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Sunday September 27, 2015

The mysterious land of Broadway

Fortunately, the cultural landscape, where every person has achieved a form of theater that suits him particularly well. Some people may be sitting in an auditorium, some people may be standing in a Shakespeare theater enjoying serious play, and others may enjoy Broadway musicals.

Broadway theater may not be as popular in Europe as it is in North America, but almost every European has heard of it. However, opinions about the theater vary from fantastic to appalling. People say Broadway is too commercialized and has no cultural value. And I understand why they think that way, because when people go to a Broadway play, you always have to go through a souvenir shop as your first pass. It's also no lie that the tickets to the shows are overpriced. Yet cities like London and New York seem to have solved this problem by setting up box offices with tickets for sale in the city. Tickets are now available for 50%, 60% or even 70%.

So what's so special about Broadway? Why are the venues always full? Well, that question can be answered in a variety of ways. First, I think the reason Broadway appeals to so many people is the wide variety of shows they produce. There are shows based on films like Shrek, or TV shows like The Addams Family. Some are based on books, for example, one of the best-selling West End shows - Les Miserables. You can find something for everyone. Second, Broadway has many special features. For example, the Broadway Show Hall is very different from others. The stage has almost no elevation, it is very low, and the audience seats start higher and go even higher, towering up steeply. Once I bought the seat in the back row and it was pretty scary to climb up there because it was awfully high and awfully steep. But no matter where I was on the last line, I was able to see the stage clearly. And it was really fun to sit up there. You can feel as if you are on top of the world. Another thing that Broadway does differently is its incredible decorations. I've seen a lot of Broadway shows and the decorations never let me down. They are lively and bright, interesting and complex. There are thousands of mechanisms that move them throughout the show, to the beat of the music it seems. And that's the part where we achieve Broadway's number one asset that is music. Broadway brings together the liveliness of theater and the emotion of music. The orchestra always plays live and the actors always sing live. The music of Broadway musicals is very beautiful and the lyrics are clever. And that's what really makes it an extraordinary experience. You cannot understand how powerful the two of the most powerful art forms are combined until you experience it.

Broadway theater may or may not be for you, but there is one thing I know for sure: you need to see, hear, and find out for yourself.