Thursday, May 27, 2010

Revivals Are The Thing On Broadway

Believe it or not but some of Broadway's most popular shows right now are plays and musicals from the past. One of those is the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific which received rave reviews and won seven Tony Awards in 2008. Now while the show will play it's final performance on August 22,2010 it will not soon be forgotten. If you haven't seen it I highly suggest you do before it is too late.

One of this season's biggest hits is Fences starring my favorite actor Mr. Denzel Washington. The show which received ten Tony nominations this year will conclude it's run at the Cort Theatre on July 11. As of now the show is completely sold out except for Premium seats. Sure they may be a little more expensive than other seats but if you want to see Denzel then you have no other choice. That is unless you want to wait in a cancellation line for two or three hours.

One of my favorite shows of the past few years in the new revival of Hair. Going into the show I knew a few of the songs but that was pretty much it. That nightI walked out of that theatre knowing that I had witnessed one of the most moving and energetic shows that I had ever seen or will ever see. Unfortunately the show is not doing that well at the box office and my guess it it will probably close by Labor Day or even sooner. I'm just glad I got the chance to see this amazing show before it departs for good.

Nominated for ten 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival is La Cage Aux Folles. This new version first opened in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory where it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival as well as Best Actor in a Musical for Douglas Hodge who is also starring in the Broadway production along with Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Kelsey Grammer. When they first announced plans for the show to transfer to Broadway I thought it was a bad idea.

After all the last revival closed less than five years ago and while it won the Tony Award it closed after seven months and lost it's entire investment. This revival appears to not only be a big seller but is poised to win the Tony Award for Best Revival. We will soon find out. Other revivals you might want to check out are West Side Story,Promises,Promises,and A Little Night Music which will conclude it's run on June 20. Broadway. There's nothing like it. Until next time theatre fans.

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