This entry will be short, but please do not confuse that for being something I care little about. Just that sometimes, it does not require a whole lot of discussion.
I will admit to a heresy..I think Broadway is losing its relevance in the world of theatre, if it has not done so already.
I know in the end the theatres have to make money, in order to stay open. In order to do this, they must attract people to the seats. In some instances, art suffers at the hands of commerce. I accept that, (though the balance is tipped far more towards commerce than it used to be in years gone by.)
However, when we start allowing people to have leads in Broadway shows, albeit a revival, based on a popular vote of the American television viewing public, I believe it is only a matter of time before truly dedicated artists determine that the Great White Way simply isn't as stellar as it once was.
Art can still happen on Broadway. It does every year. But I reemphasize "American Idol, Broadway style"? Have we really come that far?