With their fresh-faced casts and Off Broadway roots, these musicals should be obvious successors. On a scale of 1 to 5, how likely are they to light Broadway’s candle?
1. Spring Awakening
High visibility (Gap ads! Letterman!); a sound that’s more rock than show tunnel a potent fan base. Eight Tonys don’t hurt, either.
Simulated masturbation and lyrics like ”totally f—ed” may not play in Peoria.
2. In The Heights
Inventive, varied score (salsa, merengue, rap); hip NYC setting; already dubbed ”an uptown Rent.”
The last Latino musical that broke out big with white-bread Broadway audiences was, um…
3. Passing Strange
Pulsating, soul-funk-R&B-fusion songs; bohemian hero; globetrotting story line.
Star/co-creator Stew (of the band the Negro Problem) isn’t a household name. And will anyone get that Shakespearean title?