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Last Chance! Celebrate the End of Summer with the 6-Park ‘Summer One World’ Ticket

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If you’re dreaming of the perfect end to an incredible summer vacation, here’s a great idea: Book a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth! Now is the time to visit Mickey Mouse and friends in Orlando because you can still enjoy summertime savings for the Walt Disney World Resort at TicketsatWork.com.

Available until August 23, the Summer One World Ticket includes 6-park admission tickets – one admission to each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks and each of the two water parks.

You have flexibility in how you use the tickets, including visiting more than one park per day. But the tickets must be used by August 28, so pack your bags, visit us at TicketsatWork, and then zoom over to Walt Disney World!

For Florida residents, you can still scoop up a Get Your Ears On Ticket; a trio of 4-day ticket deals for a special price to experience all four theme parks.

We’ve been talking all summer about the theme park fun happening at Disney.

Here’s a few more reasons not to miss out on Summer One World savings. Make your final summer getaway extra special for the whole family at the Walt Disney World theme parks.

  • Get revved up for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a high-octane show that puts you in the middle of the Cars universe. 
  • Zip down the slopes of Mount Gushmore on one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-fall waterslides at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.
  • Anything can happen during Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park, including the new Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party, featuring those true originals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • Embrace the magic of nature with the reimagined Rivers of Light: We Are One nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, inspired by Disney nature films and classic moments of Disney animation.
  • Glide through the land of Arendelle at Epcot on Frozen Ever After. 
  • Brave the largest wave pool in North America at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, a 56-acre tropical paradise.

There’s still time to snap up a Summer One World Ticket. It’s an excellent option to see all that is classic and new at Walt Disney World with this 6-park admission ticket – 4 THEME PARKS. 2 WATER PARKS. 1 WORLD.

By Jeff Hyatt

Q&A: Tony Winner Lena Hall of ‘Bat Out Of Hell’

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical is based on one of the best-selling albums of all time. To create the high-tech show, Steinman incorporated iconic songs from three of the Bat Out Of Hell albums he created with Meatloaf, including “You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth,” “Bat Out Of Hell,” “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad,” plus two previously unreleased songs. Bat Out Of Hell is set in a post-apocalyptic world where chaos rules. Strat (Andrew Polec), the immortal leader of The Lost, has fallen in love with Raven (Christina Bennington), the daughter of the tyrannical ruler Falco (Bradley Dean) and his disillusioned wife Sloane (Lena Hall). The musical is currently playing at New York City Center for a limited run through September 8th.

Lena Hall is a Tony winner and Grammy nominee for playing the role of Yitzhak in the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hall, who made her Broadway debut in Cats, has also appeared on and Off-Broadway in 42nd Street, Dracula, Tarzan, Kinky Boots, The Toxic AvengerPrometheus Bound and How to Transcend a Happy Marriage. Next year, she will star in the TBS science fiction epic Snowpiercer.

When you heard about Bat Out Of Hell, what went through your mind?
Lena Hall: I heard smatterings ages ago. When I was in rehearsals for Kinky Boots, I remember hearing that they were making a musical of Bat Out Of Hell. I thought, “Oh my God! I have to be a part of that.” And then, years later, I was hearing about how the show was in London. And then when they came to me, I said “Yes!” The show marries my sensibilities so well. There’s the musical theater part of me. And then there’s the rock and roll part of me, where they let me just be me, have fun and rock out with the songs. It is so much fun. It’s total happiness.

What do you think the show is ultimately about?
LH: There are a lot of comedy moments and some wild storytelling going on. It’s apocalyptic, and we’re on an island. The basic meat in this show is about family. It’s about keeping and holding on to family. It’s about Empty Nest Syndrome, and not wanting to let your teenager go out into the world. Yet it’s also about wanting them to experience the world, and do it better than you did. It’s trying to shield your child from making the same mistakes you made. Deep down, underneath all the stuff that happens on stage, the show is about family connections. It’s about having to let your child go on their way and do their own thing.

Is there something you wish you could tell your younger self?
LH: Enjoy the moment and take it in now. You’ll get there eventually. It’s your own journey and your own time. So take the time to enjoy the moment. And also look back on all you have accomplished.

How does singing make you feel?
LH: It’s my kind of nirvana. It’s the way that I feel the most enlightened. When I’m singing, I feel closest to a higher power. To sing and connect with an audience is my church.

By Jeryl Brunner

10 Best Shows to See in Las Vegas Right Now

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Whether you’re heading to Sin City for a final summer celebration or planning an upcoming trip, TicketsatWork.com has lined up 10 sizzling shows to check out in Las Vegas.

