Playbill Poll: Top Theatre Experiences of 1997 -- Part 3

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The season of Top 10 lists is upon us. As in previous years, Playbill On Line invites theatregoers everywhere to write their own Top 10 lists, or Top 5, or even the single most memorable theatre-related experience of the calendar year 1997.

The season of Top 10 lists is upon us. As in previous years, Playbill On Line invites theatregoers everywhere to write their own Top 10 lists, or Top 5, or even the single most memorable theatre-related experience of the calendar year 1997.

Here is the third part of the results. Additional files will be posted daily through New Year's. Playbill On-Line thanks all those who took the time to write.

From Paul Donnelly, Washington, DC:
#1 -without question and on a plane by itself - "The Darker Face of the Earth" by Rita Dove at the Eisenhower Theater of the Kennedy Center. Rich language; phenomenal staging - staging that used dance and movement as much as machinery to achieve its effects; and surprising, true and profoundly resonant variations on the "Oedipus" legend (the moment when August killed his father was all the more affecting for all the ways one could see it coming) made this script and this production the runaway high point of my 1997 theatre going.
#2 - "Hair" at the Studio Theatre. The freshness and vitality of Studio's quasi-environmental staging (again, stunning effects achieved through using and grouping the real instruments - actor's bodies!!) and the vigor and commitment of its young cast breathed life and, most surprising to me, truth into a show I have never liked. This was my sixth "Hair" in twenty-odd years. I can't begin to tell you how amazed I was to discover, as Claude's body was carried onto the stage, that my cheeks were damp, and then to realize that it was because I was crying. The cast and the production had pulled me so totally into the moment that I wasn't even aware of how powerfully I was being affected.
#3 - Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" at Arena Stage. A romantic comedy about the chaos theory!! A play that depicts the exhilaration and the cost of being in love with ideas, done to perfection. The Thomasina wasn't as engaging as Lincoln Center's, but I thought the rest of the company and the staging actually served Stoppard's most glorious play better.
#4 - Joe Banno's production of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. How many times do you see an R&J so richly and fully conceived that you come away thinking, "That was even the best Friar Lawrence I've ever seen"? The transposition into a contemporary setting worked (with the substitution of a stolen cell phone for the detained messenger working particularly brilliantly) to uncover a wealth of humor and to break down the distance between the lovers and our own experience in ways that made their deaths particularly harrowing.
#5 - Signature Theatre's "Never the Sinner." For a whole variety of reasons: Leopold and Loeb without special pleading or condemnation. The fluid theatricality of Ethan McSweeney's graceful and unfussy staging. And the least hoary courtroom scene in my theatre-going experience, featuring a Clarence Darrow who wasn't just a icon of pseudo-populism. The riveting and profoundly disturbing performances of Jason Patrick Bowcutt and Michael Solomn. But most of all a script that gives us "Do uber mensch dance?" as Loeb's first line directly to Leopold.
#6 - Making this list has brought home to me what a wonderful year 1997 was in Washington theatre!! I mean, here I am listing an intelligent and engaging production of my very favorite play, Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July" sixth. The Washington Shakespeare Company's terrific ensemble managed to reveal the foibles and the humanity of each of these wonderful, complex characters. Gwen, John, Shirley and even Wes were allowed to be fully human; while Ken, Jed and Aunt Sally were allowed to have actual flaws. Michael Comlish's Ken offered a particularly resonant and full-blooded moral center.
#7 - "Just Like New York" at Woolly Mammoth. This limited engagement, two-man review, by and starring Joel Hurt Jones and Jason Kravitz, was, without question, the most consistently hilarious evening I have ever spent in a theatre. My face really did ache for days afterward. I attended with a group of friends and we are still arguing as to which was really better, the writing or the performances.
#8 - "Melville Slept Here" by Norman Allen. This new play, presented by Signature Theatre, offered an effective variation on Arcadia's history through a fractured prism perspective. In this case, a contemporary character discovers and reveals a truth about an historic incident that has profound contemporary repercussions. Among the many strong points of this lovely script is that it was as compassionate as it was sharp and witty, and it was very sharp and witty indeed.
#9 - "The Notebook of Trigorin" at A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle, WA). Saw this one while travelling. Falls under the flawed but fascinating category. Another script well-served by the intelligent theatricality of its production. Chekhov and Williams mixed rather oddly. But for every moment of bourbon in the samovar, there was a countervaling moment of magic and truth. The feelings left unspoken which coursed through every scene between Trigorin and Nina were particularly heartbreaking.
#10 - Another out-of-town delight. The TheatreVirgina (Richmond VA) production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives." A surprisingly physical production which captured Coward's bracing wit and not-so-well-hidden heart. Celeste Lynch and Brent Harris were as sophisticated and glamorous as could ever be hoped for in and Amanda and Elyot.
Would also have to say how much I loved the national touring company of "Chicago" at the National Theatre.


