Friday Five: Broadway


As posted at RevGalBlogPals and composed by Fabulous Guest Host NotShyChiRev~~

1. Describe the last play or musical you saw. (At least provide the what, when, where, and why). What was your opinion of it?

Last summer I went to New York with The Princess to see "Wicked" on Broadway. While I realize the lead performers are replacements, it was great fun to be in the big theatre and see the show, especially with my daughter who was seeing her first Broadway musical.

Since then I’ve seen #1 Son in two plays at college, most recently in a very impressive Senior Thesis adapting several stories by Jorge Luis Borges into a play about young Borges meeting old Borges in a dream. Very affecting and effective.


2. All time favorite play? Musical?

I love "Much Ado about Nothing." My dad took me to see it in New York when I was 11, the production in which a young Sam Waterston played Benedick. More recently, I had the pleasure of seeing my son play a really amazing Dogberry.

It’s very hard to answer the musical part of the question. I love so many of them. All I can tell you is I’ve listened to 1776 about a million times, and it still thrills me when the drums begin the overture. I also have a weakness for Peter Pan, which both boys have been in when younger. For #1 Son, it was his first professional show. For Snowman, it was community theatre, but he got to fly as Michael. Both these things were enough to sweep their mother’s feet off the ground!


“The Producers,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Hairspray,” “The Wedding
Singer”…all were movies before they were musicals (okay “The
Philadelphia Story” was a play and then a movie, and they changed its
name when it became a musical, but whatever). What non-musical movie do
you think should next get the musical treatment?

Well, they tried The Lord of the Rings, but I hear that was a debacle…


4. Favorite song from a musical? Why?

"Rockin’ the Boat" from Guys and Dolls. It’s funny, it’s rousing, and it has great harmonies. Encore!


The most recent trend in Broadway musical revues is to construct a show
around the oeuvre of a particular super-group or composer, where
existing songs are woven together with some kind of through story. The
most successful of these (“Jersey Boys” (The Four Seasons), “Mamma Mia”
(ABBA), “Movin’ Out” (Billy Joel)) have made a mint, but many (“All
Shook Up” (Elvis), “Hot Feet” (Earth, Wind and Fire)) have bombed. What
great pop/rock singer/composer or super-group should be the next to be
featured, and what might the story-line be for such a show?

How about The Beach Boys, with a storyline spoofing the beach party movies of Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon? 

Bonus question for singer/actors. Favorite part you’ve ever played/sung.

Lucy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. I was a senior in high school, and it was the first time in my life the spotlight had literally been on me. Very thrilling. My high-school boyfriend was playing Charlie Brown. It was a great time in my life.

Both my boys have played Charlie Brown, and it was very touching to see them on stage in a play I had been in, too.

15 thoughts on “Friday Five: Broadway”

  1. I was Charlie Brown in YaGMCB! What a great show!
    As for your idea about the Beach Boys, in 2005, “Good Vibrations” debuted on Broadway–the story revolved around three best friends — Bobby, Eddie and Dave — who graduate from high school in New England and decide to move to sunny California. Their leader, Bobby, invites mousy valedictorian Caroline to come along because she has a car and the boys don’t. Caroline agrees, thinking Bobby is in love with her. When the group arrives, the popular guys from high school suddenly realize they aren’t so cool in California. Caroline, however, blossoms.
    BTW, it bombed. I think your idea (with its post-modern spoof) would have been more successful. 🙂
    And, geez, I’m making this all about me….I sang “Rockin’ the Boat” in a quartet at a Junior League show in Houston about a decade ago. I love that song.
    And can I say that it is my view that a mom who supports a son’s desire to act gets extra jewels in her heavenly crown.

  2. I love your answers and that your whole family is in on it. Makes me remember, like I knew I would, what my last play really was. Off to edit my own post.

  3. I should add that at Girls Choir Camp this summer, The Princess had her first crack at singing some of the Charlie Brown music and really loved it. They worked on Happiness and The Book Report (my favorite piece from the show).

  4. I mean, I would love a staging of Lord of the Rings with elf and Hobbit-style music, with a sexy, er, noble Aragorn singing those Numonorean ballads, but spare me Uruk-Hai rocking out or Saruman as scored by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

  5. I was in Guys and Dolls during my freshman year of high school (TEN YEARS AGO!!!) and Sit Down was definitely my favorite song to perform. We had a great choreographer who came up with some pretty amazing moves to make everyone feel like we were really in a rocking boat.

  6. I was coming to say the same thing about the Beach Boys: the musical _Good Vibrations_ opened on Broadway, but closed after a three-month run. I have a nephew who is an actor and it was the first Broadway play he was in. It closed before I had a chance to make it to the city and see him, but everyone else said it was a lame plot but lots of fun anyhow.

  7. I can’t believe I thought The Beach Boys was a new idea. Sigh.
    Will I get even more jewels in my crown for supporting the second son in his quest to become a musician?
    Maybe they could create that Hobbit musical together…

  8. I’m with you 100% on “Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat” from G&D.
    And I remember carrying the cast album of “Charlie Brown” around with me on the last day of 9th grade (1967) when teachers let us play stuff we liked. But I got hooted down by the cooler kids who were playing Inagodadavida or however it’s spelled. I felt bad about being shunned, but I knew the music was good. it made me feel a little like Charlie Brown, actually.

  9. Yes, Paul, that couldn’t have been more appropriate, sadly. I may have played Lucy, but my own personality and social life approximated Charlie Brown’s.

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