Well, I have never given a critique about a musical before...so here goes for the first time. The musical takes place on Long Island in the 60's.It follows the lives of kids from prom king and queen to after the Viet Nam war. The stage was very different, in that the band is up above the stage in the rear. The music went on through the whole performance. It never stopped. The dancers (a modern ballet troupe) acted out the songs down below. It wasn't your typical ballet...very cleverly done. The set had everything from one scene bringing a convertible out on stage to a mountain in Viet Nam. The war was described by using strobe lights. The high school friends reunite in the end....they had found their way home.
I can't say enough about the band....I could hardly take my eyes off the band, even with all the dancing and acting going on below. The "piano man" was phenomenal...Billy's music took us through the 60's..."It's Still Rock and Roll to Me, For the Longest Time, We Didn't Start the Fire,Innocent Man, Goodnight Saigon, Keeping the Faith, Only the Good Die Young,I've Loved These Days" and on and on. Thirty two songs in all.
The crowd was wild during some of these songs...I forgot..."Uptpwn girl" How could I forget that one? Standing ovations and whoops and whistles from the crowd. We left the theater in such a happy mood.
Well, the music continues...this morning just before I got up, my hubbie was rifling through a box of his treasures. He went into the living room and surprised me by playing "Billy Joel's All Time Favorites." It is still playing. We love music...both of us and it plays a lot of the time here. Music really feeds the soul.
Our next show is going to be River Dance. We've seen it before, but this is a different production and we both love this show. Tickets, for a couple of extended shows, go on sale for Mama Mia at 11 this morning...hmmmmm.