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How Many Shows Have You Walked Out Of?

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For most of my 20′s, I never had the gall to walk out of a movie, let alone a live theatrical event. I was under the impression that even if it was extremely bad I would learn something from it. And sometimes that still rings true, but in the last couple of months, I’ve walked out of two productions at intermission and didn’t feel any guilt nor did I think I was going to miss something that was going to happen in the second act. If it’s bad production then I’m out.

And the weird thing is, it was actually quite liberating… freeing even.

(To be honest, I’d rather be at home watching Homeland or The Walking Dead.) 

I have seen some shows where the second act is markedly better than the first, and I’m very happy that I’ve stayed but both shows that I walked out of had no hope of getting any better and if it did, I’m not really sad that I missed it. The funny thing is both people that I was with didn’t want to ask to leave but when I said I wanted to, they were so relieved, and we were out of there in about ten seconds flat!

For me, the first production I left at intermission wasn’t telling the story. The director had completely forgotten why the audience was there. I was there because I wanted to be taken away on a journey and be in their world! It wasn’t there, so I left. 

The second time I left was because the show was miscast and I was frustrated with the musical direction and  direction to the point that I had no opportunity to connect with the piece. I was annoyed the entire time. It was a complete departure to what I had seen on Broadway and I wasn’t happy.

And so here it is folks: if you don’t have me by intermission, I’m out. I guess my 30′s have given me a sense of owning my time, and I’ve sat through enough bad productions in my 20′s that I’m not wasting anymore time — even if I’ve paid a $100 bucks.

If you’ve left a production at intermission, I want to know why? And have you ever left before intermission?!

Give us the gory details in the comments, I want to make sure I’m not the only one.

 
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Posted by on 11/20/2013 in Broadway, News

 

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Contest: “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812″ CD Giveaway

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Written by David Malloy - Directed by Rachel Chavkin

259 West 45th Street (Between Times Square and Eighth Avenue)

 Featuring: Phillipa Soo, David Abeles, Lucas Steele, Nick Choksi

THE GREAT COMET is the must-see and critically acclaimed immersive musical based on a scandalous slice of War and Peace. In this musical theater experience like no other, audiences rendezvous with 19th-century Russia while dining on fine Russian fare, sparkling wine, and vodka as the music and drama flourishes around them. Now performing at the Theater District’s opulent supper club, KAZINO.

NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 30 

Here’s how you can win a CD of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812:

  • Comment and tell us what your favorite part of the show is. If you haven’t seen it, tell us why you want to! 
  • You’ll be entered more than once if you follow @abroadwaycritic on Twitter and tweet out a shout out about the CD giveaway! (Make sure you tag @abroadwaycritic so I know about it!)

There will only be one winner! You’ll be contacted through email or Twitter (depending how you entered) and will be chosen by Random.org. Winners will be chosen November 25th, 2013.

Pre-ordeNatasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 on Amazon.com.

Good luck!

 
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Posted by on 11/19/2013 in Broadway, Contest, Music

 

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“Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark” is Flying into Las Vegas (Like it Should Be)

Spider-man Turn Off the Dark New Broadway Poster After all the crazy that has happened, Monday night the Wall Street Journal confirmed that Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark will be closing early January 2014. The $75-million production is not even close to recouping it’s initial investment but has taken in $203 million dollars since opening in 2011 according to The New York Times

Clearly all of those naysayers didn’t get it completely right, because $203 million dollar is something and a lot of their investors did get their money back though not all of them. But, let’s be honest: Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark never belonged on Broadway, and even Julie Taymor knew that. It was mentioned in the new tell-all book, The Song of Spider-man, that Taymor never wanted the show to be a Broadway musical, but rather a circus-rock-concert-drama. She was adamant about that.

So why did the producers push the show in New York when it should have flew into Las Vegas from the beginning? The spectacle, the music, the “feel” of the show fits in with all of the Vegas-type-Cirque shows which all capitalize in the hundreds of millions of dollars (not even close to what Spider-man cost). Maybe this question is answered in the book (I haven’t finished the entire thing yet), but it seems pretty logical to produce this in Las Vegas and a lot better idea than New York. (Though 42nd Street in New York is looking more and more like Las Vegas every time I walk that block.)

