Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Around the World in 80 Musicals: Part III: The Rest of Europe

Get those theatrical passports ready, theater fans! Our world tour continues throughout Europe, with stops in 12 countries. This week's adventure covers 15 more musicals - some huge hits, others you may not have ever heard of. We'll visit all of the major cities in Italy (over several centuries!), find out that Flaemmchen and Sally Bowles might have crossed paths in Berlin, find romance and violence in THREE musicals that take place during the Russian Revolution, and find the romance of Scandinavia, real and fictional. Maybe we'll take a dip in the warm blue waters of Greece or climb the Austrian Alps.

The data comes from The Playbill Vault and Internet Broadway Database, and details the original Broadway production. Many of the shows take place in multiple countries, but (for the most part) we include them under their primary setting. In limiting it to 80 shows, obviously some favorites are going to be left out. We'd love to hear from you with your favorites that we missed.

Around the World in 80 Musicals
Stop Three: The Rest of Europe: 
Austria, Germany, Greece, 
Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, 
Russia, Scandinavia and Switzerland


The Sound of Music

1. The Sound of Music - Setting: Austria, 1938 (1959, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1,443 performances)


Grand Hotel: The Musical

2. Cabaret - Setting: Berlin 1929-1930 (1965, Broadhurst Theatre, 1,165 performances)
3. Grand Hotel: The Musical - Setting: Berlin 1928 (1989, Martin Beck Theatre, 1,017 performances)


Mamma Mia!

4. Mamma Mia! - Setting: A tiny Greek island (2001, Winter Garden Theatre, 5,758 performances)
5. Zorba - Piraeus and Crete (1968, Imperial Theatre, 305 performances)


She Loves Me

6. She Loves Me - Setting: Budapest, 1934 (1963, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 301 performances)


The Light in the Piazza

7. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Setting: Rome, 200 B.C. (1962, Alvin Theatre, 964 performances)
8. The Light in the Piazza - Setting: Florence and Rome, 1953 (2005, Vivian Beaumont, 504 performances)
9. Nine: The Musical - Setting: Venice, early 1960s (1982, 46th Street Theater, 729 performances)
10. Passion - Setting: Milan and a remote Italian outpost, 1863 (1994, Plymouth Theatre, 280 performances)


The Lyric Theatre, circa 1903

11. The Girls of Holland - Setting: The Netherlands (1907, The Lyric Theatre, 15 performances)



12. Anastasia - Setting: St. Petersburg 1907, 1917, 1927 (2017, Broadhurst Theatre, 651 performances*)
13. Dr. Zhivago - Setting: Russia, the first decades of the 20th Century (2015, Broadway Theatre, 23 performances)
14. Fiddler on the Roof - Setting: Anatevka, 1905 (1964, Imperial Theatre, 3,242 performances)


Song of Norway

15. Frozen - Setting: Arendelle (2018, St. James Theatre, 272 performances*)
16. A Little Night Music - Setting; Turn of the century Sweden (1973, Shubert Theatre, 601 performances)
17. Song of Norway - Setting: 1860's Nornway (1944, Imperial Theatre, 860 performances)


Strike Up the Band

18. Strike Up the Band - Setting: Switzerland (1930, Times Square Theatre, 191 performances)

Check out Part I of the series HERE and Part II of the series HERE.

*as of 11/14/18; production still running.


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