The last year wasn’t the best in the history of musical theater. However, many shows still managed to make an impact. Here are the best Broadway shows of 2020.
Love, friendship, and kindness are core values, but they are not easy to achieve and are associated with guilt, loneliness, and fear. Harry (Jamie Parker) is burdened by a childhood trauma that hampers his ability to communicate with his troubled middle son Albus (Sam Claflin), and teenage girls dominate his life. It gets dark, there are only friends, and if you don’t help Al Bush, you don’t help him.
The school system is far from a democracy, but it is a system of enforced popularity and arrogant – bebe – ing. It is much more like a dictatorship than a democratic system, and it is a far-fetched attempt to force popularity.
Cady (Erika Henningsen) is a student in the middle of her second year of school and is initially confused about the new headmaster of her new school, but quickly returns to mediocrity when she learns more about the school and its place in it.
This musical, a clever cross between Heath and Hairspray, has been adapted by Tina Fey for the new reality of smartphones and social media. Fey is one of America’s sharpest comic writers, and in that sense, the show remains a tribute to the car she burned as a young woman and that set boundaries for other young women, but it is also a testament to Fey’s ability to be both a performer and a writer.
This version of Mean Girls is not just a copy of the original, but a new version of it, and the more recent jokes provide the biggest laughs, while Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin’s score successfully builds on Fey’s knowingly corrective tone. Here’s the most famous line from the script: “Adam Feldman reviews the theatre.
If you resent musicals bringing Broadway to the jukebox, you must be dazzled by the spectacular Moulin Rouge. Directed by Alex Timbers with opulent showmanship, this adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, with its costumes, elaborate costumes, and elaborate costumes could become the most expensive musical in Broadway history. The place is the legendary Parisian nightclub of the title, it is said to have been in 1899, there are windmills and a windmill, but it is dazzling.
The showgirls are red with flawless blushes, and Moulin Rouge’s main songbird is a redheaded, white-skinned, blue-eyed, black-legged woman. The show’s two main characters, the title character Rouge and her sister, are juxtaposed with a 150-year history of a style that spans the history of the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s.
Turning Harper Lee’s 1960 novel into a play was no easy task, but the defense never rested on killing “A Mockingbird.” As schoolchildren know, the hero of the story is Atticus Finch, a lawyer in rural Alabama in the early 1930s who bravely defends his friend and colleague, Icus Cooper, against a false rape allegation. He says, “We walk and climb on our skin, we understand ourselves as human beings, and we climb and walk off our skin.” And he embodies the most legendary of all American values: decency.
American civil rights literature, “Killing” A Mockingbird, “remains a minefield, even if it occupies a special place in it. At the center is a sexual assault allegation that should not be believed, and Atticus is the one who can’t perform a miracle, a narrative that has black people’s gratitude for him.
At the beginning of the revival of “West Side Story,” a threatening sound is heard and children are asked to come in. A white farmer tries to lynch Tom Robinson at his trial, but the extent of Atticus’s magnanimity is undermined by the fact that he is black – skin on, not white.
The best Broadway shows of 2020 will have their long-waiter return in the summer of 2021.