The four nominees for Best Musical Revival were selected from six eligible shows: Camelot, Dancing, Into the Woods, Parade, Sweeney Todd and 1776. Here’s what the critics had to say about the nominated work.
Bartlett Sher’s revival of the 1960 Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot,” A show based on TH White’s Arthurian stories featured a revised edition of a book by Aaron Sorkin. Jesse Green thought the production starring Andrew Burnup, Philippa Sue, and Jordan Donica failed to recapture the magic of the original, but found that Burnup and Sue said, “Castle on the West Wing is beautiful and joking.” say.
the cast of “Into the Woods,” Half a dozen imitations of the Perrault and Brothers Grimm fairy tales by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, including Sara Bareilles, Julia Lester and Philippa Hsu. Alexis Soroski, in his review of director Leah Dubesone’s minimally directed production, wrote, “When the lights came on, the crowd screamed, screamed, screamed.” She also praised the set designed by David Rockwell. “On this almost blank canvas, Debessonne paints in rich, rich tones, aided by Lorin Lataro’s playful choreography,” she writes.
“parade,“ The 1998 musical moved from downtown New York City to Broadway, starring Ben Platt and Michaela Diamond. In his review, Greene called the revival “charming” and “timely”, singled out Diamond, who plays the wife of the man who was lynched, and called Lucille Frank “a story we might rather turn away from.” The road to
“sweeney todd,” Thomas Kale revives the Stephen Sondheim musical about The Devil’s Barber slitting his throat. Starring Josh Groban and Analeigh Ashford. Written by Hugh Wheeler, the show is “captivatingly sung, deeply emotional, and strangely hilarious,” Green writes. Ashford is “great comic”, playing Mrs. Lovett as “a brutal schemer whose jokes are a convenient cover.”