Each year there is a mad rush of shows opening and a myriad of old ones gaining momentum before the Tony Awards. As 2017 is coming to an end and we are about to swing into 2018, I have decided to do a roundup of some of my favorite shows:
In Waitress, Tony winner Jesse Mueller plays a diner server stuck in an unhappy marriage. The musical is undoubtedly rich in themes of female friendships, mother-daughter legacies and touches on the emancipation from conjugal tyranny. The thoroughly charming musical is also the Broadway debut of singer Sara Bareilles, whose hits are deeply rooted in the storytelling tradition.
Phillipa Soo, who originally played Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton: The Musical, steps into the shoes of a quirky and highly imaginative waitress named Amelie. The shy waitress finds happiness in secretly helping those around her, Soo beautifully capturing the character’s sweetness and sense of mischief. Amelie’s love story sparks when she locks eyes with a young photographer, with whom she decides to take a leap of faith and follow her heart.
Anastasia is based upon the phenomenal 90’s animated movie of the same name. It is centered around Anya, the real-life Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, who was murdered with her family during the Russian revolution. Both in the movie and in the musical, she manages to escape, however, with no memory of her past.
Hamilton, one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever, is a rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. It proved that it could not only welcome a diverse cast, but it could also combine history with hypnotizing lyrics that make you feel as if time is unfolding in front of you. Lin-Manuel Miranda truly managed to subvert the landscape of storytelling and encourage diversity and inclusion on stage and off.
Dear Evan Hansen is one of those hard-hitting musicals that manages to touch on some really heavy subjects such as bullying, suicide, and social anxiety, while still tackling the fact that we, as teenagers, are all just trying to get through life. What I believe is the most inspiring thing about Dear Evan Hansen, is that it truly draws attention to the story of a boy suffering from a mental illness, without romanticizing it. The writing does an amazing job at leaving the audience with uplifting words of encouragement, despite the fact that it deals with heart-wrenching matters.
“Even when the dark comes crashing through, and when you need a friend to carry you, when you’re broken on the ground you will be found.”
Further information about shows can be found on http://www.playbill.com/.
Featured image via TimeOut.