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!