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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Derrick Crisis? by Vinnie Costa

After getting drinks and tipping well, Mrs. Brown had a question… Mrs. Brown: “Now who is Derrick Crisis? He was on Smash?” Bartender: “Darren Criss, the star of the …

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! by Vinnie Costa

Long time subscriber and Broadway Adjacent Jillian Soares wins the Tony Award give-away. She takes home the Tony-winning Fun Home cast recording! It couldn’t have gone to a better gal…

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Overheard… Do I have a what? by Vinnie Costa

Wet Brown: “Do you have a sack?” Agent: “Excuse me?” Wet Brown: “A sack, a bag?” Agent: “No, I’m sorry. I don’t.’ Wet Brown: ̶…

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For The Boys? by Vinnie Costa

Customer: “I’d like tickets to For The Boys.” Agent: “Oh, someone’s doing a stage version of the hit ’90’s Bette Midler vanity project? I did NOT know that.…

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Minding Your P’s & Q’s – Tipping ain’t a city in China. by Vinnie Costa

Some questions I get so often, I’ve often thought I should create a mimeographed handout…so here we go…etiquette class is now in session. But remember what I always say, &#…

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Minding Your P’s & Q’s – “When should I applaud?” by Vinnie Costa

Some questions I get so often, I’ve often thought I should create a mimeographed handout…so here we go…etiquette class is now in session. But remember what I always say, &#…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

You be the Agent – Ass #11 by Vinnie Costa

They say, whoever they are, that the only stupid question is the question left unasked. I disagree. Assignment #11: Mrs Brown: “What last-minute deals do you have for tomorrow night?” Yo…

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Overheard… Sorry, it’s closed by Vinnie Costa

Mrs Brown: “Can I get tickets to The Bridges of Madison County?” Agent: “I’m sorry, it’s closed, almost a year now…” Mrs Brown: “Was is awful? I hear…

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

#BroadwayAdjacent @TheTonyAwards Contest! by Vinnie Costa

In honor of The Tony Awards, I’m giving away my (hard copy) CD of Tony Nominee, (Excuse me, Tony Winner!) Fun Home. All you have to do to win is simply be the first person to respond i…

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Overheard… The Tonys are Tony… by Vinnie Costa

Mr. Brown: “Can you get me tickets to Tony Awards?” Agent: “Of course. Did you pack your tuxedo with you?” Mr. Brown: “Why would I need a tux?” Agent: …

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Overheard… Get it, Grandma! by Vinnie Costa

Mama Brown: “Wow, I really don’t know how they remember all those lines…” Granny Brown: “It’s called acting, dear. It’s what they get paid to do. If…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Overheard – The Belles Have It… by Vinnie Costa

Two (older, probably grandmothers) southern-belles, one complete with a sunhat (maybe even a Kentucky Derby level sunhat) come up to the desk and rapid-fire questions at me about shows they …

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Overheard… Just because you’re an idiot… by Vinnie Costa

On a Thursday… Mrs. Brown: “I’d like four tickets for today’s matinee of Wicked…” Agent: “Wicked doesn’t have a matinée today. Matinées are Wednesdays,…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Overheard… Try the front desk… by Vinnie Costa

Mrs. Brown: “Can I get change of a five from you?” Agent: “We don’t deal much with cash here and we don’t keep small bills at the desk.” Mrs. Brown: ̶…

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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Overheard… Bing-bong, bing-bong by Vinnie Costa

Bing-bong, bing-bong. Bing-bong, bing-bong… Mrs. Brown: (Grabbing daughters hand.) “The show’s starting! Wash your hand later!” Girly Brown: “Mom! That’s …

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Overheard… I’m not here to chat. by Vinnie Costa

Mrs. Brown: “I want to see a show tonight, where’s the closest theater?” Agent: “Well, you are in the middle of the theater district…” Mrs, Brown: “…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Overheard… Why can’t people simply pay attention? by Vinnie Costa

Mrs Brown: “You sold me these tickets. They aren’t next to each other, explain yourself!” Agent: “May I see the tickets?” Mrs Brown: “Right here. See, th…

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Overheard… You don’t get it both ways… by Vinnie Costa

Mrs Brown: “I need to know if there are tickets available for Avenue Q, tonight?” Agent: “There are. With the service charge, handling fees and taxes, it’ll be $110.…

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Overheard… I’ve become that person… by Vinnie Costa

These days, when people ask me, “Do you know where the bathroom is?” I answer with a simple, “Yes.” I’m answering the question asked, after all. There’s n…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Overheard… Drunken patrons are always the best customers… by Vinnie Costa

After the usual, pulling of teeth to discover the information needed… Drunk Brown: “How much are the Nets tonight? I checked online and there were tickets for like, $77.00.”…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Never Ending Story? by Vinnie Costa

Mr. Brown: “I’d like tickets to that new show, The Never Ending Story…” Agent: “Do you mean Finding Neverland?” Mr. Brown: “Did I ask for Finding Ne…

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Overheard… It’s not over ’til it’s over… by Vinnie Costa

Mrs. Brown: “Why didn’t they do a curtain call?” Water Vendor: “‘Cause it’s not over. There’s another Act.” Mrs. Brown: “What? Are you k…

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Classic Overheard… Nuns are wacky. by Vinnie Costa

This post was originally published April 2012… Gramps Brown: “Hey kid, listen, I’ve been tryin’ to tell the Mrs. here, Sister Act and Nunsense are the same show, ri…

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Overheard… Do you serve coffee? by Vinnie Costa

Walk-in: Mrs. Brown: “Do you serve coffee?” Vendor: “In the lounge, downstairs. But get it now, it’s not sold during intermission.” Intermission: Mrs. Brown: &#…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Overheard… Again, not “Information.” by Vinnie Costa

Mrs Brown: “Where’s the dial six car service?” Agent: “I sell theatre tickets here.” Mrs Brown: “I know.” Agent: “Is Dial Six Car Service an o…

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Overheard… It’s not my electricity… by Vinnie Costa

Miss Brown: “Can I plug my phone in here?” Agent: “It’s not my electricity.” Miss Brown: “I’ll take that as a yes…” Miss Brown goes abou…

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Overheard… Something Rotten? I think not… by Vinnie Costa

So, I’m at the merch booth and I hear these two women, who didn’t know each other, talking. One was a little old lady… Mrs. Brown: “So, did you enjoy the show?”…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Overheard… I’m not holding out on you… by Vinnie Costa

Mrs Brown: “What kind of wine do you have?” Bartender: “Cabernet or Chardonnay.” Mrs Brown: “No Pinot Noir?” Bartender: “Cabernet or Chardonnay.R…

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Overheard… I don’t believe the children are the future…… by Vinnie Costa

Master Brown: “Two bottled waters, please.” Bartender: “Okay, that’ll be ten dollars.” Master Brown: “How much is one?” Bartender: “Well, if t…

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Broadway Wallflower by Vinnie Costa

I’m very pleased to announce a new feature on Broadway Adjacent, The Broadway Wallflower. Stay tuned, in only momrnts, I’ll be publishing the first of, I’m hoping, many, ob…

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sold Out, A Broadway Adjacent Rant. by Vinnie Costa

It is truly outrageous how many theatre patrons don’t understand this, so let me be perfectly clear: If a Box Office staff member tells you a show is sold out, it means there are NO ti…

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