I’ll always be the first to admit that I have some “ultimate weaknesses” when it comes to musical theater, or just any sort of entertainment in general. For one, I adore a good romance, second, I love good ol’ fashioned Broadway numbers, and last but not least, I lose it over a good, well-crafted set piece. So it brings me great joy to tell you that Roundabout’s new revival of the classic Jerry Bock musical She Loves Me features all of those qualities and much, much more.
Broadway is definitely a tourist filled town these days. Everything has to “sell” to the larger demographic, and appeal to the most common and random of theater-goers. One show this season that is attempting to hook the modern audience in is Dames at Sea, a musical that has had several Off-Broadway productions since its creation in 1966.
Musicals, to most, are a gamble. You will either love them or hate them, there is truly no in-between. One of those shows that left me truly on the edge of decision was one of the new offerings from the Spring 2015 season: Finding Neverland. Considered by many to be one of the weirder productions of the bunch, the story of Peter Pan’s creator J.M. Barrie and his journey from down on his luck playwright to fulfilled father figure took some major Word of Mouth to get me interested in investing my ticket money in. But I can say with ease, it was a decision I would never regret.
I don’t normally get a chance to see a production after its recent Tony win. Usually once a show gets the coveted award, tickets are hard to come by for months, even years. But luckily, I was able to experience what is one of the most perfectly captivating and beautiful revivals I have ever seen. In all honesty, The King and I will always be, without a doubt, my favorite work of Rodgers and Hammerstein. That isn’t to say that their other classics aren’t as important to me, but there is something utterly enchanting about the story of Anna and the King that never stops entertaining me (and many others) time and time again.
A couple of weeks back, I finally made a bucket list dream of mine come true: Going to some shows at the famous 54 Below. In case you aren’t in the know, 54-B is a little underground restaurant that also doubles as a cabaret performance space. And you know what that means? Broadway stars are there all the time! Patti Lupone, Jeremy Jordan, and countless others perform there regularly. It’s sort of like a secret club house for theater lovers, and it was definitely a place that, once I arrived, I felt right at home in. Continue reading Theater Thursday: Dalin’s 54 Below “Side Show” Adventures
Dalin: Whenever someone asks me what my favorite Disney movie is, I can always say, without any delay, that it is The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Yes, it is a controversial adaptation in Disney’s animated catalog, but it is the one that no matter how many times I see it, still touches my soul. So when the official US premiere of the musical version was announced, I bought my tickets (for more than one performance) faster than anything I’ve purchased before.