An audience is the final touch of magic that truly distinguishes live entertainment from film and television. The house lights dim and every individual in a plush theatre seat blurs together, becoming a unified mass intent on experiencing one story.
Starting Sunday, Manhattan Concert Productions will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden with a two-night, star-studded production at Lincoln Center's New York's David Geffen Hall.
When it was announced last week that Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis would step into The Phantom of the Opera this May, most of the press was about the fact that Lewis was to become the first black Phantom on Broadway. I didn't care about that.
It sounds like a typical night on the New York City musical theater scene but for one notable difference: The writers are all women, the performers are all women, the music director is a woman and the producers are both women.