Broadway Global shares Carlie Jones front row Birthday Broadway reviews, right down to the spit and all. You can’t get any closer to Broadway than this, unless your starring in the show itself. Carlie is a long time fellow performer colleague from Springville Utah. We share Carlie Jones’ Broadway insight as an avid national theatregoer from Salt Lake City UT, whose credits include Sundance Film Festival and Salt Lake City Comic Con and years in the biz. It’s always good to hear respected arts lovers reviews, not just those critics that see shows every day. They don’t always realize just how many Broadway plays and musicals inspire our global society. Carlie shares her reviews for two of Broadway Global’s favorite shows. Her first is the top 2013 Tony Award winning musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and her second top pick is a play, not just any old play but, It’s Only A Play.
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Our seats were located front row in the beautiful Walter Kerr Theatre. As we sat front and center, first row and my favorite place to sit I find it very funny when I hear complaints of others patrons. Yes, on how they don’t want to sit there. I am confused as most people who go to theatre know their A,B, C’s.. . I’ll share more on why I love front row seats later.
The 2014 Tony winner for Best Musical was clearly given the award for a good reason. It was a laugh out loud great show. Directed with impeccable detail by Darko Tresnjak, it tells the hilarious story of Monty Navarro, played by the talented Drama Desk winner Bryce Pinkham. He finds out he is the long lost heir to the D’Ysquith fortune, but 8 times removed….. That’s where the Murder comes into play. That’s also where all the laughing and face soreness comes in. Jefferson Mays plays 8, yes 8! D’Ysquith family members. His quick changes are more than amazing. I swear he has super powers!
From my front row vantage point I can see all the work that goes into this magical production, the sweat, the heavy breathing, the actual singing voices, and yes even the the spit. As a singer for many years, I can say this. We all do it, just not always lit to perfection by Broadway stage lighting. Did I get spit on? Sure, but I loved every minute of it! Lisa O’Hare, Lauren Worsham, and Jane Carr fill out the rest of the main cast, with equal robust. I see this musical being a staple on Broadway for quite some time. Why, because I still have a smile on my face, and a sore jaw from laughing. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is worth every minute! Get a front row seat now. Tickets available online: www.agentlemansguidebroadway.com or 212-239-6200, 800-432-7250.” Carlie Jones.
“It’s Only A Play. Don’t let the name deceive you. This is anything but just a play! Written by four time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally and directed by three time Tony winner Jack O’Brien, this is something not to be missed. And don’t delay, you only have until January to see it. We were a little disappointed to find out that Stockard Channing was out because of a knee injury for our performance. Isabel Keating was taking her place.
The play opens on a opening night party for a “play” with everyone anxiously awaiting the reviews. A young man yearning to be an “actor”, is working tonight as the coat check boy. (Micah Stock) It’s opening night for Peter Austin’s new play, will it be a hit or a miss? (Matthew Broderick) Others are there with Peter to share in this hilarious waiting game, his new producer (Megan Mullally), his old friend who turned down the his show, and now works in television, (Nathan Lane), his new-age director, who can’t seem to do anything wrong (Rupert Grint), the foul mouthed, drugged up leading lady (Isabel Keating), and the nasty theatre critic, (F. Murray Abraham) no one cares for.
You will feel as you were there with them. Even if you don’t see a lot of theatre you may understand a little of what it must be like to wait to hear the news, good or bad, about something you pour your whole heart into to have someone else judge it knowing this could make or break it. The cast is stellar. The ride is up, down, loopy, and you want to do it again when it’s all over! Playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Tickets available online: www.itsonlyaplay.com or 212-239-6200 or 800-447-7400.
My soapbox about the front row. I love to sit there because I can see the faces of the actors, their emotions, the little tics, the sweat, the orchestra. Sometimes the crew who work so hard behind the scenes. When they come right to the edge of the stage, and if its a musical, I can actually hear their voices! Yes, I do have to look up sometimes. But, I’m happy to do it! And a little spit never hurt anyone! And if they look down at me, I’m the lady with the big cheesy grin on my face! Stepping down now. Enjoy your trip to the theatre!” Carlie Jones.
Broadway Global thanks Carlie Jones (Sundance Film Festival and Salt Lake City Comic Con). As our long time friend, who performed together for many years, we know the hard work that goes into producing Broadway shows, that will someday work their way into your regional, community, or local school productions. Carlie’s passion for Broadway was shared through her recent Birthday visit. We hope to share more of her theatre reviews in the near future. Share this article on your favorite social media pages with comments. USA Theatre Chat with the help of over 30 City/State Theatre Chat groups goals are to “keep Artists employed and Patrons informed. Your shared link with comments may fill that front seat at the theatre and even be spotlighted in a Broadway Global exclusive.