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American Airlines (Roundabout) 227 W. 42nd Street
August Wilson 245 W. 52d St. (7th/8th Avs)
Barrymore, 243 W. 47th St. (8/9thAvs)
Belasco, 111 W. 44th St. (Broadway/8th Av)
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre 242 West 45th Street
Barrymore 243 W. 47th Street
Beaumont (Lincoln Center) 150 W. 65th Street
Belasco 111 W. 44th Street
Booth, 222 W. 45th St, (Broadway/8th Av)
Broadhurst, 235 W. 44th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Broadway, 1681 Broadway, (52nd/53rd Sts)
Brooks Atkinson, 256 W. 47th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Circle in the Square, 1633 Bway (at 50t>h St)
Foxwoods Theater 213 West 42nd Street (7th/8th Avs)
Gerald Schoenfeld, 236 West 45th Street (Broadway/8th Ave)
Gershwin , 222 W. 51 St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Golden, 252 W. 45th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Helen Hayes, 240 W. 44th St., (7th/8th Avs)
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Imperial, 249 W. 45th St., ((Broadway/8th Av)
Longacre, 220 W. 48th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Lunt-Fotanne, 205 W. 46th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Lyceum, 149 W. 45th St., (Broadway/6th Av)
The Lyric Theater 213 W. 42nd Street
Majestic, 247 W. 44th St. (Broadway/8th Av)
Marquis, 1535 Broadway, (45th/46th Sts)
Hirshfeld), 302 W. 45th St., (8th/9thAvs)
Imperial, 249 West 45th Street (Broadway/8th Ave)
Minskoff, 200 W. 45th St. (7th/8th Avs)
Music Box, 239 W. 45th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Nederlander, 208 W. 41st St., (7th/8th Avs)
Neil Simon, 250 W. 52nd St., (Broadway/6th Av)
New Amsterdam, 214 W. 42nd St., (7th/8th Avs)
Eugene O'Neill, 230 W. 49th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Palace, 1564 Broadway, (46th/47th St)
Plymouth, 236 W. 45 St. (Broadway/8th Av)
Richard Rodgers, 226 W. 46 St.(Broadway/8th Av)
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street
St. James Theatre 246 W. 44th St. (7th/8th Avs)
Shubert, 225 W. 44th St. (7th/8th Avs)
Stephen Sondheim Theater 124 W. 43rd Street (6th/7th Avs)
Studio 54, 254 West 54th St. (Broadway/6th Av)
Vivian Beaumont, 150 W. 65th St
Walter Kerr, 219 W. 48th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Winter Garden, 1634 Bway, (50/51st Sts)
CurtainUp's Broadway Listings
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
From 4/01/15; opening 4/23/15. Steppenwolf production in which a group of friends gather in the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. Aladdin
New Amsterdam Theatre 42nd Street AladdinTheMusical.com
A new Disney musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film. From 2/26/14; opening 3/20/14.Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Chad Beguelin . Book by Beguelin. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw). Cast: Adam Jacobs in the title role, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie, and, as Jafar, Jonathan Freeman brings to the stage the role hecreated in the animated film. The show also stars Brian Gonzales, Brandon O'Neill and Jonathan Schwartz as Aladdin's sidekicks Babkak, Kassim and Omar, Clifton Davis as Sultan and Don Darryl Rivera as Iago. The cast of 34, also features Tia Altinay, Mike Cannon, Andrew Cao, Lauryn Ciardullo, Joshua Dela Cruz, Yurel Echezarreta, Daisy Hobbs, Donald Jones, Jr., Adam Kaokept, Nikki Long, Stanley Martin, Brandt Martinez, Michael Mindlin, Rhea Patterson, Bobby Pestka, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Ariel Reid, Jennifer Rias, Trent Saunders, Jaz Sealey, Dennis Stowe, Marisha Wallace and Bud Weber. What it's about: Adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz,costume designer Gregg Barnes, and sound designer Ken Travis, illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. Our Review
An American In Paris
Palace Theatre Broadway at 47th Street
From 3/13/15; opening 4/12/15.Music And Lyrics By George Gershwin And Ira Gershwin. Book by Craig Lucas. Directed And Choreographed By Christopher Wheeldon. Bob Crowley (sets and costumes) and Natasha Katz (lighting), Jon Weston (sound) with the musical score adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher, orchestrations by Christopher Austin and musical direction by? Brad Haak. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman. Casting and other details TBA. Background trailer
