|American Idiot–courtesy of American Idiot|
Observe a company of the most talented people on stage acting, singing, and dancing. Talk about devotion. Inspiration. If you want it or need it, go see a Broadway show.
I’ve seen productions in Philadelphia, Atlanta, and London, as well as many smaller regional theatre companies. I have enjoyed them all. But honestly, for me there is nothing like the Broadway experience, and only in New York City.
As a lover of the theatre for many years, I try to see as many shows as the budget permits. Broadway is just one facet of what the city has to offer in the arts and entertainment arena.
|Amazing Sutton Foster in Anything Goes–courtesy of Anything Goes|
I actually know people who have never been to a Broadway show. I don’t understand it, but I guess the Great White Way is not for everyone. Some may find it painful to sit for several hours in a rather firm and uncomfortable seat surrounded by hundreds of people. Others are musical-phobic. For those, I recommend a dramatic play. There are plenty of powerful performances each season.
After each musical or play I see, from American Idiot to Anything Goes to The Normal Heart, something remains the same. As I stand in the audience applauding the cast, I realize how lucky I am to be there. As I watch the performers take their final bows, many times singing the reprise, I see a group of artists who have worked for years to refine their craft. With that comes dedication, perseverance, love and passion displayed in a company of gracious faces.
|Beautiful Play–via The Normal Heart|
Broadway performers do the same show eight times each week. That’s an exhausting schedule. Many do it because it’s all they know; they do it for applause, and for the love of the art. Mostly, I believe they do it because they can look out into that audience and see people from so many different places; some laughing and some crying, some looking happier than they have been in a long time. They’re able to make someone’s day or week, often persuade, convince and even motivate through a poignant scene, or lift spirits during a show-stopping musical number.