From OSTheatre:
My top theatre event of 1997 was playing the part of Roy Cohn in "Angels In America" at the Open Space Theatre Company in Plainfield, NJ. It is a part of such complexity, I loved every challenging moment of it from preparing it to playing it. (P.S. I started the theatre and we are now into our second production of our first full season with "Blood Brothers." We'll see if that goes on my list next year. We end our season in June with "Cloud 9.")
Other favorite 1997 theatre moments
1. Seeing "Ragtime" in L. A., exciting.
2. The opening number of "SideShow."
3. "A Doll's House" on Broadway.
4. "As Bees In Honey Drown" off-Broadway.
5. "Ivanov" at Lincoln Center, despite what some critics say, I was enthralled...my first live Chekhov.
6. A really funny, should be in New York show , I saw in San Francisco this summer at Theatre Rhinoceros called "Dirty Little Showtunes." It featured the number "The Drag Queen and the Leather Man Should Be Friends."
7. Is the "Angels In America" experience.
8. Directing a high school production of "Cabaret" where I changed the ending somewhat and the Emcee ended up going into a gas chamber wearing a pink triangle, I can still hear the audience gasp as the Nazi flag descended as the doors to the gas chamber closed behind him. This production was honored by Paper Mill Playhouse in NJ.
9. Seeing "Full Gallop" off-Broadway.
10. Seeing Lea DeLaria in "On the Town" in Central Park. My biggest disappointment in 1997 was seeing "How I Learned to Drive."
Did I miss something? Happy New Year. Seeing "The Lion King" in January. I'm sure it'll top my 1998 list.


From David Curley:
Nothing came close to my tear-drenched, soul-soaring experience at RAGTIME in Toronto. I'll never be the same. Plus there was tons of leg room.


From dcdaigle:
5. "When Pigs Fly."--- This was the first show I saw in New York this summer, and it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I have spent in the theatre. I had a great time, and was in awe of the amazing costume design. It was the only thing I saw this summer on my trip to NYC that was really FUN.
4. Our college production of "Hair."--- Not only was "Hair" the most exhausting experience I've had, it was also the most fun. Our cast of 28 bonded immediately, and the show was great. Our last performance of "Let the Sun Shine In" left most of us in tears. it was really moving. Plus, I got to don a dress and play Margaret Mead and sing "My Conviction." That scene steals the show, and it was so much fun.
3. "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" --- Alfred Uhry is one of my favorite playwrights, and I couldn't wait to see "Ballyhoo." It was every bit worth it. Dana Ivey was terrific. And the show was warm and very funny.
2. Lillias White in "The Life" --- In a word, incredible. Her Sonja was inspired and amazing to watch. In a cast as talented as this, she shines above the rest. She definitely earned her Tony.... and to her, I hope many more.
1. And the best thing about 1997... Winning 2nd place in the Kennedy Center / ACTF Fourth Freedom Foundation Playwriting Award. I won it for my first play, and it was a truly incredible honor. It was a real validation for me, and of all the great things in 1997, that is right on top.


From Rosalin349:
OK, I live in DC so I see a lot of tours, but some on Bway. So, here's my list from worst to best:
10. Annie Warbucks: The version I saw was local theater, It was ok, but the set sucked. The Annie ruled.
9. Les Mis: It was actually good, but it's kinda dumb because it's not new, and it's old. grin
8. Phantom of the Opera: It was decent
7. Jekyll and Hyde: it wasn't as good as I thought it would be, but the leads were very strong.
6. How to Succeed: I saw this on tour and I loved it. I was great, although it lacked a gigantic strong number.
5. Titanic: the scenic design was excellent and I loved the music and the composer (who also wrote NINE -- my fav)
4. Blood Brothers: Saw it on tour. It ruled. It was absolutely brilliant. I love this show. A must see. THe story is so filled with mystery, enchantment, I love this show with my heart and soul
3. Rent: I saw this on tour too, and it was pretty good. The Mark had a weird accent.
2. Chicago: This ruled. I saw on tour with Jasmine Guy who was actually really good. I had Charlotte D'Amboise's understudy for Roxie, I don't recall the name, but she was awesome.
1. TRIUMPH OF LOVE: This show absolutely was the best I have ever seen. Please encourage people to see it because it's absolutely fantabulous.


