When I was in college, I perused through Goldstar on a weekly basis, looking for discounted tickets to the latest L.A. theater production. I have had the privilege of seeing The King and I at the London Palladium, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, and Wicked at the Pantages (among many others). But up until a week ago, I had never seen a Broadway musical.
I remember watching my very first musical with my mom as a child and being captivated by the singing and dancing…the bright lights and the set design. 20+ years later, I’m in New York City…on Broadway…watching Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes perform live in Promises, Promises.
The musical, which is set in the ’60s and based on a film called The Apartment, “stars Sean Hayes as Chuck Baxter, the enterprising associate on the way up, and Kristin Chenoweth as Fran Kubelik, the cafeteria waitress whose romantic troubles have got her down.” It’s the story of a nice guy who never quite makes it to the top of the professional ladder and falls in love with a girl out of his reach. The story is somewhat predictable but engaging and endearing. Sean Hayes impressed us with his lovable personality and quirky sense of humor. Kristin Chenoweth wowed us with her outstanding vocals and charming disposition.
My favorite part of a musical is…well…the music. My favorites? Those songs originally recorded by Dionne Warwick, of course (I Say a Little Prayer and A House is Not a Home).
No compensation was received for this post. I received a ticket to the show, courtesy of the company.