Along with merchandise, there are plenty of holiday entertainment bargains out there now.
You can, of course, see the granddaddy of them all- one of the innumerable Nutcrackers around town, some for discounted prices. Goldstar has Balanchine’s version at the Koch Theater for $118 instead of the usual $138 but it includes a $20 souvenir book. Stubhub.com has tickets on some dates (December 11 for example) going down to $65.
Or you can see The Moscow Classical Ballet perform it at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx for $12 through TDF. Or Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory version at The Symphony Space for $17.50.
Many Messiahs are out there, including the Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra at Trinity Church for $45 or at Lincoln Center, the Cecilia Chorus of New York at Carnegie Hall for $25 and the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall for $21, courtesy of TDF.
A group of piano, vocal, jazz and other concerts at Carnegie Hall are going for 50% off–go to http://www.carnegiehall.org and put in the code BLK18523 when you are ordering tickets. The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher is offering David Zinman conducting Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Adès for $18 through TDF and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducting Beethoven and Strauss for $20 through Goldstar.
See Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway for $39 and Ethan Hawke in Macbeth at LIncoln Center also for $39, both through TDF. Cinderella, which has a lovely Lerner and Lowe score, is available for 1/2 price as well. The great Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart can be seen in Pinter and Beckett plays for reduced ticket prices of $65 through Goldstar. Or take a look at Bedlam’s Saint Joan at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in the Village for $36.50 through Goldstar.
The Met Opera offers its shortened version of The Magic Flute with balcony tickets starting at $30, but try going for one of our favorites–the Met’s glorious and festive Rosenkavalier with balcony tickets starting at $35.
Here’s something special at no discount but you shouldn’t miss it: the inimitable Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon in Beckett’s All That Fall at the 59E59 Theater for $70 or $49 for members. These grand old actors are worth every penny. (Update: the run is sold out, but there is a waitlist for each performance. Check the website at: http://www.59e59.org for details).
These are a few of my choices, but there’s lots out there and you should feel free to explore and enjoy the season’s offerings. Search Amazon Local as well as TDF and Goldstar, plus all the places you usually go may be offering special bargains.