I had talked about the beauty of tours. I never once talked about the beauty of revivals. The beauty of revivals is kind of similar to the beauty of tours, but in a different way.
Think about the musicals that you love that came out before you were born and the ones where you were too young to see when they first toured: for me, that included Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music, Pippin, Annie, Lion King, Miss Saigon, and Fiddler on the Roof, etc. How would you get to see those musicals?
There is this lovely thing called revival. They are the ones that leave Broadway, and then eventually come back. I know Wicked, Lion King, and Phantom of the Opera have never left Broadway- all of them changed a little bit when they left especially Phantom of the Opera. Phantom of the Opera did use the 25th anniversary production- that is all I know.
As far as Annie, Miss Saigon, Pippin, and the other ones goes (the ones that came out originally before I was born), I had to see the revival production on tour. The revival productions allows you to see musicals that came out before you were born. That is the beauty of them- you will see a different staging. In my opinion, I believe staging does have an impact on how an actor/actress portrays a character. If the shows never revive- how will you see a number of shows? I never would have been able to see Sound of Music, Miss Saigon, Pippin, Annie for example if the musical wasn’t revived on Broadway and brought on tour. Les Mis is a musical I never would have seen on tour if it wasn’t revived on Broadway and brought on tour- I only said this separately because I saw it on stage previously.
The ones I was old enough to see- Newsies and Wicked for instance would have changed a little bit. So in a way, they were like a revival, but mostly the same as the stage show.