Best Broadway Plays Right Now

Fiddler on the Roof pic
Fiddler on the Roof
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Since 2003, Antonio Junior has led Florida Conservation, Inc., in Miami Springs. The founder of the company, he maintains responsibility for its financial success and management retention. He holds an MBA from Florida International University in Miami. Outside of work, Antonio Junior is a fan of Broadway productions and has visited New York City to see a number of performances.

Broadway shows are a huge draw for visitors to New York City. According to Time Out New York, here are some of the best:

1. The Encounter. An intimate one-man play based on a true story, The Encounter requires audience members to wear headphones. The musical tells the story of a photojournalist and his time with a Brazilian tribe.

2. Fiddler on the Roof. Revisit this classic in a production renowned for its stellar cast–particularly Danny Burstein, who plays Tevye.

3. Hamilton. Of course, the year’s most buzzed-about musical has made the list. Though star and director Lin-Manuel Miranda has departed the show, Hamilton is still worth checking out for its groundbreaking combination of hip-hop and musical storytelling.

And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’s Enduring Influence

 

The founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., Antonio Junior earned his MBA from Florida International University while managing a small business that involved over 300 Miami residents. Although based in Miami, Antonio Junior travels to New York City to watch Broadway musicals, including Dreamgirls

A collaboration effort of composer Henry Krieger and lyricist Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls is a musical based on acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, and James Brown and the musical chronicles the aspirations and successes in show business. After it opened on December 20, 1981 at Imperial Theater, Dreamgirls went on to put on 1,521 performances. Of all the songs in the musical, one of the most enduring is Effie White’s song And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.

Effie White’s role was originated by Jennifer Holliday, whose performance of And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going was a show stopper. It eventually became her signature song, winning a Tony award for best actress in a musical and Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. When it was released as a single, the song reached the top spot on the R&B charts, thus paving the way for Holliday’s career.

When the musical was adapted into a film, the torch song also proved to be a star vehicle for Jennifer Hudson (who played Effie White in the film) as she went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2006 Academy Awards. Her version’s single reached the 60th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.