Last week I went to see NYC for the first time. Of course we saw many great things, but what I was most excited about was making it out to the Great White Way. I have a little bit of a theater background, so seeing three shows (Marvelous Wonderettes, Wicked & South Pacific) on Broadway was definitely a treat for me.The Marvelous Wonderettes is technically an off-Broadway production at the Westside Theater. The story is a little flimsy, with four girls performing for their high school prom that compete over the limelight, title for Prom Queen, and boys. After intermission, the clock goes ten years forward where the same group, the Marvelous Wonderettes, is performing for their high school reunion and the audience gets to see how each Wonderette has grown over time. However, theatergoers should not show up for the story, but for the music. If you love oldies from the 50’s and 60’s as much as I do, you’ll love to see the Wonderettes perform their own renditions of: Lollipop, Mr. Sandman, and Respect. The Marvelous Wonderettes is a fun little schmaltzy production that is great for all age groups.Wicked is by far the best show I have ever seen in my entire lifetime. I was skeptical when I entered the theater, despite all my friends raving about the production, and quoting lyrics from songs like “Popular”. There must be something wrong, a show could not appeal to so many people and have actual theatrical substance. I was completely mistaken. Wicked tells the true story of Oz, and how Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West got along in their college days. The play asks audience members to question their own perceptions of good and evil, and to see through the lies of propaganda. The two main characters go through an incredible character arc, where Glinda transforms from a ditzy blonde into a public leader, and Elphaba changes from a doormat to a rebel fighting for the cause of Oz. Wicked is an ambitious production because it does all of this, and masterfully laces in the stories of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion from the classic movie we love so much.I will never eat another tamale again after the amount of corn I have been force fed from the play, South Pacific. This is one of the worst shows I have ever seen. I entered the Lincoln Center excited because my Grandma served in the Philippines and New Britain during WWII and this play was supposed to tell her story. This musical tells the love story between an army nurse from Little Rock, Nellie Forbush, and French exile, Emile de Becque, in the middle of the South Pacific. The problem is that almost every song is a romantic tune reminiscent of Barney the Dinosaur’s famous “I Love You, You Love Me”. The play throws in the theme of racism at the end of the first act, when Nellie finds out that Emile had children with his previous Tongan wife. In the WWII era, interracial dating and marriage was taboo, and Nellie leaves Emile because she could not possibly endure the thought of him sleeping with an islander. However in the second act, Nellie is somehow unconvincingly able to overcome her racial tendencies, and is fine with adopting mixed children. This musical has not been performed on Broadway since the 1949, and they should have kept it that way.Though South Pacific may have been a flop, overall Broadway is AMAZING! There is nothing like the experience of waiting in Times Square with all the flashing lights and advertisements to buy your tickets, walking to legendary theaters like the Lincoln Center, and seeing a truly brilliant, one of a kind performance. Broadway has left me shouting proud, “I LOVE NEW YORK, NEW YORK!” View More Gaycations Articles

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