The year 2012, as
Consider the less-than-regal disappointments. "The Anarchist," the polemical new play by
There was some solace when "A Christmas Story" proved that holiday shows can have quirks, Midwestern charm and a big heart. But those who make a living from the Great White Way have cause to celebrate on
Unless they were involved in the
Elsewhere, this was a year of ego-driven peculiarities:
Unlike "Lysistrata Jones" (which opened at the very end of 2011 and closed at the very start of 2012), "Bring It On" at least delved into teenage agony and ecstasy without layers of faux-Greek pretension.
Director Diane Paulus' controversially revisionist Broadway revival of
Mike Nichols' revival of
The Stratford Festival of Canada did not seem to bring the whole experience of its
The Broadway revival of
In the first half of the year, Rick Elice's
But as the spring bloomed in New York, it became clear that 2012 had just one great show,
Here's the template. In "Once," book writer Enda Walsh, director John Tiffany, and choreographer (if that's the word) Steven Hoggett all understood that simplicity and emotional honesty beget theatricality and that we need no clutter on a stage to believe in the truths of love, sacrifice and loss. Sounds simple. Not simple at all on Broadway.
Among the best performances all year on the Great White Way was one by Ryan Steele, the ensemble member who played a character called Specs. When he twirled in the air, hundreds of teenage girls nightly better understood what Broadway could do for them, even in a rough year.