Nothing like a musical

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Years ago, I saw my first musical, “Wicked,” at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

The experience was unlike any other. Between the elaborate set decorations, goose bump inducing vocals and live orchestra, I was hooked from the beginning until the very end and felt as though I was physically transported to another world. Not even the greatest movie theater experience can compare to live theater.

Nowadays, there are so many ways to watch movies, shows and videos. You can stream them on your phone, tablet or television. However, none of those technological devices can truly captivate audiences as much as an onstage performance.

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The annual Tony Awards proves that year after year. The 69th Annual Tony Awards aired this past Sunday and incorporated performances from various musical shows from the 2014-2015 Broadway season, including “The King and I,” “An American in Paris,” and “Something Rotten.”

Year after year, the Tony awards honor currently running Broadway musicals and plays. According to the Broadway League, the live awards ceremony reached 13.1 million viewers and 22 of the 35 new plays and musicals were nominated for at least one Tony.

It seems audiences will never tire of theater. Whether you’re a spectator or a performer, everyone in the theater can feel the energy that results from a live performance.

I’ve always been a fan of live musical theater as a spectator and a performer.

During high school, I performed in my school’s show choir where we would sing and dance to hit songs from Broadway musicals like “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent” and “Chicago.”

There’s something so special about the theater. A stage is the only platform where actors and singers can engage in real time with the audience.

Live theater will undoubtedly inspire and entertain audiences for years to come.