re:On seeing pre-Broadway tryouts in Boston
Last Edit: hugoP 12:39 am EDT 06/27/22
Posted by: hugoP 12:38 am EDT 06/27/22
In reply to: re: Saw The Neil Diamond Musical A Beautiful Noise tonight. - Guillaume 03:18 am EDT 06/26/22

I was also lucky enough to see PACIFIC OVERTURES during its pre-Broadway tryout. I was 15 years old and, up til then, had only seen local productions of Golden Age musicals and, on Broadway, had only seen PIPPIN and GODSPELL. I, too, was in the high balcony, far from the stage, but was still blown away by numbers like "Please Hello" and "Four Black Dragons"...but "Someone in a Tree" changed the way I looked at live theatre. I couldn't believe one song could be so funny, so fascinating, so smart, so revelatory and so moving. That performance ignited a lifelong appreciation for Sondheim and how he explored history. Both ASSASSINS and PACIFIC OVERTURES are two shows I love rediscovering any time I can see a production.

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