Chris Jones, the chief theatre critic for the Chicago Tribune, has chosen 10 Broadway productions that were the “most interesting and innovative shows” he saw on The Great White Way in 2016.
Jones writes, “The 2015 musical Hamilton continued to suck up a lot of the Broadway oxygen in 2016 — first during the spring award season and then during the political fallout of the late fall. But theater artists created other, mostly quieter shows that were striking in the depth of their exploration of modern life. Dear Evan Hansen took on social media. The Humans explored the legacy of Sept. 11, 2001, which lurks in the American psyche. And Shuffle Along reminded us that racism is not in our past but alive in the American present.”
His choices include Dear Evan Hansen; Shuffle Along; The Humans; The Crucible; Waitress; The Front Page; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Falsettos; Blackbird; and Bright Star.
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