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Our Favorite Theatrical Moments of the Decade

December 24, 2019 by TodayTix
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It’s the end of an era, or decade rather. The past 10 years have seen some monumental shows (“Hamilton,” anyone?) and, dare we say it, we might have hit a new golden age of theater. From diversity and inclusion leading the charge onstage and off to Hollywood bringing musicals and plays to the big screen, the 2010s have boasted some incredible theater.

The TodayTix staff reflected on some of our favorite theatrical moments of the past ten years. Take a trip down memory lane below as we share some of highlights of the decade in theater.

Sleep No More (2011)

I’ve never had another experience that so instantly changed my entire perspective on what theater can be and how I can engage with it. Seeing “Sleep No More” was unlike any other theatrical experience I’ve ever had and was three hours of pure adventure and amazement. – Geri, Accounts Team

Anything Goes Tonys Performance (2011)

The massive dance break performed from “Anything Goes” at the Tonys. I mean, COME ON! I watched that video on YouTube 700 times and tried my best to learn that dance. Still gives me chills. – Courtney, Marketing Team

Into the Woods at Shakespeare in the Park (2012)

One of the most meaningful theatrical and quintessentially NYC experiences of the decade (and of my life) was seeing Into the Woods at Shakespeare in the Park. I slept on the street for tickets the first time I saw it, and have never felt more like I was living in a slightly off-brand but just as magical version of Nora Ephron’s New York. – Tina, Marketing Team

“Merrily We Roll Along” at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2012)

I went alone to the press opening of “Merrily We Roll Along” at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London and knew I was in for something special when I saw Andrew Lloyd Weber take the seat right behind me. For a show that’s had its criticisms and challenges over the years, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing as I experienced this production that had me hooked, invested, and moved from beginning to end. You could feel the energy in the room as it closed to a standing ovation (with ALW being one of the first to stand!), and later got rave reviews, extended, and eventually transferred to the West End. – Geri, Accounts Team

The bar onstage in Once (2012)

I love an audience onstage moment. Frome dancing with the cast of “Hair” in 2009 to getting a drink at the bar at “Once,” I’ll never complain about breaking the fourth wall. – Courtney, Marketing Team

Blood Brothers closing night (2012)

Being at the closing night of “Blood Brothers” in 2012 to bid farewell to its 24-year run on the West End was amazing. I had seen the production a few times before and the closing night had almost three decades worth of fans in the audience. At the end of the show they played a slideshow of headshots from every single past and current cast member, and you could hear individuals in the audience cheer as they saw  themselves and their loved ones appear. It was a great moment to witness what a show can mean to audiences that span different decades and generations. – Geri, Accounts Team

Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman (2012)

Seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. It’s my all-time favorite play and his performance was so incredibly affecting. I had never seen an actor so fully inhabit a character like that. – Peter, Accounts Team

Smash (2012)

Watching the pilot episode of “Smash” in 2012 was everything. I’ll always remember streaming it on my laptop from my living room couch and being immediately obsessed when I heard “Let Me Be Your Star” for the first time. I then binge-listened to the song over and over for the next several weeks and was also low-key touched that a show that speaks so specifically to theater lovers like me was being presented on primetime network television. – Geri, Accounts Team

Discovering new shows at Roundabout Underground (2012 + 2018)

Everything about Roundabout’s production of “Bad Jews.” I went into the production not knowing what to expect and was completely blown away while I laughed and cringed through the whole show. Tracee Chimo gave a truly once-in-a-decade incredible performance. I went back five times and bullied everyone I loved into coming with me. 

