What will come to #BWAYinCLE in 2016/2017

logo-bigOn March 22, I will attend the Key Bank Broadway Series launch event, at which the shows for next season will be announced. This will be the first season to run each show for 3 weeks (a fact Playhouse Square is REALLY driving home). It doesn’t seem like we’ve had an issue getting first-tier tours to stop here before adding a third week, so I’m curious what effect this will have on the line-up. Does it make us more or less likely to get a show like The Bridges of Madison County to stop here? Would Idina have added Cleveland to her list of If/Then cities it we had or 3rd week? I know literally nothing about how these decisions are made, so this kind of speculating is pointless. That being said, I have been looking into what OTHER cities have planned for 2016/2017 (though most have not announced their season’s yet either) and have created the following list of possible shows. This is probably 50% prediction and 50% wish list.

The list is broken up into 3 categories.

God I Hope I Get It” represents the tours launching in 2016/2017 I most want to come to Cleveland.

I Ain’t Down Yet” lists shows that I wanted to come last year and didn’t, but appear to be making bookings in other cities next season.

Possible…Very, very possible” lists shows that could possibly (or even very likely) come to Cleveland next season…and I’m not particularly excited about it. These are also shows that could come to Cleveland even if they are not included in the Broadway series.

The shows in RED are my best (if random and totally uninformed) guesses and to what will be announced on March 22.
GOD I HOPE I GET IT
  • Aladdin (This is more likely to happen in 2017/2018 as it launches in Chicago in April 2017…but it could definitely hit Cleveland next summer.)
  • An American in Paris
  • Curious Incident…
  • Fun Home
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch (**added to list 2/5/2016, made a prediction on 2/21/2016)
  • The King and I
I AIN’T DOWN YET
  • Cabaret
  • The Sound of Music (Jack O’Brien)
POSSIBLE…VERY VERY POSSIBLE
  • An Act of God (** added 2/15/2016 per Denver’s announced season)
  • Amazing Grace (**added 2/11/2016 per this article)
  • The Bodyguard
  • A Christmas Story
  • Finding Neverland
  • The Illusionists
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • A Night with Janice Joplin (***removed on 2/21/2016 because it’s playing in Cleveland this March)
  • Rent 20th Anniversary
  • Riverdance
  • Something Rotten! (***removed from prediction 2/21/2016)
I may update this list periodically as more cities announce shows. I will try to make revisions clear
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Cast Recording Response: Aladdin

The public library system here in Cleveland is fantastic, with a great many new cast recordings at my disposal between my library’s well curated stock and what I can find through inter-library loan. Every few weeks I drop off a collection of CDs and pick up a new one. The Cast Recording Response contains my thoughts on my latest returns.

Aladdin
aladdinOne of the biggest problems with Disney’s stage adaptations of their popular films is how to make an evening length musical out of a 70-minute movie with a handful of songs. The Lion King has been the most successful with the challenge, complementing Julie Taymor’s concept of telling the familiar story through her version of native theatrical traditions by filling the evening with wonderful music evocative of “the pride land”. The concept behind Broadway’s Aladdin seems to be “show biz razzamataz” and the score is filled with, well, filler. While some of the new ballads are pleasant enough, they are almost uniformly inferior to what’s in the movie and frequently feel redundant. Only the earnest “Proud of Your Boy” brings added dimension to the story. The added Musical Comedy(!) numbers are perhaps effective in the theater, but come off as asinine on disk. Even great opportunities–an “I want” song for Jasmine, a villain’s manifesto–seem squandered when the results pale in comparison to their analogs in the Disney song catalog. On the bright side, the songs that are good sound great with lush orchestrations and a capable cast.

Hawks Test Report Card: While there a many great numbers, there are quite a few clunkers in the new material that, for me, prevent this incarnation score from truly succeeding.