Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Flashback: Best of 2000-01

Flashback: Best of 2000-01

As I count down the SOB Best of 2005-06, I thought it might be fun to look back and provide you with those shows that made my personal 5 best lists in each of the last five years, especially for posterity's sake. After all, I only started Steve On Broadway (SOB) this year. For 2002-2005, I'll even clue you into my honorable mentions and choices for worst shows.

My SOB Best of 2000-01 includes:

#1 - The Lion King (New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, NY)* -- the original Elton John Broadway musical and Disney's second is still going strong nearly nine years after first opening on Broadway.

#2 - An Inspector Calls (Garrick, London, UK) -- an amazing cast and innovative stage with a real rainstorm gets its true edge from the story of how a wise detective explores the pathos of a troubled family.

#3 - Gore Vidal's The Best Man (Virginia Theatre, New York, NY) -- timed against the 2000 presidential elections, this examination of politics included one of the best casts I've ever seen: Charles Durning, Elizabeth Ashley, Chris Noth, Christine Ebersole, Michael Learned, Ed Dixon and the last Broadway performance by Spalding Gray.

#4 - Aida (Palace Theatre, New York, NY) -- Heather Headley's star-making, Tony-winning title role and Sherie René Scott's featured role made this Elton John musical a delight.

#5 - O (Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV) -- Franco Dragone's revolutionary, groundbreaking and awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil spectacle is still on display at one of Vegas' favorite hotels.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for The Lion King tickets.
Click here for O tickets.
Related Stories:
Flashback: Best of 2004-05 (May 26, 2006)
Flashback: Best of 2003-04 (May 25, 2006)
Flashback: Best of 2002-03 (May 24, 2006)
Flashback: Best of 2001-02 (May 24, 2006)

* I caught The Lion King in the summer of 2000, nearly three years after the show first opened on Broadway.

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