Seeing “Usual Girls” at Roundabout Underground during its final week of performances. I thought I missed my chance to get a ticket until they announced a final extension, and I’ve never been so grateful to have not missed a production that felt urgent, touching, funny, and heartbreaking. My only regret was not being able to go back (it was completely sold out by the time I saw it), and I’m still desperately awaiting another opportunity to see it produced! – Geri, Accounts Team

Audra McDonald’s Mic Drop (2013)

Remember when six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald closed out the 2013 Tonys with Neil Patrick Harris and dropped the mic? I will never recover. – Suzy, Marketing Team

Tony Awards “Television” Spoof Performance (2013)

During the 2013 Tony Awards — Laura Benanti, Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty, and host Neil Patrick Harris sang a “Ladies Who Lunch” parody about all of their TV shows getting canceled. Very specially, when the camera turns to Will Chase in the audience and they all say “Suck it, Will Chase” because he still had a TV show. That is Comedy with a capital C. – Abby, Marketing Team

Patti LuPone’s Ice Bucket Challenge (2014)

The notorious Ice Bucket Challenge wasn’t innately theatrical, but leave it to Patti LuPone to turn it into the performance art piece of the decade. Sitting in a beach chair, pretending to read a challenge letter from Audra McDonald, and incomprehensibly calling it “the ice bucket dump” added joy to my 2010s and years to my life. – Tina, Marketing Team

Adele Dazeem (2014)

When John Travolta introduced Idina Menzel at the 2014 Academy Awards and mistakenly said Adele Dazeem. This collision between Broadway and Hollywood is a meme with sticking power. – Sarah, Product Team

Cabaret revival (2014)

Getting to experience the legendary Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall production of “Cabaret” when it was brought back to Broadway was a dream come true. I felt like I was experiencing a type of theater that will never exist again. It was like getting to live inside a glorious time capsule for a few hours. – Tony, TodayTix Presents

The set design of Jacuzzi (2014)

In “Jacuzzi” (a play by the Debate Society at Ars Nova), an actor removes snow shoes from the wall as they are moving out of that winter house, and there were DUST MARKS ON THE WALL BEHIND IT. – Violet, Accounts Team

Deaf West Spring Awakening (2015)

I have several favorite moments from this. But the ones that stood out were how the two actors — one who was Deaf and signing the lines and one who would sing the vocal parts — shared the role to portray the character. I thought it was brilliant how they displayed this duality, and allowed the two actors to play together, without explicitly interacting. During one scene, Moritz is smoking a cigarette, and the two actors portraying him passed the cigarette back and forth between them, without acknowledging one another. In the sex scene between Wendla and Melchior, her “singing part” turned away to allow Melchior and the other part of Wendla to share an intimate moment. During “Mama Who Bore Me,” Wendla is supposed to be “looking in the mirror,”  which was actually just a hoop, and Wendla and her singing voice were just depicted looking at each other between the hoop, displaying a cool take on her reflection. – Mikey, Tech Team

Finding Neverland special effects (2015)

Two words: GLITTER VORTEX. Will never recover from that moment in Finding Neverland. – Courtney, Marketing Team

The Color Purple Revival (2015)

The second or third time I saw it, I picked up partial-view seats which were in the box. That vantage point allowed me to observe both the audience as well as the stage. When Cynthia brought down the house with “I’m Here,” I watched as an audience member in the second row reached out to place her hand on the shoulder of a man in the front row who was sobbing. The two were complete strangers but were brought together by the sheer power of that performance. Watching that moved me to tears and reminded me of theater’s power. – Joel, Chief of Staff

“Hamilton”

Winning the Hamilton Lottery (2015)

I won the in-person lottery to “Hamilton” after showing up to the theater to try to win upwards of 25 times. I finally won about a week after the soundtrack came out, and had not listened at all, and therefore knew basically nothing about the plot of the show. During the opening number, I specifically remember seeing the Schuyler Sisters (at the time they were just three mysterious women) grouped together on the balcony and they simply say “Me? I loved him.” I was instantly obsessed with them, and couldn’t wait to figure out who they were and why they loved Hamilton. It becomes quickly apparent who both Angelica and Eliza are, but the third woman in love with Hamilton couldn’t have been Peggy, so i was still left wondering. I waited the entire show, waiting to discover who the third woman was, and it wasn’t until halfway through the second act that I found out. As soon as “Say No To This” started, and Mariah walked onto the turntable in that red dress, I remember thinking to myself “Oooooooh this is it, it’s about to go down.” And that it did. – Mikey, Tech Team

Fun Home Winning the Tony (2015)

