I have a confession: I love musical theatre. When I was a kid, my dad would take me to a show at least once a year. We saw Cats, The Secret Garden, Showboat, and several other shows. I was full-on obsessed with Phantom of the Opera and Les Mis for several years. I played the saxophone in band and went to music camp. In fact, I even joined the marching band in university and played in parades all through the Christmas season. Yes, I was that girl.
As an adult, though, music ceased to be a hobby any more. Without a band to play with, I rarely picked up my saxophone, and going to the theatre was too expensive to do regularly. I didn't even realize how much I missed it except in rare moments when I would hear a show tune and immediately break into chorus.
Recently, however, it seems I've re-discovered my inner music geek. In August, Gil surprised me with tickets to The Wizard of Oz as an early birthday present. There was even a real live dog playing Toto! Then I went to New York City to meet up with friends and we ended up getting half-price tickets to Rock of Ages. For my birthday last month, my sister-in-law promised to take me to see Les Mis (yes, it's BACK!) and my mom bought opera tickets for the two of us.
As my musical theatre interests have re-emerged, so has my appreciation for classical music. I've found myself listening to the classical station while driving, which seems to calm my frustration with slower or less cautious drivers. :-) On the flip side, I'm starting to feel much older than 33 as this radio station features product spots for Viagra, constipation relief, and nursing homes.
All this to say, I'm enjoying how the move back home has awakened interests that I'd forgotten. So readers, are you theatre geeks too? What's your favourite musical?