Thursday, February 3, 2011

Manly Men Love Broadway

Broadway has gone to the boys, and its not the boys you may be thinking of.

I have noticed a trend in the shows advertised on TV. It started with Rock of Ages, a show I have seen with my husband. Definitely testosterone driven, full of 80's rock, something an average man would not be afraid to be caught singing along to. They were even nice enough to include a scene at the strip club. Now with Spiderman, Lombardi, and That Championship Season it seems like Broadway has decided to target the pockets of men.

Lombardi is the story of Vince Lombardi, former coach of the Green Bay Packers. It is based on best selling biography by David Maraniss and stars Dan Lauria, best known for his role as the father on The Wonder Years, and Judith Light, the mom on Who's The Boss.

Spiderman has been in the news quite a bit due to all the accidents on stage. With jaw dropping stunts (most of the cause of the accidents) and music from U2, it is sure to be a manly romp. That is, if it opens.

That Championship Season is the story of men forever connected by their inspirational coach. It is a limited engagement staring some very big name actors including Keiffer Sutherland (24) and Chris Noth (Sex and the City).

I have even heard good things from older men who have seen Jersey Boys. Its the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons telling the story behind that famous crew of guys from Newark, NJ. Of course, that might be pushing it with the younger set as it is very retro.

So if you have one of those guys that thinks Broadway is for those "other" boys, now is the time to get him to go with you to a show. 

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