Posts Tagged ‘9 to 5

20
May
09

Preparation #3: Narrowing down my must-see Broadway musicals

My mother instilled in me a passion for musicals at a very young age. While other little girls could count the number of musicals they had seen on one hand, I could name musical after musical after musical that I had watched and loved with my mother. After seeing so many musicals on film, I naturally developed a love for live musical theatre as well. I grew up watching the Tony Awards and dreaming of going to Broadway shows. So far I have seen three shows on Broadway: Hairspray and The Producers in 2005 and Gypsy over Thanksgiving. This summer, I hope to add at least the following five to my list. No tight budget can stop me from taking advantage of the Great White Way.

 

9 to 5

I want to see this musical for one reason: Allison Janney. I haven’t seen the film the musical is based on, but I have seen every episode of The West Wing, and C.J. Cregg still holds the title of “Cassie’s All-Time Favorite Television Character.” Not even Lucille Bluth of Arrested Development could take away that title.

Allison Janney

Avenue Q

Avenue Q is a musical that I should have seen by now. There’s really no excuse. I’m in love with the music and have all the songs memorized. And after all these listens, I still laugh at the parts in the songs you’re supposed to laugh. I gave myself a break from listening to it when I graduated from college because all of the sudden, I was 22 and trying to find my life’s purpose. It was just too real. That, and I couldn’t listen to “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” without crying.

Avenue Q

Billy Elliot

Confession: I don’t have a huge desire to see Billy Elliot, but I feel like it’s one of those shows you’re just sort of obligated to see while you’re in New York because everyone is raving over it so much. That’s what happened with The Producers when I was in NYC in 2005. I guess I should see the musical that got nominated for 15 Tonys. And who doesn’t love music by Elton John?

Billy Elliot

In the Heights

In the Heights is another one of those musicals where I hear the music first and see the actual show second. I love the story, and I love the music. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds on stage. Unfortunately, Lin-Manuel Miranda is no longer portraying Usnavi, but Broadway is grueling and people can’t stay in roles forever.

In the Heights

West Side Story

I’ve never seen a stage production of West Side Story, but of course I’ve seen the movie. I think I saw it for the first time in music class in grade school, and I remember being very bored. I’ve changed my opinion since then. As I got older, I was able to understand the deeper and darker themes of the musical. And I began to appreciate how magnificent the music is. I mean, seriously. Between “Tonight” and “Somewhere,” I’m just in musical heaven. I would see this Broadway revival regardless, but the production decided to do something different this time — it added Spanish. Not only is there Spanish dialogue, but some of the songs are even in Spanish too. Fittingly, Lin-Manuel Miranda did the translations. In the Heights opened the door for West Side Story to attempt more authenticity with its portrayal of the Sharks. It makes sense to have certain songs in Spanish. In musicals, characters burst into song because ordinary words can no longer express what they are feeling. Of course Maria would sing “I Feel Pretty” in Spanish because it’s what comes most natural to her. I already love this change to the production, and I really can’t wait to see how it turns out.

West Side Story