|#1 - Next to Normal|
It is pointless to argue about some of the placements of the shows that make his ranking; it would be pretty nit-picky of me. Suffice it to say that I'd agree within a place or two for most of his choices. And you more regular readers know how pleased I am at his #1 choice!
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I think I can give this list some serious consideration because Peitzman has really has considered pretty much everything in the wide-ranging gamut of musical theatre in this century. And his nicely concise (I should take a lesson!) explanations take into account artistry, social context, boundary pushing, critical response, pop culture mores, and, perhaps, most importantly, entertainment value. Bravo!
|#42 - Legally Blonde|
|#14 - Fun Home|
That the really important musical theatre artists of the new millennium all made the list... twice: Robert Lopez, Laurence O'Keefe, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, Jason Robert Brown, Alex Timbers, Jeanine Tesori, Michael John LaChuisa, and even Elton John. And other important writers who have only one show so far: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Billie Joe Armstrong and Green Day, and Duncan Sheik. And even nicer, that two legends, John Kander and Fred Ebb, made the list twice, too!
|#43 - American Idiot|
|#28 - Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson|
|#21 - Passing Strange|
|#11 - The Scottsboro Boys|
Understand, even if I don't care for the show... his inclusion of Jersey Boys as a benchmark for the "jukebox musical"... and Passing Strange as an example of someone not "in musical theatre" trying it anyway, and ignoring the "rules"...I totally agree with their being on the list.
Disappointed that...he didn't include Hands on a Hardbody, which I still think history will reveal as a better, more important work, that it was received as, or Matilda, a very sharp, thoughtful musical really more for adults than kids, or Mamma Mia!, which should be included if for no other reason than it is a world-wide phenomenon.
|#34 - If/Then|
|#25 - The Bridges of Madison County|
What do you think of this list? Your comments are welcome!