|Matilda Should Have Won|
I have found that, more or less the shows can be divided into 5 categories, with the understanding that many shows have characteristics that make them overlap categories.
- The Traditional: Singing, dancing, book scenes. Comedy, a little drama, with an emotional component, and elements of spectacle.
- The Artistic Boundary Pusher: Often the musical that people say belongs "off-Broadway," is usually a critical, not commercial success, that has most agreeing that it has pushed the art form into a new, challenging direction.
- The Jukebox: Whether it is a biographical trip down memory lane or an original story has been crafted, this type includes a songbook of popular music . Often critics and passionate fans jump on the lamenting the death of originality bandwagon, but the truth is, about half the time, the shows work.
- The Family Show: Again, fans seem to automatically dismiss these shows... "too Disney" blah, blah, blah, BUT when these shows offer both an emotional quality and stunning spectacle, the crowds keep coming.
- The Crowd-Pleaser/Spectacle: These shows are often described as "critic proof." And more often than not, there is one big element that is the draw despite a wholesale dismissal for the rest of the show. And nearly 100% of the time, these shows are a triumph of style over substance.
For the 2013 season, the winner is in red. An astrix (*) indicates which show I thought should have won. Here's a chart for your consideration:
|Kinky Boots did win|
Bring It On: The Musical
A truly fun, interesting musical, with amazing cheer stunts; Already closed at Tony time
A Christmas Story: The Musical
A faithful recreation of the classic holiday film, with all the right things added to make it worth musicalizing
Very much what you’d expect from a Harvey Fierstein/Jerry Mitchell collaboration, but not really anything more
* Matilda: The Musical
Artistic Boundary Pusher
It is really aimed more at the adults in the audience, but the staging is pure theatricality at its finest; so smart, too!
|A Gentleman's Guide... probably will win|
Spectacular dancing, great singing and the best orchestra on Broadway today.
Lots of Disney Magic without all the excess; Just enough like the movie to bring in the crowds, enough of a departure to feel fresh
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Great songs, great cast, but as dull a book as you can get…
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
It revels in its old-fashioned-ness! Very funny and super interesting, but like Chinese food, you are hungry again an hour after it is over.
Which show will win seems likely at this point, but I can honestly say that none were my favorite, but I can live with three of the four winning...
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