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Relax, the Death of the Broadway Play is Greatly Exaggerated

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People talk more about the musicals, because musicals are SPECTACLE and GLITZ and Liza Minnelli in a top hat or whatever, but very quietly in the last couple of years the “straight play” has made a considerable comeback on the GWW. Look at this year’s Tony nominations, just for example: the plays are solid across the board, Other Desert Cities and Clybourne Park and the like, and the musicals… well, not to cast any aspersions (ha ha here are some aspersions), but Newsies and Nice Work didn’t exactly set the world on fire, and Leap of Faith closed in about ten minutes. (Also, Once, which is pretty much a lock for Best Musical.) All of which is to say that, even if the big dollars aren’t flowing their way, and there’s no mention of the word “tentpole,” there is some quality theater on Broadway right now. (FULL ARTICLE: Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times)