So, when looking around the conference room during a recent marketing meeting, our resident blog expert rested her eyes on me and said “YOU should write a blog for Broadway Rocks!” Broadway Rocks, in case you are wondering, is the first POPS concert of the Houston Symphony’s 2010-2011 Season. It opens this Friday, September 3rd. The concert includes songs from what we are calling “the latest generation” of Broadway musicals. The NEW classics (pardon the oxymoron). Things like Wicked, Rent, Mamma Mia! and The Lion King. Of course, there are some golden oldies. How could you do a Broadway concert without a little Phantom of the Opera and the like?
Why did she suggest I write the blog about Broadway Rocks, you ask? Well, because I am the just the biggest musical theater geek in this entire organization. My conversations regularly are snippets of Broadway songs that are sung at whomever I’m addressing at the moment. My belief is that it is a lot more fun to sing and dance your way through your everyday life. It’s either that, or the fact that I did marketing for an organization that brought touring Broadway shows to local markets, and I worked there for many years.
One of the perks of my former job was that once a year, I was “required” to go to New York for a week and see as many shows as I could. I know…such torture! So, I’ve had the privilege to see many of the shows that are going to be featured in the upcoming Broadway Rocks concert. When we first talked about programming this concert, my true colors were seen probably for the first time. I was new at the time, and when this concert was mentioned, I started to grin and wiggle in my seat. I couldn’t wait to hear what shows we were going to feature. And I was NOT disappointed. And imagine my near accident inducing excitement when I learned that Julia Murney who WAS Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and on tour is going to be here to perform with the orchestra! It is going to be so amazing to have her and the other Broadway stars with us to perform this music.
So yeah, I’m a little geeked out by this upcoming concert, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I have been that girl that stands at the stage door after a show to get my program signed when the cast emerges, and that’s okay. Part of what I love about the Houston Symphony is that we have something for everyone to enjoy, whether it is a Beethoven, the Music of Led Zeppelin or even a little slice of heaven like Broadway Rocks. Of course that is my slice of heaven, but to each his own. If this is not up your alley, then I can guarantee we have something that you will enjoy. And please don’t judge me, “I Am What I Am!”
The first person to comment with the name of the Broadway show I just referenced will win a pair of tickets to Broadway Rocks!