The votes are in (including a late ballot from Ryan – but we’re easy-going at the Tri-State Theatre
blog). To recap, we invited readers to name the shows they’d like to see a local theatre group present. Who know, this may help one of the local groups choose an upcoming show!
As expected, there are lots of shows on the list, and most of them got a single vote. By the slimmest of margins, though, our winner is: “Guys and Dolls!”
The gangster musical was last staged locally several years back by Huntington Outdoor Theatre (HOT) – looks like it’s time for a revival!
There's a three-way tie for second place: “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Man of La Mancha”
“Drowsy” is still on Broadway and it’ll probably be at least a few years before it’s available to community theatre, but it’s definitely one to look forward to. “La Mancha” is a terrific show, and it’s hard to understand why this one hasn’t been produced locally (although it’s no doubt a challenging show). “1776” has been on stage a few times locally, with Marshall, HOT and ARTS tackling it – but it’s a great show, and I'd be glad to see it again.
The rest of the shows got only a single vote, but they’re all well worth considering. Here they are in alphabetical order with a brief comment from yours truly: “A Year With Frog and Toad”
- (I love this show)“Beauty and the Beast”
- (Ditto, but a huge undertaking financially)“Evita”
- (I’d love to see this one locally)“The Full Monty”
- (Ditto, but don’t expect me to audition for it) ;-)“A Gilbert & Sullivan musical”
– (This would be awesome. Hello, MU?)“Jekyll & Hyde”
– (I believe this was staged in Ashland – a great show)“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
– (An all-time favorite, last presented by First Stage)“The Last Five Years”
– (I know lots of people who love the music to this one)“Little Women”
– (Excellent suggestion!)
O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night"
– (Another great suggestion, and a real challenge)“Meet Me in St. Louis”
– (This one would be a lot of fun)“The Producers”
– (Another fave – can’t wait to see it locally)“Rent”
– (The adult content makes it a tough show to do locally, but it has terrific music)“The Secret Garden”
– (Great choice and a literary classic)“Shenandoah”
– (Surely someone has done this locally. If not, what are you waiting for?)“Sweeney Todd”
– (This would be awesome, but a major challenge)“Tommy”
– (I’d buy a ticket right now)“Urinetown”
– (Ditto)“White Christmas”
– (Surely someone will do this soon – it’s a natural)“Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”
– (As long as it’s based on the original movie, I’ll be there. Gene Wilder rules!)
And that’s our list for 2007. So there you go, local groups – some ready-made suggestions for great shows to add to your schedule.
Readers, thanks for taking part in our informal poll! Shall we try this again next year, just for fun?