PLAYBILL PICKS: The Top Theatre Stories of 2012; "Smash," "Les Miz," Theatre Renovations, Rebecca and More

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23 Dec 2012

Nicole Ari Parker in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Photo by Ken Howard

REVIVALS OF THE RECENTLY REVIVED: Didn't I just see that show on Broadway a few years ago? Yes you did! Broadway this year was full of titles that were not just revivals, but revivals of shows that had been staged on Broadway what seemed like yesterday. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Best Man, Death of a Salesman, Glengarry Glen Ross all visited after an absence of only 5 to 12 years. Cat alone has been produced on Broadway three times in the last ten seasons. Critics griped about the shrinking of the American dramatic canon, as well as the producers' dearth of imagination and adventure. But the producers know what they are doing. Nearly every gold-standard title named above made money — or probably will. (If Scarlett Johansson in a slip doesn't bring home the bacon for Cat, I'll eat Big Daddy's birthday cake.) Read the Playbill Picks feature about Tennessee Williams' five most memorable divas.


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