Sydney Lucas singing “Ring of Keys” on the Tonys. This was a game-changing moment of identity and representation for so many queer women, and so incredible that they chose to feature that moment of the show in such a public way. – Violet, Accounts Team

I saw the “Fun Home” seven times between Off-Broadway and Broadway and loved seeing the show grow from a buzzy downtown premiere to a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit. It’s such an important and well-told story and it was so meaningful to see it recognized as 2015’s Best Musical. – Geri, Accounts Team

James Corden Crosswalk the Musical (2015)

Every James Corden Crosswalk the Musical. – Katie, Marketing Team

Imelda Staunton’s ‘Rose’s Turn’ in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre (2015)

Imelda Staunton had the audience in the palm of her hand throughout “Gypsy” and they hung onto her every word while she performed “Rose’s Turn.” It’s probably one of the most difficult numbers in the musical theater canon and to see Imelda completely own it was truly something to behold. – Jordan, Partnerships Team

A Musical” in Something Rotten! (2015)

The standing ovation that happened after “A Musical” in “Something Rotten!” while it was still in previews. It was the first time I’d ever seen an audience give a standing-o *not* during the curtain call. The energy in the audience was so spectacular, you could feel that every single audience member knew they could not sit down after that! – Chelsea, Fulfillment Team

The cast of The Wolves (2016)

As a former high school soccer player, I felt a real kinship with the entire ensemble of “The Wolves.” I saw the play for the first time at Vassar as part of New York Stage & Film’s Powerhouse season, and I was utterly wrecked by Sarah DeLappe’s insightful writing and the amazing ensemble performances. I returned to see it again when it played off Broadway at The Duke and at Lincoln Center. – Suzy, Marketing Team

“I’m Breaking Down” in Falsettos (2016)

Stephanie J Block singing “I’m Breaking Down” in “Falsettos” in 2016. Belting out those notes while eating a banana was nothing short of musical comedy genius! – Cory, Employee Experience Team

Public Works’ Twelfth Night (2016)

My favorite theatrical moment of the decade was seeing my first production of Shakespeare in the Park, which happened to be a Public Works production of “Twelfth Night.” It was my first time at the Delacorte and I was immediately mesmerized by this theatrical oasis that exists in the middle of the city. Since it was a Public Works production, it incorporated over 100 community members from all five boroughs and I have never felt such a tangible example of the power of theater and its ability to connect people from all walks of life. I was moved to tears by the opening number, specifically seeing five-year old kids dancing alongside adults in their 80s. I have never seen such a diverse cast of people so earnestly exude such joy for performing, and I constantly come back to that moment of being awe-struck by sharing a space with so many people who just genuinely love theater. – Ali, Accounts Team

Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Opera Australia (2016)

Opera Australia’s staging of Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in 2016 was an undertaking of epic proportions. Literal soaring military punk Valkyries, choruses of feather festooned show girls,  and set pieces set aflame leveled-up the opera to full thrilling spectacle. – Gala, Guest Services Team

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Women making theater history (2016)

In 2016, “ Waitress” became the first musical on Broadway to have an all-female core creative team (book writer, director, composer, lyricist, choreographer), and the same year, “Eclipsed” became the first play to have an all-female, all-Black cast and creative team. In 2021, the “Soul Train” musical will make history as the first production to have all-Black female artists as the core creative team of a Broadway musical. – Diane, Marketing Associate

Cynthia Erivo and Josh Henry in The Last Five Years (2016)
I got tickets to see Cynthia Erivo and Joshua Henry in “The Last Five Years” at The Town Hall because I love Cynthia and “The Last Five Years” is my favorite musical. My friend and I were sitting in the last row of the balcony, and someone tapped us on the shoulder and told us that someone with house seats didn’t show up and asked if we would like to move. We ended up fourth row center in the orchestra, and it was one of the most unforgettable theatrical experiences. – Kiki, Expansion Team

Saturday Night Live’s “Crucible Cast Party” (2016)

