Judging from the shows I saw in 2016, New York theater has had a better year than in 2015. This year I awarded **** (Very Good) ratings to 17 shows. Last year there were only 9.
Here are my 4-star shows listed alphabetically:
The Color Purple
Dear Evan Hansen
Fiddler on the Roof
The Golden Bride
“Master Harold” …and the Boys
Sense & Sensibility
She Loves Me
Thank God for Jokes
Turn Me Loose
Only 3 shows received my * (Poor) rating, as compared to 8 last year.
In alphabetical order they are:
Newsical: The Musical
Our Mother’s Brief Affair
Incidentally, a few people asked whether I had ever awarded a show 5 stars. The answer is yes: The Piano Man and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 2013 and a previous version of Old Hats in 2012. Let’s hope that with the new rating system it won’t be too long a wait until the first A+.
I hope you had many enjoyable theatrical experiences this year and will have even more in the coming year.
With best wishes for the Holiday Season,