Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

First, via the Wayback Machine, here are some of the plays and musicals that will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2010.

The musicals that opened in 1960 include:

Bye Bye Birdie, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Irma La Douce and Camelot on Broadway; Oliver! in London's West End; and The Fantasticks off-Broadway.

I've never seen The Fantasticks, which is currently playing at the Snapple Theater Center in Times Square. So maybe this will be the year!

Among the plays that opened on Broadway in 1960 were:

A Taste of Honey, by Shelagh Delaney; Becket, by Jean Anouilh, Toys in the Attic, by Lillian Hellman, The Best Man, by Gore Vidal, and All the Way Home, by Tad Mosel, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Interestingly, there were two stage adaptations of noteworthy novels that opened on Broadway in 1960: John Hersey's The Wall and Allen Drury's Advise and Consent.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2010! I hope it's a year filled with great theatre. And as always, thank-you so much for stopping by.


Monica said...

I didn't realize Bye Bye Birdie was 50 years old. Odd that the revival would close 50 years later. Although, I'd rather go see the original production.

Esther said...

Oh yeah, with Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera - wish I could take the Wayback Machine and see the original Birdie, too!