The excitement and stylings of shows on Broadway are an unforgettable experience. Many Broadway shows have come and gone, but there are several that have made the cut and sang their way into history, becoming permanent American classics. Let’s take a look at some of them in short form.
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera was written by British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1986.ThePhantom of the Opera is the story of chorus girl, Christine, who is given the role of lead singer in an opera when the lead, Carlotta, becomes sick. The Phantom of the opera house becomes obsessed with Christine and begins to mentor her. The show is certainly an experience for the musical lover (or even non-musical lover) to behold. The enormous chandelier alone as part of the props set is a jaw-dropping sight, and the musical score is timeless.
Chicago was written by composer John Kander and Fred Ebb and was first performed in 1975. It is the fictional story of a woman who dreams of being a vaudeville star and is tricked by a man who claims to have connections that will get her into show business. When she learns he deceived her, she shoots him, and the rest of the musical is set around her time in prison and her developing fame as she learns how to cause the media to glamorize her crime. Filled with wonderful dance choreography and catchy music, this show easily makes the ranks of top shows featured on Broadway.
Cats was written by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1981, and is based on the composer’s favorite childhood book, T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. This musical is a whirl of colorful costumes, dancing, and fun. This show’s story is based on myriad characters, all of whom are, of course, cats, with names like Old Deuteronomy, the wise old leader, Rum Rum Tigger, who possesses the characteristics of a stereotypical tomcat, and Grizabella, an older cat with memories of how things used to be.
Cabaret is a delightfully dark musical written and composed by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the authors of Chicago. It is set in 1930’s Berlin during the uprising of the Nazi regime. The musical follows the story of Sally Bowles, and explores topics that in the 1930’s were considered taboo. One of the most popular Broadway productions, the show is performed weekly on Broadway to this day.
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Last year I went with my family to the Disney on Ice show, which was fantastic. The music, choreography, lighting and everything about is made is a super show for all the family. It was kind of expensive for us all to go, but, as a family day out it was worth every penny. Ok, it might not be every adult’s cup of tea, but for the kids it’s great.
Here’s hoping to go again this years over the Christmas holiday period. Last year we went to see Frozen, not sure what the show is this year, but we will be booking tickets for definite.