When I was thinking about what I wanted to write about broadway for 2011, I realized that 2011 was a year for leading men to own broadway. Even the leading ladies were men with Priscilla and La Cage. Not only were some of the most memorable songs and ballads all male, but the men owned broadway this year and took it by storm.
You have The Book of Mormon with an amazing song I Believe. You had Catch Me if You Can the Musical with Goodbye and tons of other great songs. What If from the Addams Family. I Am What I Am from La Cage for revivals and who doesn’t love the ladies in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Daniel Radcliff completely stole the stage in How to Succeed In Business Without Ever Really Trying and even some of the music from Spiderman was amazing. Somehow the guys stole broadway back this year and turned the ballad into an amazing type of song for men to sing again.
Not only do men have a ton of great new songs to sing at showtunes, but there is an entirely new list of musicals for them to tryout for and songs to use for auditions. I’m not saying there weren’t a ton of talented women performing or singing amazing songs, but the guys definitely stole broadway this year and even stole some of the best female parts.
2012 was an awesome year for musical theatre. Glee still helped bring showtunes to main stream media and you started seeing more and more broadway stars moving out of theatre and helping grow shows by performing at the Captiol Building in Washington DC as well as many other events and tours. The male stars on broadway definitely stole the show and helped create a new generation of theatre fans by making musicals popular again. 2011 was definitely a year for men on broadway and we got to hear a ton of amazing music and ballads. I can’t wait to see what new shows open next year and see if the women can start to take back the broadway ballad or if the guys will continue to steal the stage.