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Introducing: Broadway Inbound Staff Picks

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Each and every group is unique. Whether you're coming with a group of Girl Scouts or celebrating your uncle's 75th birthday, each group has its own specific wants and needs when it comes to picking the perfect Broadway show. Fortunately, no one knows Broadway better than our staff at Broadway Inbound. We're lucky enough to see almost every show that opens on Broadway, which makes every staff member on our team a bona fide theatre expert.

There's nothing we love more than talking about our favorite shows, so we've assembled a list of some of our current Staff Picks. We selected some of our staff members to choose one of their very favorite shows from the past season and write about what makes it so special. Read the picks below, and stay tuned for even more Staff Picks in the coming weeks.

Mollie's Pick: Come From Away

Mollie has been listening to Broadway since before she was born! Her mother used to play the cast album of Jesus Christ Superstar into her pregnant belly. When she made her acting debut in a theatre troupe at the age of five, Mollie knew she wanted to be involved in the theatre industry in any way possible.

All-Time Favorite Musical:Les Miserables was such a spectacle: the music, the sets, the lights, the electricity passing between the audience and the actors. The entire feeling of being in a Broadway house for a show was addicting.”

Mollie Recommends: Come From Away was a beautiful experience, extending the warm community feeling of Gander, Newfoundland from the stage to the audience. Using minimal scenery, props, and costumes, the actors turn the stage into an entire town, brimming with dozens of different and colorful characters. This is a story filled with heart, turning one of our darkest days into one of our brightest examples of human compassion and love.

Perfect For: High school or college students, families, groups of faith, senior centers.

Come From Away in Three Words: Community, warmth, understanding

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Mary's Pick: Miss Saigon

Mary’s introduction to theatre was The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. She loved seeing children up on the stage, and she wanted to be there too. She especially loved the musical numbers and the idea of telling a story through song. As she grew up, she started seeing plays, and she fell in love with those too. Now, Mary loves a little bit of everything, and probably sees more theatre than anyone in our office!

All-Time Favorite Musical: “I saw Les Miserables several times, and I always loved the epic storytelling and going on the journey with the characters. I laughed with them, I cried with them, and I cried some more with them.”

Mary Recommends: This new production of Miss Saigon really puts the story into historical perspective, with a realistic depiction of Saigon that makes it easier to understand the characters’ choices. The biggest selling point for Miss Saigon are the wonderful performances by Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones. I also couldn’t discuss Miss Saigon without mentioning that helicopter – it’s the best effect on Broadway!

Perfect For: Groups that want a good combination of quality performance and theatrical wizardry.

Miss Saigon in Three Words: Epic, powerful, amazing

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Christopher's Pick: A Doll’s House, Part 2

Christopher’s first Broadway show was Hairspray, when he was seventeen. After seeing how energizing live theatre could be, he was totally hooked, and he spent most of his college years playing show lotteries and buying cheap tickets whenever he could. Christopher loves how diverse Broadway can be: “Whether you enjoy the drama or comedy of a straight play or the musicals that move you to tears or dancing – it all happens on Broadway!”

All-Time Favorite Musical:Next to Normal is my favorite Broadway show ever. I’m a sucker for intense emotions, and I love the rollercoaster ride of highs and lows in one piece of theatre.”

Christopher Recommends: A Doll’s House, Part 2 is thought provoking, interesting, and supremely acted. The writing of the show is unique and modern, but it also echoes its predecessor without making the audience feel like they need to be Ibsen experts to enjoy this second part. The cast is really incredible – Laurie Metcalf, Jayne Houdyshell, Chris Cooper, and Condola Rashad all give a masterclass in acting!

Perfect For: College theatre students, women’s groups, and adult theatre lovers.

A Doll’s House, Part 2 in Three Words: Smart, interesting, surprising

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Maggie's Pick: The Great Comet

Maggie loves working in the theatre industry because “we have the power to change people for the better and make them look at issues in a new light.” She first saw the far-reaching power of theatre when she noticed that her “non-artsy” grandfather loved the Jesus Christ Superstar cast album. She loves going on a journey in the theatre and experiencing the story that the actors are telling.

All-Time Favorite Musical:
Jesus Christ Superstar! My mother and I saw the revival in 2012, and it was a great experience.”

Maggie Recommends:
The Great Comet is a unique, vibrant show. It caught me up in the excitement of the story, and I was smiling from ear to ear at some of the scenes. The eclectic score does not feel out of place in a Broadway house. This is a must-see because it is unlike anything I’ve seen on Broadway.

Perfect For:
Groups that are looking for something that strays away from traditional theatre, while keeping a cohesive plot.

The Great Comet
in Three Words:
Eclectic, daring, vibrant

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Author: Jacob Jones