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Helen Mirren is an amazing look-alike Queen Elizabeth in this Broadway transfer of the London hit by James Morgan, again directed by Stephen Daldry. The complete cast: Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth), Dylan Baker (John Major), Geoffrey Beevers (The Queen's Equerry), Michael Elwyn (Anthony Eden), Judith Ivey (Margaret Theatcher), Richard McCabe(Harold Wilson), Rufus Wright (David Cameron), Dakin Matthews (Winston Churchill), Rod McLachlan (Gordon Brown), Anthony Cochrane (Cecil Beaton/Detective/Bishop), Graydon Long (Footman/Beefeater), Jason Loughlin (Footman/Beefeater), Michael Rudko (Ensemble), Henny Russell (Queen's Secretary), Tracy Sallows (Bobo McDonald), Elizabeth Teeter (Young Elizabeth), Tony Ward (Ensemble). From 2/17/15; opening 3/08/15; closing 6/28/15. Expect some text updates for American audiences but for an idea of what to expect, see our London critic's review here and live clips from the play here
Stephen Sondhaim Theater 124 W. 43rd Street
Cast: Jessie Mueller as Carole King,Jake Epstein as 'Gerry Goffin', Anika Larsen as 'Cynthia Weil', Jarrod Spector as 'Barry Mann', Jeb Brown as 'Don Kirshner', Liz Larsen as 'Genie Klein', and an ensemble that includes Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Shepard, Antoine L. Smith and Melvin Tunstall. Book by playwright and Academy® Award-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince Derek McLane (Set Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Sidwell (Orchestrations and Music Arrangements) From 11/21/13; opening 1/12/14. Running Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes. Casting Update: Canadian actress Chilina Kennedy will take over the lead role from Jessie Mueller on March 7th Our Review
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
A new production of the 1978 Larry L. King - Pete Masterson - Carol Hall musical, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, recently represented by Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Promises, Promises, will direct and choreograph. The show moved from off-Broadway the RichardR Rodgers Theatrewhere it played 1584 performances. What it's about: ecounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the best pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello. . . that is until the crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe focuses his cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. Details TBA
The Book of Mormon
Eugene O'Neill Theatre 230 West 49th Street 212-239-6200.
A new world premiere musical from the creators of South Park and the co-creator of Avenue Q. From 2/24/11; opening 3/24/11. Book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Choreographed byCasey Nicholaw and directed by Nicholaw and Parker. What it's about: Show follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place thats about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get,. Cast: Josh Gad as Elder Cunningham, Andrew Rannells as Elder Price, Nikki M. James as Nabalungi, Rory O'Malley as Elder McKinley and Michael Potts as Mafala Hatimbi. Set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman. Music supervision is by Stephen Oremus. Tickets, $137.00 - $59. Our Review.
OK for ages 13 and up.
Studio 54 254 West 54th Street www.roundabouttheatre.org
Kander and Ebb's musical based on Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories is back with the original Emcee Allan Cumming, Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles and Sam Mendes directing. Other cast members: Danny Burstein, Linda Emond,Bill Heck, Aaron Krohn, Gayle Rankin,Will Carlyon,Kaleigh Cronin,Caleb Damschroder, Benjamin Eakeley, Andrea Goss, Leeds Hill, Kristin Olness,Kelly Paredes, Jessica Pariseau,Dylan Paul, Jane Pfitsch,Evan Siegel,Stacey Sipowicz. Rob Marshall (Direction, Choreography). Robert Brill (Set and Club Design) William Ivey Long (Costume Design). Peggy Eisenhauer and Mike Baldassari (Lighting Design). Brian Ronan (Sound Design) Patrick Vaccariello (Musical Direction). From 3/21/14; opening 4/24/14; closing 8/31/14. Tickets: Pricing: $47 - $162. Update: The show is now slated to extend into 2015, with the newly announced closing 2/01/15 and Golden Globe nominee Emma Stone, taking over as Sally Bowles as of 11/11/14. Our Review
Ambassador, 219 W. 49th St., (Broadway/8th Av), 212/239-6200
The 1975 Kander and Ebb Musical is on the way to joining shows like Cats as a landmark musical. Original revival cast: Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, and James Naughton.our review . . .a second review and the London Review. Update: Having passed the decade mark last year (see our feature celebrating the show's and Curtainup's 10th birthdays) , the show has seen a parade of Billy Flynns. The next to to take on the role are Jeff McCarthy and John Schneider— McCarthy from December 7 to January 13, Schneider from January 14 to March 16. Other current stars: Brenda Braxton, Michele DeJean, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, and R.Lowe.
OK for ages 13 and up.
