a15OK, Lost Cowboy is not a review site, but from time-to-time we like to pass along comments and observations about the books we read, the movies we see and the concerts and plays we attend.  Recently, we took a quick mid-week trip to New York to see a few of the shows that opened this spring.

First, we caught the revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, or better known as the Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe vehicle.  In my opinion, it is really hard to ruin this show, which is one of my favorites, especially with a big budget on Broadway. I was not disappointed, the show was high-energy fun.

About the show: “With the aid of a trusty self-help book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, wily window washer J. Pierrepont Finch (Daniel Radcliffe) enjoys a riotous rise up the corporate ladder. Can he get the promotion, the corner office and the girl, or will he learn balancing business and pleasure can be precarious – but hilarious and oh, so much fun?”

One of my all-time favorite nights in the theater on Broadway was seeing the last production of this show back in the mid-90’s which starred Matthew Broderick.  The new production is definitely well done and it is a thrill to know that – largely due to the star power of Mr. Radcliffe – the show is finding new generations of audiences.

Next, we caught the original musical “Wonderland” – which is a modern take on Alice in Wonderland. 

About the show: “An exciting new spin on the classic story of Alice and her Looking-Glass World, Wonderland is about a modern-day woman who goes on a life-changing adventure far below the streets of New York City, where a marvelous cast of familiar characters help her rediscover what’s really important.”

Well, the show was enjoyable enough, mostly due to the great cast.  However, I understand it will closing this weekena.17d, which means it never found an audience – but I read it will be going out on tour.

And last, but certainly not least, I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the hottest show in town, The Book of Mormon.  Everything you heard about this show is true – it is filthy, raunchy and shocking – and still, it is the funniest and most enjoyable show to come along in some time.

About the show: “Two young Mormons embark on a mission to spread the gospel in Uganda.”

That’s about all you can really say about the show which is otherwise hard to describe without giving too much away or using language inappropriate for this site – you really need to see it.  The Book of Morman is an original musical from the creators of “South Park” – so you can get an idea of the sensibility – which may not be everyone’s taste.  That said, even with the irreverence and clearly “blue” content, at its heart, The Book of Morman is a good old fashioned American musical comedy worthy of all the attention and kudos it has received.

That’s the spring theater report from Broadway…