Broadway’s Top 5 Moments in 2018
I know, it’s 2019 already. But you all know I like to do things a little bit differently, so while everyone else was publishing away their listicles about their favorite moments on Broadway in 2018 over the last few weeks, I laid in the weeds.
And now you haven’t seen one in a while, so hopefully you’re jonesin’ for another.
Well, here are my Top 5 Broadway Moments of the past 12 months, in no particular order.
- A Super Superstar
The live telecast of JCS couldn’t have been better if JCS had directed it himself. Perfectly timed for its Easter airing, it pushed the art (and ratings) of the tele-musical to another level, ensuring that we’ll continue to get them for the foreseeable future. Oh, and even if you didn’t like the telecast, I bet you found yourself saying, “Damn, I forgot how good this musical really is.” (We lost Craig Zadan, one of the masterminds behind the production, in what was one of the worst moments in 2018. To hear his podcast with producing partner, Neil Meron, click here.)
- Yep, they really did that.
The fact that the totally original Broadway Musical The Prom was given a spot on NBC’s Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade was reason to celebrate all by itself . . . and then the executives let the two love interests kiss. Spoiler alert: they were both girls, in what was the Parade’s first same-sex kiss. And this wasn’t during prime time. This was during FAMILY prime time. Good for NBC for staring the social media backlash in the face and letting love win.
- Look what’s grossing $1mm+? MANY plays.
The million dollar club used to be reserved for a select few touristy musicals . . . and every Disney show. Now, here ‘s a crop of plays demanding top dollar. The Ferryman (at over 3 hours), Network, Lifespan of a Fact, To Kill A Mockingbird . . . and of course Harry Potter (but that doesn’t really count) . . . are all grossin’ like musicals. Perhaps these high flyers will mean that plays will actually start getting more theaters again, after a few years of medium-sized musicals pushing them out of playhouses.
- The Band’s Visit Doesn’t Win One Tony . . . It Wins 10.We all knew TBV was going to win the big prize. But it just kept racking ’em up, award after award after award, proving once again that voters vote their ‘art’ and that there’s no such thing as a road vote. It’s why this show won too (which also is a fave moment of mine – duh).
- It’s still VERY “Popular”.
Sure, sure, there’s a lot of talk about Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen, deservedly so. But there’s so much chatter about the new kids on the Broadway blocks that we tend to forget that Wicked has been running and raking it in for 15+ years now. NBC didn’t forget when they gave it a huge publicity push with a 15th anniversary televised concert that reunited Idina and Kristen (only first names needed). It was a wicked reminder that we’ve got a massive mega-hit in our backyard that could run longer than many of the newbies. And wait until THAT movie comes out.
What was your favorite moment of 2018? Share it below!
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