|This was the marquee when I was born. An omen? Yes.|
When I see Beetlejuice
next month, it will be the 5th different show I've seen at the Winter Garden Theatre. I've been seeing shows on Broadway since 1983, and in that time, only six shows have played there. Wolf Hall
is the only show I've missed there. I remember like it was yesterday the very first time I ever went to New York and walked down to Broadway from the Gershwin Theatre. The giant Cats
billboard and the name of the theater below in twinkling lights. I was awestruck and immediately smitten. Life-changing.
This week's Friday 5
celebrates this wonderful theater and its famous marquee with night and day shots from the 5 shows I've been fortunate enough to see there.
1. Cats - 1983
It would be nearly 2 decades before I would get to see what the actual inside of the Winter Garden looked like, but it was worth it. Cats
was a thrilling sensation. I think I saw it 4 times there. That I'll admit to, anyway...
|Cats by (rainy) day...|
2. Mamma Mia! - 2001
|...and by night|
Another sensation followed Cats
, another London smash featuring a score by one of my all-time favorite groups, ABBA. I saw Sophie's (really Donna's) wedding twice there, and an embarrassing number of times elsewhere.
|Do you dress differently for a daytime wedding...|
|...or a nighttime affair? Does your mother know?|
3. Rocky - 2014
This is the show where I made my onstage debut at the Winter Garden. We splurged and got VIP seats 6th row center, which included onstage seating for Rocky's big bout with Apollo Creed. It was amazing and so much fun.
|Notice the eye of the tiger on the billboard...|
|"Adriaaaaan!" I'm here, Rocky. |
4. School of Rock - 2015
I was not alone in my surprise and delight at this show - especially Andrew Lloyd Webber's most fun score since Joseph
... Every time I think of it, I smile. These days, that's a very good thing.
|It looks just fine by daylight...|
|...but it really kicks ass at night under the lights of Broadway!|
5. Beetlejuice - 2019
Will never having seen the movie be an advantage? People seem to either love or hate this. Looking forward to seeing for myself next month. I'll let you know.
|Even if you say his name 3 times, will he come out in the sun?|
|The place sure looks sharp in black and white stripes!|
Vintage Bonus - Follies - 1971
One of the greatest musicals ever written started here 48 years ago as of a couple of weeks ago. I'll bet it was magnificent.
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