If you follow this blog at all you know that I am a big one for statistics, so here are a few before I start naming my favorite shows, blah blah blah.
On Broadway, between the start of 2000-2001 season and the end of the 2009 2010 season:
- 375 shows opened*
- The first was a revival of Macbeth, starring Kelsey Grammer, opening on June 15, 2000. It played 8 previews and 13 performances.
- The last was Everyday Rapture, starring Sheri Renee Scott, opening April 29, 2010. It is still running.
- 35 "Specials" (shows considered under the Special Event Tony Category)
- 86 Musicals
- 2 shows closed on opening night: The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, and Glory Days.
- 1 show began previews, but never opened: Bobbi Boland.
- The longest running show of the decade is Mamma Mia!, which opened on October 18, 2001, and continues to run today.
The above information is based on figures given at http://www.ibdb.com/.
Of those, I was fortunate enough to see (on Broadway):
- 34 plays or play revivals
- 75 musicals or musical revivals
- 1 special
Future blogs of this series will include
- Best Plays and Revivals
- Best Musicals
- Best Musical Revivals
- Best Flops
- Best Guilty Pleasures
- Best Performances
- Male Theatre Artist of the Decade
- Female Theatre Artist of the Decade
How many of each, I'm still determining, and depending on how slow the summer is, I'm not sure how many blogs it'll be. No matter what, I am looking forward to hearing from you, as I am sure we will agree on some, and disagree on others!
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