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posted: 6/25/2003 at 5:47:04 PM ET
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What is the first show you remember seeing?

Mine was Peter Pan. Sandy Duncan was starring in a production of Peter Pan,and the tour came to New Orleans's Saegner Theater. I was four years old. My mom held a garage sale so that she could buy front row tickets so that when Peter flew out during "I'm Flying",he would fly over our heads. She made the Ticketmaster person promise that it would happen,and I definitely remember it.

Tulane University has a Summer Lyric Theater program at the Dixon Hall theater. They do three musicals every summer (this season is Pirates of Penzance,Guys and Dolls,and Gypsy. I'm going to Guys and Dolls,but that's the only one I'll be able to see). When I was younger,TSL did the traditional musicals-I remember No,No,Nanette,West Side Story,etc. Later,when I was in seventh grade,they started doing more modern musicals like Follies. Mom and the grandparents didn't quite care for it,and I didn't exactly understand it either. It's still not one of my favorites (the score is wonderful,but the book suffers,IMO).

Before the show started,my mom would take my sister and I to look at the musicians warming up in the orchestra pit. Dixon is a lovely old theater-quite small-but it looks and *smells* like an old,worn, and established theater. We would dress up and get pastries after the show. I saw Gypsy for the first time in sixth grade and thought it marvelous. The best season they did was when they did Cabaret,A Chorus Line,and Camelot. Just fantastic.

What are your theater memories? The first show you saw or the first show you really loved?


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posted: 6/25/2003 at 9:56:55 PM ET
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Mine was "The Wizard of Oz" at Radio City Music Hall. I guess it was around 1988 or so.

I remember we had Center Orchestra seats (like 8th row or something)...which explains my fixation for Orchestra seats today

and I remember the house literally twirling around above my head. I wasn't sure if I should be concerned that it might fall on my head. I just kept looking up in amazement (I was like 6 or 7 years old).

Not long after that I saw Cats (which was my first real Broadway Show), and I just fell in love with Broadway.


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posted: 6/26/2003 at 11:38:41 AM ET
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The first show that I ever saw on Broadway was Les Miz.

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That he alone can name..."

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posted: 7/6/2003 at 2:11:41 AM ET
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You want to know what's sad? My first Broadway show was "Into the Woods" on video lol!When I was 14, and I still haven't seen a live broadway show...

I'm just a Broadway Baby learnin how to sing and dance....**Hollie**

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posted: 7/6/2003 at 9:59:30 AM ET
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My first live off-Broadway show was "Grease", the first show I saw ON Broadway was "Annie Get Your Gun" (with Reba McEntire).

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posted: 7/6/2003 at 1:13:16 PM ET
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AAHHH MINE WAS PETER PAN AT THE SAENGER TOO!! that was the first live show i saw....well no i take that dad is a choreographer in n.o. so some of his shows i am sure i saw before that...but i saw peter pan and into the woods on tape since i was like 9 months old....ARGH NEVER MIND I GIVE UP

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posted: 7/6/2003 at 6:54:43 PM ET
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My mom works for a children's theatre company so i'm guessing the first show I saw was probably Frog and Toad. My first musical was Annie at the Fisher in Detroit. And OMG last summer I saw Into the Woods on Broadway!!!!! it was brilliant! And last weekend I saw Gypsy with Bernadette! !!!!


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New Jersey
posted: 7/7/2003 at 5:18:11 PM ET
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The first "show" I saw in New York was the Radio City Christmas show, probably in like 1993. My first Broadway show was Beauty and the Beast, probably in like 1997, and my first Bernadette show was Annie Get Your Gun in 2000.


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posted: 7/7/2003 at 7:32:40 PM ET
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I think the first Broadway show I saw was Phantom of the Opera, which was SUCH a snore for a 6 year old child! I was literally begging my parents to go home! I feel bad about it now!

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posted: 7/8/2003 at 4:07:39 PM ET
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The first show I saw was "Sugar" with Robert Morse, Tony Roberts, Elaine Joyce, and Cyril Richard (who by the bye was the original Captain Hook). It was based on the movie "Some Like It Hot" and was very good. I was 13 and for many years after, all I wanted to do was be a gypsy on Broadway. Too bad I was a quadruple threat: Can't sing, can't act, can't dance, and, oh yeah, can't stop eating ice cream! ha, ha lol

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posted: 7/14/2003 at 11:44:11 PM ET
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Aww Mabel, don't be so hard on yourself. Coincidentally I will be playing Miss Mabel Normand herself next summer. Come see me!

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posted: 7/26/2003 at 1:53:10 AM ET
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well, i grew up going to the childrens theatre in minneapolis but my first major show was music of the night in canada. it was nice being able to see a show from the audience point of view and my 1st broadway show was smokey joes cafe and it seems like that was forever ago and i made up for lost time when i was in nyc and saw mille, urinetown, gypsy and the tonys

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