Show time!

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New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!  The Romance Writers of America annual conference is held in New York every four years because it's traditionally the headquarters of American publishing.  I go mostly to see friends and touch base with my publisher and agent and other professionals.  The four Wenches present–me, Jo Beverley, Jo Bourne, and Cara Elliott (we like to call her Cara Jo <G>) had a nice Wenchly breakfast because we so seldom meet face to face. 

On the other hand, Pat Rice sagely said, "RWA is where introverts go to die," and it's true!  Almost all of us writer types are introverts, yet there we are, extroverting like crazy for days on end, and we go home feeling like road kill.  Happy road kill in most cases, but still.

The RWA New York conference is always held at the Marriott Marquis hotel on Times VIP party suiteSquare.  It's an enormous hotel built for big conferences (though in that case, why aren't there more elevators?!!!), though acoustics in the vast, 40 or so story high atrium are terrible.  Two thousand women extroverting are NOT quiet!  All day and well into the night you could hear the constant menacing roar of writers' voices when you stepped out of your room into the atrium.  Outside, Times Square churns with masses of humanity, not to mention flashing neon billboards that rival Las Vegas.

But Times Square has a huge plus:  It's the heart of the Broadway theater district.  Step outside the hotel, and there are theaters everywhere and they're playing all the famous shows you've heard of: The Lion King is about 100 feet away across a narrow street–it's been playing in View from the 45th  floorthe same theater every time I've stayed at the Marriott Marquis.  Les Miserables is around the corner, and so is The Book of Mormon. And Kinky Boots and Jersey Boys  and the revival ofThe King and I, and on it goes–and that isn't even mentioning Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway.

Once I realized that going to a conference in NYC meant that I could go to a Broadway show, I had huge incentives to attend.  <G>  I like big, splashy productions that are lots of fun and have happy endings.   If I want to be sobered up, I have the daily newspapers for that.  

I was wondering what to see when I came across a TIME magazine article about what was on Broadway.  That's where I first heard of Something Rotten!, a new musical that reminds me a bit of the movie Shakespeare in Love, which I adored, only done as a crazed mash-up musical.  

Like Shakespeare in Love, Something Rotten! is set in the Elizabethan theater world, and it's popcorn for English majors and history lovers. Lots of clever wording and puns and fragments of quotes.  The plot centers on Nicholas Bottom and his sweet young poet brother, Nigel Bottom.  (Many character names are ones that are in Shakespearean plays.)  The antagonist is Will Shakespeare himself, of whom Nick is wildly jealous.  

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It's always fun to have company at a show, so I persuaded Jo Beverley and Vicki Lewis Thompson by sending them one of the dance clips.  Jo nailed the show immediately, saying it looked silly and fun and high energy. Right on all counts. <G>  Here's a highlight clip.

The whole cast was first rate and they had limitless stamina–there was a huge amount of dancing.  But my favorite character was Shakespeare, played by Christian Borle who had Will Power in the Parkjust won a Tony award for the part.  The Bard is played as a preening, wildly successful rock star, and it's hilarious.  When he reads poetry in the park, it's rock video all the way. <G>  (His fans keep shouting, "Will power!")

My favorite number was when Shakespeare has to withdraw to his desk and write his next hit, and he's having a terrible time of it.  The song is called "It's Hard to be the Bard!", and here's a street clothes version of it.  Naturally, we writers ate it up.  <G>  

Nostradamus and NickI get the sense that Something Rotten! is a big enough hit that there may well be a touring company around the country.  Is so, you might enjoy seeing it. But even if the show i
sn't to your taste, attending a Broadway production when you're in New York is a powerful lesson on the special qualities of live theater.  And also that it's really hard to be a bard.  <G>  Below, see the Joseph Fiennes playing the Bard with writer's block in Shakespeare in Love. 

I still have a couple of advance reading copies of my September release, Not Always a Shakespeare from the movieSaint, so in the spirit of Broadway frivolity, I'll give one to someone who leaves a comment between now and midnight Tuesday.  Will Power!!!

Mary Jo

175 thoughts on “Show time!”

  1. Wonderful post, Mary Jo! Wish I could have been at RWA this year. If I had, a Broadway show would have been a must! I love live theatre, and I try to attend every touring show that comes along. I took my hubby to see Jersey Boys for Christmas – he’s a big fan of the Four Seasons. One of the best shows I’ve seen locally was a touring production of Les Miserables, a memory that’s especially poignant because I took my late mother to see it with me. She loved it, and it’s one of my favorite memories of our many times together.

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  2. Wonderful post, Mary Jo! Wish I could have been at RWA this year. If I had, a Broadway show would have been a must! I love live theatre, and I try to attend every touring show that comes along. I took my hubby to see Jersey Boys for Christmas – he’s a big fan of the Four Seasons. One of the best shows I’ve seen locally was a touring production of Les Miserables, a memory that’s especially poignant because I took my late mother to see it with me. She loved it, and it’s one of my favorite memories of our many times together.