I think anyone who did theater growing up will agree that this 2016 music video featuring guest host Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the most hilarious gifts “Saturday Night Live” has ever given us. It’s funny because it’s intensely (almost painfully) relatable, taking us right back to out high-school days when a post-show party meant eating pretzels and drinking Sprite in a suburban living room filled with “25 virgins who love to sing” and are beyond jazzed about their “10PM massage trains.” Plus, the lyrics are filled with pun-y musical theater references that are just so spot on, like Kate McKinnon’s attempt to flirt with her love interest by “[hitting] him with my moves, the most risque I know / it’s the choreography from Chicago.” And when Miranda raps about starting rehearsal for the spring show in 525,600 minutes, I think we all died a little. I mean who wouldn’t be jealous of the students of an imaginary high school that actually allows them to perform “Rent”?! – Nina, Marketing Team

Waitress (2016)

Watching Waitress for the first time with the original Broadway cast, weeping through the entire show, and deciding on that very trip that I would move to NYC will forever be a favorite. Plus pie. Can’t underplay the tiny pies! – Courtney, Marketing Team

“Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music” (Photographed by Teddy Wolff)

Taylor Mac 24-Decade History of Popular Music (2016)

I spent 24 hours at St. Ann’s Warehouse for Taylor Mac’s “24-Decade History of Popular Music,” and it is a day/night I will never forget. From dozing off on mattresses placed around the room to symbolize the tenements to rocking out to “Gloria” at 4AM, this show transported me to another realm and it solidified Taylor Mac as one of the most important and impactful artists I’ve ever witnessed. – Suzy, Marketing Team

Being taken to new heights of queer liberation and joy watching Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music as part of Melbourne Festival in 2017 may be the peak performance moment of my life. A pure celebration of the transformative power of art. No one left that performance unchanged. – Gala, Guest Services Team

“Merrily We Roll Along” Sequence in Lady Bird (2017)

Seeing the characters in “Lady Bird” audition, rehearse, and perform “Merrily We Roll Along” in the movie filled my whole heart. It was such an adorable, nostalgic, and relatable representation of being a high school theater kid. – Geri, Accounts Team

“Me and the Sky” in Come From Away (2017)

Jenn Colella belting out “Me and the Sky” in “Come From Away”! She not only perfectly captures the essence of real life pilot Beverley Bass, she take it to new heights! – Cory, Employee Experience Team

Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly! (2017)

It felt like the perfect fusion of actor and role, and was truly electric! – Stephen, Marketing Team

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Hamilton in London (2017)

Seeing “Hamilton” at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London with my friend who *hates* musical theatre but walked out absolutely gobsmacked and wouldn’t stop talking about it for weeks. – Cat, Australia team

Follies at the National Theatre (2017)

Watching one of Sondheim’s classics come alive on the Olivier stage was something I’ll never forget. It was a unique and incredible experience. – Nick, Marketing Team

Keala Settle Performing “This Is Me” (2017)

“The Greatest Showman” felt like such a monumental movie in this decade’s trend toward more movie musicals (“La La Land,” all the Disney live action movies) and also the live TV broadcasts. But I can’t not break into tears watching the video of Keala Settle performing “This Is Me” in a workshop performance. There’s a reason this video has more than 48 million views on YouTube. – Suzy, Marketing Team

Denise Gough in People, Places and Things (2017)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a performer completely embody a character before but Denise Gough certainly did just that and rightly deserved all the praise she received for her performance in “People, Places and Things.” – Jordan Nichollls, Partnerships Team

The rain scene in Indecent (2017)
The rain scene in “Indecent” on Broadway! – Violet, Accounts Team

Brendan Urie in Kinky Boots (2017)

I had seen Panic at the Disco a few times between 2005 – 2015, so it was cool to see the frontman from that band take the stage on Broadway. – Laura, Marketing Team

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway (2017)

Bruce does Broadway! A living legend (and my favorite performer of all time) in a small Broadway theatre, telling stories and singing songs like he was in your lounge room! I wanted time to stop. – Stephen, Marketing Team

Ben Platt’s Tony speech (2017)

When Ben Platt won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for Dear Evan Hansen and said “the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” – Katie, Marketing Team

