Saturday, March 23, 2013
Spring On Broadway: Some Special Awards
RUNAWAY HIT AWARD: Matilda - it was a runaway smash in London, and based on early observations, it will do these same here.
Runner-Up: Pippin - it's bound to be great and got great reviews in Boston, but won't quite achieve the success Matilda will. It will probably be hard to get a ticket though for some time.
SURPRISE HIT AWARD: Motown: The Musical - while it lacks a true book, this jukebox musical has already been selling out (despite its quality being poorly received and questionable). I think this could be the next Jersey Boys due to its great song catalog.
COULDA-SHOULDA-WOULDA AWARD: Hands on a Hardbody - despite decent reviews, this show isn't at the level it could have been and will probably close soon, despite its great concept and dedicated cast.
THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD AWARD: Annie - it has had mediocre reception and in a crowded season, especially in the arena of family-friendly musicals, this show will fly under the radar, but it's name recognition will keep it around (at least through the summer).
SHOULD EXTEND BUT WON'T AWARD: Alan Cumming's Macbeth - this show has sold out every venue it's been performed in, and I doubt Broadway will be any different. But I have a feeling this will maintain its very limited engagement status.
SHOULD CLOSE EARLY BUT DOESN'T AWARD: Breakfast at Tiffany's - Reviews were mediocre at best, with very few redeeming qualities. But I think Game of Thrones' Emilia Clark will save this show from an early closing notice.
SHOW EVERYONE FORGETS ABOUT AWARD: The Testament of Mary - Despite a starring role by Fiona Shaw, I have heard almost nothing about this scene and have a feeling it will exist very quietly on the Great White Way.
While I hope every show can be super successful, it just isn't a reality. Only time will tell if these predictions prove to be true. Do you have any predictions of your own? Comment below!