Sunday, June 08, 2008

just a Broadway baby

The Tony Awards are a week from tonight. I thought they had already passed until I saw a listing for them in the "What to Watch" column in Entertainment Weekly.

In my entire life I've only seen two shows on Broadway and one of them shouldn't count. My high school prom date and I went to see a legitimate play called "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" It wasn't very funny and there was no sign of Colin Mochrie or Ryan Stiles. My first Broadway experience came when my parents gave me a pair of tickets to "Beatlemania" for my birthday. I had asked for the tickets because of the constant commercials on New York television. It's more of a concert than a play. Worse yet, I bought the original cast album.

At a recent family reunion, I met a precocious relative who has already seen about twenty-five shows on Broadway. He reads and and The New York Times for theater reviews. Oh yeah, he's only eleven years old. Nothing I could write here would do him justice. Instead please enjoy a nine minute podcast interview with him. Like me, you can listen to him in slack-jawed amazement.

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Anonymous J said...

Conor is great! I love his passion for the fine art of theater.
Some day we'll be able to say, "We knew him when..."
You know he would be a good replacement for Roger Ebert.


Blogger bean said...

as always, i enjoyed the podcast, frank, but i feel so bad for your relative.

not because he has to see all those plays, but that he already is saddled with that awful new york accent! sorry, i mean "new yawk."

Blogger bean said...

p.s. oh, and we saw "young frankenstein!" it played here as a warm up for its broadway run. we thought it was terrific. very funny.


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