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What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by aasjb4ever 2012-12-23 18:23:45


ANYTHING GOES was absolutely joyous. I went twice over the course of 4 weeks this summer.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by bwayphreak234 2012-12-23 18:47:37


Jekyll and Hyde - I loved everything about the new production.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by LuminousBeing 2012-12-23 18:49:41


"Giant," hands-down.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by GlindatheGood22 2012-12-23 18:54:16


Sleep No More.

But traditionally, either Starcatcher or Virginia Woolf.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by ratherbewhaling 2012-12-23 19:01:38


One Man, Two Guvnors

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Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-23 19:05:40


I had more fun at BRING IT ON than anything else this entire year.

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Posted by mpd4165 2012-12-23 19:08:24


Hit the Wall in Chicago. Full of fire and passion that played with a great band in the Steppenwolf Garage space.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by broadwaydevil 2012-12-23 19:15:41


Toss up between Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Once.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by AC126748 2012-12-23 19:17:49


Tribes

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Posted by TheGingerBreadMan 2012-12-23 19:21:49


I didn't have a chance to see much this year. I would have to say WICKED, even though I've seen it tons of times before. Most of the stuff I saw this year was on tour, and I didn't enjoy much. On Bway I only saw WICKED, PETER, and DROOD. DROOD comes in a close second. I saw BRING IT ON during it's tour run, and it was okay, but definitely is not my favorite. I enjoyed the WSS tour as well. (May not have seen that this year, trying to recall if it was this year or very late last year)

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by smallworld 2012-12-23 19:26:21


Once. I thought it was incredible and highly deserving of every award it received.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-23 19:37:08


Once.

Followed by Peter and the Starcatchers, then followed by Drood.

And as much as I love all three of those shows, there is a HUGE gap to get to whatever might come in 4th place.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by Jordan Catalano 2012-12-23 19:57:42


All in all, 2012 SUCKED for the most part, when it comes to theater.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by little_sally 2012-12-23 19:58:33


Peter and the Starcatcher

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by SNAFU 2012-12-23 19:59:32


For me? In order from #1:

Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

One Man Two Guvners (closing night)

Peter and the Starcatchers

Venus in Fur




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Posted by KylePKJP 2012-12-23 20:06:38


A regional production of The Syringa Tree at Magnus Theatre in Ontario. Have never seen such a tour de force performance by one woman, distinctly playing over twenty characters over the span of thirty years. The most profound theatrical experience I have had in a long time!

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by BroadwayGuy12 2012-12-23 20:11:31


The Encores! MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG and Lincoln Center's 4000 MILES were my two favorites performances of the year.

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Posted by mj21723 2012-12-23 20:17:46


Loved Once! Saw it three times and can't wait to go again! Also loved Peter and the Starcatcher. Thinking about going to the closing.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by Marianne2 2012-12-23 20:21:28


Follies or Into The Woods at Shakespeare in the Park. Murder Ballad is up there too.

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Posted by dramamama611 2012-12-24 06:28:59


Ooops...must make an addendum. One Man, Two Guvenors ranks above Drood. Possibly above Peter.


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Posted by rosscoe(au) 2012-12-24 07:54:44


Sweeney Todd, was perfect in everyway, with two killer leads.

Stateside, either Follies or Other Desert Cities both in LA.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by muscle23ftl 2012-12-24 08:07:06


MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Followed by Carrie, and then followed by Nice Work If You Can Get It.

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Posted by showchoirguy 2012-12-24 10:46:59


I have to say that I absolutely adored Drood and thought it was one of the best shows and the best casts I've seen this year. I also heavily enjoyed Evita, Newsies, Porgy and Bess, and Nice Work. Carrie would be the best Off-Broadway show I've seen this year.

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Posted by madbrian 2012-12-24 10:56:06


For me, Once was far and away the best show I saw all year. Nothing else compared.

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Posted by neonlightsxo 2012-12-24 11:26:34


The top three that come to mind are Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Merrily We Roll Along at Encores, and Golden Boy.

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Posted by Pippin 2012-12-24 11:47:09


Sweeney Todd in the West End. Amazing atmospheric production, incredible ensemble, and one of the best performances I have ever seen by Imelda Staunton as Lovett.

on broadway: Once.

off Broadway: The Outgoing TIde

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Posted by Kelly2 2012-12-24 11:53:05


Drood :) There were some close runners up though with Into the Woods and Peter and the Starcatcher.

