Year of Theater – overview

What a year in theater it’s been! You can read my specific experiences in my other posts, but I thought I’d give a brief overview, now that the year is almost done and I have no more plans for shows this year.

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Just some of my Playbills from this year!

This year, my goal was simple: get the Perfect Year in Playbills. At least 1 of each month’s issue by attending an official Playbill show. (Can be Broadway or Off-Broadway, but must be NY and must be Playbill.) I met that goal and exceeded it plus got some interesting experiences outside of that. I keep all my Playbills and Playbill-sized professional theater programs in binders, and the past few years, I’ve needed a full binder for the calendar year. Some years were more full than others. However, in 2016, I filled up two binders. Insanity! Maybe one year I’ll make 3!

Professional theater and theater-adjacent shows I’ve attended in 2016:

  1. BroadwayCon
  2. Kinky Boots
  3. Noises Off (Roundabout)
  4. The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway — Snapple Theater Center)
  5. The Woodsman (Off-Broadway — New World Stages)
  6. A Bronx Tale (Paper Mill Playhouse)
  7. Disaster!
  8. Tuck Everlasting
  9. She Loves Me (Roundabout)
  10. The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout)
  11. Pump Boys & Dinettes (Paper Mill Playhouse)
  12. Fiddler on the Roof
  13. The Marvelous Wonderettes (Off-Broadway)
  14. Dear Evan Hansen (Off-Broadway — 2econd Stage)
  15. A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic)
  16. Fully Committed
  17. Beautiful
  18. Bright Star
  19. Shuffle Along
  20. Broadway in Bryant Park (featuring Waitress, Kinky Boots, Himself & Nora, and Fun Home)
  21. Himself and Nora (Off-Broadway — Minetta Lane Theater)
  22. 54 Sings Hair (54 Below)
  23. Act of God
  24. Newsboys of New York (54 Below)
  25. Matilda
  26. School of Rock
  27. Broadway Flea Market
  28. Holiday Inn (Roundabout)
  29. Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp concert
  30. Newsboys Variety Show (54 Below)
  31. Love Love Love (Roundabout)
  32. Something Rotten
  33. Kingdom Come (Roundabout)
  34. Falsettos
  35. Sweet Charity (Off-Broadway–Signature Theater Center)

So many theater experiences in 2016. Here’s to another year of theater. Now that I’ve made the Perfect Playbill Year, I need to do it every year! Upcoming plans or ideas in 2017:

  1. BroadwayCon
  2. Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  3. Waitress (gotta hit it before Jessie Mueller leaves)
  4. A Comedy of Tenors (Paper Mill Playhouse)
  5. Bandstand (Corey Cott!)
  6. War Paint (Yes, Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, but my big draw is John Dossett at the Nederlander)
  7. Lots of Roundabout shows!
  8. HAMILTON.

See you soon for more theater!

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