Cirque du Soleil

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Discover an aquatic mix of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance blended together in a phenomenal production at the Bellagio Resort. The show features an international cast of world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers that perform in, on and above water in a lovely theatre reminiscent of a European opera house. Save on tickets

The Beatles™ LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil®
Celebrate the musical legacy of The Beatles through enhanced versions of their timeless hits. Playing at The Mirage, enjoy new acts, costumes, choreography, technology and music brought to life by a cast of world-class aerialists, acrobats and dancers. Save on tickets

Concerts

Vegas Gone Country
Country music fans don’t want to miss this show! Laugh, dance and sing along to tributes of artists like Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and many more great country hits from past and present. Save on tickets

Hitzville! Motown Revue
The revue features a cast of talented, accomplished performers that include a trio of women, a quartet of men and the seven-member Hitzville Band. The show features hits made famous by Tina Turner, The Temptations, Gladys Knight, The Supremes, The Four Tops and more. Save on tickets

Comedy

Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment
Terry Fator continues to dazzle audiences with his immensely popular show at the Mirage. Backed by a live band, Fator wows audiences nightly with singing, comedy and unparalleled celebrity impressions. Save on tickets

Carrot Top
At the Luxor Atrium Showroom, the award-winning comic Carrot Top keeps his audience in stitches as he unpacks trunk loads of crazy props and wacky inventions. With a mix of observational humor, wild comedy and most importantly awesome props, Carrot Top delivers a truly rockin’ show. Save on tickets

Adult

Magic Mike Live
Live out your wildest fantasies at 13 of the hottest, most incredibly talented men bring the heat by dancing, stripping and interacting above, behind, in front and all around you inside this state-of-the-art venue. If you loved the films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL then you’re guaranteed to go head over heels for this hot-hot-hot show. Save on tickets

X Burlesque
Steam up your stay on the Strip! Watch beautiful ladies perform titillating dance routines in a sexy, 75-minute production at the Flamingo Hotel. Featuring a sensual soundtrack of hits, the X Burlesque beauties bare their assets all while interacting with the audience. Save on tickets

Tribute

Australian Bee Gees Show
It’s Saturday Night Fever every night in Vegas! One of the most successful acts in musical history is recreated on the Vegas stage in a 75-minute multi-media concert event. You’ll hear hits like “Staying Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Jive Talkin.’” The performers authentic take on the trio’s clothes, style and moves showcase five decades of the Brothers Gibb’s success as rock and disco legends. Save on tickets

Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert
If you’re a fan of Elvis Presley, don’t miss this immersive, story-telling concert at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Leading the band as Elvis Presley is Eddie Clendening, widely regarded as one of the finest Elvis performers. The show features more than 18 classic Elvis songs. Fans will shimmy and shake as they take a musical journey through the iconic story of Elvis and his legendary rise to stardom. Save on tickets

By Jeff Hyatt

Broadway Q&A: Laura Donnelly of ‘The Ferryman’

Outlander star Laura Donnelly was nominated for a Tony award for playing Caitlin Carney in The Ferryman. The action takes place in 1981 in rural county Armagh Northern Ireland. Caitlin’s husband had disappeared ten years earlier. Her brother-in-law, Quinn Carney, took in Caitlin and her son. The Carney family farm is teeming with kids (ages 9 months to 16), assorted relatives and livestock, yet they cling to their deep bond and traditions. Written by Jez Butterworth, The Ferryman won a Best Play Tony Award and was nominated for nine Tonys, including a nomination for Donnelly. She also won an Olivier Award for playing Caitlin in London. Donnelly next stars in the HBO drama The Nevers, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon. The science fiction show centers on a gang of Victorian women who have unusual abilities.

Where were you when you heard you were nominated for a Tony award?
Laura Donnelly: I was in bed. I was in California and it was 5:30 in the morning. I have to say, I didn’t sleep all that well. Then the phone started going at 5:30. It was messages and calls. So I, I figured it had to be good news. I don’t think everybody starts calling you because you didn’t get nominated. So, I had to get up.

Is it different for you that you are not playing Caitlin anymore?
LD: It’s such a lovely way to be able to come back to it. I never really wanted to leave her behind. It’s something that I felt like I was ready to do for various reasons. I still miss being in the play. I miss the character. And so being able to come back and revisit it without all the hard work is great.

Playing Caitlin is such an emotional role. How did you prepare to take it on and do it repeatedly?
LD: It’s a strange thing. I think that over time, it starts feeling like a slightly heavier weight. I had been playing the role on and off for two years. I definitely started feeling the weight of it in a way that I had to be a little better about self-care outside of the job. But at the same time, the play is so beautifully written. The characters, my character in particular, is so layered, fleshed out, complex and so fundamentally human. It makes it so much easier to play as well. So all I ever had to do was go on and begin. The rest of it just took over.

Why did you leave, and what are you doing now?
LD: What made me leave the show is that I wanted to go back to being a mum for awhile. This play had been two years. And whenever I had played the character in the West End in London, I had been pregnant the whole time. I have a two-year-old and a one-year-old who needed me back. That was mainly why I left. Now I’m going to go into some TV work. I’m doing a new show (The Nevers) for HBO starting in the summer. As much as I adore theater, I am not ready to move on to something else yet. I would so dearly love to be starting rehearsals for another play, but I’m not even almost ready. It’s going to take a long time to shake this one off.

This play is such a feast. You have babies, animals and a cast of 30. What was that like for you to have a plethora of people on stage?
LD: It was so fun. And it also feels like a huge support network that you have under you. Every single person in that cast was so incredible, and had become like family. Particularly when we brought it to New York. None of us are from New York. It was a bit like the circus coming to town. We just supported each other, and had a really fun time on stage. It works quite like an orchestra. If one little part drops or something goes a bit wrong, you just feel the energy of everything else suddenly settling underneath it to support and make sure that it continues smoothly. And that actually made it incredibly exciting. I got to a point where I was hoping things would go wrong. I was looking for ways that it might just go off in a direction where we all have to suddenly deal with it. That is what keeps it alive.

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By Jeryl Brunner

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