The Sunday Giveaway: A ticket to see How I Learned To Drive with me.

There are just a few shows that have played on or off Broadway in NY that I have always regretted missing . . . and one of them is the show we’re giving away tickets to this weekend.

The winner of today’s giveaway is going to see Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Reaser in Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize Winning How I Learned To Drive at 2nd Stage!

How I Learned is one of those Off-Broadway plays that I thought would end up on Broadway the next time around.  But nope, 2nd Stage snapped it up and decided to do it the way it was intended . . . intimate and Off-Broadway.

But here’s the little wrinkle.   Since I never saw the original, and since I’m dying to see this one, you have to take me.  🙂

Deal?  Deal.

How do you win?

Simple.

Tell me the show that has played Broadway or Off-Broadway that you regret missing . . . and it doesn’t matter if you lived here or not when you missed it.  Was it Angels in America (another of mine) or Once On This Island (you missed something incredibly special).   Whatever it was, comment below and you could win a ticket (with me, remember, so get over it) to see the show!

 

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  • Morgan says:

    Frost/Nixon. Michael Sheen is one of my favorite actors of all time. But I was in town for four days and had to pick between Deuce and Frost/Nixon. I don’t regret seeing Deuce (Angela Lansbury and Marion Seldes. One of the best theatre going experiences of my life!) but I do regret not being able to see Frost/Nixon.

  • Randi says:

    The Producers with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick!

  • Alesandra says:

    Really regret missing Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide. I heard fantastic things about it and I heard the performances were incredible. So bummed I never got to catch it before it closed.

  • I missed the Cerveris/LuPone “Sweeney Todd” and really regret it.

  • Stephanie Wessels says:

    [title if show] I wanted to see this so badly in 2008 but couldn’t due to my current location! I followed their youtube show and even signed petitions! So bummed.

  • Kate says:

    I very much regret missing Into the Woods, although I was only a child and didn’t live here at the time. As for more recent ventures, I regret missing Peter and the Starcatcher, but now I’m getting my chance to make up for that 🙂

  • Amyleigh1982 says:

    The original Starlight Express. Alas, I was far too young.

  • Susan says:

    Very hard to pick one, since I am not young and do not see as much theater as I wish, but I would choose the original “Into the Woods”. Sondheim and Bernadette Peters. AHHH!

  • Jon says:

    I will always regret not pushing myself to see THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS on Broadway. It was one of those shows where I kept putting off attending to see a different show thinking that I would see it ‘soon’. I learned a great lesson from not seeing the show: “Don’t put off seeing a show that you really want to see. The end.”
    I will make sure to see the tour.

  • Meryl Streep in The Cherry Orchard at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre

  • Neil says:

    Would like to have seen Grand Hotel for a chance to see David Carroll before he passed away . He was magnificent.

  • Jake says:

    The original “A Chorus Line.” can’t even fathom what that would have been like to have been a part of!

  • Helene Montagna says:

    Sweeney Todd, both times. Whenever I listen to “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”, I imagine how glorious it must have been to hear the orchestra in the theatre. Stephen Sondheim, you are my musical theatre god.

  • Jeff says:

    Gypsy with Patti (Saw it at City Center, but not on B’way) and Caroline, Or Change.

  • JV says:

    I regretted not seeing Stephen Sondheim’s Passion on Broadway because I was too young to go see it and recently I was away and missed the short run of RED with Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne.

  • Blake says:

    Time Stands Still with Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James, both of whom I’d see in anything but never have.

  • Justin Nichols says:

    The 2004 revival of Assassins! I am in love with the show, and the recording, but I hadn’t fallen in love with it yet when it was still running.

  • Kim says:

    Les Mis with Colm Wilkenson. I’ve never gotten to see him live and it’s a favorite of mine.

  • Dave says:

    ironically, the show i regret missing the most was another off-broadway show starring norbert leo butz: “the last five years.” i would give anything to travel back and time and catch butz and sherie rene scott sing this score live that i’ve come to love so much through the cast recording. and although there have been rumors over the past few years that jason robert brown’s show is making its way to broadway, the magic that was that original off-broadway production will never be recreated.
    back then, i never really paid attention to what was happening off-broadway. now, i make it a point to see just as many off-broadway shows – and have caught gems (like once, in the heights, and the scottsboro boys) before they made their way to broadway.

  • Frank says:

    The original cast of Sweeney Todd… It’s a blessing to have the video with Angela L. and George H., but I would have loved to have seen Len C. and company in NY!!! Time machine moment!

  • Emily says:

    The first Broadway show my Dad offered to take me to was Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters. I had gone on school trips to see Broadway but that would have been special seeing a show with my Dad since he was the one I usually saw local theater with growing up in upstate NY. He had a catch though – it was either Annie Get Your Gun or my Senior Ball. In retrospect I would have much rather had the memory of seeing Bernadette on Broadway with my father rather than a night that really didn’t mean anything in the long run – that wasn’t really all that fun.
    I’m also bummed I never got to see The Scottsboro Boys. I might have to make a trip to Philly…

  • Ellen Burns says:

    Honestly (and seriously), I think every show I don’t see is one I regret…because each one could be “The Scottsboro Boys,” “Once,” “The Farnsworth Invention” or “The Temperamentals,” all shows without which, my life would be much the poorer. And I am so grateful to have seen “Chinglish;” it was tremendous!
    Of the shows I missed, “Angels in America” probably tops the list of those I regret the most; followed by “The Pajama Game” revival with HC, Jr. & KO. I might also say the original production of Godspell on Broadway, but I did see it multiple times at Ford’s Theater in DC in ’72-’73, so perhaps that almost counts!….
    I am currently a huge fan of the Godspell revival and when I urge people to see it, I say “you will regret missing this!”…so thanks for the question, it was great to think about…

  • RJ Magee says:

    Let me start by saying that it would be an honor to attend this production with you. I am a senior at Temple University in the theatre department and would love to pick your brain about the world of theatrical producing during intermission 🙂
    I am actually really bummed to have missed BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. I have the soundtrack and really enjoy the music. I am a huge of pop/rock musicals (like Godspell) and was sad to see the piece only last a short time on Broadway.

  • Lindsay says:

    Wish I had seen Sutton in Millie. 🙂

  • DJK says:

    Liev Shreiber was supposed to play Hamlet on my birthday, December 26th when I was 13. He got sick, and, as he was Hamlet, there was no understudy and the performance was canceled. I don’t know that his would have been the best Hamlet, or if it’s the best performance I missed, but it was certainly the one I felt most acutely- one of my favorite theatre actors in one of my favorite plays on my birthday. That hurts, especially when you’re 13!

  • Allie says:

    Patti LuPone in “Gypsy” without a doubt. I was even in NYC that summer before I moved here, but just didn’t get around to seeing it… Thanks for the reminder, Ken!

  • The Scottsboro Boys, because it really pushed the musical form and had these great artists involved — Kander and Ebb, Susan Stroman, John Cullum, Joshua Henry. I tried to see it one night, but it was sold out, then I kept thinking it would be extended … and all of sudden, it seemed, it was gone. Should have tried harder. I think I was in denial about the closing notice.

  • Catherine Ann says:

    Bare when it was Off-Broadway. At the time, it was so different. It covered the problems that youths face that no one ever talked about.

  • Luke says:

    Follies! I didn’t realize until it was too late that they closed this weekend. Darn stephen sondheim shows only lasting a few months.

  • Jon says:

    Either Scottsboro Boys or August: Osage County, both of which I had tickets to and had to cancel at the last minute.

  • Abby says:

    I’m certainly with you on the original ANGELS – and I WAS in New York! Ugh! Two others I regret missing: the original production of RAGTIME- killer cast and I loved the revival, so it would have been fun to compare the two- and I also wish I had seen M BUTTERFLY. For Off-Broadway, I do wish I had made my way over to the old Sullivan Street Playhouse during the original run of THE FANTASTICKS. That’s simply history!
    And just for fun- who wouldn’t have wanted to see the original CARRIE or SHOGUN?

  • Amy says:

    The production was riddled with dilemmas but how can I resist…
    Don’t let it be forgot
    That once there was a spot,
    For one brief, shining moment
    That was known as Camelot.
    I did not live on earth when it opened. Sorry I missed it.

  • Kyle says:

    The most recent show I regret missing is The Select (The Sun Also Rises). It closed the weekend before I was in town.

  • Emily says:

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! I WISH I saw that and regret that SO much!

  • John says:

    I regret missing Aida by Tim Rice and Elton John. I heard the music and enjoyed some of it but really wanted to experience the whole effort.

  • Debbie says:

    13!!! I can’t believe that I missed it. Everyone that I know who has seen it (and seen it MANY times) constantly rave about it! I wish I saw that!

  • Gaby Gold says:

    CoCo with Katherine Hepburn

  • kim says:

    There are so many, but I have ALWAYS regretted missing Grey Gardens. 🙁

  • Erin says:

    original wicked cast
    starlight express

  • Randi says:

    Aida. So upset I missed that.

  • Eva says:

    Moose Murders. I’d love to know what the fuss was all about but closed before I had the chance. I did go as Moose Murders one year for Holloween(It was leftover from Billwinkle the year before).

  • Michael R. says:

    Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, with Julia Murney, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, etc.

  • Nancy Paris says:

    I wish i could have seen “Flower Drum Song”. We had the cast album when I was a kid, and I re-staged all the numbers in the show in my living room, with my sister and neighborhood kids. I made myself the choreographer and star.

  • Jeffrey says:

    honestly – SIDESHOW with ALICE RIPLEY AND EMILY SKINNER.

  • Elmie says:

    I would have more to say if the question was: which show you wanted to see and have almost missed, and than still got to see on the last minute in some miraculous way (because that’s how I got to see my most favorite shows)
    I guess I regret not seeing Hugh Jackman, because when the tickets were still available I thought it wouldn’t be anything special. And when I heard otherwise – it was completely sold out 🙁

  • Brian Hajjar says:

    Hey Mr. Davenport,
    I regret seeing the revival of Guys and Dolls two years ago because at the time, we did it at my school for our main stage show. It would of been great to see how Tituss Burgess had done the role of Nicely due to the fact that I played that role in high school.
    I would love to see a show with you!
    Brian Hajjar

  • Dan says:

    There are many I regret missing- there always will be. But if I could go back in time, my first stop would be to Sept 29, 1983, to see the 3,389th performance of A Chorus Line, which Michael Bennett restaged for one evening. Or maybe I’d set my time machine several months earlier, so I could take in Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (And Don’t You Ever Forget It) as well. I love big flops, and that one appears to be one of the floppiest.

  • jessica says:

    I am still kicking myself for missing out on “The Story of My Life.” For those who were lucky enough to see the show were left with a profound inspiration that has lasted way beyond the few performances it ran.

  • Peter says:

    Glory Days!

  • I wish I could have seen PASSING STRANGE – I mean, I saw it on dvd, but that just isn’t the same…. Also, the recet FOLLIES. That one slipped thru my fingers.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    I really regret not seeing Les Mis live on stage! I missed the original AND revival here in New York!
    A more recent show that I really wish I had gotten a chance to get down to see was the revival of Ragtime. Again, I’ve never seen the show and that just seems like a big mistake!! Plus I heard nothing but good things about that production. What I really regret is that it didn’t have a longer run so that more people could see it.

  • Mark says:

    First, How did you miss Angels in America…again? Next time around I hope.
    I’d have to say The Last Five Years. To see Norbert perform live, after the cast album was able to stir up so much in me would’ve been unbelievable. I think we should see the show together so I can get the chance to see him this time and you can get the chance to see the show with a “pretty cool dude”.

  • Michael L. says:

    Nicholas Nickleby. I was in college, and my Drama professor was getting everyone to boycott the production because they were charging $100/ticket (these were the good ol’ days — I think that was the first-ever 3-digit ticket). Boy, I wished I had found a way to scrape up the bucks.

  • liz wollman says:

    I would have loved to have seen the infamous “Carrie.”

  • Coram Boy. There are so many shows I would have loved to see, but this one pangs me because the likes of which will not be seen again on Broadway. But I take that egotistical, theater know-it-all statement back; I’m bummed I didn’t see it because it spoke to my heart. And I didn’t listen.

  • Leah says:

    March 1964 – Funny Girl. ‘nuf said

  • David g says:

    Would have really liked to see RAGTIME on broadway.

  • Melissa says:

    Gypsy! I don’t know how I missed it, but I am very sad that I did

  • San D says:

    Book of Mormon. Yes, that one. I am stubborn and won’t go because of the USE of language. OK, so I have been known to let an “f” word fly once in awhile, particularly if I lost my keys, but, as someone who enjoys the use and sound of words, I would like them to be used more appropriately. Fuddy duddy maybe. But in the M*therf*cker with the Hat, the words were used appropriately, in anger, and with great spit and emotion. I understand the language makes people feel hip and cool, but I’ll pass. Unfortunately by all accounts I will be missing a great “old fashioned” musical.

  • Stephanie says:

    Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. I listen to the soundtrack and just wish I could see that cast bring the show to life.

  • Kristopher says:

    I should really be building my time machine instead of typing this, but when I do I’ll go back and see the double-cast signed revival of Big River… and before coming home, I’ll stop and see the original cast, too. Wanna come, Ken?

  • Sabrina L says:

    Eli’s Comin’ – it’s sounds like it would’ve been a great cast, I love the Vineyard and I really love Mandy Gonzalez!

  • nickleshi@aol.com says:

    I totally regret not seeing The Who’s Tommy when that was on Broadway. One of my favorite albums and heard good things about the Broadway version but never had the chance to see it. 🙁 Hope there’s a revival someday.

  • Jackie says:

    I have a soft spot for the story of/music from “The Boy From Oz”…
    A close second is “Spelling Bee”
    Both are shows that I should have seen but never got around to it.

  • Beth says:

    Taboo, without a doubt. Raul Esparza? Boy George? Rosie O’Donnell producing? I know it was slammed in the press and had what seems like loads of backstage drama, but the score/cast album are fantastic and quite beautiful.

  • Katy M says:

    Into the Woods

  • Amanda says:

    Thoroughly Modern Millie! I absolutely love Sutton Foster as well as Marc Kudisch and Gavin Creel, and this just seems like such a fun show. Love the tapping too! The story of how Sutton came from the ensemble to take on the lead seems to be a very cool back-story too.

  • Brandon says:

    I’ve never seen a stage production of Man of La Mancha.
    As a kid, my first cast recording was a cassette of the London “complete” recording with Keith Mitchell and Joan Diener. I wore the tape out imagining the musical on stage. Since then, I haven’t dared see a production. So this would be my “time machine musical”, but the time travel would have to include a brief stop in the 1980’s to pick up Teenage Brandon and take him along.

