Four top-notch revivals prove that with the right band, decades-old music can sound as fresh as when it was first performed
By John Bonazzo • 05/30/17 6:00am
As a lifelong theater fan, I’m always interested in the action onstage. But increasingly at Broadway musicals, what’s going on beneath or in back of the stage is just as interesting and important.
Having the right orchestra is crucial to the musical experience, and every Broadway tuner is filled with awesome musicians from top to bottom. But the orchestra for a musical revival arguably has the most difficult task: making music from decades ago sound new and exciting.
Three of this season’s revivals—Sunday in the Park with George, Hello Dolly and Sunset Boulevard—managed this task with particular skill and aplomb. And a visit to the long-running revival of Chicago proved that even after 20 years, the show’s jazzy score still swings.