Father's Day is this Sunday, and if you're looking for that perfect gift for Dad, the Character Approved Theater Blog is here to help! Dinner and a show is a great way to spend time with a loved one--the show provides the conversation (if you need it), and the air conditioning doesn't hurt either. So what's the best show for Father's Day on Broadway this year? Here are five Character Approved suggestions!
Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide--all before they were 30. And you know your dad loves them. [Image: Jersey Boys on Broadway]
If politics and acting legends are up your dad's alley, the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man is it. A play about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness, and the race for the presidency, this show is set at the national convention where two candidates are vying for their party’s nomination during the primary season. It’s an inside look at the dirt-digging, double-dealing, triple-crossing chicanery of presidential electioneering--and what could be more fun in a presidential campaign season than these theatrical fireworks? [Image: Broadway.com]
Is Dad an action fan? Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark has been seen by more than a million audience members from around the world who have enjoyed its high-flying fun. It features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, direction by Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz), original direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Across The Universe, Frida), and book co-written by Taymor, Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fantastic Four and Spider-Man comics, Big Love). [Image: Marvel.com]
If your dad is more traditional, you've got two musicals from classic composers to pick from: Cole Porter’s romp across the Atlantic, Anything Goes, features some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “You're the Top,” “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” and “Anything Goes.” On the other hand, Nice Work If You Can Get It features a veritable hit parade of iconic Gershwin songs, including “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I’ve Got to Be There,” “Sweet & Lowdown,” “’S Wonderful,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” Fascinating Rhythm,” “But Not for Me,” “Blah, Blah, Blah” and many more. [Image: Anything Goes on Broadway]
For the rockin' dad... The music that ignited the '80s fills Rock of Ages, with such feel-good, sing-out-loud songs as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” “Here I Go Again,” “Don’t Stop Believin,” and more. If ABBA's more up your alley, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating over 4,300 performances at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre and remains among Broadway’s top selling musicals! [Image: Rock of Ages]
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