On our recent trip to New York City, my wife and I decide to watch a Broadway musical – something which we had been planning to do for quite a while. We literally left booking the tickets to the last possible moment and ended up finding out that our preferred musicals (Wicked and The Lion King) were already sold out. So we looked through the reviews of the other offerings and ended up buying two of the last few remaining tickets for ‘First Date – The Musical’ whose website simply described the play as ‘a hysterical and hopeful new Broadway musical about the chances we all take to find love’. Being the typical girl that she is, my wife immediately knew that she was going to love this show!
Having never watched a musical before, we really did not know what to expect so we were just hoping for a few laughs to brighten up our rather quick trip to the Big Apple and First Date did not disappoint us. The show, based around the concept of a blind date, was funny from the very start and the music was catchy and entertaining to say the least. In fact, the ‘Bailout Song’ was stuck in my head for a few days after having watched the show! The musical, which focused on the hilarious date between first-time blind dater Aaron (Zachary Levi) and serial-dater Casey (Krysta Rodriguez), kept us laughing throughout as the two characters discussed their past relationships, confessed to having Googled each other before the date and just tried to get to know each other a bit better.
The show is based on a book of the same name by Austin Winsberg and gave a humorous yet interesting perspective on blind-dating and what it can evolve into. Now, we are no experts on theater and musicals but as Broadway newbies, we were really very impressed with the way the whole thing was produced. All the actors were on the mark throughout the show, the set was aptly designed for the storyline and all the songs were sung and choreographed to perfection. Having never watched a Broadway show before, we were extremely impressed with the actors’ seamless transition between scenes and characters which kept us engrossed throughout the length of the show. All in all, we had a really great time and needless to say will be going to watch other Broadway plays in the future as well!
P.S. Here’s a sneak preview of the musical: