The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to The Winslow Boy!

The Winslow Boy BroadwayJust when you think there aren’t any more revivals left, here comes Roundabout Theatre Company with a production of a play that hasn’t been seen on Broadway in 60 (!) years.

Come on, admit it . . . even all you theater nerds out there didn’t know the story of The Winslow Boy.

That’s what Roundabout does so well . . . give us something that we’ve forgotten, or might seem creaky, and deliver a brand new production that makes it seem like it was written yesterday (their watershed Cabaret with my Macbeth‘s Alan Cumming returns next year!).

I mean, come on, just look at these reviews for The Winslow Boy!

And today is your lucky you-know-what because we’re giving away two tickets to see this new production, which stars Michael Cumpsty (End of the Rainbow), Tony Award nominee Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Man of La Mancha), and Tony Award winner Roger Rees (The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby).

Here’s how to win:

Of all the revivals you’ve seen . . . on Broadway, Off Broadway or in your hometown . . . what has been your favorite?  And why?  Is it because of the actors, a new design, a new script (!) . . . what makes a great revival?

Good luck!

 

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  • Randi says:

    The current Pippin is my favorite revival. Great staging and acting! Just extraordinary!

  • Francesca says:

    I’ve never seen a Broadway revival of a show (hopefully that changes soon!) but I did see a production of Miss Saigon at Walnut Street Theatre about two years ago that had an amazing cast that rocked the difficult score. Also, the Engineer was a particular standout in that production.

  • Beau says:

    I saw Lincoln Center’s revival of Golden Boy last season and I was absolutely FLABBERGASTED at how brilliantly executed everything about it was.

  • John says:

    “Waiting for Godot” With Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane. Two actors at the peaks of their careers performing a timeless work with so much meaning.

  • Caroline Engle says:

    Annie Get Your Gun. It was my first Broadway show, so to be introduced to the Broadway experience with such a wonderful production, and of course, the incredible Bernadette Peters, was truly special.

  • KENI FINE says:

    South Pacific at Lincoln Center. The whole enchilada… direction, design, staging, cast, Music**, the orchestra!… pure magic.
    It made me fall in love with a show I hadn’t loved before.

  • Erinn Conlon says:

    I loved the most recent revival of Evita for two reasons. The first reason is because they hired an actress who was actually Argentinean. The second is because they updated Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music to have an actual Argentinean sound.

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    My favorite revival that I have seen on Broadway was Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom. I had never seen Shakespeare live before and it was thrilling to see Orlando do classical theater as opposed to his usual movie roles

  • Brian says:

    The recent revival of A Chorus Line at Papermill Playhouse in NJ was the best revival I have ever seen. It was better than the Broadway Revival because Cassie was tremendous and the tension between Cassie and Zack was a terrific dramatic dynamic. A very close 2nd was Patti LuPone in Gypsy because it was Patti LuPone in Gypsy.

  • Raisins_Liasons says:

    I’ve seen many revivals, but my heart will always belong to ‘Mary Stuart’. The acting and passion in the 2009 production literally took my breath away. It was absolutely riveting.
    I know revivals often get a bad rap (the whe been there, done that thing), but I’m grateful for them because it gives me an opportunity to see something I likely missed the first few times around. Personally, I can’t wait for the day a revival of ‘Grand Hotel’ is done. It was my first Broadway experience and I would live to relive it.

  • Noah Befeler says:

    RTC’s “Anything Goes” because the new orchestrations and book revisions made me care so much more about the actual story and the characters that the original version did.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    Often revivals are actually my first introduction to the musicals that they are reviving, so it’s really mostly about the show, or I’m drawn to it because of the actors in it.

    My favorite revival is without doubt this current revival of Pippin. I only knew Stephen Schwartz wrote it so I would probably love it, and then what do you know? I DID. I LOVED IT HARDCORE.

  • Kathleen Smith says:

    Roundabout’s “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” is my favorite revival although I did not see the original production. The cast was fantastic. This show is a different show every performance, although by design, exemplfies the truism every show is different. There were some changes to the script. I purchased the book containing the original script. The set design fit the scrip to a “T”. I wish I could see it again.

  • Patrick Shea says:

    I saw a fine revival of Winslow Boy about
    thirty yrs ago when Roundabout was on 23rd St!
    Last season’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’
    was one of the best ever!

  • A Chorus Line. I grew up on the film and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it live in front of my eyes. That musical was the reason I wanted to move to New York to be an actress.

  • nancy cohen says:

    it’s tough .. sP of course, but musicals often are great. I love this Glass Menagerie.. in part because Cherry Jones is powerful and one can empathasize with her predicament…also, the gentlemen caller is something new in this show..and without giving anyting away..the Sofa scene!

  • Amy Morse says:

    A Doll’s House with Janet McTeer. It was an amazing production that never once felt like a revival.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    My favorite recent revival was “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”. I loved the acutely-smart direction clarified things and made them fresh. Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis were extraordinary, as were the rest of the cast. Great artists with great chemistry, and of course, that score…Very beautiful and moving.

  • Randi says:

    I have to say that the current Pippin is just extraordinary! It really elucidates the themes and is just mind-blowingly gorgeous.

  • Doug says:

    I have to say the current revival of PIPPIN gets my vote for the best revival I’ve seen. I remember seeing the original back in the 70s with Ben Vereen, Jon Rubinstein and Irene Ryan. I liked it so much then, I went back and saw it a second time. I also directed two community theater productions of it, so when a revival was announced I had no desire to see a show I was overly familiar with. But all of my friends raved about it, and so I gave in. And I have to admit, I found the revival to be better than the original! Changing the strolling players into a circus troop was an inspired idea. The circus acts interwoven with the plot keep the show sparkling from beginning to end. And although there doesn’t appear to be any tinkering with the book, the idea that the lead player (portrayed by Patina Miller) is somehow a demonic force is clearer now than it was in the original. I recommend this show to everyone, and will probably see it again myself.

  • LARRY ABRAMSKY says:

    1) THE 1977 BROADWAY REVIVAL OF ‘THE KING & I’ WITH YUL BRYNNER & CONSTANCE TOWERS. A STUNNING PRODUCTION.

    2) LINCOLN CENTER’S RECENT REVIVAL OF ‘SOUTH PACIFIC’….. A GORGEOUS LOVING PRODUCTION OF A THEATER GEM…. I PLAYED ‘LUTHER BILLIS’ IN MY LIVINGSTON HIGH SCHOOL PRODUCTION IN 1971. MY YOUNGER BROTHER WAS IN THE CHORUS OF SAILORS. I INVITED HIM, HIS WIFE AND TWO 15 YEAR OLD TWINS TO THE LINCOLN CENTER PERFORMANCE. WITHIN 5 SECONDS OF THE START OF THE LUSH OVERTURE, ALL OF MY MEMORIES CAME GUSHING FORWARD, AND I SOBBED IN JOY FOR TWO HOURS STRAIGHT. THE KIDS THOUGHT THE SHOW WAS ‘OK’…….

    3) PATTI LUPONE’S ‘GYPSY’.

    AFTER HAVING SEEN PRODUCTIONS WITH:

    – DOLORES GRAY IN LONDON 1974 (AN OVER-THE-TOP PERFORMANCE….HER FIRST PERFORMANCE REPLACING ANGELA LANSBURY),

    – TYNE DALY ON BROADWAY 1990, (SING OUT ROSE!!)

    – BETTY BUCKLEY AT THE PAPERMILL PLAYHOUSE 1998
    (SCARY….)

    I’VE NEVER SEEN A MORE BRILLIANT & GRACIOUS PERFORMANCE OF MAMA ROSE. PATTI LUPONE MADE THAT PRODUCTION A SUPERB TOTAL ENSEMBLE PIECE, RIGHT DOWN TO THE LITTLE GIRLS PLAYING BABY JUNE AND BABY ROSE! I SAW THAT PRODUCTION THREE TIMES. A TOTAL THEATRICAL JOY!!!

