Only two musicals have been featured in the “The Best Theatre of the Decade” list in the Sunday Times: Avenue Q and La Cage aux Folles.
The London production of Avenue Q – by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty’s modest little musical that beat out Wicked for the Best Musical Tony Award in its debut season on Broadway ranked 15th out of the 20 shows listed:
A kind of Sesame Street for adults, this dotty, silly and frequently very rude musical concerns a New York neighbourhood inhabited by such characters as Lucy the Slut and Kate Monster. Years on, you will still remember the lyrics to “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and picture two life-size puppets going at it on a kitchen table.
The revival of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s La Cage auz Folles ranked 19th:
The Menier spruced up this pocket musical a treat: the chorus line’s antics alone are worth the price of entrance. Then they went and made it a world-class event by casting Douglas Hodge as Albin, the drag star, a sassy scrapper whose falsies conceal a truly tender heart.
Congatultions to all involved in both shows!