Sunday, October 5, 2008

"They say the neon lights are bright..."

"...on Broadwaaaay..."

Been listening to music from Broadway musicals lately and decided that my assessment of my situation if I lived in NY is on the mark. If I lived in New York City I know for a fact that: 1. I would have one very nice dressy outfit, 2. I would have one very nice dressy coat or jacket, 3. I would have tickets to every, or almost every, 1st run show on Broadway, and lastly, 4. I would live in a cardboard box someplace! I figure box-living would be the only way I could afford the
tickets to all the shows I would want to see. *L* Re-thinking about this "If I" life plan made me think back to the shows I wish I could have seen with their original casts:

1. "Phantom of the Opera" - oh to have seen Michael Crawford in
that show and to have heard "Music of the Night" in that voice. *sigh* "...the power of the music of the night."

2. "Wicked" - Kristen Chenowith is from OK and has an amazing voice and, having seen Idina Menzel act, I can't imagine a travelling cast could completely do it justice. "'re gonna be pop-u-lar..."

3. "Rent" - saw the movie, and loved it (and listen to some of the songs almost every day and love them too). It's not exactly a pretty subject but since they got most of the original cast from the show to reprise their parts in the movie, it's as close as I can get to the original. Idina Menzel played Maureen in both - I'm sure she was as good in the play as she was in the film! "525,600 minutes - how can you measure the life of a woman or a man?"

4. "The Lion King" - From all that I've read this was a wonderful adaptation of the movie. "In the circle....the circle of life...."

5. "Jersey Boys" - I loved "Eddie and the Cruisers" borrowing from Bruce Springsteen's start on the Jersey Shore - how could I not love seeing the story of Frankie and the Seasons?? *L* I've heard bits of the soundtrack and the guys do a VERY nice job on VERY recognizable songs! "Sherry, Sherry baby..."

6. "Mamma Mia!" - I missed the movie when it came through Enid (didn't stay very long) but I intend to see it when it comes out on DVD. I've always been a fan of ABBA's music and the story looks cute and funny enough. "Mamma I go again..."

7. "Beauty and the Beast" - I can't imagine anyone making Lumierre as
wonderful as Disney and Jerry Orbach did but I would have enjoyed seeing them try. *L* "Be our guest, be our guest, be our gueeeeest..."

8." Little Shop of Horrors" - Not sure if the play can do justice to the movie (which I LOVE) but again, I would have liked to see it very much!
"Down on Skid Rooooooow..."

9. "A Chorus Line" - One of the originals that interested me - and still kicking after all these years! True, some of the content may be a bit dated - but I bet it was one heck of a show when it opened!
"ONE...singular sensation..."

10. And of course - the grandaddy of them all - there have been so many cast changes in this show, and some of them have been said to have been improvements, but I would have adored seeing the originals. "Let the again..."

Now mind you, I HAVE been to one Andrew Lloyd Webber musical - obviously not on Broadway, but in good ol' downtown Bawlmer. *L* "Starlight Express"! "Starlight Express...answer me yes..."

So good and so enjoyable that I went to see it twice while it was in town!

And I will always be honored that I got to see Yul Brynner in "The King and I" - one of the highlights of my life! How funny though - notice on the poster that Gertrude Lawrence is the "star" and just below the middle of the poster you can see "with Yul Brynner". I bet the revival posters were VERY different! *LOL* "There are times I almost think I am not sure of what I absolutely knooow...oh!"

And that has been my walk down my "Broadway Wish List". *L* Hope I didn't bore anyone. And if you get a chance - listen to some of the music from "Rent" and "Wicked", the songs are amazing!!!!!! I'll leave you now with a few lines from a "Wicked" song - "Defying Gravity"...

" So if you care to find me
Look to the Western sky
As someone told me lately
Everyone deserves the chance to


Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

What a great post. Although you forgot Ziegfeld with me at the Morris Mechanic. We both LOVED that one! Yeah, you're a Broadway Baby for sure. xxoo

wvpaperwings said...

Oh my yes! There are soooo many Broadway plays and off-Broadway plays I would love to have seen! I still want to see the DVD of Donnie Osmond in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Scooch over, I'm climbing in the box!

No1sRed said...

Aunt Cawnin, I do remember "Ziegfeld" VERY well and how much we both enjoyed it! It's one of the reasons that your post about tearing down the mechanic almost made me cry.

And there's plenty of room in the box my SueSue! I'd love to have company in there! *BG* Oh yeah....I forgot all about the Dreamcoat! I should have included that one!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

You can always go back and "edit post" to add it if you want to. That's what I did when I wanted to add the peace signs to my first couple of posts. xxoo