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About a year or so, I found myself getting more and more obsessed with Broadway productions.
It all started when I watched BlacKkKlansman, believe it or not. I found Adam Driver just so attractive and a great actor. Soon, I found myself following Adam fan accounts on Instagram and noticed he was doing a show on Broadway in New York City called Burn This. I was a senior in college at the time and I was taking a criticism class and I needed to find a show of my choice to write for my final paper about so of course, I chose Burn This. Only living about 3 hours from New York City and by living in Philadelphia at the time, I could definitely make it work. My friend and I took a bus up to the city and got there in the perfect amount of time to find some lunch before the 1:30 p.m. show.
Going into it, I had no idea what to wear so I was relieved when there was no strict dress code. When the performance began, it was like watching a TV show being filmed.
Burn This was definitely my favorite I’ve seen that wasn’t a musical. My favorite musical I saw has to be Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice was the absolute best. Maybe it’s because it’s one of my favorite movies and the environment in the theater was definitely on point with the lights, sets, music etc.
Other shows I’ve seen are Waitress and Mean Girls. What was so cool about Waitress was that they made the entryway smell like an actual bakery, since the show takes place in one. I saw Mean Girls in Philly and it was definitely a different feeling than the one I got in New York. But, since I live closer to Philly than NYC, it was easier. Plus, it was the same songs and set, just different actors, also, the show was still as awesome.
The thing about Broadway is that you only see the production once. Unless you want to pay another $100+ to see it again. So, enjoy it while it lasts.
I was just getting into my Broadway obsession when the Coronavirus pandemic shook the entire earth and closed everything down. My last Broadway show I attended was in Febuary. I mentally thanked myself at the beginning of quarantine because I would have never got to see Beetlejuice if I waited another month or so to see it. The movie turned musical was closed back in June, or March rather. I was supposed to see Jordan Fischer in Dear Evan Hansen in the Spring. Hopefully, I'll be able to catch it along with other productions in the new year. I really want to see Wicked and Chicago.
It’s probably going to be a while before anyone can enjoy a nice dinner and broadway production in NYC for a while. In an article posted by The New York Times, Broadway is set to remain closed until the very end of May 2021. I can't wait to get that excitement back when I can go an enjoy a day up in New York City and see a show.