ALL the tickets!

Yesterday was new subscriber package purchasing day. Which we all know was about to be my favorite day of the year. I was on my phone at 9:58 ready to sit on hold with Broadway in Chicago.

Yesterday I WERKED

The only thing was that there was no queue – you had to keep calling back! Eek. But LUCKILY the musical gods showed me the love and on call #4 a lovely lady by the name of Frankie picked up and I tried not to squeal like a teenager.

And then again my hopes were dashed when I discovered I was just giving my information to a person, not really for certain getting subscriber tickets. I was so confused because in the past I sat on the phone with a person and we picked out my seats together (which is part of the fun of subscribing to theatre packages IMO!). I got off the phone deflated. The excitement was gone.

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BUT on the bus ride home I received a call from Kevin at BIC. Long story short I didn’t have to wait until April to get my golden ticket. My card was charged, my seats were selected (even got all aisle seats as requested), and a wonderful, beautiful email come through last night confirming my dates. ¬†It’s official! So I clinked glasses with my wife and relaxed.

Out of excitement I put the photo below on my Instagram (which you should follow):

It was a strange way to process tickets in my opinion, but I’m also not on their side of things. Being at an institution with a blockbuster exhibition happening, where we get 400 phone calls a day at least, I can only image Broadway in Chicago’s situation.

I will say I wish there was a magical way to sort out the people that wanted to see ALL the shows and not just Hamilton! ūüėõ But ah well, I’m happy and got my first choice. So kudos to the BIC team and a shout out to their social media person for handling questions, particularly mine, on Twitter!

Now the waiting begins for these shows. Aladdin is over a YEAR away. *cries* But I’m sure it will be here before we know it.

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My Blog Has Abandonment Issues

Whoa. ¬†Way to abandon a blog for two years sweetie! ¬†That said, though I never stopped going to the theatre it has lessened due to a pesky thing called grad school sadly. ¬†What happened then you may ask? ¬†Well, new job for one which I’ve been in for about a year. AND¬†occasionally¬†gives me #jobperks such as tickets.¬†

I LOVE TICKETS.

So I’m wanting to get this going again, and we will have LOTS to talk about in 2016. ¬†

First and foremost: Broadway in Chicago’s 2016 Fall Season. ¬†Oh hello. ¬†I’m a subscriber again (or I will be on March 1st). ¬†Yes, yes, Hamilton is on there BUT check out the rest of this line-up….

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What do all these productions have in common? ¬†To the best of my knowledge, they’ve never been to Chicago. Not to mention I think they’re all relatively newer tours of shows. The whole reason I sadly left my perfectly picked out seats with BIC is the lack of rotation (or just plain dumb shows no one wanted to see). ¬†But this? THIS is amazing and I could not be more excited.¬†

Hamilton – No-brainer. Can’t get NYC tickets? Next best thing!

Aladdin – Disney musicals are either really good or really not-so-good. This one that I’ve heard so much about though I can’t wait to see

Hedwig – Saw it with Neil Patrick Harris in NYC. AMAZING show. I can’t wait to hear who the traveling Hedwig is. The best 90 minutes in theater.

Curious Incident of the Dog – Loved the book when it first came out and I was a Borders employee. The cast recording sounds great so I’m excited.

Bodyguard – The only one I’m skeptical about but in the end, it should be fun with good music.

What else is upcoming? ¬†Well so far we’re going to the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Semifinals. ¬†That’s right. ¬†Just like Pitch Perfect!

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Also, Matilda the Musical which I love that cast recording and am very much looking forward to that production.

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I’m sure there will be much, much more to come in 2016. ¬†Anything else in the smaller theater world that you’re seeing and keep staring longingly at the tickets on the fridge, wishing the day would get here sooner??
  

My quick thoughts on Sound of Music Live

Yes it has aired and re-aired by now, but I’m still mulling it over. ¬†As are many people that are musical theater lovers that we know. ¬†So because everything that there is to be said is said I’ll bullet point my main points:¬†

  • Carrie Underwood did fine. ¬†Singing. ¬†Acting? ¬†Not so much. ¬†It was obvious she wasn’t comfortable. ¬†Poor thing was outta he league except with The Lonely Goatherd, but she is¬†a country singer. ¬†I hope she’s proud of herself though for stepping outside of her box and doing something new. ¬†Before she does something like it again though, she needs Acting 101. ¬†
  • I feel bad for Stephen Moyer – all you can see is Bill from True Blood and him going “Sookie!”
  • Audra McDonald. ¬†I heart her. ¬†Seemed to young to be the all knowing Mother Abbess, but at least she could sing. ¬†
  • Laura Benanti. ¬†Show-stealer that one! ¬†She was a treat from the Elsa in the movie that’s for sure. ¬†I loved the catty attitude. ¬†
  • From the very beginning I was confused, considering I read nothing about this beforehand. ¬†Why was Audra singing “My Favorite Things” at the beginning? ¬†Well thanks to the super helpful Playbill live tweeting, I quickly found out that it was ¬†because this was based on the *stage* version. ¬†Cue a much more interested household on our end! ¬†
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the song “No Way To Stop It” with Christian Borle and Laura Benanti – not in the movie and a “pleasant” surprise of a song despite the subject matter.
  • There was ZERO love between Underwood and Moyer. ¬†I did a “oh now I’m suppose to believe they fell in love. ¬†Okay…”. ¬†
To sum up – I didn’t hate it but I was far from loving it. ¬†Not to mention I learned a lot about the stage production, which we’re seeing later in 2014 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. ¬†It’s never been a favorite musical of mine, but I appreciated it highly, and this production spent a lot of money, but they missed out on some casting opportunities. ¬†

But in the end, my favorite Tweet of the night came from Lin-Manuel Miranda (of In The Heights and Bring It On):



This is what it boils down to in the end.  People watched a musical, and if they turned it on just for Underwood, then they saw their first musical production perhaps, and I like to think that we hooked a few new lovers to the theater!