I don’t get to Broadway shows as often as I’d like, but every now and then I’m lucky and snag a decently-priced ticket through TKTS Which is how I was able to see the two shows I’d like to recommend.
An American in Paris is absolutely delightful, especially if you like dance. And this production is all about the dance, for which it won a Tony. Set in post WWII Paris, with terrific stage sets (that also won a Tony), the story follows three men who have fallen in love with the same woman. “S’wonderful” to hear that Gershwin tune and other standards such as “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “The Man I Love” performed in their original context. If you’re looking for an evening (or matinee) of pure entertainment, you can’t go wrong with this production.
A few months back, I saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time . Based on a novel by Mark Haddon, it is the story of Christopher, a highly-intelligent 15-year old boy who has serious difficulties navigating the wider world. The play follows his travails when runs away from home after he is suspected of murdering his neighbor’s dog. In addition to having a compelling story line, this play had one of the most imaginative sets I’ve ever seen. I’m not surprised that this production won 5 Tonys, including Best Play.