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2013 On Stage Year In Review: 'Kinky Boots' Takes Best Musical Tony; Plays Outnumber Musicals 2 To 1

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It was a big year for fabulous footwear on the Great White Way, as "Kinky Boots" took home the coveted Best Musical Tony. NY1's Roma Torre filed the following report of her picks for the best of Broadway 2013.

There was much to sing about this year in theatre, but Broadway seemed to prefer the spoken word to the song.

Plays outnumbered musicals 2 to 1, and the Bard was featured five times. "Macbeth" had a bloody good run with two productions this year. But of course, nothing lasts forever and most of the 45 shows that opened will be gone by the new year.

Now, it's time to look back and celebrate the best of the year on Broadway. In no particular order, here's my top 10.

Among the big-name stars that lit up the big stages this year, Tom Hanks shined brightest, leading a terrific ensemble in the late Nora Ephron's witty and gritty newspaper drama "Lucky Guy."

Wynton Marsalis and company gave Broadway a jazzy musical treat. "After Midnight" celebrates the spirit of the Cotton Club era with some of the finest jammin' talents alive.

The year's sleeper musical hit, "A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder," features Jefferson Mays in a performance to die for.

There were 16 play revivals that opened this year. My favorites included "The Winslow Boy," starring the great Roger Rees.

Another incomparable actor, Mark Rylance, returned to New York in rep with two Shakespeare stunners. His "Twelfth Night" in particular is a five-star classic.

For the seventh time, Tennessee Williams' heartbreaker "The Glass Menagerie" landed on Broadway, but it's hard to imagine any production past or future topping this exquisitely realized staging.

Christopher Durang's brilliantly hilarious "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" may sound like a Chekhov play, but this Tony winner is an inspired original.

And finally, a trifecta of hit musicals arrived in the spring: "Matilda," the beautifully stylized London import based on the Roald Dahl classic, "Pippin," the circus-themed Tony-winning revival that tumbled and flew into our hearts, and everyone did seem to say "yeah yeah" to "Kinky Boots," kicking you-know-what at the box office.

As we celebrate the year that was, a sobering note to leave you with. Twenty-seven plays opened on Broadway this year, but sad to say, before the winter's out, it'll be curtains for all of them. Only the hit musicals will carry on.

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