I have written very little here about my affinity for all things musical theater, but I simply adore it. If I could only have one art form to work with, it would be theater. There is something entirely electric about watching performers perform live. The fact that every show is a different experience proves how invigorating it is.
Every other year or so my wife try and make it to the Great White Way. I have seen plenty of regional and community theater in my day, but there is nothing quite like seeing a show in a historic Broadway theater, where it all began. While our plans for New York are up in the air for next year, the 2017-2018 Broadway Season is in full swing. I am now going to rant a tad about a new show in town, one that I haven't seen, just one that I desperately want to see. I apologize ahead of time for this. :)
The Band's Visit is currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, began previews October 7th and opened November 9th. It started it's run Off-Broadway and opened to rave reviews. It's recent transfer to Broadway has experienced no different.
The New York Times calls The Band's Visit, "One of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by," and the Wall Street Journal states, "The best musical of the year has made it to Broadway." In other words, we have a big Tony Awards contender, everyone.
I haven't seen it yet and I'm already in a trance from the beautiful music by David Yazbek (known for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "The Full Monty"). The full album was released on Friday (December 15th) and needless to say, I can't stop listening to it. I hope to catch this show in New York come next year, but in the meantime, the soundtrack will have to do.