Musical Monday

Now that the show I am currently performing in has opened, and I have survived through tech week, a much needed break after, and week 2 of our run, I can finally get back to my normal weekly postings. We start by continuing the trail of Best Musical winners from the first Tony winner to the current. We pick it up in the 1954/1955 Broadway season. Happy Musical Monday!

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"In The Heights" show #427

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The lights have dimmed on Broadway By The Bay’s Washington Heights. In The Heights marked the second show of the Peninsula-based theatre company’s 2014 season. I had the pleasure of catching Usnavi and the gang just before they closed two Sundays ago. As an audience member who saw this title twice during its national tour run, I was entering the Fox Theater with interest and anticipation as to how Broadway By The Bay would approach and stage such an intimately intense show on both sides of the emotional spectrum. They presented this show with talent, honesty, and a simplistic way of just telling the story. This production was, indeed, a fantastic showing.

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"A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" show #424

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It won the Tony Award for Best Musical. After seeing this Broadway trip concluding show, there is no doubt in my mind why it won the coveted title. It’s smart. It’s witty. It’s engaging. It will probably run for quite some time; but boy am I happy I saw A Gentlema’s Guide… for my final Broadway show this past trip!

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Musical Monday: Play Edition

 

This week’s Musical Monday: Play edition honors this year’s Tony Award winning New Play. It was on my list of shows to possibly see just in case another show did not work out. Unfortunately, I was not able to see this production. There just aren’t enough days in a week long trip I guess. This being the closest I will get to seeing this play, I shall not drawl on. Happy Musical Monday: Play edition!

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"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" show #421

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The Friday evening entertainment on Broadway brought me to the Stephen Sondheim Theater to take in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. I had previously seen this production in San Francisco this past fall in its pre-Broadway tryout, and found it utterly enjoyable and beautiful (as the title suggests one might feel). The story, the subject matter, and, most of all, the music all come together for a brilliantly told story about, not just Carole King, but about the times surrounding her rise to (hall of) fame. Since there were only some significant changes from the previous review I wrote regarding the San Francisco tryout, below is the link to my review from then.

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