So Tonight I got to see Juno, yes, the show I was begging for someone to go with me too last week. Thankfully I did find a friend to go with me, and I got that incredible 10 dollar discount! (My friend also loved it by the way.) I can’t seem to find that original thread, but whoever told me thanks so much!! I was in row F in the mezzanine and it was a great seat. Sadly the night did not get off to a good start. I got trapped on the subway for some terrible reason and wound up being 10 minutes late. I know, I hated to be that obnoxious person, but it really wasn’t my fault. I missed the opening number, but it sounded incredible from behind the door to the mezzanine. Anyway once we got seated we heard Celia Keenan-Bolger’s “I wish it so” which was my first exposure to the gorgeous music. I love encores because you get to see the orchestra on stage and the sound is so much fuller with the added musicians. It is a treat to hear such a full sound of such a rarely performed show. The highlights: 1. Victoria Clark! I only saw her from televised version of Light in the Piazza, but I immediately fell in love with her. Seeing her live was a complete and utter treat. I was blown away by both her singing and her acting. She truly is a gift to the stage. (And a sweetheart at the stagedoor! She was catching up with one of her old students which I thought was really cool!) 2. The Dancing. Absolutely fantastic. From my favorite scene, “On a day like this” to “The Ballad if Johnny Boyle” I was blown away. The guys holding the door at the end of the first act was fantastic and Tyler Hanes’(Soo nice too at the stage door who I loved in A Chorus Line) one-armed ballet just really made this show shine. It was absolutely thrilling to watch. 3. Michael Arden’s “One Kind of Word”. Beautiful voice, and a gorgeous song! 4. The duet between Victoria Clack and Celia. “Bird upon a tree.” 5. The beginning of the second act. I loved that they used the record skipping here, which was funny since at least two of the cast members were from The Drowsy Chaperone. 6. Conrad John Schuck. A good drunkard. Great voice and a strong actor. Problems: 1. Pacing. It was a little erratic at times. I don’t know how well it would go over with today's Broadway audiences. Not the fastest moving show. 2. Ending. Didn’t quite work for me. I think that may have just been me though. 3. Melodrama. The show can easily be predicted five minutes in. Not saying that it hampered my enjoyment of the show, but there really weren’t any surprises. I know this is an odd number of thins to write about, but that’s all I can think of right now. I really liked this show and will definitely get the recording when it comes out. Conrad told us at the stage door that there definitely is going to be one! They had just found out today! At times, this felt like the best of a classic musical, and even when it didn’t I was enthralled due to the superb cast on stage. This was a much better experience than Applause and I encourage everyone to see it! If you are a fan of the “classic Broadway musical” then this is surely for you! Let me know your thoughts and if you have questions. Ps. Jay sorry to kinda steal your format, but I figured it was ok since you aren't seeing this one!
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