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Broadway on a Budget

By: Jennifer Ward

Students at Purchase were recently given the chance of a lifetime to see a Broadway show, and only for $5.

Recently brought into Broadway previews, “Mrs. Doubtfire” was made into a Broadway adaptation. The show follows Daniel Hillard, recently divorced from his wife, willing to do anything to spend more time with his kids. Including dressing up like an old woman and pretending to be their nanny.

Purchase recently held a raffle in which students were able to enter and see the Broadway show “Mrs. Doubtfire” while it was still in previews, with transportation provided.

Many students were given the chance to see this show for only $5, and one student, Holly Bender, was able to see it for free when she won the raffle. “I had wanted to see the show for almost two years and almost hyperventilated when I saw the contest notice,” Bender said.

Since the theater just recently reopened because of COVID, many students seemed grateful for an opportunity like this to rise.

“I think a lot of people have been itching to get back into the theaters ever since the pandemic hit,” freshman Jamie Simiele said. “I think that sense of community is being built really quickly since things have started to go back to normal.”

For the show itself, many students seemed to enjoy it. “The adaptation was great,” freshman Max Tandy said. “They really honored the source material. I loved the conclusion it tied into in the end. You saw the impact of what the kids experienced in their lives because of their parents.”

If you didn’t get the chance to see “Mrs. Doubtfire” don’t worry. Purchase recently announced they will be hosting more contests for students to see other shows soon, so make sure you keep an eye out.



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