. Cinderella, see Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street 212-239-6200
American premiere by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, both making their Broadway debuts. From 12/16/14; opening 1/13/15;closing 3/15/15. For more of what to expect, see our London critic's review here . Tom Scutt (scenic and costume design), Lee Curran (lighting design), David McSeveney (sound design), and Lucy Cullingford (movement direction). Our Review
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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time
Barrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street 212-239-6200
National Theatre production of new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel, directed by Marianne Elliott. Cast: Alexander Sharp in his Broadway debut as Christopher, Ian Barford as Ed, Helen Carey as Mrs. Alexander, Francesca Faridany as Siobhan and Enid Graham Wife) as Judy. The ensemble includes Jocelyn Bioh, Mercedes Herrero, Richard Hollis, Ben Horner and David Manis. Taylor Trensch will play Christopher at certain performances. From 9/10/14; opening 10/05/14. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. What it's about: Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. 50 tickets at $27 for every performance. Our Review
Golden Theater W. 45th Street
Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning dram will return to Broadway this fall. Cast: Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton. To be directed by Pam MacKinnon From 10/20/14; opening 11/20/14; closing 2/22/15; closing. Scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt. Close's first New York stage return since winning a Tony Award for Sunset Boulevard in 1995. She has also earned Tony Awards for and The Real Thing. Our Review
Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street. www.disgracedonbroadway.com
Ayad Akhtar Pulitzer Prize, Obie and Joseph Jefferson award winning play . From 9/27/14; opening 10/23/14; closing 3/01/15. Broadway cast: Hari Dhillon as Amir, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor. Dhillon starred in the London production of of the play. Kimberly Senior, who helmed the two previous US productions, will direct. John Lee Beatty (set), Jennifer Von Mahauser (costumes), Ken Posner (lighting), and Jill DuBoff (sound). Our Review production
Broadway Theatre 1681 Broadway
Musical adaptation of the 1958 Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak. From 3/27/15; opening 4/21/15. Des McAnuff who helmed previous productions at the La Jolla Playhouse in2006 and a revised Australian production in 2010. Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, who helmed the American and Australian productions, will also direct for Broadway. Book for the show by Michael Weller, composer Lucy Simon, lyricists Michael Korie and Amy Powers. Kelly Devine (Rocky, Rock of Ages) will choreograph. Scenic design by Michael Scott-Mitchell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy, projection design by Sean Nieuwenhuis, with music arrangements by Eric Stern and musical supervision by Ron Melrose. Cast: Tam Mutu (Dr. Zhivago), Kelli Barrett (Lara Guishar),Tom Hewitt (Viktor Komarovsky), Paul Nolan, (Pasha Antipov). More casting TBA.
Booth Theater 222 W. 45th Street 212-239-6200
Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola will reprise their Williamstown Theater Festival roles on Broadway this fall — Clarkson (as Mrs. Kendal), Cooper (as John Merrick) and Nivola (as Dr. Fredrik Treves); also Anthony Heald as Ross / Bishop Walsham How, Scott Lowell as Snork / Pinhead Manager / Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich / Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm / Conductor. The ensemble will include Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne. The Bernard Pomerance play will be directed by Scott Ellis. In case you're unfamiliar with the ever fascinating play it's about the life of John Merrick, whose freak existencehas fascinated the world for well over a century. Though his disfigurement brought notoriety, it was his unblemished inner humanity that most astonished those around him, compelling examinations of their own prejudices and beliefs. Shattering our illusions of normalcy. From 11/7/14; opening 12/07/14; closing 2/22/15. Running Time: 2 hours, including 1 intermission. Our Review
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 West 46th Street
New Musical , Directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin) with book by James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance) Cast: Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia Llewelyn Davis), Carolee Carmello (Madame du Maurier), Matthew Morrison (J.M. Barrie), Kelsey Grammer (Charles Frohman). Opening 4/15/15. What it's about: Based on the Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, this follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan.
