Friday, December 21, 2012

My Thoughts On The Current Broadway Season

Can you believe that that the year is almost over? Just think. In less than eleven days it will be 2013. Scary right? Now when I take a look back at the season so far I can truthfully say that for the most part it hasn't been that impressive. Think about it. Two musicals and one play have either already closed or will close after the first of the year. Yes I know shows close all the time. That will never change. The good thing is that the rest of the season looks promising. Matilda, based on the Roald Dahl novel and the 1996 film, is set to begin previews at the Shubert Theatre March 2013. The show won seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical of the Year. Which by the way is the most awards ever won by one show in the awards history. Will lighting strike twice? We shall see.

Now while I am sure the show will be a big hit the one that I am looking most forward to is Motown: The Musical. Now I'm guessing by the title alone you can figure out what it's about. However for those of you who want more information here is a blurb about the show for the official website. Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown founder Barry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and so many more. Featuring the classics you love, Motown:The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

Now if that doesn't make you want to see it then I don't know what will. Believe it or not but between now and the end of April there are a total of sixteen shows scheduled to open. Here is a list of those shows in alphabetical order. Ann, The Assembled Parties, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Cinderella, Hands On A Hardbody, Kinky Boots, Matilda, Motown: The Musical, The Nance, Orphans, The Other Place, Picnic, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and The Trip To Bountiful. Which one's will fail and which one's will succeed? We will soon find out. Until next time theatre fans.

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