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CUNY Students! Behold the Theatre Development Fund

June 14th, 2012 Alina Guzman Art, NYC No comments

I usually don’t pay any mind to the “This Week at CUNY” emails we students are constantly bombarded with but one recently caught my eye. ‘Broadway Discounts and Beyond’ is not something I can readily ignore. Upon closer inspection, I found out there is a not-for-profit organization, the Theatre Development Fund, that specifically caters to the support of the theatrical arts. Their mission is to both support the art and to allow diverse audiences to attend performances.

Membership with TDF includes a small annual fee for the opportunity to purchase tickets at up to 70% off. The prices range from $9 to $41. Full time students are one of the groups that qualify to TDF Membership. Other groups include teachers, recent graduates, union members, retirees, and performing arts professionals. CUNY students get to join for a reduced annual fee of $10. Its a ridiculously simple process and once completed, you have at your disposal 7 categories of performances to choose from around the city including Broadway, Off Broadway, Dance, Opera, and Rock.

Most importantly, members can purchase up to 9 tickets for each performance so you can bring your friends and family along. This is a great way to become more intertwined with New York culture. I’m looking forward to my first show. I haven’t picked up any tickets yet but once I do I’ll go over the process.

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On Broadway, REALLY on Broadway

July 14th, 2011 Alina Guzman Night out on the town 3 Comments

Tuesday night marked one of history for me… I went to my first ever Broadway show. I know I know, NYC is known for this, so its kind of unbelievable that it took me so long to finally see one. But in my defense, I have been to off off…off Broadway and even to a Lincoln Center piano performance– just never on Broadway. My good friend Aya was back in town on business after graduating and leaving to live in Asia in the real world of the 9 to 5 (who am I kidding, its probably closer to 9 to 9 in finance). I was beyond excited when she said she preferred watching a Broadway show to our usual restaurant or pub debauchery.

On the nights agenda was “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, an AMAZING show starring Daniel Radcliffe. Yes, DANIEL RADCLIFFE! Ok, I might be a bit too excited about this but after all, I DID grow up on Harry Potter. I remember staying up all night reading the latest addition to the series and later reading fanfictions like a CRAZY person for months after watching Hollywood’s latest installments. So FORGIVE me for sounding insane, but I almost fell off the balcony seat we rush purchased when no one other than DANIEL RADCLIFFE appeared not even 10 feet away from me the opening scene! I was too shell shocked to even pay attention the first 20 minutes of the show! In all honestly, I’m quite disgusted with myself! I always try to advocate that stars are people too! Nothing to go nuts about. But nothing held me back from the brink of insanity when he came out. Three hours later when the show ended, I could still barely believe it- and I willed myself to think that I only just saw a movie. ‘No Alina, he wasn’t actually within touching distance of me for the last 3 hours. Impossible’.

 

That’s how crazy close I was to the stage, can’t believe we got such great rush tickets.

Forgive the crappy quality, it was dark and I was on my phone- an usher came over forbidding us from taking any pics…snapped one anyway.

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I just wish people would dress up more, I thought that’s what you do when you go to a show so I was SUPER fanc while the majority was in jeans. Either way, it was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t wait to see more shows. Next on the list? The Addams Family! To be continued until then…

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