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Best Musical Hits of 2013
Best Musical Hits of 2013
In 2013, it’s fair to say that Wicked, the monstrously
huge-selling musical birthed in the Apollo
Victoria Theatre, is still the most popular musical around. That being
said, there are quite a few other hit shows, some new and some as old
as dirt (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde come
to mind) competing for tickets in 2013. Before we look at the brand
new ones hitting the stage in 2013, we can’t overlook some of the newer
shows that have been making huge names for themselves:
1. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The story of how this musical
was created could itself be musical, complete with drama and happy endings
after great conflict. The first version of the show bombed ticket sales
and injured its stars with its high-flying antics. The second version,
re-launched with a new director, silenced the show’s critics and became
a huge commercial success. Bono (U2’s lead singer) and The Edge (U2’s
guitarist) wrote the music and monitored the production every step of
the way. Hit songs like “Rising Above 1” place the soaring
melodic anthems that made U2 successful against grooving back-beats.
2. The Book of Mormon: From the creators of Southpark, one
of the founts of modern-day satire, comes a musical poking fun at Mormonism
and musicals. If you know anything about the show’s creators, you know
they’re not members of the church of political correctness. This is
partly why their satire is so popular. Their blatant insults provide
a guilty pleasure for the rest of society that tries earnestly not to
offend other people who might be different than themselves.
3. Once: Inspire by the 2006 movie Once, this new musical about
a songwriting couple in Dublin, Ireland has garnered critical acclaim,
including eight Tony awards in 2012. It continues to swell in popularity
and will be a mainstay in musical theatre for years to come.
However, these musicals look to have some stiff competition from the
new arrivals in 2013. Here is a glimpse at a few new shows opening in
2013 that many believe will do very well:
1. Cinderella. The classic fairy tale is coming to Broadway
for the first time on March 3, 2013. This re-telling will stick to the
traditional beauty of previous tellings (such as the Disney film), and
it will feature music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
2. Matilda the Musical. On April 11, 2013, this show will bring
to stage the classic Roald Dahl story about a girl with magical powers.
3. Motown. Opening April 14, this musical tells the story of
legendary motown producer Berry Gordy and how he helped build a new
American style of music.
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