The Future of Broadway: Regarding Broadway, Part Five

June 29, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — 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 the latest Tony winner, Kinky Boots, see what's happened to Broadway.

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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

Cast

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

Cast

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

Cast

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

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