In my bedroom now lies nine playbills with nine corresponding programs and nine t-shirts Nine broadway shows guys – I must have gone crazy. Each and everyone of them is unique, telling their story in different ways that I never thought would be possible. I did say that New York is for people with different interests. And if you’re in love with musicals and plays, you’d dream of either going to two places: the West End in London, or Broadway in New York.
Les Miserables, Imperial Theatre
First of all, LES MISERABLES IS COMING TO THE PHILIPPINES. I urge everyone to watch it. This musical based around the French Revolution is a classic and our very own Lea Salonga was casted both as Eponine and Fantine. In the show I watched, Jean Valjean was played by Ramin Karimloo (who also played the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera). There isn’t much to say about this but you need to Hear the People Sing. (Hope you got my joke, LOL i’m so corny).
The Book of Mormon, Eugene O’Neill Theatre
I laughed my head off in this one. My cousin, Veeno once told me that ‘broadway is dead’. But after he saw this, it’s safe to say that he changed his mind. This musical appeals to the older generation because of the language and incredibly clever jokes. Would I see it again? Definitely.
The Lion King, Imperial Theatre
Before going to New York, a lot of my friends and family said that the Lion King isn’t like anything else i’ve seen. The movie is so animated that I didn’t know how it would be staged. All I’ve been hearing before watching the Lion King was that it is phenomenal – which it is. Masks, shadows, asian puppetry and all sorts of things were used to make the musical come to life. And I admit, I did shed a tear.
Aladdin, New Amsterdam Theatre
Another great Disney musical. Without a doubt, my favorite character was the Genie. The show used a lot of lights, smoke and color to bring it all together. There was one part where everyone was dressed in gold, tapping energetically on stage. The famous magical carpet makes an appearance too.
Fun Home, Circle in the Square
Fun Home won the Tony award for Best Musical and that is why I wanted to watch it. They were a small cast and the theatre was In the Round, meaning the audience surrounds the actors. This held a more serious topic about family and homosexuality. To be honest, it’s not for everyone (some people fell asleep). But if you’re looking for something different, it is worth watching.
An American in Paris, Gershwin Theatre
Telling a story through dance is a really tough challenge, but if you can do it well, it is sensational. An American in Paris is known for exceptional dancing. But, I also came for the music. All of the songs were composed by Gershwin, a famous american composer known for his jazz and pop music. If you’re in love with dance (ballet & jazz) and Gershwin, come see this one.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Ethel Barrymore Theatre
I wrote about the book and seeing it staged made me love the story even more. This is the only play I watched and it is probably one of my favorites. Besides an intelligent, unpredictable storyline, the play was shown through physical theatre and was choreographed by a group called Frantic Assembly. I’m really considering to watch this again with my brothers. The concept was just genius. By the way, it’s the 2015 Tony award winner for best play.
Jersey Boys, August Wilson Theatre
This is musical based in the 1960’s about the Four Seasons and how they rose to the top and dealt with fame. A technique they used was ‘breaking the fourth wall’ which means to talk directly to your audience. I’ve learned about it in school but I haven’t seen it to be this effective. Bring your parents and even grandparents to watch Jersey Boys; they’ll be familiar with all of the songs.
Wicked, Gershwin Theatre
I was lucky enough to re-visit the land of Oz and watch the story of Glinda and Elphaba once more. This time, the monkeys were actually flying and the stage was much bigger than the one in Manila. Although it was my second time to watch it, I still cried when they sang ‘For Good’.
My dreams have come true and I’ve checked one thing off my bucket list. Mom, dad, Lolo, Mama Del – thank you so much for making this happen. Also, for anyone planning to watch broadway shows, check out Plum Benefits or TKTS as you can get discounted prices for your tickets.