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Sometimes the best decisions are made in a moment. This afternoon, I wandered around the Theater District, in the snow, searching for rush tickets.
Rush Tickets: In the theater world, rush tickets are discounted tickets made available the day of the performance, only from the box office. Not every show offers this, so be sure to check online ahead of time.
After a laborious search through the New York City snowstorm, I finally arrived at Studio 54. My goal – to see if there any seats remained for tonight’s Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Kiss Me, Kate.
Kiss Me, Kate was the winner for the evening.
Samuel and Bella Spewack wrote the book. Cole Porter composed the music and lyrics, the famed composer behind another classic musical, Anything Goes. It originally premiered on Broadway in 1948, and has been revived twice before this production. This show is a loose retelling of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare, with a whole slew of show-within-a-show hijinks.
This was my first time seeing a show at Studio 54, and the theater’s history hits you immediately with gorgeous chandeliers in the lobby. Now owned by the Roundabout Theatre Company, the space was once a CBS studio. Golden Age television shows, like Password and Captain Kangaroo, filmed here. Later, it transformed into a famous nightclub, where celebrities came to disco the night away in the late 1970’s.
My favorite number of the evening was the performance of “Too Darn Hot.” It’s always a joy listening to a Broadway pit, but watching a professional musician play on stage opposite the Fantastical dance number was really something else. The clarinetist volleyed focus with the dancers.
If you love stellar dancing or classic Broadway musicals, take an opportunity to see the show. Maybe try to brush up your Shakespeare before you go too, you might need it!
What are your favorite Broadway shows?