I’m one of those people who believes the more you expose yourself to things, the smarter you’ll be. That’s why I have no problem watching porn, going to church, or serving dinner at the homeless shelter. I’ve exposed myself to so many new things over the years I’m pretty much the most intelligent, well-rounded person I know.
So this week while I was in New York City, I made plans to attend a Broadway show (plus one off-Broadway show) every night.
The biggest decision I had to make? Which five shows to see. (See also, First World Problems)
Whoa. There are a lot of options, not to mention some really talented (and super famous!) actors performing on stages everywhere on Broadway.
It was tough, but I narrowed my list to these five.
Wicked 1 of 5Ok, this is a no brainer, right? Wicked is probably my favorite musical of all time. I've seen it five times and I don't even live in New York. If you haven't seen it, you need to put it on your list of things to experience before you die. And, you'll never think of the movie Wizard of Oz the same way, ever again.
Rock of Ages 2 of 5I didn't think I would like Rock of Ages because I hated the movie version of it. I don't know, maybe it was watching Tom Cruise play a rock and roll dude that ruined it for me. But I couldn't get through the whole movie. BUT. The stage version of Rock of Ages? AWESOME.
Avenue Q 3 of 5Avenue Q is the funniest, most inappropriate, semi x-rated puppet show I've ever seen. This was actually the second time I've seen it. The first time was a few years ago when I fell in love with songs like "The Internet is for porn," and "It sucks to be me." I wasn't sure if I would laugh as much the second time, but I think I laughed more. Don't let the fact that the puppets look like Sesame Street characters fool you. This show is not for kids.
The Book of Mormon 4 of 5I knew when I watched an interview with the creators of South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone) that my life would be a total failure until I saw their musical sensation, The Book of Mormon. YOU GUYS. I PEED MY PANTS. It's the most amazing, crazy fun and funny thing I've ever seen. If you never see another Broadway play in your life, see this. Period, end of story.
Lucky Guy 5 of 5I'm still in shock that I sat seven rows from Tom Hanks. When I found out he was starring in Nora Ephron's play about the New York journalist, Mike McAlary, I was on a mission to get tickets. It's TOM HANKS, for crying out loud! Let me tell you, he did not disappoint. When he came out on stage, the (mostly older) crowd went wild. Lucky Guy is funny and tragic and wonderful and I still can't get over the fact that it was Tom Hanks. Have I mentioned I saw Tom Hanks in a Broadway play?