“ Neil Simon Theatre / 250 W. 52nd Street / New York / New York / USA „
I was in New York and having seen lots of shows in London theatre land I really wanted to see on on Broadway too. As I've seen many shows in London the shows available to see in NY were limited, we narrowed it down to Hairspray or Wicked. I wanted to see Wicked in London - not sure why, I just did. I had no idea what Hairspray was like as hadn't seen the film so it was quite good as no real expectations. I didn't even know the story line so was going in blind so to speak. We managed to get cheaper tickets for the show from the tkts booth just off Times Square - I can't remember the price of them but it was reasonable. The show kicked off with a great catchy song - Good Morning Baltimore which I loved and still sing to this day! The lead was played by an American, which they all loved but I had no clue who he was! I suspect he was similar in celebrity status to Michael Ball in the London version. He played the character really well. As this is one of the main people within the show the actor needed to be strong and play it with realism. I think this is especially hard as it's a male playing the role of a female. The actor playing this role was very strong making the character realistic, the use of comedy was done well, so as not to impede on the actual story. We did get given a free programme for the show (apparently something that's standard in American theatre). Although not as glossy as the UK versions, in fact it's more of a paper leaflet this was useful to know what act's were coming up next and to know when the interval was. The story line, I won't go into detail on as I don't want to spoil it. I do however think that it's a story line similar to some modern day films such as 'save the last dance' etc. Many of the underlying themes are ones that could be used for years to come. As many of these could be linked to society I think the film would suit any age and so suitable for a family. Although you may just want to check out the use of some of the less polite language if you're taking younger children. The dancing is captivating, I always love how they make you want to be a dancer. The songs, like many musicals, are very catching and have you singing the lines (even if you don't know them all!). I have since seen the film of this and think that they both are great and so would definitely go and see the musical again!