Thursday, August 14, 2014

President's Page: Broadway Recommendations for Your Fall Travels

Jessie Mueller as Carole King.  Photo by Joan Marcus.
There are two times a year when theatre lovers begin to think about heading to New York to check out what’s happening on Broadway.

The first is the summer time when most people are using their sacred vacation days.  The second is during the fall and winter when NYC is bustling with decorations, holiday shoppers, and family togetherness. 

Since fall is closing in, I would like to give some shows to consider for those planning an upcoming trip.  This time, I'll recommend shows that you won't see on the Orpheum’s schedule this year, since of course you'll be visiting the Orpheum to see the musicals on our season schedule!

First, I'd definitely encourage you to see Beautiful: The Carole King Story.  I wrote about this show several times leading up to this year's Tony Awards, but even after all this time, I still cannot forget the incredible Tony winning performance by Jessie Mueller as Carole.  She is unbelievable in this role, and you will want to make sure to catch her on Broadway while you can. 

The other musical that deserves consideration is A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder.  You might recall that this title won the Tony Award for Best Musical this year, and it deserved it.  The show is an original in every regard: the concept, the story line, the music and the humor all tied together making, it one of those shows that when the curtain falls you find yourself thinking, "It went so fast!  Has it really been an entire 2 and ½ hours?"  So for those who are looking for something completely different, this is the show you need to see.

Official Poster Art for The Elephant Man
Additionally, there are two new shows opening soon that are on the top of my list.  The first is a revival of the classic play The Elephant Man, starring the famous Bradley Cooper who I'm sure needs no introduction.  It doesn’t officially open until December 7th for a limited 14-week engagement, but it will be in previews beginning November 7th.

The second is The Last Ship which opens on October 26th.  The musical's entire score was composed by Sting.  It is always fascinating to me that so many rock stars want to bridge over to Broadway.  Some are very successful, like Cyndi Lauper who won the Tony for Kinky Boots or David Bryan of Bon Jovi who is dear to Memphis' heart for his Tony Award winning music for Memphis the Musical.  Others, like Bono and the infamous Spiderman fiasco, did not fare as well.  It will be interesting to see how Sting compares to his rocker-turned-composer peers.  
To those of you who will be visiting New York in the coming months, I hope you enjoy Broadway - I know I will!
Pat Halloran
President and CEO

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