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"In the dark days of the Depression, the kinds of shows that had recently reflected their audiences' lifestyles suddenly became true escapist entertainment, recalling perhaps the lives their viewers once lived (nostalgia always being a powerful draw), or, conversely, letting spectators imagine what life would Discount Women Canada Goose Solaris Parka Brown Australia be like when the Depression ended. . As Jerry Herman told us in Mabel, "just tap your troubles away!"

"If they do it right, I'll go see Shore: The Musical, " he said.

Now we've moved on to the show within a show about the beautiful, ugly, heart breaking and awe inspiring process of making a Broadway hit. Sure, it's not exactly true to life, but it brings us new, Broadway style songs and dances every week, sung by people with legit voices and theater experience pretty close to perfection for a TV show about Broadway, in my book.

"I think it's great for the business, great for our industry, to have two shows on prime time television," he said, referring to and "They're both beneficial to our community."

"Broadway is booming in all sorts of ways, not all of them great ways," he explained. "I mean, there's an awful lot of retro trends [and] star vehicles."

Steve Kazee, nominated for a Tony for best actor in a leading role for his part in focused on the positive.

a moment in the sun

Musicals are where it at. Wonderful World of Disney lovers are leaping to get tickets to which was nominated for eight Tonys. And every celebrity wants to gain some street cred by starring in a Broadway show: Daniel Radcliffe showed he can dance (if not sing) in to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. And Christie Brinkley (yes, the uptown girl herself) is starring in trace this surge in popularity back to 2006 School Musical. Sure, I despised it (and the endless sequels) with a fervent passion, as any true musical nerd would. It turned our beloved world into a pop singer filled, Disney Channel style, teenybopper show. But it served a purpose: It turned a new audience on to how much fun musical theater really can be. Lea Michele was famous for her starring role in Awakening before she played annoyingly ambitious Rachel Berry, and Mr. Shue's Matthew Morrison first became a heartthrob for playing Link in hit musical And sometimes, they even sing actual Broadway tunes. In prime time. Imagine that!

And to David Alan Grier, starring in and Bess, it's all about how well a show is pulled off, not the subject matter.

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Maybe it's the economy, stupid. After all, "Will Rogers and Ziegfeld Follies took us through the [Great] Depression," Broadway veteran (and my tap dancing teacher) Barry Thomas explained. The fantastic escapism of musicals, from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films to Cole Porter's Goes, enthralled 1930s audiences. In his book "Our Musicals, Ourselves," retired theater critic, director and professor John Bush Jones writes:

"After years of begging, fans of Disney cult favorite film finally got a Broadway adaptation this season."

Broadway has always had hardcore fans, of course. But as much as the true theater dorks (among whom I count myself!) might hate to admit it, musical theater is now, well, sort of cool. And profitable.

Broadway League says success because of something for everyone it's safe to say musical theater is having a moment. But why?

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And it's not just Broadway on screen that's having a moment it's the silver screen on Broadway, too. Enter 1992 musical about the 1899 newsboy strike was a box office disaster upon its release. But it quickly gained a cult following that's been screaming for years for a Broadway adaptation of the film. And this past season, it came. opened on Broadway for a limited run that's already been extended twice.

But veteran stage and screen actor John Lithgow, most recently nominated for actor in a leading role for Columnist, raised concerns about the changing landscape of musicals, even while acknowledging that "the theater district is packed."

Or did you mean a real cult hit film with heart and depth called Once that had a smaller audience and didn't get released to big movie theaters and cost $150,000 to make but scored 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and 90% with fans. The one people were terrified to see moved to Broadway because it was so perfect but someone made the transfer intact in the hands of extraordinarily talented people?

You mean the "cult hit" called Newsies that scored a measly 32% on Rotten Tomatoes and 87% with fans that was a flop? Granted, their choreography on Broadway is more than impressive (even if its style does not suit the plot).

To top it all off, the Broadway League just released its final numbers for the 2011 2012 season. The results are in, and they sound a lot like "We're in the money." It was the highest grossing season on record, up 5.4% from last year.

But along with all this popularity comes the age old concern for geeks: Will the newly expanded fan base destroy my beloved art form? And, as usual, the answer depends on who you ask. We went straight to the source: The Broadway babies themselves.

Everything coming up roses for musical theater enthusiasts lately.