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  3. Wonderful post, Mary Jo! Wish I could have been at RWA this year. If I had, a Broadway show would have been a must! I love live theatre, and I try to attend every touring show that comes along. I took my hubby to see Jersey Boys for Christmas – he’s a big fan of the Four Seasons. One of the best shows I’ve seen locally was a touring production of Les Miserables, a memory that’s especially poignant because I took my late mother to see it with me. She loved it, and it’s one of my favorite memories of our many times together.

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  4. Wonderful post, Mary Jo! Wish I could have been at RWA this year. If I had, a Broadway show would have been a must! I love live theatre, and I try to attend every touring show that comes along. I took my hubby to see Jersey Boys for Christmas – he’s a big fan of the Four Seasons. One of the best shows I’ve seen locally was a touring production of Les Miserables, a memory that’s especially poignant because I took my late mother to see it with me. She loved it, and it’s one of my favorite memories of our many times together.

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  5. Wonderful post, Mary Jo! Wish I could have been at RWA this year. If I had, a Broadway show would have been a must! I love live theatre, and I try to attend every touring show that comes along. I took my hubby to see Jersey Boys for Christmas – he’s a big fan of the Four Seasons. One of the best shows I’ve seen locally was a touring production of Les Miserables, a memory that’s especially poignant because I took my late mother to see it with me. She loved it, and it’s one of my favorite memories of our many times together.

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  6. Something Rotten does sound like a really FUN play to see. When I was in college a friend talked me into helping the theater group and that was fun too. I helped with costumes – not sets or lighting.
    That was fun too, seeing it from the other side. One of my nieces volunteered for 3 years in Memphis with their theater group but as a lighting tech. Not me…I’ll stick to clothes. Not as much can go wrong (grin).
    And I’d be more than willing to be called Vicki Jo to have breakfast with the Wenches….

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  7. Something Rotten does sound like a really FUN play to see. When I was in college a friend talked me into helping the theater group and that was fun too. I helped with costumes – not sets or lighting.
    That was fun too, seeing it from the other side. One of my nieces volunteered for 3 years in Memphis with their theater group but as a lighting tech. Not me…I’ll stick to clothes. Not as much can go wrong (grin).
    And I’d be more than willing to be called Vicki Jo to have breakfast with the Wenches….

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  8. Something Rotten does sound like a really FUN play to see. When I was in college a friend talked me into helping the theater group and that was fun too. I helped with costumes – not sets or lighting.
    That was fun too, seeing it from the other side. One of my nieces volunteered for 3 years in Memphis with their theater group but as a lighting tech. Not me…I’ll stick to clothes. Not as much can go wrong (grin).
    And I’d be more than willing to be called Vicki Jo to have breakfast with the Wenches….

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  9. Something Rotten does sound like a really FUN play to see. When I was in college a friend talked me into helping the theater group and that was fun too. I helped with costumes – not sets or lighting.
    That was fun too, seeing it from the other side. One of my nieces volunteered for 3 years in Memphis with their theater group but as a lighting tech. Not me…I’ll stick to clothes. Not as much can go wrong (grin).
    And I’d be more than willing to be called Vicki Jo to have breakfast with the Wenches….

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  10. Something Rotten does sound like a really FUN play to see. When I was in college a friend talked me into helping the theater group and that was fun too. I helped with costumes – not sets or lighting.
    That was fun too, seeing it from the other side. One of my nieces volunteered for 3 years in Memphis with their theater group but as a lighting tech. Not me…I’ll stick to clothes. Not as much can go wrong (grin).
    And I’d be more than willing to be called Vicki Jo to have breakfast with the Wenches….

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  11. How lovely that you and your mother could enjoy Les Miz together! Sorry you couldn’t make it to RWA this year, but since you’re a writer, I’m sure you can relate to the “Hard to be a Bard” clip. *G*

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  12. How lovely that you and your mother could enjoy Les Miz together! Sorry you couldn’t make it to RWA this year, but since you’re a writer, I’m sure you can relate to the “Hard to be a Bard” clip. *G*

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  13. How lovely that you and your mother could enjoy Les Miz together! Sorry you couldn’t make it to RWA this year, but since you’re a writer, I’m sure you can relate to the “Hard to be a Bard” clip. *G*

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  14. How lovely that you and your mother could enjoy Les Miz together! Sorry you couldn’t make it to RWA this year, but since you’re a writer, I’m sure you can relate to the “Hard to be a Bard” clip. *G*

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  15. How lovely that you and your mother could enjoy Les Miz together! Sorry you couldn’t make it to RWA this year, but since you’re a writer, I’m sure you can relate to the “Hard to be a Bard” clip. *G*

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  16. Vicki Jo, it would be a fine thing to have coffee with you. *G* Live theater is so compelling. That fact that so many people love it means that there are great amateur or semi-pro productions everywhere. The Mayhem Consultant did lighting in his school theater group, but I’m with you–costumes are less likely to cause trouble. *G*

