Are you a fan of seeing live shows in the theater? I am! I got hooked in the 90s, when Broadway was having a real boom. I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera a bunch of times, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, Cats and so many more. Back then, my parents would take us quite often. We’d drive into NYC, and rain or shine, heat or freezing, we’d stand in line at TKTS. And this was the old one–when it was just a little shack. Today it’s a bit more sophisticated and I think the line moves quicker!
Now, you don’t have to go to NYC to see these popular shows. They are coming right here to Philadelphia and will be at the Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music and the Merriam. War Horse will be in town at the Academy of Music from November 20 to December 2. The show itself is getting great reviews and it won 5 Tony Awards!
Here is the synopsis of the story:
Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” WAR HORSE is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. In a tale the New York Daily News calls “spellbinding, by turns epic and intimate,” Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and songs and told with the some of the most innovative stagecraft of our time.
Tickets for War Horse start at just $25! This is an amazing opportunity for your family to see a Broadway-caliber show, right here in Philadelphia. I have gone to the “traveling, non-Broadway” versions of both Phantom and Les Mis, and they are equal to what you see in NYC, really! In fact, at those shows, I had much better seats than what we had for Miss Saigon.
Make sure you subscribe to the Kimmel Center’s email so that you are alerted to all the shows. Some upcoming shows include Les Mis (can never see that too many times!), Catch Me If You Can and many great others. I am so excited to see that list, it’s going to be hard to limit myself to just a few shows.
Here is a video montage from War Horse: