Buzzin’ Broadway Shows (Spring 2015)
I have never been to New York City. There, I said it. The ever-true words I’ve been yearning to disprove for the majority of my life. I’ve been dreaming of New York ever since I was a little girl. I’ve found countless old journals with scribbled “move to NYC” scattered about the pages. The city that never sleeps; the city that never stops dreaming. It has been a dream of mine to visit, to move, to have anything to do with New York City and I am happy to say that in a few days I will be there!
As a diehard theatre-goer, I quickly became overwhelmed realizing that I had to decide what shows I wanted to see. I started making lists (yes, lists, because sometimes one isn’t enough). I categorized them into 3 sections: #1 NEED to see as if my life were depended on it; #2 Would love to see; #3 Want to see, but if I don’t get to it I will still survive. This turned into hours of researching each show, its buzz, and creative team. Eventually I had to stop myself because when it comes down to it, I had to trust my gut. These are the top 3 shows I would do anything to see.
Hamilton is currently running Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre and will transfer to Broadway (yay) in July 2015. I have been in awe of the creative genius of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy award winner Lin Manuel Miranda ever since In the Heights. I couldn’t be happier knowing he is back and changing the new musical theatre world with Hamilton. He not only stars as Alexander Hamilton 8 shows a week but also wrote the book, music, and lyrics. The sole tragedy about this musical is the fact that it sold out the entirety of its run at the Public Theatre even with the numerous extensions. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to see unless the Hamilton lottery gods are on my side (fingers crossed). If perchance the lottery gods aren’t on my side, I guess it just gives me another excuse (requirement) to visit NYC again. If you haven’t heard about this extraordinary musical, make sure to check out the Public’s website.
Something Rotten! is currently in previews at The St. James Theatre. The first thing that caught my attention about this show was actor/musical theatre god Christian Borle. Once I heard he was involved I knew I had to go. I don’t generally latch on to shows just because of the cast, but after seeing him in SMASH, Peter Pan Live, and imagining him as Black Stache in Peter in the Starcatcher (one of my favorite plays) I made an exception. However, after time spent watching rehearsal videos and reading articles about the creative team, I am confident I would see it regardless of Borle. I’ve heard nothing but great buzz and it’s pretty hard not to laugh hysterically at this rehearsal clip.
3. Fun Home
Fun Home is currently in previews at Circle in the Square Theatre after concluding a sold-out, critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at the Public Theatre last year. I first heard about the show when a coworker had ventured to NYC for a holiday and shared that it was something she’d never seen before in the best possible way. That was all I needed to hear to get me on board. I’ve been awaiting its Broadway debut ever since and have happily fell in the love with the score now that it’s available to listen to on the Fun Home website. The show is based off the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel and if you’re interested in Alison’s perspective’s during the process then make sure to check out this video here. In addition to that video, here is a montage from last year’s run at the Public Theatre.
Well that’s it folks, those are my top 3 shows I am dire need to see while I visit NYC in addition to about 10 others. Whether you’re in NYC, planning a trip, or dreaming of NYC, what other shows are you interested in seeing on Broadway this spring?