The Lights are Bright

By | Jun 9, 2009

Even though I have never seen a show in a Broadway Theatre or for that matter seen many shows anywhere, in fact I may have appeared in more shows than I have seen, I have been a fan of Broadway since the early 1970s.

Most of my experience has been through Cast albums and on PBS. I do always try to plan my schedule around the annual Tony Awards. For now it’ll be the closest I will be getting there.

One of the first Soundtracks I heard was the musical Hair. Sure it was first through the single releases of The Cowsills, Three Dog Night, Oliver and the 5th Dimension. But it was also one of my first cast albums.

Hair won the Tony for Best Revival and if the number that they performed during the show is any indication on the show then it deserved to win. Sometimes modern actors when dressed in clothes from the 60s and 70s don’t look like I remembered. These certainly did and the performance was in my opinion the best of the night.

In many ways 2009 Tonys was a throwback to the period of the 60s and 70s. Along with Hair, Elton John, the artist of the 1970s, composed the music for Billy Elliott, the winner of Best Musical. The musical is based upon the 2000 movie of the same name. And Dolly Parton composed the songs for the Musical 9 to 5 based on the 1980 movie that she just happened to have been one of its stars.

With the successful revival of Hair which is obviously a period piece, I wonder how long it’ll be before another period piece from the seventies is revived. That would be Godspell the 1971 off-Broadway and finally Broadway Musical by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz. Godspell is one of the shows that I have seen live when a performance was played at my High School during my Junior year. It was from this that my appreciation of live performance was established.


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