Every New Year comes with announcements of Broadway show revivals, typically headlined by one or more top-billed musical celebrities.
Not every show will get a Broadway revival, but here are a few shows we hope will get a revival run in the coming Broadway seasons.
Rock Revival – Next to Normal
Rock musicals have earned their place on the stage for decades. This genera started with classics like Jesus Christ Superstar and continued to break new grounds with shows like Heathers and Jagged Little Pill.
One rock musical that is ready for its Broadway revival is Next to Normal. The pulsing rock score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey takes the topic of mental health head-on, taking 11 Tony nominations with it.
While the cast is full of juicy roles, two stars that would do the roles of Diana and Dan justice are Nicolette Robinson (Waitress) and Steven Pasquale (Reasons to Be Pretty, Bridges of Madison County).
Classic Revival – The Light in the Piazza
For those attracted to more of a classic Broadway score from the mind of Stephen Sondheim or the vaults of Rodgers and Hammerstein, one show that is also ready for its Broadway revival is The Light in the Piazza.
Driven by Adam Guettel’s Tony Award-winning score, this show follows the Florence love story depicted in Elizabeth Spencer’s 1960 Novella by the same name.
Dream casting would include Ramin Karimloo (Les Miserables, Parade, Phantom of the Opera) in the role of Giuseppe and Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, Phantom of the Opera) as Clara.
Fringe Revival – Urinetown
With shows like Beetlejuice gaining headwinds in ticket sales and awards nominations, musicals that would normally be considered fringe continue to have their moments on Broadway.
One show that is ripe to be reimagined using today’s stage technologies is Urinetown. This gritty score takes on a variety of relevant political topics through the eyes of satire and water consumption regulation.
The perfect cast would of course include Kristin Chenoweth (Wicked, Promises, Promises) as Little Sally and Aaron Tveit (Wicked, Moulin Rouge!) as Bobby Strong.
Revivals of the Future
Whether you’re a fan of the classics or a die-hard follower of shows that break new bounds both musically and in design technology, one thing we can always count on is the presence of at least one revival each season. Revivals speak to the lasting power and importance of influential Broadway plays.
Here’s to decades more of art on the stage, both new and resurrected.