolly and Bette Midler also won big. Check out my guide to getting tickets here.
The International Olympic Committee just voted Paris to host the summer Olympics in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. 2024 will be the 100th anniversary of the last time Paris hosted the Olympics. 2028 will be when Trump is for sure out of the White House (assuming he would win 2020 and be in office in 2024).
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Travel Deal of the Week: The play Oslo took home the Tony Award for Best Play. In its honor, travel from SFO to Oslo, Norway for $578 roundtrip and see the real city.
ICYMI, the Tony Awards were this past Sunday. They’re a celebration of the past year’s Broadway shows and a celebration of all things Broadway. It’s also a huge marketing tool for all shows – whether they win or not. Here’s how you can see this year’s top shows:
Check out the Tony performance by Ben Platt (who also won Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical) here.
If you can wait, you can buy tickets on the website. A new block starting in January 2018 was just released so that will be your best bet.
If you can’t wait, try the digital lottery. It opens online at 12:01am on the date of the performance (except Saturday evenings) and closes at 10am for matinees and 3pm for evening performances. You can buy up to 2 tickets for $40 each.
Or you can try for standing room but you will need to arrive before the box office opens because lines do start the night before (yep, people sleep out on the street for tickets). You can get up to 2 tickets for $42 each.
Dear Evan Hansen also won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Book.
Your best bet is to buy tickets between July 2nd and July 16th. Thanks to the Tony Awards, the show extended an additional two weeks. So you can easily buy tickets to any of the performances during those dates.
If you’re looking for cheap tickets, enter the digital lottery the date before the desired performance. The lottery is drawn at 10am the day before and winners can buy up to 2 tickets for $39 each.
On TodayTix, tickets are currently on sale for $59 each and up. Use referral code ‘AOOSA’ for $10 off your order.
TDF: Oslo is often on the website TDF for $41 tickets. (TDF or the Theatre Development Fund is a nonprofit that gives ticket discounts to its members. For $34 a year, you can become a member too. AND you don’t even have to be a theater person to join – you can be a student, teacher, recent grad, retiree, or FREELANCER. Here’s the full list.)
TKTS: It’s sometimes at the booth and is worth checking out.
Oslo also won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
Watch the Tony performance of David Hyde Pierce here.
Even better, watch Bette Midley’s acceptance speech for Best Leading Actress in a Musical here.
This is probably the hardest ticket to get right now because Bette Midler. If you absolutely must see her, there is currently some good availability at the end of the year.
If you don’t mind standing, you can do standing room for $47 each for up to 2 tickets. As far as I know, people aren’t lining up the night before so as long as you arrive a little before the box office opens, you should be OK.
If you don’t mind seeing Donna Murphy (who is sharing the role with Bette Midler), you can get tickets much easier. TodayTix has tickets available starting at $39 through August. Use referral code ‘AOOSA’ for $10 off your order.
Hello, Dolly! also won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and Best Costume Design.
Rush: You can purchase up to 2 tickets for $38 each. Arrive before the box office opens (I recommend an hour early because there are lines). Once rush tickets run out, standing room tickets are available for $32 each. The show is only 100 minutes so it’s not a bad option.
TodayTix: It’s not always on the app, but the show is currently on sale for a few dates in June and July starting at $117. Use referral code ‘AOOSA’ for $10 off your order.
Come From Away was nominated for Best Musical and won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.