re: Greatest theatre year -- ever?
Posted by: ablankpage 10:57 pm EST 11/27/23
In reply to: Greatest theatre year -- ever? - aleck 01:59 pm EST 11/27/23

I know we're probably supposed to answer with a date from the golden age, but I wasn't seeing theater then! Instead, I'm going to say the 2004-2005 season was the greatest year in recent history.

New plays included Pulitzer-winner Doubt, the arrival of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, and the equally excellent Democracy and The Pillowman. It was classified as a special event, but Billy Crystal’s wonderful 700 Sundays also deserves to be mentioned here too.

New musicals were (in a rare move) all commercial and critical hits, Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Light in the Piazza, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Even more rare, all four Best Musical nominees were still going strong by Tony time the following season. Spamalot and The Light in the Piazza have both been recently revived with critical success and Spelling Bee continues to be a popular title in regional and community theaters.

Play revivals were all notably excellent productions with very memorable performances: Glengarry Glen Ross, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, On Golden Pond, and Twelve Angry Men. And musical revivals were the excellent La Cage aux Folles and the sublime Pacific Overtures. (And the troubled Sweet Charity.)
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