Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks: Best Musicals

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Theater critic Peter Filichia chronicles the history of the American musical by looking at those shows that did not win the Tony Award for Best Musical. He points out that the best musical doesn’t always win, and looks at other factors that keep more deserving shows from getting the prize in Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks, a look at many of the 153 previous Best Musical Nominees that didn’t win the big prize. 


Peter Filichia

Comments [3]

Does he cover Off-Broadway - shows like "Tuscaloosa's Calling Me . . " from the 60s/70s are great time capsules just like B'way shows.

Jul. 11 2013 02:09 PM
Tom Crisp from UWS

Of course the fact that Wicked is a screamfest that holds a lot more pleasure for little girls than for adults could have something to do with the triumph of the more interesting - in nearly every way - Avenue Q taking the Tony.

Jul. 11 2013 12:53 PM

Mr. Filicia seems to mainly cover Broadway musicals here.

But a vastly underlooked gem in musical comedy history, imo, is Bill Solly and Donald Ward's "Boy Meets Boy," which opened at the Actor's Playhouse in 1975.

It takes place in 1936-37, in a neverworld when gay marriage was just as accepted as straight marriage, and being gay was completely unremarkable. The marriage of the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson shares headlines with a society wedding of 2 men.

As a student of playwriting, I feel that it is one of the most tightly-knitted, well-written musicals ever, with true wit, great, fast-moving plot, rich characters and wonderful music. I believe it would long ago have received its due acclaim--were it not for the subject matter.

You'd think it would be revived, especially now. After all, it contained the first iteration in history of the 2-Groom Wedding Cake.

And both authors are still alive and still working here in NYC.

Jul. 11 2013 12:28 PM

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