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Making the lists

The Children Ensemble. Photo By Matthew Murphy.
The Children Ensemble. Photo By Matthew Murphy.

Looking back on the year about to pass is a time-honored activity. Critics make lists of the past year’s favorites and share them. Seems like a good time for us to do that, too.

We posted a couple of year end reviews and then realized that neither one was a LIST of our faves for 2015.

So, back to the drawing board for T and B On the Aisle it is:

10! is our number one pick- Hamilton 

9. Something Rotten! 

8. School of Rock- The Musical

7. Hir

6. The Humans

5. Clever Little Lies 

4. On Your Feet! 

3. Fool for Love

2. Dada Woof Papa Hot

and last but not least, Marjorie Prime

 

 

 

Posted in theater, year end bests

Year end review

Looking back on the year about to pass is a time-honored activity. Critics make lists of the past year’s favorites and share them. Seems like a good time for T and B On the Aisle to do that, too.

Okieriete Onaodowan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, and the company of Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Okieriete Onaodowan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, and the company of Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus.

While Hamilton remains my perfect 10 (it feels like I posted at least 10 reflections on it), I have a deep appreciation for the literate and show-bizy silliness that is Something Rotten! (which got more than a few mentions from me as well.)

And a new fave has hit town with the opening of the Broadway version of the Mike White-written Jack Black movie, School of Rock. team that brought it to Broadway includes Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics) and Julian Fellowes (book) with choreography by Joann M. Hunter and scenic-costume designs by Ann Louizos. School of Rock-The Musical really rocks.

In the straight play category, there are several contenders for year’s best. Taylor Mac’s Hir and Stephen Karam’s The Humans are at the top of the list. (The latter is headed for Broadway in 2016.) Peter Parnell’s Dada Woof Papa Hot is an entertaining and well-devised show, as well.

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