As American culture changes over the years, Broadway musicals have adapted to fill the various roles they play in our lives, offering respite from national depression, challenging social commentary and public opinion, and battling societal trends.
The most recent announcement of an upcoming My Fair Lady Broadway revival has my wheels turning.
Here are my top 10 musicals Broadway needs to revisit… now.
Gives me chills every time.
It’s been 20 years since Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award winning musical, Parade, was first produced on Broadway. Having undergone several incarnations, the heart-wrenching musical returned in 2015 for a one night only performance starring Laura Benanti and Jeremy Jordan.
Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, Parade seems more timely than ever.
Heather Headley slayed the game in 2000.
All I’m saying is… Aida starring Cynthia Erivo, 2018?
Uncomfortable themes always make for a relevant revival.
“People torn apart, a country divided by fear and hatred of those that are different; residents blaming immigrants, demagogues rising to power fueled by a media gone mad; gays, jews, blacks, muslims being injured or killed in the name of religion…if it sounds familiar it’s because the themes of Cabaret are happening in the USA right this very moment.”
I don’t care how many times this show is produced – Cabaret is one of the best musicals of all time and deserves an eternal life on Broadway.
Don’t underestimate the power of this musical. Showboat broke ground thematically and artistically when it opened on Broadway in 1927, confronting racism in the reaction of characters to a then-illegal interracial marriage.
Let Derek Klena rip your heart out with “Come Back.”
Dogfight only had a brief stint off-Broadway in 2012, and I think its time for a comeback on the Great White Way.
The writers? Benj Pasek and Justin Paul… the very lyricists behind the Golden Globe and Academy Award winning song of the year, “City of Stars,” and masterminds of current Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen.
6. In The Heights
Lin Manuel Miranda’s pride and joy, In The Heights, opened on Broadway in 2008, revolutionizing what we know as modern musical theatre.
The hip-hop musical celebrates the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
7. Bonnie & Clyde
The sexy Laura-Jeremy dynamic duo was short-lived, playing just 36 performances on Broadway. Audiences were enthusiastic about the Frank Wildhorn musical, yet critics blamed the flop for being too clean for the infamous daredevils.
Send it to Sondheim, and let’s let’s bring Bonnie & Clyde back to Broadway, bolder and bloodier than ever.
8. Next to Normal
My favorite musical of all time.
I saw the original cast of Next To Normal in 2009, and then again towards the end of its run with real-life husband and wife Marin Mazzie and Jason Daniely. I thought perhaps the musical’s protagonist, Diana, had no life outside Tony Award winner Alice Ripley... I was wrong.
Bring it back, Broadway.
9. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Though I don’t know the logistics behind Hunchback’s failed Broadway turn (I blame Trump), I know in my heart of hearts this show would be a smash hit.
This riveting Rodgers and Hammerstein Golden Age classic deals with the very difficult subject of domestic abuse.
Did YOUR favorite musical make my list?
Comment below with the next show you’d like to see revived on Broadway.