While I never fully had an opportunity to participate in drama throughout high school, which is another story altogether, there is a special place in my heart for theatre and musical theatre in particular. I grew up watching one of my aunts star in several community theatre projects. In particular I loved her as Dolly Levi Gallagher from Hello, Dolly!. As a five year-old, I became transfixed and obsessed. I did not know that my aunt could sing like that! A little later I had the pleasure of watching her in Grease and Nunsense, among others. Those childhood afternoons and evenings spent with family watching incredibly small, local theatre productions truly did inspire me and continue to do so.
One of my favorite musicals of all time is Evita. I love every single thing about it, including the movie version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. In fact, as much as I hate to admit this, there was a time during my high school years that I could practically recite the entire movie. I love it that much. It is the only movie I’ve experienced in the movie theater three times. Again, I became transfixed. Imagine my surprise when I learned that Evita will be resurrected on Broadway this spring. My only disappointment is that Patti LuPone will not be starring as Eva. I’d love to have had the opportunity to see a performance of the original Broadway production of Evita.
After reading the post above, I have to admit that I’d love to see any of the productions included on Girl Meets Broadway’s list. If there is anything that could lure me to a large metropolis, it would be theatre. I have yet to be severely disappointed by any theatrical performance large or small.