Every year, the Nyack College Honors group takes a trip to the city to watch a Broadway show. For some reason, every year (with the exception of our trip to see West Side Story) I doubt Dr. Gate’s judgement on the show he selects. Why I question it, I don’t know. I’ve never been let down!
We have seen Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Anything Goes, and last week, Godspell. I didn’t know exactly what to expect. All I knew was that it is based on the book of Mark. Now, I KNOW what happens in the book of Mark but I was a skeptic on how it would be portrayed for a secular audience.
When I walked in, I automatically questioned even the layout of the theatre. The stage was round and small, unlike any I’ve ever seen, and even the first scene seemed overtly artistic, as if the entire thing would be some kind of monologue. I am pleased to say it was not!
The music was fun, the dancing was invigorating. During the intermission we were allowed to dance on stage with some of the performers and the people closest to the stage were brought up to participate. Sounds odd for a Broadway show, but I assure you it was so exciting. These performers did incredibly with their improvisations!
It was also Corbin Blue’s first performance on the show and he played Jesus. I was not sure who he was but I soon found out, from the Freshman who were apart of his time, that he is from High School Musical. He did great! We were also able to meet all of the performers afterwards. I even got an autograph from my personal favorite Wallace Smith who played John the Baptist and Judas.
Afterward, it was a blast to catch up with some of my classmates that I haven’t seen in a while since we’ve all been taking our major classes or, like myself, live elsewhere. We talked about the show, our opinions of the portrayal of the story at large and of course, which song we liked best. I’m going to miss these shows, but it only means that I need to go off and watch a few Broadway shows on my own time. Perhaps with my siblings, or maybe even with some friends! All I know is that this annual trip to Broadway must not end here.