Fall in love with First Date

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Whether you know someone who has been on a blind date, have been on a blind date yourself, or have never been on a date in your life, you are sure to enjoy this show, which Broadway calls “a new musical comedy that explores the most dreaded human endeavor in existence – the blind date.”

Zachary Levi (NBC’s Chuck, the voice of Flynn Rider in Tangled) and Krysta Rodriguez (NBC’s Smash, The Addams Family) star as Aaron and Casey, an unlikely pair set up on a blind date by mutual friends. As the night unfolds in a New York City bar, patrons and bartenders come to life as salacious figures from Aaron and Casey’s past, including a vapid ex-girlfriend, an uptight older sister, and the pair’s drastically different families.

The musical comedy, which opened on Broadway just last month, is an unprecedented and rapid-fire ninety minutes long.  The show chronicles every obstacle one could ever hope – or dread – to encounter on a first date, including Google background checks, mentions of past dating endeavors, awkward pauses, and bailouts.

As the night unfolds, so do the characters – to each other, to themselves, and to the audience, through songs such as “Safer,” a ballad with a message that belies Casey’s apparently impenetrable exterior, as well as “The Things I Never Said,” a duet between Aaron and his deceased mother. With these and other songs you’ll be humming long after the curtain falls.  The talented seven-person cast shines through the show with a fair share of sexual innuendo, stunning comedic timing, and more than a few “aww” moments that will have you inevitably rooting for the couple as their date draws to a close.

So if you find yourself in need of a bit of comedy and romance, head on down to the Longacre Theatre for an hour and a half – you might just like what you find. I certainly did.