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The other night, I came up with a brilliant idea: I was going to get tickets to see Hamilton in San Francisco. My moment of brilliance lasted only five minutes when I quickly realized that there were barely any tickets left. Those seats that were available were practically the combined total of my monthly car payment, grocery budget and water bill, so no rapping Founding Fathers for me.
But while I came up empty-handed in Hamilton tickets – the whitest thing I’ve ever written – my search did inspire me to explore what else the Great White Way had to offer. Pretty much I looked for shows that seemed worth an iTunes soundtrack purchase and had seats that wouldn’t require me to drain my retirement savings.
And what caught my fancy? Apparently anything that is an adaptation of popular movies (see my geeking out over Anastasia), which I think means I’m basic when it comes to Broadway.
Based on the 2008 film, Waitress premiered last year around the same time as that other show that shall not be named. With music by Sara Bareillis, the show focuses on Jenna, a talented pie-maker with big dreams but is trapped in a loveless marriage.
To be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with this musical when I first saw it on the 2016 Tony Awards, where it lost to that one musical that now has tickets going for a mortgage payment on StubHub.
It was actually during this performance that I texted my best friend – the Tony Awards are our version of the Super Bowl – and told her that I wished that the show’s musical creator could one day star in this. Well, clearly I wasn’t the only one:
The chorus line kick to the shins is that Bareilles only has a few more weeks donning the baking apron. So, if you can’t get to the show, definitely download What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress, which is the singer-songwriter’s take on her own Broadway songs.
If you can listen to “She Used to Be Mine” without getting at least one tear, you’re a robot and not the cool kind of robot either.
The French garden gnome is back and has found his way on Broadway.
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The whimsical French film that made us all want to cut our hair and move to Paris is receiving the musical treatment this season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time since our reality isn’t as whimsical as we wish it to be.
Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo stars as the title character, who goes about performing small acts of kindness and trying to find love at the same time. I’m going to admit it: I have a total girl crush on Phillipa Soo, and would gladly trade all of my friends to be a part of her squad. Sorry to all of you, but I’m sure you not only understand, but would do the same to me.
I am so here for it.