Melody can really lift a musical. We tend to forget that today, as we savor shows where the heavy lifting is done by the flying winches or the maxed-out sonic levels or the puppets or the Mormons or the hooks, the beats, the rhymes.
She Loves Me does more than just ward off the haters; it's a lovely and gentle reminder that Broadway has always packed the same punch and has long been a reliable vehicle for consistent, unwavering beauty.
As I heard gay men tell their story on stage, I experienced an intense feeling that I was not alone, that others feel what I feel and, even better, expressed it through dancing and singing. At 15 I was transported to a new possibility for myself.