Jerry Seinfeld’s Beacon Theatre announcement brings the iconic comedian back home. Not only is it close to the setting made famous on TV by Jerry Seinfeld, but Beacon Theatre is also close to Seinfeld’s real-life home.
The new show announcement is huge for the already expansive career of this veteran comedian. Jerry plans on performing once a month, starting on January 7, 2016, and going until June 8. At the end of it all, he’ll decide if the shows were well received and if he wants to continue.
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Seinfeld got inspiration by looking at Billy Joel’s current residency at Madison Square Garden. Beacon Theatre is run by the same company that manages Madison Square Garden. Joel, also a New Yorker, is one of the most successful performing artists in history. His piano rock & roll is setting records again during his MSG run. He’s now performed more shows at the arena than anyone else.
Seinfeld doesn’t see a brewing competition between him and Joel. He doesn’t need to. He’s got a successful web series that is changing the face of comedy on the internet just like his hit sitcom did for TV in earlier days. The Beacon Theatre run will merely add to his successful projects.
The name of his residency is Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand. Good luck trying to get tickets. The Beacon Theatre is miniscule compared to Madison Square Garden. But Jerry loves its charm. It means that if his show gets good reviews, there will still be a lot of people waiting for an extension run.
As reported by Deadline, Jerry Seinfeld feels something special about Beacon Theatre.
“My favorite theater in New York to perform in has always been the Beacon. Comedians live for certain houses that just feel ‘alive’ for some reason. The Beacon is that place for me.”
Beacon Theatre is located on New York City’s Upper West Side. The theater was built in 1929, and then beautifully restored and renovated in 2009 for $16 million. The charm many performers feel for the theater may relate to the elaborate ornamentation of high-society nostalgia spread throughout. With only about 2,800 seats, the venue’s size is perfect for giving a more intimate show, compared with some of New York City’s larger performance spaces.
Seinfeld also told Rolling Stone he’s bringing his best comedy and not cutting corners.
“You will see my best show here, every time I do it. This is not a workshop.”
The Madison Square Garden Company owner James Dolan is looking forward to success. Besides hosting the city’s landmark sports teams, the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty, along with music big man Billy Joel, Dolan hopes Seinfeld’s run can also be great for the company.
Dolan further told Deadline of being honored to host The Homestead.
“Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most influential and respected comedians of all time and through both his groundbreaking hit series, Seinfeld, and his newest venture, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, he has permanently changed both the modern comedy and television landscapes. As a renowned New Yorker whose brand of comedy is rooted in the Big Apple, we are honored to welcome Jerry to The Beacon, his neighborhood theater.”
On Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld takes a comedian out for a bite to eat in a fast, fancy, flashy vehicle. The show is genius for it’s candidness, and is interesting for its discussions between showbiz heavyweights.
Tickets will go up for sale on December 7. Ticket prices range from $79 to $175. Besides bringing out the locals, Jerry Seinfeld’s Beacon Theatre run is likely to attract fans from across the nation and across the globe.
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