“Answer Me” from The Band’s Visit (2017)

A lot of what I love about this show is the way it depicts everything that *doesn’t* happen — the sense of waiting, missed connections, and silence. So something as simple as a pay phone in the middle of the desert finally ringing (and Adam Kantor’s “Are you THERRRRRRE”) was enough to leave me truly sobbing in the rear mezz. – Zach, Tech Team

The obstacle course scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2017)

The obstacle course scene in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The BEST 10 minutes of physical theater I’ve ever witnessed with nothing but a cast and blue walls on stage. – Courtney, Marketing Team

Oklahoma! revival (2018)

Seeing one of my favorite classic musicals completely reimagined at St. Ann’s Warehouse was a life-changing experience. “Oklahoma!” is the first musical I remember seeing, and experiencing this inventive take and then getting to take my dad back to see it when it transferred to Broadway was incredibly memorable. – Suzy, Marketing Team

June Squibb in Waitress (2018)

Some of my best days of 2018 were spent contemplating whether June Squibb as Old Josie in “Waitress” would sing “Take It From An Old Gal” or “Take It From An Old Ma’am.” When I finally saw the show and learned the truth, my decade was changed. Tina, Marketing Team

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2018)

I was at the opening night of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and it was an incredible experience. Not only was the excitement palpable with celebrity appearances and opening night energy, but I’ve never felt so transported in the theater and was thoroughly transfixed by magical world they’ve created. – Geri, Accounts Team

Reliving my childhood and going back to Hogwarts with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” I’m still trying to figure out how some of the special effects were logistically possible! – Katie, Marketing Team

Denise Gough’s final performance in Angels (2018)

After Denise Gough (who played Harper, brilliantly) finished her final monologue during the last performance ever of “Angels in America,” she raised her hands in triumph as her airplane chair descended under the stage. You could feel Gough’s relief and joy in completing the role and I loved how she took a moment to let Harper feel it, too. – Abby, Marketing Team

Mean Girls Day (2018)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at “Mean Girls” on Broadway was SO FETCH. The entire show was filled with lottery winners and surprises galore including a special appearance by Tina Fey. It was the most energizing and electric show I’ve ever witnessed performed and I heard from a friend at Wicked that they could hear the screams from the August Wilson all the way at the Gershwin! – Courtney, Marketing Team

Aurum at The Australian Ballet (2018)

The pure romance of “Aurum” presented as part of The Australian Ballet’s Verve program in 2018 birthed a star in emerging choreographer Alice Topp who would go on to be promoted as the companies first ever female resident choreographer. I can’t wait to watch her work take over the world in the next decade! – Gala, Guest Services Team

Meryl Streep in Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Meryl Streep playing a wacky-accented, snarky cousin of Mary Poppins named Topsy was arguably one of the best things to happen to this planet, but decidedly a top moment of the decade for me, personally. – Tina, Marketing Team

Awards Show Speeches (2018 + 2019)

Ali Stroker’s Tony Awards acceptance speech for “Oklahoma!,” Lindsay Mendez’s Tony Awards acceptance speech for “Carousel,” and Michelle Williams Emmy Awards acceptance speech for “Fosse/Verdon.” All of these women used their moments in the spotlight to champion inclusion and diversity, and I think their words will help inspire further positive change in the arts and entertainment community in years to come. – Nina, Marketing Team

Audience participation in The Fever (2018)

Seeing “The Fever” at Woolly Mammoth in DC and spontaneous dancing with the entire audience in the BEST handled moment of audience participation in theater ever. – Violet, Accounts Team

What the Constitution Means to Me (2019)

“What the Constitution Means to Me” truly felt like a turning point for Broadway. I saw it for the first time at the Greenwich House Theater (after being urged by all my friends after they saw it at New York Theatre Workshop), and I was a complete mess. As one of my co-workers put it, it’s almost an insult to call this a play because it’s so much bigger than that. I went back to see it three more times on Broadway, and I’m truly grateful for the message that Heidi Schreck brought to the world with her retelling of her childhood Constitution debates. – Suzy, Marketing Team