  • Broadway Brian says:

    I am extremely grateful to have seen many of the shows others have listed. The ones that got away from me are: performance 3,389th of ACL ( I saw the original production 13 times including closing night), Side Show, original productions of Sweeney Todd (seen 7 other major produtions), Follies and Company(I’ve seen 5 major productions of each. ) but the one I missed the most is Capeman. I am a huge theatre fan and a huge Paul Simon fan. To see it, flaws and all, would be a check off my bucket list. WIth all that said, Ken we could have a facinating conversation at HOW I…
    Ken I have an idea for another contest. Name a show which you have seen a 2nd production and wished you hadn’t because it lessened the fond memory of the production you saw first. I can think of three very quickly; A Chorus Line, once Mario Lopez came into the revival they destroyed the integretity of show by trying to feature him. Oklahoma! the 79 revival was wonderful, the Patrick Wilson revival was mediocre and Follies, the Blythe Danner production did not hold a candle to the Papermill Production with Donna McKechnie and Ann Miller. Follies 88 in London, the Encores! production and Bernadette revival all helped my erase the BD version!

  • Todd says:

    This is an easy one for me…Coast of Utopia and Pillowman.

  • mary ellen ashley says:

    How I Learned to Drive

  • Barbara says:

    I regret not seeing the original Wicked, the original Rent, and the original A Chorus Line with my daughter’s acting teacher in it! (I also wish I had seen Lend Me a Tenor, I heard it was hysterical)

  • I would love to have seen Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou

  • Perin says:

    Two in particular: the original cast of “My Fair Lady” (Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison) and (at the other end of the spectrum) “Moose Murders”.

  • Dan Strader says:

    I would have enjoyed being in the audience to watch Ian McKellen and Tim Curry in the original production of Amadeus.

  • Miranda says:

    Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme. With his color and spectacle, I *so* wish I could have seen his take on my favorite opera!

  • Still stings when I think about missing Scottsboro Boys. I had good reasons and had full intention to see the show. But…. they closed before I could blink and get an actual ticket.
    Lorna Ventura

  • Mitch Kess says:

    HAIR the first time

  • Matt says:

    Oh Ken, Every season there are so many plays that close and I kick myself for having not put forth the extra effort to see them. Off the top of my head – Good People at MTC (although I hear I may have another chance), Barrow Street’s Our Town, Epic Theatre Ensemble’s Passion Play, MTC’s Rabbit Hole, MTC’s Sight Unseen, MTC’s Blackbird (I really should get an MTC subscription!) But let me tell you of the play that I almost missed but got to see the final week and was so glad I did. Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphosis at Circle in the Square. What an incredible production. Watching the cast of Godspell splash around in the same space reminded me of that coup de theatre.

  • Ilya says:

    There are several, but Annie Baker’s “Circle Mirror Transformation” comes to mind. Back when it was running at Playwrights Horizons, I thought it looked like a high-concept hipster play that paid homage to the tropes of indie mumblecore movies. Having read it many times since then, I now understand that it’s a wise, sensational, and truly special work that rewards multiple readings. When I worked for a theater producer two years ago, the script passed my desk (too slow for Broadway), though fortunately it compelled me to see “The Aliens,” which remains one of my favorite plays. When I started graduate school in theater, I realized that CMT is a play you have to live with, and keep close at hand, like a good friend, and periodically consult, whenever you’d like to revisit what being human means. Thanks, Ken.

  • Dan R. says:

    That’s really tough! How I Learned to Drive has a place in my heart, too! I was a student intern for the Advanced Acting class at my high school when I was a senior, and I actually ended up being able to teach it to the class because it was in an approved textbook! The way the play is structured and the respect with which the characters are depicted is just so perfect!
    As far as all of the shows I was feasibly alive and able to see, I’d say the 2008 production of Road Show- while there’s debate as to whether it was actually a new production, it seems as though that was the official debut production of what may be Sondheim’s final work.
    I was fifteen years old and I had spent the past two years studying Sondheim’s shows and learning so much about myself and who I wanted to become as a theatre artist. I thought it would be amazing to catch the end of my favorite artist’s era at the beginning of my own journey. My parents weren’t having it, though. I begged to go for weeks; trying to do anything to persuade them. I started looking into the bus system to see if there was any way to sneak up, but I didn’t have the nerve. I’m just hoping Steve has another one in him (and I know he’s a fan of How I Learned to Drive, too!).

  • Yosi Merves says:

    So many possibilities, some of which I have seen mentioned below:
    Parade
    Once on this Island
    Ragtime (original production)
    Beauty and the Beast (Palace Theatre)
    Angela Lansbury in any musical
    Big River
    A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden)
    Me and My Girl
    Crazy for You
    Follies (original production)

  • Caitlin C says:

    AIDA (otherwise would have had made a clean sweep of seeing Adam Pascal’s productions on Broadway)
    SPRING AWAKENING
    NEXT TO NORMAL
    Would love to go see the show with you! It’s been on my to-see list this winter, and I’m determined to not have it added to my list of mist opportunities.

