Academy Diaries – Part III: Trying to be a person…

Taking this course has been one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of my whole life. I’ve decided to write about my Acting class in a single blog because it has been the integral part of the course. There are many reasons for this and I’ll do my best to articulate this experience so…

Review: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Ticket Type: Orchestra Viewing Angle:  Front Row, far stage right. Price: $35 Rush tickets Location: Walter Kerr Theatre A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Original Musical and it is totally deserving of this honour. Gentleman’s Guide is the story about Monty Navarro (Bryce Pinkham) who finds out he is a descendant…

Review: Chicago

Ticket Type: Standing, upgraded to Orchestra Viewing Angle:  7th Row Centre Price: $25 Standing Tickets Location: Ambassador Theatre One would think that the longest running show on Broadway would be so entertaining that it would be essential to see during a trip to the big white way. Unfortunately for Chicago “longest running” just means you get a stale cast…

Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Ticket Type: Standing Viewing Angle:  Orchestra Centre Price: $30 Location: Belasco Theatre Thanks to Neil Patrick Harris’ billing and announcement of his leaving the show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch had been sold out since I arrived to New York. So, to get tickets to this show I had to sit on the sidewalk for 8 hours in the…

Review: Heathers – The Musical

Ticket Type: Orchestra  Viewing Angle:  3rd Row from the back – full view. Price: $45 from Tkts Location: New World Stages Heathers The Musical is an off-Broadway production of the popular 1988 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater of the same name. It actually takes the dark teen comedy and improves it by adding much more character development (first…

Review: Rock of Ages

Ticket Type: Orchestra  Viewing Angle:  Front Row and Centre.  Price: $30 from Student Rush Location: The Helen Hayes Theatre Do you like 80s Rock? Do you have a sense of humour? Do you like ambiguous degrees of nudity? Then Rock of Ages is for you. It uses a basic love story and 80s hits from Whitesnake, Journey and others…

Academy Diaries – Part II: It’s All Class…

So a few weeks in and I had made friends with most of the class and we were all in a routine and had a sense of each person’s strengths and weaknesses. I also had a pretty good feel for each class and totally see the benefit. It didn’t take long to become consumed by…

Review: Cinderella

Ticket Type: Orchestra Viewing Angle:  Full View of the Stage. Price: $60 from Tkts Location: The Broadway Theatre Cinderella is a fresh take on Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic musical with no expense spared on set or costume. This is by far the most elaborate show I have seen here and a refresh of the book has made…

Review: Violet

Ticket Type: Box Seat Viewing Angle: Restricted view of Stage Left, Missed a few moments of dialogue, but not enough to spoil the show. Price: $40 – Student Rush Location: American Airlines Theatre The best way to describe Violet is that it’s a one-act musical starring Sutton Foster, as Violet who travels across America in order to see an evangelical…

Academy Diaries – Part I: Breathe

Five weeks ago I walked through the doors of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts not really knowing what to expect and unbeknown to be the life-enriching experience I was going to have and the amazing people I would meet.