My trip to the Great White Way this year certainly supplemented my theatrical urge.
I chose my shows well I think. I saw a total of 9 productions and out of those only 2 were a disappointment.
AMERICAN IDIOT & LEND ME A TENOR being the 2.
After a 20 year gap seeing a show in NYC, the first I saw was a treat. It had as its subject – Stephen Sondheim
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM whilst probably to the discerning a tad disappointing, I hardly noticed – I was in Sondheim heaven and at Studio 54.
PROMISES, PROMISES was a highlight as I got to see the sublime Kristen Chenoweth perform live and she did not disappoint. Sean Hayes was pretty good as well, but it was Katie Finneran who stole the entire show, I am grateful I got to see such a legendary performance.
Another highlight was John Logan’s Tony winning play RED, starring Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne its subject was artist Mark Rothko. I am a huge fan of Rothko, to see it in the city it was set in, then visit MOMA and see them for real, what more can one ask for?
SOUTH PACIFIC (Lincoln Centre revival) tired by the time I saw but wonderful never the less.
HAIR (another revival – second cast but such a great show, my fave all time musical)
THE OCTOROON – my only off-broadway experience, whilst not so great, it was still a breather from the commercial stuff I had been seeing.
NEXT TO NORMAL – I finished off with a great production of an excellent musical (soon to be seen in Melbourne in a production by the MTC). Alice Ripley in her Tony winning role as the bi-polar pill popper was simply stunning.