Broadway

I love me a Broadway show.  Last night we saw “Summer – The Donna Summer Story”

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which was brilliant – made only more fabulous by the two unrelated people sitting across the aisle from us.  Both die-hard Donna fans and dancing like they were in a hip hop music video in their seats.  The chap, who we had seen earlier in a piano bar having a sing was rubbing his face like J-Lo does in the raunchy parts of her film clips – it was hilarious!  He was sliding down in his seat so to make it easier to gyrate, then the arm would shoot up and he would point a finger like he was at a rock concert.  Honestly, you could hardly take your eyes off him…. I missed a lot of the actual show.

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The cast was fabulous and lots of women dressed androgynously so as to portray both men and women characters which was cool and there was lots of feminist banter throughout, which the crowd of mostly women and gay men (at a guess) were eating up – clapping and woohooing.  The story was told by 3 main actors all playing Donna at different stages of her life.  They were awesome and divas in their own right.

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And tonight I saw “The Boys in the Band”.  Look at the stars in this cast!

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ML had decided not to come to this one, so we picked up my ticket from the theatre and then went for a bite to eat before heading in different directions.  We chose the City Kitchen…

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… which is an upstairs food court of sorts with a great view of 45th Street & 8th Ave below…

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… who just happened to have a street fair on this weekend, so we got to watch the pack up process.  Honestly, you could give yourself whiplash!

Then I took my seat, and a pretty good seat it was to – right in the middle… the stage is really cool – it’s a two story apartment with a sunken lounge.  So the audience watches as if they’re acting in a doll’s house.

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The Boys in the Band is a play by Mart Crowley.  The play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968, and was revived on Broadway for its 50th anniversary in 2018. The play revolves around a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party in New York City and was groundbreaking for its portrayal of gay life. The play has been called “A true theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men’s lives onstage — unapologetically and without judgement — in a world that was not yet willing to fully accept them.” {thanks Wikipedia}

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It was hilarious and moving and thought provoking and after 2 hours of non stop drama without an intermission – I wanted it to keep going.

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Then the walk home through the throngs of people in Times Square… You can just make out our apartment window.

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None of these people were keeping the pedestrian flow zone moving…

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Each week they’ve had something different like this in the square. People were lined up to have a turn.

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I heart Broadway 💕

 

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