Friday, April 26, 2013

The 2012 - 2013 Season: By the Numbers


The 2013 - 2014 Broadway season has begun!  But first...

The First: Opening Night: June 14, 2012

The Last: Opening Night: April 25, 2013

Although there was far less of it than last season, there was plenty of drama this theatre season.  On TV, Glee continues to regularly feature numbers from Broadway shows, while the bigger news came from Smash, which proved to be a ratings bomb this, its second season.  Broadway stars old and new (Jeremy Jordan, Wesley Taylor, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Christian Borle, Harvey Fierstein, Bernadette Peters and Liza Minelli) couldn't save the show.  I personally loved it.  What a shame.  On Broadway, scandal hit the play Orphans, when Shia Labeuf was let go from the production, and publicly Tweeted his displeasure with co-star Alec Baldwin.  Both made the talk show rounds.  A bomb threat nearly ended the opening night of Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, but the show went on.  And, as usual, "star" power at the box office proved either hit (Tom Hanks, Bette Midler, Jessica Chastain) or miss (Scarlett Johannson, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Debra Winger).

Let's look back at the season just ended simply by the numbers, without regard to critical and/or financial success or failure.

This season, the Tony Committee met four times to determine eligibility of productions that opened, starting with Harvey on June 14, 2012 through Pippin on April 25, 2013.  13 new plays, 13 play revivals, 8 new musicals, 7 musical revivals, and  7 special event productions - 48 productions in all - were considered for the coveted silver medallion.  The seven special events, one play and two musical revivals were deemed ineligible for award consideration (marked with * below).

Special Event Productions (7)

  • Barack on Broadway (Benefit)*
  • Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth*
  • Running on Empty*
  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway*
  • Assassins (Benefit)*
  • Manilow on Broadway*
  • The Little Rascals: Once Upon a Dream*

Golden Boy
Play Revivals (12)

  • Harvey
  • An Enemy of the People
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • The Heiress
  • Golden Boy
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Picnic
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • The Big Knife
  • Orphans
  • The Trip to Bountiful

Play Revivals - Solo (1)

  • Macbeth


New Plays - Solo (3)

  • Ann
  • The Testament of Mary
  • I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Plays (10)

  • Grace
  • Dead Accounts
  • The Performers*
  • The Anarchist
  • The Other Place
  • Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Lucky Guy
  • The Nance
  • The Assembled Parties

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Musical Revivals (7)

  • Fela!*
  • Annie
  • Elf*
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Pippin

Kinky Boots

New Musicals (8)

  • Bring It On: The Musical
  • Chaplin
  • Scandalous
  • A Christmas Story: The Musical
  • Hands on a Hardbody
  • Kinky Boots
  • Matilda
  • Motown: The Musical

If I had a say about the musical nominations...

With the Tony nominations just a few days away, here are a few things I hope the Tony Nominating Committee remembers:

The Mystery of Edwin Drood:

  • The show itself
  • The performances of Jim Norton, Betsy Wolfe, Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase and Jessie Mueller
  • The costume design of William Ivey Long
  • The set design of Anna Louizos
  • The choreography of Warren Carlyle

A Christmas Story: The Musical

A Christmas Story: The Musical

  • The score by Pasek and Paul
  • The performances of John Bolton, Erin Dilly, Dan Lauria and Johnny Rabe


  • The direction and choreography of Warren Carlyle
  • The lighting by Ken Billington
  • The performances of Rob McClure and Jenn Colella

Bring It On: The Musical

Bring It On: The Musical

  • The direction and choreography of Andy Blankenbuehler
  • The score by Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green
  • The performance of Ryann Redmond

Hands on a Hardbody

Hands on a Hardbody

  • The book by Douglas Wright
  • The score by Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio
  • The performances of Keala Settle, David Larsen, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Allison Case, Jon Rua, Keith Carradine and Hunter Foster
  • The lighting by Kevin Adams


  • The performance of Anthony Warlow



  • The lighting design of Kenneth Posner
  • The costume design of William Ivey Long
  • The set design of Anna Louizos
  • The performances of Ann Harada, Harriet Harris, Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes and Santino Fontanna

Kinky Boots

  • The score by Cyndi Lauper
  • The book by Harvey Fierstein
  • The direction of Jerry Mitchell
  • The performances of Billy Porter, Daniel Stewart Sherman and Marcus Neville



  • The sets by Rob Howell
  • The lighting by Hugh Vanstone
  • The direction by Matthew Warchus
  • The choreography by Peter Darling
  • The book by Denis Kelly
  • The score by Tim Minchon
  • The performances by Lesli Margherita and Lauren Ward

Motown: The Musical

  • The performance of Valisia LeKae

What do you hope makes the Tony cut?  Add a comment below!!


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