Life without entertainment would be dull and uninspiring. Time away from work and daily chores is important to keep from going crazy. All the forms of entertainment provide an escape from everyday life. For those who like a physical experience, there are amusement parks or virtual reality where you can be placed anywhere the imagination can conjure.
Music is a great way to escape and calm one’s mind. Live or recorded, listening to your favorite tunes can be a spiritual experience. Music is one of the most popular forms of entertainment and dates back to ancient times.
Film is a more recent development that is no less popular. Many an hour has been spent by thousands in movie theaters, thrilling to adventures, comedies, and westerns. With the advent of cable television, video tapes, DVD’s and streaming services, people can enjoy their favorite movies in the comfort of their homes.
Television is an extremely popular form of home entertainment. In the latter half of the 20th Century, it grew to dominate the home. With so many more channels and the ability to recorded and stream programs, television is more popular than ever.
The oldest form of performance art is the live variant. Plays date back to ancient Greece. Whether tragic or comedic, audiences have been coming to the theater for centuries. With the addition of music to a play, the musical was born. Musical theater, especially Broadway shows, has a huge fan base worldwide.
The Magic of the Musical
Theater-goers are attracted to the immediacy of the medium. There is something magical about seeing a story played out right in front of you with real people in real time. The show tunes in musicals are often catchy. Audience members sometimes find themselves singing them on their way out of the theater and may have them in their heads for weeks after. There is a unique element to a Broadway show that cannot be found anywhere else. If you have never been to one, you owe it to yourself to experience it firsthand.
Where to See a Musical
Arguably the best place to see a musical is Broadway, the Theater District in the City of New York. It is here that most of the great shows originate. Indeed, for one to be considered a success in musical theater, one must have Broadway credits. If you don’t live near New York and can’t get there, fear not. The best Broadway shows are usually performed by touring companies that travel from city to city across the U.S., bringing the magic to audience everywhere.
The best musicals generally land overseas. London is a popular destination for Broadway shows as are other European capitals. If you live in Europe or are planning to travel there, you can catch one of these outstanding musicals. A beautiful nation for tourists to visit which performs the best of Broadway is Norway.
Norway has a long tradition of theater, especially being the home of the great playwright, Henrik Ibsen. There are beautiful theaters throughout the country, many of which are located in Oslo. Two of the oldest and best known theaters in the city are The Norwegian Theater and the Oslo Nye Teater. These venues put on performances of classic and modern plays by Norwegian writers.
Should you wish to see a Broadway show in Oslo, you’ll want to visit the Chateua Neuf. The theater has hosted performances of many great Broadway shows featuring casts of local actors.
One of the longest running shows in Broadway history, “Grease” is frequently revived. Set in the 1950s, the show features the fun early rock and roll of the period and has humor and some touching moments. If you’ve seen and liked the film, you’ve got to see this show on stage.
Another outstanding musical you can see in Oslo is “The Show Must Go On”, a tribute to Queen. The show is filled with great music by the legendary rock group. It is a must see for fans young and old.
Musical fans in Norway are bubbling with excitement for January 2022. At that time the Chateau Neuf will proudly present the smash, award-winning Broadway hit, “Jersey Boys”. This vibrant show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, from their humble beginnings, through their drive to success and reaching legendary status. You will hear all of the groups greatest hits. If you plan to be in Oslo in 2022, get tickets to this amazing show.
Life without entertainment is merely survival. We all need an escape and some fun from time to time. Musical theater is one of the best forms of entertainment there is. Broadway is the epicenter, but you can see a great show in many places around the world. If you happen to be in Oslo, check out the theater scene. You’ll be glad you did.