Copenhagen, Proof, Music Man Top Year-End Lists

By Robert Simonson
28 Dec 2000

Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, David Auburn's Proof and the revival of The Music Man are the most common entries in the "best of 2000" lists currently popping up in the pages of the nation's magazines and newspapers.



Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, David Auburn's Proof and the revival of The Music Man are the most common entries in the "best of 2000" lists currently popping up in the pages of the nation's magazines and newspapers.

Copenhagen and Proof, in particular, are unavoidable on 2000's top ten tallies. The former, a Michael Frayn play about a momentous 1941 meeting between two physicists, arrived on Broadway in spring and went on to win the Best Play Tony Award. Proof opened in May at Manhattan Theatre Club and became a surprise hit, quickly transferring to Broadway. Director-choreographer Susan Stroman was behind the hit revival of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, which stars Craig Bierko and Rebecca Luker.

Also appearing on a few lists was The Full Monty, a musical version of the popular film about out-of-work blue collars who resort to stripping to raise cash, recently moved from L.A. to Broadway, where it received largely positive notices.

Some of the lists featured a surprise or two, such as Tallulah Hallelujah (USA Today) and The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (New York Post). By far the most controversial compilation, however, was that of Time magazine. The periodical's top ten included not only Seussical and Aida—shows which opened to generally poor critical reaction—but three productions which actually opened in the fall of 1999: Fully Committed, Dinner with Friends and the Public Theater mounting of Hamlet starring Liev Schreiber.

Following are a selection of year-end lists. The collection will be added to as new lists are published.

New York Post (Clive Barnes)
Top Ten Broadway Shows
Betrayal
Copenhagen
The Dinner Party
Dirty Blonde
The Full Monty
Jane Eyre
The Music Man
Proof
The Real Thing
True West

New York Post (Donald Lyons)
Top Ten Off-Broadway Shows
Juno and the Paycock
Jitney
Tabletop
Old Money
Kit Marlowe
What the Butler Saw
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
Green Fields
Fully Committed
A Child’s Garden

The Daily News (Fintan O'Toole)
Top Ten Broadway Shows
True West
Proof
The Full Monty
The Wild Party
The Music Man
Contact
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Betrayal
Jane Eyre
Copenhagen

Bergen Record
Top Ten New York Stage Shows
Copenhagen
The Real Thing
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Proof
The Unexpected Man
Dirty Blonde
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
The Music Man
The Rocky Horror Show

USA Today
Top Ten New York Stage Shows
The Music Man
Jitney
Proof
The Unexpected Man
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life...
Copenhagen
Richard II/Coriolanus
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Tallulah Hallelujah!

Time
Top Ten U.S Stage Shows
Boy Gets Girl (Goodman Theater, Chicago)
Comic Potential
Aida
Fully Committed
The Laramie Project
Tantalus (Denver Center Theatre Company)
Proof
Dinner With Friends
Seussical
Hamlet (Public Theater, NYC)

Newark Star-Ledger (Michael Sommers)
Top Ten New York Stage Shows
Contact
Dirty Blonde
Jitney
The Laramie Project
The Man Who Came to Dinner
The Rocky Horror Show
Spinning Into Butter
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife
The Unexpected Man
The Wild Party (Broadway)

New York Newsday (Linda Winer)
Top Ten New York Stage Shows
The Real Thing
Copenhagen
Jitney
Tiny Alice
The Waverly Gallery
Betrayal
The Unexpected Man
Contact
James Joyce's The Dead
True West
The Rocky Horror Show