From demoiselle:
The show I feel most passionate about is The Scarlet Pimpernel. After loving the story in all it's various incarnations, I went to SP with many reservations. I wondered whether Wildhorn and Knighton would do justice to the show. I was unsure about the casting of newcomer Douglas Sills in the lead role, especially since I was so fond of Chuck Wagner's concept recording Percy. By the time I made it to the last preview, I had heard many conflicting stories about Pimpernel's quality. The overwhelming opinion seemed to be that it was a highly entertaining show.
The show I saw was absolutely breathtaking. Mr. Sills is brilliant in the role of Percy. He makes the first fictional super-hero come alive and actually improves upon every Percy I have encountered since I became interested in SP. The book is incredibly funny; the audience was practically rolling in the aisles.
Many have commented that the music in SP could be put into almost any show - this is simply not true. "Into the Fire", "Prayer", "Where's the Girl?", "The Creation of Man", "Falcon in the Dive" and others are quite unique to this piece and fit perfectly. Other more interchangeable tunes are at least appropriate and enjoyable where they are.
Every aspect of The Scarlet Pimpernel is done with style and enthusiasm. The show is amusing, light, wonderful family entertainment. This show is the kind which could make a child learn to love theatre for life; it has the power to make the most jaded theatre veteran leave the Minskoff happy. I am sure audiences will prove the Wildhorn-bashing critics wrong by supporting Pimpernel at the box office.
I am truly sorry that Triumph of Love has posted a closing notice. I saw ToL at the same time I saw Pimpernel. Although ToL did not have as great an affect on me as SP, I enjoyed the show very much. All the actors put in great performances; I'll never forget the night I got to see Betty Buckley and F. Murray Abraham on the same stage! I am keeping my fingers crossed that *somebody* will have the good sense to record this show. Dare I hope for a Christmas miracle at the box office?


From Gellises:
1. Triumph of Love----Wow! An original musical, with original music, where the characters are the driving force and not the scenery! I went in a devoted Betty Buckley fan, but left in awe of Susan Egan. What a pity if this show were to close prematurely!
2. Barrymore. Christopher Plummer. What more needs to be said? Our greatest actor portraying a previous generation's greatest actor, warts and all. It's why they invented theater.
3. David Alan Grier making Pseudolus all his own in the revival of Forum.
4. Rosie O'Donnell single-handedly reviving the Tony Awards, and the wonderful innovation of putting the first hour on PBS so we could have the three hours the show's entitled to.


From Pennajoe:
1. Side Show - this musical made me cry the most - and on my critic's score, the more emotions I have, the more I love the show. Just went out and bought the CD as well. It produced such an avalanche of emotions that after it was over, I just sat in the audience, awestruck.
2. Titanic - everyone knows it sinks. But I never knew why or how or what the people were doing, etc. The duet at the end between the Astors was breath- taking. I was fortunate to meet some of the actresses the day before at the auction in September and am so glad that I did and was able to place them. Victoria Clark was great and I felt as if I knew her character like she was my aunt or something. And the set, at the end, cannot be described in words. I have told everyone in PIttsburgh they must see this show!
3. Jekyll and Hyde - music was great and the three leads were amazing. I want to be Robert Cuccioli when I grow up. His voice range, acting and transformation was breathtaking.
4. Gross Indecencies - an amazing play. Kept me spellbound and I was made to learn more about a man who I kind of just said, oh yeah, him, prior to seeing the show. All the actors in this play were simply amazing.
5. The Life - the best ensemble! Everyone felt so much of a group. Afterwards, I stayed and got all of them to sign my program. I was in heaven at the moment. They were the greatest and kindest people I met in New York City when I was there.
6. Chicago - two words - Bebe Neuwirth. May she be named the saint of musical theater.
7. Annie - Nell Carter is the funniest and quickest lady alive today. I would love to see something with her, Carol Burnett and Rosie O'Donnell together. One would have to schedule surgery to repair your stomach from laughing so much.
8. Cats - its just keeps going, and going and going and going .....
9. Grease - its like a relative at the holidays. Glad you saw it and kinda glad that it is leaving. But you know it will be back in some form some day.
10. Beauty and the Beast - what can be said? At time it was a beauty and at times it was a beast!


