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Musicals to My Eyes

The Music to My Ears post made me want to document my musical-like ventures as well…so here we go!

My musical experience started when I was pretty young. My mom used to do shows at the local Lyric Theater, so we’d get to go see her. Then, when I reached junior high/high school, the band (lead by my step-mother) used to take field trips into NYC to see musicals and museums. In college, Clarkson was so close to the Canadian boarder, we’d have field trips to Montreal to see theater productions there. When I lived in New Jersey, I had lots of opportunities to skip on over to Broadway. When I moved to the Boston area, I was able to attend shows here. Not as many as I’d like, but I’ve definitely hit a few.


  1. Cats. 3 times I think. I saw this on Broadway and in Boston.
  2. Phantom of the Opera. Also 3 times, I think. Broadway (more than once) and in Montreal.
  3. Miss Saigon. Just once. In Montreal.
  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel. On Broadway MANY times, in Boston twice.
  5. Starlight Express. In Germany at the theater made especially for it (SO COOL!) and in Boston. It was better in German when I couldn’t completely understand it.
  6. Blast. In Boston. It was kind of like Stomp, but with brass. WAY cool.
  7. Rent. In Boston. Holy cow, awesome!
  8. Mama Mia. In Boston – with my sisters…one of which is a HUGE ABBA fan.
  9. Beauty and the Beast. On Broadway. Debra (formerly known as Debbie) Gibson was Belle.
  10. Chicago. In Boston. Didn’t love it.
  11. Cirque du Soleil. In Boston. WOW.
  12. Nabucco. (an opera) At the Met. Glad I can say that I went to the Met and saw an opera – but it’s definitely not my type of entertainment.

Community Theater

Shows that seemed huge at the time because I was much younger…
(not quite Broadway, but close enough when you’re in Vermont and there IS no Broadway.)

  • Jesus Christ, Superstar
  • Brigadoon
  • Camelot
  • South Pacific
  • A Little Night Music
  • Cabaret
  • A Chorus Line

4 Responses

  1. Wow! What a fantastic list! Very jealous!!!!
    ps I am giving you an award. It will be posted tomorrow afternoon 🙂

  2. I’m jealous too. I’ve always wanted to go to New York and see a show, but I don’t think I’ll be doing that until my kids are grown up. Or at least older.

  3. My parents met at a theater in Vermont in the 1950’s called St. Michaels Playhouse.
    That’s where the love began.

    I am from a theater family…seeing plays is how I spent my childhood.
    I slept through so much Shakespeare….I can’t even begin to count how many.

    Good post.

  4. I’m going to put a plug in for a show that I saw in London. I’m hoping, hoping, hoping it comes (at least) to New York…..Queen’s We Will Rock You. What a fantastic show!! SO much energy. Great production. I know it was/is in Toronto for a while. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. If it does cross the pond, it’ is a MUST-SEE!

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