By Paul Anthony Ramos
New York! People call it the city that never sleeps. Some people even call it the Big Apple. I call it the city that creates stars.
New York is known to have the greatest musical shows of all time. Some people would say that once you make it to Broadway, you can make it anywhere. A musical show isn’t really a show until it’s on Broadway.
When entering New York City, I had one thing in mind: that I was going to see a musical on Broadway. I had seen musicals before, but never had I seen one in New York City on Broadway.
It was a rainy and gloomy day. My professor, Dr. Richter; a classmate, Priscilla D.; and I were walking to Times Square.
My professor stopped and looked at a poster for the musical “Anything Goes”. She told me that it would be a show that I would love, and she went inside to ask a question about tickets. The rest was history.
For $30, my dream of seeing a Broadway show in New York City was going to come true.
Before we saw the show, we got a bite to eat at a food stand in Time Square. It was the first time I had ever eaten a Gyro, and it was delicious.
As I walked into the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, I could feel my body fill with such anticipation.
During the first half of the show, I blinked fewer times than I had ever blinked before in my life. I didn’t want to miss anything!
The singing, dancing and acting was impeccable. The actors had so much talent, and they brought life to every lyric to every song.
With songs like “You’re the Top” and “Anything Goes,” it makes you want to jump out of you seat and start dancing.
“Anything Goes” was written by American composer Cole Porter, and he wrote countless musicals during his career.
The show starred the Tony Award-winning actor Joel Grey, who also starred in “Wicked” and “Cabaret,” for which he won his Tony.
By the end of the first half, I couldn’t have been more excited about what was going to happen next in the show.
During the second half of the show, my eyes continued to be glued to the stage, and I kept smiling and was in awe of the talent I was witnessing.
The songs “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” and “The Gypsy in Me” were smart and clever. The dancing was unique and on point, as their bodies were in sync with the dancer next to them.
By the “Finale,” I was on my feet cheering. Every one of the cast members deserved a standing ovation.
After the show, I had the biggest smile on my face. I was on such a high of the energy given by the performers. I had finally gotten to see a musical on Broadway! One of my lifelong dreams had come true.
“Anything Goes” is a must-see show. There’s romance, drama, comedy, dancing and amazing acting. There’s a little bit of everything for everybody. If I were to ever go back to New York, I would definitely see “Anything Goes” again.