Hearing Joe Iconis narrate an evening and George Salazar perform “Michael in the Bathroom” is worth the two-drink minimum.
Hamilton: The New Cast
Yes, this show is still the best thing on Broadway, and the second generation is damn good at what they do. But having seen it [cough] times in 2015, this performance wasn’t enough to bump anything from the Top 10 list.
Waitress isn’t exactly a game-changer, but Mueller is great great great. Word of caution: “She Used to Be Mine” will be stuck in your head for months, if not longer.
The Robber Bridegroom
Steven Pasquale? Yes please. Alex Timbers? Yes please. Hillbilly bluegrass farce? Yes please. Terrific Off-Broadway fare.
Laura Benanti, Gavin Creel & Jane Krakowski
She Loves Me is all about Benanti’s comedic and acting perfection and Creel/Krakowski’s rumba routine. Even if you’re not into old-timey, gee-whiz musicals, that all makes it worth it.
The Front Page Cast
Worth seeing this 1920s throwback for the cast alone: The namesakes of Sterling Cooper, SVU's Captain Cragan, Nathan Lane, John Goodman, Holland Taylor, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Creepy Dad from Happiness, and best of all, Shooter McGavin.
Yeah, it’s hard to top the pre-Hamilton Lin/Leslie/Olivo TTB at City Center, but the terrific Godspell revival reunion of Nick Blaemire and George Salazar certainly does justice to Jonathan Larson and his aging anxiety.
Photo: Ben Jay
Ride the Cyclone
A weird show that takes chances, this morbid high-school musical combines aspects of Cats, Big, Rupaul’s Drag Race, anything Bowie, American Idol and more. Each cast member has a show-stopper, and they all deliver.