Broadway Show Review: First Date
I’m going to start this review as honest as possible and say I went to see First Date on broadway with one intention and one intention only - to meet Zachary Levi. I had zero idea what the show was about nor did I listen to any of the music from the musical. I had no expectations other than being able to meet Zach once the show ended and he stage doored. Well, I have to say expectations or no expectations that was one heck of a show!
Arriving to the theater was one of my favorite moments. I was anticipating seeing Zachary on stage and had not an inkling of what I was about to see unfold in front of me. The lights dimmed, and the show beginned. The show focuses on two main characters - Aaron and Casey. These two characters couldn’t be more different but the two were set up by mutual friends in hopes that they would connect. Aaron is hooked up on an ex, and Casey is always meeting the wrong men. The show takes you through all the awkward points of the first date/blind date, the meeting, fishing for topics of conversation, the awkward silence, the forbandence of bringing up the past, making it past the friend zone and the goodbye.
The writing is outstanding and puts a comedic twist on some heavy topics. I laughed and I cried. Crying was not something I was planning on but some of the lyrics of “Safer” tugged at my heart strings. “Safer” is a solo performance by Krysta Rodriguez who portrays Casey. Krysta is from NBC’s tv show Smash. Her performance was outstanding; she has such a strong and powerful voice. I have to give props to her because she was able to tear my focus away from Zachary Levi while she performed, which I thought would be impossible. Zachary did an amazing job as well. Most people would recognize him as Chuck from NBC’s Chuck, or as the voice of Flynn Rider in Disney’s animated movie Tangled.
One thing that definitely deserves some praises from First Date is the music. It hit so many different musical genres and had a little something for everybody. “Bailout” is one of my favorite numbers, it has a techno feel and is one of the funnest songs in the musical. Another great number was “First Impressions”. This is the first time we get to hear Zachary and Krysta sing solo as well as together. Zachary’s cute and awkward voice drew me in right away, while Krysta started off delicate and then blew me away with the dynamics of her voice,and when her and Zachary sang together their voices blended beautifully. The lyrics of the songs were exceptional and successfully told a story with each song.
I was thoroughly impressed by the whole cast as well as the writing. I have to mention that the stage door was amazing! Everyone was genuinely nice, but no one stood out to me more than Zachary. This was one of the most memorable stage doors I have been to and no, not just because it was Zachary. He made it memorable because he brought out his own boom box and made the stage door fun! The whole crowd sang “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” while we patiently waited for it to be our turn to meet Zachary. He made sure he got to meet with everyone and took a picture with them. I’m so glad I got my picture, and got to see the fantastic smile of his. I may have only been able to utter the words “thank you”, but it’s an experience I will never forget.
First date is performing at the Longacre theater in New York City until January 5th. So time is running out! If you haven’t had a chance to go see it, I would recommend not letting this opportunity pass you by. It is a guaranteed good day/night if you have time to squeeze this show into your New York visit!