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Your very first Broadway musical & how it affected you

It was 1983 and I was a junior in high school visiting NYC from Minneapolis with my parents. they wanted to see Torch Song Trilogy playing down the street, but I wanted to see this instead. (My mom later told me they had figured out I was gay but was puzzled I didn't want to see Torch Song Trilogy, to which I said, "You were surprised I wanted to see Twiggy in a Gerhswin musical instead of a drama?"). I got the last ticket available which meant I was in the last row on the side in the balcony of the St. James. I remember how stunned I was by the inventive choreography (especially for a number when Tommy Tune and Twiggy splashed in little rectangular ponds created on stage) and how unusual and sophisticated Twiggy's retro singing voice sounded singing "Boy Wanted." I also remember wondering why they had the unappealing Denny Dillon in the role of Tune's foulmouthed sidekick. It remains for me the most glamorous night of the theater I've ever had, simply because I had never seen anything before like it, even though now I can afford much better seats purchased ahead of time. What was your first show, and was it as memorable?

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