I Like Musicals…What?? Do Not!


Oh, egads, I hate when I’m wrong.
In my enduring quest for culture and time with my mama, I succumbed to the pressures of Higher Theatre and ventured into a matinee of “Rent” in its final performance in the big City.
Have I mentioned I hate musicals? Except…see…last month I saw Carole King’s “Beautiful” and found it magical. Loved every minute. Like, butt-danced in my chair. That’s love, people, when you butt dance in your chair.
And in the flood of love for all things cultural after one single play in the last too many years, I bought pit seating for two to see the City’s 20th anniversary run of “Rent”. Because…Pit Seating. We wanted to see pores open and sweat run out.
And we did.
And it was great. So much talent, so much fun, so much activity it was like sitting too close to the bears during a three-ring circus…I knew I was missing stuff but I couldn’t take my eyes off what was right in front of me.
So maybe I didn’t get all the nuance or every plot point. The real point is that I had a great time. And I had Mama Time. And I watched young people sweat and work their tails off while I ate M&M’s and bottled water. And felt just as exhausted as they did — emotionally, figuratively — and didn’t need a shower afterward.
In fact, I needed ice cream, because I was hungry and it was that much more Mama Time to discuss and review.
To sum up: well, whaddya know…I like musicals. Darn it. My wallet really can’t afford my liking musicals. Or my newfound addiction to Pit Seating.

 

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2 thoughts on “I Like Musicals…What?? Do Not!

  1. I really hate to admit it, but I too have succumbed to the pull of theater… to the tune of season tickets… for the musicals AND the ballet. WTF??!! Though I didn’t see Rent. I was afraid that was a bit too, well, MUSICAL. Maybe next time.

    • What?? Ballet??? You are a stronger person than I.
      I have one funny ballet story involving Dracula and a fuzzy slipper tossed across the stage to make the big bad German shepherd chase Dracula down as he bounded his pointed toes away. Couldn’t take the dance seriously after that, I’m afraid.
      I had season tickets to the Civic Center several years ago, but, again, Riverdance…and the Will Rogers Follies…killed the theatre bug until now.
      I’m hoping to take my Bubs to the February performance of “School of Rock,” though I’m not sure who’ll enjoy it more, him or me.
      Yes, yes, Rent was oh so very musical. At one point I wanted to yell, “Just TALK already!” But we were sitting so close, they truly would’ve heard me, and I didn’t want to be rude. They were singing so hard!

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