Friday Five- Five Shows to See Before They Close
There are so many Broadway shows closing in the next few weeks, it makes me sad. If you are planning to come to New York over the holiday, make sure you see at least one of these fantastic shows.
1. Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson- From the moment you walk into the theatre, you know this is going to be a crazy show. The place is bathed in red lights, including over the audience. There are portraits of famous Americans throughout, and a horse hanging upside down over the seats. Benjamin Walker wears Jackson's sexy pants, and the show, while telling Andrew Jackson's life story, has as much to say about the rise of today's populism (Tea Party, anyone?) as Jackson's time. And the music rocks! Closes January 2.
2. In the Heights- Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote this high energy musical (and won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical) about the life of a group of Hispanic-Americans living in Washington Heights. The hip-hop music and dancing is phenomenal. This is the show to take your teenage daughter to see, I liked it better than Wicked. It's this generation's West Side Story, without the maudlin deaths. Closes January 9th.
3. A Little Night Music- Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters share the stage in Stephen Sondheim's musical. Hearing Peters sing "Send in the Clowns" gave me goosebumps and made me tear up, it's a magical moment on Broadway not to be missed. The entire company is wonderful, and each one gets the chance to shine with a solo. Closes January 9th.
4. Rock of Ages- Can't get your guy to go to a Broadway show? Take him to this one. Strippers, 80's rock songs from Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar and a sense of fun will keep him happy, as will the drinks they bring right to your seat. This show is touring the country with American Idol's Constantine Maroulis, who was nominated for a Tony last year for his performance. (Yeah, I laughed too until I saw the show, he was so good!) Closes January 9th.
5. Next to Normal- This Tony-winning show (best score, best actress Alice Ripley) is about the dissolution of a family because of mental illness. It sounds like a real downer, and it will make you cry, but it also has some funny moments, and the score is amazing. Look for the touring company of this show as well. Closes January 16th.