    4) 2006 BROADWAY REVIVAL OF ‘COMPANY’. RAUL ESPARZA WAS ROBBED OF A TONY AWARD NEVER MORE BRILLIANTLY DESERVED AND EARNED. HE BROUGHT LEVELS OF INSIGHT AND SUBTLE LAYERS TO HIS ‘BOBBY’ PERFORMANCE THAT WAS SIMPLY ASTOUNDING TO WATCH. SORRY DAVID HYDE PIERCE…EVEN YOU ACKNOWLEDGED RAUL’S PERFORMANCE IN YOUR TONY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH….BEYOND BRILLIANT…..

  • tamsin davies says:

    The Importance of Being Earnest. Everyone needs a Bunberry in their life

  • Qun says:

    The Normal Heart without doubt. The script is already strong, and the actors are all just great. Joe Mantello’s Ned is fantastic. I couldn’t stop thinking about this play weeks after I saw it.

    Wit and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf last year were also both great.

  • Laura K says:

    The Mikado turned into a modern-day story with the Mikado as a modern businessman and the Three Little Maids as cheerleaders in short pleat skirts and pom-poms. It was a surprisingly smooth transition! It also allowed for a little word play in the Executioner song….hilarious!

  • Lewis R. Chambers says:

    Hands down … for me the best revival was some years ago and it was the 12/30/75 production of THE ROYAL FAMILY, with Eva LeGalliene and Rosemary Harris blowing the roof off the theatre! What a glorious cast! Rosemary Harris threw her tantrum while “Mama” Eva observed … and the two were textbook on how to do it, do it right, and never upstage your co-star! A close second would be the ’83/’84 revival of YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and I believe Rosetta LeNoire was in the casts of both!

  • Carey says:

    Porgy and Bess with Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis. In addition to the exquisite score and singing, the acting was so powerful that I remember feeling the need to cry to relieve the tension I was experiencing from the energy of that room. An emotionally exhausting, yet marvelous experience. I’d do it again, tears and all!

  • Liz Wollman says:

    Pippin, because it was damned near perfect in every possible way.

  • christine kromer says:

    OF COURSE, HANDS DOWN GODSPELL.IT WAS ALWAYS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLAYS. SAW THE ORIGINAL WITH VICTOR GARBER. THEN HE DID A REVIVAL PRODUCTION IN THE LATE 80’S EARLY 90’S. WHEN YOU BROUGHT IT BACK I HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT HOW IT WOULD BE. YOU TOOK A PLAY I LOVED UPDATED IT AND HOOKED ME AGAIN. HUNTER WAS AMAZING. THE ORIGINAL CAST WAS A TALENTED GROUP . I TOOK EVERYONE I KNEW SO I COULD GO AGAIN AND AGAIN.

  • Sherri Kerman says:

    Most Happy Fella At The Goodspeed Playhouse In East Haddam, Ct. A Deliteful Romance Muscial Returns 50 years later–Makes Being In And Falling Love Beautiful Again, like my 30 year marriage-left us both with a warm glow Sherri

  • “Death of a Salesman” in 2012 with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Garfield et. al. Everything old is new again… this production brought back the original stage/set design alongside the sound and lighting of the original production. It truly added to the depth of emotion in this production, and kept it all in real context. Exquisite acting of course sent this production soaring, but theater is collaborative,every detail contributes to the whole.
    Sorry for another axiom but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

  • A great cast can make a great revival, and for that I credit my favorite revival (of a revival) the Daniel Radcliffe production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”. He did a great job in a part that could’ve been written for him. And his musical performance was a revelation, or as one person tweeted during the Tony Awards, “Harry Potter can dance!” For a drama, let’s stick with Daniel in “Equus” — great stuff.

