Top Play for 2010

Time Stands Still

In 2010, the best that Broadway had to offer was at the Cort Theatre.  First theatre-goers were dazzled with the revival of Fences and in the fall they were awed by the debut of Time Stands Still on Broadway.  Like The Scottsboro Boys the buzz created by Time Stands Still during its Off-Broadway run demanded that this production come to Broadway.  This is a grown-ass play dealing with grown up, modern relationship issues.  Time waits for no man, but sometimes it pauses briefly for a display of greatness.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s full review of Time Stands Still, click http://famenycmagazine.com/2010/10/17/time-is-on-their-side/.

Photos:  Joan Marcus

Top Off-Broadway Play for 2010

Freud’s Last Session

Imagine if Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson had fought for the heavyweight crown, or Michael Jordan and Lebron James had a one on one game or Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy had a 90-minute “Yo Mama” session.  Can you imagine that?  If you can, then you can picture the mental match that transpired between the 20th century’s greatest thinkers in what could possibly be the most sophisticated “what if” ever imagined.   I could not stop raving about Freud’s Last Session.  Even if it was fictional, the play offered audiences the opportunity to get up close and personal with Dr. Freud and C.S. Lewis.  It is my hope that Freud’s Last Session has not seen its last run in NYC.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s full review of Freud’s Last Session, click http://famenycmagazine.com/2010/09/20/duel-on-the-couch-freud%e2%80%99s-last-session/.

Photos: Kevin Sprague

Top Off-Broadway Musical for 2010

The Scottsboro Boys

From Dixie…to the Vineyard Theatre …to Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys has had an eventful 2010.  When I saw this musical at the Vineyard Theatre I thought it would be criminal if this production did not make it to The Great White Way.  Luckily, I did not have to drop a dime to the theatre police because in the fall the musical debuted at the Lyceum Theatre.  Thrilling from beginning to end, The Scottsboro Boys took all the elements of great a musical production and created  a unique experience for its audience.  I hope it will return to Broadway once more this year.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s full review of The Scottsboro Boys, click http://famenycmagazine.com/2010/04/13/time-traveling-with-the-scottsboro-boys/.

Photos:  Carol Rosegg  

Top Revival of a Musical for 2010

Promises, Promises

Do you know the way to Consolidated Life?  If not, then follow the timeless tunes of Burt Bacharach.  I love boys in dresses and who can resist Catherine Zeta Jones, but I believe this should have received more hardware at the 2010 Tony Awards.   After all, who could resist Neil Simon, or Sean Hayes, or Kristen Chenoweth?  The holidays are over for now, but if you have the temptation for some turkey-lurking, then go to the Broadway Theatre.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s full review of Promises, Promises, click http://famenycmagazine.com/2010/05/19/promise-fulfilled/.

Photos courtesy of Broadway.com

Top Revival of a Drama for 2010

Fences

Gabriel blow your horn!  The angels certainly did sing for this revival of Fences, and August Wilson must have been smiling from heaven.  The play itself is a tour de force; add the direction of Kenny Leon along with the brilliant acting of Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, shake it up and you have lightning on stage.   I guess the best testament of this revival’s home run is the three Tony Awards it received.  This one knocked it over the fence and out of the theatre.  To read F.A.M.E NYC’s full review of Fences, click http://famenycmagazine.com/?s=Fences.

Photo: Joan Marcus, http://fencesonbroadway.com.