I’m not too sad that this is happening, since I hope to cover the opening of Spider-man: Turn off the Dark 3.0 in Las Vegas, but it will mean that I will miss Spider-man: Turn off the Dark 2.0 since I was planning on seeing 2.0 in February 2014.

Hopefully, the producers will get it right this time, and they will “rise above” all of the drama and put on a good show in Las Vegas — a more completed version of the circus-rock-concert-drama that Taymor envisioned years ago.

Or not.

I’ll still be there.

 
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Posted by on 11/19/2013 in Broadway, News

 

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The Broadway Critic Blog Quoted in “Song of Spider-man”

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Last week, I received a tweet from a friend, Jeffrey Miele saying this: “@abroadwaycritic any chance you were at the 1st preview of @SpideyOnBway? If so you’re quoted in #songofspidermam (pg 189)”. I tweeted him back and asked what it said, and lo and behold, it’s true — The Broadway Critic Blog was quoted in Chapter 11 in the new book Song of Spider-man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History written by the show’s book writer, Glen Berger.

I instantly bought the book on Amazon.com and waited for it to come in the mail. I went to pg. 189 and sure enough, there it is (pictured above)! Berger has quoted my writer, Sean O’Conner, in his review of the first preview. You can read the entire review here. What you don’t see in the picture above is Michael Reidel’s quote saying how much he loathed the production right underneath mine! Obviously, two very different opinions.

And there you have it… I know some readers weren’t very happy that I posted a “review” of the first preview of Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark, but now it’s a part of Spider-man’s history. I just kinda wish that the quote actually came true… 

I do have tickets to see Spider-man 2.0 in February 2014. Since I’ve only “reviewed” Spider-man 1.0 in the past I’m looking forward to seeing the changes that were made between the two versions (if I can even remember the original).

Hopefully the book is as interesting as the drama that has surrounded Spider-man over the last three years… I hope to read it this weekend.

I only wish they wrote “The” before “Broadway Critic Blog”, but it’s okay – I’ll take the quote where we can get it!

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?

 
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Posted by on 11/15/2013 in Broadway, News

 

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Top 5 New 2013-14 Broadway Musicals I’m Excited About

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There’s a few shows this Broadway season that you can not miss! Here are my top five:

5. After Midnight

“The band takes the last bow in “After Midnight,” the sparkling new jazz revue that opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater… This may be unusual for Broadway, where the players are normally in the pit — and the music often sounds as if it could have been piped in from Hong Kong — but it’s entirely as it should be.” - New York Times Review This review alone got me interested in seeing After Midnight. It’s not on the top of my list, but I definitely think it is something that I’ll see (eventually). I would love to see Fantasia live and I love this idea of rotating singers in and out of the “lead” but not as a “replacement” but as a convention. It does sound like that the band is the main reason to check out this production.

4. Rocky

Oh Rocky! What can I say: I’m intrigued? I’m always intrigued in shows that writers take an unusual subject matter and put in on the stage. It’s even more interesting when the unusual subject matter is boxing, and they are supposed to sing about it. I mean, come on, Rocky singing? Will it work? I don’t know… I can’t wait to find out. The producers are hoping it’s going to be a huge blockbuster success after moving Mamma Mia out of the Winter Garden Theatre, and replacing it with Rocky. The best part about all of this — I can finally say I went to the Winter Garden Theatre. Finally.

3. Bridges of Madison County

Jason Robert Brown’s new musical, Bridges of Madison County, has me all excited for numerous reasons. One, I’m interested in hearing how Jason Robert Brown’s music has morphed since Songs for a New World and The Last Five Years – both shows that shaped my love for musical theatre. Second, it has Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale in the production. I saw both in Playwright Horizon’s production of Far From Heaven and they were phenomenal together. To be honest, I’ve never seen the movie but I’m interested and have tickets for the second week of previews. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it! For now, I’m content to listening to the above track over and over.

2. Les Miserables

All I have to say is: Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean. Frankly, that’s all I have to say. It’s his Broadway debut. And I’ll probably see this multiple times because of him. I have a man crush on this guy — one of the most unbelievable voices of this century.

