This is Why: The Theater!

That title is supposed to be read like this: THA THEE-AY-TAH!

For over a century, New York City’s Broadway district has been churning out the liveliest productions in the country. People from all over the world flock to the Great White Way to fill the seats of Broadway’s 40 theaters.

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending opening weekend for the first Broadway revival of Pippin–a show that first premiered 40 years ago. Back then, the show–a Bob Fosse-choreographed parable about the joys of ordinary life–quickly accumulated a devoted fan base.

And they came back in droves. The excitement in the air was palpable. It was electric. When the curtain was raised, the yelps and woos that accompanied the opening notes threatened to drown out the actors on stage. People were excited! And even though I knew nearly nothing about the show, I became excited, too. The audience’s mood was so infectious, I felt like a committed fan 30 seconds into the first act. An only-in-New York moment to be sure.

Broadway posters

Broadway posters

Image via Broadway Tour; made available under Creative Commons license

Pippin the Musical

Music Box Theater, 239 West 45th Street

*This is Why showcases moments that remind me why I love NYC.

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