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Q&A: Josh Groban of ‘Josh Groban’s Great Big Radio City Show’

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This February, Josh Groban will debut his one-of-a-kind residency, Josh Groban’s Great Big Radio City Show, at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. The concerts will begin on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2020 with additional shows on April 18, 2020, June 20th, 2020 and Sept. 26, 2020. One dollar from every ticket sold goes to Groban’s Find Your Light foundation, which is devoted to helping children experience a quality arts education. A Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominee, Groban stars in this new show that spotlights his performing career, and will feature special guest stars. The shows will be somewhat spontaneous, with audience requests and duets. No two shows will be the same, making each evening a unique experience.

A multitalented singer, songwriter, musician and actor, Groban has recorded eight studio albums. His most recent album, Bridges, contains duets with Andrea Bocelli, Sarah McLachlan and Jennifer Nettles. Groban has appeared in the feature films Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Hollars; Coffee Town and Muppets Most Wanted.  On TV, he has been in The Good Cop, The Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Crazy Ones. He made a big splash on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. The show was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including a nomination for Groban. Groban also released his first coffee table book, Stage to Stage: My Journey to Broadway, which chronicles two years of his life on Broadway in The Great Comet. He recently attended New York Stage & Film’s annual Winter Gala, which celebrates 35 years of service to nurturing artists and their shows. Groban paid tribute to six-time Tony Award-nominated producer and philanthropist Diana DiMenna, who was being honored.

You were so wonderful in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Are you coming back to Broadway perform in a musical?
Josh Groban:
I would love to come back to Broadway. There are no plans right this minute, but in my head I’m thinking 2022, 2023. I would like to come back?

What is your dream role? Is there one you are aching to do?
JG: I was very spoiled by Dave Malloy. (Malloy composed Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and was the brainchild behind the show.) It was really fun to bring a new piece to Broadway. If something new of that level came about, I would love to do that. For something that is not new, I would do anything for Stephen Sondheim. He’s God to me, and I would love to do something of his.

You’re too young to do Sweeney now. But maybe someday?
JG:
Maybe one day.

What was the first Broadway show you ever saw?
JG:
Actually, the first musical I ever saw was Cats when I was nine years old. I saw it in Los Angeles, where I grew up. I had been very spoiled living in Los Angeles. We get a lot of incredible shows in LA. Many of the Broadway shows eventually tour there, and we have had some incredible casts.

Speaking of Sweeney, the first Broadway show I ever saw was The Diary of Anne Frank with George Hearn, who played one of the Sweeneys in the original production of Sweeney Todd on Broadway. Natalie Portman played Anne Frank. It was a beautiful onstage portrayal. It was my first time visiting New York, and I had come to audition for colleges. My dad took me to see it.

There is something about the Broadway community. There’s the Broadway energy. There’s a level of talent on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. You would be hard-pressed to find a bad performance in this city anywhere. There is an incredible standard that many of the actors have here. Going into Broadway myself was very scary, but everyone welcomed me.

After you perform on stage in a show like The Great Comet, which is bursting with energy and nonstop, how do you come down and get back to Josh?
JG: It’s an emotional rollercoaster every night, eight times a week. You have to find ways to wind down. Honestly, for me, I would come home, have a salad for dinner and play video games. I would find a way to shut down my brain and do something silly and stupid. I was so focused and immersed in hitting such a deep emotional place. I needed to play Angry Birds, or something like Candy Crush, just to find a way to get out of it.

Is there something you wish you could tell your younger self, or the kid who was just starting his career?
JG: I would tell myself to relax a little more, and enjoy the process. People are thrown into this business. There is a lot of good that comes with it. But there is also a lot of anxiety, self-doubt and immaturity. They don’t prepare you for so much of it. They don’t say, “Here’s a record deal and a shrink.” They just say, “Here is al this pressure and all the things that come with it.” So I think I would go back and warn my younger self of some of the traps. And I would slow down time, and try to enjoy it, because it goes very, very quickly.

Nick Cannon Brings ‘Wild ‘N Out’ to a City Near You – Save over 50%

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Get ready for an epic evening of fast-paced improv and head-to-head battles that capture the thrill and excitement of one of the most popular shows in TV history. MTV Wild ‘N Out Live is taking over venues across North America with the one-and-only Nick Cannon as your host. TicketsatWork.com is your connection to the best shows, tours and events — check out MTV Wild ‘N Out Live!

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Featuring many of the most memorable Wild ‘N Out cast members alongside a hand-picked selection of today’s most popular music artists, this brand-new live show will have you cheering for more. From the over-the-top comedy to the fun game show vibe, Wild ‘N Out Live is the ultimate experience for fans of the hit TV show. Since it launched in 2005 on MTV, this comedy spectacular has been surprising viewers with laugh-out-loud humor and a unique blend of freestyle, dance and high-energy entertainment. The rotating lineup that changes from city to city will feature some of your favorite stars including DJ D-Wreck, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller, Hit Man, Emmanuel Hudson, Pretty Vee and Justina Valentine.

Nick Cannon Presents: MTV Wild ‘N Out Live promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the year. This is your chance to see the multi-talented entertainer Nick Cannon lead a cast of all-star artists on this nationwide tour. Experience MTV Wild ‘N Out Live and save over 50% on select shows!

