In Broadway Musical MVPs: 1960-2010, The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons, Peter Filichia names his choices for the MVPs of each of the past 50 Broadway seasons – they might be performers, producers, directors, or choreographers. Not surprisingly, many of the featured MVPs are multitaskers, such as directors who also choreographed, or wrote the book, or even designed the costumes! Also included are awards in categories such as Comeback Player of the Year, Reliever of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Led League in Errors. From Tammy Grimes, MVP of the 1960-61 season for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, to Joe DiPietro, MVP of the 2009-10 season for Memphis, Filichia recognizes the best and the brightest that have appeared on Broadway.
Musicals and baseball have many commonalities: both have runs, hits, and errors; both have cheap seats that aren’t so cheap and overpriced concessions; both have stars with high salaries; and both have awards at the end of the season. But baseball does have what the Tonys, Drama Desk, and Theatre World awards don’t offer: an annual Most Valuable Player award given to the single individual who made the most impact either for his team or on the season. What if musical theatre did choose an MVP?
October 11, 2011, Applause Books will release Broadway Musical MVPs: 1960-2010: The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons by Peter Filichia.
Post your vote!
Today, you are on the panel getting to choose winners from the last 50 years of Broadway. Have favorite for MVP, comeback, rookie, manager, or reliever of the year for any of the 1960-2010 seasons? Or if you’ve already read the book, care to agree or offer better suggestions for any of the winners? Leave your thoughts in comments!