Bucket List #64: See a Broadway Play/ Musical ((Went to 10 Broadway Plays in New York City)
I am in love with attending Broadway plays. I am in owe of the talented performers and get SUPER excited about the excellent deals that I receive. My dad and I LOVE going to see plays in NYC, as it is our favorite way to spend time together. Throughout my life, I have seen Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Beautiful, Hairspray, The Lion King, Matilda, Waitress, Finding Neverland, Mama Mia, Wicked, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Anastasia, and The Phantom of the Opera! Listed are my review on six random broadway plays that I have attended.
- GET RUSH TICKETS! You DO NOT have to be a student to get half price rush tickets. Go to ANY box office at 10am for a show playing the same day and you are almost guaranteed an excellent seat for a low price.
- Arrive at the Box Office at 10am
- Spend the day in the city
- Arrive on time for the play!!!
My Experience: I was SOOO thankful that my father and I got tickets to see Sara Barailles and Jason Mraz’s last performance together EVER in Waitress. Sara Barailles composed ALL of the music for this hit broadway musical. She also is famous pop artist mainly for her music entitled “Gravity”, “Brave”, and “The King of Anything.” My favorite song in the play that she wrote was, “She Used to Be Mine”. This song reminds me of myself, as I am forgetful, kind, and tend to lie sometimes.
My Review: The show was comedic, sad, and beautiful. I would recommend to anyone looking to see a wonderful musical with a great storyline.
Fun Fact: We waited in line for 3 hours to get half price tickets in the freezing, cold rain!
Brief Summary: The story is about a small southern girl whom works in a pie shop and is involved in an impossible marriage.
Address: 256 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
Favorite Song From the Musical: “She Used to Be Mine” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53GIADHxVzM
My Review: This by far takes the cake, as the best broadway play I have ever seen due to the fact that the performance leaves you begging for more and is incredibly well-written. I will never forget watching the song ‘Defying Gravity’ sang by the characters Glinda and Elphaba. I was mesmerized by the sound of the actresses ability to reach those high notes.
Brief Summary: Tale about friendship and trust showing that there are two sides to every story. Wicked is a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and is about the life of Elphaba, whom was sweet and nice girl growing up, however the disapproval of society turns her wicked.
Address: 222 West 51st Street
Favorite Song from the Musical:”Defying Gravity” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glsmLGpqMzA
Beautiful- The Carol King Musical
My Experience: Beautiful was BRILLIANTLY casted, as the actors and actresses were believable.
Brief Summary: Inspiring story of Carole King, as she is finding her way within the music industry. The play portrays the process from her life as a teenage songwriter to a rock and roll hall of fame star.
Address: 124 W 43rd St
My Experience: I went with my father and sisters to see Miss Saigon. We enjoyed our white wine and half price tickets. I will never forget the actress who played Kim, as her voice was undeniably delightful. Truly a tragic love story.
My Review: Miss Saigon’s plot is filled with nonstop adrenaline and sweeping emotions. In my opinion, the plot is WAY more relevant and heartbreaking today than when it premiered on Broadway back in 1991. AMAZING.
Brief Summary: Miss Saigon is a tragic love story, portraying an Asian women, Kim, whom was betrayed by her American lover, Chris. Address: 1681 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
The Phantom of the Opera
My Review: WOW, ICONIC! This was there most thrilling show on broadway I have ever seen, from the stunning effects to the wonderful production design. I was thoroughly entertained by the incredibly talented actors and actresses. There voices were exceptional and costumes were breathtaking.
Brief Summary: The play is about a bitter man whom was deformed since birth and lives under the Paris Opera House. He falls for Christine, who he privately tutors. He terrorizes the Opera house demanding her to land lead roles.
Address: 247 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Favorite Song: “Think of Me “: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfTgCPUJwRk&index=2&list=RD-JaeBxYCI9k
The Book of Mormon
Fun Fact: The Book of Mormon was created by the creator of South Park.
My Experience: Last minute, my best friend from high school, Brittany Cohan, invited me to the play, as her brother did not want to go. I am so thankful for the excellent seats that was given to me as a gift. My Review: Personally, this was not my favorite play, as the play had offensive material. The material depicted African American’ as ignorant, buffoons with no understanding of modernity. I did not like the length of the play, as I felt as though I was wearing out. Brief Summary: The musical is a comedy about two young Mormon missionaries who travel to Africa to preach this religion. The play mocks various Mormon beliefs and practices.