What I’m Thankful For

Turkey Day is upon us, which means it’s time to get very sentimental, stare at giant balloons of Elmo and Snoopy for four hours, and stuff ourselves to the point of pain with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.

I can’t wait.

But, Thanksgiving is also a time where we like to think about the things in our lives we’re thankful for. You know… like Schmackary’s! And when it comes to Broadway, there’s a lot that we shouldn’t take for granted. So here we go: It’s the Broadway edition of that “What I’m Thankful For” game that’s as much of a Thanksgiving tradition as making turkey pictures by tracing your hand:

I’m thankful for Stephen Sondheim. Obviously. They should name a Schmackary’s cookie after him.

I’m thankful for the swings on Broadway, helping to keep eight shows a week possible despite injuries, sickness, vacations, etc. Talk about a stressful job.

I’m thankful for overtures. Other than a cookie from Schmackary’s, is there really anything better than a good, rousing overture? No. No, there’s not.

I’m thankful for the ushers. It doesn’t matter how many times I go to the theater. It is still physically impossible for me to remember which side of the house has odd seat numbers, and which has even. Without them, I’d probably just give up all hope of finding my seat and end up going to Schmackary’s.

I’m thankful for Lindsay Mendez. Why? Because, when does she not give a performance that is so incomprehensibly fantastic that it causes half of the audience to go into cardiac arrest? That’s right. Basically never.

I’m thankful for the people that spend hours chatting on Broadway World. Why? Nothing lifts my spirits more than people who can argue for hours on end over what constitutes a “guilty pleasure” show. Every Broadway fan feels at home here.

I’m thankful for the divas of Broadway, from Patti Lupone to Liza M!

Note from the Editor: And we’re thankful for all of you! Our readers, blog writers, CB program participants, loyal families and supportive parents and guardians! Thank you for another great year of allowing us to help theater-loving kids Develop Their Character.

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