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What I see… January 7, 2009

Hey everyone!

I know… I know. I have not written in a very long time. Well a lot has happened lately! I’m now a senior in college! But I am back and writing tonight! =) It’s nice to be back on here, I truly enjoy writing these posts.

Tonight I want to write a general overview of what I’m seeing lately on Broadway…As I’m sitting here listening to classic standard songs on the Music Choice channel on TV at 2am.

Remember the trend I was talking about awhile back? The one where I said that Broadway is basically getting musicals based on movies and putting them on Broadway. Well, the trend is still going on! Here’s the current movie-musical , musical-movies on Broadway…

9 to 5 the Musical... 9 to 5...working 9 to 5....

9 to 5 the Musical... "9 to 5...working 9 to 5...."

9 to 5. Now here’s a musical that was once a movie in 1980. And guess who took part in making this musical? None other than the star of the movie…Dolly Parton. Now I’ve personally never seen this movie…So I will rely on my friend IMDB to help explain the plot a little better. “Three female employees of a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” find a way to turn the tables on him.” Well, that explains ALOT…Haha. It sounds like the musical will be funny, from this plot. From the sound of it, three women who work for a crazy boss are going to scheme against him as sort of a girl-power-revenge sort of thing…Maybe they’ll get a promotion out of this? The cast looks awesome though…Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Marc Kudisch. This show will come to Broadway on April 7th, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis! 

Bloggers: Have you seen the movie?! If so, please let me know your thoughts on this movie turning into a musical!

...Just dance.

...Just dance.

Billy Elliot. Now this is another movie I unfortunately have not seen. But from what I understand, this is an excellent movie, and I have heard the Broadway show is nothing less. I heard it’s three acts? Is that correct? Regardless, the story revolves around a boy who wants to be a ballet dancer, meanwhile, his family seems to want something else for him. While I’ve never seen the movie or musical…It definitely looks worthy of checking out.

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((Insert Disney Movie Here))… There is also the long-running trend of putting Disney movies onto a Broadway stage… The current ones are Mary Poppins, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. I’m so curious to know how The Little Mermaid is doing. Why you ask? That’s one of my favorite Disney movies..However, while it may be one of my favorites… The movie involves a lot of underwater scenes and I’m very curious to know how Disney took this on… I saw a scene from the show from watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, (the song Under The Sea), and it was very well done…So it must be doing well! Disney has always done a great job with their shows, so these are definitely worth seeing. Recently, The Lion King celebrated their 10th Anniversary on Broadway. I remember going to the Time Warner Shops in NYC and walking through the lobby one day a little while back where they had displays for it.

Shrek the Musical...!!

Shrek the Musical...!!

Shrek. I had mentioned this in an earlier post… But yes, Shrek has made its way to the Broadway stage. And I hear it’s doing well…and I heard from a friend that the show is really good. I hear some of the songs are satirical, which is also very nice. I won’t go into the plot about this movie, but I will say that this one movie has brought many Shrek movies afterwards, and many other videos, video games, etc. that kids and families enjoy today. This movie, like Disney movie, have become a staple of many-a-childhood!

I was going to say White Christmas, but I don’t see it on Playbill‘s listings anymore… So did it close? I do not know. This was another musical I watched on TV performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…But unlike The Little Mermaid, I was shocked by this choice. I know, I know, this movie is another staple to many-a-person…But to see the big poufy dresses and the red lips and everyone singing the classic songs… I wondered if this show would do well. Maybe because it is such a seasonal movie, people cannot see it year round? I simply do not know. But I don’t see it on Playbill anymore.

So that’s just one thing I see on Broadway right now…And honestly, while before I wasn’t so sure about this trend… I think for right now, it is a good idea. With the current state of the economy, Broadway has definitely  felt it’s share…With many shows closing this season and just trying to get people to fill the seats lately is difficult. So sticking to what’s familiar will help people to realize, “Hey, I saw this at the movies…I bet this will make a great show on Broadway…Oh yay it’s on Broadway let’s go see it!”  There is always hope for Broadway…Broadway is such a beautiful experience…No matter what you go see. There is nothing like live theater!

As I started to mention just now…The other thing I’m seeing is the state of the economy affecting Broadway. I’ve overheard people saying how tickets are cheaper than usual because they’re just trying to fill seats. Maybe this is a great opportunity for first time Broadway-goers and the regular Broadway goers to check out some shows. It’s always good to try new things!! Just like the movies, you can see something with action, something funny, something musical, something dark…There’s something for everyone, which is another thing I love about Broadway.
Bloggers: What are you seeing on Broadway right now? What are the recent shows you’ve seen lately? Let me know how it’s been! How are the prices for tickets right now??

To end this post… I will post a video of a show that recently  closed on Broadway, which I actually really loved…It is of the show 13, by Jason Robert Brown.

((pictures from www.applause-tickets.com/, imigliorimusicals.wordpress.com, http://www.mindflare.com, http://www.iesb.net))

 

 
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