Thursday, November 15, 2007

Applause Theatre-The Time is Now to Experience Off Broadway

When most people think of theatre in New York City the first thing that comes to mind is BROADWAY. Makes perfect sense right? Growing up as a teenager in Illinois the term "Off-Broadway" was foreign to me, as I'm sure it is to a lot of people. So what exactly does “Off-Broadway mean? Well according to, “Off-Broadway is theatrical work, often experimental and inexpensive, presented in New York City outside the Broadway entertainment district.”

Over the years Off-Broadway has provided New Yorkers and tourists alike with some of the most innovative, not to mention unusual shows in the theatre world. From Edward Albee to Blue Man Group, from revivals of some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays to new works, Off-Broadway has it all.

Now not only have I become a big fan of Off-Broadway over the years but recently I had the chance to make my Off-Broadway debut as a performer. No I am not giving up my day job at Applause to become a big star. Well not yet anyway. I mean if someone offered you a starring role in a Broadway show would you turn it down? I think not.

As I was saying, last night I made my debut in what is already the surprise hit of the season. I am talking about JUMP! My friend who actually works on the show, called me at the last minute with an extra ticket. I thought why not. I’m not going to turn down a free ticket. Who knows it might even be good. All I can say is, “GO SEE THIS SHOW!” It was amazing. If you are looking for a show for the whole family than this is it. Heck even Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt took time out from adopting most of Africa to see the show.

So back to my debut. About halfway through the show the lights came up, and the old man in the show made his way down into the audience. All I could think was, “Please don’t let him call on me.” Well I’m guessing you have figured out by now that not only did he call on me but within seconds I was on stage in front of 300 people. After doing the traditional bow and fighting stance I was on my way to becoming a Kung-Fu star. Now not being skilled in Kung-Fu technique I basically just did a few kicks and chops which I hoped would be enough to get me through this unexpected experience. I was wrong.

Before I knew it my adversary began doing a bunch of moves that you could only see in a Bruce Lee movie. Now after being dragged up on stage I wasn’t about to be shown up, so at this point I was left with only one option. The greatest karate move in cinematic history. That’s right folks, I am talking about “The Crane” from the one and only “Karate Kid.” Well after that there was nothing else for them to do but give me my complimentary “Jump” t-shirt and escort me down the steps to a rousing ovation from the audience. What a night!

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