Posts Tagged ‘Broadway


6.5 million singular sensations

One of my favorite stage musicals, A Chorus Line, opened on Broadway today in 1975. It ran for eight years, won nine Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize for drama, and introduced about 6.5 million people to Mike, Bobby, Sheila, Bebe, Maggie, Kristine, Al, Mark, Gregory, Diana, Don, Richie, Judy, Connie, Val, Cassie, and the demanding director, Zach.

If you never heard the origins Broadway recording, do yourself a favor and borrow it from the library or buy it for your collection. It’s an amazing — and sometimes almost frightening — theatrical example of what happens when people get real with each other about their lives, their drives, and the barriers that become stepping stones.

What a show!


Jellicle cats come to Broadway today

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved musical Cats opened on Broadway today in 1982. It ran a for a whopping 7,485 performances, finally closing at the Winter Garden Theatre on September 10, 2000. It held the record for “longest running Broadway musical” until Phantom of the Opera, another Webber musical, surpassed it.

What — you NEVER saw Cats?? You’re in luck — you can experience in the comfort of your easy chair thanks to the DVD version that came out just a few years ago. After seeing the show twice on Broadway, I can wholeheartedly vouch for the DVD’s presentation. It leaves out a bit of the original show, but I honestly didn’t miss that section.