  • Cash Tilton says:

    Phil Hoffman was wonderful in “Salesman,” but it was in “Long Day’s Journey” that he and Vanessa Redgrave changed my life. (Brian and Bobby were really good, but not … life-changing.)

    • Saw a brilliant “Long Day’s Journey…” in the 80s with Jack Lemmon, Bethel Leslie, Kevin Spacey, Peter Gallagher. Remarkable experience. Only the best will undertake O’Neill on Broadway, so you are practically guaranteed an amazing theater experience!

  • Mike says:

    David Cromer’s version of Our Town really always stay in my memory. Such simple concepts but so effective.

  • Cheryl Dzubak says:

    Several years ago a small theater company in my area did a revival of Hair. I thought it was very professional and yes, they did do the nude part very tastefully. The acting and singing were really good, but sad that the company is now defunct.

  • “Showboat”! It was the first Broadway show we
    took our kids to. They were pretty young but they were amazed. Hard not to get hooked on
    musicals once you’ve heard “Old Man River”
    live.

  • Andre Rupp says:

    The recent revival of La Cage aux Folles with the amazing Douglas Hodge and the wonderful Kelsey Grammer was really touching. I loved the humanity of it and that Douglas Hodge’s character always seemed so natural in all his shades of being. And it was very funny and silly at the same time – a lovely balance!

  • Nathan Clift says:

    Pippin. Pippin has always been my favorite musical, and the revival was fantastic! Patina Miller was great as The Leading Player (and deserved that Tony). Matthew James Thomas’s voice caressed Stephan Schwartz’s melodies like a cloud. The story of it being a circus act fit so much better than I ever thought it would. At every moment I was in awe of the cast and production staff. It will always be one of my favorite shows I will ever see.

  • Lester says:

    Happy Days. The Beckett play directed by Deborah Warner staring Fiona Shaw. It took a piece I had never understood despite having read it repeatedly and seen it a couple of times, and made it crystal clear. It was moving, funny, touching and totally accessible. I wrote them thank you notes!

  • Eugene says:

    Who is afraid of virginia Wolfe. With Tracy letts, last year. I went in without knowing the story and left feeling like it was the world premier.

  • Rick Reynolds says:

    The 1992 revival of “Guys and Dolls” is my favorite. Faith Prince, Nathan Lane, Josie deGuzman and Peter Gallagher were all brilliant, and Scott Wise’s dancing was dazzling! A sheer delight from beginning to end.

  • Katie M says:

    Is it cheating if I’m a stage manager- I mean, I’ve seen it, just differently. My college is doing a production of Stage Door right now, but bringing in some creative staging that’s beyond the basic box set. It’s an interesting snippet of the ’30s, but it’s hardly done professionally. The cast, though it has some great characters (Judith!), is a monstrous 32 members.

  • Fran says:

    I love when a revival is a re-imagining rather than a re-peat.

    The recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar was exactly that: a re-imagining and it was mesmerizing. Beautifully conceived with an amazing cast and gorgeous production values.

    I also loved the Patti Lupone Gypsy. We did Gypsy when I was an apprentice in stock. Many years later, I designed lights for it. I’ve seen the Tyne Daly and Bernadette Peters versions. And then there was the production with Patti Lupone. Half-way thru the first act I realized I was so into the production that I felt as if I was seeing it for the first time! Gorgeous, beautifully conceived revival. And Patti Lupone. Amazing. And her chemistry with Boyd Gaines as Herbie – wow. It was the first time I felt Gypsy really loved Herbie. We all know Herbie loved her, but this Gypsy let her guard down and let Herbie in, adding so many layers to act 2 and Herbie leaving.

  • Sarah says:

    My favorite revival is one I saw quite recently. Romeo and Juliet done at Classic Stage Company (Off-Broadway). I loved it because it had no set (except for a few chairs and a table), and yet we were able to see every place they were at so clearly. It really shows how minimal and magical theatre can be with just using your imagination.

