I received tickets to facilitate date night ideas in Seattle review; all opinions are my own.
Date Night Ideas
My husband works a lot and he works a 24 hr shift, so getting a date night together is tough. When I asked my husband to attend the opening night of EVITA on New Year’s Eve in Seattle, I thought he’d say no. It’s a rare night home for him and it’s a night we rarely go out. My husband is a firefighter so he knows all too well the dangers of drunk drivers. But instead of saying no, he said yes immediately! It turns out he remembered when our son performed EVITA 10 years ago in community theater and decided that seeing the new national touring show was worth the risk.
As it turns out, it was a spectacular evening and we were home safe in bed by 10:30pm. Long before the New Year craziness began. Live theatre isn’t as expensive as some might think. Tickets for this show start at $25 – very affordable and for 2-1/2 hours of live entertainment, I dare say it’s worth every penny.
We started our evening by going 2-1/2 hours early and parking at my favorite lot which is right across the street from the Paramount Theatre (parking $10 – you can avoid parking fees by taking the bus or rail). We walked over to Pacific Place and had planned on spending our time browsing books at Barnes & Nobles and having a light dinner in the Starbucks Cafe. Unfortunately, they were preparing to close, so we checked out the other restaurants within the shopping center. We decided on the Thai Ginger and were among several other theatre goers eating at their kitchen counter. We were thrilled with our food and service, even on such a busy night.
We headed for the theatre and soon arrived to the wonderful smell of grilled cheese in the lobby (I tried the basil & grilled cheese on my last visit and have been dreaming about them ever since). Since I’d eaten before we arrived, this time I opted for Tom Douglas’ Coconut Cream Pie with white chocolate shavings. While it was nearly impossible to eat with the plastic fork provided, we did manage to eat it, standing up, and we enjoyed every single bite. Don’t miss the amazing refreshments available in the lobby. If you’re not familiar with Tom Douglas, he’s an award-winning chef who owns the Dahlia Lounge and Bakery, and his creations are available at the Paramount.
Seating took longer than usual and we were misdirected three times (like a ping-pong ball we were sent back and forth between aisle 2 & 3). We finally found our seats and were thrilled to find we were very close to the stage. So close that we could see spit fly as the singers danced and sang – and boy did they! From the moment the show opens to the minute it ends, the cast displayed an amazing set of talents that just doesn’t stop.
EVITA on Tour
The show has a small cast, around 20, which is evident when several of the cast play multiple parts. I would have loved for them to use wigs to make it less obvious, especially with the women. I had to keep reminding myself that actress was no longer playing the part she had in act one. That said, they were able to create an amazing show. With the exception of a few lighting issues on occasion, the show was perfection.
Leads CAROLINE BOWMAN as Eva ( @CarolineVBowman) and JOSH YOUNG as Che (@joshpaulyoung) were the standouts. Bowman sang, danced, and rarely seemed even out of breath. She simply embodied the character of Eva Peron. She was matched talent for talent with the incredibly talented Young who commanded the stage from his first note. Read more about both of these young actors and their fellow thespians on the EVITA tour website. My husband admitted to tears as the curtain came down and the crowd rewarded the hardworking cast with a much deserved standing ovation. Bowman seemed genuinely touched by the crowds appreciation – it was a sweet moment.
Please consider seeing EVITA at the Seattle Paramount. If it doesn’t fit into your schedule, plan your next date night around these other shows coming soon. Tickets for this show are $25-$100, so affordable for any budget. Show tickets vary by tour so please check the STG site for current ticket information.
2013/2014 KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount series presented by Seattle Theatre Group (STG).
|Through Jan 5, 2014||Evita – Scored by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Tim Rice, Evita. A personal favorite, this show tells the story of the first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron.|
|March 11- April 6, 2014||The Lion King – One of Disney’s finest shows, this one is the story of Simba, the royal heir to the kingdom. A family friendly show.|
|May 27 – June 8, 2014||Once – Tony-winning musical based on the Academy Award-winning film.|