Top ten musicals of 2010

Top Musicals of the Year

1. Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson – historical inaccuracies, emo rock, and some very tight pants define this tongue-in-cheek political commentary about our nation’s 7th president. Catch the loud and racy cast until January 2nd.

2. The Scottsboro Boys – Like Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, some of the best shows come to an untimely end. This mock minstrel musical about an infamous case that inspired the Civil Rights Movement shuts its doors this Sunday.

3. La Cage aux Folles – Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge in drag, what more do you need?

4. A Little Night Music – Although this musical opened last year, Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch stepped in for Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury mid-year and stole the show!

5. Brief Encounter – This Roundabout Theatre show based on the Coward film.

6. Promises, Promises – Although Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes are undoubtedly bright stars, audiences “said a little prayer” that Katie Finneran is also a part of this fabulous cast!

7. Million Dollar Quartet – A great jukebox musical thanks to dead on impersonations of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. However, Levi Kreis steals the show in his Tony Award-winning performance as Jerry Lee Lewis.

8. Memphis – This show opened last year, but deserves a shout out for being an ultimate Broadway survivor! This musical about a mixed race couple singing and struggling through the civil rights movement is one of the few shows with an open-ended closing and the original cast in-tact.

9. American Idiot – Come for the Green Day supplied angst, stay for great choreography and the talents of John Gallagher Jr. and Stark Sands. Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong will join the cast for 50 performances in January and February.

10. The Addams Family – Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth headline this show in which the set design and special effects are worth the ticket price.

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Author: Staff Writer

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