Jan 12 2015

Express Yourself with Plays and Musicals


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I tried to find my box of playbills, several of which are autographed, to make this post more interesting. Unfortunately, that box seems to gone into the stack of “things I will not need prior to moving,” and thus will not be seen again for a few months.

Looking back, I was quite the patron of the stage fifteen to twenty years ago. I saw Sarah Jessica Parker in “Once Upon a Mattress.” I was at an off-broadway version of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” I’ve seen live performances of “RENT,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Dames at Sea,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “West Side Story,” “The King and I,” “Hairspray,” “Death of a Salesman,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” (Honestly, I know there were more, I just cannot recall the others right now.)

Oddly, I’ve also seen “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” performed live while the movie version ran in the background. And yes, there was audience participation. And also yes, I brought toilet paper. (If you haven’t been to RHPS, do not ask. Just go as soon as you are old enough to get in.)


  1. Gosh, since you asked I can’t think of one musical. I’ve seen tons of musicals too. Okay, West Side Story, Oliver, Mary Poppins. No resolutions for me. But I do have some goals I want to accomplish. *fingers crossed* Writerly tip? “Don’t tell me the moon is shining. Show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekhov Showing/telling advice you just cannot ignore. And a few days ago Ralph Fletcher tweeted this: Revision is important but don’t over-mix the batter. Be careful you don’t revise the life out of what you’re writing. SO TRUE.
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    1. Looks like you’ve covered the entire month of the Express Yourself hop in one comment here! LOL. Good job. That’s some cool advice you have left here.

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