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Eighteen Elite

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Over the summer, I saw my 200th theatre production in the last thirty years. This covers all qualified stage performances from 1986 thru the first portion of 2016. Most are from Broadway and Off-Broadway, but I’m proud to have attended a number of regional productions (professional & amateur) all around the New York Metro area, as well as stage work as far away as London and Berlin. It’s been some journey. Now, at my blog’s inception, I mentioned that I’ve seen roughly 300 shows. THAT is an approximate number, because I didn’t start counting and logging them before adulthood. For instance, I know I saw roughly 15 shows in 1985…but none of those are included in this tally. I also attended a solid SCORE of Broadway and Off-Broadway stuff, during my grade school and high school years…those aren’t included in this list either. But “the 200” are catalogued in my “little black book”. Many of them were good, a healthy amount were average…and quite a few awful. But eighteen of the two hundred are “elite”. And, upon the occasion of #201 (Off-Broadway’s “Spamilton”, seen this past weekend…review to follow soon!), I want to list those eighteen “greats”, with their year and venue listed, an asterisk signifying musicals, and maybe a description…or eighteen! Also, alphabetically, of course. So, here goes, as I look forward to chronicling the next hundred! The elite eighteen are:

August: Osage County                    Broadway-2008          Best Play Tony & Pulitzer for Drama

*Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Off-Broadway-2010  Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk Best Musical

*Chicago                                              Broadway-1997           Best Musical Revival Tony

Dirty Blonde                                       Broadway-2000         Best Play Tony nominee

Doubt                                                    Broadway-2005          Best Play Tony & Pulitzer for Drama

Fences                                                  Broadway-1988          Best Play Tony & Pulitzer for Drama

*Gypsy                                                  Broadway-2008         Best Actress in a Musical Tony for Patti LuPone

*Hamilton                                           Broadway-2015           Ummm…maybe you’ve heard of it?

*La Cage Au Folles                            Broadway-1986           Best Musical Tony

Medea                                                   Broadway-1994           Best Actress in a Play Tony for Diana Rigg–chatted with her, and got her to sign my Playbill, after the show!

*Rent                                                     Broadway-1996           Best Musical Tony & Pulitzer for Drama

Ruined                                                  Off-Broadway-2009   Best Play Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel & Pulitzer for Drama

Six Degrees of Separation               Broadway-1991            Best Play Tony Nominee

*Sweeney Todd                                   Broadway-2005           Best Musical Revival Drama Desk

The Glass Menagerie                         Broadway-2013            Best Play Revival Tony Nominee

The House of Blue Leaves                Broadway-1986            Best Revival Drama Desk and Best  Revival Tony nomination

The Importance of Being Earnest  West End, London-1995  100th anniversary production, at the Old Vic!

The Lady in Question                       Off-Broadway-1989   Charles Busch play–one of about 10 I’ve experienced–funniest thing I’ve ever seen on a stage!

And that’s that!

















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