Book of Mormon, War Horse, The Normal Heart, Follies Among Top 10 Theatre Picks of 2011

By Michael Gioia
16 Dec 2011

Joe Mantello in The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello in The Normal Heart
Photo by Joan Marcus

As 2011 comes to an end, theatre critics/editors from TIME, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Newsday and Time Out New York have selected their top 10 theatre picks of the year.

The Tony Award-winning hit The Book of Mormon is the most popular pick, landing on the lists for TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Time Out New York and New York Magazine. It also takes the number one spot on "Ben Brantley's Top 10 of 2011."

Other notable plays and musicals of the season that pop up more than once include the Tony Award-winning play War Horse, Tony Award-winning revival of The Normal Heart, Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes, Jerusalem, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Follies and Off-Broadway's Sleep No More and Sons of the Prophet.

Here are several top 10 lists of 2011:



Richard Zoglin of TIME Magazine:

1. War Horse
2. The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (American Repertory Theater)
3. Chinglish
4. Death Takes a Holiday (Off-Broadway)
5. Sleep No More (Off-Broadway)
6. Silence! The Musical (Off-Broadway)
7. The Normal Heart
8. The Book of Mormon
9. Traces (Off-Broadway)
10. Anything Goes

Ben Brantley of The New York Times:

1. The Book of Mormon
2. Jerusalem
3. Other Desert Cities
4. Being Harold Pinter (LaMaMa)
5. The Motherf**ker With the Hat
6. The Normal Heart
7. Good People
8. Follies
9. The Cherry Orchard (Off-Broadway)
10. Sweet and Sad (Off-Broadway)

Charles Isherwood of The New York Times:

1. Belleville (Yale Repertory Theater)
2. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
3. Blood and Gifts (Off-Broadway)
4. 4000 Miles (Off-Broadway)
5. Jerusalem
6. Kin (Off-Broadway)
7. The Motherf**ker With the Hat
8. Sons of the Prophet (Off-Broadway)
9. Venus in Fur
10. The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (LaMaMa)

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