Musicals rock! From Hamilton to The Lion King, to those on the edgier end of the spectrum like The Phantom of the Opera, there are so many musicals to choose from that you can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed. Regardless, if you are able to find the shows you like, there are more things you can do to enhance the experience and make watching a great experience that is truly unforgettable!
Get Your Tickets Early Via A Reputable Vendor
As you are probably keenly aware, most of the top shows tend to sell out as soon as they’re announced. This can be a frustrating experience to say the least, but if you had your heart set on purchasing those say Hamilton musical tickets to take your other half to see, the disappointment can be heartbreaking. Nonetheless, a relatively straightforward trick to remedying this awful situation is to simply make sure you book well in advance. This ensures you will have a reservation and be able to impress your partner on your date. However, there are some caveats to take into account, including:
- Booking via a reputable vendor.
- Singing up to alerts to notify you when tickets come online.
- Avoid purchasing on marketplace-type sites like eBay (you will be scalped, and major theaters might not accept the ticket)
- Only pay through a well-known payment processor.
- Be 100% sure that you have no other commitments. While many vendors have refund policies, they may be time sensitive or have additional restrictions.
Learn the lyrics to some of the popular show tunes.
If you are already an ardent musical fan, it’s pretty likely you already know the main songs of your favorite shows. However, if not, you n might be pleasantly surprised at how much fun it can be to learn these songs and listen to them live during a performance. The best way to go about this is simply to look online and find a site that has the lyrics. Or you can head over to YouTube and search for the page of your preferred composer and learn with them as the music plays.
Check out behind-the-scenes videos of your favorite productions.
An insider’s perspective has long been a fan favorite, and musicals are no different. You can usually find a wealth of behind the scene videos on video or social media channels that the production’s marketers use to generate interest. It can be a fascinating adventure to see how the actors and actresses of the show prepare for the event, their trials and tribulations, and how they got to their current position. Moreover, you can discover what the composers think of their show and even get some interesting tidbits about the set and costume designers, which are unfortunately often overlooked.
Purchase merchandise and brochures as mementos.
Almost all top musicals will sell some form of merchandise. While it can often be on the pricier end of the spectrum, they can be great keepsakes and allow you to remember the events. You should also consider collecting brochures and playbills from each production, as these contain a lot of information about the cast and plots. If you want to refresh your memory of all the fantastic shows you have seen in the past, these are great items to have!
Join a fan club and connect with like-minded people.
Fan clubs are simply a part of the human condition. While that’s getting a bit deep for a post like this, the point is that humans like to form tribes around things they value. Whether that be cars, anime, health, fitness, or even musicals… if there’s something to be a fan of, there will usually be a fan club. Nowadays, many of them are done online and don’t require face-to-face contact, so finding and joining them is much easier. You can usually find a large pool of fan clubs from a quick online search, but your best bet is usually looking on sites like Facebook and Reddit in particular. Once a member, you can ask and answer questions, exchange fun stories, or keep up to date with eh latest news.
Follow their social media channels and sign up for their newsletter to learn about events (and possibly get deals).
While this might appear similar to the previous point, it involves joining an official production page rather than a fan page. Needless to say, when you join up, you often become privy to deals and dates sooner than the general public enabling you to make a reservation, set the date aside, and sometimes even get access to special deals, saving you some money.
Musicals are a significant part of the overall milieu of culture, and with so many available, you have plenty of choices these days to pick and choose. However, by following the tips in this post, you will be able to enjoy the experience much more and create lasting memories.
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