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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Overheard… It’s Tourist Season… by Vinnie Costa

Mrs. Brown: (Hands over credit card with the picture of a buck on it.) “Do y’all hunt deer up here?” Bartender: (Pausing.) “No, we hunt tourists…” The pos…

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Overheard… I Suck? YOU Suck! by Vinnie Costa

Mrs Brown: (Who is 20 minutes late, yet still needs to visit the lower level lounge.) “Oh a bar! Can I get something?” Bartender: “I’m sorry, the bar’s closed u…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I Turned Broadway Legend Patti LuPone Into A Verb by Vinnie Costa

In the heat of the Cell Phone Brouhaha of 2015, the day Broadway legend, Miss Patti LuPone snatched a cell phone right from the hand of an offensive theatergoer, I tweeted: “Don’…

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Monday, July 27, 2015

YOU be the Agent – Ass. #12 by Vinnie Costa

They say, whoever they are, that the only stupid question is the question left unasked. I disagree. Assignment #12: Mama Brown: “What’s the whitest show on Broadway?” You …

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Overheard… Here’s to the ladies who pee. by Vinnie Costa

Mrs. Brown: “Where’s the Lady’s?” Bartender: “You just passed it, just swing back around.” Mrs. Brown: “No, the sign right here, says Lounge, Bar, M…

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Friday, July 24, 2015

It’s Mah-may… by Vinnie Costa

Pretentious Mr. Brown: “I know it’s spelled with a ‘T’ but it’s pronounced Mah-may.” Other Mr. Brown: “Really? Is David Mamet French?” Pret…

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Helen Keller? by Vinnie Costa

Mrs Brown: “I’d like to see the magic show on the third floor, Helen Keller.” Agent: “Penn and Teller?” Mrs Brown: “Helen Keller….” Agent: (Si…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda? by Vinnie Costa

Mrs. Brown: “Do you think TKTS will have tickets for that show Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda?” Agent: “Do you mean It Shoulda Been You?” Mrs. Brown: “Whatever, the on…

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Ask @BwayAdjacent – Standing Ovations by Vinnie Costa

Dear Broadway Adjacent – Standing ovations were once the mark of something really special. Now they seem to be the expected response even at mediocre shows. Is it okay to stay seated d…

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Fishing for Validation – Part 3 by Vinnie Costa

I get an unusual amount of Fishermen at the desk. Usually, on matinée days; usually, older folks.They’ve just come over from TKTS with their extreme side, rear-orchestra, partial-vie…

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fishing for Validation – Part 2 by Vinnie Costa

I get an unusual amount of Fishermen at the desk. Usually, on matinée days; usually, older folks.They’ve just come over from TKTS with their extreme side, rear-orchestra, partial-vie…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Don’t Be That Person. by Vinnie Costa

According to TheaterMania: Broadway is fed up will cell phones. Especially when they’re being used during shows. Or being plugged into fake outlets on sets. What is there to do? Well, …

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fishing for Validation – Part 1 by Vinnie Costa

I get an unusual amount of Fishermen at the desk. Usually, on matinée days; usually, older folks.They’ve just come over from TKTS with their extreme side, rear-orchestra, partial-vie…

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Overheard… If you don’t need a seat, you don’t need me. by Vinnie Costa

Mr Brown: “Do you only handle tickets for the theatre?” Agent: “No, we also handle concerts and sporting events. Basically, anything you need a seat for.” Mr Brown: &…

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ask @BwayAdjacent… Answers to all your Broadway Etiquette Questions by Vinnie Costa

I’d like to start a new Broadway etiquette advice column here on Broadway adjacent, a la Dear Abby or Ann Landers, but I need your help. If you have any questions that you might be afr…

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Hand to God, this is my last #HandToGodBway post… by Vinnie Costa

When I came across this picture of the new addition to Hand To God’s Broadway set, I thought, “Now that’s a fitting end to the story of the unrepentant douche nozzle who h…

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Overheard… I don’t think that counts… by Vinnie Costa

Mr. Brown and his two adult children come to the desk, pricing me out for Lion King ($275), Aladdin ($150+), and Matilda ($125+).  It was a Monday. Mr. Brown’s Son: “We’re…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#HandtoGod, The Phone-Plugger Has A Name and I Got It. by Vinnie Costa

No, it was not a dare. Yes, he thought it was a working outlet. No, it wasn’t his first Broadway show. My good buddy Joe, owner of the now infamous, truly viral SnapChat video of a Boz…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Exclusive – “THE” #HandToGod On-set Outlet by Vinnie Costa

BroadwayAdjacent.com has obtained an exclusive photograph of “THE” on-set, non-working outlet the idiot theatergoer plugged his cell phone into before the July 2 performance of …

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Stockyard Channing? by Vinnie Costa

Overheard whilst grabbing a quick smoke between shows of 45th St” Gay Brown: ” Oh Em Gee! Stockyard Channing is in this! I love her! She’s the one and only Dolly Levi in my…

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Overheard… But I expected it to be more like Kinky Boots… by Vinnie Costa

After Walk-in at the hit Broadway Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The bartenders have congregated in the lounge to close out and divvy gratuities…the opening number has started wh…

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Awful, Tragic, History of Gerald Whifflesnort (…and his cell phone.) by Vinnie Costa

Inspired by the last post, one of my intrepid readers wrote this epic ballad. I know someone out there is just itching to put it to music… The Awful, Tragic, History of Gerald Whiffles…

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Hand to God, THIS really happened at Hand To God! by Vinnie Costa

It’s blowing up all over the internets and y’all should know, I had three spies report this incident to me, mere moments after it occurred…I still can’t wrap my head …

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Movin’ On? by Vinnie Costa

What I love the most about people like this? They believe I’m here to rip them off not help them. I’m the enemy, holding back information or flat out lying to make they buy somet…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Overheard… I hope you brought the black AmEx… by Vinnie Costa

Mr Brown: “I’d like tickets to The Lion King?” Agent: “Sure. For when and how many?” Mr Brown: “Thursday matinée?” Agent: “Matinée days are …

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Overheard… “But what play?” by Vinnie Costa

Mr Brown: (Looking at the merchandise offered at It’s Only a Play.) “These are great shirts, but which play it is for?” Merch Vendor: “This one, It’s Only a Pl…

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Overheard… Everyone wants something… by Vinnie Costa

From one of my Box Office spies: So, the show I’m currently working started at 7:00 pm, the following happened at 7:20 pm. Mr. Brown: “Do you have any seats left for tonight?R…

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Overheard… The needs of the many… by Vinnie Costa

Mrs. Brown: “Excuse me, usher? The woman sitting to my right was on her phone, texting throughout almost all of Act One. It was very distracting and you didn’t do a damned thing…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Overheard… Who ties your shoes in the morning? by Vinnie Costa

Mr Brown: “I want to see X on Sunday night.” Agent: “I’m sorry, X doesn’t have a Sunday night performance, but I can get you tickets to A, B, C, D, E or F.̶…

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Gigli? by Vinnie Costa

Mrs. Brown: “Can I get two tickets to Gigli?” Agent: “I think you mean Gigi…” Mrs. Brown: “No, Gigli, with JLo. She was on the Tonys…” Agent: …

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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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