From Frank Pike:
The show I loved the most this year was CLUE, the musical. It is at the players Theatre.
There are many reasons I adored this show. It is funny, with songs that linger in my mind weeks later. The costumes and choreography are delightful. The characters came to such real life that I will never forget them.
When it was all over I was in a little theatre with a small stage. I was amazed because I had literally been transported to a mansion filled with room, corridors, halls and magic. I see a lot of Theatre and was more delighted with CLUE than with all the LIons on broadway.


From Bettina Pagalilauan, Bensalem,PA (bpbdwy@bellatlantic.net):
1. - Being fortunate enough to be in the audience at the Imperial Theatre on March 12,1997 as Les Miserables celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Broadway. To be part of an audience comprised of fellow fans,former cast and crew members,and the creative team was an wonderful experience. The whole cast was great,and it was nice of people like Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil to take time out at the stage door and interact with fans.
2. - The Floyd Collins original cast recording. I love the music and story,and this is one show I wish I had seen.
3. - Getting the wonderful cast recording of Paul Gordon and John Caird's Jane Eyre, falling in love with the show,and then creating a webpage about the show which has resulted in personal communication with a very kind Mr. Gordon. I hope one of my 1998 highlights will be the Broadway debut of Jane Eyre!
4. - Titanic: What a remarkable ensemble show! The score is absolutely wonderful,and all cast members are stellar. It definitely deserved its 1997 Best Musical Tony award.
5. - Forming a friendship with Jordan Siwek (Gavroche in Les Mis) followed by his kindness by taking me backstage at Les Miserables and actually getting to stand on the stage of the Imperial Theatre where so many great actors have performed. That was a thrill!
6. - Side Show: Shortly after getting the CD,I learned that this wonderful show was in danger of closing,and became involved in the Save Side Show campaign. Finally getting to see the show on Dec. 27th,it was "more than I bargained for." Although I had already become a fan through the CD,I now think much higher of the show now that I've seen the production. It is a true work of art. Oddly enough,the initial reluctance of people to see the show perhaps due to its "weird" nature is one of the subjects handled beautifully in the compelling story - Side Show demonstrates that judgments shouldn't be made on an exterior basis. The whole cast was excellent,and throughout the show,you could really tell it was a show they enjoyed doing,and Alice Ripley expressed that sentiment to the audience at the end of the performance. This show does NOT deserve to be overlooked and brushed aside.
7. - The Scarlet Pimpernel: Douglas Sills was simply amazing in this show,which I found to be very entertaining,and much more comedic than I had anticipated. Mr. Sills' ability to switch from playing the foppish Percy Blakeney to becoming the swashbuckling Scarlet Pimpernel in a blink of an eye was amazing. (And elusive as he was after the show,he was very obliging at the stage door,taking time to talk to everyone and fulfill autograph and photo requests,and even apologize for making people wait until midnight in cold weather to meet him. - I will never forget his kindness.) Christine Andreas,Terrence Mann,Gilles Chiasson,and the rest of the cast were also great! The sets and costumes were also wonderful to behold.
8. - Seeing Robert Evan as the alternate Jekyll/Hyde. I thought he was wonderful as Jean Valjean in Les Mis,but his Jekyll/Hyde really blew me away. You simply have to see it for yourself.
9. - Running into Christiane Noll from Jekyll & Hyde after seeing The Scarlet Pimpernel. Seeing her come out of the Minskoff's stage door was a bit shocking,but I recognized her nonetheless,and she was nice enough to talk to myself and some other fans and engage in conversation despite the fact we were waiting for The Scarlet Pimpernel cast members and that she was on her way out.
10. - The kindness and generosity of Broadway casts and crew,which has been a recurring theme through my list. For the first time,I attended the BC/EFA Flea Market,which is for a wonderful cause. Seeing all of that charitable work was heartwarming. Over the year,I've also met many performers at stage doors,all of whom were very accommodating,which I appreciated,as well as making acquaintances through the computer. Their willingness to touch base with fans who appreciate their work is to be applauded.