1. If/Then

A few of my favorite things are in this cast: RENT alum: Idina Menzel & Anthony Rapp, Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey wrote the piece and it’s directed by Michael Grief. It tells the story of a 40-year old woman named Elizabeth who moves back to New York City for a fresh start. I’m excited for new musicals and I’m definitely interested in this one. I hope it’s as fantastic as I hope it will be. I need a new Next to Normal in my life. I have high expectations.

What musical are you most excited to see this upcoming season? Be sure to take the poll below.

You can read past top 5′s here:

 
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Posted by on 11/13/2013 in Broadway, News

 

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Pinewood School Produces First High School Production of WHISPER HOUSE

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Pinewood School’s Performing Arts Department is proud to announce the high school and regional premiere of Whisper House, written by Obie Award winner, Kyle Jarrow (book & lyrics), and Grammy and Tony Award winner, Duncan Sheik (music & lyrics), opening on November 8th, 2013 in Los Altos Hills, CA.

It’s 1942 – at the height of World War II – and Christopher, an imaginative young boy, is sent to live with an aunt he has never met: Lilly, a reclusive woman who serves as the keeper of a remote lighthouse. Not yet comfortable in his surroundings, Christopher begins to hear strange music no one else can hear seeping through the walls. It does not take long for him to suspect the lighthouse may be haunted, and these ghosts tell him that Yasuhiro, a Japanese worker that Lilly has employed, should not be trusted.

Is Christopher’s imagination getting the best of him? Or are these ghosts warning Christopher about the very real dangers that lie ahead? Whisper House is a touching and beautiful story about how we should embrace, rather than fear, the unknown.

Whisper House is a piece that both Duncan and I love, and we couldn’t be more excited to have it produced at Pinewood,” book writer Kyle Jarrow said. “One of the original (adult) actors from the San Diego production of Whisper House, David Poe, had the chance to go up to Pinewood School to do a master class and see these young actors at work. Poe was blown away by their talent, excitement and smarts.  Coming from a world of professional theater that can sometimes be exhausting — and like all professional arts, very much business-minded — it’s refreshing to know high school actors are sinking their teeth into the show with enthusiasm and awesome commitment.  Thanks Pinewood for doing our show!”

Talmage Wise (Male Ghost) and Annie Whitacre (Female Ghost) lead this ghostly story with Rachel Brenneman (Ghost chorus) and Carolyn Ehrlich (Ghost Chorus) by their sides. This small cast of nine also includes Dariya Smith (Aunt Lilly), Justin Stangenes (Christopher), Carson Robinette (Yasohiro), Ben Montrym (Sherriff Charles), and Andrew Yaholkovsky (Lieutenant Rando).

“It’s been wonderful to be able to connect theatre professionals, such as Duncan, Kyle and David, with the educational world,” says Spencer Williams, Producer and Performing Arts Department Chair. “When original cast member David Poe came to Pinewood to do a master class with the cast, the students were so invigorated by his comments and praise. It was such a wonderful moment to see the two worlds colliding – one of my favorite moments in my professional career.”

Williams, an associate member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (www.namt.org), is also incredibly proud of the opportunity to have high school students produce new musical theatre. “It’s so exciting that my students get the opportunity to take on new characters – a very rare opportunity for them. Usually, that opportunity only comes in at the professional level but as a writer/composer and teacher, I feel it is necessary to start creating new musicals at this level if musical theatre wants to continue to gain new audiences.”

Whisper House is directed by theatre teacher, Mr. Doug Eivers, and musically directed by music teacher, Mrs. Shenelle Williams.

Tickets for Whisper House are available at www.pinewoodarts.com.  Whisper House opens on November 8th and runs until November 16th, 2013. All performances are at Pinewood School – 26800 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.

 
 

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How Many Broadway Shows Have You Seen?

Updated: October 2013

The question of a decade: how many Broadway shows have you seen?

I get that question asked a lot, mostly by my students or from people who have never been to New York City. While, I haven’t seen as many of some of my friends in New York City, I feel like I have conquered Broadway in the last decade with some fantastic fanaticism. Since the day I saw my first Broadway show, June 2nd, 2000, I’ve been hooked.

