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As my best-read posts from 2016 below make clear, some theater trends stay strong year after year: Anything about “Hamilton” is still popular nearly two years after the musical first opened, Off-Broadway. And many of my most popular posts this year were written before 2016.


1. The 50 Best Plays of The Past 100 Years, According to Entertainment Weekly

2. Quiz: Which character in Hamilton are you?

Close in popularity to this quiz was another Hamilton Quiz, put together this year.

3. Broadway’s Best Dance Numbers
Videos of 10 dance numbers from Broadway musicals that readers voted the best ever (including Electricity from Billy Elliot, pictured above)

4. Broadway 2013-2014 Season Guide

I have no idea why this particular Broadway season preview guide is so popular three years later, especially since only two shows from that season are still running (Aladdin and Beautiful.)  Maybe somebody can explain? Meanwhile, here’s the Broadway 2016-2017 Season Guide.

5. America’s Hamilton

The documentary about the making of “Hamilton” the musical and the history of Alexander Hamilton



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The Grand Paradise: Bushwick’s Titillating Tropical Resort


Hamilton : Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hip-Hopped History Musical

The Radicalization of Rolfe
The Radicalization of Rolfe

The Radicalization of Rolfe: A gay Nazi’s version of The Sound of Music.


When Josh Young very quietly and so, so sweetly begins singing Amazing Grace at the end of that musical, it wipes out the memory of all the new power ballads that preceded it, and causes the audience to stand up and cheer and cry.

Amazing Grace 

Hadestown New York Theatre Workshop By Anaïs Mitchell Developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin 2015/16 SEASON May 6, 2016—July 3, 2016 With Hadestown, celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and inventive two-time Obie award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Three Pianos; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) transform Mitchell's "phenomenal concept album" (Rolling Stone) into a bold new work for the stage. This folk opera follows Orpheus' mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. Together we travel from wide open plains where love and music are not enough nourishment to survive the winter, down to Hadestown, an industrialized world of mindless labor and full stomachs. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell's beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death. Scenery by Rachel Hauck Costumes by Michael Krass Lighting by Bradley King Sound by Robert Kaplowitz Properties by Noah Mease Arrangements & Orchestrations by Michael Chorney Music Supervision, Co-arrangements & Orchestrations by Todd Sickafoose Music Direction by Liam Robinson Choreography by David Neumann Dramaturgy by Ken Cerniglia Co-conceived by Ben t. Matchstick Stage Manager Lindsey Turteltaub Featuring Nabiyah Be, Damon Daunno, Lulu Fall, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Jessie Shelton, Chris Sullivan, Shaina Taub

Hadestown: A Hell of a Musical




Noah Robbins on Grease Live, His First Musical Since High School


An Aaron Burr Who’s Not The Villain: Leslie Odom Jr in Hamilton

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Santino Fontana’s Act One, The Unluckiest Lucky Actor In New York


Bowie, Bogosian and Bobby Moreno


Times Square, January 23, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Click to see enlarged.
Times Square, January 23, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

Broadway and the Blizzards of 2016


Hillary Quotes Hamilton in Convention Speech

Hamilton Cast to VP Elect Mike Pense: Respect Us (Trump Replies: Apologize)


2016 Kilroy’s List of Good but Unproduced Plays by Women

Broadway for Hillary

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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