  • Caitlin C says:

    The Music Man with Craig Bierko. I had seen it in regional productions in grade school, and even put on our own backyard production with neighborhood kids – so it was magical to see it on Broadway years later!

  • Linda says:

    Hair in Central Park was one of the most thrilling performances I’ve ever seen. I grew up listening to the music, but had always heard there wasn’t really a plot. That revival made me realize it not only has a plot, but a very moving one. A close second would be Assassins. It was perfectly cast.

  • Stephen says:

    I remember my mom taking me to see “A Little Night Music” at the Doolittle Theatre in LA (where the Ahmanson had its seasons for a while when “Phantom” sat down at the Ahmanson for a few years) and Glynis Johns was doing Madame Armfeldt. I had seen “Into the Woods” but had no idea about “ALNM” and, though I had heard that some lady who was in the original production was now playing the mother, I had no idea that a) that lady was the mom from “Mary Poppins” and even more important, b) that this musical was so sublime that even a 13-year-old like myself would be so captivated and , literally, enchanted. It made me realize what musicals could be.

  • Michael L. says:

    The mid-90’s revival of An Inspector Calls was stunningly conceived and produced. Its poetically scaled design turned that little realistic play on its head – and it all worked beautifully.

  • A. Scott Falk says:

    The 1994 LCT staging of CAROUSEL was awfully wonderful.

  • George says:

    Revivals are my “bread & butter” – quite honestly most “new” “edgy” “daring” “ground breaking” theatre… BORES me. Can’t count the times I was tricked into seeing something with those headlines.. and found it to be trite, cliche, illiterate, or just new age propaganda as if we were the smartest generation ever known and all of History was irrelevant before US! Balderdash! All that nonsense is usually meant to hide the fact that the creators have not read or seen much that has been done before and doesn’t have the most basic idea of a “story” interesting “characters” dialogue above the level of what one hears on the street and a philosophy Life that comes from sitcoms and the political preaching about Utopias…

    (Okay, I was raised on the Classics, seeing Opera and Stage Plays before I was allowed to see my first movie… so I am biased by my youthful education and experience…)

    Nevertheless, I firmly believe – with the competition of Films, Video Games, Concerts… even Sports (to a lesser extent) it’s a good idea to get back to the basics of why People have ALWAYS attended LIVE Theatre… and going back to the classics and the styles of Theatre that held prominence at one time or another is a good way to – ground – a production is someting that WORKED back when technology was NOT so advanaced as today… and people still LOVED going to see Live Theatre…

    It is my firm belief that these plays had elements that WORKED and that were not superseded by technology, or ideology, or modern mores… and, given half a chance, will ENTERTAIN an audience in the very best sense of that word!

    I caught “The Winslow Boy” last Friday (Nov 1st) so spread those tix around…

    Because I am studying what worked in the past and I am trying to replicate it for… now! And my chief interest in “The Winslow Boy” (and – no – I had not heard of it before Elizabeth’s Review in the NY Post) was because it was described as one of those “well made plays” in a dramaturgical style that preseded the Angry Man Theatre of Britian!

  • Sabrina says:

    The 2008 revival of “Boeing Boeing” was wonderful! Even though I didn’t see original (who did with so few performances?), this production was fun, fresh, hilarious and incredibly zany. This showed us just how fantastic a performer Mark Rylance is (and I just loved Christine Baranski too).

  • Amanda says:

    I just loved the Roundabout’s production of ANYTHING GOES. Marshall’s direction and choreography were able to shine so well, especially with such an amazing cast. I loved Sutton Foster, Laura Osnes, and Colin Donnell. Also thought the creatives did excellent work with sets and costumes. I still love going back on Youtube and watching the footage.

  • George says:

    (interrupted by Life) but the main reason I wanted to see The Winslow Boy is that we are workshopping my 2nd play, a conflation of two French Farces (1890s) and the story is running two and a half hours (after trimming, cutting, slashing what wasn’t Reading well…) My Director wants everything “Two Hours” (kinda like the “Well Made Play” was suppose to take place in ONE set, be of an appropriate timeline and have unified action (whatever that really meant???) so I was interested to see if the audience was locked in for Two Hours a Forty-Five Minutes…

    And they were! One point for My side!

