Oh the Great White Way. How your lights call me, taunt me, with visions of masked men, troubled teens in nineteenth century Germany, eccentric characters residing in Alphabet City, mermaids, witches, lions, and spam. Yes, I did say spam.
Some of you may be scratching your heads, wondering what the “Elle” (ha!ha!ha!) I am talking about. I am, of course, describing the love of my life: Broadway!
Located in NYC, Broadway is actually a street that stretches across the majority of Manhattan’s coast. The most known part is actually located in Times Square, where Broadway crosses Seventh Avenue. This section of Broadway is home to many Broadway houses, which “house an ever-changing array of commercial, large- scale plays, particularly musicals. This area of Manhattan is often called the Theater District or the Great White Way, a nickname originating in the headline “Found on the Great White Way” in the February 3, 1920 edition of the New York Evening Telegram. The journalist sobriquet was inspired by the millions of lights on theater marquees and billboard advertisements that illuminate the area” (thank you Wikipedia).
Look at how adorable we are. Too bad he is married to the sweetest/most beautiful woman [with the most beautiful voice] ever. Usually he is really upbeat and so funny, but as you can tell, or maybe not, he was really sick. But he was so nice and took time to talk to us! All in all, that was the most AMAZING day of my life, and I can not wait to meet him again! That is, if he ever comes back to Broadway. For those of you who do not follow Broadway as obsessively as me, he was also in the film Dan In Real Life (he played one of Dan’s brothers). But I think it is time for him to come back and seduce me with his voice all over again. I guess I will just keep his cds on repeat until then.
And since I haven’t seen a play on stage since… the beginning of May… it is high time I get back to a theater. Sure I could put in classics like Calamity Jane or State Fair or Meet Me in St. Louis. I could also watch Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Newsies, etc. But there is nothing like getting all dressed up, and going to the theater (the real theater, not the cinima, of course). Once upon a time I went to see The Lion King (wonderful) with my highschool class (mentioned above) and some of the people wore… jeans!! *gasp* to the theater!! *double gasp* Once you pick yourself up off the floor, you will be happy to know I wore a very nice outfit, keeping with the tradition that one should take time in their appearance when going to the theater.
Once upon a time in an essay I wrote:
Seeing a Broadway play or musical is something I have enjoyed since I was a child. As the theater dims, the crow grows silent, the orchestra begins to play and the curtain rises, I find myself retreating back and the inner child in me coming forth. As the actors portray the beauty of a story in song and dance I feel as though I am being taken along for the ride, and I absolutely love every minute of it.
As I re-read that paragraph I realize how true it still is. I seriously get as giddy as a 13 year old girl when I purchase tickets to a play/musical. So now I am making a list of all the plays I want to see. I am not including the plays I have seen on broadway already, even if I want to see them again. I am also not including the shows I have seen during touring season.
The Little Mermaid: I have listened to the music over and over and over and I want to see this show soo badly. The only problem? It’s been pretty much sold out since it’s first performance. It stars my favorite Broadway actress (Sherie Renne Scott… who not only shares my middle name, but stared with Norbert in THREE different b’way shows) as Ursula. The songs are clever… only one gets on my nerves. But I never liked that Scuttle character.
Xanadu: Oh my goodness. I want to see this show so badly I might hurt someone to get tickets. Based off the 80’s movie of the same name, starring Olivia Newton John, the music is fantastically hilarious. The main actor, Cheyenne Jackson, will melt your insides with his voice. And there are people on roller blades. Whats not to love? Warning: the main actor does wear rather short shorts. But with a face like that, who cares?
Young Frankenstien: Its Mel Brooks. Need I say more?
Long Running Shows:
Spring Awakening: not one to take the kiddies to; this one is actually parental advisory. But the music is genius and the story? Amazing. And quite sad. I’ve actually read the play because my mom refuses to take me. It did not dissapoint, especially considering 100 years ago it was banned from the stage, as a play. So it came back as a musical. Now just to find someone who will go with me… which means no family (except possibly my sister…) and no one from college. Ha.
Mamma Mia!: I am almost certian this works better on a stage than as a movie… though having the same director, who knows. I think the movie would have been ten million times better if Adam Shankman (director of Hairspray) directed. And if Pierce Brosnan wasn’t in it, but that just goes without saying.
Hairspray: I have heard this is fantastic, so I think I need to check it out for sure. I know I like some of the music better than the movie version, because I was listening to the b’way version a few years before the movie was ever made. It Takes Two is such a lovely song, and Mama I’m A Big Girl Now is awesome; I’m so sad they cut it from the movie, even if it is on the soundtrack.
Jersey Boys: I just love Franki Valli & The Four Seasons. I would go to this musical in a heartbeat. It seems so fun and I would defiantly have a hard time not just wanting to get up and dance.
Mary Poppins: Having seen Beauty and the Beast, as well as The Lion King, I am sure this Disney play does not disappoint. The other two were amazing, so I have only high hopes for the magical nanny.
Spamalot: How could anyone NOT want to see this???
Legally Blonde: Ehh, if I don’t see this play soon it wont be the end of the world. The (first) movie was amazing, so I hope the musical does it justice. I have seen a documentary type thing about the show, and honestly I wasn’t blown away by the music, though I probably need to see the play in its entirety before I judge.
So there you go. My list! If you are still reading this ridiculously long post I congratulate you. Now go reward yourself by seeing a play. Just, PLEASE!!! DO. NOT. WEAR. JEANS.
The theater community thanks you.