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bitch is on broadway

Welcome to NY

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times square for blogSo I was going to apologize because I haven’t posted for a while but unfortunately I’m going Broadway Crazy right now and am about to go pick up tickets.  I just cannot decide which show to see.  You have Steven Sondheims A Little Night Music with Bernadette Peters and my favorite Elaine Stritch (who worked the song ladies who lunch), you have The Addams Family with Nathan Lane, Bebe Nueworth and my other favorite Jackie Hoffman or I might end up having to go to see Promises Promises with Kristen Chenoweth and Sean Hayes only because of my obsession with Kristen Chenoweth.

Not only are there amazing revivals playing right now like La Cage au Follies by Harvey Fierstein and starring Kelsey Grammer, but I heard he left the show, or you have Chicago.  You have newer shows like Shrek the Musical or even Mama Mia but what we may end up doing is Rock of Ages because there are some non broadway people (I know, I already made the comments) who may come.  NY is amazing because you not only have a huge selection of shows to see but the talent is above and beyond amazing.

The other thing that I love is that last night since broadway goes black (no shows) on Monday nights I went to Splash Bar which is one of the most popular showtunes nights in the country.   Upstairs you have a ton of singing until the drag show starts and if you aren’t into drag queens and you want to keep watching showtunes everyone goes downstairs into the lounge.  The thing that I love about Splash Bar showtunes in NYC is that unlike Chicago, Baltimore or DC, Showtunes at Splash Bar in NYC is all about NY and the Tony’s.

Since splash bar is in NYC and so it Broadway and are the Tony’s, it is amazing to be able to watch them all and then go outside and head up to midtown to get to see all of the shows and where they are.  This is probably the only city in the world where you can do an entire night of Tony awards shows and it will never get old because NYC is the only place in the world where broadway owns the nights and even has its own part on the news.

You have celebrities everywhere, actors everywhere, classic shows new shows like Fela on 49th street and everything in between.  It’s going to be almost impossible to decide so whatever is on sale at the half priced tickets in times square will probably be the winner.  There is nowhere else in the world like broadway and I cannot wait to get back and post all of the pictures.  I hope you’re all enjoying your week and I’ll be back to posting again next week.  Have fun and thanks for reading.

Broadway Cares and The Drowsy Chaperone

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So I didn’t end up going to Showtunes night at JRs last night but whatever, there are plenty of other nights to go and sing showtunes…but what I did do was remember seeing a show which I don’t think is on Broadway anymore called The Drowsey Chaperone.

It takes place in a guys apartment who is obsessed with a show from the 1920s or really old skool times where shows were on a stage with a single star and gangsters and flash and people had talent and didn’t have to rely on big show stages and special effects to make the show better.  The set was cool because the whole thing moved and changed but you were always still in his apartment.  What I liked even more was that the Drowsey Chaperone has everything you could want in a show, dancing, singing, comedy, an old drunk lady and a cast that could actually act and sing.

My favorite song was I don’t want to show off no more, but the best singer was the black lady at the end singing about flying in her airplane when the whole cast jumped on board and floated above the stage.  She had an amazing voice and ended the show perfectly.  The other thing I like about the show was that they sold autographed posters with the entire cast after the show and the money on the autographed ones was donated to an AIDS charity called Broadway Cares.  I did buy the poster with the donation and will post a picture of the Drowsey Chaperone Broadway Poster when I get my boxes unpacked from moving, however it isn’t the one that everyone likes, instead it is the one that just has the logo on it, but whatever it still went for a good cause and all went to charity.

The Drowsey Chaperone is an awesome feel good fun show for everyone so if it tours and comes to your town, stumble along (You’ll get the joke) to the theatre and enjoy a nice and fun night out at the theatre with your friends and family and enjoy The Drowsey Chaperone and have something to talk about over cocktails or dinner after the show.

