Broadway Global gives an exclusive look at the best of this Broadway season and the future Broadway seasons to come, as the first audience hear the music of “King Kong the Musical” which opens tonight in Australia. After one of the best Broadway seasons in history of live theatre with “Motown”, “Kinky Boots”, “Matilda”, “Pippin” not to mention the best straight plays like “I’ll Eat You Last”, “Lucky Guy” , “Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike” and “The Nance” what is next for Broadway?
As “King Kong“opens in Australia, “Rocky the Musical” will knock out “Mamma Mia” from the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway as “Sleepless in Seattle” joins the Broadway movie musicals endless list with Disney‘s “a whole new world” of “Aladdin the Musical”. Don’t worry “Mamma Mia” just moves to the “Lucky Guy” theatre.
Looking at the BroadwayGlobal’s A to Z theatre list there may just be a few theatres left that can even take on “a whole new world” of Broadway musicals and plays. The Broadway shows that fail after the Tony Awards this season will open their empty theatre doors to the up and coming new plays and musicals. If producers were smart they would spotlight the new shows with a live performance on the Tony Awards with this years nominations and winners. Why wait for a Tony Award nomination or win? Let theatre lovers decide what they want to see in the future on Broadway.
Movie, TV Stars like Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Pierce, Bette Midler to name a few, have brought new patrons to Broadway. Now money making Films and TV shows like “Sleepless in Seattle“, “King Kong“, “Aladdin” and “Rocky” will be in the Broadway fighting ring to bring new younger theatre patrons to Broadway.
‘What is the one common denominator for these new Broadway Shows? They all have a common theme of love, recognition… they were the underdogs but their characters give us all hope.” Theatre Chat.
“Rocky the Musical” lyrics “make a new start, Rocky fight from the heart”. The yearning to find love and oneself is what theatre patrons are yearning for. Sylvester Stallone says it best “pride is explosive”, “the fight is not the important part its’ the heart” the soul of these new musicals will capture a new Broadway. Broadway is the “shelter from the storm” of real life. It gives us hope and pride.
Redeeming ourselves is another common thread. Just as Stallone did from a career that started in bad porn, then making it big as America’s top star with the hit movie “Rocky”. “Everyone is entitled to a moment of dignity” Sylvester Stallone. Heck none of us are proud of everything in our past, but it made us who we are today. The flaws in real life bring us to love the characters that producers are bringing to Broadway. Even Disney’s “Aladdin” stole a loaf a bread, but hey look he still ends up with Princess Jasmine. Sounds like “Les Miserebles” even Jean Valjean who steels a loaf of bread finds redemption.
Even better than the list of movie musicals brought back to life, are those writers who are introducing inspirational new stories, based on real life iconic stars. SDC Director/Choreographer Ron Hutchins inspired as a young black artists by the famous black entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. gives us truth in his new musical. Hutchins has created “Sammy Davis Jr. from Harlem to Hollywood, Once in a Lifetime“ sharing his true life by using the music Sammy was famous for.
Lets be honest producers are in it for the money. They like to produce money making movies to stage because they already have a following that will buy tickets. But, seeing two local events touched me deeply. Looking at Jonathan Larson’s “tick tick Boom!” brought back hope. Seeing a musical that was not even close to the outcome of his successful “RENT” but still sharing the truth of Larson’s life was a clear message for the future of theatre. The second event was a rehearsal of the Broward High School Cappies that should remind us all, “It’s not where you start, It’s where you finish”.
Writers and producers you don’t need outrageous ideas or budgets like “Spiderman Turn Off the Dark” or “King Kong“. You need stories of truth that bring our society closer together. Accepting diversity, understanding the journey we all have taken may be different, but our hope of love is our common denominator.
The love of Broadway is growing closer everyday. The new choice of musicals prove younger audiences are coming to see live theatre. “King Kong“, “Aladdin“, “Rocky” and “Sleepless in Seattle” they all will have their 15 minutes of fame, but plays like “Wit”, maybe even a story of a single mother raising two boys with the love of dance, music and live theatre will make the stage. Truth, hope, love will keep Broadway, arts and education alive for the future of our new BroadwayGlobal.