Kushner's Caroline, Angels Top 2003 Best Lists, Six Nixed

News   Kushner's Caroline, Angels Top 2003 Best Lists, Six Nixed Late in December, the nostalgic (and list-happy) nation turns to its publications — Playbill On-Line not excluded — for the annual best-of-the-year roundups.

The onslaught of such year-end review lists has begun, offering theatregoers a look back at the year on the stage, both good and bad. Some stagings — such as Taboo — are being considered on both ends of the spectrum.

Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change is among the top theatre shows named — as is his screen adaptation of Angels in America, in the television category. Stephen Schwartz's new musical Oz fairy tale Wicked is also appropriately "Popular" - as one of the show's songs boasts. The ill-fated Six Dance Lesson in Six Weeks seems to be a popular persona non grata as the show is a repeated entry on "Worst of" tallies.

Here's a running list of some of the year's top theatrical contenders:

Time's "Best and Worst" of Theatre 2003:

1. Continental Divide (Oregon Shakespeare Festival/ Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
2. Wicked
3. Fuckin' A
4. Wonderful Town
5. Matt and Ben
6. The Man From Nebraska (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)
7. Taboo
8. Caroline, or Change
9. Anna in the Tropics
10. The Beard of Avon The Worst: Six Dance Lesson in Six Weeks

Entertainment Weekly's "Best and Worst" of Theatre 2003:

The Best:
1. Avenue Q
2. Long Day's Journey Into Night
3. Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz
4. Henry IV
5. Eddie Izzard (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Sexie)
6. Gem of the Ocean (Goodman Theater)
7. Donna Murphy in Wonderful Town
8. Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel in Wicked
8 1/2. Antonio Banderas and Mary Stuart Masterson in Nine
9. Comedians (The New Group)
10. Caroline, or Change

The Worst:
1. Urban Cowboy
2. Laughing Room Only
3. Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
4. Taboo
5. The Look of Love

Also, visit Playbill On-Line's year-end roundup:
Playbill On-Line Selects the Top Theatre Stories of 2003