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Musical theatre has seen numerous performances that have managed to highlight the craft and take thighs to a whole different level. Among the top contenders for the same, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe stand tall as it signalled a new beginning for musical theatre. As a result, a valuable guide towards musical theatre can be achieved or understood by looking into this particular production. So control your excitement and move ahead to enter the magical land of Narnia.
The story about this magical land begins when four young evacuees from war-torn London come to a rambling old country house. Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan are the four young children, who are later shown to the spare room of the house. While the room is quite empty, there is something suspicious about the large wardrobe in the room. A curious Lucy opens it and pushes the fur coats only to find herself in a snow-covered wood. Once Mr.Tumnus greet her, Lucy realises that she is in Narnia. Thanks to the spell cast by the wicked White Witch, the land is always snowy.
But Asian decides to take Edmund’s place and is tortured and killed by the Witch only to be saved by the Deeper Magic. As the stone statues are liberated, Father Christmas comes back, and the Witch is finally defeated, with the children crowned as Kings and Queens of Narnia. A few years later, they make their way back through the fur coats only to discover that time has stood still.
Pulling off the great tale of Narnia requires a type of production that is descriptive. Since the story is a well known one, the crew should follow a detailed approach that brings out something different to the table. The central theme and the idea of a distant land need to be showcased in a magical manner that highlights the creativity of the entire crew. Once everything begins to move ahead in this direction, one will be able to imagine and feel the magic that lies deep within the land of Narnia.
As an art form, Broadway has transitioned to include several aspects and themes that display the creative side of writers and artists. Through time, they have managed to create a space for themselves in the entertainment sector. Considering the impact of Broadway in New York, around 41 theatres have come into the picture to tell stories of different nature. Due to that, there is a long list of facts that have emerged right from the moment Broadway took centre stage. So to bring them to light, we will be looking into those facts that talk about Broadway, including the ones that you may have never heard about.
1. The longest street in NYC
Beginning from Lower Manhattan, Broadway runs for 33 miles up to the Bronx to Albany. Out of the 33 miles that it covers, 18 miles are not part of New York City. Its roots can be traced back to Native American times, and the first written reference of the term was seen in the 1700s. Due to this form of history, Broadway has emerged to hold an important place all over the country.
2. The Phantom of the Opera
A major achievement of Broadway comes in the form of the Phantom of the Opera. It is the longest-running Broadway show and has been a part of the scene for more than 30 years. During this span of time, over 12,500 performances have been staged and for 18 million people. So the Phantom of the Opera is credited until this very day for its remarkable performances as a unique form of visual art.
A significant change for the play lies with the fact that the role of Phantom was changed 15 times in the last 30 years. Among the top list of names, Norm Lewis stands out for being the first African-American actor to perform the coveted role.
Coming close to the Phantom of the Opera, Chicago is the second longest-running Broadway show that was opened in 1975. After a break in 1977, it was revived and back on the main stage in 1996. Till this day, Chicago has been played in 24 countries, 12 languages with over 8,000 performances. It is based on a real-life Windy City murder case that took place in the year 1924.
4. Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Being a product of hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, Hair was the first-ever nude Broadway production. It ran for 1750 performances with a revival in 2009. Apart from receiving strong reviews, it also received a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for the Best Revival of a Musical. A few songs from the production were also in the Top 10 hits of the period.
Over the course of years in musical theatre, a number of productions have entered the scene to create something different and unique. While few among them carve their imagination into scripts, others rely on stories from books or other such aspects. The latter requires a detailed approach as these stories hold a special place in the hearts of people. So despite all that, in order to come out as a significant hit, one needs to bring their A-game to the matter. In recent times, one such musical was able to achieve that, and it goes by the name of Narnia.
1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Narnia is based on the 1950 tale by C.S Lewis, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Bringing it into theatre required a two and a half-hour show that displays the magical and creative world of Narnia. The original production in London was able to inform people about the same through the adaptation of skill and talent. The different artists who it showcased crafted a name for themselves by embroidering characters from the magical land. Due to their intense and convincing performance, children will find the play to be a great watch.
2. The English Flavour
One of the main backbones of the show was the original English flavour that it brought into attention. The combination of a string of instruments and dialogues followed a pattern that lies deep within top-class musical productions. Apart from that, the range of styles that it showcased was another aspect that convinced people that the flavour of the original is not lost and will never be lost. Be it the children or senior artists; they were able to perform like the story was being told for the very first time. As a result, you can sit throughout the show in order to get transported into a distant land.
