LaGuardia High School has their annual musical going on this month. Hairspray opened Thursday and is scheduled for 8 shows - a longer run than usual. The LaGuardia Concert Hall seats 1100 people. Ticket pre-sales (online) filled up more than 90% of all 8 shows. Add that to the amount of walk-in ticket-buyers and yes, all 8 shows will be sold-out. We all went on Friday (the 5 of us and my mom). I cannot even begin to tell you how impressed I was. I have seen tons of Broadway shows and this was right up there with those. The sets, and the acting, singing, and dancing were unbelievable. Costumes and sets are all done by the tech and art majors. The orchestra from the pit was fabulous as well. I had tears in my eyes after every number, mostly because I was so grateful and proud that my J goes to this amazing school, but also because all this talent is coming from 15-17 year-olds. This isn't like any high school play anyone has ever seen. Wow.
Guess who's visited the school over the last few months: Adrien Grenier, Madonna, Ellenore Scott, and a few famous classical musicians.