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Broadway on Netflix

By August 20, 2011

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I have been trying to feed my online Netflix cravings before the price goes up and I drop the service. (Actually, it's not just because of the price increase -- those unlimited movies are very distracting when I am supposed to be working!) Today, instead of working, I watched three different Broadway musicals:

Passing Strange: Eclectic, trippy rock by a genius named Stew and his equally talented partner Heidi Rodewald. Some would say it's more concert than musical, but I love this show and the story it tells. Not to mention, I can't get the hypnotic songs "Arlington Hill" and "Keys" out of my mind!

Victor / Victoria: A gender-bending comedy based upon Blake Edward's 80s hit with tunes by none other than Henry Mancini and starring the legendary Julie Andrews. This show arrived on Broadway in the mid-90s, and although its not as sharp as the film version its still nice to see a class-act like Andrews performing live.

Memphis: Just by watching the first ten minutes of this pumped-up, high-energy musical, you'll understand why I placed it on my list of Top Ten musicals of the decade. An awesome combination of humor, heart, and hope -- all set at the beginnings of Rock n' Roll and Civil Rights.

Each production is filmed live in, complete with audience laughter, applause, and standing ovations. No, it's not as good as being in the theatre, but its better than not seeing these shows at all!


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