Rants and Raves: What I Loved (and didn't love) from the 2017-2018 Broadway Season


Now that the 2018-2019 season is well underway, it feels right to write about what I loved and didn't love from the 2017-2018 season. The below are snippets from my initial review of each show, and these opinions have remained since I saw them.

Rave: Mean Girls

"I truly cannot say enough good things about it. They leave audiences with a deeper message about kindness and how you should treat the people around you."

Rant: Carousel

"The show is very much of an era, and it happens to be pretty stuck in that era. One of the large focuses of the show is marriage and the problems that can come with it. Carrie (played by Lindsay Mendez) sings "When I Marry Mr. Snow", for example. In the current time of #TimesUp and #MeToo, it is interesting that the show hasn't given a nod to these and tried to show that not everything that happens is good"

Rave: Three Tall Women

"The play is an interesting reflection on life, as A looks back on what her life was in her younger days. It's clever, it's witty and sad at times..."

Rant: The Band's Visit

"An incredibly hyped show for the season, [it] was one of the first new musicals of the season I've seen and while I wanted to love it, I didn't care for it as much as I had hoped. I found that the show switched from person to person with no rhyme or reason. It made following the show a bit difficult..."

Rave: Angels in America

"The 25th anniversary production of Tony Kushner's epic; Angels in America, takes the audience on a journey of death and destruction in the Reagan-era of America. But, it does something else too. It spreads a message of life and hope in the most beautiful and unexpected ways. This revival does not feel like a relic of years past, as some might assume. Experiencing this play feels like opening up doors to many issues through Kushner's ideas on politics, love, life, religion, sex, and much more... It is a message of acceptance and a call to wake up to the fact that we need each other, no matter who we are."

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While these are not nearly all the shows that opened on Broadway during the season, they are a few that I loved and didn't love. Everyone is entitled to their opinions on each show, and these happen to be mine.

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