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  17. Vicki Jo, it would be a fine thing to have coffee with you. *G* Live theater is so compelling. That fact that so many people love it means that there are great amateur or semi-pro productions everywhere. The Mayhem Consultant did lighting in his school theater group, but I’m with you–costumes are less likely to cause trouble. *G*

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  18. Vicki Jo, it would be a fine thing to have coffee with you. *G* Live theater is so compelling. That fact that so many people love it means that there are great amateur or semi-pro productions everywhere. The Mayhem Consultant did lighting in his school theater group, but I’m with you–costumes are less likely to cause trouble. *G*

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  19. Vicki Jo, it would be a fine thing to have coffee with you. *G* Live theater is so compelling. That fact that so many people love it means that there are great amateur or semi-pro productions everywhere. The Mayhem Consultant did lighting in his school theater group, but I’m with you–costumes are less likely to cause trouble. *G*

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  20. Vicki Jo, it would be a fine thing to have coffee with you. *G* Live theater is so compelling. That fact that so many people love it means that there are great amateur or semi-pro productions everywhere. The Mayhem Consultant did lighting in his school theater group, but I’m with you–costumes are less likely to cause trouble. *G*

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  21. I am a fan of musical theater but I’ve never been to a Broadway show. There is something so special about live theater as opposed to a film of a musical. We support our local theater company. It’s really hard these days to stay open because people don’t want to pay more than a movie ticket price for a seat, but ticket sales only pay about 1/2 the actual costs for the production. Our company has started renting an auditorium for their shows rather than having their own space in order to save money. I hope you have a wonderful time at the convention, Mary Jo, and see as many shows as you can squeeze in.

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  22. I am a fan of musical theater but I’ve never been to a Broadway show. There is something so special about live theater as opposed to a film of a musical. We support our local theater company. It’s really hard these days to stay open because people don’t want to pay more than a movie ticket price for a seat, but ticket sales only pay about 1/2 the actual costs for the production. Our company has started renting an auditorium for their shows rather than having their own space in order to save money. I hope you have a wonderful time at the convention, Mary Jo, and see as many shows as you can squeeze in.

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  23. I am a fan of musical theater but I’ve never been to a Broadway show. There is something so special about live theater as opposed to a film of a musical. We support our local theater company. It’s really hard these days to stay open because people don’t want to pay more than a movie ticket price for a seat, but ticket sales only pay about 1/2 the actual costs for the production. Our company has started renting an auditorium for their shows rather than having their own space in order to save money. I hope you have a wonderful time at the convention, Mary Jo, and see as many shows as you can squeeze in.

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  24. I am a fan of musical theater but I’ve never been to a Broadway show. There is something so special about live theater as opposed to a film of a musical. We support our local theater company. It’s really hard these days to stay open because people don’t want to pay more than a movie ticket price for a seat, but ticket sales only pay about 1/2 the actual costs for the production. Our company has started renting an auditorium for their shows rather than having their own space in order to save money. I hope you have a wonderful time at the convention, Mary Jo, and see as many shows as you can squeeze in.

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  25. I am a fan of musical theater but I’ve never been to a Broadway show. There is something so special about live theater as opposed to a film of a musical. We support our local theater company. It’s really hard these days to stay open because people don’t want to pay more than a movie ticket price for a seat, but ticket sales only pay about 1/2 the actual costs for the production. Our company has started renting an auditorium for their shows rather than having their own space in order to save money. I hope you have a wonderful time at the convention, Mary Jo, and see as many shows as you can squeeze in.

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  26. I love live theatre as well. Support all kinds of local productions, from our High school plays to community theatre to the university productions. I’ve never been to a Broadway show, but always wanted to see Phantom of the Opera. I watched a clip of Christian Borle at a Barnes and Noble cd signing, performing “It’s Hard to be the Bard.” It was really good…lots of laughs!

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  27. I love live theatre as well. Support all kinds of local productions, from our High school plays to community theatre to the university productions. I’ve never been to a Broadway show, but always wanted to see Phantom of the Opera. I watched a clip of Christian Borle at a Barnes and Noble cd signing, performing “It’s Hard to be the Bard.” It was really good…lots of laughs!

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  28. I love live theatre as well. Support all kinds of local productions, from our High school plays to community theatre to the university productions. I’ve never been to a Broadway show, but always wanted to see Phantom of the Opera. I watched a clip of Christian Borle at a Barnes and Noble cd signing, performing “It’s Hard to be the Bard.” It was really good…lots of laughs!

    Reply
  29. I love live theatre as well. Support all kinds of local productions, from our High school plays to community theatre to the university productions. I’ve never been to a Broadway show, but always wanted to see Phantom of the Opera. I watched a clip of Christian Borle at a Barnes and Noble cd signing, performing “It’s Hard to be the Bard.” It was really good…lots of laughs!

    Reply
  30. I love live theatre as well. Support all kinds of local productions, from our High school plays to community theatre to the university productions. I’ve never been to a Broadway show, but always wanted to see Phantom of the Opera. I watched a clip of Christian Borle at a Barnes and Noble cd signing, performing “It’s Hard to be the Bard.” It was really good…lots of laughs!