Also, if you go to showtunes night, I know that they do play a couple of songs from the show every once in a while so look out for the one I like called I don’t want to show off no more (I think it is the CBS version from when they did their plug) or the tumble along song.

Wicked Openening Stage and Time Clock Dragon

Sooo why not Wicked? Wicked Reviewed is it worth it…

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Yes. Wicked is 100% worth the price of the tickets, however the best seats in the house for this show are actually not on the floor or front row. Sure you can see more of the seriously detailed costumes and get to enjoy being within eyesight of the actors and actresses and even see all the hooks and ropes that let the actors fly through the air and see the amazing lifts in the songs, but you actually miss out on most of the other special effects that the people in the first and second balconies get to see. One of those effects is probably one of the coolest stage props I’ve seen and it is the Time Clock Dragon that is hanging above the stage and the Audience. The entire dragon moves and its eyes light up red, the wings move and the neck flies wildly and the mouth snaps opened and closed and if you are in the front row or on the floor, you miss this which is one of the reasons that I think the balconies are the best view for this show.

Wicked Openening Stage and Time Clock Dragon

Wicked Openening Stage and Time Clock Dragon

Wicked is the story of the Two Wicthes of Oz, Elphaba and Galdinda,,,however it is really actually kind of the story of the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba) and her life growing up, going to school, her family and sister (Nessa or the Wicked Witch of the East), how she got her powers, who her family was, why she was considered evil and another version of how her life changed the world of Oz and what she actually was trying to do and how characters like the Wizard effected her.

Elphaba was a die hard liberal who lived to defend the rights of the Animals (animals that have the ability to talk which is why they are called Animals with a capital A and not animals with a lower case,,,,kind of like the Liza with a Z thing).   Elphaba went to school to mainly watch after her sister but there she met Madame Morrible who discovered she had powers because her dad was from our reality and world and her mother was from OZ which made her powers more powerful than anyone else in Oz, including Madame Morrible who is also the one who can control the weather and created the Tornado that killed Nessa Rose and Brought Dorothy to Oz.

At school, Elphaba met her professor and friend Dr. Dillamond who was a Goat who could speak but all of the sudden lost his powers and was no longer able to speak.   She also met Fiero who helped her save a Lion cub who they were trying to stop from being able to speak and when she finally decided to take action, she left for the Emerald City to meet with the Wizard and put an end to the destruction of the Animals and their ability to speak and teach in school and be a part of society.  (BTW the Lion she saved is also the Cowardly Lion who tries to help kill her in the end not knowing what she did to help save his life).

When she gets to the Emerald City with her best friend Galinda who changed her name to impress Fiero to Glinda, they discover that the Wizard and Madame Morrible are actually the two people behind the desctruction of the Animals and they use Elphabas powers against her to turn the Wizards pet Monkeys to flying Monkeys who can still sort of talk but also grow wings which hurt them.

When Elphaba realizes that the Wizard was out to harm the Animals she steals the secret spell book that the Wizard and Madame Morrible were hiding and takes off for the attic which is where the most spectacular of the songs takes place Defying Gravity.

After the song is over, the cast goes into intermission and the theatre bursts into applause….the scene is amazing and the rest of the show is pure fun and drama.  This is the perfect show for the whole family and also helps you to fall in love with the Wicked Witch of the West and start to see a different side of the classic movie the Wizard of Oz.  There is also a surpise ending for those of you who read the book that this show is based off of by Gregory McGuire.

I give Wicked a 9 out of ten for the effects, the music, the costuming which is probably some of the best I have ever seen and the over all staging.  The reason that it misses out on a perfect 10 is because the audience misses a good portion of the effects depending on where they are siting in the theatre and some of the bubbles choke the actress that plays Glinda in the beginning scene if she breathes in to much.  This show is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone who ever loved the Wizard of Oz, who loves broadway, who loves singing and dancing and loves to see a full stage of special effects, detailed costumes and an overall great show.