musical

Earlier this week, I got to see the new Broadway musical If/Then, starring Tony-winning actress Idina Menzel.

Earlier, this week my dad came to visit and we saw Once, the Broadway version of one of his favorite movies.

On Saturday night, I saw Pippin—the Broadway show that recently won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. The originally production enjoyed a long run on the Great White Way in the 1970s. The musical follows the tale of a young prince on his journey to find purpose in his life and maps out the obstacles he faces along the way.

To me, the mark of a good musical is one that transports its audience to the time and place of the characters. I have seen a few musicals that have accomplished this task, with The Lion Kingtopping the list. I first saw this long-running show as a traveling production in Cleveland and a few years later on the Great White Way.

Last night, I saw the hilarious new musical Hands on a Hardbody, which follows 10 contestants competing to keep their hands on a truck from their local Nissan dealership. Set in Texas, the truck takes center stage literally, but also in each of the characters’ minds as the American Dream.

Last night, I had the opportunity to see Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, a new Broadway musical, which is currently in previews at the Broadway Theatre and will officially open on March 3rd. This is the first time this classic story has had a home on the Great White Way—the new version, with a few modern twists for good measure—is based on a 1957 TV movie starring Julie Andrews in the title role.

Something tells me Kristen Holly Smith is a huge Dusty Springfield fan. It might be the fact that she co-wrote and stars in Off-Broadway musical Forever Dusty, where she spends 90 minutes a night singing hits like “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” or that she’s been working on this show since 2006.

If you’re looking for a musical that will appeal to non-Broadway fans too, look no further than Rock of Ages. While it still has the big song-and-dance numbers of other shows, the songs the actors are singing and dancing to are hits of the 1980’s that anyone with an FM radio will know. Known as “Broadway’s Best Party,” dancing in your seat is not only allowed, it’s strongly encouraged.

The holidays are just around the corner, and pretty much everyone has their share of favorite holiday songs and movies. I must admit, I didn’t grow up watching A Christmas Story, but I did see it for the first time a few years ago and now understand why it’s such a classic.

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