I adore Broadway musicals. I admit it happily and freely. Last weekend we attended the University of Kansas production of Next to Normal (which was well done, I might add) and this Saturday we are seeing American in Paris at the Starlight Theatre.
For seven years, my husband and I took tour groups of students and families to New York. We thought it would be a fitting way for our daughters to be introduced to the city if, in fact, they wanted to pursue a performing career.
Consequently, we saw many musicals while in NYC–twenty-one to be exact.
On occasion, people ask me what are some of my favorite musicals which I’ve especially enjoyed attending. Here they are in no particular order:
The Phantom of the Opera ( I’ve seen Phantom at least four times. However, a gal I performed with in Columbia, MO had been part of the cast at one time and was able to take us backstage afterward.)
The Lion King (Took a tour and saw the costumes, masks and set up close and personal. Seen it twice–visually stunning.)
Wicked (We saw Wicked before it was popular and prior to the Tonys. Got to see Kristen and Edina, too. I heard today Wicked has surpassed Phantom of the Opera as the second longest running musical on Broadway.) Read here:
Les Mis ( I have seen Les Mis several times, but one performance included my student Becca Ayers in the cast.)
The Drowsy Chaperone (I laughed and laughed. This is one I’d like to direct. It’s my kind of humor.)
Newsies (What can I say? It was as much fun to see our kids (with tears in their eyes and broad smiles) meeting the cast afterwards as it was to see the show.)
Oklahoma!, Revival (A fella, Justin Bohon, who I directed once in Music Man in Columbia, MO was Will Parker. We were all so proud to be able to say we knew someone in the production.)
South Pacific, Revival (Again, Becca Ayera was in the show. Got to see Kelly O’Hara, too.)
Mary Poppins (Oh my gosh, Mary flew right over us at the end of the show. I wept.)
Rocky (Who’d think a musical about a boxer could be memorable? When the boxing ring was placed in the audience and Rocky boxed right in front of us, I was awe struck–so clever.)
Chicago (Our first tour was in March, less than a year after 9-11. I will never forget how anxious we felt touring NYC, but Chicago distracted us from our worries and assuaged our fears of being in the city. How? Long legged female dancers and fabulous music!)
What are yours?
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