With so many news plays and musicals failing, closing early and not recouping investment on Broadway Everyday Rapture is a great success story. A musical which Broadway has not seen the like of in many years and with the economic climate, unconventional style and unknown names one would assume it could not last. What this musicals success tells us is simple, theater lovers will still come out to see a new musical on Broadway without the big Hollywood names, huge production values or a well know revival.
Everyday Rapture could open at the American Airlines Theater on April 29, 2010 as the Roundabout Theatre Company ran into scheduling problems due to the cancellation of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart”. Seemingly, to add to the magic that the new musical brings telling the story of Sherie Rene Scott’s love for her religious small country upbringing as well as her love for stardom and fame in the big city, bright lights of Manhattan. Almost as some form of divine intervention “Everyday Rapture” could slip right onto the stage and grab an audience.
The musical had a solid run at the Second Stage Theater Off Broadway last spring. The Broadway production is under the direction of Michael Mayer who is taking on the project when not working on his current musical also playing “American Idiot. Mr. Mayer furthermore directed “Spring Awakening” last season, which received great appreciation. Casting credits include Eamon Foley, Betsy Wolfe, Sherie Rene Scott and Lindsay Mendez and Everyday Rapture includes many guests as well such as Rosie O’Donnell, Sara Gettelfinger and Natasha Lyonne. Tom Kitt (Next To Normal) is handling the orchestration and song arrangements which include an amazing band, back up singer’s and songs. Other notable names that help to bring the stage alive are Michele Lynch (choreography), Christine Jones (set design) and Kevin Adams (lighting).
The musical overall is simply a loose auto-biographical account of Sherie Rene Scott’s life. Growing up with strong Christian background as well as the small country life of Kansas and following her journey to New York to chase her showbiz destiny. Her love for Jesus seems to be met equally with her love of Judy Garland and the songs are a direct reflection covering everything from David Byrne, Judy Garland and even Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Everyday Rapture could muster great critical reviews from top New York critics as well as audience support making this the surprise new musical of the year for Broadway.
For all those who love a great, fun and unconventional Broadway musical then “Everyday Rapture should go to the top of the list. The show provides all that is missing and has been missing in a Broadway musical over the last years. Scott has a voice made for The Great White Way, not only in its beauty but its ability to bring out the emotional aspects of the story she is weaving. The Tony-nominated actress provides a great performance and while the story is not a straightforward account of her life in the truest sense it delivers great entertainment. For more informative articles about Everyday RaptureTickets Information visit the author’s site which is filled with resources and reviews of all events in NYC. The author writes reviews on all entertainment events in New York including Everyday Rapture tickets articles.
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