I realize I haven’t done a post on the Broadway shows I’ve seen since the start of the new year, so below are the shows I’ve seen over the past several months. I saw a variety of shows–some were musicals and some were dramas–but I enjoyed all of them, so I can’t pick a favorite but if I had to choose one musical and one drama it would be 1984 and Miss Saigon (with Sunset Boulevard a close second for best musical).
February-Beautiful The Carole King Musical
My friend Kelly invited me to see Beautiful the musical about Carole King’s life. I really enjoyed it because I grew up with my mom playing Carole King songs so they were familiar to me. Jessie Mueller who played Carole did a fantastic job–I loved her voice. I also didn’t know King’s life story, so it was very interesting. I definitely felt for her. She was much more patient than I could ever be with her love life.
February – Sunday in the Park with George
I read an article in The New York Times or somewhere about a limited showing of Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Since Jakey G is Kev’s man crush, I jumped on getting tickets. It wasn’t the best show I’ve ever been to but it wasn’t bad. I didn’t realize it was a musical but I didn’t mind hearing Jake sing 😉 I was actually more interested in learning more about the French pointillist painter Georges Seurat and his famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Similar to Beautiful the Carole King Musical, it was interesting to get the backstory on what went on behind the scenes in someone’s work.
May – Sunset Boulevard
I saw another show with my friend Kelly in May. I was super stoked to see Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close because I had heard good things about it. She did not disappoint. It was a great show and I loved the plot.
June – Miss Saigon
Kev took me to see Miss Saigon in June. Miss Saigon was nominated for a 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and the main actress Eva Noblezada was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. I absolutely loved the show and think Noblezada has an angelic voice. The show also inspired me to get the book ‘The Sympathizer,’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen (I still have not read it but it’s on the top of my list!).
The Little Foxes
Since Kev took me to see Miss Saigon, I took him to see The Little Foxes on Broadway a few weeks later starring Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon. It was pretty good but a little too long. I think it’s cool that Linney and Nixon switch playing the opposite sister in different shows.
July – 1984
Man oh man was 1984 a shock. I had to read the book when I was in high school but I kind of forgot what it was about. It wasn’t really necessary to brush up on the plot though because the show would have been alarming regardless. I was excited that we had really good seats for this one so I could see the fake blood and facial expressions more closely. Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge were fantastic in it as well; I was really impressed with their performance. I don’t want to give too much away, but it was definitely one of the most shocking shows I’ve been to, partly because as everyone is saying, it feels close to home. Here is a good article NPR wrote about it.