The Phantom is Within Reach!

You don’t have to travel to New York to experience an amazing Broadway musical. The musical comes to you! From Avenue Q to Wicked, I’ve seen countless of Broadway shows right here in Austin, Texas. Visiting us now is Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera.

I first saw the play when I was 10 years old in San Antonio and instantly became infatuated. The music, the story, the costumes, the scenery – really everything about it captivated me. Yes, I was the girl who learned to play almost every Phantom song on the piano.  Needless to say, my Phantom obsession soon subsided though I’ve always cherished the memory of seeing the play with my family. I’ve loved that experience so much that I can’t bring myself to watch the movie. There are so many elements of surprise during the live theatre play that I just don’t think a movie could do it justice. 

Now that several years have passed and the Phantom is back, I grabbed my best gal pal for a fun night out. We sat third row center just behind the conductor of the live orchestra! It was definitely the way to go. Despite vaguely recalling the storyline, we were instantly sucked into each scene. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t seen it, but the special effects were intense sitting that close to the stage…yeah I’m talking about the fire, the chandelier, the set changes…we were completely transported to a different world and loving every minute of it.

After seeing the Phantom of the Opera for a second time all these years later, I have to say it’s still my favorite. The songs are beautiful, the vocal talent is astonishing, and the scenery is so realistic. Plus the special effects keep you guessing and the guys entertained.

“The Phantom of the Opera is here”…in Austin until April 4th, and will continue to travel the country. It’s a great date event (yes guys, the ladies will likely jump into your lap following some startling surprises) OR it’s perfect for a ladies night out (who knows, maybe you’ll meet your Raoul that night). Enjoy!

Popular Valentine’s Day Events

 This Valentine’s Day fans are skipping the chocolates and scheduling an unforgettable outing with those closest to them. Whether planning a romantic date, a single ladies’ celebration, a family outing or a guys’ day out, fans continue to search for that perfect unforgettable event. A review of Valentine’s Day event searches on TicketCity.com for the week of February 1st reveals what fans consider the hottest events this year.

  2/14/10 Events
City
SPORTS Daytona 500  Daytona, FL
NBA All-Star Game Dallas, TX
San Antonio Rodeo San Antonio, TX
SAP Open Tennis San Jose, CA
Winter Games Vancouver, BC
     
CONCERTS  David Bisbal Miami, FL
John Mayer Toronto, ON
Mariah Carey Chicago, IL
Rufus Wainwright Atlantic City, NJ
Santana Las Vegas, NV
     
THEATRE Billy Elliot New York, NY
Miss Saigon Houston, TX
Phantom of the Opera      Orlando, FL
West Side Story New York, NY
Wicked San Francisco, CA

It’s not too late to order event tickets for that special Valentine.
Not sure what to get? Consider a TicketCity gift card good for any event!

What is the most watched program in TV History?

According to Nielson’s recently released estimates, last night’s 2010 Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints now tops the list. The game surpassed the previous 106 million viewership record set by the M-A-S-H series finales in 1983. 

The Super Bowl’s viewership was an estimated 106.5 million. This proved a successful gamble for most advertisers including our Austin neighbors HomeAway.  They experienced one million incremental page views following the Chevy Chase/Griswold-themed commercial. Today, the number of unique visitors to the HomeAway site has increased by 500%. Congrats HomeAway!

So is it time for a TicketCity Super Bowl ad? Let us know: Facebook or Twitter

Great peformances for great causes!

Last night Patty Griffin and friends performed at the historic Paramount theatre to benefit Grounded in Music, a local Austin nonprofit. The concert kicked off with performances by two groups of kids currently receiving musical instruction by the nonprofit.  As a board member of Grounded in Music, Patty offered to organize a benefit concert and asked fellow musicians Jack Ingram and Scott Miller to join her on stage.

The performance was fantastic! With nothing but a guitar and mic, each singer/songwriter captivated the crowd with arresting vocals, intimate lyrics and hilarious stories. It was amazing to experience the power of Patty’s voice as it would burst with energy completely filling the hollow auditorium then fade to a soft whisper silencing the crowd and preventing even the slightest of movement.

If you missed this performance, Jack Ingram will be back on stage in Austin on Sunday 1/24 participating in another benefit concert at the Austin Music Hall.  The Help Austin Help Haiti lineup features several of Austin’s heavy hitters and is sure to be a great time for a great cause.

TicketCity Sends NFL Super Fan to the Super Bowl

Three years in the making and one man’s dream comes true. At 31 Hans Steiniger began his quest to visit all 31 NFL stadiums. Traveling across country, he visited 22 states and shared in unforgettable tailgate experiences. TicketCity proudly supported him along the way offering Hans one source for tickets to all of the games.

On December 27, 2009 at the Bucs versus Saints game in New Orleans, Hans completed his quest. In celebration of his accomplishment, TicketCity is sending him to Super Bowl XLIV in Miami.

So who did he pick to win the Super Bowl? The Indianapolis Colts. Hans will get to see first-hand if his predicition is right.

Read more about Hans and his adventure.

Way to go Hans!