There is More Than Just Hamilton on Broadway

Okay so you are in New York City, and you are filling up your itinerary, or you are trying to decide what to do. Broadway should always be on your list, even if you say you do not like theater. You will learn something, I guarantee it. “Hamilton” and its story has made it into the news, the cast have showed on morning shows, and even it has had its political day. The tough thing about popular theater is that it can be sold out when you are visiting New York, there is hope. There are so many other wonderful shows that people enjoy and you will enjoy.


Sometimes it best to go random when picking Broadway and musical, because the show will usually teach you something you never would have thought of. The random Broadway show you can get into could help you solve a problem you may never have thought of. If nothing else when you see a musical you can enjoy the musical. Here are a few names of shows you can potentially see and enjoy in New York City.


The Golden Bride, with beautiful scenery, is a story of a young girl from Russia who is going to America to collect her father’s fortune. Then her quest is to marry a young man and find her mother who she believes is still alive. The Golden Bride is in Yiddish subtitles and some English, but it will be an experience you will remember for life. DO not let subtitles scare you ever, they are worth it. You can find this and a list of the ten most popular Broadway show through this link Broadway


Another show to choose to see is “Waitress” with Jessica Mueller who is in the show until March. The story is about Jenna who is in a loveless marriage yet makes these amazing pies and works as a waitress, this will sound familiar to some of you. With the music of Sarah Bareilles Jenna sees the opportunity to better her life with the town doctor. The music is great and the critics feel happy about this one and so will you.


These two shows are just the start of a great 2017 line-up of Broadway shows and musicals. You must see on, no matter what. Broadway and theater open up pathways of your heart you never knew existed and makes you a better person, no matter who you are.




Wayne Brady Is Taking a Shot at Hamilton

Fans of sketch comedy and musical theater have a new reason to rejoice. Wayne Brady, the comedian and actor perhaps best known for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway, is heading to Hamilton. Brady is going to take on the part of Aaron Burr in the musical’s ongoing Chicago production.


Hamilton, the rap musical about the famous founding father, has been the hottest ticket on Broadway ever since its first curtain call. It was created by Broadway star Lin Manuel Miranda, and it swept the 20016 Tony Awards in June, taking home 11 trophies.


The show’s popularity has been so overwhelming that it launched a concurrent Chicago production, which opened on October 19, 2016. The production, which is being performed at Chicago’s PrivateBank Theatre, has been a smash hit for the city’s theater community. The production received rave reviews from critics, and tickets are currently sold out through March.


Brady is going to assume the role of Burr on January 17 and will bow out of the production on April 9. He is replacing actor Joshua Henry. The part of Burr was originated on Broadway by Leslie Odom Jr. He won a Tony for his portrayal of Alexander Hamilton’s careful, ambitious, and eventually murderous nemesis. The part is famously demanding, requiring actors to sing, rap, and dance. As Burr, Brady will get to show off his impressive pipes on songs like “Dear Theosdosia,” “The Room Where It Happens,” and “Wait for It.”


This isn’t Wayne Brady’s first time on stage. The actor has several Broadway credits to his name, including a run as the lecherous lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. He most recently appeared in Kinky Boots, where he played the role of Lola. Brady’s star turn in the Chicago production of Hamilton will surely be one to remember.



Can the Events at Two Broadway Shows Explain the Election?

Mike Pence, the Vice President-elect, told his daughter something special at a recent production of the hit musical Hamilton. Breaking the treasured illusion of theater after the performance, the cast of Hamilton admonished Pence from the stage. This brought a collection of boos and catcalls from the audience meant to disparage Pence. It was at this point Pence turned to his daughter and said, “That is what freedom sounds like.” It was an impressive display of tact by Pence in the face of a rather petulant display.


Since the event, Broadway has clamored for attention again in politics. In January, the defeated Hillary Clinton attended the final Broadway performance of The Color Purple. Clinton was deferentially acknowledge by the cast with a collection of flattering comments, and people routinely interrupted the evening to provide Clinton with standing ovations. It was a radical change from the way Broadway treated Pence.


It’s interesting to note the comparisons between the experiences of Pence and Clinton on Broadway. Indisputably, Broadway is liberal territory. It’s not a surprise the people who work there and many of the patrons of Broadway support Clinton. However, while Pence and other conservatives take the time to visit liberal territory to catch a show at the risk of being harassed, liberals rarely take the chance to show up at an event where they could be exposed to a similar experience. For example, if Hillary Clinton showed up at a gun show, she would undoubtedly be booed. This is one reason why she doesn’t go to those events. However, a conservative like Pence is willing to visit places where he can be challenged.


Many experts concluded Democrats lost the election because they were unwilling to connect with Americans who disagreed with them. Perhaps these two Broadway experiences provide evidence for that.