    Reply
  31. During our 7 years in the New York area, we were able to see several Broadway and off-Broadway shows. And enjoyed all but one of them of them (see below). Here in Columbia, Missouri we have productions by the drama departments at Stephens College and at the University of Missouri; there is a local drama group, and a local children”s drama group.
    One of the BIG problems of aging is that my life-long hearing impairment has come very close to being truly deaf. I know wear hearing aids in both ears but still have trouble hearing in the theater. Video — which can be stopped and backed up or explained — works better for those of us with real hearing loss. However, my husband and I still go to live theater.
    There is nothing more thrilling than live theater in a responsive house. While in NYC, however, we once attended “Les Cage a Folles”— the musical — in a dead house. I don’t know what was wrong with the audience. There were only about 6–12 audience members responding. It was just awful. The cast performance was fine, but the audience sat there like rocks. It truly spoiled our experience.

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  32. During our 7 years in the New York area, we were able to see several Broadway and off-Broadway shows. And enjoyed all but one of them of them (see below). Here in Columbia, Missouri we have productions by the drama departments at Stephens College and at the University of Missouri; there is a local drama group, and a local children”s drama group.
    One of the BIG problems of aging is that my life-long hearing impairment has come very close to being truly deaf. I know wear hearing aids in both ears but still have trouble hearing in the theater. Video — which can be stopped and backed up or explained — works better for those of us with real hearing loss. However, my husband and I still go to live theater.
    There is nothing more thrilling than live theater in a responsive house. While in NYC, however, we once attended “Les Cage a Folles”— the musical — in a dead house. I don’t know what was wrong with the audience. There were only about 6–12 audience members responding. It was just awful. The cast performance was fine, but the audience sat there like rocks. It truly spoiled our experience.

    Reply
  33. During our 7 years in the New York area, we were able to see several Broadway and off-Broadway shows. And enjoyed all but one of them of them (see below). Here in Columbia, Missouri we have productions by the drama departments at Stephens College and at the University of Missouri; there is a local drama group, and a local children”s drama group.
    One of the BIG problems of aging is that my life-long hearing impairment has come very close to being truly deaf. I know wear hearing aids in both ears but still have trouble hearing in the theater. Video — which can be stopped and backed up or explained — works better for those of us with real hearing loss. However, my husband and I still go to live theater.
    There is nothing more thrilling than live theater in a responsive house. While in NYC, however, we once attended “Les Cage a Folles”— the musical — in a dead house. I don’t know what was wrong with the audience. There were only about 6–12 audience members responding. It was just awful. The cast performance was fine, but the audience sat there like rocks. It truly spoiled our experience.

    Reply
  34. During our 7 years in the New York area, we were able to see several Broadway and off-Broadway shows. And enjoyed all but one of them of them (see below). Here in Columbia, Missouri we have productions by the drama departments at Stephens College and at the University of Missouri; there is a local drama group, and a local children”s drama group.
    One of the BIG problems of aging is that my life-long hearing impairment has come very close to being truly deaf. I know wear hearing aids in both ears but still have trouble hearing in the theater. Video — which can be stopped and backed up or explained — works better for those of us with real hearing loss. However, my husband and I still go to live theater.
    There is nothing more thrilling than live theater in a responsive house. While in NYC, however, we once attended “Les Cage a Folles”— the musical — in a dead house. I don’t know what was wrong with the audience. There were only about 6–12 audience members responding. It was just awful. The cast performance was fine, but the audience sat there like rocks. It truly spoiled our experience.

    Reply
  35. During our 7 years in the New York area, we were able to see several Broadway and off-Broadway shows. And enjoyed all but one of them of them (see below). Here in Columbia, Missouri we have productions by the drama departments at Stephens College and at the University of Missouri; there is a local drama group, and a local children”s drama group.
    One of the BIG problems of aging is that my life-long hearing impairment has come very close to being truly deaf. I know wear hearing aids in both ears but still have trouble hearing in the theater. Video — which can be stopped and backed up or explained — works better for those of us with real hearing loss. However, my husband and I still go to live theater.
    There is nothing more thrilling than live theater in a responsive house. While in NYC, however, we once attended “Les Cage a Folles”— the musical — in a dead house. I don’t know what was wrong with the audience. There were only about 6–12 audience members responding. It was just awful. The cast performance was fine, but the audience sat there like rocks. It truly spoiled our experience.

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  36. I am lucky to live here in Cleveland, OH! Our theater district is second only to NY city. (True fact.) I haven’t been to a Broadway show since Beauty and the Beast, but at the end of August my son and I are going to see Book of Mormon. Can’t wait! I am very lucky to live in a city that values the theater and musical theater!

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  37. I am lucky to live here in Cleveland, OH! Our theater district is second only to NY city. (True fact.) I haven’t been to a Broadway show since Beauty and the Beast, but at the end of August my son and I are going to see Book of Mormon. Can’t wait! I am very lucky to live in a city that values the theater and musical theater!