From RKras77064:
Reading through all these posts makes me realize what an incredible year I have had theater wise!!
1) RAGTIME-- After listening to the CD for over a year, it was an absolute thrill to see the show live and to be part of the very first Broadway audience in the Ford Center. The show lives up to its hype, and the Ahrens/Flaherty score can't be beat!!
2) THE LION KING-- I must admit, I went to this show mostly to check out RAGTIME's competition, but I must admit that I sat there with my mouth hanging open almost the entire time. Julie Taymor is a true visionary. She, not the cast or the score, is the star of the show.
3) THE LAST SUNSET-- I had never been to a closing night of any show, so this was pretty exciting, especially since I am a HUGE Elaine Paige fan. It was nice to see her finally get the recognition she deserves, as the audience seemed to be mostly Elaine fans rather than SUNSET fans. Let's hope she is back on Broadway soon
4) THE "INTO THE WOODS" CONCERT-- total thrill to see Bernadette Peters sing the role in person, and the entire cast seemed to be having such a great time. The little bobbles made the evening unique and all the more fun.
5) ALICE RIPLEY & EMILY SKINNER -- I won't say that SIDE SHOW is a perfect show, but what these ladies are being asked to do is so difficult and unique. They have such fabulous chemistry, and it's a shame that the show isn't selling. I hope the Tony committee remembers them when nomination time comes around.


From Passarino6:
1. I must say that "The Phantom of the Opera" is still my number one. I saw the Broadway production three times in the last three months and I am still astounded. Thomas James O'Leary didn't live up to his hype, but he was really good when I saw him on tour. For two of the performances I witnessed, Ted Keegan played the Phantom and his portrayal was amazing. I have never seen more emotion embodied in one performer.
2. "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" was another big winner with me. I saw it four times and David Allen Grier was hysterical. The fourth time, Pseudolus was played by Bob Amaral. I must say that Grier was the better of the two, but Amaral brought it back to Zero Mostel's performance. However, the show was funny and unbelievable each and every time I saw it.
3. "Titanic" was the biggest shocker of the year for me. I went in with the usual skepticism revolving around the subject, but was quickly amazed. The cast, all forty of them, were great. Some performers like Brian D'Arcy James and Martin Moran were especially astounding. This show is more than it is made out to be. I loved it and will probably see it again.
4. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" was my second winner. I saw the show in previews and once afterwards and the show improved with great leaps and bounds. I originally felt that there was something missing, but the more I thought about the show, the more excited I got. Terrence Mann is phenomenal in his portrayal of Chauvelin. Christine Andreas sing with tremendous emotion and excitement. Douglas Sills is stupendous. I sat there and marvelled at his voice and emotion. He is fantastic in his acting. The foppish Percy is nowhere close to his Pimpernel. Wonderful.
5. "Beauty and the Beast" was my fifth favorite. I couldn't understand why everyone was putting this show down. Witthe overwhelming success of "The Lion King," this show was being looked over. I felt like a kid again while watching the age-old story. So what if it is the movie on ice! I loved it and would love to see it again.


From Alamojohn:
I moved to NYC in June and have become a Broadway fanatic! I was disappointed to learn Sideshow is closing. After three visits, I probably qualify for Sideshow freak! I enthusiastically recommend it. I think it was a brilliant effort. Is there any possibility the closing could be reversed? The Life (5 visits) is at the top of my list. Chicago and Jekyl & Hyde were wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to share some thoughts.


From MLoft31287:
My favorite top 5 theatrical moments of 1997, in no particular order were:
Encores! production of THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, TITANIC, LION KING, TRIUMPH OF LOVE, and BRAVO BROADWAY at Wolftrap Performing Art Center featuring Michael Maguire, Jan Horvath, and Doug LaBrecque.
THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE was a wonderfully fun production with a great score & marvelous performances from Rebecca Luker, Malcolm Gets, Davis Gaines, Debbie Gravitte, & Sarah Uriarte Berry.
I had doubts about seeing TITANIC, but was very pleased that I saw it. Not only was I impressed with the "sinking "of the ship, but I was amazed at the way I was emotional moved by the piece.
LION KING was one of the greatest visual shows I have ever seen. From the moment the giraffes first walk on stage to the final chords, it was just one jaw dropping experience after another.
TRIUMPH OF LOVE was a breezy, delightful comedy preformed with great ease by a very talented cast.
Wolftrap presented BRAVO BROADWAY, a review of songs from musicals past & present. Backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Maguire, Jan Horvath, & Doug LaBrecque sang their way through such memorable tunes such as "Begin the Beguine", "Puttin' on the Ritz", "Pretty Women", "One", "All That Jazz", as well as many others. A wonderful mix of Broadway's best music preformed by a very gifted trio.
BRAVO ONE & ALL!!


