What he accomplished in 2012: Well, he started the year with the closing of Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, which he directed and choreographed, as well as the revival of Follies, for which he provided some excellent choreography ("Who's That Woman?" a particular stand out, along with "The Story of Lucy and Jessie"). Next up: the direction and choreography for Chaplin, which divided critics, but was ambitious and (in my opinion) far more a success than a failure. And he has ended 2012 with the choreography for the critically-acclaimed revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the funny, showstopping dances for the sweet stage version of A Christmas Story: The Musical. Quite a year, indeed.
|Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway|
|Follies: "The Story of Lucy and Jessie"|
|Follies: "Who's That Woman?"|
|The Mystery of Edwin Drood: "Ceylon/A British Subject"|
|The Mystery of Edwin Drood: "Jasper's Vision"|
|A Christmas Story: "Ralphie to the Rescue"|
|A Christmas Story: "A Major Award"|
What she accomplished in 2012: Perhaps she didn't have quantity in 2012, but she sure left a big mark on the the theatre season. Despite a public thrashing in the media by no less than Stephen Sondheim, she stuck to her guns and brought a controversial, critically-acclaimed and Tony Award-winning revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess to Broadway. Not everyone loved it (including me) but you have to give credit where it is deserved. I always admire those who push the envelope. And she ended the year up north a bit commanding a new production of Pippin, which looks likely for Broadway this year. A mix of Fosse tradition and Paulus re-imagination (with circus acrobatics, no less), it sure seems like an interesting mix. 2013 could be her year again.