I just saw a commercial announcing the Broadway show Annie is closing in January. I am a HUGE fan of musical theater and I was lucky enough to see this terrific adaptation a couple of months ago with my family. I wanted to take a minute and tell you about something
that happened during this show that still gets me all choked up.
My family went to see the show and my kids were thrilled with the all the city has to offer. Simply driving along the packed streets of Manhattan taking in the scenery provided a good amount of excitement even before we got to the theater.
Unfortunately, my daughter was not a big fan of the show. By the middle of Act One she was done. I understood, I know the theater is not for everyone and a lot of kids just don’t get it. I didn't like the theater very much myself until I got a bit older. Anyway, my wife has seen the show about a million times so she offered to take my daughter window shopping and left me alone to watch Act Two with my son who just turned 7.
We sat in silence for most of Act Two. Then, a strange and wonderful thing happened. In the middle of one of the slower songs, I believe it’s called “Something was Missing”, I started to get emotional, I mean VERY emotional. (Side note here: I cry every time I watch the ending to ROCKY…Yep,,
EVERY time! LOL). As the tears started to come, I suddenly found myself overcome by the joy of having a great family that I love dearly. I also realized how unbelievably lucky I am to have their love in return. With tears rolling down my cheeks, I unexpectedly felt my son’s tiny hand on my face. He was wiping my tears away. When I looked at him, our eyes met and he smiled. I felt like he was reading my mind. He seemed to know without asking that my tears were not of sadness but of happiness. I put my arm around him and we watched the rest of the show.
For as long I live I will never forget that moment...