Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Leads Season's Top 10 Play List; Sondheim Is Most-Produced Composer

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Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike tops Theatre Communications Group's list of the ten most-produced plays for the 2014-15 season.

Billy Magnussen and Sigourney Weaver in the original production of <i>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</i>
Billy Magnussen and Sigourney Weaver in the original production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Printed annually in American Theatre magazine, the list is compiled from shows that played at TCG's member theatres. The list omits productions of holiday-themed shows, including A Christmas Carol and The Santaland Diaries as well as works by Shakespeare, who, according to TCG, "would have won by a landslide with 77 plays produced this year."

A single musical found its way onto the list this season, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, which took the ninth slot with six productions. Typically newer musicals, such as Next to Normal or Spring Awakening, find a slot on the list in the first years of licensing availability.

Into the Woods, which is a popular licensing title, is seeing a resurgence this year with the upcoming Disney film adaptation. It is the first time the Tony Award-winning 1987 musical has made TCG's top ten most-produced list. TCG also announced that Sondheim is the most-produced composer in the U.S., with 20 productions this season.

For the first time, American Theatre Magazine also published a list of the 20 most-produced playwrights for the 2014-15 season.

The ten most-produced plays follow: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (27)
by Christopher Durang
Outside Mullingar (10)
by John Patrick Shanley
Bad Jews (Tied with 8)
by Joshua Harmon
Other Desert Cities (Tied with 8)
by Jon Robin Baitz
Around The World in 80 Days (7)
Adapted from the novel by Jules Verne
(6 for the Mark Brown adaptation and 1 for the Tony Hulse adaptation)
Peter and the Starcatcher (7)
Adapted by Rick Elice from Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The Whipping Man (7)
by Matthew Lopez
Tribes (7)
by Nina Raine
4000 Miles (6)
by Amy Herzog
Into the Woods (6)
Book by James Lapine, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Venus in Fur (6)
by David Ives

The list of 20 most-produced playwrights, also excluding Shakespeare, follows:

Christopher Durang: 28
Sarah Ruhl (not including 1 adaptation): 18
Neil Simon: 18
John Patrick Shanley: 13
Anton Chekhov: 11
Tarell Alvin McCraney: 11
Tom Stoppard: 11
Arthur Miller (not including 2 adaptations): 10
August Wilson: 10
Amy Herzog: 10
Henrik Ibsen: 9
David Ives (not including 7 adaptations): 9
James Lapine: 9
Sam Shepard: 9
Jon Robin Baitz: 8
Joshua Harmon: 8
Katori Hall: 8
Matthew Lopez: 8
Oscar Hammerstein: 8
Samuel D. Hunter: 8
Tennessee Williams: 8

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