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re: Good shows won't even be nominated for Best Musical this year
Posted by: tmdonahue (tmdonahue@yahoo.com) 09:13 am EDT 03/13/17
In reply to: re: Good shows won't even be nominated for Best Musical this year - AC126748 08:50 am EDT 03/13/17

Here's another perspective. The year "Sunset Boulevard" opened, it was the only new musical to open that year. The only competing nomination for the best musical Tony was "Smokey Joe's Cafe," a revue, not a musical. Another year the best musical Tony was given to a revue, "Jerome Robbin's Broadway." Why?

"Because 1989 was a rum season with only three new musicals opening: the crippled Legs Diamond (64 performances) and the forgotten shows Chu Chem (44 performances) and Welcome to the Club (12 performances). Chu Chem was subtitled “The 1st Chinese-Jewish Musical” and was placed in China, 600 years ago. Welcome to the Club, set at “a New York City jail exclusively for alimony delinquents” was written by Cy Coleman and A. E. Hotchner and had a fine cast and a first-class design staff. But as anyone knows who follows musical theater closely, starting with experienced artists isn’t enough to have a good final product. Frank Rich’s review in the New York Times began, “Handed a free night and 90 bucks of mad money, would any couple choose to see a Broadway musical comedy set in a prison for alimony deadbeats? Apparently the creators of ''Welcome to the Club'… think so, for they have actually put on a show with songs like ''Pay the Lawyer'' and ''Love Behind Bars'' and a production number about a jail break….I didn't laugh…”"

Long quote from my book in progress about the history of the best drama and best musical awards. If you know a publisher...
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