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.
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.
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! 😛 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.
My favorite daily browsing of BuzzFeed reminded me of my favorite show that we saw this summer, which was Othello: The Remix. I heard about it from a coworker and the next day the show popped up super cheap in my daily Goldstar newsletter. So why not?
Now I am a fan of Shakespeare, while my wife is definitely not (not even David Tennant in the BBC’s version of Hamlet could keep her interested while I’m laughing like crazy). She’s not a fan of having to decipher what the actors are actually talking about. And she loved this show as well.
To be short and sweet about it, it’s a rap version of Othello. And not in the way I thought it would be either. I expected four guys on stage rapping the words of Othello. But no! They actually rewrote the entire story with more modern words and set it to rap and hip hop. These four guys (and one DJ who was more involved than just changing music on a laptop) ran around in overalls playing all the characters in the play – sometimes by changing something slightly such as a hat and other times going full drag in a slip over the head dress and a wig while going falsetto! They were amazingly talented and I’ve never laughed so hard at a Shakespeare before – and I love Shakespeare!
The show has left the Chicago Shakespeare Theater but apparently has recently hit the news by performing for inmates, which I think is fantastic. Inside a place where people have either committed a crime against others or on the flip side, in there for what someone else did to them, the play speaks to those inmates I should hope.
This has been continuously traveling throughout the world, and I would pay to see it again if it came back through and have made a permanent mental note that if I see the The Q Brothers have started a new show to go immediately!