It’s been a while since I’ve blogged.
While visiting family in California in December, I broke my left foot and severely sprained my ankle. One would think that would lead to loads of free time to write and it did, but I didn’t think complaining about being stuck at home for months unable to walk would make for interesting reading.
Instead…this seemed like a great time to discuss the final two Broadway shows I attended of 2017.
It’s hard to believe that I hadn’t seen the musical Wicked before last year but since there are always so many amazing shows to see in New York…Wicked is one of those musicals that have been playing for quite awhile, so it was lower on my must see list. The top of that list usually features limited engagements or performances featuring particular actors that I want to see perform on stage at least once.
A friend came to NY for a visit and Wicked was on her must see list – and voilà, now checked off the list. For the show we attended, Jackie Burns was the extremely green (color) Elphaba and Amanda Jane Cooper was the glittery Gliinda. For those unfamiliar, Wicked is the alternative version of the Wizard of Oz, and the story is told from the perspective of the witches. The singing voices of the two leads were fantastic and the show was pure fun.
Farinelli and the King was the final show of the season for me. It was my favorite play that I’ve attended in at least two seasons. The spectacular Mark Rylance, known for performing Shakespeare and other period pieces on the stage and screen, played the lead. Rylance portrayed King Philippe V of Spain, whose mental health was questionable. Renowned singer Farinelli was hired to live with and perform for the King in the hopes that he would have a calming effect. Two individuals played Farinelli, Sam Crane was the actor, and in the scenes where Farinelli sang countertenor Iestyn Davies stood behind him and performed signing duties.
The first performance of 2018 that I will attend, the American Ballet Theater, is in May. Many of New York’s theatres do not have elevators, which ruled out most performances until now. Looking forward to seeing Misty Copeland and cast perform. If that goes well, fingers crossed, there will be other happenings to share soon.