Musical Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Details: I couldn’t find any official site with information so here’s the wikipedia site and the NY Times review: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunchback_of_Notre_Dame_(musical) https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/19/theater/review-hunchback-of-notre-dame-at-paper-mill-playhouse.html

Score: 8.4/10

This production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. There is no doubt in my mind that if this show actually made it to Broadway (which it didn’t), it would have been flooded with Tony Award nomination and a few Tony Awards as well.

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Musical Review: Next to Normal

Details: Won a bunch of awards including a few Tony Awards. More information can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/next-to-normal-booth-theatre-vault-0000001652

Score: 8.2/10

Next to Normal is a heart wrenching musical that hits a lot of the same emotional notes as Dear Evan Hansen, except the focus is less on a teenager and more on a parent. It’s advertised as a rock opera but sounds more like pop rock to me. Whatever it is, I really enjoyed both the story and the music.

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Musical Review: Dear Evan Hansen

Details: Won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2017, among others. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/dear-evan-hansen-music-box-theatre-2016-2017. The official site is https://dearevanhansen.com/

In the last few years, Book of Mormon established itself as the best show on Broadway. Then Hamilton came around and did the same. Now comes Dear Evan Hansen and, though I wouldn’t say that it’s definitively better than Hamilton, it is the successor to Hamilton as the next best show on Broadway.

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Musical Review: Waitress

Details: Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2016. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/waitress-brooks-atkinson-theatre-vault-0000014142. The official site is http://waitressthemusical.com/index.php

The above clip is the first time I’d ever heard of the musical Waitress. It was at the 2016 Tony Awards and after that, I was desperate to see more of this show. Waitress is an adorable, funny romantic comedy with music written by Sara Bareilles.

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Musical Review: Hamilton

 

Details: Won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2016, among others. Playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/hamilton-richard-rodgers-theatre-vault-0000014104. The official site is http://www.hamiltonbroadway.com/

I’ve read a lot about Hamilton that refer to it as not just one of the most successful Broadway shows of all time, but as a phenomena. I don’t know about that, but Hamilton has accomplished something that few shows have ever done. Hamilton has shown me something new. In fact, Hamilton has shown me something that I could not ever have conceived of. Hamilton is a ridiculously entertaining musical that combines numerous musical styles along with a civics lesson about Alexander Hamilton and American history. The result is a show that is so original and contemporary that I doubt anyone other than Lin Manuel Miranda could have come up with it, much less executed it so successfully.

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Musical Review: Once

Details: Won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2012. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/once-bernard-b-jacobs-theatre-vault-0000013862. The official site is http://oncemusical.com/

Many shows are mostly dramas or comedies with romance thrown in on the side. Once is not one of them. Once is undoubtedly a romance first and foremost. It’s a beautiful, bittersweet, simple, yet stylistic story about love found, love lost, and how music can weave those feelings together.

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Musical Review: The Book of Mormon

Details: Won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2011. The official site is http://bookofmormonbroadway.com/tickets. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/the-book-of-mormon-eugene-oneill-theatre-vault-0000013715

Before Hamilton, the hottest show on Broadway was the Book of Mormon. Ticket prices were through the roof and you likely had to win a lottery, buy a ticket months in advance, or spend an exorbitant amount of money in order to get your hands on a ticket. And it was worth it. Book of Mormon is an entertaining show on the very sensitive subject of religion, which it handles hilariously.

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Musical Review: Avenue Q

Details: Won the 2004 Tony Award for best musical. The official site is http://www.avenueq.com/#home. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/avenue-q-john-golden-theatre-vault-0000008380

Though Avenue Q came out years ago, it’s still a show whose music I listen to periodically and can still give me a chuckle. This is a review of the original Broadway show and obviously the passage of time affects my opinion of this show.

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