I’ve been meaning to see Matilda on Broadway for ages, but I only got around to it a few weeks ago. It was a no-brainer that I’d see it eventually. I loved the book as a kid – what book-loving kid didn’t love Matilda and all her books, not to mention her telekinetic powers? But while I’d heard it was a fun, I didn’t have an urgent need to see it, and I figured it’d run long enough that I’d get around to it.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or have talked to me in real life, you know that I’ve been a tiny bit obsessed with a new musical called Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also stars in the show as Alexander Hamilton. The show’s premise? The life (and death) of founding father Alexander Hamilton, told through a variety of musical styles (from Broadway to hip-hop, with a whole lot of other influences and a ton of references), performed by a diverse cast.
If you live here in NYC, Hamilton has become ubiquitous — everyone is talking about it. The show ran at the Public Theater, off-Broadway, this winter into spring, and opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater this summer. I bought tickets to see the show at the Public way back in December, and in early March, just before seeing it, I bought tickets to see it on Broadway in August. All of us who have been following the show knew before we saw it that something special was happening here.
It’s official. I have the theater bug, and I’m not getting better anytime soon. The week I saw Hamilton, I saw FOUR SHOWS, three of them in four days. For a variety of reasons the tickets (besides Hamilton) were very reasonable, but still. Four shows.
I’ll get around to talking about all of them in due course, but first I have to tell you about a very special outing to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I’ve been hearing about Hedwig since it opened, and while it sounded interesting, it had never made it to the top of my list. But it’s a favorite of my Cabaret-loving friend, and when she suggested we try for the Hedwig lottery together on a Saturday night, I was all in.