The Future of Broadway: Regarding Broadway, Part Five

by Lynne Warfel
July 1, 2014

Listen Regarding Broadway, Part 5

In the last 15 years of the 20th century, Broadway struggled with the demise of the impresario, the entrance of big corporate sponsors, skyrocketing ticket prices and production costs, and a dwindling audience base. English imports like Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon did well, but where was the authentic American voice that had defined Broadway musicals?

That answer came as the 21st century dawned: from Mel Brooks' The Producers, the most award-winning show in history, to last year's Tony winner, Kinky Boots, to this year's Aladdin and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, see what's happened to Broadway.


Coleman/Zippel: Finale from City of Angels

Original Cast

Gershwin: Finale from Crazy for You

Original Cast

Schoenberg/Boublil: "The Ceremony" from Miss Saigon

Lea Salonga and Cast

Menken/Ashman: "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast

Gary Beach and Cast

Sondheim: Finale from Passion

Jere Shea and Donna Murphy

John/Rice: "Circle of Life" from The Lion King

Original Broadway Cast

Flaherty/Ahrens: Opening from Ragtime


Larson: "Seasons of Love" (Finale) from Rent


Brooks: "I Want to Be a Producer" from The Producers

Matthew Broderick and Cast

Idle/Du Prez: "Diva's Lament" from Spamalot

Sara Ramirez

Hansard/Irglova: "Gold" from Once


Pasek/Paul: Overture and "Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun" from A Christmas Story: The Musical

Clark Hallum as Ralphie

Lauper: Opening/"The Most Beautiful Thing in the World" from Kinky Boots

Full Company

Aladdin Overture

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder "I Don't Understand the Poor"

68th Tony Awards Performance - A Gentleman's Guide To Love & Murder