3. Intense Moments
Depicting a magical land is quite easy on screen but not on stage. One will have to remember the time and duration of each scene in order to bring in props and move it out effectively. But when you have experienced personnel on stage, things will be a piece of cake. The different moments that it brought together were intense and moved ahead at the right pace. As things unfold, the audience is further exposed to the extent of the magic as they sit to catch more.
Every single individual involved in the production of Narnia needs to be credited for all their efforts. Without their presence, things couldn’t have materialised, and our children would not have been exposed to the magical world of musical theatre through the tale of Narnia.
One of the most often questions I get asked is “Where is a good place to eat after the show?” With approximately 24,000 restaurants in Manhattan (I just googled it), and at least 34 restaurants on the same block as our very own St. Luke’s Theatre, it can be a bewildering task to pick a place that will make everyone in your bunch happy.
My little brood has lived within a few blocks of St. Luke’s Theatre for almost 2 years now, and like most New Yorkers, I have fallen in love with our neighborhood. So the places I’m going to recommend to you are the spots we return to time and again – the ones that won’t break your bank (this is not fancy date night, folks) the ones my kids ask for over and over, the ones that make me consider placing a Seamless order right now. All are within a 5-10 minute walk of the theatre.
366 W. 46th St. b/t 8th Ave & 9th Ave
If you live in the NYC area, then you are probably familiar with this local chain. The woodsy, whimsical interior and the screens tuned to The Cartoon Network lets you know immediately that children are welcome. Their mix of organic grown up and kid-friendly fare makes this a winner for our family every time. I have loved every customized burger from bison to black bean I’ve devoured there, and most recently I’ve been on a Falafelwraptor kick. Also for the grown ups: I highly recommend the Sriracha Blue Cheese Crispy Brussels…and now I can’t stop thinking about them. The kid’s menu is uncomplicated- burgers, grilled cheese, hot dogs, and they all come with a side of fries, apples and a drink. For serious comfort food that you don’t have to feel too guilty about (it’s organic!)
2. Uncle Mario’s Brick Oven Pizza
739 9th Ave b/t 49th St & 50th St
My 2 boys call it “Uncle Super Mario’s.” You won’t find Mario or Luigi here, but you will find one extremely welcoming server that treats you like you are her long lost Italian relative (“Ciao, Bella!”) and a dazzling variety of delicious pies sold by the slice, including mac and cheese, pulled pork, and of course the classic Grandma’s. There’s a full menu with entrees and salads, but honestly, we just come here for the pizza. There are plenty of tables and a very chill, friendly atmosphere. We always feel welcome, and we always leave happy.
3. Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns and Ramen
811 8th Avenue b/t 48th St & 49th St
610 8th Avenue b/t 39th St & 40th St
This is a fairly new one for us, recommended by our foodie neighbors. In fact, it’s where they took their family and friends after seeing the show! You and your kids will love the pork soup buns, the dumplings, the scallion pancakes. If your afternoon plans have you headed north on 8th avenue, you can go to the location at 811 8th Ave (just 2 blocks from the theatre), and if you’re headed south, stop by the one at 610 8th Ave. (This one has more seating.)
4. Westway Diner
614 9th Ave b/t 43rd St & 44th St
A family-owned diner that’s been around for almost 30 years, Westway Diner is a neighborhood institution. Classic diner fare with a New York vibe – you’ll find a great mix of people here, from tourists to locals. The menu is endless and the service is friendly. I love their omelettes, the Challah French Toast, and pretty much all the Greek specialties. But you get whatever you want – seriously.
5. Sticky’s Finger Joint
598 9th Avenue b/t 42nd St & 43rd St
Ok, friends, wrap your mind around this: this place has 19 different kinds of sauces in which to dip your fried (or grilled) chicken and fries. Sauces like Buffalo Balsamic Maple, Green Tea Ceasar, and…S’more Sauce (chocolate doesn’t ask questions). They’ve also got salads, wraps, pickles, slaw, and ridiculous fries. I can’t write much more about this because it makes me a little sad when I realize I will probably never try every item/flavor combination on their menu. Your kids will probably want classic chicken and fries, but you can make your gourmet fried chicken (Buttermilk Baby Ranch! Vampire Aoli! whaaaat?!) and Truffle Parm French Fry fantasies come true.