Heres the Ultimate Date Idea
You park in her driveway and nervously approach the front door. After adjusting your collar you ring the bell and try to look cool. Your front pocket holds the key to tonights date and you quickly check to make sure theyre still there as the door opens . . .
If youre a regular guy, the kind who loves sports and hates the opera for instance, then heres an awesome date idea I bet youve never really considered before: taking a woman to a Broadway production, even if you dont live in New York City.
You can find professional Broadway productions in most major North American cities. If youre a single guy who wants to stand out from the rest, who really wants to impress a woman without all that much effort or cost, this should be your next date.
Before you roll your eyes, think about it. A play or musical is not the opera. They speak in English and the plots are reasonably easy to follow. Theyre like a movie in that theres lots of down time where you dont have to talk with each other. Now this may be a bad thing or a good thing. If youre a nervous sort of fellow, then attending a play will lessen the time you have to struggle through awkward conversation, which takes the pressure off. And what happens if your date is unbelievably boring, droning on and on about her childhood, for example? Youll be happy that youre at a play instead of sitting across from her in a quiet restaurant.
But theyre even better than the movies because live theater is considered
It will make you appear cultured
If you take a date to the theater, youll look like a hero. Imagine walking up to the theater with your date on your arm, both of you all dressed up. The theater itself is beautiful and ornate, your seats are large and comfortable, youre drinking a beer, and the two of you idly chat before the show begins. Pretty cool date, huh?
If youre single, then having two tickets in hand to a Broadway production is powerful stuff when asking a woman for a date. It would go something like this: What do you have going on this weekend? I heard that the musical production of Chicago on Broadway was fantastic and I just found out that the show has traveled here and opening night is this weekend. Ive got tickets, want go with me?
Many popular Broadway productions travel across the country, setting everything up for a month or two in each city along their tour. Plays like Wicked, Les Miserable, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Rent and Spamalot are showing in cities across North America. From Toronto to Los Angeles, if you live in or near a big city, youll certainly have a choice of shows to see.
And Im not talking about high school productions, amateur nights, or your local actors guild productions. I am referring to productions that have professional actors, many of whom are TV and movie actors, world-class sets and stage effects, awesome scores and perfect performances.
Some of the plays youll see dont necessarily have the same cast as the New York City Broadway production, but the actors are still fantastic. If a Broadway play in NYC enjoys huge success and popularity, then there is a good chance it will turn into a production that tours the U.S. or all of North America.
Cities such as Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles, Denver, Cleveland, Atlanta, Seattle, and Chicago all have a vibrant theater night life. They all have numerous theatre houses and venues and theres always at least a few plays going on at any given time of year. In almost any city in America, youre likely to find a major Broadway production going on near you. Its certainly worth investigating.
So, how do you get tickets to any musical or play anywhere in North America? This is the easiest part of all. Simply go online and search for tickets in your favorite search engine. Even if a show is sold out, youre still likely to find available tickets online if youre willing to pay above the face value of the tickets. Try searching for the name of the production you want to see along with the city you want to see it in, such as Wicked Cleveland or Les Miserables Boston tickets or Lion King Houston.
Two other options for obtaining tickets would be to try calling Ticketmaster, or by calling the actual venue in your city where the show is playing. They should have tickets available, but the fastest and easiest way is to buy tickets online, just be sure you can trust the site. Look for seals or icons on the site that denote trustworthiness, such as Thawte, Better Business Bureau member, or Square Trade Merchant. Online ticket sites charge more than face value because youre paying for the convenience, and often for sold out or premium seating.
Regardless of how you acquire your tickets, just get them. If you are looking for a great date idea that will make you look cultured, mature, in-the-know, and that will set you apart from your competition, find a professional play or musical thats showing in your city, buy the tickets, and look like a hero.
. . . The front door opens and your date looks stunning, making you all the more happy youve got two tickets to a play tonight. The two of you climb into your car and drive to the theater district. After the two of you take your balcony seats and as you each sip wine, your gorgeous date looks at you just before the curtains go up and says, What a great idea it was to take me to a play, our next date is on me.
Copyright Jasn OConnor 2006
Jason OConnor runs Broadway