    Hey, if it’s a boring story, with cliche character, a predicatable plot, and pedestrian dialogue (and mundane ideas) Half an Hour is Too Long!

    And I got no problem with smelling the coffee… this scene – while justified by the story – just isn’t really interesting (most likely because the characters being developed therein are just not that interesting… or worse, so similar to other character(s) in the play, redundant.) Got no problem highlighting the passage and hitting delete (after backing it up, of course)

    No problems in this One! One Great Story, told deliberately by top notch Actors and a nice twisty right before Intermission as near the end.

    I can’t help but think that Downton Abbey prep the audience for this… while “episodic” the BBC series does capture the Life of PreWWI England w/o the BORING polemics that were considered the “improvement” in the later Angry Man period that made Rattigan and his works.. irrelevant.

    Today, do you want to stage an Angry Man?

    Not for the crowd that came out to see The Winslow Boy! If don’t with this quality, this could easily do a run on North Carolina (where I was last year) and around the country, pulling in audiences with the “As Seen on Broadway” for years!

    So I say (and do) as prescibed…. open up the Tresure Chest in the Literary Attic, blow the dust off these works… persue the titles that Google tells us “Ran successfully for years, many revivals, but then Tastes Changes…

    As ANYONE who works in the Fashion Industry will tell ya, what was Out This Year, just needs the short memory span of the buying public to get back IN – again!

    g

  • David Arthur says:

    I think one needs to have seen the original production of shows in order to weigh in what they believe is it’s best revival. In that case, hands down, my vote goes to PIPPIN. The original cast and staging by Bob Fosse was dazzling, and I remember the score being thrilling. This new production has all that, plus the added elements of the brilliant circus concept, surprise character turns as in Andrea Martin’s, a revised book that isn’t a cop out at the end, and direction that keenly focuses our journey with the best cast Pippin ever. All this in the 1100 seat Music Box Theater. Bravo!

  • Michael R says:

    I must agree that the current revival of Pippin is the best I have seen, but for the same reasons that I loved the recent revivals of Edwin Drood and A Little Night Music. All of these revivals took precisely what the musical was meant to do in its original staging and simply enhanced it, while sticking to the original intentions of the show. We have learned a great deal about these shows, and the presentation of musical theatre in general, since the original productions of these musicals, and that knowledge was put to great use. Modern technology, sensibilities, and techniques will do wonders if you just try to serve the text to the best of your ability, and enhance it where you can. I believe that is what happened in the staging of all of these musical revivals.

  • David says:

    Pippin . . . it is beautifully staged.

  • Elaine says:

    The best revival I’ve seen is Guys and Dolls in 1992. The cast was magnificent — Nathan Lane, Peter Gallagher, Faith Prince and Josie de Guzman. The costumes were extraordinary — bold and bright and really added another dimension to the show and helped to make it ‘new.’ And the sets were very innovative. All of these elements created a marvelous, fresh and thoroughly delightful revival. I remember my sister and mother and I all looked at each other at intermission and said ‘when can we come back and see this again.’ We just couldn’t get enought of the music, the energy and enthusiasm — exactly what you want in a Broadway show!

  • Zelda Knapp says:

    The John Doyle revival of Company in 2006-2007. The show has always suffered from a lack of arc (deliberately so, but it makes “Being Alive” ring a little false), but somehow his work with the actors and the staging infused an arc into Bobby’s journey, from couple to couple, so you felt his growing desperation until his outburst into “Being Alive.” I’ve also never seen the couples played so honestly – you usually never notice the husbands.

    And of course the staging with the cast playing the instruments – while I recognize this isn’t the only time Doyle played this card, it felt like such a marriage (so to speak) of the storytelling matching the story – it all came together when Paul tells Amy, “Married people are no more marriage than musicians are music.” Bobby hears this and looks around at the rest of the cast, surrounding him with their instruments. It was a chill-worthy moment.

