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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan

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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#1
Posted: 6/14/20 at 1:51pm

For me, as an 11 year old, seeing Bye, Bye Birdie at Westbury Music Theater on Long Island- the Telephone Song came on- all these teenagers on ladders - singing and talking about dating-  and I was hooked from there- I could not believe how great that song was- and to this day, remember the thrill of that moment.

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Jarethan
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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#2
Posted: 6/14/20 at 2:38pm

For me, it was watching scenes from Camelot on Ed Sullivan.  I was a fan before I ever saw my first show.

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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#3
Posted: 6/14/20 at 2:48pm

The 2013 Tony Award telecast. Wow, wow, wow... especially that killer opening number led by NPH. One of the best Tonys in recent memory.

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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#4
Posted: 6/14/20 at 2:59pm

Drama class theater trip. February 1982. Dreamgirls @ the Imperial Theater. 

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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#5
Posted: 6/14/20 at 4:43pm
Acting out Two by Two with my bestie. (Or listening to The Rothschilds with mu folks.)
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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#6
Posted: 6/14/20 at 5:58pm
January 16, 1964.

The St James Theatre

The moment Carol Channing stepped off the " horse-drawn open car" in HELLO, DOLLY!
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#7
Posted: 6/14/20 at 6:19pm
Seeing the Once On This Island revival in 2018. It was the first show I truly loved and enjoyed seeing.
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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#8
Posted: 6/14/20 at 7:26pm
I’ve always loved Broadway, but my lightbulb moment was when I saw the “Kiss Me, Kate” revival in 2000.
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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#9
Posted: 6/14/20 at 8:08pm
My obsession started in 2015, after I saw Something Rotten!. Before I saw two or three shows a year and didn't love any of them enough to become a theatre fan.
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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#10
Posted: 6/14/20 at 11:09pm
I had already seen a few touring productions and community theater productions when I saw Phantom of the opera in Toronto for the first time. It was my eighth grade field trip and it was perfect from start to finish. We got to participate in the master class that used to be offered by Livent before the show. After that we got to eat and shop in the Eaton center followed by a matinee performance. I couldn’t stop talking about the show for weeks and weeks and I know that the people around me probably get sick and tired of me listening to the Toronto cast recording over and over again.

That theater was the perfect place for Phantom to play in the entire city was Phantom themed back in the early and mid-90s. From that moment on I was a goner.
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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#11
Posted: 6/15/20 at 12:15am

Wednesday, January 9, 1974, at approximately 2:05 pm. I enjoyed theater and was excited to see my first Broadway show, Pippin. The lights went down, the curtain went up, and that iconic opening of "Magic to Do" with the dancing white gloves was all it took to make me a Broadway fan forever (although I'm also an Off-Broadway fan).

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The Moment You Became A BWAY Fan#12
Posted: 6/15/20 at 2:29am
Saturday, May 18, 1991.
Marquis Theater

Tyne Daly stopping near my aisle seat yelling, “ Sing out Louise! Sing out!” to the cast on stage.

This wasn’t MaryBeth Lacey from TV.

This was Mama Rose!
This was GYPSY!
This was Broadway!

A new Broadway fan was born that moment.

Thank you Tyne Daly!
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Well, I started with Gilbert and Sullivan but that's not BWAY.  My first trip to New York, I told my boyfriend that I wanted to see "A Chorus Line" which had recently opened, but I was sure I couldn't get tickets.  He said, mail a SASE to the box office with a check and see what happens. (Decoding for the younguns: SASE was a self-addressed, stamped envelope. A check was...oh, they still exist!) This was LONG ago and I got a standing room ticket by return mail.  The first time the mirrors revolved and the sound board goosed up the horns....well, I swooned.

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castlestreet said: "I had already seen a few touring productions and community theater productions when I saw Phantom of the opera in Toronto for the first time."

Same for me (touring productions and community theater) before seeing Phantom on Broadway. That night literally changed my life and turned me into an addict.

 

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