Five Musical Revivals that are Perfect for 2019

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While the Broadway season for 2018-19 has been mostly set, it's never too early and not fun to think about what potential shows could make their way back to 42nd Street. Here are five that I feel are ripe for revival for 2019-2020. 

Oliver!

It's been 35 years since the last time this show has run on Broadway. Considering how well it's known and performed throughout the world, I'm frankly surprised it's been this long since it appeared in New York, especially considering the much hailed West End run in 2009. 

While the character of Nancy and her plight are problematic considering 2018 headlines, I still believe with the right direction and actress, her portrayal could be quite powerful. With the amount of young talent on our stages today, the timing seems perfect to bring this piece back. 

1776

2019-20 is going to be an election year. #45 will be running for re-election and political discourse will be at an all-time high. It's the perfect time to take a step back and remember what this country was founded on and those who worked to birth this nation. The show hasn't been revived on Broadway since 1997, however, Encore's 2016 production certainly paved the way for a new design of the show which allowed for creativity in casting roles of color and potentially gender as well. 

Applause

While I know not everyone is a fan of this show, I personally think it's one of the better shows to come out of the 1970's. The musical is based on the 1950 film All About Eve. The story centers on aging star Margo Channing, who innocently takes a fledgling actress under her wing, unaware that the ruthless Eve is plotting to steal her career and her man.

I do think the score comes off more dated than nostalgic, but the materials does provide two strong lead roles for women, which I think is more needed than ever on Broadway. It's a show that could also be open when it comes to race as well. Who wouldn't want to see Lea Salonga and Phillipa Soo take on Margo and Eve?

Kiss of the Spider Woman

1993 was the last time we saw this Kander & Ebb classic hit the New York stage and I think it's about time it made a comeback. The show is divisive, let's be honest about that. But I think it's a strong piece that commands top-notch performances. I think this could also be another vehicle that is perfect for performers of color as well. 

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Okay, I may be cheating here because a revival starring Fun Home's Beth Malone has been in development for the past couple of years. But 2020 will mark 60 years since this show was last on Broadway. I think this character is one of the stronger characters in musical theatre canon and certainly doesn't get the reverence she deserves. Needless to say, I hope the Dick Scanlon re-envisioned production makes its way to Broadway sooner than later.