2012 Theater Year In Review: Broadway Ticket Sales Top $1 Billion For Third Straight Year
While Broadway posted its best year yet in ticket sales, only four shows that debuted in 2012 are expected to last the winter. NY1's Roma Torre filed the following report.
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It was Broadway's best year yet in ticket sales. For the third season in a row the Great White Way grossed more than $1 billion. But the story of Broadway in 2012 isn't exactly having the happiest of endings.
Forty-four shows opened in 2012. 17 are still standing, but only four are expected to last the winter. Annie, Newsies, Nice Work If you Can Get It and Once are the only new shows this year that haven't posted closing notices.
Most of the Tony winners are gone as well, including best play Clybourne Park and revivals Death Of A Salesman and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess. You won't see James Corden or Nina Arianda, either, who took best acting Tonys for One Man Two Guvnors and Venus in Fur respectively.
It was a year of unexpected highs and lows. Once and Newsies garnered the best musical headlines after starting small off-Broadway. Celebrities pumped star power into Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Harvey, The Heiress and Glengarry Glen Ross, though celebrity author David Mamet, who penned Glengarry, wasn't quite so fortunate with his newest play The Anarchist. In fact, it was one of a succession of flops that ended the season on an unusually low note.
But there was plenty to celebrate in 2012, and so, here now my picks in alphabetical order of the year's best on Broadway:
- A Christmas Story - the infectiously good humored adaptation of the popular movie
- Clybourne Park - Bruce Norris' stunning Tony winner also took this year's Pulitzer Prize
- Death Of A Salesman - Arthur Miller's masterpiece starring Philip Seymour Hoffman won its fourth Tony for best play or revival.
- Golden Boy, Lincoln Center theatre's knockout staging of the Clifford Odets drama
- The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, a tunefully rich and pitch perfect revival.
- Newsies - Read all about how Disney turned the movie favorite into a hit new musical
- Once - the movingly original adaptation of the indie film and the year's biggest Tony winner taking 8 awards.
- One Man Two Guvnors - the hysterical British import
- The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess - garnering musical revival and Best Actress Tonys giving Audra McDonald her record-breaking fifth award.
- Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf - a fresh look at the Edward Albee classic winning universal raves.