  • Robin says:

    Red. By the time I went to get tickets, it was sold out for the rest of the run!

  • Todd says:

    …and one more, Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Elissa says:

    A Chorus Line! A Chorus Line! A Chorus Line! (too young for the original, missed the revival). The things I’d do to be able to go back in time and see Ms. McKechnie shine in Music and the Mirror.
    I’m also miserable I missed West Side Story and Next to Normal

  • Panic13B says:

    i regret missing the off-broadway production and original broadway cast (i.e., amy spanger) of rock of ages. i have seen it many, many times since then, but i would have loved to have seen the evolution of the show first-hand.

  • Mike says:

    Sunset Blvd

  • Julia says:

    There are many, but the most recent was Lysistrata Jones. It opened during finals period and I was planning on seeing it as soon as I got back into town after break. Alas, they announced a closing date for the day before I returned.

  • Matt says:

    The 1956 New York Premiere of O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”. Not only is it the finest play by arguably the finest American playwright of the 20th Century, but it’s also remarkable to think of a production of such a turgid, lengthy show being so wildly successful on the Great White Way (it won both the Pulitzer and the Tony in ’57). It’s reaffirming to remember that such an intimate, heart-wrenching piece of work was so eagerly received on Broadway, when nowadays (as you noted) most work of that style is inevitably relegated to smaller off-Broadway stages.

  • Jason says:

    Being someone who LOVES dance and also really enjoyed the movie it was based on, I deeply regret missing BILLY ELLIOT. I REALLY wanted to see that show and heard nothing but good reviews! I don’t know why I never got tickets (being unemployed for quite some time probably had something to do with it) but unfortunately it is now closed. Same goes for A Chorus Line (the revival)….why didn’t I act sooner?!
    Norbert Leo Whatz?! Paul Who-gel?! I just want to win a date with Mr. Davenport! 😉

  • Justin says:

    I regret not having seen “In the Heights” (either on or off-Broadway), “The Scottsboro Boys” (again, on or off-Broadway) and “The Seafarer.” In my musical theatre studies, I was assigned to listened to the score of “In the Heights” and after that first listen, I couldn’t believe that this musical came through and that I had never even thought to see it. For “Scottsboro Boys,” I wasn’t able to get away from school to check it out and when I finally was able to get to NY for a few days, it’s Broadway production had closed. Finally, I’ve really gotten into Conor McPherson’s work (and Irish theatre in general) and after reading “The Seafarer,” I’ve gone on to read “The Weir,” “Shining City,” and a few of his one-man shows. The next time a play of his makes it to NY, I’m definitely booking a ticket ASAP.

  • Joe Frazzetta says:

    My preference goes back to the 1950s. I would love to have been in the audience for off-Broadway’s THE GOLDEN APPLE. Knowing the music from its cast album and other recordings, I believe it to be a masterpiece. The book is based on a classic of literature and it all to come together in a perfect blend.

  • Ryan B says:

    I will forever regret not seeing “Gray Gardens”! It was just one of those shows that I never got to until it was too late! I have regretted it ever since!

  • Seth Duerr says:

    Besides missing How I Learned to Drive?!
    I’ll always regret missing the original Off-Broadway production of ASSASSINS. If the recording is any indication, I missed one hell of a show.
    Garber, Monk, Mann, Cassidy, et al. Brilliant.
    The Broadway production was way too large for the piece and all the nuance went out the window, despite some fun ideas by Mantello and his design team.

  • Kevin Jeffers says:

    Equus is a close second (however having seen the movie, I am content). What I would have loved to have seen in the original is Porgy and Bess–the music and story were (still are) way ahead of their time!

  • Megrojahn says:

    How do you pick? I would have loved to see RENT in workshop. I also really wanted to see Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Peter and the Star-Catchers. But I think the biggest regret for a show would be A Life in Theater, with TR Knight (Who I had no clue who he was, and the lady was obviously trying to sell it to the fact I’m young and he was on Grey’s anatomy or something)And Patrick Stewart. I almost changed my mind to see Patrick Stewart but saw Phantom instead. I had so many more opportunities to see Phantom, I don’t know why I didn’t go see A Life in Theater instead. Sigh.

  • Katie O'Brien says:

    There are sooo many Broadway shows I’ve regretted missing, but I’d have to say the biggest ones that I regret are either the Assassins revival or the Sweet Charity revival. Both starred Denis O’Hare, whom I adore.
    However, all is not lost– I have both cast cds from the shows so I can pretend that I’m there, and Denis is in a show at New York Theatre Workshop which I will most definitely NOT be missing! 😀

  • SarahJane says:

    Ragtime- Original Cast

  • I would have loved to have seen the 1994 LCT revival of Carousel, which has really become one of my favorite shows of all time.
    I just recently saw Porgy and Bess, my first time seeing Audra McDonald live, and she was incredible. To have seen her in Carousel would have been amazing (granted I would have been 9 and probably wouldn’t have appreciated it quite as much).

