Monday, May 04, 2020

My Favorite Play

When I first moved to New York City in the early 1990's, musicals were the thing I wanted to see. Don't get me wrong. I loved the plays too. After all, I ended up starring in just as many of those during my high school career. It's just that there is something a little extra special about a big old fashioned Broadway musical. However in the last ten years or so, a classic drama, or a laugh out lot comedy, are the things that excites me.

Growing up, one of the first plays I ever read, was Thorton Wilder's Our Town. Being from a small town myself, it was the perfect introduction to a world that would one day take me to places that I never imagined. For the next few years, I read every play I could get my hand on. My two favorites were Neil Simon and Arthur Miller. Then during my junior year, I saw a local college production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"...and the Boys, which I immediately went out and bought the next day. 

I must have read that play over and over for the next few weeks. So much to the point that it when it came time to select a monologue for school a year later, I knew the perfect one. Thankfully they liked it, along with my musical theatre piece, and I was accepted into it's program for the next year. After I got here, I discovered even more amazing plays from Fugard's body of work, including Blood Not, My Children! My Africa!, and The Road To Mecca. 

But for me, "Master Harold", will always be my favorite. Not just my favorite Athol Fugard play. My favorite play ever. Hence the reason for today's blog. Oh and also because the show opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre exactly thirty-eight years ago today. In the last few weeks, I have written about a lot of things. Mostly about shows, some of which played over twenty or thirty years ago.

Let's face it. There is nothing like an opening night on Broadway. It's a time when everyone from the actor's, to the creative team, to the audience itself, gather together to celebrate a new show, or a beloved revival. Some of those shows go on to be a huge hits. Others, not so much. However one thing remains the same. There will always be Broadway. Just like there will always be opening nights. and closing nights too. 

Nothing lasts forever. Not even Cats. But you know what does last forever? My love for the theatre. And my belief that Broadway, along with Off-Broadway, and live theatre around the world will be back one day. Now that is one opening that we can all look forward too. Stay safe everyone, and continue to keep looking out for each other. Until next time theatre fans.

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