My hat goes off to Broadway and its’ producers this year for taking the exciting risk of putting on 11 new musicals for the 2011 season. This is in stark comparison to a 2009-2010 season that only gave us 2 new musicals. Other recent years have been filled primarily with juke box musicals and regurgitated proven hits.
This is a perfectly fine strategy for community theaters. However, given its influence on worldwide stage performances, Broadway should be the incubator for great new works.
Further most theater fans do not live in New York. New York is one of the greatest cities in the world. But for a tourist, it is expensive! Sorry, but I am not flying to New York to see musicals that I could see at my local repertory theater. Luckily, it seems that Broadway producers have started to understand this reality. Not only will Broadway regain its artistic lead in 2011, but also it is giving me 11 great reasons to visit New York this year!
Here is a list of some of the new musicals opening on Broadway:
- The Book of Mormon – Lyrics by Trey Parker & Matt Stone with music by Robert Lopez
- Catch Me If you Can – Book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
- Love Never Dies – Book and lyrics by Glenn Slater and Ben Elton, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Priscilla: Queen of the Desert – Book by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott but not an original music score.
- The Scottsboro Boys – Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by David Thompson
- Spider Man – Book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, score by Bono and The Edge
- Unchain My Heart – Libretto by Suzan-Lori Parks and music from Ray Charles
- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – Music and lyrics by David Yazbek and book by Jeffrey Lane
- Yank – Book and lyrics by David Zellnik and music by Joseph Zellnik