Hairspray, Bohème, Take Me Out Among Time Out New York's Year End List

News   Hairspray, Bohème, Take Me Out Among Time Out New York's Year End List TimeOut New York Magazine has chosen its "Best and Worst" of 2002, listing the year's high points and low points in such genres as film, comedy, music and more. Their year-end feature also includes 2002's top theatrical contenders.

Included in the special "Good times, bad times" quick roundup feature at the front of the Year-end special issue of TimeOut Magazine are some special awards:

Best Party in Town: Art Party'sEllestarring Alan Cumming
Best Talented New Playwright in Need of Psychological Help: Adam Rapp (Trueblinka, Faster)
Best Evidence That Rock Is Dead: The presence of "jukebox musicals" Mamma Mia! and Movin' Out
Worst Comeback: Playwright Lanford Wilson (Burn This, Book of Days)
Most Valuable Player: Take Me Out's Daniel Sunjata

In the TONY Theatre section editor Jason Zinoman and writer David Cote offered up their top ten and bottom three. Both of their individual lists included this year's Broadway productions of Hairspray and La Bohème as well as Off-Broadway's Take Me Out, Tape and The Underpants.

Here is Zinoman's "The Best and Worst in Theater" 2002:

Best:
1. Our Lady of 121st Street
2. The Dazzle
3. La Bohème
4. Tape
5. Medea
6. Take Me Out
7. Hairspray
8. The Underpants
9. Ricky Jay: On the Stem
10. Death in Venice Worst:
1. Dance of the Vampires
2. The Graduate
3. An Almost Holy Picture

Here is Cote's "The Best and Worst in Theater" 2002:

Best:
1. Take Me Out
2. La Bohème
3. To You, the Birdie! (Phèdre)
4. Hairspray
5. Placebo Sunrise
6. Talk
7. Blue/Orange
8. Debbie Does Dallas
9. The Underpants
10. Tape

Worst:
1. Movin' Out
2. Shoppers Carried by Escalators into the Flames
3. The Prince and the Pauper

Also, visit Playbill On-Line's year-end roundups:
Playbill On-Line Selects the Top Theatre Stories of 2002
Playbill On-Line Looks Back at Theatre 2002: A Year in Images