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Chicago The Musical – “I Had It Coming…”

My obsession with Broadway grows with each new play I see. The experience leaves me speechless, just wanting to live in a world where I could break into song and dance with every emotion I breathe out.

A few weeks ago, I saw one of my favorite musicals, Chicago, starting Grammy Award winner singer, songwriter and actress, Brandy Norwood. So lets break this down…not only was I about to see one of my favorite musicals live, for the first time, but I was about to see one of my favorite musicals live starring a prominent singer/songwriter/actress who I am a fan of…excited does not even cut it when it comes to describing how I felt!!

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I thought the theater looked fantastic!

Can you see our excitement?!? 

We had front mezzanine seats so the view was spectacular! I was captivated with every performance. The play had a comical tone on top of the dark plot, which made it irresistible. Amra-Faye Wright, who has played the role of Velma Kelly, worldwide since 2001, did a phenomenal job. She made sure her entrance made a statement with “All That Jazz.” I literally almost jumped out of my seat as I watched “Cell Block Tango” being performed, my favorite musical number out of the entire play! It was absolutely perfect! Ivan Hernandez, who played Billy Flynn…wow beautiful man is all I have to say. Thank you! Raymond Bokhour, who played Amos Hart, because your performance gave me a new found respect for “Mister Cellophane,” which I never really liked along with “When You’re Good to Mama” which, was performed by NaTasha Yvette Williams, who played Matron “Mama” Morton, awesome job also.

I went in expecting a great show and came out with 10x the greatness I was expecting. If my experience couldn’t have been any better, at the end of the show I met Brandy! She came outside and signed playbook’s, posters, and took selfies with her fans! I was not the exception…

Brian O’Brien – Fred Casely 

I had an unbelievable experience and would repeat the day if I could.

You wouldn’t understand why Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history until you see it for yourself!

My Story

I absolutely hate it when I feel like I have made the wrong decision or choice. Immediately, I ask myself “what if” I chose the other option? “What if” I decided otherwise? The “what if’s” and the “maybe’s” are as common as breathing. We all experience them frequently and always torture ourselves assuming and creating a fantasy, in our heads, of what “could of been” our reality… but I never stopped to think about that maybe… just maybe at the end of the day, despite any decisions we make, we will end up exactly where we are supposed to be.

This occurred to me as I watched my second Broadway play If/Then starting Indina Menzel at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

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I went expecting to see a story about a girl starting over in New York City and instead saw my story, a girl struggling to accept her choices and failures, stuck in past decisions. Lets just say I was a sobbing mess throughout the entire play because I related to it so much.

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In my opinion, the play was absolutely amazing, from the catchy heartfelt songs to the characters on stage. It is the best feeling when you feel you have gained more than what you came with and that’s exactly how I felt, as I left the theater and waited outside to hopefully, get my Playbill signed by Indina Menzel….Well Indina never came out but I did get to meet two other actors from the play, Anthony Rapp, who was in the original cast of Rent! and the very handsome James Snyder, who I just couldn’t take my eyes off as he signed my Playbill!

James Snyder – Josh

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As I sat on the train ride back home I contemplated my life choices and thought about who I am today and where I am now. I can’t do anything about the choices I missed out on and assuming and thinking of the what if’s will only hold me back and keep me in the past. So the best I can do at this point is live in the now and pray, that regardless of the choices I make, in the end I am bound to be where I need to be.

What if life was a musical?

What if life was a musical? Wouldn’t that just be amazing?! Every happy moment or sad experience would be a song and somehow that would make everything just a little bit better. I have always enjoyed a good musical but for some reason, I have never seen a Broadway play. Therefore, I told myself that for my 23rd year I would make it my mission to see as many Broadway plays as I possibly can.

The weekend of my 23rd Birthday I saw Mamma Mia! at the Broadhurst Theater, starting Judy McLane and Elena Ricardo. I was ridiculously hungover from my previous night’s birthday festivities but, “boy!” was it an awesome show! It was everything I expected and more! I was so not going to let a really bad…no horrible hangover stop me from seeing my first Broadway play ever. The show was just as funny and the music was just as festive and catchy as I remembered it in the movie. I couldn’t stop comparing the two! The entire show just made you want to smile and sing along. I definitely felt like a “Dancing Queen!” ready to start living yet another great year of her life!

Elena Ricardo – Sophie Sheridan

Lauren Cohn – Rosie

The show was a great reminder that family is what you make it and that there is a world out there ready to to be lived and explored. Life isn’t a musical but it definitely is one heck of an adventure!