Tuesday, December 01, 2009

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #25 - Nine

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #25 - Nine (2003, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York, New York)

Introduction: Hard as it is to comprehend that we're already 119 months into this "new" millennium, we are fast approaching the end of its first decade. While we have yet to agree on what exactly we should call the '00s, I'll take a cue from the fine folks at The Times of London and the BBC and henceforth refer to them at the Noughties.

With that small introduction, I'm pleased to present my list of plays and musicals that wowed me the most during that time. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of shows I've seen over the last ten years, I give you my countdown of my 25 personal favorite shows of the Noughties.

Make no mistake. I adored the sensational Jane Krakowski who won a Tony for her sensually seductive acrobatic turn as Carla in David Leveaux's dazzling revival on Nine, starring Antonio Banderas as playboy Guido Contini.

Yet it was the exquisite, legendary Chita Rivera who literally stopped the show and my heart with her breathtaking rendition of "Folies Bergères." Never before had I witnessed a standing ovation immediately after a production number, but Rivera more than earned it scoring a "12."

The mere thought of Maury Yeston's richly-layered musical midlife crisis always has me humming the anthemic "Be Italian." No wonder the upcoming film version is the one movie I'm most eagerly anticipating this holiday season.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

In keeping with the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that unfairly discriminate against bloggers, who are now required by law to disclose when they have received anything of value they might write about, please note that I have received nothing of value in exchange for this post. I paid my own way for this performance.

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At 01 December, 2009, Blogger Joseph Gomez said...

I've been working on my top ten of the noughties too!

At 01 December, 2009, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

I'll be eager to compare notes!


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