2008

2008 was a successful year for new musical talent on Broadway, whilst in London the recession began to take its toll on new productions. Plays thrived in London alongside revivals, with many good shows failing to find a sufficient support base. Broadway led the way with a string of new musicals, with only a selection making the grade.

 

 

 

2008 Broadway

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2008 Broadway

Unlike London, New York was alive with new musical theatre talented throughout 2008, some better than others, but most enjoyed successful runs none the less. From new shows by established artists to more film to musical transitions, the Great White Way was awash with a rich mix of shows ranging from the good to the bad and the downright green. Broadway favourite Jason Robert Brown caused a stir when he announced that his new musical 13 would open in September, after an out of town tryout in Los Angeles. Stepping away from the heavier material...

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2008 West End

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2008 West End

After a few years of some epic musicals on the London stage, 2008 will be remembered as being a time for excellence in plays both old and new. The Donmar Warehouse began its year long residency at the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End, kicking off with an outstanding production of Chekhov’s Ivanov starring a somewhat smug Kenneth Branagh, directed by Artistic Director Michael Grandage. At the venue itself Sean Holmes presented a tasteful production of Arthur Miller’s lesser known play The Man Who Had All the Luck alongside Elena Roger in...

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2008 Awards

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2008 Awards

The 2008 Awards Season reflected the poor year for new musicals, with a Mozart Opera winning Best Musical in London and a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein taking home the awards in New York. In the Heights was able to flourish in this somewhat ‘weak’ year, winning Best Musical despite being far from incredible. In London performance awards went to the leads of Hairspray in a controversial move overlooking some fine acting talent from the Donmar’s Parade the previous year. The Tony Awards Ceremony will be remembered for Patti...

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