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I just returned from a visit to New York City.  Cindy and I went there to visit our son and daughter-in-law, and so that I could see a couple of Broadway shows.  I believe that good musical theater is one of the most powerful creative mediums on the planet.  It can make you laugh, or cry, or want to stand and cheer – all in the same show. The shows I saw (“The Light in the Piazza” and “Avenue Q”) did not disappoint.  The quality of the performances and the level of technical excellence in both shows was superb.  Those of us who write/perform/stage musical theater for the church-going audience can learn much about excellence of craft from the professionals who reach millions every year in NYC.  We don’t have to love every show they produce, nor do we have to agree with the show’s philosophies or point-of-view.  But there is no denying the power of good storytelling in the hands of theater professionals.

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