New York’s Theatre scene always has a variety of offerings and 2014 was no exception. From Star turns to ensemble pieces, here are this show queen’s top five shows of the year. Vote your top pick for the NS4W 2014 Broadway Show of the Year!
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Matilda: This 2013 TONY nominee for best musical is an inventive adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book. While this Broadway musical is geared at a family crowd it’s full of humor, heart and darkness not commonly found in Children’s Theatre. With a fresh score and some of the most talented child actors I’ve ever seen Matilda is still thrilling audiences youthful and adult alike.
Casa Valentina: A new offering from beloved playwright Harvey Fierstein, Casa Valentina dramatized the true history of cross dressing men in 1962 spending a weekend is the sanctuary of a Catskills home. This TONY Nominee for Best Play delivered one liners and laughs but had a poignancy and depth that surprised and moved this drag queen. The cast was splendid and contained my favorite performance of the season from Reed Birney. Sadly Casa Valentina closed over the summer, but I trust this play will have a long life in future regional productions.
You Can’t Take It With You: A classic Moss Heart & George S. Kauffman play got a lively revival this year with an incredible ensemble cast that includes TONY winner Kristine Nielsen, Broadway and “Masters of Sex” favorite Annaleigh Ashford, and Rose Byrne making her Broadway debut.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder: The 2014 TONY winner for best musical is light, frothy, and airy…the fact that its plot is peppered with murder saves it from floating away entirely. It’s a truly original (no source material) period pastiche with lots of laughs and a tour de force performance from TONY winner Jefferson Mays. Also, there’s one drool worthy costume after another from the shows two leading ladies.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch: This rock musical was revived and given its Broadway debut. The show opened to raves and took home TONYs for leading man Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, as well as Best Revival of a Musical. I saw Michael C. Hall of “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under” fame take on the role, and he absolutely killed it. As a bonus his tiny shorts at the end of the show were an early holiday gift! *wink* Original Hedwig star and book author John Cameron Mitchell steps in to the Broadway production January 21.
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