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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Broadway Olympics


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Tomorrow marks the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  The Olympics is a showcase of some of the world's very best athletes, just as Broadway is a showcase for some of the world's best theatrical talents.  I look forward to the Olympics every time they come around, much as I look forward to each new opening of the Broadway season.  It's kinda funny, considering that I'm not really a sports fan, but there is just something about the Games.  It's probably the very human drama that plays out at each event - the stories of how these complete strangers make it to the pinnacle of their chosen sport, often against incredible odds are so compelling.  And the sheer emotion on display with each victory and defeat drives me to watch as much as possible - I scream at the TV, cheer at the winners, and even share a tear with the losers (and winners).  Doesn't everyone?

So, yesterday, as I started to zone out in my cubicle, my twisted little brain got to thinking: what if Broadway WAS the Olympics?  What events would they be in?  Who would be a star "athlete"?


The Olympic Committee/The Judges: The Cast of The Best Man




The Olympic Village: Rock of Ages (entertainment); Spider-Man (security); Clybourne Park (housing)

The Opening Ceremonies Parade of Nations: Greece: Mamma Mia!; The Nations of Africa: The Book of Mormon, The Lion King; Argentina: Evita; France: The Phantom of the Opera; Ireland: Once; Nigeria: Fela!; United Kingdom: Mary Poppins, One Man, Two Guvnors, War Horse; United States of America: Chicago, Jersey Boys, Memphis


The Games:




Equestrian: War Horse
Diving: Peter - Peter and the Starcatcher
Swimming: Peter and the Mermaids - Peter and the Starcatcher; The Boys of Mamma Mia!; Eileen Evergreen and the Bathing Beauties - Nice Work If You Can Get It




Rowing: Matron Mama Morton - Chicago; The Shipwrecked - Peter and the Starcatcher
Gymnastics: Floor Exercises: The Cheerleaders of Bring It On; The Newsboys: Newsies; The Sinister Six: Spider-Man







Gymnastics: The High Bar: Duchess Estonia Dulworth - Nice Work If You Can Get It (She always sticks the landing!); Timon: The Lion King
Gymnastics: The Balance Beam: Anyone who dances on the bar at Once; Rachel Crabbe and Stanley Stubbers - One Man, Two Guvnors; Bert - Mary Poppins
Rhythmic Gymnastics: The Double Dutch girls - Memphis; The Corps de Ballet - The Phantom of the Opera; The Merry Murderesses - Chicago; Eva Peron - Evita





Wrestling: Francis Henshall and the Trunk - One Man, Two Guvnors, Simba and Scar - The Lion King; Sam Wheat and Willie Lopez - Ghost The Musical; Spider-Man and the Green Goblin - Spider-Man
Track and Field: Long Distance Running: Elphaba and Fiyero - Wicked; Little Simba and the Wildebeests - The Lion King; The Subway Ghost - Ghost: The Musical; Crown - Porgy and Bess; The Cast of Peter and the Starcatcher






Track and Field: The Hurdles: The Newsboys - Newsies; The Sisters - Sister Act
Track and Field: The Long Jump: The Newsboys - Newsies; Spider-Man - Spider-Man




Shooting: The Gendarme - The Phantom of the Opera; Roxie and Velma - Chicago; Billie Bendix - Nice Work If You Can Get It; Willie Lopez - Ghost The Musical




The Closing Ceremonies: Judy Garland - End of the Rainbow (Who throws a better party?)


Jeff
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