I’ll do a detailed analysis in a different post, but I did put how much I paid and the totals for each show and category. It’s a very interesting list and one I’m proud of! Here’s to the next 150 shows!

Here’s my lists:

BROADWAY:

  1. Aida at Palace Theatre (June 2nd, 2000), $10.00 - 3 out of 5 stars
  2. RENT at Nederlander Theatre (June 3rd, 2000), $20.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  3. Swing at St. James Theatre (June 3rd, 2000), $25.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  4. Les Miserables at Imperial Theatre (June 6th, 2000), $31.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  5. 42nd Street at Ford Center for the Performing Arts (August 2001) $30.00 (?) – 3 out of 5 stars
  6. Chicago at Shubert Theatre (August 27th, 2001), $42.50 – 5 out of 5 stars
  7. RENT at Nederlander Theatre (August 28th, 2001), $35.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  8. Urinetown at The Henry Miller (August 29th, 2001), $25.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  9. Thoroughly Modern Millie (May 1, 2002), $55.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  10. Avenue Q at The John Golden Theatre (August 4th, 2003), $21.25 – 5 out of 5 stars
  11. Movin’ Out at Richard Rodgers Theatre (August 5th, 2003), $30.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  12. Take Me Out at Walter Kerr Theatre (August 6th, 2003), $21.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  13. Nine at Eugene O’Neill Theatre (August 6th, 2003), $31.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  14. Hairspray at Neil Simon Theatre (August 7th, 2003), $20.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  15. Big River at American Airlines Theatre (August 9th, 2003), $21.25 – 5 out of 5 stars
  16. Man of la Mancha at Al Hirscheld Theatre (August 10th, 2003), $30.00 (?) – 2 out of 5 stars
  17. Wicked at Gershwin Theatre (December 25th, 2004), $55.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  18. Bombay Dreams at The Broadway Theatre (December 26th, 2004), $26.25 – 4 out of 5 stars
  19. Bkyln, The Musical at Plymouth Theatre (December 28th, 2004), $26.25 – 0 out of 5 stars
  20. Little Women at Virginia Theatre (December 27th, 2004), $30.00 – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  21. 12 Angry Men at American Airlines Theatre (January 2nd, 2005), $25.00 (?) – 5 out of 5 stars
  22. Democracy at Brooks Atkinson Theatre (January 2nd, 2005), $30.00 – 1 out of 5 stars
  23. The Light in the Piazza at Vivian Beaumont Theatre (May 14th, 2005), $20.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  24. The Drowsy Chaperone at Marquis Theatre (May 27th, 2005), $25.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  25. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Imperial Theatre (May 28th, 2005), $26.25 – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  26. The History Boys at Broadhurst Theatre (August 2005), $90.00 (really $0.00) – 5 out of 5 stars
  27. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Hilton Theatre (September 2006), $30.00 (?) – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  28. Mary Poppins at New Amsterdam Theatre (November 11, 2006), $20.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  29. Spring Awakening at Eugene O’Neill Theatre (November 25th, 2006), $25.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  30. Company at Ethel Barrymore Theatre (December 2nd, 2006), $36.25 – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  31. The Apple Tree at Studio 54 (December 2nd, 2006), $36.25, 2 out of 5 stars
  32. Beauty and the Beast at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (March 11th, 2007), $40.00 – 1 out of 5 stars
