Two Broadway Shows to Experience

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Michael Schamis, an upper eastside New York sales professional, likes to attend the theater with his wife. A fan of musicals, Michael Schamis makes an effort to see Broadway shows as often as possible.

Through October of 2016, WICKED will command the stage at Gershwin Theatre. The show tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. The award-winning production takes audiences back to when the wicked witch first meets Glinda the Good. Developing a strong bond, the two are later divided by the labeling of one as “good” and the other as “wicked.”

Also on Broadway is the new musical Waitress. The cast has performance dates scheduled through January 1, 2017 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Waitress is a stage version of a popular movie of the same name. The musical, under the direction of Diane Paul, features a score by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and stars Jessie Mueller as Jenna, an expert pie maker who looks to start a new life away from a loveless marriage. The story of friendship and motherhood is told through Jenna’s pie-making process. Since its launch, the production has received nominations for best musical at multiple award shows.

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Pippin Revival on Broadway

Michael Schamis possesses diverse experience in areas such as newspaper photography editing, business development, and consulting services. He has worked with companies such as 5W Public Relations, Empire Divers, and MarketCounsel. In his free time, Michael Schamis enjoys attending Broadway shows in New York.

New York theatregoers can see the first Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Pippin at the Music Box Theatre through January 4th, 2015. Directed by Diane Paulus, this production has already earned four Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical Revival, and it includes fantastic acrobatics and Bob Fosse-style choreography.

The musical Pippin presents the story of a young prince named Pippin who seeks adventure by going to war. However, he meets a troupe of acrobatic performers, and the Leading Player convinces him to kill his father, King Charles, and seize the throne. Repenting, Pippin beseeches the Leading Player to restore his father to life, which she does. This leaves Pippin to choose between living a peaceful life with the widow Catherine with whom he fell in love or to continue on with the magical troupe of acrobats.

How to Find a Good Book to Read

Michael Schamis currently works as a sales associate with Mister Wright Fine Wines and Spirits in New York City. In his free time, Michael Schamis enjoys relaxing and expanding his knowledge by reading.

The benefits of frequent reading range from improved memory to the simple pleasure of enjoying a good story. Finding a compelling book to read, however, can be difficult. The website http://www.WhatShouldIReadNext.com is one of many that provide readers with suggestions based on authors and titles similar to works they have read before.

Other websites, like http://www.GoodReads.com, take a more general approach to making reading suggestions. The website, a favorite among book clubs, students, and publishers alike, provides lengthy suggestion lists that range in subject from genre to notable upcoming releases. Finally, http://www.whichbook.net takes a reader’s mood into account prior to making suggestions. Users of the site can toggle between moods such as optimistic and bleak, as well as between story descriptors like unexpected or down to earth.

Of Mice and Men Hits Broadway

Michael Schamis is a New York City resident who works as a sales associate for Mister Wright Fine Wines & Spirits on the Upper East Side. In his free time, Michael Schamis and his wife take advantage of all the best the city has to offer, including Broadway shows.

One of the all-time classic plays is Of Mice and Men, based on the novel by John Steinbeck who writes about an unlikely pair trying to survive during the Great Depression. The book, published in 1937, was written to easily translate to the play — in fact, Steinbeck said that though he wrote it as a novel, he did so in a way that it was “scened and set that it can be played as it stands.” The play version opened on Broadway the same year the novel was published.

Now, Of Mice and Men has come back to Broadway, opening April 2014 at the Longacre Theatre with James Franco as George and Chris O’Dowd as the tragically dimwitted Lennie. The show is directed by Anna D. Shapiro, whose previous credits include August: Osage County, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Director.