I’d never been a huge fan of going to the theatre. As a kid, seeing actors acting all acty made me uncomfortable. I saw a couple of things (Grease and Fame) but they never appealed to me.
The only show I saw that I loved was Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. I saw it twice, once with Jason Donovan and once with Philip Schofield. I loved it so much I knew all the words to all the songs. I also somehow knew all the songs to Cats but I’ve never seen it!
Later on I saw Moulin Rouge which just blew me away but didn’t really count as a musical really. But on our honeymoon, whilst in San Francisco G Man and I went to see Jersey Boys. As a massive Frankie Valli fan it was a show he had wanted to see for ages but I didn’t really know anything about it. I thought it was amazing and we’ve since seen it three more times (in London)
Before Michael Jackson died we went and saw Thriller Live! in London which was totally awful. It’s selling out now that MJ is dead. Such a shame. We saw Avenue Q too but again it wasn’t very funny and was trying too hard to be edgy when I just wasn’t.
So since then I appear to have gotten a little musical theatre bug. I think when Glee featured a song from Wicked it just got me really wanting to see more. I have been wanting to see it for a while and haven’t been yet, but it’s coming to the Milton Keynes theatre next year so I’m hoping to see it there. I also want to see Woman in Black (yes I’m aware this isn’t a musical!)
Last week I watched the film version of Chicago for the first time. I knew some of the songs already but hadn’t a clue of the story. Let me tell you, I enjoyed it so much I’m watching it again, just a week later. As someone who hasn’t seen it at the theatre I can’t speak to how close they got it, but you can tell they have adapted so it can seem as stagey as possible. So I’m adding Chicago to my list of must see theatre experiences. Who’d have thunk it?