Written by CEO & Founder, Toro Adeyemi
When the opportunity came to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway this past Friday, I immediately cleared my schedule. Why now versus any other of the 8 shows a week that the show runs? Carnegie Mellon University alumni, Rodney Earl Jackson Jr., would be taking the stage for one week, making his Broadway debut 3 months after graduating from the Purnell School of Drama in 2013.
I took my seat in the front row of the mezzanine – I generally prefer elevated seating on Broadway so that I get a better view of the choreography and scenic design. The pre-show buzz was energetic and contagious as everyone in the theater was ready to watch what the creators of South Park had produced for the theater.
Needless to the say, the show was phenomenal.
The music, the costume, the set, the dance, the direction, the characters, the plot, the content… Never a dull moment, all executed beautifully.
After the performance, we were able to go backstage through the stage door, at which point I recognized that this was a theater I had been to four years ago when the space hosted Spring Awakening. This was back when a friend and I would take the 5:30am train from Ossining to wait in line for $35 rush tickets (we did this on two separate occasions).
After enjoying a closer look at the set and props, we went backstage and took a peak at the dressing rooms before heading back out to the street.
After our tour and chatting outside for a little while, a young man walked outside who I recognized as the lead actor, Elder Price. As is natural and customary, I told him I enjoyed his performance and, as we began chatting briefly, he started to look more and more familiar up close. Having mentioned that I had not been back at this theater since Spring Awakening in 2009, it clicked—this was Matt Doyle, the actor who had substituted for Hunter Parrish the second time I had seen Spring Awakening on Broadway. It was nice to see that he had moved forward from stand-in to lead in a Tony award winning musical.
A reminder that the world of theater can be a small one!
If you can, grab some friends and/or family who will appreciate the outlandish obscenity and SEE THIS SHOW!
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