Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Next Six Weeks on Broadway

Broadway Openings - March 14 thru April 25th

So many shows are opening on Broadway, I have to write this post just to sort through and prioritize them.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Opened March 14th
Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago and became a famous movie star! When Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike, so begins an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, regret and generally hilarious racket. By the end of their impromptu family reunion, this lovable bunch won't ever be the same!

Breakfast at Tiffany's - Opening March 20th
Holly Golightly is the woman every man wants to be with and every woman wants to be. Now, the unforgettable heroine of Truman Capote's novella comes to the Broadway stage in a world-premiere play.

Hands on a Hardbody (musical) - Opening March 21st
For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Based on documentary by the same name.

Luck Guy - Opening April 1st
A new play about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary, who won the Pulitzer Prize shortly before his untimely death on Christmas Day, 1998. Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks' makes his Broadway debut.

Kinky Boots (musical) - Opening April 4th
Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Matilda The Musical - Opening April 11th
Based on the novel by author Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the story of an girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

Motown The Musical - Opening April 14th
The real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy's journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

The Nance - Opening April 15th
Tells the story of Chauncey Miles (to be played by Nathan Lane), a headline nance performer in New York burlesque, who also happens to be a homosexual. Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints, with humor and pathos, the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930’s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his messy offstage life.

The Big Knife - Opening April 16th
The story of a dynamic stage actor who has become a Hollywood star — at the expense of his art, his values and his marriage. He finally makes one last attempt to restore his honor.

The Assembled Parties - Opening April 17th
In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly - or perhaps by design - insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble.

Orphans - Opening April 18th
Two orphaned brothers live in their decrepit North Philadelphia row house. They survive by petty thievery and a steady diet of tuna fish and daytime television until the violent older brother decides to kidnap Harold, a notorious Chicago gangster. Harold soon becomes the force that will forever change their lives.

Jekyll & Hyde - Opening April 18th
A devoted man of science, Dr. Henry Jekyll is driven to find a chemical breakthrough that can solve some of mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. Rebuffed by the powers that be, he decides to make himself the subject of his own experimental treatments, accidentally unleashing his inner demons along with the man the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde.

Once Upon a Dream - Opening April 18th
A live theatrical event featuring the four original members of the band The Rascals, together as one for the first time since 1970. Features over two dozen unforgettable songs, including such super hits as "Good Lovin'," "Groovin'," "It's a Beautiful Morning," "How Can I Be Sure" and "People Got To Be Free."

Macbeth - Opening April 21st
This Macbeth is set in a clinical room deep within a dark psychiatric unit. Cumming is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself. Closed circuit television cameras watch the patient's every move as the walls of the psychiatric ward come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience of Shakespeare's notorious tale of desire, ambition and the supernatural.

The Testament of Mary - Opening April 22nd
Jesus' mother, Mary, now elderly, talks to some of his followers about her famous son - a young man she didn't quite understand. Adapted from Colm Tóibin's novella.

The Trip to Bountiful - Opening April 23rd
The Trip to Bountiful follows Carrie Watts, an active, highly motivated widow living in a cramped apartment in Houston in the Spring of 1953 with her son and daughter-in-law. Carrie escapes her relatives’ watchful eyes to realize her dearest dream: to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. What starts as an ordinary trip soon becomes an inspiring and life-changing journey of discovery.


I'll Eat You Last - Opening April 24th
For over 20 years, Sue's clients were the talk of the town and her dinner parties were the envy of Hollywood. And this spring, you're invited to her glamorous Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, dirty secrets and all the inside showbiz details only Sue could tell you about. Bette Midler stars.

Pippin - Opening April 25th
Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

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