  • Jean Ann says:

    Man, there are so many I’ve wished I’d seen but one that comes to mind is “The Last Five Years”, I’m a big JRB fan and I fell in love with the soundtrack but never got to see the show…plus I’m a huge Norbert Leo Butz fan (he could sing the phone book and I’d melt)!! 🙂

  • Matt Corriel says:

    No question in my mind: Bea Arthur: Just Between Friends.

  • Lisa B says:

    I really regret not seeing Dance of the Vampires. Seriously. The score was beautiful (in the German version with Steve Barton) and it was a huge hit in Europe, in spite of its campiness. On Broadway, with Michael Crawford, it was the Spiderman, before Spiderman and I heard it was both better and worse than I could imagine. And Michael Crawford looked a bit like Liberace after he died in the production photos. I’ve looked on you tube for bits and pieces and I wish I could have seen it. Yes it was a train wreck and expensive, and there were dancers that flew and of course the love theme was Total Eclipse of the Heart and the opening number is an homage to garlic, but I really wanted to see it. Ken, I would love to be your date!

  • mybigsplash@hotmail.com says:

    Ruined, by Lynn Nottege. I had to turn down tickets at a certain point because I was in school, but now I wish I’d seen it.

  • Keni Fine says:

    Victor Victoria (or anything with Julie Andrews); the original Fiddler on the Roof; more recently, The Light in the Piazza.

  • Tim R. says:

    ‘THE PILLOWMAN’… It’s my number one regret (especially after reading it!)

  • Ben B. says:

    I would have to say that every show I miss is one that I regret not seeing! I try to see as much as possible – so I get mad each time I miss something… there’s just too many to get to them all!

  • Lindsay B says:

    The Last Five Years because it is somehow the only show that has starred Norbert Leo Butz in New York City that I have missed. Somehow I’ve managed Rent, 50 Words, Wicked, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can (closing night, so it was close); you get the picture. I have loved all of his work, even in the less than spectacular productions. All I’m left with is the heartbreaking soundtrack to The Last Five Years, and all of the regional productions that are at least making someone money doing what they love.

  • Jeryl says:

    Living in the suburbs with two little girls and a limited budget, there are a lot of shows I would like to see that I never get to. However, one that comes to mind that I would have liked to see but didn’t is In the Heights.

  • Brooke says:

    “A Little Night Music”…. So sad I missed it and even worse, still haven’t seen it live. Biggest regret for sure.

  • Kaitlyn says:

    Oh boy. There’s lots of shows I’ve never seen, that I’ve always wanted to see. And someday when I get to the city, I plan on making plans to see lots of shows. But the one show, that I’ve never seen, and have wanted to see ever since I saw the movie and fell in love with it, is RENT! Oh man…to see that live! I have the DVD of the live show, but, come on. That is NOT the same as seeing live theatre. But it’s probably one of my absolute favorite shows next to Hairspray, that one I did see. At K-State, but I still saw it. And that completed my life. But RENT! will forever complete my life if I get to see it some day.
    Hmm…now I really want to re-read Without You.

  • Cash says:

    The first production of The Glass Menagerie. Some years ago I saw a documentary with interviews of scads of actors who worked in New York theater in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, and every one of them said that the single most affecting performance they had ever seen was Laurette Taylor in The Glass Menagerie.

  • sara says:

    I missed seeing LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES with Alan Rickman, I was either not here or couldn’t afford a ticket — and the many discount possibilities did not exist then. My only option was house tickets, and I certainly could not afford them — I have heard from so many people how great it was.

  • Anthony says:

    Parade
    The Scarlet Pimpernel
    Chess
    Hugh Jackman’s recent show
    Urinetown

  • EllenFD says:

    The original MY FAIR LADY was before my time and I’d always been a big fan of Rex Harrison’s, so I was excited when I heard about an upcoming revival of MFL in the early ’80s. As it happened, illness and then a lot of career and family obligations got in the way, and I somehow missed his run in the revival. There went my last chance to see an icon performing his iconic role. I love playing the original cast recording as well as the film soundtrack and watching my MFL tape, but I still kick myself for missing Rex in person.

  • Kathleen Turner in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. I wanted to be sunk down in my seat letting her wolfiness wash over me!

  • Scott says:

    First, I would be honored to take you, dinner included.
    Side Show. I missed Side Show by a few hours. I was living in San Francisco at the time and had tickets to travel to Europe via New York. Unfortunately, my airline ticket dates weren’t flexible and they put me in the city a few hours too late to make it to the theater on time. I had planned on seeing the show, but unfortunately poor attendance closed this show way too early.

  • Rick says:

    since i’ve lived in nyc for only four and a half years, there are many shows that i missed in the many years i was just a regular visitor. it would take all day to really think about it and come up with THE one i’m most sorry to have missed, so i’ll go with one that i actually had a ticket for. it was the first preview of a new musical on my last night in town for that trip. due to technical complications, they cancelled the first four previews, and i missed one of the great flops: DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES.

