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Jayar
05-12-2010, 05:05 PM
Ajax,

Let me know what kind of shows you typically enjoy so that I can give you a recommendation based on that. There are just too many good shows out there to choose from, that it would be best to help you along a bit if I knew what you liked.

zaphyre14
05-12-2010, 07:00 PM
"Billy Elliot" was excellent a month or so ago, but it's not a comedy as such, although it has funny parts. Same with "Hair" - the second half is not light entertainment. "The Lion King" is superb but not comedy either; it's one musical I didn't mind paying full price for the tickets.

Of the list above, "Hairspray" probably meets the requirements best, at least of the ones I'm familiar with. I haven't seen "Avenue Q" and my friends who have are split - some thinks it's hilarious; others were definitely not amused and one refereed to it as "Muppet porn." *shrug*

Theatregirl1122
05-12-2010, 07:47 PM
Of the list above, "Hairspray" probably meets the requirements best, at least of the ones I'm familiar with.

Pretty sure that Hairspray closed on Broadway in January of 2009.

AragornElessar
05-12-2010, 08:31 PM
I LOVED Wicked when I saw the Touring show in Toronto a few years ago and will be trying to see it again in Toronto when it comes back later this Fall. Highly reccomend it and I loved how it turned the story we all know from The Wizard of Oz on it's ear. Even brought in some things from the original WoO books, like the slipper issue. Loved, loved, loved it!!!

I tried to see Jersey Boys when down for CSOI a couple of weeks ago and it was completely sold out. Pity, since it sounds like it's coming to an end of the Toronto run. I haven't heard anything about a hold over, so... :(

caseyedwards
05-12-2010, 08:45 PM
Addams Family would definitely be a PG comedy if it were a movie. I don't think PG-13. Nathan Lane tries to be funnier than the script for sure.

Ajax
05-12-2010, 08:49 PM
Ajax,

Let me know what kind of shows you typically enjoy so that I can give you a recommendation based on that. There are just too many good shows out there to choose from, that it would be best to help you along a bit if I knew what you liked.

Anything funny and non-kiddie (so no Mary Poppins or Lion King), musicals are OK as long as it's not all songs. My absolute favorite show that I've seen so far is Spamalot.

Has anyone seen 39 Steps? Somebody recommended that to me elsewhere but nobody seems to know it much.

Thanks for the recs so far everyone. Looks like Jersey Boys and Wicked are the most recced ones so I'll look into those. Keep them coming!

Jayar
05-12-2010, 08:56 PM
Currently selling tickets on Broadway and grouped by my ratings:

MUST SEE:
Billy Elliot: Dramatic
Hair: Amazing score, great performances
In the Heights: Changes the way musicals are seen
Jersey Boys: A great jukebox musical
La Cage aux Folles: So much fun
Lion King: The opening gives you chills
Mamma Mia!: Giggles the whole way through
Memphis: GORGEOUS! My pick for Best Musical this season
Next to Normal: AMAZING story and unusual but great score
Promises, Promises: Fun!
Sondheim on Sondheim: Great performances
South Pacific: A classic
West Side Story: Another classic
Wicked: The 'Musical du' jour'

Good if you like that sort of thing:
American Idiot: Great reviews
Fela!: African inspired musical... not a typical show. Not for everyone.
Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert Concert
A Little Night Music: Can be dull, but worth it to see Angela Landsbury
Rock of Ages: Take it or leave it
Come Fly Away: Typical Twila Tharp

Not good based on friends' reviews:
Addams Family: I have heard that it is a trainwreck.

It will be around a while, so see it later:
Chicago: Musical
Mary Poppins: Musical
Phantom of the Opera: Musical

No Clue:
Million Dollar Quartet: Musical*

Theatregirl1122
05-12-2010, 09:02 PM
MUST SEE:
La Cage aux Folles: So much fun

So this run of La Cage is good? I haven't heard from anyone who has seen it this time around, but I really want to see it.



Not good based on friends' reviews:
Addams Family: I have heard that it is a trainwreck.

Yeah, that is pretty much what I've heard.

Wyliefan
05-12-2010, 09:57 PM
Anything funny and non-kiddie (so no Mary Poppins or Lion King), musicals are OK as long as it's not all songs. My absolute favorite show that I've seen so far is Spamalot.

Has anyone seen 39 Steps? Somebody recommended that to me elsewhere but nobody seems to know it much.

Wanted to, but didn't get to. I did hear that it was hilarious.

I agree that Next to Normal is really good, but I couldn't call it funny. It has funny moments, but it's more of a musical drama.

fsfann
05-13-2010, 03:02 AM
I saw Wicked a month ago and was absolutely blown away by it. If you're there, spend the $$ and buy a ticket and see it. Amazing show, great actors with fantastic voices...just an all around amazing production.

If you want funny (and very off colour, not politically correct) - go to Avenue Q... You can even buy booze during the show and it's served to you.... ;-) Yes, it's *that* kind of a show!!

Rock2
05-13-2010, 03:54 AM
Folks, this is awesome. Thanks for all the posts. Not sure what to do now. I'm going to NYC in two weekends (Canada long weekend). Dumb question. What's the best way to buy tickets? I'd like to know options to pre-buy online (what sites?) and if it makes sense to find last minute tickets for some shows and if so how do you get those kinda rush seats.

Thanks, all!!

ebayj
05-13-2010, 04:15 AM
Ajax - I was just in New York City last week, and the word from my people there was Million Dollar Quartet was pretty brilliant. But I believe it is all musical/little dialogue.

More here:

http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com/

But if that era is not your cup of tea, default to Wicked if you have never seen it. It is truly brilliant.

Rock2 - TKTS is your friend.

http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56

Other than that, go directly to the box office of the theatre - as no extortionist TicketMaster fees/add ons that way.

Beyond that, everything Jayar said.

zaphyre14
05-13-2010, 01:47 PM
TKTS in Times Square posts a list of what they have available for that day and night. It's good for some of the longer running shows (we saw Hair and Mamma Mia for half price) but the top shows like Wicked and Lion King (which is NOT just for kids!) aren't available there. You have to go to the box offices for those.

But for me that's part of the fun. We put together a list of stuff we'd like to see and then go see what we can get tickets for.

canadianskater
05-13-2010, 02:28 PM
Next to Normal: AMAZING story and unusual but great score

I second this. N2N is amazing, and Alice Ripley is PHENOMENAL in the role of Diana.

silverstars
05-13-2010, 03:17 PM
TKTS in Times Square posts a list of what they have available for that day and night. It's good for some of the longer running shows (we saw Hair and Mamma Mia for half price) but the top shows like Wicked and Lion King (which is NOT just for kids!) aren't available there. You have to go to the box offices for those.

Also, don't forget about the other TKTS locations in South Street Seaport and Brooklyn. They tend to be less crowded than Times Square.