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Broadway Geeking - RonO's Ramblings

Jun. 7th, 2009 09:25 am Broadway Geeking

This week, and especially since yesterday evening, I've been being doing a bit of borderline (or over the borderline) "geeking out" on Broadway Style Musicals:

  • I've been listening almost exclusively (when alone in the car) to the Sirius/XM Broadway channel.
  • I've been listening to a lot of cast recordings when working in my home office
  • Last night, except when I had to be in my office fighting with the DucKon badges, I was watching the documentaries on Ovation TV about the original production of Phantom of the Opera and on Hal Prince
  • I'm really looking forward to watching the Tony Awards tonight. (I've Tivoed it so I can skip the ads, acceptance speeches and any distracting silliness and focus on what makes it the only awards show I'll watch anymore -- or at least could if I could stay up past its end)

Of I have done similar before and will continue. I know I have often wondered if I'm the only Straight, Moderately Conservation Christian, Male SF fan who also really likes Musicals in the world or not.

I suspect that my parents may be partially to blame. There was a period when I was growing up, probably between about 5 and 10, but maybe longer, where the only theater I entered was Popejoy Hall at UNM, mostly to see productions either by the Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Company (ACLOA) and the Albuquerque Children's Theater. Most of the ACT shows were original and non musical, but everything ACLOA produced was, as one would expect from its name, a musical. (By the time I left UNM, ACLOA was the largest amateur theater company in the US dedicated to the production of musicals, it has pretty much, or completely, died in the last 20 years due to increased competition -- my dad credits the casinos, but I suspect they are only part of the problem -- and a probably ill-fated purchase of an old movie theater as their new rehearsal and sometimes performance space)

But I didn't do anything to help. For several years (1990-1994 or 1995, IIRC) I had season tickets to the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater where I'd get to see 5 musicals each year. I also made more than a few trips to see shows downtown (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miz, Miss Siagon, Aspects of Love, The Secret Garden, and probably some others).

I haven't seen a live show in too many years. robot_grrl isn't as interested, and we haven't had the money. I've been wanting to see Wicked for years, but never got the chance in Chicago, and probably won't this summer in San Diego due to budget and time reasons. I may have to, at least, find some smaller productions that I can afford to go to. Or just satisfy myself with cast albums and the occasional, and usually for me less enjoyable, movie adaptations.

Current Music: A Cast Recording (Into the Woods), of course.

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From:brotherguy
Date:June 7th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Me, too. I got my love of musical theatre the same way, from my parents. And I suspect that my Dad got it from his uncles, who were in vaudeville in the 20's to 40s...

In Detroit in the 50's, before the Fisher Theatre was built, it was rare to see B'way musicals live; I recall my parents taking weekend trips to New York City to see the shows. (Well, maybe they did it once, but it felt like something exotic that they would "always" do.) Once the Fisher opened, they had season tickets; on occasion we kids got to go to a matinee.

And of course, they played the albums in the house all the time, especially during the weekends when Dad would put on a reel-to-reel tape of some original cast recording while painting the house...

I can still hum tunes from "Do-Re-Me" (from 1961) and "Bravo Giovanni" (a show that ran only 76 nights in 1962...)
From:beamjockey
Date:June 7th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Of I have done similar before and will continue. I know I have often wondered if I'm the only Straight, Moderately Conservation Christian, Male SF fan who also really likes Musicals in the world or not.

Don't be silly. People who love musicals are everywhere.

Have you watched the multi-hour PBS documentary on the history of Broadway? It's great! Treat yourself. Chances are you can check it out from a library.


From:rono_60103
Date:June 7th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Have you watched the multi-hour PBS documentary on the history of Broadway? It's great! Treat yourself. Chances are you can check it out from a library.

I've got all 3 parts sitting on the hard drive of my computer. When it first aired, I had my PC record it (I don't remember if the Tivo was full, busy, or I just was putting it on computer to make sure Tara didn't accidentally delete it before I got a chance to watch it).

I also have the 5-CD collection from the show (and was listening to that just before Into The Woods
From:ifics
Date:June 8th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
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I am a straight christian male, though more on the liberal side politely, who likes musicals. I did get to see Michael Crawford in Phantom of the Opera in LA, (twice!). I also would love to see Wicked, and as of yet not seen Into the Woods.

Now that you are in San Diego, go see a play at the Starlight Bowl. It is located in Balboa Park. I was Music Man there a number of years ago. It is an amphitheater in the flight path of planes landing at Lindbergh Field. The play pauses when the plane is overhead.