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Tony Talk: Assessing the Best Musical and Best Play Tony Nominations

When I was a teenager, I would pace back and forth waiting for the Tony nominations to come out each spring. I’d walk to the gas station on the corner and pick up a copy of The New York Times, sit down on a bench outside the… um… establishment (next to the cranky old lady who sat there every day chain smoking), and immediately tear through the balance of the paper to find that coveted list. I’d begin imagining what type of telecast it would prove to be, asking the question “Will this year’s nominees add up to a decent night of entertainment?”

Broadway Musical 2018-2019 Preview: Thoughts On What’s To Come

The 2018-2019 Broadway Musical Season is well underway with the recent arrivals of Head Over HeelsPretty Woman and the arrival and forthcoming closure of Gettin’ the Band Back Together. Today, I am addressing the musicals that have been officially announced for the rest of the season. This is most definitely speculation, my thoughts on what is to come and how I am feeling about the musicals readying themselves for Broadway. 

The Top-Ten Films I'd Like to See Made Into Musicals

I am the first person to say that I prefer original musicals, with original stories, to those adapted from films, but realistically, most major musicals of yesteryear were adapted from plays. It was inevitable that we would turn to film as the basis for our musicals. Truthfully, there have been some artful and/or delightful musicals adapted from films that I have quite enjoyed. Among them are Carnival!Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsThe Full MontyLa Cage aux FollesThe ProducersSpamalotGrey Gardens, and Little Shop of Horrors come to mind as fully realized adaptations that are augmented by the musical form.