Musicals Thread (Going on Tour)

Welcome! The purpose of this thread is to talk about all things related to the wonderful world of musical theatre. Each week (or so) I will post a thread with a topic/question for everyone to respond to. This is also a great place to mention any new musicals you’ve discovered and/or general recommendations for other musical fans. Heard/seen any good shows lately? Have any theatre news to share? Tell us about it!

In a past life (a few years ago) I lived in places where touring productions often came into town. Living in these areas was pretty great because it made it possible to see shows that I wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise. Currently I live kind of in the middle of nothing, and so now it’s become rather difficult to see any touring productions. This week, I’d like to discuss your experience with touring productions: Have you seen any great performances? Any not so great ones? Does your city bring in a lot of shows? What shows would you most like to see tour?

The most memorable show that I’ve seen on tour was Spring Awakening. I’ve talked about this show before (if you’re interested), and so I’ll keep this short. It was memorable for two reasons. This was the first musical that I really became obsessed with. By obsessed I mean that I would watch YouTube videos for hours to just see short performances of the Broadway cast. Needless to say, I was very excited when I saw that it was touring. I purchased tickets (the first musical that I ever bought my own tickets to) for myself and my 12-year-old cousin. I had managed to get him into musicals recently, and he was also a big fan of the show. This leads me to the second most memorable part of seeing this show. Because I had never seen it, I had no idea that there was nudity. And that’s how I brought my 12 year-old-cousin to see his first topless woman. It was awkward, but he was mature about it, and the show was amazing. A good memory all around!

So, what about you? Tell us about your experience with touring productions: Have you seen any great performances? Any not so great ones? Does your city bring in a lot of shows? What shows would you most like to see tour?