  33. The Pirate Queen at Hilton Theatre (April 6th, 2007), $51.25 – 0 out of 5 stars
  34. Company at Ethel Barrymore Theatre (April 7th, 2007), $36.25 – 5 out of 5 stars
  35. Talk Radio! at Longacre Theatre (April 8th, 2007), $36.25 – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  36. 110 in the Shade at Studio 54 (April 12th, 2007), $36.25 – 3 out of 5 stars
  37. RENT at Nederlander Theatre (August 2007), $40.00 (?) – 5 out of stars
  38. The Little Mermaid at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (February 21, 2008), $81.50 (really $0.00) – 0 out of 5 stars
  39. Xanadu at The Helen Hayes Theatre (February 22nd, 2008), $41.40 (really $0.00) – 5 out of 5 stars
  40. Young Frankenstein at Hilton Theatre (February 24th, 2008), $61.50 (really $0.00) – 2 out of 5 stars
  41. Spring Awakening at Eugene O’Neill Theatre (February 24th, 2008), $61.50 (really $0.00) – 3 out of 5 stars
  42. Equus at Broadhurst Theatre (October 17th, 2008), $40.00 (?) (really $0.00) – 2 out of 5 stars
  43. Billy Elliot at Imperial Theatre (October 18th, 2008), $41.50 (really $0.00) – 1 out of 5 stars
  44. In the Height at Richard Rodgers Theatre (October 18th, 2008), $41.50 (really $0.00) – 5 out of 5 stars
  45. All My Sons at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (October 19th, 2008), $26.50 (really $0.00) – 5 out of 5 stars
  46. South Pacific at Vivian Beaumont Theatre (March 27, 2009), $75.00 (really $0.00) – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  47. Guys and Dolls at Nederlander Theatre (March 28th, 2009), $51.50 (really $0.00) – 1 out of 5 stars
  48. Shrek at The Broadway Theatre (March 31st, 2009), $36.50 (really $0.00) – 2 1/2 out of 5 stars
  49. West Side Story at Palace Theatre (April 1st, 2009), $82.50 (really $0.00) – 1 out of 5 stars
  50. Next to Normal at Booth Theatre (April 1st, 2009), $111.50 – 5 out of 5 stars
  51. Next to Normal at Booth Theatre (July 13th, 2009), $49.50 (really $0.00) – 5 out of 5 stars
  52. Billy Elliot at Imperial Theatre (July 14th, 2009), $41.50 (really $0.00) – 1 out of 5 stars
  53. God of Carnage at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (July 15th, 2009), $81.50 (really $0.00) – 4 out of 5 stars
  54. HAIR at Al Hirschfeld Theatre (July 16th, 2009), $37.00 (really $0.00) – 3 out of 5 stars
  55. 9 to 5 at Marquis Theatre (July 17th, 2009), $36.50 (really $0.00) – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  56. Rock of Ages at Brooks Atkinson Theatre (July 19th, 2009), $26.50 (really $0.00) – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  57. Next to Normal at Booth Theatre (July 19th, 2009), $61.50 – 5 out of 5 stars
  58. Hamlet at Broadhurst Theatre (October 8th, 2009), $25.00 (really $0.00) – 3 out of 5 stars
  59. A Steady Rain at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (October 8th, 2009), $66.50 (really $0.00) – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  60. Memphis at Schubert Theatre (October 9th, 2009), $41.50 (really $0.00) – 2 out of 5 stars
  61. Bye Bye Birdie at Henry Miller’s Theatre (October 10th, 2009), $69.00 (really $0.00) – 0 out of 5 stars
  62. Finian’s Rainbow at St. James Theatre (October 10th, 2009) $35.00 (really $0.00) – 4 out of 5 stars
  63. Next to Normal at Booth Theatre (October 11th, 2009), $26.50 (really $0.00) – 5 out of 5 stars
  64. Fela! at Eugene O’Neill Theatre (January 16th, 2010), $27.00 – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  65. Finian’s Rainbow at St. James Theatre (January 17th, 2010), $20.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  66. Time Stands Still at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (January 17th, 2010), $27.00, 4 out of 5 stars
