My father took me to my first Broadway in 1973 where we saw "PIPPIN" starring, Ben Vereen, John Rubinstein, Jill Clayburgh and Irene Ryan (Granny). WOW! It was life altering. I wanted nothing more than to be on the stage, listen to the music and sing at the top of my lungs. Too bad I did not have the talent. (As Elphaba would say, "I’m limited". But talent comes to each of us in different ways.
I would go to the shows when they came through Atlanta, but it is still BROADWAY that wins my heart! When I was in school at Parsons I had the great fortune of going to over 35 different performances; Plays, Musicals, Opera, Ballet, Experimental theater (that’s another story).
I am thinking of this today as I am planning a trip next month to NYC to go to Kravet‘s #Blogfest2012. At last year’s event we snuck in 2 shows, "The Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo" and "SPIDERMAN – Turn off the Dark". The first one I did not care for at all – a first. SPIDERMAN, however, was a ton of fun!
I plan to catch a few shows while I am there this time as well. Right now I am trying to score tickets for the "Book of Mormon", and I just purchased tickets to "The Best Man" with Angela Lansbury. I would rather it have been Mame, but who could resist the great lady on Broadway?
If I could just move the whole place to driving distance to Charlotte/Lake Norman!
"Because I knew you, I have been changed for good……" (Wicked)