  • The current Pippin is to die for. It’s extraordinary in terms of it’s physicality, but emotionally, it hit me like a freight train. I also loved the change in the ending. So powerful! Can’t say enough good things about it.

  • Matt says:

    Boeing Boeing was a fantastic revival. The plays success can be attributed to a new translation and a new take on the character of Robert as played by the brilliant Mark Rylance.

  • Carolyn says:

    Roundabout’s revival of the Importance of Being Earnest!! It was my first show in New York, and Brian Bedford was absolutely extraordinary as Lady Bracknell – no one else will ever come close for me. It’s particularly close to my heart because my high school did a production of it the same year, and I played Bracknell. And Santino Fontana was wonderful as the smarmy Algernon, pre-Cinderella 🙂 As someone aspiring to be an actress, I remember being amazed by the timing and precision of the actors, and that besides the sumptuous costumes and grand set, it was the acting which gave life to the show and made it sparkle unforgettably for me.

  • ilan says:

    Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming, was my favorite because it manages the difficult task of entertaining the audience via song and dance, but yet manages to convey the sense of a morally decaying society that will at show’s end espouse horrifying ideology. The song and dance, as wonderful as they are, do not hide and undermine the show’s tone and meaning.

    But I more recently saw Death of a Salesman with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. No reason other than it being a great play directed well and acted powerfully is why it became my favorite.

  • Sharon Kramer says:

    My favorite revival of a play is the 2008 Boeing Boeing. The direction and casting make it so. The actors, in particular Mark Rylance is unparalleled and Mary McCormack had me crying with laughter. It is a dated material piece made fresh.

    Reminder below:
    ? Boeing-Boeing ON BROADWAY – YouTube

  • Lionelda says:

    My favorite is the revival of the 1977 production of Godspell. The cast for this type of production is special. It requires unbridled energy, great talent that can bring that energy across to us, the audience to feel throughout ourselves. This production has that energy that come across with fantastic voice, dance and commitment. I have seen it 5 times and I saw the original many times in my 20’s. Commitment and the actors owning their part creates the energy that make a revival great.

  • Erin M. says:

    I really enjoyed the recent revival of Stoppard’s Arcadia. Tom Riley a wonderful Septimus Hodge.

  • Steve Heller says:

    My favorite revival if all times was a production of “Cat Ina Hot Tin Roof” starring Eluzabeth Ashley as Maggie. Not only is it a great script, but she was Maggie the Cat. The entire production was superb.

  • Andrew Joy says:

    In my mind the thing that is key to a revival being successful is how much heart is in it. Of course it is important to say something different or in a new way from the original, but without heart it doesn’t matter what you say.

    One recent revival that I felt had tons of heart (even if it had very mixed reviews) was ORPHANS that played this past year on Broadway. It may not have been a perfect show, but the cast seemed to give their all. That’s what is compelling with any show.

  • Hubert H says:

    Either The Donmar’s Streetcar Named Desire with Rachel Weisz, Hair in the park, John Doyle’s Company, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying w/ Daniel Radcliffe or Death of a Salesman with Hoffman and Garfield.

  • Kyle N says:

    Awake and Sing! The first of the Bart Sher collaborations with LCT. The ensemble was incredible, the set slowing lifting into the flies in the third act, and the snow falling on Pablo Schreiber at the end? Devastating.

  • Yosi Merves says:

    So many shows to choose from.

    New York:

    Gypsy (2003 and 2008)
    Golden Boy
    Pippin
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2005)

    Regional:

    Parade (Boston, MA)
    My Favorite Year (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

  • Brittany says:

    Call me crazy, but I had so much fun at the H2$ revival with Daniel Radcliffe. It just felt really fresh to me, but at the same time, reminded me why I love a quirky, hilarious, old-fashioned musical.

  • Candace says:

    I loved Follies! What a pleasure to see Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, and Elaine Page all together in a wonderful show!