  67. The Scottsboro Boys at Lyceum Theatre (October 7th, 2010), $26.50 (really $0.00), 1 out of 5 stars
  68. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at Belasco Theatre (October 8th, 2010), $116.50 (refunded) – 0 out of 5 stars
  69. Next to Normal at Booth Theatre (October 9th, 2010), $25.00, (really $0.00) – 5 out of 5 stars
  70. American Idiot at St. James Theatre (October 10th, 2010), $40.00 (really $0.00) – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  71. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (October 10th, 2010), $60.00 (?) (really $0.00) – 3 out of 5 stars
  72. Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark at Foxwoods Theatre (January 22nd, 2011), $119.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  73. Anything Goes at Stephen Sondeim Theatre (March 10th, 2011), $89.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  74. Catch Me If You Can at Neil Simon Theatre (March 11th, 2011), $69.00 – 2 out of 5 stars
  75. The Book of Mormon at Eugene O’Neill Theatre (March 12th, 2011), $69.00, 0 out of 5 stars
  76. Sister Act at The Broadway Theatre (June 22nd, 2011), $121.50, 5 out of 5 stars
  77. The Addams Family at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (June 23, 2011), $comp – 0 out of 5 stars
  78. Baby It’s You at Broadhurst Theatre (June 24th, 2011), $comp – 1 out of 5 stars
  79. Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Palace Theatre (June 25th, 2011), $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  80. How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at Al Hirschfeld Theatre (June 25th, 2011), $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  81. Follies at Marquis Theatre (October 6th, 2011), $35.00 – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  82. Godspell at Circle in the Square Theatre (February 16th, 2012), $50.00** (really $0.00) – 4 out of 5 stars
  83. Chicago at Ambassador Theatre (February 17th, 2012), $45.00** (really $0.00) – 2 out of 5 stars
  84. Sister Act at The Broadway Theatre (February 18th, 2012), $50.00** (really $0.00) – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  85. Ghost at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (May 9th, 2012), $59.00 – 2 1/2 out of 5 stars
  86. Once at Bernard Jacobs Theatre (May 9th, 2012), $89.50 – 3 out of 5 stars
  87. Leap of Faith at St. James Theatre (May 10th, 2012), $27.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  88. Newsies at Nederlander Theatre (May 13th, 2012), $55.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  89. Evita at Marquis Theatre (June 20th, 2012), $32.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  90. Nice Work If You Can Get It (June 21st, 2012), $comp – 3 out of 5 stars
  91. Jesus Christ Superstar (June 23rd, 2012), $comp – 1.5 out of 5 stars
  92. Kinky Boots (March 14th, 2013), $57.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  93. Matilda (March 15th, 2013), $67.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  94. Annie (March 16th, 2013), $40.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  95. Hands on a Hard Body (March 16th, 2013), $79.00 – 2 out of 5 stars
  96. Cinderella (June 25th, 2013), $59.50 – 4 out of 5 stars
  97. Pippin (June 26th, 2013), $89.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  98. Annie (June 27th, 2013), $comp – 1.5 out of 5 stars
  99. First Date (October 17th, 2013), $79.00 – 0 out of 5 stars
Tickets Total: $
Tickets Actually Paid: $
** tickets were paid for through school trips, comps, friends or professional development conferences

