What happened to Broadway?
From Guys & Dolls, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Newsies, Once on this Island, Rent, The Music Man, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked to Avenue Q, Jerry Springer - The Opera, King Kong, Legally Blonde, Matilda, Scandalous, Shrek, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and The Book of Mormon. What the hell happened to Broadway? Seriously the last decent thing I've seen come out of Broadway was Dear Evan Hansen.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
The up and coming West Side Story may make you feel better about that district.
- ajtheactressLv 74 weeks ago
From your post your seem to think that "Broadway" is exclusively musical, that is far from true. And no mention of Hamilton? Really?
There are still new original musicals every year. But there are far more straight plays on broadway than musicals.
Musicals in particular are very expensive to produce because of the need for a full orchestra for all performances. Thus producers tend to go with known or proven shows because the cost to produce is so high that a "guarantee" of return happens.
Spider Man was a flop and and very expensive one. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and other top rung musical ticket prices are far too high for most people to be able to go to a broadway show with any regularity.
- ProfGene.TogolotLv 74 weeks ago
One of the biggest tings that decimated the writers and others involved with the production of musicals on Broadway was the AIDS epidemic and even though that was many years ago Broadway has yet to fully recover from it
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
I'm pretty old, enough to have seen the 1950s musicals and the current ones.
What happened to Broadway is that they have stopped whitewashing the human experience. Diversity, steamy or tempestuous relationships, sordid needs, and other factors some audiences find unappealing is how real life is for many. We don't all live in a Rogers and Hammerstein world. Nobody did, really, if they'd have opened their eyes.
Maybe you don't know anyone trans, or closeted and gay, or who's black and seething invisibly, who grew up in a culture that wasn't entirely apple pie and Fourth of July, but that doesn't mean they're not there. Shows featuring people of many types entice new, young audiences by showing them what they want to see--people like themselves and the ones they know.
As for the movie spin-offs, it's a business, after all. Movie tie-ins sell tickets, and musicals are by far the most profitable offerings Broadway has.
There was a time when Rent was considered scandalous. You sound too young to remember that. I imagine there are plenty of people who consider Evan Hansen scandalous now.
If you aren't happy with current offerings on Broadway, "vote with your feet" and don't see them. You can wait for the next revival of something written in the Fifties. (Oklahoma was pretty good--but you might not have liked the black Oklahomans, or the one in a wheelchair...)
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- 4 weeks ago
It's still there. You just need to know how to get there.
- SandyLv 74 weeks ago
yeah, this generation doesn't have any composers of the caliber of Rodgers and Hammerstein or Andrew Lloyd Weber. You can tell from the lame Grammy winners. All these "musicians" like Eilish can write about are depression, suicide, trannies and the effects of global warming. these kids are taught that the world won't be here when they grow up. they read dystopian books like the Hunger Games and Ready Player One. Liberalism/socialism has sucked all the joy and humor out of our children. they don't know how to write uplifting fun, funny even silly shows, because that's not what they feel. the last good song I heard from Broadway was Popular from Wicked. (and this deconstructed "music" like that composer of Rent wrote is awful).