  • Karl P says:

    The current revival of Pippin is amazing!

  • Scott Kirschenbaum says:

    Lincoln Center/Patti Lupone–ANYTHING GOES!

  • Bonnie Mack says:

    Anything Ms LaPone does. Loved Gypsy and Sweeny Todd. Would love to see her in Foolies singing “I’m still here.”

  • CJ says:

    Gypsy with Patti Lupone at the St. James. She was terrifying and just wonderful. It was electrifying. Not to mention her supporting cast knocked it out of the park- Laura Benanti, Leigh Ann Larkin and Boyd Gaines. I’ll never forget that show.

  • bob says:

    My favorite revival was 2010’s A View From the Bridge with Liev Schrieber and Scarlet Johanssen. Impeccably paced and acted it was nominated for every major Tony Award and Scarlett won one for best supporting actress. And oh yeah, I was in it. I got to make 1100 people laugh to ease the tension in a Broadway drama 8 times a week. So there’s that.

  • Tim R. says:

    Hands down, ‘Medea’ with Fiona Shaw. Absolutely life-changing!

  • Lexi says:

    I waited in line for hours to get a ticket to The Pajama Game. I was not dissapointed. I was blown away by this revival.

  • gjc says:

    When I was in college studying Theater, a big part of the curriculum was Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMEN.

    Many years later I finally arrived in NYC (circa 1999) with enough cash to see a Broadway show and I immediately made a beeline to the Eugene O’Neill theater.

    Brian Dennehy was everything I had imagined ‘Willy Loman’ could be with a little Alzheimer’s thrown in to make his perf even more topical & affecting.

    But the real star of the show was an actress I had never been acquainted with till then: Elizabeth Franz. Her ‘Linda Loman’ shook me to my core and left me sobbing openly in my seat long after the rest of the audience had left the theater (I’m tearing up as I write this).

    Some plays don’t need to be revived, but SALESMAN is one that MUST be done again & again to give the actors we love (or will love for the 1st time) a chance to knock us out of our seats.

    (excuse me, I need to wipe my face & blow my nose, the memory is still so strong)

  • Karen Campbell says:

    ALL MY SONS – Absolutely riveting the way John Lithgow and Patrick Wilson played off each other … and Dianne Wiest – wow, just amazing. Super casting with the exception of one, uh, “actress.” Otherwise, near perfection.

  • Michael Lawrence says:

    The 1975 revival of CANDIDE,directed by Hal Prince and choreographed by Patricia Birch,staged as an environmental theater experience at the Broadway Theatre vigorously resuscitated an underrated operetta with a score by Bernstein, a book by Hugh Wheeler, and a host of collaborators credited as lyricists.We,the astonished audience,were engulfed with action, ingenuity, and excitement with each thrilling episode and an orchestra divided into four sections – creating a quadraphonic sensation, which resonated within our very souls. The superb cast, led by the one-and-only Lewis J. Stadlen (as the narrator/Dr. Pangloss)mesmerized us with genuine (yet satiric performances)that amused but also captured our hearts. Mr. Prince and his creative team not only energized operetta with modern histrionics but also created an innovative brand of theatre, seldom matched by imitators or charlatans. Never have I been so transported with the theatrical trappings of sheer ingenuity.

  • geebob says:

    Thanks to NYTW for hosting Ivo van Hove’s revelatory reinventions of classics of American and world drama. Unforgettable images from all of them: STREETCAR, HEDDA GABLER, THE MISANTHROPE, THE LITTLE FOXES. However his revival of O’Neill’s MORE STATELY MANSIONS was a personal favorite for making a play no longer considered stageworthy immediate, electric and utterly contemporary.

  • Jeanette says:

    I loved last season’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” To take a show that’s so ingrained in our culture that people roll their eyes at its mere mention – probably from all those forced character interpretations in AP English – and make it feel utterly electric in the moment. . . ahh. That’s some freaking ACTING.

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