Tuesday, December 29, 2009

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: Fifty Through Three

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: Fifty Through Three

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 50 personal favorite shows of the Noughties.

50. Barry Humphries & Friends: Back With A Vengeance! (Melbourne, Australia)
49. The Breath Of Life (2002, London, United Kingdom)
48. Dirty Blonde (2003, San Diego, CA)
47. An Inspector Calls (2001, London, United Kingdom)
46. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2005, New York City, NY)
45. Mary Poppins (2004, London, United Kingdom)
44. The Unmentionables (2006, Chicago, IL)
43. The Women (2001, New York, NY)
42. Sonia Flew (2006, Chicago, IL)
41. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (2001, New York City, NY)
40. Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2006, New York City, NY)
39. Reeling (2006, Minneapolis, MN)
38. Ivanov (2008, London, United Kingdom)
37 The Real Thing (2006, Minneapolis, MN)
36. The Best Man (2000, New York City, NY)
35. The Full Monty (2009, St. Paul, MN)
34. The Well-Appointed Room (2006, Chicago, IL)
33. A Catered Affair (2008, New York City, NY)
32. A Blameless Life (2005, Chicago, IL)
31. Brighton Beach Memoirs (2009, New York City, NY)
30. Hairspray (2002, Seattle, WA/2008, New York City, NY)
29. The Car Man (2001, St. Paul, MN)
28. Purple Heart (2002, Chicago, IL)
27. Into The Woods (2002, New York City, NY)
26. Hedda Gabler (2006, New York City, NY)
25. Nine (2003, New York City, NY)
24. Superior Donuts (2008, Chicago, IL/2009, New York City, NY)
23. Grey Gardens (2007, New York City, NY)
22. Twelfth Night (2009, New York City, NY)
21. My Fair Lady (2001, London, United Kingdom)
20. Small Tragedy (2003, Minneapolis, MN)
19. Guys And Dolls (2005, London, United Kingdom)
18. Long Day's Journey Into Night (2003, New York City, NY)
17. Ruined (2009, New York City, NY)
16. The Producers (2002, New York City, NY)
15. Evita (2007, London, United Kingdom)
14. The Beatles Love (2007, Las Vegas, NV)
13. Passing Strange (2008, New York City, NY)
12. Dreamgirls (2007, Atlanta, GA)
11. Theatre Of The New Ear (2005, Los Angeles, CA)
10. A Little Night Music (2008, London, United Kingdom)
9. Wicked (2003, New York City, NY)
8. La Bohème (2002, New York City, NY)
7. Gypsy (2008, New York City, NY)
6. Our Town (2009, New York City, NY)
5. The Last Five Years (2003, Philadelphia, PA)
4. Doubt (2005, New York City, NY)
3. Assassins (2004, New York City, NY)

Tomorrow, I'll reveal my second most favorite show of the past decade, followed on New Year's Eve by my absolute favorite of the past ten years. Any guesses on the top two?!

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 each of these performances.

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At 29 December, 2009, Blogger Esther said...

Hey SOB, it's nice to see that we have some favorite shows in common. There are more than a few on your list that I saw, or whose cast recordings I listened to, because of your encouragement. So here's to another 10 years of great theatre. In 2019, I'll be able to make my own list!

As for the top 2 well, I think I just might have figured it out. Looking forward to New Year's Eve to see whether I was right. ;-)

At 05 January, 2010, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Curious to know whether your guesses were correct? Glad you've added theatregoing to your life's little pleasures, Esther! Happy New Year!


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