PLAYBILL PICKS: The Memory of All That! Playbill Contributors Choose Unforgettable Experiences of 2012

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21 Dec 2012

Tracie Bennett
Photo by Carol Rosegg

MONICA SIMOES, Photographer

I remember getting the news Once was going to be made into a Broadway show my sophomore year in college. Being able to take photographs of two of my favorite things, The Swell Season and Broadway coming together was the highlight of my year. The way they were able to transform the film and adapt it for the stage was seamless and seeing the new take on the music/roles was a joy to watch.

Seeing Tracie Bennett in End of the Rainbow was one of my favorite theatre moments this year. I've never seen someone play Judy Garland so real before. There were moments in the show in which I forgot I was at a Broadway show and imagined I was seeing Judy live in concert. It was in those moments, that I knew I was seeing a brilliant performance.

Now. Here. This. is new, original work at its best. It was the show that left me most inspired and hopeful for what new musical theatre could be.

Peter and the Starcatcher was the most visually stunning show I saw all year. The show brings us back to our childhood and stretches our imagination with its original way of story telling.

I was one of the lucky ones that got an opportunity to see the hilarious show The Performers before it closed. I didn't stop laughing once. Ari Graynor also gave one of the best comedic performances I saw all year.


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