Nov. 4, 2011
-- 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?
In Broadway Musical MVPs ($19.99, Applause Books), Peter Filichia takes his best guess who would received the awards for MVP of the year, comeback of the year, rookie of the year, manager of the year, and reliever of the year over the last 50 years.
Want to vote, agree, or offer other suggestions for MVP winners? Post your comments to http://onstageandbackstage.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/mvps/
Peter Filichia (New York City) is the critic for the Newark Star-Ledger and News 12 New Jersey. Each week, he writes a column for masterworksbroadway.com and three columns for theatermania.com. He is a past president of the Drama Desk, the current president of the Theatre World Awards, and the author of Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit and the Biggest Flop of the Season – 1959 to 2009 (Applause Books) and Let’s Put on a Musical!