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Kathy

Yes, go see Wicked! It's great fun, and much different from the book. We saw An American in Paris this year as part of our series, and it was incredibly beautiful--one of my favorites of all time. I'm seeing The King and I next week, and I expect that will be good, too. It sounds like you have plenty of top notch entertainment lined up. I wish we lived close to each other--we could go together! I've been going to the Broadway series in Tampa with a small circle of friends for many years now, and it's been a great investment.

As far as the book connection goes, I read Ragtime and Wicked after seeing the musicals, I want to read a biography of Evita Peron after seeing Evita, and I'd like to read Jekyll and Hyde after seeing that show (I may have read it years ago, but don't remember it). There are probably more crossovers, too, but those are just the ones I can think of right off the top of my head.

Danielle

I love hearing about the shows you have gone to. I knew you went to Broadway shows but I didn't realize you also did a season subscription--it's fun, isn't it? I love having something like this to look forward to. I need to renew soon, but I have until mid-May to get my money together. It is a bit of a splurge but well worth it as I have loved everything I have seen and the shows are always really amazing. This year my season included Cabaret (I read the playscript for that before hand), White Christmas, The Sound of Music, Beautiful was the most recent and I loved it! I also added on Jersey Boys. I still have Something Rotten and Rent to look forward to, plus a dance ticket to see Momix. None of our shows overlap this year--it is interesting to see which shows go where. I guess Hamilton will be coming here in the 2018-19 season, though I imagine it will be an add on like Wicked is next season (I think I will see it--I wasn't sure but you make it sound like great fun and I might even try to read the book again). You'll have to let me know how you like The King and I--it as well as An American in Paris are the two I am most excited to see!

cath

Wow I like your 'menu' very much. I am sure you will be able to find interesting background information on the classical composers you've chosen. Some biographies too I guess. Are you going to write about the performances here? Is the season starting in september?

Danielle

I haven't really written about what I have seen in the past but maybe I will with the new season--especially if I read something to go along with the performance! The season starts in September. I think first up will be a symphony performance. I don't want to wish the year away, but I am very much looking forward to everything!

Kathy

I just renewed my series, too, and I always wait until the last minute so I can save up the money by cutting corners in other areas of my life. It is money well spent, and I agree it's great to have something to look forward to. We're also getting Hamilton in 2018-2019 so we can compare notes.

We saw Something Rotten this year, too, and it was hilarious (it was the show I referenced in my previous comment about criticism). We all loved it. We also saw Cabaret--which was well-done but rather chilling. I've seen both Beautiful and Jersey Boys and loved them, too.

A friend and I also attended an live stream of Hamlet from London with Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet. It was amazing, and I was surprised by the number of lines from that play that are used as common phrases, book titles, and so on, in everyday life. I knew we take a lot of our expressions from Shakespeare, but I didn't realize how many from that specific play.

I will report on The King and I next week :).

Danielle

I have until middle of May to renew and then we can pay half now and the other half in the summer which I will do as I really need to start shopping for a laptop. Something Rotten looks like a lot of fun so I am looking forward to it. I think I go in June (or maybe at the end of this month--must check on that). I really liked Cabaret--at one point the narrator even came out into the audience and interacted with some of the people sitting up front. But you are right it is a dark story. I think my favorite this season has been Beautiful, which was quite humorous and the music was great. I sort of knew who Carole King was but had never read about her. It's funny as that was one that I had not given much thought to and was just sort of 'meh' about but thoroughly loved. I am going to have to look at those live streams. How cool to 'see' Benedict Cumberbatch. Maybe I will still have a chance to catch one this season or see what is on offer for next. Enjoy The King and I! I can't wait to see it later.

Stefanie

Oh so much fun to look forward to! Totally jealous of Medea! It is such a fantastic play I bet the opera will be amazing!

Danielle

Yeah, I am really excited about it. I think it is the one I am most looking forward to, though they will all be good. I can't wait to read some books to go along with it. You'll have to let me know if you have any suggestions bookwise!

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