Let’s take a look of Huffington Posts picks for the best musicals of 2016. This is a mixed bag regarding subjects and genres. Overall, Broadway was rated highly in variety and craft, with these five chosen as the most outstanding.
Best Musicals of 2016:
Starting down the countdown at number 5, “Waitress” makes a showing as an intense and moving show. Starring Jess Mueller and a score from newcomer Sara Bareilles, this piece would have been amazing in any case. Do be aware that Mueller leaves the show in early 2017.
Next, at number 4 in the countdown, is “Falsettos.” This show revives William Finn’s masterwork and reportedly didn’t have a strong start. Once the cast found its groove, it quietly became a hit with its intimate and shattering storyline. The cast of features Broadway regulars, including Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells, some of whom gave their richest performance to date in this show.
At number 3, we have “Dear Evan Hansen.” This is a gratifying example of Broadway audiences embracing serious shows. “Dear Evan Hansen” launched real Broadway success for Justin Park and Benj Pasek. It features what Huff Post called one of the best ensemble casts in many years. Laura Dreyfuss and Ben Platt are the young people caught in the middle of a serious story of unintended deception accompanied by desperate loneliness and, ultimately, acceptance.
Almost in the top slot, at number 2, is “She Loves Me.” This sparkling revival is widely felt to belong among the best musicals ever written. Then, it doesn’t hurt that the cast attained near perfection. Scott Ellis glued it together with his comic direction. The production has been effectively recorded for TV broadcast, and it will now serve as a delightfully accessible show for many years.
For the top pick of the year, “Natasha”, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812,” wins the number 1 slot. This show is based on “War and Peace.” This show had truly innovative staging. Josh Groban has a terrific voice, but his acting can be stiff. However, the great appeal of “The Great Comet” is the work itself. Dave Malloy’s piece is rich in melody and character, an adept adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece.