I'm not sure when I first fell in love with Musicals, but my earliest memory of them is watching this version of Oliver! on tv when I was a young'n. I had to be less than 10 years old at the time, as that was about the age Mark Lester was in the title role and I remember thinking he was older than I was. I had such a crush on that character.
Fast forward to highschool. My parents got us season tickets for the North Shore Music Theatre. It's a small theater in the round, so just about every seat in the house is a good seat. I was also involved with my school's Spring musicals. My freshman year I missed tryouts, but I got to be on the stage crew for Guys & Dolls. I have such great memories from that show. The next three years I was in Brigadoon, Pippen, and Hello Dolly! as a dancer and in the choral ensamble. I never wanted a speaking part. I have terrible stage fright when it comes to public speaking, but I never had a problem dancing or singing in front of a crowd.
My first two years of college I was in the Honor's Program and we would get to go to big name musicals at the Providence Performing Arts Center. I know it wasn't Broadway, but it sure felt like it. Even way up in the balcony I was just so excited to be able to see shows like Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, and one of my favorite Musicals ever Miss Saigon.
I did get to see my first Broadway show while I was in college as well. Cats with my parents. After I graduated my second was Rent with my (now) husband which I absolutely loved. My third Broadway show was Marry Poppins with my husband and daughter. One of these days I really want to see Wicked.
I've also gotten to see Chicago in London's West End.
If you're interested, I have a lens on Squidoo about current shows on Broaday called, you guessed it, Broadway Shows. If you'd like to get theater tickets give TicketNetwork a look.