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Ramin Karimloo, Keira Knightley, Hamilton 1.0 and 2.0: Six Years of New York Theater

On the sixth anniversary of NewYorkTheater.me, a look at the six most popular photographs to be posted on the site since it began, and the most popular posts in each of the past six years.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Death of a Salesman, 2013

The 50 Best Plays of The Past 100 Years

This list of best American plays (not productions) from 2013, remains by far most popular post

1.  Death of a Salesman  (1949) by Arthur Miller

2. A Streetcar Named Desire  (1947) by Tennessee Williams

3. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: (1962) by Edward Albee

4. Long Day’s Journey into Night (1956) by Eugene O’Neill

5.Fences(1985) by August Wilson

2012:

Slings and Arrows may return, says one of its three creators

Slings and Arrows, a cult-like backstage television series that ran for three seasons. Its creators hoped to revive it

Slings and Arrows Returns

My first, biggest and, alas, virtually only scoop, I got Bob Martin, one of the creators and stars of the beloved Canadian backstage cult TV series “Slings and Arrows” to tell me exclusively (via Twitter) that the team was thinking of reviving the show for a fourth season.  I put this into a post, and, since Bob Martin doesn’t Tweet much and he was otherwise unreachable, it got more visitors by far in a single day than I got before or since — and the story made news all over the world.

An entire year of suspense for Slings and Arrows fans followed — relentlessly tortured by such teases as Slings and Arrow star Paul Gross saying in an interview,  “if they came back and said do you want to do another [season] everyone would say yeah…It was an enormous amount of fun to do.”) —  until Martin finally said (in a conventional) interview) that they’d abandoned the idea of a fourth season, but may do a special. Well, its been six years and even that hasn’t happened. But my Twitter interview and its consequences were studied in college courses, and Martin himself said he learned two valuable lessons  —  that Social Media is powerful, and that he shouldn’t Tweet drunk.

2013

Billy Elliot

Broadway’s Best Dance Numbers

I  put this post together from the results of a contest I ran requesting that readers answer the question: What single dance number was the best you ever saw on Broadway?

I matched the most common responses with videos of the dance numbers

2014

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

2015:

 Quiz: Which character in Hamilton are you?

 

2016:

Hamilton Broadway New Cast: What Has Changed?

 

2017

Brit Crits Love Hamilton. But What About King George?

2018 (so far):

Jason Tam as Peter, John Legend as Jesus, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene (“Hosanna”)

Watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live online in its entirety


 

Of the 37 Broadway shows I listed in my first post in May, 2012, only five are still playing: The Book of Mormon, Chicago, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked.

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About 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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