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Posted by RevolutionaryCostume 2012-12-24 11:56:05


Sunday in the Park with George at Chicago Shakespeare.

Jason Danieley's Finishing The Hat + Carmen Cusack's "We Do Not Belong Together" = swoon.

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Posted by Emmaloucbway 2012-12-24 12:08:53


One Man, Two Guvnors, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Drood.

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Posted by wicked1492 2012-12-24 12:24:10


Peter and the Starcatcher
Once
Golden Boy
Drood

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Posted by Someone in a Tree2 2012-12-24 15:32:16


Another vote for PETER & THE STARCATCHER for runner-up...
Topped only by DEATH OF A SALESMAN.

Both were transporting like no other show this year.

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Posted by GottaHaveAGimmick 2012-12-24 15:36:28


Broadway: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-Best acting ever seen.

DC: The Normal Heart-riveting!

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Posted by bwayfan4ever2 2012-12-24 16:26:33


For me, Once Off Broadway. Friends I recommended it to did not like it on Broadway.

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Posted by canmark 2012-12-24 16:32:02


On Broadway: Once

In Toronto: Studio 180's reprise production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart (http://www.studio180theatre.com/productions/the-normal-heart-2012) and Soulpepper's production of Ins Choi's new play Kim's Convenience (being reprised in 2013: http://www.soulpepper.ca/performances/13_season/kim's_convenience.aspx)

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Posted by AndersonTours 2012-12-24 17:00:30


One Man, Two Guvnors
Follies
Once
Golden Boy

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Posted by undercoveractor 2012-12-24 17:06:42


I never have 1 favorite, but the shows that I enjoyed/admired the most would be...

Peter and the Starcatcher
One Man, Two Guvnors
Clybourne Park
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Encores)

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Posted by nobodyhome 2012-12-24 18:26:43


The Lady From Dubuque
Death of a Salesman
Tribes

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Posted by Auggie27 2012-12-24 18:44:18


PORGY AND BESS

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.

They don't make 'em like they used to.

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Posted by vegas2 2012-12-24 19:14:19


Macbeth (Alan Cumming's version)

Uncle Vanya (Sydney Theatre Co.)

Twelfth Night (Globe version)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by mamaleh 2012-12-24 20:13:52


ONE MAN, TWO GUV'NORS
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

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Posted by MarkBearSF 2012-12-24 22:17:18


Not a musical this year.

In order:
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Venus in Fur
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Death of a Salesman
Clybourne Park
...and then Nice Work, Best Man, Annie, Porgy and others

dupe (nm)
Posted by MarkBearSF 2012-12-24 22:17:32


dupe (sorry)

dupe (nm)
Posted by hushpuppy 2012-12-25 10:26:03


CHECKERS
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
ANYTHING GOES

dupe (nm)
Posted by massofmen 2012-12-25 11:08:27


i find it funny that most of the shows that people chose (other than once) are shows that are either closing or had very very short runs. Looks like the best of the shows by this board are not the most popular by the rest of america.

dupe (nm)
Posted by bjh2114 2012-12-25 12:20:45


If I count repeats of things I saw in 2011, I'd say Once and Peter and the Starcatcher. But if I'm only considering productions that I saw for the first time in 2012, I would have to say (and I'm definitely forgetting things since I saw a ton this year):

LONDON (3-way tie): Sweeney Todd, Singin' in the Rain, and Noises Off

BROADWAY: Drood and Virginia Woolf

OFF-BROADWAY: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Encores!

(I still have yet to see Picnic, The Heiress, A Civil War Christmas, Golden Boy, Glengarry Glen Ross, Bare, The Great God Pan, Tribes, Water by the Spoonful, and The Other Place -- several of which I will be seeing before the end of the year.)

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Posted by Len Gersten 2012-12-25 15:11:19


I saw a number of outstanding shows this year, so I cannot limit my choices to just one. Just trying to get my list down to five is difficult enough, but here goes:

Peter and the Starcatcher
Golden Boy
One Man, Two Guvnors
Follies
Jersey Boys (with John Lloyd Young reprising his Tony-winning performance)

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by justoldbill 2012-12-25 22:52:47


PIPE DREAM. Don't question me.

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Posted by quizking101 2012-12-26 01:22:33


Top 3:

1) WIT (Hands down, the best thing I have ever witnessed on a stage and the only time I began openly weeping in the theater).

2) THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

3) PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by Broadway Baby8 2012-12-26 18:35:23


Death of a Salesman and Follies

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Posted by Phantom of London 2012-12-26 19:32:48


This is how you have been voting so far, favorite show at top.

Peter and the Starcatcher x12
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf x8
The Mystery of Edwin Drood x8
Once x8
One Man, Two Guvnors x7
Follies x5
Merrily We Roll Along (Encores) x3
Golden Boy x3
Death of a Salesman x3
Sweeney Todd (London) x2
Into The Woods x1
Porgy and Bess x1
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes x1
Anything Goes x1
Venus In Fur x1
Clybourne Park x1
Tribes x1
Carrie x1
Nice Work if You Can Get It x1
Jekyll and Hyde
Giant
Sleep No More
Bring It In
Hit the Wall (Chicago)
Full Of Fire (Chicago)
Passion (Chicago)
Wicked
The Syringa Tree, (Ontario)
4000 Miles
The Lady of Dubuque
Murder Ballad
Other Desert Cities (LA)
Jersey Boys
Pipe Dreams
Checkers
WIT
Evita
Sunday In The Park with George (Chicago)
The Outgoing Tide
Newsies
The Normal Heart (Washington DC)
The Normal Heart (Toronto)
Kim’s Convenience (Toronto)
Macbeth (Alan Cumming’s version)
Uncle Vanya (Sydney Theatre Co.)
Twelve Night (Globe Theatre, London)
Singin’ in the Rain (London)
Noises Off (London)

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Posted by Outoftowner2 2012-12-27 14:50:21


Broadway: Porgy and Bess
London : Sweeney Todd

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Posted by wonkit 2012-12-27 16:13:44


Assassins

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Posted by JayG 2 2012-12-27 17:31:04


Death of a Salesman
Venus in Fur
Golden Boy
The Heiress
Once
Nice Work
Lady From Dubuque
Freedom of the City
The TRain Driver
I also enjoyed Checkers and Uncle Vanya quite a lot

Biggest Disappointment
Who's Afraid...

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Posted by nealb1 2012-12-27 18:05:24


The closing performance of "Follies" in NYC in January. And, the closing again in LA in June.

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Posted by uncageg 2012-12-27 19:49:22


Can't pick one...

Grace
Leap of Faith
Peter and the Starcatcher
Bring it On
The Other Place
Merrily We Roll Along (City Center)

I will add INTO THE WOODS just for my 1st Delacort experience.

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Posted by emida 2012-12-27 20:51:31


Follies on Broadway

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Posted by Visceral_Fella 2012-12-27 21:25:03


Into the Woods at The Public
Wild with Happy at The Public
Venus in Fur

Outside of NY: Good People at Steppenwolf, and Jitney at The Court Theatre. Love Chicago Theatre.

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by kellymarie465 2012-12-27 21:45:26


... surprised no one said Dogfight. One of my favorites this year!

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Posted by Newsiesgirl67 2012-12-27 22:19:00


Peter and the Starcatcher and End of the rainbow

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Posted by Mtdewelite2010 2012-12-27 23:58:51


Once and Sleep No More

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Posted by welcometothetheater 2012-12-28 00:21:44


1.) Wit - Cynthia Nixon was astounding. Sobbing. Just sobbing.

2.) Other Desert Cities - A top-notch cast.

3.) The Normal Heart in D.C. - Patricia Wettig should do more stage work. Wonderful.

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Posted by Griffin2 2012-12-28 03:34:06


Once, Peter and the Starcatcher

Chicago: Sunday in the Park with George (Chicago Shakes)
SF: Humor Abuse (ACT)

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Posted by CarlosAlberto 2012-12-28 07:45:19


ONCE
PORGY AND BESS
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
PATTI @ 54 Below, because...well, she's LA LUPONE!

What was the best show you saw this year?
Posted by Outoftowner2 2012-12-28 11:24:43


Forgot it was this year. The best thing I saw was the final Broadway performance of Billy Elliot, January 8th. Four actors rotating in and out of the title role. It was really great. Whole cast was terrific. That show should still be on Broadway.

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Posted by GilmoreGirlO2 2012-12-28 11:35:53


New York: “Melancholy Play” put on by 13P. For strictly Broadway, “Bring it On.”

Chicago: “Good People” at Steppenwolf.

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Posted by WickedOne2 2012-12-28 14:07:23


Once and Newsies

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Posted by The Josh 2012-12-28 15:34:16


Peter and the Starcatcher and One Man, Two Guvnors