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  38. I am lucky to live here in Cleveland, OH! Our theater district is second only to NY city. (True fact.) I haven’t been to a Broadway show since Beauty and the Beast, but at the end of August my son and I are going to see Book of Mormon. Can’t wait! I am very lucky to live in a city that values the theater and musical theater!

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  39. I am lucky to live here in Cleveland, OH! Our theater district is second only to NY city. (True fact.) I haven’t been to a Broadway show since Beauty and the Beast, but at the end of August my son and I are going to see Book of Mormon. Can’t wait! I am very lucky to live in a city that values the theater and musical theater!

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  40. I am lucky to live here in Cleveland, OH! Our theater district is second only to NY city. (True fact.) I haven’t been to a Broadway show since Beauty and the Beast, but at the end of August my son and I are going to see Book of Mormon. Can’t wait! I am very lucky to live in a city that values the theater and musical theater!

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  41. Great post, Mary Jo. And that was a fun evening. As you say, amazing energy from the whole cast. But Christian Borle was the best as the superstar Shakespeare.
    Jo

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  42. Great post, Mary Jo. And that was a fun evening. As you say, amazing energy from the whole cast. But Christian Borle was the best as the superstar Shakespeare.
    Jo

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  43. Great post, Mary Jo. And that was a fun evening. As you say, amazing energy from the whole cast. But Christian Borle was the best as the superstar Shakespeare.
    Jo

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  44. Great post, Mary Jo. And that was a fun evening. As you say, amazing energy from the whole cast. But Christian Borle was the best as the superstar Shakespeare.
    Jo

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  45. Great post, Mary Jo. And that was a fun evening. As you say, amazing energy from the whole cast. But Christian Borle was the best as the superstar Shakespeare.
    Jo

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  46. I’ve only been to NYC once, and that was more than a decade ago. I would love to see another Broadway show. The one that I saw during my visit was Gypsy Rose Lee with Bernadette Peters.

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  47. I’ve only been to NYC once, and that was more than a decade ago. I would love to see another Broadway show. The one that I saw during my visit was Gypsy Rose Lee with Bernadette Peters.

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  48. I’ve only been to NYC once, and that was more than a decade ago. I would love to see another Broadway show. The one that I saw during my visit was Gypsy Rose Lee with Bernadette Peters.

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  49. I’ve only been to NYC once, and that was more than a decade ago. I would love to see another Broadway show. The one that I saw during my visit was Gypsy Rose Lee with Bernadette Peters.

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  50. I’ve only been to NYC once, and that was more than a decade ago. I would love to see another Broadway show. The one that I saw during my visit was Gypsy Rose Lee with Bernadette Peters.

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  51. Kathy K, I know it must be hugely expensive to put on shows, especially musicals. Broadway shows are really expensive, especially if you want to see a particular show on a particular date and have seats with good visibility, as we did. (It’s cheaper to take your chances on what might be available on the day of a performance–this works best for locals who can go again and again. We out of towners tend to want my certainty. *G*) I hope your company continues to create new shows–live theater is a vital part of any arts scene.

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  52. Kathy K, I know it must be hugely expensive to put on shows, especially musicals. Broadway shows are really expensive, especially if you want to see a particular show on a particular date and have seats with good visibility, as we did. (It’s cheaper to take your chances on what might be available on the day of a performance–this works best for locals who can go again and again. We out of towners tend to want my certainty. *G*) I hope your company continues to create new shows–live theater is a vital part of any arts scene.

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  53. Kathy K, I know it must be hugely expensive to put on shows, especially musicals. Broadway shows are really expensive, especially if you want to see a particular show on a particular date and have seats with good visibility, as we did. (It’s cheaper to take your chances on what might be available on the day of a performance–this works best for locals who can go again and again. We out of towners tend to want my certainty. *G*) I hope your company continues to create new shows–live theater is a vital part of any arts scene.

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  54. Kathy K, I know it must be hugely expensive to put on shows, especially musicals. Broadway shows are really expensive, especially if you want to see a particular show on a particular date and have seats with good visibility, as we did. (It’s cheaper to take your chances on what might be available on the day of a performance–this works best for locals who can go again and again. We out of towners tend to want my certainty. *G*) I hope your company continues to create new shows–live theater is a vital part of any arts scene.

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  55. Kathy K, I know it must be hugely expensive to put on shows, especially musicals. Broadway shows are really expensive, especially if you want to see a particular show on a particular date and have seats with good visibility, as we did. (It’s cheaper to take your chances on what might be available on the day of a performance–this works best for locals who can go again and again. We out of towners tend to want my certainty. *G*) I hope your company continues to create new shows–live theater is a vital part of any arts scene.

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  56. Christian Borle timing and expression are terrific, and even better when he’s on stage in costume and pushing his desk away. This was his second Tony, and I can see why. I hope you can get to Phantom of the Opera!

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  57. Christian Borle timing and expression are terrific, and even better when he’s on stage in costume and pushing his desk away. This was his second Tony, and I can see why. I hope you can get to Phantom of the Opera!

