Theatrical Plays & Musicals I'm Sorry I Missed 🎭- Loosely Ranked

As I look forward to seeing Hamilton in 3 months, it reminded me of so many other plays I missed. Revival anyone?
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    The Producers
    Going out on a limb here but before Hamilton blew everyone away, The Producers with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick was the best show in town. In 2001 it was an instant success and ran for 2,502 performances. They still hold the record for most Tony's awarded at 12. Hamilton holds the record for most nominations tho. This one I would have LOVED to have seen.
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    Picnic
    William Inge play, opened 1953. πŸ’«Trivia-This was Paul Newman's Broadway debut. I would have loved to see this one. The movie is a good/great/wonderful substitute with William Holden and Kim Novak. A must see πŸŽ₯
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    The Last Ship
    Sting's wonderful score could not sustain the play, opening October 26, 2014 & closing on January 24, 2015. I had planned on seeing it in March 2016, so sure it would have a long run. I do have Sting's album where he sings all the songs and a DVR recording of PBS/Great Performances where he sings songs that were scrapped during rehearsals.
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    Hamilton ⭐️
    I've said this before but I'm still mad at myself for not insisting. I could have seen Hamilton in March 2016 but my friends didn't want to go. The tickets were around $300 AND Lin-Manuel Miranda was still in the cast. Since I have my ticket for May 2017, I should let it go. In time.
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    Avenue Q
    One of the more recent musicals. Chances of my seeing it someday are very good. Since 2003 to the present, it's been performed often and all over the world. Done with puppets, it probably softens the truth of songs like "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" & "If You Were Gay".
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    A Moon for the Misbegotten
    Eugene O'Neill's sequel to 'A Long Days Journey Into Night'. First done in 1957 but the most famous revival was with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, 1973. πŸ’«Trivia:Also a production at the Old Vic Theatre in London starring Kevin Spacey, 2007.
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    A Little Night Music
    I saw Catherine Zeta-Jones sing "Send in the Clowns" from the Tony's and thought I would have enjoyed seeing THAT show. We know she's got the talent-she proved that in Chicago with Renee Zellweger. Judy Collins made it a pop song in the 70s. The Sondheim song is SO good (great lyrics -'One who keeps tearing around, One who can't move') even Judy Dench or Glynis Johns or Frank Sinatra do it proud.
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    The Rainmaker
    You may have caught the movie with Burt Lancaster and Katherine Hepburn. It's really a story of believing in yourself-recognizing your gifts and value. Wouldn't you love to have seen Woody Harrelson as Starbuck the Rainmaker? I know I would and you could have in 1999.
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    The Lion in Winter
    Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. πŸ’«Trivia: Christopher Walken played Philip, King of France in 1966 Broadway production. Movie with Katherine Hepburn & Peter O'Toole is πŸ‘πŸΌ. Revived in 1999 with Lawrence Fishburne & Stockard Channing.
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    Gypsy
    Ethel Merman playing Mama Rose, the stage mom nobody much cares for including her children. How perfect she was for this role. Brash and bossy, pushing her remaining daughter to become a stripper. I absolutely love the movie version with Rosalind Russell, Karl Malden and a beautiful, young Natalie Wood but Ms. Merman would have been plenty sweet to see.
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    Death of a Salesman
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman played Willie Loman in 2012 with Andrew Garfield as Biff. Although this would be my first choice, the caliber of actors has always been high. Lee J. Cobb, Brian Dennehy, Rod Steiger, Christopher Lloyd and many more. I saw a tv production (1985) with Dustin Hoffman as Willy & John Malkovich as Biff. πŸ’«Trivia: The playwright, Arthur Miller, was married to Marilyn Monroe.
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    Rent
    I've always wanted to see Rent live but after I saw the movie, I forgot about it until about 2012. @bsizzle33 wrote a very comprehensive & personal list, I defer to it here- Here's everything I know about Rent
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    Lipschtick: The Story of Two Women Seeking The Perfect Shade
    1997 Off Broadway play written by Jennifer Westfeldt & Heather Juergensen. Jon Hamm performed in the production and went on to have an 18 year relationship with Jennifer. (AGAIN with the Jon Hamm?? Geez) Just for you @cvlop61 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I couldn't find a pic from the play but I think this ones nice. πŸ’–
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    The Iceman Cometh
    When I think of 'The Iceman Cometh' it would be the Jason Robards performance back in 1956 (I just read he also starred again in a 1973 revival) It's been done many times from as early as 1946 to the present. It's an iconic role many actors want to take a stab at playing. A depressing tragedy, with deep thoughts and epiphanies. Saw it on Netflix with a young Jeff Bridges. Not for everyone-it was almost too much for me-but on stage could be amazing.
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    Man of La Mancha
    A 1964 musical adapted from a 1959 book where Cervantes tells/playacts the story of Don Quixote to fellow prisoners. That famous song 'The Impossible Dream' at least one lister can belt out πŸ˜‰ Songs from Musicals I Confidently Belt Despite the Fact I Can Only Hit the High Notes in My Dreams
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    Uncle Vanya
    Written in 1899 by Anton Chekhov. Everyone seems unhappy with their lot in life, who they married or didn't marry, putting it simply. Other actors who have appeared in notable stage productions of Uncle Vanya include Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, William Hurt, George C. Scott, Derek Jacobi, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtney and Laurence Olivier. Redone in Honolulu's Kennedy Theatre as 'Uncle Vanya and Zombies' Hmmm πŸ€”
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    Porgy and Bess
    Another play that seems to get done every 5-10 years. Great songs and great singers. I mean it's Gershwin!! What's not to love?
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    Waiting for Godot
    Who wouldn't want to see these two in a play together?
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    Funny girl
    Not everyone is a Barbra Streisand fan but I love her and her voice. I would have killed to see her in Funny Girl, both stage and movie directors got her to perform. 'My Man' and "Don't Rain on My Parade" are just two of the many great songs. The movie is good, too.
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    Dreamgirls
    Opened 1981. Ran for 1,531 performances. One of the many plays made into movies where the lead performer who made the role famous was overlooked. Jennifer Holliday (recently chosen to sing at the Trump inauguration, then backed out) created the role of Effie White but the part went to Jennifer Hudson for the movie. Which was very good BTW
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    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    It's a Tennessee Williams play so you know it's gonna be rough and then he turns the knife-1955 production of COAHTR starred Barbara Bel Geddes (Dallas matriarch in later years) & Ben Gazzara. Revived MANY times-Kathleen Turner, ScarJo, Ashley Judd and Phylicia Rashad. I'd take any of them tbh. Movie with Liz Taylor & Paul Newman is painful at times but excellent acting.
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    Camelot
    Famously played by Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet. Would loved to have seen the original live but I'm so enamored with the MOVIE , this isn't a loss. Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero were perfectly cast in the film.
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    Dinner at Eight
    1933, 1966 & 2002. Written by George F Kaufman & Edna Ferber. All the productions have a sprinkling of famous name too numerous to mention. Story involves dinner party guests with assorted idiosyncrasies and the grand preparation by the hosts. Sharp wit and cool dames.
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    Anything with Elaine Stritch πŸ“‚
    Unfortunately Ms. Stritch died in 2014. You might remember her as Jack Donaghy's mother in '30 Rock' πŸ—£
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    So many more!
    The Women by Clare Boothe Luce. High Society, a musical remake of The Philadelphia Story. West Side Story, musical version of Romeo & Juliet. Too many to list tbh.
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    War Paint
    If for nothing more than costumes and staging πŸ’„πŸ’‹
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    Dear Evan Hansen
    2017 Tony Winner: Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Book of a Musical and Best Score. Wow.