War Horse Giveaway (Jacksonville)

Enter to win 2 tickets to Opening Night of War Horse, presented by the Artist Series! War Horse makes its Broadway in Jacksonville premiere next week from February 18-23 at the Times-Union Center downtown.

So remember when I gave away a pair of tickets to Blue Man Group a few weeks ago? And you were so sad when you found out you weren’t the winner? Well you can finally dry those tears – I have a pair of tickets to the Artist Series’ upcoming show War Horse, and believe me when I say it’s a show you DON’T want to miss!

If you don’t know what War Horse is all about, don’t worry, because neither did I. Like many of you probably have not, I didn’t see the 2011 movie, I never read the book, and I obviously haven’t seen the show before. But I have seen the poster for the show, and that alone made me want to see it. That and the fact that my Artist Series contact said to me months ago, “If you can’t make it to any other show this year, be sure you make it to War Horse. It’s going to be phenomenal.” Done and done!

Joey and the US National Tour of WAR HORSE
Photos © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

So what’s it all about?
Winner of five 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Play, War Horse is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I.  Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land.  Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home.  What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.

Sounds great, right? But how do you make this into a live performance? I mean, you can’t bring in a horse, teach him how to act, and put him in the spotlight in front of a live audience – let’s be honest. In the play, Joey is the star of War Horse, a life-sized puppet presented by the Handspring Puppet Company that brings breathing, galloping, and charging horses to thrilling life on stage. WOAH! I haven’t seen The Lion King show yet, but it sounds similar to what they do – and I hear that’s one of the best Broadway shows ever! If you want to learn more about Joey and what to expect, watch this “behind-the-scenes” video featuring Joey’s puppeteers:

Albert and Joey. Andrew Veenstra (Albert) with Christopher Mai, Derek Stratton, Rob Laqui (Joey)
Photos © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Fantastic, right?

I am going opening night, and I encourage you to go while it’s in town. And to get you even MORE excited about the show, I am going to give one lucky reader a pair of tickets to see the show on Opening Night, Tuesday, Feb. 18! To enter, just leave a comment below telling me why you’d like to go and if you’ve ever seen a live Broadway show before. For an extra entry, Tweet your entry and excitement! (Sample Tweet: Just entered to win tix to War Horse presented by @TheArtistSeries on @blakeleya‘s blog. Looking forward to an incredible show! http://wp.me/p22UdQ-RD)

One winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at 12 p.m. EST. Winner will be posted on this blog post and notified via email. Winner will pick up their two tickets at the Artist Series Will Call at the Times-Union Center on Tuesday, 2/18 as early as 6:30 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. show. He/she will need to show a valid I.D. and sign for the tickets.

Tickets for War Horse start at $32.00 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 on their website.  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.

War Horse Performance Schedule at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center:
Tuesday, February 18th at 7:30PM
Wednesday, February 19th at 7:30PM
Thursday, February 20th at 7:30PM
Friday, February 21st at 8PM
Saturday, February 22nd at 2PM and 8PM
Sunday, February 23rd at 1:30PM and 7PM

Joey and Topthorn
Photos © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg

Happy entering, happy ticket-buying, and good luck!




  1. February 17, 2014 / 10:11 am

    Hi! I have never seen a Broadway show, and my girlfriend loves horses, she’s had a horse all of her life and has been part of the local 4H club since she was very young and has become a very well respected leader in the program, I would love for this to be my first Broadway show and I would love to surprise my lady with tickets to one about horses!

    • Blakeley
      February 17, 2014 / 2:04 pm

      Congratulations!! You’re my winner!!! Have fun surprising your lady with a night of Broadway in Jax 🙂 Let me know what you think of the show!

  2. rhdoty
    February 17, 2014 / 9:59 am

    I would love to wi

  3. February 17, 2014 / 9:47 am

    My fiancé and I would love to attend this show! I’ve heard so much buzz about it, I’d love to surprise him with tickets!

  4. February 16, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    Hi! My mother has seen war horse movie seriously about 15 times and I would LOVE to be able to take her!

  5. February 13, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    I really would love to go to this and my fiance thinks that she would love it as well. I have been to Phantom of the Opera as well as The Nutcracker on Broadway and enjoyed them both. I am very interested to see the puppeted horse in action as they tell the story… 🙂

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