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I’m just wondering who on the board enjoys Broadway shows or theater of any kind. I try and go to a show or two a year. Now that I’ve discovered the various lotteries, I hope to go more often. I just saw Mean Girls and Oklahoma this past week.
 

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I go whenever I can, which was much easier when we lived in NJ (now in Mass). Throughout my life, I have seen some fabulous shows.
  • Original cast of A Chorus Line
  • Equus 4 times - Anthony Hopkins twice, Richard Burton, and Anthony Perkins (for students - yes, I'm dating myself :), they had "bleacher seats" right on stage; I thought Burton was playing to me the entire show)
  • Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst in A Moon for the Misbegotten
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with Ben Gazzara and Colleen Dewhurst
  • Deathtrap with John Wood and Marian Seldes,
  • Original cast of Les Miserables,
  • Wicked, and about 40 or 50 other shows, but those were the highlights for me.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some. I wish I'd kept all the Playbills.

Now if they could just give the seats a little more legroom. ;)

I love going to the theater - we go here in Mass, but you can't beat the vibe of Broadway.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
 

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When I lived in the UK, and when I go to London each year I go quite a bit. I lived in NYC far longer, yet mainly just went to off-broadway stuff. I used to go see shows a friend of mine was in whenever they were in traveling productions.

I went to the Cape Playhouse when I used to go to Cape Cod every summer.

Best show I saw within the past 5 years or so was probably 'Lieutenant of Inishmore' with Aidan Turner in London last year. Saw it twice in a week I liked it so much. Hilarious AF.

I've hit up 'West End Live' in Trafalgar Square the past couple years, this year I'll miss it though. Pretty fun time.
 

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When I lived in the UK, and when I go to London each year I go quite a bit. I lived in NYC far longer, yet mainly just went to off-broadway stuff. I used to go see shows a friend of mine was in whenever they were in traveling productions.

I went to the Cape Playhouse when I used to go to Cape Cod every summer.

Best show I saw within the past 5 years or so was probably 'Lieutenant of Inishmore' with Aidan Turner in London last year. Saw it twice in a week I liked it so much. Hilarious AF.

I've hit up 'West End Live' in Trafalgar Square the past couple years, this year I'll miss it though. Pretty fun time.
My friend Jen did Summer stock at the Cape Playhouse in the late 80’s/early 90’s. I saw They’re Playing Our Song there and just had a grand time. I think I slept in a barn there. My first Broadway Show was her Broadway debut in Titanic in 1997.
 

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NY Theatre is my crack cocaine. I go to shows in NYC two or three times a year. The talent level is so amazing. I'm with Orange79 - I wish that theatres built before 1950 had legroom for a person over 5 feet tall.
  • First Show - Chorus Line (1979)
  • Most Recent Show - Hadestown (2019)
  • My Fav Shows I've seen on Broadway - Once (2013), Spring Awakening (2008), Come From Away (2017), In the Heights (2013), Sweeney Todd (1980), Into the Woods (1988)
  • Only time I've been starstruck - Meeting Patrick Stewart and Ian MacKellen after seeing them in Waiting For Godot.
My favorite thing is seeing shows that are previewing in small venues. I've seen around twenty shows in small theatres that later transferred to broadway. I've seen Hamilton, A Bands Visit, Fun Home, Dear Evan Hansen, and I'm going to see Secret Life of Bees in a few weeks, all in theatres with less than 300 seats and with their original broadway casts. Amazing experiences.
 
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I saw The Play That Goes Wrong before it was cool.

Definitely recommend it now that it's touring the US.
 

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Hey for those that are aficionados, what is the story with the Harry Potter play? No spoilers please but is it good? We’re in the midst of reading the book series with my 9 year old and thought the show might be a good capper when we’re done. But I don’t know if the production is good or really anything about it. Like is it “authorized” or a parody or anything like that. Anyone been?
 

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I've heard very good things about the show from folks who have seen it. They were Potter fans, but would have been hyper critical if it was sub par. Good story, good acting, great special effects. Your daughter is right on the edge for age appropriateness.

One concern - It's actually two shows (part one & part two). So you have to buy two sets of tickets. It might be hard for a 9 year old to do both shows in 24 hours.

Here's an FAQ link that is very helpful.
 

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I've heard very good things about the show from folks who have seen it. They were Potter fans, but would have been hyper critical if it was sub par. Good story, good acting, great special effects. Your daughter is right on the edge for age appropriateness.

One concern - It's actually two shows (part one & part two). So you have to buy two sets of tickets. It might be hard for a 9 year old to do both shows in 24 hours.

Here's an FAQ link that is very helpful.
Awesome thank you for the response.
 

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Does Spamalot count?
Spamalot is one of the best ever.

I'm a fan of Broadway shows. My son is really into it, and performs in the local theater. He was also accepted into an invite only camp in NYC this summer where they will perform a show and they get to see Wicked.

I just brought him to NYC a few weeks ago where we saw Hamilton (incredible) and he talked me into King Kong (incredibl...y horrible).
 

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Spamalot is one of the best ever.

I'm a fan of Broadway shows. My son is really into it, and performs in the local theater. He was also accepted into an invite only camp in NYC this summer where they will perform a show and they get to see Wicked.

I just brought him to NYC a few weeks ago where we saw Hamilton (incredible) and he talked me into King Kong (incredibl...y horrible).
Its great that you're supporting your son's theatre jones. It could become a lifelong passion or just make him a more confident human. Either way a good thing.

I was shocked at how much I liked Something Rotten - funny, silly, clever with great characters and great writing. Went to it with low expectations and had a great time. If you liked Spamalot you'd like Something Rotten. Similar vibe.
 

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