Along with every single word she had to say, Heidi Schreck’s yellow blazer in “What The Constitution Means To Me” was particularly resonant. – Tina, Community Manager

Company revival (2018)

I had surrendered to the fact that I might never catch Patti LuPone perform onstage after she said “War Paint” would be her last musical but her performance of ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ from Company was one for the history books. I was in awe witnessing a true Broadway legend on stage. – Jordan, Partnerships Team

I had an out-of-body experience seeing the “Company” revival on the West End, which recast Bobby as Bobbie, a 35-year-old woman. This 1970s story so seamlessly worked in present day, and watching Rosalie Craig felt like I was watching myself onstage. She truly captured the angst and anxiety and pressures of being a single woman in your mid-30s. I can’t wait to see the revival move to Broadway in 2020! – Suzy, Marketing Team

Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz in Waitress (2018)

They’re two of my favorite singer/songwriters and their chemistry and harmonies onstage were sweeter than pie. – Katie, Marketing Team

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Performances (2018)

Attending the rehearsal for the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performances, crossing it off my bucket list, and weeping through the entire evening out of sheer joy. – Courtney, Marketing Team

“Hello, Dolly!”

Bernadette Peters in Hello, Dolly (2018)

I was at “Hello, Dolly!” in 2018 with my mom and when Bernadette Peters appeared at the top of the stairs in Act 2, my mom noticed Maggie Gyllenhaal (who was sitting near us) was giving Bernadette a standing ovation. My mother turned to me and whisper-yelled at me “If Maggie is standing, we stand.” So, we stood. – Abby, Marketing Team

I saw “Hello, Dolly!” at Bernadette Peters’s first preview performance. There is nothing more iconic than when she descends the stairs in the titular song of “Hello, Dolly!”. The audience fully stopped the show with a several-minute standing ovation. – Marc, Tech Team

Literal snow in Slava’s Snowshow (2019)

The literal snowshow in Slava’s Snowshow will turn even the sternest human into a puddle of childlike wonder…and you’ll find snow confetti in your clothing for days after. Party favors! – Courtney, Marketing Team

“Michael in the Bathroom” in Be More Chill (2019)

Before seeing “Be More Chill” with my co-workers, I really didn’t know much about the show or the teen phenomenon that was “Michael in the Bathroom,” but beginning the minute I got home from the show I was playing it on repeat and singing it nonstop (and was told to stop many times by the people sitting around me). It really is such an amazing and catchy song and now that it popped up on my Spotify wrap-up, it’s back in my head and will never go away! – Sam, Marketing Team

Closing night of Avenue Q off Broadway (2019)

Watching the cast cry/sing through “For Now” will forever be a favorite moment. It was so genuine and was nice to not be the only one crying through that song. – Courtney, Marketing Team

Public Works’ Hercules (2019)
Seeing my favorite Disney musical finally have a life on stage was so meaningful for me. “Hercules” was the film I had on repeat during my childhood and having Megara as a woman to look up to, and aspire to be like, shaped me as a young woman. I was ecstatic when Jelani Alladin and Krysta Rodriguez were cast because that meant a new generation of theater-goers were going see themselves represented on stage. A Black man as the heroic Hercules and a Latina woman as Megara, an independent and strong-willed woman? Thank you, Zeus! – Diane, Marketing Team

James Corden hosting the 2019 Tony Awards

His song encapsulated all the reasons why I love live theater! – Cat, Australia team

SIX (2019)

I saw the show in London and at American Repertory Theatre in Boston, and I haven’t fallen so hard for a musical in a long time. From the incredibly smart lyrics to the catchy melodies to the girl-power message, I was totally won over by this pop retelling of Henry VIII’s six wives. (And I have since seen it two more times and can’t wait for it to open on Broadway in 2020.) – Suzy, Marketing Team

Lauren Patten singing “You Oughtta Know” in Jagged Little Pill (2019)
“You Oughta Know” in “Jagged Little Pill” is a literal showstopper. It deserves that standing ovation every night. – Courtney, Marketing Team