On Broadway

While I was in New York, I got the chance to see several Broadway shows.
There was a time when I didn’t like musicals at all. I thought they were
cheesy, unrealistic, and cheesy and unrealistic. Since then, I have come to
appreciate them greatly as an emerging thought world (put to music) that will
make it’s way from New York
to all other places eventually. Granted, many musicals are somewhat raunchy.
Some put forth agendas with which I vehemently disagree. But, then again, so
are a lot of people I’ve hung out with over the years. I’ll post a bit more on
this thought later, but I believe Christians should be among the best listeners
to popular culture…even it’s toughest neighborhoods.

While Chicago is my all-time favorite musical. Here are some thoughts on the 4 I saw while I
was in the Big Apple:

  1. Spamalot– The Funniest Musical I’ve ever seen…a great rip-off of a Monty Python classic. Nothing deep…but that’s the beauty of this one.
  2. Avenue Q – The Second Funniest Musical I’ve Ever Seen. As risqué of a play as you can imagine with puppets. The song, “I wish I could go back to college,” and “We’re all a little bit racist” are hilarious.
  3. Sweet
    Awakening – Won this year’s Tony for Best Musical while I was there…Extremely Deep…great insight into the minds of young people. It also has some deep thoughts on sex…but none of them are remotely Christian.
  4. Rent – Sweet Awakening for poor Gen Xers. Thus, it’s AIDS and poverty instead of suicide, pregnancy, and parental pressures. Very good though…but probably a hair less deep than Sweet Awakening.

The two I still really want to see that I haven’t are Wicked
and Jersey Boys.

I’d like to know what some of your favorite musicals are…

We’ll save the discussion of whether or not Christians should see things that are "off color," or not for another post.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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7 thoughts on “On Broadway

  1. Phantom is Great! Rent was good also. Chris and I are seeing Spamalot in July and our family is seeing the Lion King in October. Glad to hear they will be good as well. I too am waiting to see Wicked. One other one I’m sure must be good is Beauty & the Beast. As good as Jeremy’s high school production was, the actual musical has got to be awesome.

  2. Tim: You will e missing a bet if you don’t take Em and the girls to see “Lion King”. It will be the State Fair Musical this year. We’ve seen it on stage before and it is absolutely wonderful.

  3. I can’t wait for the “off-color” discussion. I will gladly supply the opposition (all the while respecting your opinion).
    Here’s a tease. I think 99% of what Hollywood generates is evil and deserves a hands-off response from Christians.
    This is going to be delicious.

  4. Les Miserables without compare. The plot is incredible, the music is great too. But most of all its story of grace and redemption is better than most preachers can pull off. Every Christian should see Les Mis, especially those like me who have struggled to let myself feel the full grace of God’s forgiveness and the redemption that brings.

  5. I saw wicked a few weeks back and, yes, it lived up to the hype.
    I see you are reading the StrengthsFinder books! Looking forward to hearing your top 5.

  6. First, thanks for saving the “off color” discussion for another time. This could easily overtake the topic at hand if allowed.
    I am going to have to go with some obvious ones like Phantom (Michael Crawford version), West Side Story, and The Music Man.
    However, my all-time favorite is the 1954 film version of Brigadoon starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse.
    Who will be the first to say Jesus Christ Superstar?