The final category in our eligible shows round-up are the shows potentially up for Best Revival of a Musical. These shows have graced the Broadway stage in previous years, but have been given a new lease on life for the 2015-2016 season.
Able to be entered for Best Revival of a Musical
The Color Purple
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple was originally produced in 2005. Following the life of Celie as she struggles living as a black woman in the 1930’s South, the musical showcases the bonds of sisterhood, hope, and how having strength in the face of adversity is one of the most powerful weapons one can wield.
Where: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Run: December 10 2015-
Dames at Sea
While the show originally debuted Off-Broadway in 1968, the 2016 production of Dames at Sea is the first to make it to Broadway. Set in the style of the large and flashy movie-musicals of the 1930’s, the plot parodies the genre as a “tap happy gem”, which centers on a play within a play: the titular Dames at Sea.
Where: Helen Hayes Theatre
Run: October 22 2015- January 3 2016
Fiddler on the Roof
Originally produced in 1964 and following a movie-musical of great success, Fiddler on the Roof follows the little town of Anatevka in 1905 Imperial Russia. The protagonist, Tevye deals with marrying off his daughters on the eve of the Russian pogroms against the country’s Jewish population.
Where: Broadway Theatre
Run: December 20 2015-
She Loves Me
Produced on Broadway in 1963, She Loves me goes in line with this season’s 1960’s revival trend. Inspired by Miklos Laszlo’s play Parfumerie, the show revolves around two shop employees in Budapest, who in spite of constantly butting heads, are unaware that each is the other’s secret pen pal who they’ve met through “lonely heart ads”.
Where: Studio 54
Run: March 17 2016-
Though the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening only opened in 2006, the 2016 revival has brought a Broadway first to the stage: a company full of deaf and hearing-impaired actors. Produced by California theatre company Deaf West, Spring Awakening takes the trials of 19th century German teens with the music of Duncan Sheik and translates it for a whole new audience.
Where: Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Run: September 27 2015- January 24 2016
MITM Musing: Are you familiar with any of the musical and play revivals this season? With so many already earning critical acclaim, what’s your personal favorite?