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The Lion King

December 4, 2012

How can one discuss the culture of NYC’s Great White Way without including the all famous Lion King. I’ve seen this musical several times, in both live play on broadway and the digital version. The Lion King is one of those plays that brings together families. In the last post I discussed how there was a pop culture revival that essentially saved broadway after 9/11. However, this was one of the few plays that still brought a sell out crowd on a regular basis. Why? Family and family values I say. A night out on broadway is great for families, but many little children simply aren’t interested in such a thing. But that all changes when it comes to the Lion King, the highest grossing broadway musical of all time. Kids and people of all ages line up to see it, it has become a staple of the broadway culture and tradition. It’s plays and musicals like this that I would like to see more of, and there are a few (Mary Poppins), because they simply bring joy to families. The Lion King is a great way to introduce our youth into the fantastic culture that is Broadway.

Photo: NY Times


Pop Culture Revival

Rock of Ages!

December 4, 2012

Photo: travel zoo.com, not allowed to take pictures

Rock of Ages is a musical on broadway, but I don’t like to call it a musical. I would rather call it a concert or an interactive concert. Most broadway musicals focus on the plot of the play while this focuses more on the music. I say it is interactive because it breaks the fourth wall, so to speak, meaning that the performers on stage interact with the audience as if they were not on stage performing in a play. The plot of Rock of Ages involves a young musician trying to make it in the world, tasked with the challenge of saving the bar he works at from being closed down as a result of eminent domain. Rock of Ages really captures the culture of broadway with its extremely diverse crowd. There were all kinds of people in the crowd, and people of all ages too, not just of the age of that music.