Tuesday, July 05, 2011

My Thoughts On The New York Theatre Scene

So another 4th of July has come and gone my friends. Pretty soon it will be fall and then before you know it Thanksgiving and then Christmas. Yes I know the holidays are still months away but trust me. They will be here before you know it. Having lived in New York for almost twenty years now I have seen hundreds of shows both On and Off-Broadway. Now out of all those shows I would say maybe 20 or 30 of those were original shows. Yes I know that revivals have there place on the Great White Way. Same thing with all the Disney shows and musicals based on movies from the last two decades. I mean let's face it without shows like The Lion King and Mary Poppins or Sister Act and Billy Elliot Broadway would be a ghost town.

Not to mention I would be out of a job. Now you don't want that to happen now do you? Now when it comes to most of the recent revivals they have been just as well received if not better than most of the new musicals. Look that's all fine and dandy but where are the new shows? This past season there were a total of 11 new musicals that opened on Broadway. Care to guess how many were original? If you guessed two you would be right. Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson which while based on the seventh President of the United States was not based on a previous story or in the case of most musicals a movie from the last ten tears.

Now I'm sure by now you know what the second one is right? None other than the most successful new musical to open on Broadway since The Producers in 2011. Give up? No it's not Spider-Man:Turn Off The Dark. It's none other than The Book of Mormon. Really? Two out of eleven shows? Where are the original musicals? Now don't get me wrong. I enjoyed Sister Act and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. In fact Sister Act was one of the most all around entertaining shows that I have seen in years. Still it was not original. There's that word again. Look you may not agree with me. That's fine. After all it's just one man's opinion.Until next time theatre fans.

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