Broadway During The Holidays 2009: Recommendations for Theater-Going
What are good shows to see on Broadway, especially during the holiday season? I suppose this is the obvious question to ask anybody who sees a lot of theater, even though the answer really depends on your taste.
Looking at the list of shows that have opened this season so far that I have seen, here are some recommendations
If you are looking for an old-fashioned tuneful musical: Finian’s Rainbow
If you are looking for an innovative new musical: Fela! — The music is Afrobeat, it’s unlike anything that’s been on Broadway before.
If you like to see great choreography: Burn The Floor, Memphis
For a humorous musical, I liked bad-taste humor of “The Toxic Avenger” which announced that it is closing January 3rd to go on tour. (scroll down near the bottom of article linked to, which is my review of six different shows Off-Broadway)
If you are looking for a thought-provoking play, I suggest one that is Off-Broadway (though in the Theater District):
Anna Deavere Smith’s â€œLet Me Down Easy,â€ in which she re-creates her interviews with 20 people including feisty former Texas Governor Ann Richards and Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who talk about their bodies, their health. It is running through December 6th.
A lovely little play for anyone who has ever taken a theater class (but not just them) is
also Off-Broadway (and also in the Theater District) Circle Mirror Transformation It is supposed to run only through November 21st, but it has been extended several times already. Update: Sure enough, a “limited engagement” of this show is set to begin performances Tuesday, December 15.
For those who are interested in discovering a fresh new voice in the theater, try Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays at the Public Theater.
Note 1: I am only talking about shows that opened up this season. There are several wonderful shows from past seasons that are still very much on the boards, including (but not by any means limited to) In The Heights and Next To Normal. (You don’t need me to recommend the hits that are impossible to get into, or at least impossibly expensive).
Note 2: There are five more shows opening up before Christmas, several of which look promising.
Take a look at my updated list of shows for the Broadway season 2009 – 2010