Good news on Broadway

The cast and composers of Spring Awakening. Bring on the awards. Photo from

The official 2006-2007 Broadway season opened with Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway last August (the show comes to American Conservatory Theater in June) and closed May 9 with the opening of 110 in the Shade (the 1963 revival of the Jones/Schmidt musical).

The busy season saw 33 new productions: 11 new musicals, 9 new plays, 5 musical revivals and 8 play revivals (and 2 special events).

It’s no secret that among those 33 shows, my favorite is the musical Spring Awakening, which this week picked up the first of what could be a raft of awards. The Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater show won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Lucille Lortel awards for best musical. It shared the Lortel award with In the Heights.

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