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5 Shows Celebrating a Year on Broadway

NewYork.com isn’t the only thing in New York turning one. These five shows have all just passed the year mark on the Great White Way.

 

Billy Porter stars in 'Kinky Boots' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Billy Porter stars in ‘Kinky Boots’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Cinderella
Opened: March 3, 2013
Based on the Rodgers & Hammerstein television production (instead of the Disney animated film), this modernized retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale gives the leading lady more verve and introduces new characters (including more sympathetic stepsisters). The show got 2013 Tony nominations for Best Revival of a Musical and Leading Actress for original star Laura Osnes, and took home the award for the amazing costumes. No wonder: Cinderella’s ability to quick-change from rags to riches leaves audiences in wonder at every performance.

Matilda
Opened: April 1, 2013
Based on the classic Roald Dahl’s children’s book, Matilda the Musical started out on London’s West End before transferring to Broadway last spring. It’s still a big family-favorite a year later, thanks to the cheeky score and cast of preternaturally talented child actors. The innovative sets and lighting also make the show an experience for kids of all ages, and brings the audience into Matilda’s imaginary world.

Kinky Boots
Opened: April 4, 2013
The Broadway community didn’t know what to make of Kinky Boots, a feel-good story about a man who rescues his father’s shoe company with the help of a flamboyant drag queen. But Harvey Fierstein’s book and Cyndi Lauper’s original score won them over, as did the electric performance by Billy Porter as Lola, the aforementioned drag queen. And the show took home the Best Musical Tony, as did Lauper and Porter for their contributions.

Motown
Opened: April 14, 2013
Obviously the classic Motown sound will wow audiences, but so does the story behind the music. Motown the Musical dives into ups and downs of the sound’s creation, with characters like legendary record producer Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gay, and the young Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5.

Pippin
Opened: April 25, 2013
The last time Pippin was on Broadway was back in the 1970s, but this revival looks nothing like the original version. The current Pippin employs a circus theme, with high-flying acrobatics and a big-top set (read how the show got the look here). The show took home the 2013 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical and best director for Diane Paulus.

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