Your Stories

Is there a musical you saw on Broadway or touring in your hometown that you really loved and couldn’t forget or a performer who completely mesmerized you? If so, we want to hear your stories. A select number of them will then be posted here in the coming weeks.

14 thoughts on “Your Stories

  1. I’ve always been a fan from very young because my mom loved musicals. However, when I first saw “Phantom of the Opera,” well, let’s just say that I fell hard. It was gorgeous, the singing was great, the songs even better. I ended up having to find and finally buy the original cast recording, which I now know by heart, and I’ve become a fan for life. Long live the Phantom!!! And long live Andrew Lloyd Webber!!!

  2. I was a star-struck little kid from upstate New York. I was in love with Broadway musicals [and] had all of the albums and played them over and over. I was crazy for “The Music Man,” especially Robert Preston. I wrote a parody of the show called “The Mail Man” and sent it to him in one of my fan letters. When I went to NYC to see the show, he entertained my mother and me in his dressing room after. It was the night of my life! I saw every show he did on Broadway and he always invited me backstage. He was a great man. Today, I hold two degrees in theater and work in the not-for-profit world due to his influence on my young life.

  3. In 1964, I was taken to New York by my parents for the first time. My folks went up all the time and … got us tickets for “Hello, Dolly!” with Ginger Rogers. It was incredible! Never had I seen anything like it. The music, the acting, the playing to the audience — which I didn’t know what that was at the time, but still, it was fantastic. … I have since lived in New York City, tried my hand at the Broadway stage, and now am a teacher of Theater Arts at Havelock High School, in Havelock, North Carolina, where I can give back to high schoolers what I have learned and hopefully help them live their dream.

  4. On a cold December Saturday in 1951, my father took me to see a matinee of The King and I. We had seats in the front of the second balcony, and at that time, the entrance to the second balcony was through an almost anonymous door slightly west of the Saint James theater lobby. Once in the door, we walked up what seemed like an endless flight of steps. Finally, we arrived at a little ante-room, where the usher took our tickets. Facing us was a blackboard on which the following was written: Gertrude Lawrence is ill, this afternoon, the role of Anna Leonowens will be played by Constance Carpenter. I had never seen an understudy go on in a lead role before; I remember rooting for Ms. Carpenter, who gave a really strong performance. Brynner was great, but at that point, the musical seemed very much Anna’s story. I can still remember at the end of Shall We Dance, Brynner commanding “Let’s dance again!” It’s a great memory, sadly Ms. Lawrence pased away in March of 1952; Ms. Carpenter was given the role, and performed it for most of its Broadway run.

  5. When I was younger, I dreamt of becoming an actor but didn’t know what kind I wanted to be. It wasn’t until May 2003, I went with my 5th Grade Class to New York City to see experience a Broadway Show for the very first time. That first show was a mattinae performance of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”. I sat in the center second row of the orchestra and I was just blown away by the show. The last two songs of the first act (“Be Our Guest” and the haunting “If I Can’t Love Her) gave me goosebumps and that’s where I decided that I wanted to be a Broadway actor.

  6. hi, now i am a greatgrandma, but in 1943 at the age of 15 my friend who was ahead of his 15 years took me to porgy and bess in des moines, iowa. that was my first time to attend a traveling show from broadway. that did it. i have been hooked ever since. i have seen shows in houston, london and new york and never tire of them. thanks for presenting this series. it is great.

  7. Ever since I was a child, my parents always took me to the theater. One particular year, I can remember, my parents took me to see “Anything Goes” production at the Des Moines Civic Center. This production was special because Ginger Rogers and Sid Caesar were starring in it. I was mesmerized and star-struck by these two theater legends performing in a theater in my hometown.

  8. I have seen several broadway shows and loved every one. The first time I saw “Phantom” I was seduced. I saw it 5 more times and loved each performance. It had wonderful actors, amazing music and a story that lives on and on.

  9. I was fortunate enough to be cast by the late great Gower Champion in the Bway production of “42nd Street”, Truly one of the highlights of my life.
    I’m writing a book..what a loss to Bway.