Broadway babies

Let the record show that sweet, adorable Christopher J. Hanke will always be my favorite Broadway baby.

But since he’s off making movies and starring in television shows now,  I think it’s okay to add a few more guys to my theater swoon list.

I saw Hair this weekend in New York City.

How have we not talked about this?

Allow me introduce you to Kyle Riabko and Ace Young.

The show was really good. Ace Young’s abs were VERY NICE. And I am too much of a lady to comment on the nudity. In fact, I almost missed the nudity because I wasn’t paying attention. And when I did realize all the nakedness, I got embarrassed and looked away. But that’s neither here nor there. We’re talking about Kyle’s voice and Ace’s abs.

Both stellar.

At the end of the show, the audience is invited up to the stage to dance with the hippies.  As I’m trying to figure out the best route to get down there in order to inspect Abe’s abs up close and personal, he was there.  In front of me.  Three rows ahead.  Hugging the entire front row of the balcony.

It was sort of like the time Jordan was two rows up in front of me at the New Kids on the Block concert (last year) and I couldn’t move because I was transfixed by the awesomeness.

So there’s Ace.  Hugging people.  And I’m standing there.  My friend Nancy Jane punches me into reality and I start making my way down to get a free hug from the hippie.  But then he ran off through a curtain and I was sad.

Fortunately, I will always have his abs burned in my memory.

Good times.

If you are living in NYC or planning to go visit the Big Apple (and optional on-stage peen doesn’t bother you) I suggest you see this show.

And make sure you sit on the front row of the mezzanine section.

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Leslie from Austin
Leslie from Austin
April 5, 2010 2:37 pm

It sounds a lot like when we were in New York last summer. My daughter was absolutely obsessed with Wicked. She watched every YouTube item she could find. She listened to the soundtrack relentlessly. She loved it! We got to see the Broadway production of Wicked and because we were there with my daughter’s middle school, the students got a backstage tour of the set and got to talk with some of the cast. My daughter says she was sitting there listening to the girl who plays Glinda (I can’t remember her name) and she said she realized she was smiling from ear to ear. She said, “Mom, I was smiling so big and almost crying, I think I kind of freaked out the actor talking to us. She kept looking at me kind of sideways.” I laughed so hard because I can just picture her sneaking out the back door hoping that crazy middle school girl didn’t follow her.

April 5, 2010 2:48 pm

I completely agree on all counts. Also, I may or may not be growing out my hair because of this show.

April 5, 2010 3:00 pm

In my book, not much beats a weekend of Broadway in NYC! I’m usually not a huge fan of the shows that require audience participation, but I could have handled dancing with hippies. The other current Broadway show I recommend to NYC visitors is In The Heights. It’s kind of like Rent meets West Side Story. Contemporary, cool choreography, good story. And yeah, Wicked is the bomb (just bought tickets to see it for the third time and always cry at the end of the first Act during Defying Gravity). My list of show recommendations could go on and on. Ah, Broadway… 🙂 🙂

Kimmy Gibler
Kimmy Gibler
April 5, 2010 9:32 pm

Well, haven’t had many opportunities to see Broadway shows, but if I’m not mistaken, Ace Young is former American Idol contestant – a few years back (I think the year after Constantine). Nice to see the folks from AI making good on Broadway.

Katherine M.
Katherine M.
April 6, 2010 7:54 am

Oh my gravy–those abs are NICE!

Sue G.
Sue G.
April 6, 2010 9:21 am

I saw ‘Hair’ a couple of weeks ago and have to agree that the whole cast is excellent. I LOVED the show. It is both funny and moving. Go see it!

April 7, 2010 11:50 am

Lincee, if you haven’t blogged about your experience being so close to Jordan Knight (I may have missed it), please do!!! I am a life-long NKOTB fan and I’d love to hear your take on their concert. (You had a great guest-blogger post a while back about them but we need to hear from you!)

Jen from Tucson
Jen from Tucson
April 7, 2010 11:52 pm

When I started reading the paragraph about you seeing Jordan Knight, I thought ‘Oh, she worshipped them in junior high just like me’..but then I read ‘last year’ and I cracked up. How silly of me to assume any fan of NKOTB wouldn’t be a lifer. I just put them on my iPod last week so who am I to talk?

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