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Mar022012

A Night Out on Broadway: Death of a Salesman 2012

I'm not a big theater goer and have only seen a handful of shows, but when an opportunity makes me branch out I'm all for it. Living in NY we are lucky to have some of the best shows right at our finger tips. Last night we were given tickets to check out Death of a Salesman and it was such a fantastic show! This revival of Arthur Miller's 1949 play is directed by Mike Nichols and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Linda Edmond as Linda Loman, and Andrew Garfield as Biff Loman. The cast was fantastic! So emotionally charged!

I believe I read this play back in high school but don't recall much of the storyline. This might sound weird, but I enjoy reading books and watching movies that are more on the somber side, I enjoy a good emotional rollercoaster. This show was definitely a ride with many highs and low lows. Despite it's 70+ age, this story is one that I believe many people today can identify with. We are all struggling to achieve the American dream in a time where nothing is a sure thing anymore.

 

The show is being performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (W 47th Street between Broadway and 8th Ave). This classic theater was built in 1928 by Lee and J.J. Shubert for it's namesake actress Ethel Barrymore. The stage has been graced by legends such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Marlon Brando. As we waited for the show to start, I tried to imagine what it might have been like to be there in the 1930's and 40's. How much where the tickets? What would people be wearing? What celebrities could be seen in the audience?  A game I love playing in New York City, so much history all around!

If given the opportunity, I recommend you check out this play. It's limited time engagement with showtimes only scheduled through the beginning of June. Click here to learn more! Are you a Broadway fan? I'd love to hear what your favorite shows and New York theaters are!

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