One of the most exciting things to happen on Broadway in the last few decades has been the onslaught of first-rate revivals of classic musicals. In the old days, revivals were frequent and often short-run reproductions of the original staging of a show — sometimes not in a typical Broadway house — playing instead at City Center or Lincoln Center's New York State Theater. Then, there were the star packages with originals stars recreating their signature performances, in some cases in seeming perpetuity, such as Yul Brynner in The King and I or Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!
What we've seen more recently is completely new productions, sometimes drastically reconceiving a piece (to various degrees of success) to introduce the material to a new audience. If these revivals, at times, unfortunately outnumbered quality original productions, that's the subject of another column.
Click through to read, chronologically, my choices for the Top Ten Broadway Musical Revivals of the last 25 years.
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