By Craig Nelson

The Ultimate 3-Day Itinerary for a Universal Orlando Vacation

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Now’s the perfect time to plan a Universal Orlando vacation! There’s no doubt that endless thrills, nonstop action, exciting shows and adventures across all three theme parks are in your future, but you may be overwhelmed on where to start or how spend each day. Lucky for you, TicketsatWork has planned a 3-day itinerary, so you can make the most of  your next Universal Orlando vacation — start planning today!

DAY 1
Whether you’re staying on-site, it’s important to arrive at Universal Studio’s gates early. If you are staying on-site, take advantage of Early Park Admission and arrive right when the gates open or a few minutes earlier. From here, you may want to purchase Express Passes (don’t use them early-morning since it isn’t as busy) and Universal Meal Deals, which allow you to enjoy unlimited counter service dining. Your goal for Day 1 is to focus on some of the bigger/ more popular rides at Universal parks. Day 1 is an excellent day to tackle The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and everything these worlds have to offer. Remember you can travel between both worlds (Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure) via Hogwarts Express. You will have to have a park-to-park ticket for this. Other popular rides and attractions to try for Day 1 include Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Transformers: The Ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon or the newly opened Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

DAY 2
Just like Day 1, you’ll want to begin your day early. Your goal for Day 2 is to see as many shows, attractions and characters you may have missed on Day 1. If you stayed in one park on Day 1, pick the other park to visit today, making sure to hit all of the major rides first. Otherwise, Day 2 is more about making time to get in what you didn’t see yesterday. Day 2 is also a great day to do any shopping and enjoy some of the parks sit-down restaurants like the popular Mythos. Once you are done in the parks, check out Universal CityWalk. Enjoy dinner at Emeril’s Orlando, Vivo Italian Kitchen, the popular Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen, or try CityWalk’s newest restaurant, Bigfire, for open fire cooking. You can also catch a movie before checking out the nightlife scene. From Rising Star and Red Coconut Club to Pat O’Brien’s and Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, there’s plenty of venues at Universal CityWalk to party throughout the evening.

DAY 3
You may want to catch up on sleep from the past two days on Day 3. No problem! Take your time getting up and out the door. Today is all about rest, relaxation and soaking in Universal Orlando  hotels. From value hotels, such as Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites and Universal’s Aventura Hotel, to premier hotels, such as Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel — indulge in all the amenities, enticing pools, craft cocktails, casual and fine-dining restaurants these hotels have to offer. You can easily get to and from each on-site hotel through various shuttle buses. If you’re staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay, you have your own dedicated entrance to Universal’s Volcano Bay, which is also a must on Day 3, even if you aren’t staying on-site. Experience Universal Orlando’s third theme park, a tropical-themed oasis, featuring Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Ohya and Ohno Drop Slides, Ko’okiri Body Plunge and more thrill slides. You can also unwind at Waturi Beach, Kopika Wai Winding River or at the bar with a drink (or two). Be sure to make dinner reservations at one of Universal’s on-property hotel restaurants, and end your three-day getaway with scenic views and delicious bites at Bar 17 Bistro, the rooftop bar at Universal’s Aventura Hotel.

All three amazing Universal Orlando theme parks in three days? It can be done! 

By Jena Pugh

Top 8 New Things to Do at Universal Orlando in 2020

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Universal Orlando is ringing in 2020 with a variety of exciting events, attractions and experiences for the whole family to enjoy. Here’s a quick peek at what you can look forward to this year on your next Universal Orlando vacation.

Mardi Gras 2020
The 25th anniversary Mardi Gras celebration (Feb. 1-Apr. 2) features nightly parades with outrageous street performers, colorful costumes and lots of beads! Catch popular artists, such as TLC, Diana Ross, Marshmello, Luis Fonsi and Earth, Wind & Fire perform live.

The Bourne Stuntacular
The Bourne Stuntacular, an all-new live-action stunt show, debuts this spring. Based on the Bourne movies, this action-packed live show blurs the lines between stage and cinema. Follow Jason Bourne around the globe via thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle
Experience an exciting blend of music, lights and special effects as darkness falls on Hogwarts Castle. The dazzling spectacle is accompanied by a John Williams musical score. Select nights Sept. 14-Nov. 15.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Now open, this recent addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features twists, turns and speedy thrills as visitors fly deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts Castle. Check out the 6 exciting things you can’t-miss on this thrill ride!

Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration
The celebration of music, water and light transforms the park and takes you into the movies like never before. Massive walls of water blaze with incredible movie moments and powerful projections bring the entire waterfront into the movies. Now showing on select nights!

BigFire
Bigfire, where open fire cooking takes center stage, joins the collection of unique restaurants at CityWalk. American fare like steaks and freshwater cuisine are given the fire-kissed treatment. Bigfire also features one of the most popular fireside treats: s’mores!

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites
Book your beachy, surf-themed room at Universal’s all-new fun, family-oriented hotel. The budget-friendly hotel features the cool, laid-back vibes of being close to the ocean – now open!

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites
Scheduled to open in March, park visitors can unwind in a carefree escape that’s extra-affordable. Inspired by sand, sea and breathtaking sunsets, soak up the scenes of a calm coastal retreat with plenty of two-bedroom family suites that sleep six.

By Jeff Hyatt

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