For years, I would debate anyone that Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” was the greatest musical ever written and performed. That was until I saw “The Book of Mormon” shortly after it opened. I was totally engulfed in the humor, the lyrics, and the innocence of the characters.
This past weekend I revisited New York’s finest newsboys. “Newsies” is indeed the King of New York. The chemistry this cast has is unprecedented. The talent this cast has is extraordinary. This musical is … well, there is nothing else quite like it. It is by far the greatest musical. The debate is now on!!!
Corey Cott as Jack Kelly owns the city, owns the theatre, and owned the heart of every member of this sold-out audience. Ben Frankhauser as Davey is the strength behind the cause. Torn between his family loyalty, and knowing that what the newsboys must do, his struggles rivet throughout. Andy Richardson as Crutchie captures the passion that makes one root for these guys. His handicap is no handicap for what faces him. His fortitude is contagious. His performance deserves recognition from Broadway’s elite community. This “Trio of Talent” is worth seeing time and time and time again.
I immediate fell in love with LaVon Fisher-Wilson, Medda Larkin, and her sensual manipulations. Her protective nature of Jack and the boys catches those who frequent her establishment off guard. She nailed a gorgeous performance through and through.
Lyrically, this production is breathless. Choreographically, I’ve seen nothing quite like it. The height of the leaps, the stunts, the synchronization, the tap routine … I can go on and on. Several dance numbers ended in some of the longest applause and “hoorays” one would expect at a come-from-behind sporting victory. This production is unstoppable. Musically, the score kept me humming and singing for days. “Seize the Day” is my new anthem.
On a personal note, this cast is some of the nicest, most genuine folks I have met. Not only did they take time after the show to make each fan feel appreciated, but on Sunday I worked across these guys at the Broadway Flea Market. Their commitment to a better New York and a better tomorrow resonates throughout.
“Newsies,” the cast and crew, are indeed the “Kings of New York.”
As kids growing up on the Gulf Coast of Texas, hurricanes were something we welcomed. It meant several days out of school and the ability to build rafts that became Pirate Ships or us being make-shift Gilligan Island refugees. Little did we realize the long-lasting devastation that such events bring?
The news reports and images from across the Northeast United States and in my favorite city, New York, are heart wrenching. I have been glued to Facebook and Twitter posts from hundreds of my friends and followers caught in the wrenches of Sandy. Ironically, the revival of “Annie” is opening on Broadway. Somehow, we all knew that “the sun will come out tomorrow, so ya gotta hang on ‘til tomorrow.” And, that they did.
Members of the theatre community started using Facebook to post who had power, water, and food and were opening their doors to those in need. What an amazing display of human support and kinship. And, isn't this what we learn as we study our Success Curriculum? Isn't this how we know that what we are doing is making a difference? Granted, many of the people who posted have not heard of the Success Curriculum (but it’s not due to a lack of touting it on my part!).
What I am learning is that the Success Curriculum is a way of life, a life style if you will … not a lifestyle, but a life style. And the style and class that I see as the recovery efforts begin gives me reason to reach deeper and harder and get the message out even more.
On today’s Marketing call, we discussed how being a part of our company includes living and continuously being a student of this curriculum. That goal is now a mission for me. One of the tenets I have in my business plan is for anyone that joins our company through BetweenMyStageLife.com I am giving back to a cause endearing to the theatre community. But, after thinking about today’s call and after witnessing the groundswell of support from those who stared fear in the eyes, I realize that I have it backwards. I missed the basic.
You don’t wait to give back. You live that life style and others are going to notice and follow and join and be a part of “something incredible.” Yea, that’s the tagline I use.