“The Lion King” is an icon. You can see parents born in the 90s that have grown up with the movie bring their kids to see the musical. And both enjoy it in their own right! So, if you’re born somewhere in the mid-’80s or the early ’90s get yourself and your kid(s) (or nephews, godsons/goddaughters, cousins, etc.) tickets and head for a nostalgia trip to the Pride Lands!
There are some amazing shows on Broadway that take place in a distant, unreal land (like Oz). However, seeing a story dedicated to a real person, a person that you had the chance to see or know their story (like The Four Seasons, Tina or Diana), or a recent event that changed the lives of millions (like the 9/11 attacks), or even a historical figure that you’ve seen on the $10 bill will always carry a different vibe. Like the mentioned horror movies “based on true events”. The emotional charge is totally different. And Broadway is no stranger to them.
The premiere of “Diana” is one of the most anticipated events of 2020 on Broadway. The previews of the musical, dedicated to the life and untimely demise of the beloved British princess will begin on March 2nd in the Longacre Theatre. The lyrics are by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan and Joe DiPietro who wrote the book, too.
“Wicked” is the fifth longest-running musical on Broadway. It premiered in October 2003 at the Gershwin Theatre. It is one of the standard-bearers of Broadway – it is the fifth longest-running, surpassing “Les Misérables” on October 28, 2019, with its 6,681st performance. It is one of only three Broadway shows to gross over $1 billion (the other two being “The Phantom of the Opera” and “The Lion King”). It ranks second only behind the “Lion King”.
Every story has its knight in shiny armor. The prince that slays the dragon, and saves the princess, rushes the bad guy and gets the fair lady from the train tracks, the one that saves the day! Raoul saves Christine, Hamilton gets all the fame and power, people all over Oz love Glinda, Simba becomes king, Cady dates Aaron. The list goes on. We understand them and we love them, but what about the bad guys? Regina? Scar? Jafar? Aaron Burr? The Wizard? The General from “The Book of Mormon”? It is not uncommon to sympathize with some of them, and quite often to even love them.
The story is set in the small town of Gander, on the island of Newfoundland, where 38 airplanes were landed during operation “Yellow Ribbon”, thus doubling the population of the town. This is all after the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville, Pennsylvania It is the story of the kindness of the local people, “the Islanders” to the “come from aways”.
“Hamilton” is an all-rounder. It has everything you want from a modern musical – plot, masterful acting and musical acts, considered by some to be revolutionary. The dancing and the acting are mesmerizing and at some points, it looks like the whole stage is in some super dynamic motion.
If you haven’t heard about “The Phantom of the Opera” then you probably lived on some very distant planet, because it is widely known on the closer ones. The 1910 novel by Gaston Leroux has turned into a global phenomenon and a franchise of its own.