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Jeff

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Double Trouble: Broadway Revivals x 2

With yesterday's confirmation of the revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying!, opening this winter at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and starring Daniel Radcliffe, I got to thinking about how many shows have been revived more than once.  How to Succeed...will have been revived now twice when this show comes in.  Then I got to thinking, three more scheduled revivals will be having their second major revivals as well: Annie, Anything Goes and Zorba.

There have been a few musicals that have been revived many times, including: Hello, Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, The King and I, Man of La Mancha and Gypsy (which has had two revivals in the last ten years alone!).

But two seems to be the magic number.  And here are a few classics that have graced the Broadway stage twice since their original productions.  (This does not include "return engagements" of the same production, nor does it include concert/benefit performances.) (Red indicates Tony winner, Best Revival of a Musical)


Annie Get Your Gun

  • Revival #1: September 21, 1966 - November 26, 1966, 78 performances.  2 Tony nominations.  Starring Ethel Merman and Jerry Orbach.
  • Revival #2: March 4, 1999 - September 1, 2001, 1045 performances. 3 Tony nominations, 2 wins.  Starring Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat.


Cabaret

  • Revival #1: October 22, 1987 - June 4, 1988, 261 performances.  Starring Joel Grey, Werner Klemperer, Regina Resnik and Alyson Reed.
  • Revival #2: March 19, 1998 - January 4, 2004, 2,377 performances.  10 Tony nominations, 4 wins.  Starring Alan Cumming, Natasha Richardson, Ron Rifkin and Mary Louise Wilson.


Company

  • Revival #1: October 5, 1995 - December 3, 1995, 60 performances.  2 Tony nominations.  Starring Boyd Gaines and Debra Monk.
  • Revival #2: November 29, 2006 - July 1, 2007, 246 performances.  3 Tony nominations, 1 win.  Starring Raul Esparza and Barbara Walsh.


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

  • Revival #1: March 30, 1972 - August 12, 1972, 156 performances.  3 Tony nominations, 2 wins.  Starring Phil Silvers.
  • Revival #2: April 18, 1996 - January 4, 1998, 715 performances.  4 Tony nominations, 1 win.  Starring Nathan Lane.


Grease

  • Revival #1: November 5, 1994 - January 25, 1998, 1,505 performances. 3 Tony nominations.  Starring Rosie O'Donnell, Marcia Lewis, Hunter Foster.
  • Revival #2: August 19, 2007 - January 4, 2009, 554 performances. 1 Tony nominations.  Starring Max Crumm and Laura Osnes.


Hair

  • Revival #1: October 5, 1977 - November 6, 1977, 43 performances.  Starring Randall Easterbrook and Michael Hoit.
  • Revival #2: March 19, 2009 - June 27, 2010, 519 performances.  8 Tony nominations, 1 win.  Starring Gavin Creel and Will Swenson.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Revival #1: September 14, 1989 - February 25, 1990, 188 performances. 4 Tony nominations.  Starring Beth Fowler and Bob Gunton.
  • Revival #2: November 3, 2005 - September 3, 2006, 349 performances.  6 Tony nominations, 2 wins.  Starring Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris.


Sweet Charity

  • Revival #1: April 27, 1986 - March 15, 1987, 369 performances. 5 Tony nominations, 4 wins.  Starring Debbie Allen and Michael Rupert.
  • Revival #2: May 4, 2005 - December 31, 2005, 279 performances.  3 Tony nominations.  Starring Christina Applegate and Denis O'Hare.


West Side Story

  • Revival #1:  February 14, 1980 - November 30, 1980, 333 performances.  3 Tony nominations.  Starring Ken Marshall, Josie de Guzman and Debbie Allen.
  • Revival #2:  March 19, 2009 - Present, 548 performances.  4 Tony nominations, 1 win.  Starring Matt Cavenaugh, Joesfina Scaglione and Karen Olivo.

And the Grand Daddy of them all, winner of Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical, TWICE:



La Cage aux Folles

  • Revival #1: December 9, 2004 - June 26, 2005, 229 performances.  4 tony nominations, 2 wins.  Starring Gary Beach and Daniel Davis.
  • Revival #2: April 18, 2010 - Present, 97 performances.  11 Tony nominations, 3 wins.  Starring Douglas Hodge and Kelsey Grammer

Here's hoping that the second revival will be the charm for Annie, Anything Goes and Zorba!


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Jeff

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