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I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s what I’m listening to. Fair warning, it wanders and is subject to change on a daily basis.
“Game of Thrones” — We’re in the midst of the final season (finally), so if you’re not already a Throner (that’s a thing, right?) now’s the time. Why? Well, storytelling on an epic, sweeping scale, an army of the undead, and dragons. If you’re not already looking into an HBO subscription, we probably won’t be friends.
“Six” — This show, by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, blew up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017 (not literally, that would be bad) and has swiftly expanded its campaign for world domination to the West End, a UK tour, and a new production in Chicago this spring. Featuring the six wives of Henry VIII it’s a rock concert and history lesson all rolled up into one tight and sassy package. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably want to rewatch the Tudors. (You can listen to “Six” on Spotify, so no excuses.)
“Heathers” — I’m a little late to this party, but with a brand new West End cast album out this March now is the perfect time to discover this delightfully damaged, teenage angst musical. For those who aren’t familiar, think “Mean Girls” but way darker.
“The Band’s Visit” — This show may seem small on the surface, it’s one act and takes place over just a single day. However, it uses its time well. From the beginning we’re told that this story of an Egyptian band that winds up in the wrong town in Israel is not important, but that’s not entirely true. It’s not overtly preachy, it doesn’t beat you over the head with its message but it still has one mixed in with its floating melodies and enchanting moments of simple humanity. Sadly it closed on Broadway this April, but the good news is it’s touring so you still have plenty of chances to visit Bet Hatikva.
“Circe” by Madeline Miller — A mix of mythology and magic with some serious feminist themes, this novel flips The Odyssey on its head. Told from the perspective of Circe, a nymph and daughter of Helios, this isn’t the Greek mythology you were forced to read in school. It’s a sweeping, epic romance filled with love, loss, and adventure.