If I can make it there…

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The Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference each year in New York is a great time to catch up on my Broadway shows, but this year I went for more drama and less music.  I did catch a musical – Spring Awakening– because it along with a dozen other big shows are closing as Broadway reacts to the current economic situation.  I am definitely glad I saw the Broadway production of this one because I don’t think it will tour well.  Foul language and nudity usually make for good box office but this Tony Award winning show pushes the envelope just enough to make me think middle America will avoid the tour.  Hard to believe the original play was written in 1891.  It deserved all 8  of its Tony Awards.

Estelle Parsons was terrific in August: Osage County the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play.  Seeing this one made me realize how high Broadway has set the bar for serious theatre.  You just don’t realize it until you travel to New York to see it.  Man it’s good.

But as good as August was, it didn’t even come close to All My Sons starring John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Katie Holmes and Patrick Wilson.   Wow.  Just wow.   And I made it just in time, scoring front row seats for the closing performance.  The pre-show announcement by John Lithgow alone was worth the ticket price but the show was life-changing.  These Hollywood heavyweights had no trouble bringing their big screen brilliance to the stage.  And Director Simon McBurney’s ability to make this “old” play new again speaks to the relevance of Arthur Miller’s words – which won the Tony way back in 1947.    No doubt more Tony’s are on the way…

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