With the impending new year, there’s a lot of people highlighting the most memorable parts of their year. Theatrically-speaking, 2013 was an incredible year for me. After reflecting on my theatre-going in 2013, here are my top ten theatre experiences from the past year:
- Les Miserables – Toronto / Les Miserables – London
It’s my all-time favorite show. Need I say more? I was fortunate to see the show in three countries over the past year. You can’t beat the original incarnation at the Queen’s Theatre in London, but the new version, starring Ramin Karimloo, comes close.
- IF/THEN – DC
I had the pleasure of seeing this show develop from its very first performance in DC. As a huge Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey fan, I was thrilled to see them hard at work at the theatre on several occasions. Plus, the concept and cast are stellar.
- The Phantom of the Opera (with Sierra Boggess as Christine) – Broadway
I am very lucky to have seen Sierra Boggess in every Broadway and West End role she’s had thus star. Her Christine is the best I’ve ever seen.
- A Chorus Line – London
As a longtime fan of the show, I’m a little biased, especially since I was a fan of much of the cast of this production. You can’t help but leave with a smile on your face.
- Matilda – Broadway
Bertie Carvel was incredible as Miss Trunchbull. The show has such heart and spirit. Tim Minchin’s clever lyrics really got me hooked along with the talented cast, inventive choreography, and fascinating set.
- Cabaret – Keegan Theatre, DC
This production starred Paul Scanlan and Maria Rizzo. Having seen them around DC before, I suspected this production would be superb. It surpassed my already high expectations. Keegan constantly impresses me with its outstanding productions.
- Pippin – Broadway
I waited many years for the opportunity to see Pippin, and the show was well worth the wait. The cast is full of stars, and each has their moment to shine. Plus, the circus acts and classic Broadway tale add great entertainment value too.
- The Laramie Project – Ford’s Theatre, DC
This was by far the most moving production I’ve seen this year. I eagerly awaited seeing this show amidst a government shutdown, and thankfully, my ticket was late in the run. If it wasn’t for the shutdown, I would have gone multiple times. It’s not an easy show to watch, but it’s incredibly powerful. This cast and creative team put together an amazing production, and I wish more could have seen it.
- Miss Saigon – Signature Theatre, VA
For the past five years, I have been praying a DC theatre would produce this show. Signature Theatre answered my call, and I am so happy with the final product. Despite a last minute cast change, the show was phenomenal. This intimate production added a 4D element to the theatre that made you feel like you were in Vietnam during the war.
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum – Shakespeare Theatre, DC
I have never laughed so much at a musical. Bruce Dow is an improve genius. He even forced the cast to break character, and no one in the audience seemed to mind.
- Jason Robert Brown at 54 Below – NYC
- Tim Minchin at 54 Below – NYC
- My Fair Lady – Kennedy Center, DC
- Kinky Boots – Broadway
- Never the Sinner – 1st Stage, VA
Can’t wait to see what 2014 bring! Happy New Year!