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New York: a review of shows

The Broadway Scene: Musicals, plays, and contemporary theatre…

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Hello! My name is Elder Ho
And I would like to share with you the most amazing place
Hello! You must have been there too
It’s a place famous for theatre from a long, long time ago…
It has so many awesome shows
You simply won’t believe how much this place can change your life…

This place will change your life
This place will change your life
This place will change your life!
check out the REAL song here

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For those of you who have yet to see The Book of Mormon, I would highly recommend it. Although tickets are sold out for the rest of the year, I was lucky enough to be able to catch the show on my first night in New York. While crude and unconventional, this comedic musical was also highly entertaining, playing on the religion of the Mormons, and their beliefs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Yes, it is actually a real religion… I checked.

Note: If you are a religious person, do not see this musical. If you take offense to profanity, do not see this musical. If you do not have a sense of humour, do not see this musical.

Backtrack to the start of my New York stint: So the original plan was to spend the weekend in New York, then travel up to Boston for the autumn leaves during the week. Of course that was never going to happen, because as soon as I took in my first Broadway show, I was hooked.

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The next day I went on a mission to fulfill my childhood fantasy of watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I must have seen the movie at least half a dozen times, but as I was born two centuries too late to appreciate the live Broadway production, it was thrilling to be able to watch a live show at the Chelsea cinemas. Picture this: Midnight on Saturday night, surrounded by a horde of Rocky Horror fans all dressed up in theme, a live (and crude) commentary of the movie, and a live skit performed by actors for the duration of the film. Best $9 spent. Maybe it’s not for everyone, but it certainly made my NYC must-see list.

Tip: Bring your own props, or buy the pre-packed $2 bag of cards, toast, rubber gloves and newspaper.

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Moving uptown to the Lincoln Center, I managed to score half-off tickets to the production of War Horse from the TKTS booth in Times Square… front and center too, close enough to smell the sweat. The play was… in a word, Magical. I was concerned at first of the use of dummy horses instead of real animals, but the movements of the props were so realistic, it actually felt more realistic than watching the film adaptation. When I first watched the film, I thought the critics were harsh to give it a bad review, but now I understand… they must have seen the play first.

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Pleased with my last bargain, I headed back to the TKTS booth for round 2. I had thought to buy tickets to see Jersey Boys, but the beauty of getting in line with other patrons allowed me to eavesdrop on conversations about other popular shows. I decided that since I was only buying a ticket for one, I would have a much better chance of decent seats than others travelling in groups or pairs. So I wound up buying a ticket to the afternoon matinee for Mathew Broderick’s Nice Work if you can get it, a comedic musical about bootleggers and gin.

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Lastly, on my last night in NYC, I attended Fuerzabruta at the Daryl Roth theatre in Union Square. I’m not sure what the right term for it would be… contemporary expression of dance and theatre? Eclectic fusion of music and dance in a state of dreaming? Hmmm… I’ll think on that…

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So thus concludes my trip to the Big Apple. Although my trip did also include some great food, a stroll around Central Park, a visit to the Natural History Museum, and of course a scenic crossing of the Brooklyn Bridge, I felt like the highlights were the theatrical performances which captured the culture and essence of New York.

Posted by jessho 19:23 Archived in USA Tagged new_york theatre shows musicals plays

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