I have written many times about my love of theatre. As far as I know the first show I ever saw was the original Broadway cast (Alfred Drake as Curly) in "Oklahoma" in 1944 when I was 8 years old. I have never stopped going to the theatre and I didn't care if it was professional, Equity or non-Equity, whether on a Broadway stage or a make shift stage in a storefront. I jokingly say--but it is more true than not--that I went broke following "A Chorus Line" all over the USA!
For the past 3 years I have been very lucky to be writing reviews for www.corinescorner.com and www.broadwayshowbiz.com and I eagerly look forward to each show.
We just finished the 2012-2013 'season'. Above is the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami where I saw "Rock of Ages", "Mary Poppins", "Les Miserables", "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" and "Memphis". Also, this past season I saw the following at the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale: "Million Dollar Quartet", "Sister Act", "Agatha Christies's BBC Murders", "Flashdance", "The Addams Family", "Wicked" and "Warhorse".
During the 2013-2014 season scheduled between both theatres are: "The Book of Mormon", "Chicago", "The Wizard of Oz", "Green Day's American Idiot", "Ghost", "Evita", "We Will Rock You", "Elf", "Once" "Blue Man" and encores of "Memphis" and "Warhorse".
There is a magic about the theatre that won't be equalled by any other medium, even when it is filmed 'live'. Whether it be the house lights going down and the buzz from the audience or the downbeat from the leader of the orchestra or the curtain going up and you forget the rest of the world or all of it. Then there is the mysterious power of actors, sets, lights, sound not to forget special effects taking place in real time. It is wondrous!
You can always go to broadwayshowbiz.com to read my reviews before you read them anywhere else. I was really grateful for all of you clicking on the site last week but I have to ask a favor again---I promise I will not ask another favor this month!--would you go to the web site--www.broadwayshowbiz.com and just click on one of the ads? Not the ones on the bottom but the national ads. Have to keep Martin going to the theatre!!!
For now I am counting the days until the start of the 2013-2014 season which will open October 9 in Fort Lauderdale with "Chicago".