And a few other times theatre got aggressively sob-worthy.
By Rozzie Heeger (student/writer)
About a week ago, a few friends and I (along with what seemed like one hundred other students from our sometimes theatre-centric school) treated ourselves to our first Broadway show of second semester, Sting's masterpiece, The Last Ship. The show was incredible. I mean, beyond belief incredible. A beautifully crafted Broadway score written by an established rock musician, inspired performances from each lead and supporting player (as well as the aforementioned established rock musician), and a theatre filled with the soft sounds of muffled weeping.
Inspired by the reactions of my friends and myself at the last spoken words of Last Ship (which I will not give away, as it will spoil the plot and I am still praying to the theatre higher-ups that more people will have the opportunity to see this now deceased show), I have decided to look back on my theatre-watching experience and gather a short list of similarly emotional moments--plot turns, songs, and the like that make the average audience member keel over in their seat before standing up in time for a curtain call.