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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.
I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Broadway: Sports Center?
The impetus for today's blog is really two things: I was reacquainting myself with the OBCR of Promises, Promises, which is soon to be revived, and later, I was watching Dancing with the Stars, which, tonight, included a send up of ESPN's Sports Center. While the powers that be continue to haggle over whether ballroom dancing should be considered an Olympic sport - it looks athletic to me, especially considering that figure skating and ice dancing in particular ARE Olympic sports. Anyway... Promises, Promises features the great number, "She Likes Basketball!" and that's what got me thinking...
I started to think about which Broadway plays and musicals feature a sport. Now, mind you, the level at which they are portrayed varies, and I am including recreational sport as well. And I am NOT including movie musicals - though Grease 2 does have a spiffy bowling sequence...
Aerobics:The Goodbye Girl; Legally Blonde: The Musical; Carrie: The Musical
Archery: Shogun: The Musical
Baseball:Damn Yankees(of course); Falsettos; Take Me Out
Basketball: Promises, Promises; Disney's High School Musical (the stage version); A Chorus Line
Boxing: Billy Elliot: The Musical
Bull Riding (Mechanical): Urban Cowboy: The Musical
Cricket: Blood Brothers
Dodge Ball: Hairspray
Double Dutch:Memphis: The Musical
Fencing: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Fishing: Mamma Mia!
Football: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; the new Vince Lombardi play
Ice Skating: Meet Me in St. Louis
Lawn Games (Bowling and Croquet): Me and My Girl
Pouncing: The Lion King
Roller Skating: The Rink; Xanadu
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling:Mamma Mia!
Shooting: Annie Get Your Gun
Soccer:The Beautiful Game aka The Boys in the Photograph Surfing: Good Vibrations