OFF-BROADWAY:

  1. Tick, Tick Boom! at Jane Street Theatre (August 30, 2001), $20.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  2. The Last Five Years at Minetta Lane Theatre (May 2nd, 2002), $20.00 (?) – 5 out of 5 stars
  3. The Thing About Men at Promenade Theatre (August 10th, 2003), $37.50 – 3 out of 5 stars
  4. Altar Boyz at New World Stages (April 5th, 2007), $0.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  5. Rooms: a Rock Romance at New World Stages (March 30th, 2009) $0.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  6. The Toxic Avenger at New World Stages (July 15th, 2009), $45.00 (really $0.00) – 4 out of 5 stars
  7. Vanities, a New Musical at Second Stage Theatre (July 18th, 2009), $35.50 (really $0.00), 2 1/2 out of 5 stars
  8. Without You at New York Musical Theatre Festival (October 7th, 2010), $40.00 (really $0.00) – 5 out of 5 stars
  9. Carrie at Lucille Lortel Theatre (February 18th, 2012), $20.00 – 4.5 out of 5 stars
  10. RENT at New World Stages (February 19th, 2012), $50.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  11. Murder Ballad at Union Square Theatre (June 28th, 2013), $49.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  12. A Lasting Impression at Joe’s Pub – a reading (June 29th, 2013), $15.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  13. Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizon (June 30th, 2013), $? – 3 out of 5 stars
  14. Fun Home at The Public Theatre (October 18th, 2013), $20.00 – 2 out of 5 stars
  15. Little Miss Sunshine at 2nd Stage Theatre (October 19th, 2013), $81.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
Tickets Total: $
Tickets Actually Paid: $
LONDON:
  1. Sister Act at The Palladium (November 24th, 2009), $50.00, 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  2. Inherit the Wind at Old Vic Theatre (November 25th, 2009), $50.00, 4 out of 5 stars
  3. When Harry Met Sally at Festival Theatre (Edinburgh, Scotland) (June 18th, 2010), $30.00, 3 out of 5 stars
  4. Paradise Found at Chocolate Menier Factory (June 22nd, 2010), $50.00, 0 out of 5 stars
  5. Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Palace Theatre (June 24th, 2010), $65.00, 4 out of 5 stars
  6. Sweet Charity at Theatre Royal Haymarket (June 26th, 2010), $50.00, 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  7. Love Never Dies at Adelphi Theatre (June 26th, 2010), $50.00, 5 out of 5 stars
  8. Love Never Dies at Adelphi Theatre (January 2nd, 2011), $50.00 (really $0.00), 2 out of 5 stars
Tickets Total: $345.00 (Average Ticket: $43.13)
Tickets Actually Paid: $345.00 (Average Ticket: $43.13)
VEGAS:
  1. Phantom at The Phantom Theatre, The Venetian Resort (June 23rd, 2009), $60.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  2. The Lion King at Mandalay Bay Theatre (February 20th, 2010), $comp, 4 out of 5 stars
  3. Phantom at The Phantom Theatre, The Venetian Resort (February 20th, 2010), $comp – 5 out of 5 stars
  4. Jersey Boys at The Palazzo Resort (February 21st, 2010), $comp, 5 out of 5 stars
REGIONAL/TOURS: (not a completely comprehensive list — the most important regional/tours)
  1. The Phantom of the Opera at Curran Theatre (1995ish?), $? – can’t remember
  2. City of Angels at AMTSJ (Spring 1997), $15.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  3. The Music Man at AMTSJ (Spring 1997), $15.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  4. Annie Get Your Gun at Capitol Theatre (February 2001), $36.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  5. Cabaret at Kingsbury Hall (December 2001), $25.00 (?) – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  6. Les Miserables at Capitol Theatre (June 2003), $30.00 (?) – 4 out of 5 stars
  7. The Full Monty at Capitol Theatre (September 2003), $30.00 (?) – 4 out of 5 stars
  8. Scrooge, The Musical at Merriam Theater (December 31, 2003) $20.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  9. Windy City at Walnut Street Theatre (October 21st, 2006), $10.00 – 0 out of 5 stars
  10. Legally Blonde, The Musical at Golden Gate Theatre (February 18th, 2007), $60 (really $0.00) – 4 out of 5 stars
  11. Jesus Christ Superstar at AMTSJ (December 30th, 2007), $20.00 (?), 3 out of 5 stars
  12. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at San Jose Rep (June 7th, 2009), $20.00 (?) – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  13. Grey Gardens at Theatreworks (June 2009), $40.00 (?), 1 out of 5 stars
  14. Monty Python’s Spamalot at Golden Gate Theatre (July 4th, 2009), $50.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  15. August: Osage County at Curran Theatre (August 21, 2009), $80.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  16. Wicked at Orpheum Theatre (August 30th, 2009), $25.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  17. American Idiot at Berkeley Rep (September 8th, 2009), $30.00 (?) – 5 out of 5 stars
  18. American Idiot at Berkeley Rep (September 24th, 2009), $30.00 (?) – 5 out of 5 stars
  19. American Idiot at Berkeley Rep (October 14th, 2009), $30.00 (?) – 5 out of 5 stars
