It’s Just Not The Same Off Broadway

April 11, 2013 by Michelle

I’m lucky.  I have lived places where it’s relatively easy to experience and explore different forms of culture.  When I was young, I lived in Connecticut, and I could take the train into New York to see plays or visit museums and the like.  In Chicago, it’s much the same with quality theaters and museums and more all around us.

In fact, the wee ones’ school took them to see a Broadway in Chicago production of Peter Pan this winter, which was the first Broadway show I ever saw.  They don’t make them all equal, however.  Theater, like other arts, is a matter of perception.  My favorite may be one that you hate.  And the ones I don’t like?  Well, they may be your favorites, and that’s fine because then we won’t be competing for tickets.

There are still so many more plays I want to see.  In fact, I didn’t know Hairspray was a play until a couple weeks ago.  I thought it was just a movie that came out recently.  And I’ve never seen Oliver, unless you count the version my school did back in junior high.  So it’s the perfect week for this #VlogMom prompt from Erica at A Parenting Production.

VlogMom Broadway Musicals

So tell me what I’m missing – or why I’m wrong in my opinions!

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  • Erin Lane

    I was thinking we were total Broadway opposites until you said Les Mis – so I’ll forgive you for not liking two of my other faves :). No worries, I don’t love Oklahoma and I knew some consider that INSANE.

    • Michelle

      Thanks for forgiving me. It’s all subjective… and Oklahoma is ok. Definitely not my favorite. But I LOOOOVE to sing OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-klahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain – with my “O” about that long 😉

  • Rajean

    While I think the drama and singing in Les Mis is wonderful, I wouldn’t put it in a fave drawer either. My life list includes Broadway, the real deal. I’ve seen several touring productions.

    • Michelle

      Broadway the real deal is amazing. I will one day take the wee ones to New York for awhile, and I’ll be stalking the ticket discount place for shows to attend every night we can. It’s an experience everyone should experience if they can.

  • Kelli @ Momma Needs a Beer

    I was with Erin — I do love Wicked, and it was overhyped for me, but I still loved it. I do understand what you’re saying about Rent. I love some of the music, but the show as a whole is SO depressing. Same could be said about Les Mis, but for some reason, that musical, as depressing as it is, leaves you feeling so GOOD & inspired when it’s over. Rent didn’t give me that feeling.

    • Michelle

      The show was definitely depressing, but I honestly didn’t even like the music – which is a bummer. And yes, Les Mis is inspiring at the end… people fight for what they believe in, which I think is part of why I love it.

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