  • Becca says:

    Blasted at SoHo Rep. I was in grad school, didn’t want to spend the money on full-price tickets, and figured it’d be easy to get rush tickets. WRONG. I waited outside in hopelessly long lines on three extremely bitter New York City winter nights and never got to see the show.

  • So many… but I will choose the 1998 revival of “Cabaret” with the amazing Alan Cumming and the late Natasha Richardson. I cry listening to the spectacular Cumming sing “I Don’t Care Much” and can only imagine how powerful of a performance Richardson presented – I feel cheated I was not able to see her on stage before she passed. It’s such a powerful show!

  • Jon Kakaley says:

    The 2008 revival of “Eccentricities of a Nightingale” by Tennessee Williams at the Clurman Theatre.
    Williams is one of my all time favorite writers, and “Summer and Smoke” (“Eccentricities of a Nightingale” is a revised version of “Summer and Smoke”) is my favorite Williams play.
    Should have won the Pulitzer, but there was a lot of competition that year.

  • Margie says:

    I see everything that appeals to me so there wasn’t a show I regretted not seeing, or so I thought, until your post. Now I’m sorry I didn’t see “Once on This Island,” because you say it was so special. There is NOTHING I would like better then to see how YOU react to a show. Take me and I promise to give you the FULL arm rest.

  • Once on This Island – I used to listen to that soundtrack over and over when I was younger and living in NH. Going to listen to it again now – thanks for reminding me!

  • Z says:

    Clybourne Park.

  • Nick Minas says:

    August: Osage County. I mean wow, I was in Chicago when it premiered at STEPPENWOLF and then in NYC as it was wrapping up its Broadway run but still never made it. How is that possible?

  • Kristen L says:

    I really wish I had seen [title of show].

  • Malini says:

    I really really wish I saw Grey Gardens. The story of the forgotten Bouviers is really compelling. I wish I could have scene Christine Ebersole as Little Edie.

  • Malini says:

    I posted too quickly! The other show I would have loved to have seen and be in the audience for is The Colored Museum…which I ended up directing in school. So good.

  • ECP says:

    In a word–AMADEUS.
    Of course my evil twin would go deliciously mid-brow and cite Angela Lansbury’s MAME.

  • Ronni says:

    I would’ve loved to see “Once On This Island” or “[title of show]”.

  • Lexi says:

    Dead Man’s cell phone

  • Jordan says:

    I really wish I’d seen “Speech and Debate” at the Public Underground. The play is fascinating and a really fun read, Karam’s really gaining ground now with “Sons of the Prophet,” and there’s a bunch of great images that come off the pages. I would’ve loved to check it out.

  • Eric says:

    Definitely the 1994 Carousel! I was only six, so I didn’t have a great deal of influence over which productions I attended 🙁

  • Stephen says:

    Good People. I had the chance to see it via TDF, I think, in previews, but never got around to it. I had seen David Lindsay-Abaire’s earlier, more abstract works and loved them but then missed Rabbit Hole as well (a second regret) and wish I could’ve seen Frances McDormand in what I heard was such a good performance in such a tight play.

  • Shannon D. says:

    Sadly, I missed “The Tempermentals” with Michael Urie at NWS 🙁
    My Best Friend and I were so excited to see it that we purchased tickets as soon as we could! However, the AFTERNOON BEFORE we were going, I received a frantic call from her that it is closing… TONIGHT!
    I checked my email, and alas, Telecharge had sent me an email stating I was refunded for my purchase. 🙁
    It was such an acclaimed piece of art, and sadly I will never see it with such a brilliant cast.
    I still have yet to see Mr. Urie perform (Hopefully I can aquire a rush ticket to “How to Succeed” in the near future).

  • I went to the theater and couldn’t get tix for the last week of the revival of Pacific Overtures.
    And after seeing the documentary Every Little Step, I wish I had seen the revival of Chorus Line just for the chance to see the guy who played Paul– who left creative team– and me— crying after his audition.

  • Emily M says:

    Although a lot of shows nag at me intellectually for missing them, the one that hurts my heart is FLOYD COLLINS.

  • Jake says:

    I’m still mad I missed the recent Sunday in the Park with George. It was the Year of Revivals (South Pacific/Gypsy/Sunday…) and my infatuation with the other two meant that I missed the third. I’ve seen amateur productions since, and based on pictures/clips, I’m sure I would have been enchanted by Sondheim’s other revival that year.
    I’m also still furious I didn’t shell out the dough to see Kelli O’Hara in the Roundabout concert of She Loves Me. The Playbill article recounting the evening almost brought me to tears and her clip of “Will He Like Me?” from the Kennedy Center Honors is one for the YouTube history books.

  • Getpublished says:

    Tried for Pacific Overtures revival in person during its last week on a rare trip to NYC, couldn’t get in.
    And after seeing Every Little Step, and the audition for Paul, which brought the creative team–and me– to tears, I wish I had seen the revival of A Chorus Line.

  • Jillian says:

    Chess! I’m so over reading everyone else’s opinions on the show and it’s problems. I would have loved to see it for myself.

