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The Best Musical Tony Award Debate: 1984

For “The Best Musical Tony Award Debate”, my new weekly series, I will take a look at the musicals nominated for Best Musical in one Tony Season, discuss and debate the contenders, theorize why the winner won, and offer my personal opinions on whether or not the voters got it right. This week’s installment looks at 1984 where four incredibly diverse musicals squared-off against each other for the coveted prize of Best Musical. The contenders were La Cage aux FollesSunday in the Park with GeorgeThe Tap Dance Kid, and Baby, each boasting qualities that merited their respective nomination. Let’s take a look at these pieces individually before comparing and contrasting their virtues toward who should be the rightful champion.  

New York Musical Hits That Didn’t Fly in London

A Broadway hit doesn’t always necessarily translate to a universal hit. There have been many musicals that opened in New York City, but when they premiered in London’s West End, they failed to ignite with audiences. In some cases, it was the production that floundered and the show proved to be a hit at a later date. Here are some musicals that were hits in NYC, but initially failed in the West End. 

“I Am What I Am”: Musicals for Pride Month

With June being Gay Pride month and the month drawing to a close, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate here at Mark Robinson Writes than to take a look at some of the musicals that that have told the story of those who have been marginalized by society simply for who and how they identify and love. Progress has been made over the years, though we have certainly slipped back in the last few years, our voice is strong and proud. This list certainly isn’t all-inclusive, but it is one I think captures the best of what musical theatre has done to tell the story of the LGBTQ community.

Musical Men

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about why we love our Broadway divas, citing the number of great roles written for women in musicals as one of the reasons why we love them so much. A great role is the pedestal on which a great actress can shine. I also suggested that there just aren’t an equal number of plum roles for men and that this is part of the reason why we just don’t have the number of male divas to worship. There are, however, several iconic roles of the musical theatre that men would give their eye-teeth to perform. Today’s blog is a celebration of those juicy parts.