Hamilton and Hello, Dolly!–complete opposites of the musical theatre spectrum, one would think. StageAgent editor and blogger, Laura Ware, shares her thoughts on the correlations in such different shows and their relevance in our current political climate, and how much we need both of them today in the growth and influence of musical theatre itself.
What happens when an actor grabs that brass ring at last, the long-running contract? It could be a tour, or a Broadway show, even some regional theatres that operate continuous schedules, producing the same show(s) for years on end? You’ve finally been rewarded for all your efforts, and that reward is…to do the same thing 6 nights a week for the next 6 months, even a year, maybe even longer? How can you manage it?
As a standby in the off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, I’m often in a Starbucks during most performances, so when it was time to go on for a short time, my initial response was, “Damn, there goes all my free time.” As a parent of two small children, time is at a premium. But you may think I’ve completely missed the boat, that I should be elated at having a performing opportunity—and you’d be right, it just took me a couple of days to get here.
So, the 70th Annual Tony Awards are in the books, and it was a great night! I spent the evening with about a dozen friends, and we had a viewing party. It was awesome! It was like we were in the Beacon Theatre, well, except that we had snacks and weren’t quite as dressed up as the Tony-goers were. And our ballots weren’t quite official.
So, there’s this little show happening on Sunday night. Most of America could care less, but for those of us who LOVE Broadway – it’s our Super Bowl! It’s almost Tony time!!! As a kid growing up in California, I looked forward to this every year. (I know you’re nodding your head right now if you grew up anywhere other than New York thinking, “Me, too!”) It was my only chance to see the people who were on the records (yes, RECORDS) of the Original Broadway Cast recordings that I listened to and memorized religiously.