Long running shows... the pit falls, promise, and keeping it awesome on the regular.
By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer)
This past week I did something unusual for me: I went to see two shows I’ve already seen. Especially in the run up to the Tony Awards, it’s rare that I see anything that didn’t open that season. In fact, Broadway has such crazy turn overs (and prices...) that it’s rare you’ll see a show more than once. Unless you really, REALLY want to.
Yes, I did see Rent four times and Chicago four times. But I was a child then, so I acted like a child. Now I’m an adult and my landlord’s pretty adamant about the rent. Also, the last time I saw Chicago, one of the actors yelled “Line!” in the middle of the performance. So I’m a bit wary of long running shows...
I have a group of friends who get together every Monday night and watch RuPaul’s Drag Race. And since the season ended (#TeamJinkx), we’ve been trying to think of something fun to do. None of us had seen Rock of Ages in awhile, so we decided to see that. I remember first seeing the show in previews when it was Off-Broadway at New World Stages (obviously, before it became the Broadway retirement home). I had been offered a comp for a matinee and thought “Why not?” I remember sitting in my seat, looking at the Playbill, and settling in for what I thought was going to be a cringe inducing 80’s throwback plea for importance. So you can imagine my surprise when intermission came and I texted a friend, “I don’t know what’s wrong... but I think I like this show.” They later transferred to the Brooks Atkinson, where I saw the final dress rehearsal (and you already know how much I like final dress). But I had yet to see it at the Helen Hayes, where they’ve been camping out for the past two and a half years.
Man, is that show still a good time! Jukebox musicals can be very hit or miss. What makes this show work is that it is a simple love story told with great heart and great laughs. And after running in New York at three different theaters over the past five years, it still kicks ass!