*picture from www.5thavenue.org
It was AH. MAZE. ING. Easily one of my top three shows to date. And I've seen A LOT of musical theater. (I'm a music teacher, what can I say?) What sold it for me were the outstanding vocals, especially the lead male (in the pic above.) He had this gorgeous bass voice that filled the whole theater. I could listen to it all day. The other factor was the non-stop energy and athletic dancing. I was so scared for the Challenge Dance scene. I was sure someone was going to die or go cartwheeling right off the stage! They threw people, flipped and threw women upside down and backwards, and did tumbling passes like they were at the Olympics. At one point there was fake snow on stage and I was sure someone was going to slip and kill themselves. It was so exciting! By the way, no casualties last night.
This doesn't even begin to do the dancing justice. Just a quick example. Oh, and they do take off their shirts like this. Often.
The 5th offers this great deal where you can take your ticket stubs and come again to the show and get seats for only $20. I made my mom give me her stub the minute we stopped applauding. I'm going to drag someone take a friend with me and see it again. I can't wait to go back! If you're in the area, I highly recommend this production. Go see it!
*picture from www.nytimes.com