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  58. Christian Borle timing and expression are terrific, and even better when he’s on stage in costume and pushing his desk away. This was his second Tony, and I can see why. I hope you can get to Phantom of the Opera!

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  59. Christian Borle timing and expression are terrific, and even better when he’s on stage in costume and pushing his desk away. This was his second Tony, and I can see why. I hope you can get to Phantom of the Opera!

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  60. Christian Borle timing and expression are terrific, and even better when he’s on stage in costume and pushing his desk away. This was his second Tony, and I can see why. I hope you can get to Phantom of the Opera!

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  61. Sue, how strange that there was a dead audience in the performance. I’ve heard the show is hilarious and was very successful, yet that night–nada. It a good illustration of how important it is to have a responsive audience. (The one were in for this show seemed to be full of people laughing like crazy. *G*)

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  62. Sue, how strange that there was a dead audience in the performance. I’ve heard the show is hilarious and was very successful, yet that night–nada. It a good illustration of how important it is to have a responsive audience. (The one were in for this show seemed to be full of people laughing like crazy. *G*)

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  63. Sue, how strange that there was a dead audience in the performance. I’ve heard the show is hilarious and was very successful, yet that night–nada. It a good illustration of how important it is to have a responsive audience. (The one were in for this show seemed to be full of people laughing like crazy. *G*)

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  64. Sue, how strange that there was a dead audience in the performance. I’ve heard the show is hilarious and was very successful, yet that night–nada. It a good illustration of how important it is to have a responsive audience. (The one were in for this show seemed to be full of people laughing like crazy. *G*)

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  65. Sue, how strange that there was a dead audience in the performance. I’ve heard the show is hilarious and was very successful, yet that night–nada. It a good illustration of how important it is to have a responsive audience. (The one were in for this show seemed to be full of people laughing like crazy. *G*)

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  66. I hadn’t realized Cleveland was such a strong theater town, but you’re very lucky. Plus, most major cities get first class touring companies. (Baltimore does.) Enjoy the Book of Mormon with you son!

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  67. I hadn’t realized Cleveland was such a strong theater town, but you’re very lucky. Plus, most major cities get first class touring companies. (Baltimore does.) Enjoy the Book of Mormon with you son!

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  68. I hadn’t realized Cleveland was such a strong theater town, but you’re very lucky. Plus, most major cities get first class touring companies. (Baltimore does.) Enjoy the Book of Mormon with you son!

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  69. I hadn’t realized Cleveland was such a strong theater town, but you’re very lucky. Plus, most major cities get first class touring companies. (Baltimore does.) Enjoy the Book of Mormon with you son!

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  70. I hadn’t realized Cleveland was such a strong theater town, but you’re very lucky. Plus, most major cities get first class touring companies. (Baltimore does.) Enjoy the Book of Mormon with you son!

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  71. You can’t choose your relatives, but I’m lucky to have a cousin who is what’s called a company manager, which means he handles much of the business of Broadway shows for the producers. He sees everything and tells us what to see when we come up to NYC. The most recent Broadway show we saw was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” which I thought was wonderful. I’d read the book and had no idea how they’d make it into a play, but it was quite magical and poignant (in fact, it’s one of the rare books where the play/movie was better). Here in Washington, DC I saw “Book of Mormon” last week. The humor was a bit juvenile (I outgrew potty humor a long time ago), but as the mother of 3 sons I can’t say I was unfamiliar with that style; I liked it more than I thought would and I admit to laughing a lot.

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  72. You can’t choose your relatives, but I’m lucky to have a cousin who is what’s called a company manager, which means he handles much of the business of Broadway shows for the producers. He sees everything and tells us what to see when we come up to NYC. The most recent Broadway show we saw was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” which I thought was wonderful. I’d read the book and had no idea how they’d make it into a play, but it was quite magical and poignant (in fact, it’s one of the rare books where the play/movie was better). Here in Washington, DC I saw “Book of Mormon” last week. The humor was a bit juvenile (I outgrew potty humor a long time ago), but as the mother of 3 sons I can’t say I was unfamiliar with that style; I liked it more than I thought would and I admit to laughing a lot.

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  73. You can’t choose your relatives, but I’m lucky to have a cousin who is what’s called a company manager, which means he handles much of the business of Broadway shows for the producers. He sees everything and tells us what to see when we come up to NYC. The most recent Broadway show we saw was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” which I thought was wonderful. I’d read the book and had no idea how they’d make it into a play, but it was quite magical and poignant (in fact, it’s one of the rare books where the play/movie was better). Here in Washington, DC I saw “Book of Mormon” last week. The humor was a bit juvenile (I outgrew potty humor a long time ago), but as the mother of 3 sons I can’t say I was unfamiliar with that style; I liked it more than I thought would and I admit to laughing a lot.

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  74. You can’t choose your relatives, but I’m lucky to have a cousin who is what’s called a company manager, which means he handles much of the business of Broadway shows for the producers. He sees everything and tells us what to see when we come up to NYC. The most recent Broadway show we saw was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” which I thought was wonderful. I’d read the book and had no idea how they’d make it into a play, but it was quite magical and poignant (in fact, it’s one of the rare books where the play/movie was better). Here in Washington, DC I saw “Book of Mormon” last week. The humor was a bit juvenile (I outgrew potty humor a long time ago), but as the mother of 3 sons I can’t say I was unfamiliar with that style; I liked it more than I thought would and I admit to laughing a lot.

