Monday, June 04, 2007

SOB's Best Of 2006-07: Top Ten Of The Year

SOB’s Best Of 2006-07: Top Ten Of The Year

You've endured my "Best Of" lists of everything from the year's best New Musicals and Plays to best Revivals of Musicals and Plays to best Theatrical Events. Now, before I launch into which Broadway shows would get my Tony vote if I could actually vote, here’s how the best of the best rank in my personal countdown of the “10 Best” theatrical productions I saw over the course of the 2006-07 Theatrical Season:

10 - A Moon For The Misbegotten (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York, NY) – Eve Best and Kevin Spacey are as symbiotic as any two actors I’ve witnessed and provide one of the most astonishing and affecting hours I’ve experienced from live theatre all year.

9 - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (Acorn Theatre, New York, NY) – A hauntingly beautiful revival of Jay Presson Allen’s pre-World War II drama that had me spellbound.

8 - The Unmentionables (Downstairs Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago, IL) - Playwright Bruce Norris' compelling brilliance was woven throughout his riveting tale that stands good intentions on its head.

7 - Barry Humphries & Friends: Back With A Vengeance! (Arts Centre, State Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) – Three hours worth of ingenious wit and wisdom from one of Australia's true treasures, Barry Humphries.

6 - Curtains (Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, Los Angeles, CA) – An exceedingly smart, exceptionally funny and a thrilling theatrical finale for the legendary songwriting team of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb.

5 - Sonia Flew (Downstairs Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago, IL) – A splendid, soaring play that left me positively chilled.

4 - The Real Thing (McGuire Proscenium Stage, Guthrie, Minneapolis, MN) – An eminently smart and deliciously acccessible revival that was a joy to behold.

3 - Gypsy (Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL) –A mesmerizing, show-stopping Patti LuPone soared to new heights with an unforgettable, heart-wrenched rendering of Mama Rose.

2 - Evita (Adelphi Theatre, London, United Kingdom) – The best revival of a musical from the past year that was dazzling.

1 - Grey Gardens (Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, NY) – A completely satisfying triumph of the first order – bravo to Christine Ebersole, who should win the Tony.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 04 June, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What strikes me is not just the fact that you've seen such memorable performances in such a variety of locations, but the breadth of experiences on your list. I don't know if that's the case for you every year.

You've found something enjoyable in so many different types of theatre - from plays and musicals to concert-style productions to basically a one-person show. You have revivals of plays and musicals and comparatively recent works.

And I'm really looking forward to taking in Gypsy and Grey Gardens in New York next month!

At 04 June, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And of course, I'm thrilled that A Moon for the Misbegotten made your Top Ten list! I was mesmerized by Kevin Spacey and Eve Best on stage, for a number of reasons!


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