photo : Ari Burling Courtesy of Saint-Gobain Eckelt Glas
There are so many wonderful shows on Broadway this season – the list is as extensive as the tickets expensive. For the holiday hangover, a dose of theater is good for the soul and anything that makes tired toes tap, is always a fun way to continue the festive play this season. So the Twelve Days of Broadway was quickly created on The Greene Door, in no particular order, for theater lovers and those that still haven’t completed the shopping list. Musicals, naturally have the plays beat when it comes to how the ‘rhytmn is gonna get ya!” (yes, Gloria Estefan is also currently represented in a new musical about the Miami Sound Machine) there is simply nothing like Broadway, in the world, not anywhere.
This twelve days of Christmas listing, is rather random, as there are so many great musicals to choose from, (and I have seen nearly all this season, including this entire list). This winners playlist is a dozen reasons why theater is so very important to my life and why a great show is just that, a great show – bright, cheery, merry, purposeful, melodic and all together a wonderful NYC holiday experience to round out 2015
For the big $$ seats, telecharge and ticketmaster are the go to – always handy with a dandy pair of orchestra seats, online ordering makes any decision making expedient. There is also a less expensive solution to the pricey box office seats, the TKTS Booth at Father Duffy Square in Times Square, sells less expensive seats (mezzanine or higher even, the balcony – which are, in my opinion the rafters. However for a fraction of a full ticket price, and a wait (in the cold) which may not be worth the wait in the cold, the show of your dreams may come true. Or not, it is a bit of a lottery. Spoiler alert – last minute runs to the booth, (7:30pm and later for an evening performance) is usually the better choice, occasionally if the theater is not full, the company manager will run some house seats over for a quick resale, to paper the house and then those rafter tickets land very nicely in center row orchestra – just have to be in the right place at the right time. Just like that.
The Great White Way was a great childhood home for me, having been lucky enough to perform in some great Broadway shows during a lot of great seasons. But this year, there was a major shift in the air – the shows that opened were more dynamic, fresh with new, undiscovered talent, universal in thought and culture, politically incorrect, dated, represented by endless (yet quite good) revivals, new material, less celebrity, folk music, samba, children’s bestselling stories, presidents, hollywood, kinky boots, and puppets, which were so good the first time, they too became revived. My second home has always been Broadway, whether I was in a show or watching one and it warms my soul to be able to live in NYC and have the chance to visit the Great White Way on any day. This Christmas list is a Great Greene Way to highlight a few favorites! A very merry Christmas hello to Hamilton and Matilda, those two are really special!