Last year, I saw exactly 100 shows, the most since 2005. This included 50 plays, 24 musicals,16 concerts (the most I've ever seen in a year), and 10 shows that I don't consider to be any of the above.
Shows in Manhattan-88; London-4; Brooklyn-3; Queens-2; Los Angeles-2; Chicago-1
Shows I saw more than once in 2008: Spring Awakening, The New Century.
Shows that I revisited after seeing in previous years: Billy Elliot, Equus, Hair, On The Town, Rent, South Pacific, Spring Awakening, Sunday in the Park with George, Title of Show, Wicked.
Theaters/venues I visited for the first time: Cinema Haymarket (London), Keira Retirement Home (LA), Kenny's Castaway, Kodak Theatre (LA), Lyric Theatre Hammersmith (London), Nokia Theater, Oriental Theatre (Chicago), Theatre Ten Ten.
Favorite shows: 365, August: Osage County, Billy Elliot, Next to Normal, Saturn Returns, South Pacific, Spring Awakening, Sunday in the Park with George, War Horse.
Worst show: A Christmas Carol. This seemed so promising, with some big names (Christopher Lloyd, John Goodman) in the cast, and an expensive theater booked (the Kodak Theater, where the Oscars are held). But the direction and staging were so incredibly awful it was unbelievable.
So far this year, I've seen three shows:
- The closing performance of Hairspray, which was a blast because the crowd was so energetic (and the score is so great);
- Becky Shaw, a new off-Broadway play about a blind date and its effects on a family (good but maybe a little long); and
- The Cripple of Inishmaan, a Martin McDonagh play set on the west coast of Ireland in the 1930's. Very well done. The cast received a standing ovation, which is unusual off-Broadway.