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I didn’t know much about Something Rotten prior to the watching the Broadway play and I actually preferred it that way because every moment was such a treat. The laughs are non-stop from beginning to end with subtle pop culture references throughout. You don’t need a lot of Shakespeare knowledge prior to the show to enjoy all of the references about him. The play has something for everyone with great dance numbers, fun songs, romance, jealousy, and lovable characters. Trust me when I say that you will love it!
Disney’s animated version of The Little Mermaid came out when I was around 11 years old in 1989. I LOVED that movie when I was a kid, which made taking my 10 year old son to see the Broadway version of a classic a full circle moment.
Sometimes I enjoy watching a play without any preconceived ideas. I didn’t know much about A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder prior to the performance, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was so lighthearted and FUN!
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a Broadway play that keeps getting better over time. I think that I enjoyed it even more the second time I watched it. The powerful music is both beautiful and haunting, which will leave an impression on you long after the performance ends.
I found out that my teenage neighbor was a HUGE Newsies fan and I decided that it would be interesting to get her perspective on the Newsies Broadway Musical.
First of all, what is Newsies all about?
NEWSIES is inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ when newsboy Kid Blink led a band of orphan and runaway newsies on a two-week-long action against Pulitzer, Hearst and other powerful newspaper publishers.
The stage version introduces seven brand-new songs by the original team of Menken and Feldman,including a song written specifically for the tour called ‘Letter from the Refuge,’ while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including ‘Carrying the Banner, ‘Seize the Day,’ ‘King of New York’ and ‘Santa Fe.’
Since the film’s 1992 theatrical release and subsequent DVD release, NEWSIES has grown into a cult phenomenon, and for years had been the single most requested title of all the Disney musical films not yet adapted for the stage. (The film featured a screenplay by Bob Tzudiker & Noni White (Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians).
I asked Summer a few questions before and after attending the Broadway Musical.
Why did you want to see Newsies on Broadway?
Newsies is my favorite movie and I heard really good reviews on the play so I automatically wanted to go. I also love plays, so it also appealed to that interest.
What are the scenes you are looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to all of it. I am really excited to listen to “Seize the Day” since it’s my favorite song from the movie. Also, I can’t wait to see how they create one of the last scenes where all the kids and teens from New York meet in front of Polister’s building for the strike.
Do you have a favorite character from the movie? Who and why?
I have two. Jack Kelly because he’s the more violent leader. The second is Davy. He’s the more brainy and less violent leader. I love their friendship. It balanced itself out. One is soft and brainy while the other is risky and an on the go thinker.
What did you like about the play?
My favorite thing was probably the dancing. I also liked how they added some songs to the show. I really liked the tap dancing scene and the music was amazing.
Would you recommend this Broadway play to other teenagers? Why?
I definitely would recommend it to other teenagers. It was an amazing play and it gave a look into the past when the Newsies strike was actually going on. I think others would very much enjoy watching all the fun dances and listening to the catchy songs.
What would you say to someone who’s only familiar with the movie?
Before this, I had only seen the movie and I didn’t know what to expect. I think that even though the movie and play had differences they were both good. There are definitely some surprises when watching the play, if you’ve only seen the movie.
Thanks again to Summer for sharing her insight with us. You can check out the tap dance number below.
The choreography is incredible and the music is fantastic! Don’t miss it!
NEWSIES will play the Aronoff Center from March 1 – 13
For more information, visit NewsiesTheMusical.com.
* All Newsies images were by photographer Deen van Meer and provided by Broadway Cincinnati.
I was provided media tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Disclosure: I received tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Have you heard of the Broadway play “PIPPIN” before?
I haven’t seen the play before but I’m looking forward to it. Here is a little more about the play.
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit musical full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of WICKED.
This unforgettable new production will lift you up and leave you smiling! Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed by audiences and critics alike this “an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza” PIPPIN is coming to a city near you! Experience PIPPIN, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.
I had the opportunity to interview one of the youngest cast members of the play. Ben Krieger is one of the actors that plays the role of Theo.
How long have you been an actor?
How did you get started?
I wanted to be in a play with my big sister. It looked fun.
How long have you been touring with the Broadway play Pippin?
Since July 21
What’s your acting history?
I was in a couple student shows at a place called StarStruck in Stuart, Florida. One of the shows was called “The Composer Series” and featured songs by Stephen Schwartz. My first big thing I ever did was sing a solo in that show. I sang “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin! After that I did two professional shows at The Maltz Jupiter Theater in my hometown. I was in Fiddler on the Roof and then I played Gavroche in Les Miz. That’s when I knew I wanted to do this forever.
What’s been your favorite experience so far?
All of it
What’s been the most challenging experience?
Trying not to be fidgety
What’s it like to be a younger actor in the cast?
It’s awesome. The grown ups treat me like a friend. I love it.
What have been some of the most memorable cities that you’ve visited?
Seattle, Chicago, Tokyo, Portland
Do you get much free time on tour?
We did in the summer but now we are in school during the day. But we get to sleep late and I love that.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Playing minecraft, watching Friends on Netflix and Modern Family. I also love puzzles and Soduko and stuff like that.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue their dream to become a Broadway?
Make sure you love it and you have fun otherwise it’s a waste of time.
Thanks again to Ben Kreiger for sharing with us today. You can find out more about PIPPIN from their website.
PIPPIN will be in Cincinnati at the Aronoff from October 13-18. You can get your tickets here.
Motown the Musical is a show that connects to you on so many levels. I’m still replaying the songs in my head the day after ….and that’s a good thing! The music features top hits from some of the most beloved Motown artists of all time that will keep a smile on your face from beginning to end.
Here is a little more about the show.
You will absolutely fall in love with actor Leon Outlaw Jr., who plays a younger version of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. His singing and dancing will put a big smile on your face.
The sweet dance moves and the flair in the group numbers will also bring you so much joy.
The storyline of Motown the Musical really helps you appreciate the history, the adversity and dedication that Berry Gordy and the artists he helped develop, sacrificed to bring Motown to life.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL will play the Aronoff Center from September 8 – 20
Tuesday –Thursday at 7:30PM
Friday at 8:00PM, Saturday at 2:00PM and 8:00PM
and Sunday at 1:00PM and 6:30PM.
Tickets for MOTOWN THE MUSICAL start at $29.
They are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS.
*For groups of 10 or more, contact the group sales department at 513.369.4363. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
**All Motown Musical images photographed by Joan Marcus, 2014
Disclosure: I received tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.