From Ben West (Dilmington@aol.com):
1) The Life & Chicago
2) Titanic
3) Steel Pier
4) Once Upon A Mattress
5) The Last Night of Ballyhoo
6) Taking Sides
7) Jekyll & Hyde
8) Dream
9) The Rehearsal
10) Sex and Longing
I thought both The Life and Chicago were amazing. I was disappointed The Life didn't win the Best Musical Tony Award, but I liked Titanic also. I think it had the best ending I have ever seen, along with Sunset, and Show Boat (the top musicals of 1995). Steel Pier, although I didn't get to see, I had tickets, but I closed, has wonderful music. I really wanted to see it, I thought it at least should have won best orchestrations, they were much better that Titanic. Once Upon A Mattress....so, so, so, so funny. One of the greatest musical comedies!!!!! I absolutely loved it. Ballyhoo, Taking Sides, Jekyll, and Dream were all quite good, with Rehearsal and Sex and Longing close behind. All in all....it was a great season of shows!!!!!!


From iluvchristopherplummer:
In addition to everyone else who has contributed, I respectfully add my Top 5:
1) BARRYMORE -- This is my all time favorite play. Mr. Luce's play had the perfect mix of drama and humor. What made the play was Mr. Plummer's performance. He deserved every honor and award he received for his portrayal of John Barrymore.
2) CHICAGO -- What a musical! In one word, EXCELLENT!! I was so impressed that after the play was over I walked up to Virgin Mega Store and purchased the soundtrack. If you haven't seen it, go!
3) THE SUNSHINE BOYS -- A classic play acted out by two very classy actors. You can't beat a Neil Simon comedy and to have Tony Randall and Jack Klugman together again is worth the price of admission alone.
4) THE LIFE -- The seedy side of Times Square before the mouse came along and cleaned things up. Oh well, that's life. And what a life it is. Great music and incredible performances.
5) JACKIE -- This play is hysterical. It will cause you to laugh so hard your stomach will hurt. I was amazed by all the changes the cast go through, they really act their respective buns off.


From Clay Boney, Clinton, NC:
I have seen many musicals on Broadway, but the best one I have ever seen, was this year.
"Titanic" is my favorite musical of the year. The cast was fantastic. My favorite characters were "Barrett" (Brian d'Arcy James), and "Alice Beane" (Victoria Clarke). They were both great. The songs and the set also made the show. The sets were so real, I felt like I was actually there. And the songs, they were out of this world.
I rate Titanic in the top 10 musicals of all time.


From ellink1:
1. Davis Gaines in WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND
2. City Center's BOYS FROM SYRACUSE
3. Michael Emerson in GROSS INDECENCY
4. CHICAGO
5. TITANIC

Worst:
The closing of SUNSET BLVD


From SunsetJoey:
Fianl performance of Sunset Blvd
Titanic
Jekyll & Hyde
1776
Chicago
Master Class
Les Mis ( new cast)
Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum


From Ian Johns:
10. Damn Yankees in Toronto (Mar. 13) w/Jerry Lewis.
9. Joseph in Toronto (May 15) w/Donny Osmond.
8. Ragtime in Toronto (May 2) w/Alton Fitzgerald White.
7. The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto (Mar. 13) w/Ethan Freeman.
6. The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto (Nov. 23) w/Peter Karrie.
5. Joseph in Toronto (May 3) w/Donny Osmond.
4. Ragtime in Toronto (May 17) w/Alton Fitzgerald White.
3. Rent (Angel Company) in St. Paul (Jul. 23).
2. The Lion King's pre-Broadway tryout in Minneapolis (Aug. 30).
1. Show Boat in Toronto (Nov. 22) w/Dean Jones and Cloris Leachman.


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