A New Golden Age of Musical Theater
In a recent article, American Theatre writer Suzy Evans questions, A New Golden Age for the Broadway Musical?
Evans points to an on-screen renaissance, via such films as The Greatest Showman and Mary Poppins Returns, and to the fact that “cast recordings for Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen are hitting the Billboard Top 20, marking the first time in 54 years — since Hello, Dolly! and Fiddler on the Roof— that two stage-born albums were in the Top 20.”
Evans adds: “The breadth of topics that are viable for musicalization has also expanded, particularly recently, with more chamber-like works such as The Band’s Visit, Dear Evan Hansen, and Fun Home being rewarded for their adventurousness with the Tony Awards’ top prize.”