  20. Spring Awakening at Broadway San Jose (October 30th, 2009), $comp – 5 out of 5 stars
  21. American Idiot at Berkeley Rep (November 1st, 2009), $50.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  22. American Idiot at Berkeley Rep (November 12th, 2009), $61.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  23. The 39 Steps at Curran Theatre (December 9th, 2009), $comp – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  24. Xanadu at Broadway Sacramento (January 2nd, 2010), $25.00 – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  25. Avenue Q at Broadway San Jose (January 14th, 2010), $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  26. Daddy Long Legs at Theatreworks (January 26th, 2010), $comp – 0 out of 5 stars
  27. Fiddler on the Roof at Golden Gate Theatre (February 2010), $comp – 3 out of 5 stars
  28. Whisper House at Old Globe Theatre (February 6th, 2010), $20.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  29. Wicked at Orpheum Theatre (February 11th, 2010), $35.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  30. Legally Blonde at Broadway San Jose (March 16th, 2010), $comp – 3 out of 5 stars
  31. Girlfriend at Berkeley Rep (April 14th, 2010), $comp – 2 out of 5 stars
  32. In the Heights at Curran Theatre (May 12th, 2010), $comp – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  33. Compulsion at Berkeley Rep (September 19th, 2010), $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  34. Dreamgirls at Curran Theatre (September 26th, 2010), $comp – 2 out of 5 stars
  35. The Color Purple at Broadway San Jose (November 23rd, 2010), $comp – 2 out of 5 stars
  36. Shrek The Musical at Orpheum Theatre (December 1st, 2010), $comp – 0 out of 5 stars
  37. Next to Normal at Curran Theatre (January 26th, 2011), $comp – 5 out of 5 stars
  38. Ruined at Berkley Rep (March 2nd, 2011), $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  39. Rock of Ages at Curran Theatre (March 9th, 201), $comp – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  40. Hugh Jackman at Curran Theatre (May 7th, 2011), $50.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  41. Mamma Mia at Broadway San Jose (June 7th, 2011), $comp – 2 out of 5 stars
  42. Tales of the City at ACT San Francisco (July 26th, 2011), $comp – 2 out of 5 stars
  43. Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup at Berkeley Rep (September 7th, 2011), $comp – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  44. Newsies at Papermill Playhouse (October 8th, 2011), $25.00 – 5 out 5 stars
  45. Bring it On at Orpheum Theatre (December 14th, 2011), $comp – 1 out of 5 stars
  46. Mary Poppins at Broadway San Jose (May, 29th, 2012) $comp – 3 out of 5 stars
  47. American Idiot at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre (June, 13th, 2012) $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  48. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Sundance Theatre (July 29th, 2012) $25.00 – 2 out of 5 stars
  49. The Sound of Music at West Valley Hale Center Theatre (July 30th, 2012) $25.00 – 5 out of 5 stars
  50. War Horse at SHN’s Curran Theatre (August 3rd, 2012) $comp – 5 out of 5 stars
  51. The Normal Heart at ACT San Francisco (September 9th, 2012) $comp – 5 out of 5 stars
  52. Memphis at Broadway San Jose (September 23rd, 2012) $comp – 1 out of 5 stars
  53. The Book of Mormon at Pantages Theatre (November 2nd, 2012) $85.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  54. The Lion King at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre (November 8th, 2012) $comp – 3 out of 5 stars
  55. The Book of Mormon at Pantages Theatre (December 15th, 2013) $150.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  56. Big Fish at Broadway in Chicago (April 3rd, 2013), $88.00, 2 out of 5 stars
  57. Barnum at The Mercury Theatre in Chicago (April 5th, 2013) $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  58. Beautiful at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre (October 8th, 2013), $comp – 3 out of 5 stars
OTHER:
  1. Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall (December 26th, 2004), $39.00 – 3 out of 5 stars
  2. Behind the Emerald Curtain (October 18th, 2008), $20.00 – 4 out of 5 stars
  3. Riverdance at Broadway San Jose (December 29th, 2009), $comp – 4 1/2 out of 5 stars
  4. Ovo at San Jose Cirque du Soliel (February 3rd, 2010), $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  5. Peter Pan at Ferry Landing (May 9th, 2010), $comp – 4 out of 5 stars
  6. Burn the Floor at Broadway San Jose (September 9th, 2010), $comp – 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
  7. Rain: A Beatles Tribute at Broadway San Jose (September 26th, 2010), $comp – 5 out of 5 stars
  8. Quidam at HP Pavilion (March 24th, 2011), $comp – 3 out of 5 stars
  9. 2012 National High School Musical Theatre Awards at Minskoff Theatre (June 25th, 2012)
  10. 2013 National High School Musical Theatre Awards at Minskoff Theatre (July 1st, 2013)

 
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