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  75. You can’t choose your relatives, but I’m lucky to have a cousin who is what’s called a company manager, which means he handles much of the business of Broadway shows for the producers. He sees everything and tells us what to see when we come up to NYC. The most recent Broadway show we saw was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night” which I thought was wonderful. I’d read the book and had no idea how they’d make it into a play, but it was quite magical and poignant (in fact, it’s one of the rare books where the play/movie was better). Here in Washington, DC I saw “Book of Mormon” last week. The humor was a bit juvenile (I outgrew potty humor a long time ago), but as the mother of 3 sons I can’t say I was unfamiliar with that style; I liked it more than I thought would and I admit to laughing a lot.

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  76. Now that’s a show that I hope will make its way across the Pond, it sounds great fun. The last time that I went yo London to see a play was last summer, and I had the absolute privilege to sit in the gods, and watch Dame Angela Lansbury throw herself around the stage as a wonderful Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit. That lady is a total legend (or,as my God daughter put it – totes ledge !)

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  77. Now that’s a show that I hope will make its way across the Pond, it sounds great fun. The last time that I went yo London to see a play was last summer, and I had the absolute privilege to sit in the gods, and watch Dame Angela Lansbury throw herself around the stage as a wonderful Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit. That lady is a total legend (or,as my God daughter put it – totes ledge !)

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  78. Now that’s a show that I hope will make its way across the Pond, it sounds great fun. The last time that I went yo London to see a play was last summer, and I had the absolute privilege to sit in the gods, and watch Dame Angela Lansbury throw herself around the stage as a wonderful Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit. That lady is a total legend (or,as my God daughter put it – totes ledge !)

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  79. Now that’s a show that I hope will make its way across the Pond, it sounds great fun. The last time that I went yo London to see a play was last summer, and I had the absolute privilege to sit in the gods, and watch Dame Angela Lansbury throw herself around the stage as a wonderful Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit. That lady is a total legend (or,as my God daughter put it – totes ledge !)

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  80. Now that’s a show that I hope will make its way across the Pond, it sounds great fun. The last time that I went yo London to see a play was last summer, and I had the absolute privilege to sit in the gods, and watch Dame Angela Lansbury throw herself around the stage as a wonderful Madam Arcati in Blithe Spirit. That lady is a total legend (or,as my God daughter put it – totes ledge !)

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  81. would love to see any of those shows but will have to wait for a touring company, that is how I saw Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, well worth it. I have only seen one play in NYC and that was The Dresser, many years ago, my sister was still living there at the time.

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  82. would love to see any of those shows but will have to wait for a touring company, that is how I saw Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, well worth it. I have only seen one play in NYC and that was The Dresser, many years ago, my sister was still living there at the time.

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  83. would love to see any of those shows but will have to wait for a touring company, that is how I saw Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, well worth it. I have only seen one play in NYC and that was The Dresser, many years ago, my sister was still living there at the time.

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  84. would love to see any of those shows but will have to wait for a touring company, that is how I saw Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, well worth it. I have only seen one play in NYC and that was The Dresser, many years ago, my sister was still living there at the time.

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  85. would love to see any of those shows but will have to wait for a touring company, that is how I saw Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, well worth it. I have only seen one play in NYC and that was The Dresser, many years ago, my sister was still living there at the time.

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  86. I have been to NYC twice, on a student budget (no Broadway), before the Disneyfication of Times Square, and before they even broke ground on building the Marriott Marquis! I look forward to Something Rotten! coming out here to the Milwaukee/Chicago area. Will Power!

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  87. I have been to NYC twice, on a student budget (no Broadway), before the Disneyfication of Times Square, and before they even broke ground on building the Marriott Marquis! I look forward to Something Rotten! coming out here to the Milwaukee/Chicago area. Will Power!

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  88. I have been to NYC twice, on a student budget (no Broadway), before the Disneyfication of Times Square, and before they even broke ground on building the Marriott Marquis! I look forward to Something Rotten! coming out here to the Milwaukee/Chicago area. Will Power!

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  89. I have been to NYC twice, on a student budget (no Broadway), before the Disneyfication of Times Square, and before they even broke ground on building the Marriott Marquis! I look forward to Something Rotten! coming out here to the Milwaukee/Chicago area. Will Power!

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  90. I have been to NYC twice, on a student budget (no Broadway), before the Disneyfication of Times Square, and before they even broke ground on building the Marriott Marquis! I look forward to Something Rotten! coming out here to the Milwaukee/Chicago area. Will Power!

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  91. Janice, the touring companies are top notch from what I’ve seen, and it’s easier not to have to travel to NYC to see the great shows! IF you live near a sizable city, it’s worth keeping an eye one the shows coming through.

