Over the past calendar year, we saw 23 shows: 16 shows on Broadway and 3 off-Broadway. and 4 regional productions. They were Be More Chill, Beetlejuice, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Hadestown, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, King Lear, Little Shop of Horrors (off-Broadway), Merrily We Roll Along (off-Broadway), Moulin Rouge!, Oklahoma!, Puffs (off-Broadway), The Cher Show, The Lightning Thief, The Phantom of the Opera, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Tootsie.
2019 in Review:
The Best of Broadway (and off):
🌟Best Pre-Show Show: The Sword Swallowers Moulin Rouge!
- As if walking into that breathtaking theater isn't enough, the erotic beat and sensuous cast members circulate until just before the show starts. Then you are riveted by two statuesque beauties...
- I have seen many productions of King Lear, and never before has the role of the banished Edgar made more of an impression as it did here. I'm telling you, this guy is going places.
- Magnetic. Dazzling. Superb voice. She has it all. The best "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On" this side of Queen Cher herself.
- She rose from the depths and made quite a splash. It's been quite a year for bathrooms on Broadway.
- As befitting a glamorous star of the Moulin Rouge, Satine (the glamorous Karen Olivo) floats down from the heavens on a swing. She really is a sparkling diamond.
- When Aaron Tveit and Karen Olivo finally lock lips, it is so satisfying!
- Everyone in the room was sure they'd (Damon Daunno and Patrick Vaill) start making out. You could cut the sexual tension in the room with a knife. But they didn't... sigh...
- You could feel it out in the lobby, let alone in the seats. It made the adventure at hand all the more poignant and very human.
Robyn Hurder and Ricky Rojas Moulin Rouge!
- I needed to smoke a cigarette after their Act Two opener, "Bad Romance/Toxic." Damn!
- Yee Haw, that was some sweet kissin' on the prairie. I don't think they could've been any cuter.
- A beautiful thing with sweet, perfect performances by Celia Keenan-Bolger, Gideon Glick and Will Pullen.
- Nothing creates fast friends like fighting the gods and dealing with teen angst all at once. Chris McCarrell, Kristin Stokes and Jorrel Javier handled it all like the pros they are.
- When he took the stage, he took our breath and hearts away. A performance of the ages in a career full of them.
- Talk about riveting! She was brilliant ever single second she was on the stage. "Anybody want a drink?" is my new mantra.
- Brian Thomas Abraham is the man behind the bowler. A creative, theatrical way to make magic!
- Leave it to Tommy Kail to come up with such a cool way to stop time and still "shoot' a bullet.
- I've said it before. I'll say it again: this woman is a sensation.
- The man is a chameleon. And he's hilarious. More of him, please.
🌟Best Scenery Chewer: Alex Brightman Beetlejuice
- Normally, being a scenery chewer is a negative thing. But in this case, it's a masterclass in knowing when to push and when to hold back. Bravo bravo bravo.
Stephanie J. Block as Cher The Cher Show
Nkeke Obi-Melekwe as Tina Turner Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
- How could we choose one over the other? They are as iconic as the women they portray.
🌟Best Dance Moves: Jason Tam Be More Chill
- I loved how he moved like a computer chip. Who knew computer chips had dance moves?
- Sharing a stage with the best dancers on Broadway isn't easy. But he sure kept up.
- He was left out of all the awards, which is a shame. We thought he was wonderful and so charming.
- A lot of people decided he was too "hot" to play Seymour. Happily, he proves everyone who said that wrong. Besides, being geeky is sexy all by itself.
- One of the best things on Disney+, and one of the most fun shows on TV period. How can you not love Kate Reinders playing Kristin Chenoweth?
🌟Best Long-Running Portrayal: Michael Park and Jennifer Laura Thompson Dear Evan Hansen
- We are so glad we made it back to see them before they left the show. After over 1,000 performances over the years, they were as fresh as opening night.
- This young guy's beautifully touching performance made me love a show I previously hated. That says a lot.
- You'd never know he was an understudy. A brilliant performance. We would have loved a chance to see him in the title role.
- Maybe the best Audrey we've ever seen. Her "Suddenly Seymour" soared, and her "Somewhere That's Green" was musical theater bliss.
🌟Best Post-Show Show: "The Concert" after Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
- You know it's a great way to end things when no one is running to beat the crowd out the door. And "Proud Mary" is a great way to keep you wanting more!