  • Matt says:

    I regret not seeing Jude Law in Hamlet. While there have been untold number of great performances and productions, including (or even especially?) some tiny, many amateur/school productions, I would have loved to have seen the show with in full-on Broadway scale.

  • John Presutti says:

    I regret missing the original cast in “WICKED” and the original cast in “RENT” Loved both shows but was sorry not to see them with the original performers…
    Also sad to miss “promies promises” last year! 🙁

  • Lana Matrai says:

    I really regret missing the Off-Off Broadway show “She Loves Me.” I heard that it was an awesome musical!

  • I’ve only been living in the city for the past year and a half, so I’m going to choose from that time…
    I wish I had seen La Bete. Many of my classmates and teachers saw it, said it was a “must see” and that “Mark Rylance gave a master class in acting.”
    So that’s the one I wish I had seen.

  • I wish I had seen the Sondheim and John Weidman musical, “Road Show”, when it was at the Public Theater. It was originally called “Bounce”. I love everything Sondheim, but I just could not get tickets. Also, wish I had seen “Urinetown” and “Brief Encounter” which was recently at Studio 54. I also wish I’d seen “The Farnsworth Invention” by Aaron Sorkin.
    So many shows, not enough time.

  • Valentina says:

    I regret missing the American Idiot show with the original cast.

  • Sandy says:

    Sorry I missed Sweeney Todd when it was last on Broadway. Bummer.

  • Marty Strenczewilk says:

    Ken, the one I most regretting is actually the play we are talking about going to see. I have never had such a genuinely visceral experience reading a script as I did when reading How I Learned To Drive. It was literally the kind of thing that I could not put down if I were in the middle of a hurricane with monkeys climbing on my head and when I finally finished reading it, I sat there unable to speak for what seemed like eternity as I took it all in – to me, that is the sign of a genuine masterpiece – when you keep that feeling after you’re done with it, because disconnecting from it isn’t as immediate as the last page. Also, any play that can hit you like that from the page has me chomping at the bit to see how someone else might put it on stage.

  • Joshua Quinn says:

    I wish I had seen M. Butterfly when it was on Broadway, but I was just a little guy then! I love reading it and saw it regionally once, but not the same, I’m sure.
    Also, I’d love to see the original production of Ragtime again, now that I’m older that when I saw it in 1998. The revival was great, but I wish I remember more to compare to the orignal. Ah well!

  • Jared says:

    The original cast of “The Producers.” I’ve seen the show multiple times since then and while I’ve enjoyed it, no cast seems to have captured the pure joy emanating from that original cast recording.

  • Tara says:

    Two recent missed show regrets I have both coincidentally starred Norbert Leo Butz. “Enron”, which I wanted to see primarily for the spectacle of it all. “Speed-the-Plow” which I had wanted to see from the start (it’s one of my favorite plays) and then wanted to see it 100 times more once Butz took over for Piven, but I never was able to work my schedule out. I reread “Speed-the-Plow” every few months (I use one of Karen’s monologues for auditions) and every time I reread it I regret not seeing it all over again.

  • Sue says:

    Dreamgirls, with Jennifer Holliday. I was young and living in Manhattan, but I was between college and grad school and simply could not afford it.
    Evita for the same reason, but I already have my tickets to see it with Ricky Martin this spring.
    Original cast of Wicked, particularly Kristen Chenoweth.
    I did get to see Rent about 6 times, including an NYTW performance before it moved to Broadway!

  • “Amadeus” with Tim Curry and Ian McKellen.
    At the time I was a very young woman (aged 18), living in my native Phoenix, AZ–with a big crush on Mr. Curry; and a passion for theatre. I saw the touring cast, sans Mr. McKellen and Mr. Curry, at the ASU Gammage Auditorium; and my fate was sealed. I decided I would apply to to college in New York, although I had never been there in my entire life. It worked out very well; I applied to AADA–NY campus, auditioned in Tucson, AZ and was accepted! It changed my life, brought me to my beloved NYC and a lifetime of acting on most every Off Off Off Broadway stage in NYC, and still counting. I also made it to “Broadway” — I became an usher in the 80s; met and saw Mr. Curry on stage (several times). Still, I wish I had seen “Amadeus” on Broadway w/Mr. Curry and Mr. McKellen.

  • Andy says:

    I would have loved to see the original Off-Broadway production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.

  • Marybeth says:

    The Secret Garden. I was the perfect age for it at the time it was on Broadway and it remains one of my favorite books. I listened to the soundtrack on cassette so many times.

  • Cam says:

    Wow Ken I guess it will be “Chinglish” because I won’t be able to make it to NYC until next month.

  • Evelyn says:

    I regret never having seen Rent. I see practically everything every season, and, somehow, I managed to miss it. At least I got to see the movie (small consolation).

  • Rita Rigano says:

    I have to go with what is, for me, a sentimental favorite – The Music Man. As a kid, I loved the movie (and Robert Preston). Oh, to have seen that show live! (bonus – Barbara Cook!)

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