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  92. Janice, the touring companies are top notch from what I’ve seen, and it’s easier not to have to travel to NYC to see the great shows! IF you live near a sizable city, it’s worth keeping an eye one the shows coming through.

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  93. Janice, the touring companies are top notch from what I’ve seen, and it’s easier not to have to travel to NYC to see the great shows! IF you live near a sizable city, it’s worth keeping an eye one the shows coming through.

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  94. Janice, the touring companies are top notch from what I’ve seen, and it’s easier not to have to travel to NYC to see the great shows! IF you live near a sizable city, it’s worth keeping an eye one the shows coming through.

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  95. Janice, the touring companies are top notch from what I’ve seen, and it’s easier not to have to travel to NYC to see the great shows! IF you live near a sizable city, it’s worth keeping an eye one the shows coming through.

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  96. Cate, a friend of mine took me to see Blithe Spirit with Dame Angela in LA last Christmas. She got most of the laughs. I thought it was dated, but the cast made it very enjoyable, and it’s always a treat to see the pros at work in person.

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  97. Cate, a friend of mine took me to see Blithe Spirit with Dame Angela in LA last Christmas. She got most of the laughs. I thought it was dated, but the cast made it very enjoyable, and it’s always a treat to see the pros at work in person.

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  98. Cate, a friend of mine took me to see Blithe Spirit with Dame Angela in LA last Christmas. She got most of the laughs. I thought it was dated, but the cast made it very enjoyable, and it’s always a treat to see the pros at work in person.

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  99. Cate, a friend of mine took me to see Blithe Spirit with Dame Angela in LA last Christmas. She got most of the laughs. I thought it was dated, but the cast made it very enjoyable, and it’s always a treat to see the pros at work in person.

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  100. Cate, a friend of mine took me to see Blithe Spirit with Dame Angela in LA last Christmas. She got most of the laughs. I thought it was dated, but the cast made it very enjoyable, and it’s always a treat to see the pros at work in person.

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  101. Thanks for the write-up, Mary Jo! I love live theater! I had hoped to take in a couple shows while at RWA but I scheduled myself too tightly and didn’t have time. It worked out okay though as my best friend and I are going back this fall for a long weekend of Broadway fun. My two “must see” shows (that I have not yet seen) are Something Rotten and Jersey Boys. Reading your comments about Christian Borle as the Bard amps up the excitement even more! 🙂

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  102. Thanks for the write-up, Mary Jo! I love live theater! I had hoped to take in a couple shows while at RWA but I scheduled myself too tightly and didn’t have time. It worked out okay though as my best friend and I are going back this fall for a long weekend of Broadway fun. My two “must see” shows (that I have not yet seen) are Something Rotten and Jersey Boys. Reading your comments about Christian Borle as the Bard amps up the excitement even more! 🙂

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  103. Thanks for the write-up, Mary Jo! I love live theater! I had hoped to take in a couple shows while at RWA but I scheduled myself too tightly and didn’t have time. It worked out okay though as my best friend and I are going back this fall for a long weekend of Broadway fun. My two “must see” shows (that I have not yet seen) are Something Rotten and Jersey Boys. Reading your comments about Christian Borle as the Bard amps up the excitement even more! 🙂

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  104. Thanks for the write-up, Mary Jo! I love live theater! I had hoped to take in a couple shows while at RWA but I scheduled myself too tightly and didn’t have time. It worked out okay though as my best friend and I are going back this fall for a long weekend of Broadway fun. My two “must see” shows (that I have not yet seen) are Something Rotten and Jersey Boys. Reading your comments about Christian Borle as the Bard amps up the excitement even more! 🙂

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  105. Thanks for the write-up, Mary Jo! I love live theater! I had hoped to take in a couple shows while at RWA but I scheduled myself too tightly and didn’t have time. It worked out okay though as my best friend and I are going back this fall for a long weekend of Broadway fun. My two “must see” shows (that I have not yet seen) are Something Rotten and Jersey Boys. Reading your comments about Christian Borle as the Bard amps up the excitement even more! 🙂

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  106. pjpuppymom, RWA is so crazed that it’s a real chore to find time for a show unless it’s made a priority. But much better to go with a friend and hit several shows at once. With matinees, you should be able to hit more than two. *G*

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  107. pjpuppymom, RWA is so crazed that it’s a real chore to find time for a show unless it’s made a priority. But much better to go with a friend and hit several shows at once. With matinees, you should be able to hit more than two. *G*

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  108. pjpuppymom, RWA is so crazed that it’s a real chore to find time for a show unless it’s made a priority. But much better to go with a friend and hit several shows at once. With matinees, you should be able to hit more than two. *G*

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  109. pjpuppymom, RWA is so crazed that it’s a real chore to find time for a show unless it’s made a priority. But much better to go with a friend and hit several shows at once. With matinees, you should be able to hit more than two. *G*

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  110. pjpuppymom, RWA is so crazed that it’s a real chore to find time for a show unless it’s made a priority. But much better to go with a friend and hit several shows at once. With matinees, you should be able to hit more than two. *G*

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