Fish in the Dark
Cort Theatre West 48th Street 212/239/6299
New comedy written by and starring Larry David. From 2/02/15; opening 3/05/15. David of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld fame will be , will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Cast (besides David): Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini, Rosie Perez and Jerry Adler. Additional casting TBA. What it's about: "a comedy about a death in the family." Scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt. During previews, show times will be Monday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. Beginning March 10, show times will be Tuesday and Thursday at 7 PM and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets Sneak Peek at the Cast Video , $65-$155
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street
Another tranfer to Broadway from the Berkshires summer offerings, this one at Williamstown Theatre Festival. From 9/15/15; opening 10/08/15. A return to Broadway of a favorite Sam Shepard play. For an idea of what to expect, see my review of the play at Williamstown
Circle in the Square Theatre 1633 Broadway
The Award-winning American musical will receive a much-anticipated Broadway premiere with the original cast: Michael Cerveris ('Bruce Bechdel’), three time Tony® Award nominee Judy Kuhn ('Helen Bechdel’), Beth Malone ('Alison’), Sydney Lucas ('Small Alison’), Emily Skeggs ('Medium Alison’). Joel Perez and Roberta Colindrez will also return to the cast, with Zell Morrow and Oscar Williams joining the production as Alison’s brothers John and Christian respectively. From 3/27/15; opening 4/19/15; open-ended. See our original review for details: Review of premiere run at Public Theater
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Walter Kerr Theater
T Starring Jefferson Mays in multiple roles. From 10/22/13; opening 11/17/13. What it's about: Mr. Mays again playing eight different heirs to the D'Ysquith family fortune, all of whom become targets for a disinherited distant relative. It's set during the Edwardian era in Britain Music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Mr. Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, and a book by Mr. Freedman; it is based on the novel Israel Rank”by Roy Horniman. The director is Darko Tresnjak, who previously staged it. Review with more details of the Tony award winning show Update: As of January 20, 2015, Bryce Pinkham will take a leave fro playing Monty Navarro to co-star in the revival of The Heidi Chronicles, and his role will be taken over by original ensemble member and Monty understudy Jeff Kready.
The Heidi Chronicles
Music Box Theatre 239 West 45th Street
The much lauded, produced and loved Wendy Wasserstein play will be back on Broadway from 2/23/14; opening 3/19/15. It will star Elisabeth Moss currently best know for the TV series Mad Men as Heidi Holland; also Jason Biggs, Bryce Pinkham, Tracee Chimo, Ali Ahn, Leighton Bryan, Elise Kibler and Andy Truschinski Sneak Peek video
Nederlander Theater 208 W. 41st St., (7th/8th Avs)
The musical based on 1992 film by same name, with book by Andrew Bergman and score by three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown. Direction by Gary Griffin with choreography by Denis Jones.Cast: Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley. From 11/18/14; opening 1/15/15. For an idea of what to expect, read our review of the Papermill Playhouse tryout production For a video montage of what you'll see click here . Our Review
Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 West 46th Street
Lyrics and book by: Brian Yorkey. Music by: Tom Kitt Idina Menzel stars as Elizabeth, who is turning 40, returning to New York and looking to make a new start. But in her carefully planned new life, small decisions and random occurrences impact her life in unforeseen ways. From 3/04/14; opening 3/27/14; closing 3/22/15 when Ms. Menzel is slated to leave the show..Pricing: $67 - $142. Cast, besides Menzel: LaChanze,Anthony Rapp, James Snyder,Jerry Dixon,cJenn Colella,Jason Tam, Tamika Lawrence, Joe Cassidy,Miguel Cervantes,Curtis Holbrook,Stephanie Klemons, Tyler McGee, Joe Aaron Reid,Ann Sanders. Michael Greif (Direction).Larry Keigwin (Choreography). Mark Wendland (Scenic Design). Emily Rebholz (Costume Design).Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design).Brian Ronana (Sound Design). Carmel Dean (Musical Direction).Tom Kitt and Michael Starobin (Orchestrations). Our Review
It's Only a Play
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 West 45th Street (until January 23rd then moving to the Bernard B. Jacobs 242 West 45th Street)
Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's comedy about life on Broadway, directed by Jack O'Brien. From 8/28/14; opening 10/09/14; closing 3/29/15. Cast: F. Murray Abraham , Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Rupert Grint, Micah Stock. What it's about: Broderick leads the cast as Peter Austin, a playwright suffering through the opening-night festivities of his Broadway debut. Lane appears as James Wicker, Peter's insecure pal, with Mullally as producer Julia Budder, Grint as director Frank Finger, Channing as actress Virginia Noyes, Abraham as theater critic Ira Drew, and Micah Stock as coat-check attendant Gus Washington. The show is said to be a major revival of the 1986 Off-Broadway production. January 4, 2015 update: Nathan Lane, Rupert Grint and Megan Mullally leave the play, with Martin Short, Maulik Pancholy and Katie Finneran taking over their roles on 1/07/15. The entire production will move to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre at 242 West 45th Street 1/23/15, until its 3/29/15 Our Review
It Shoulda Been You
Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 West 47th Street
A new musical comedy directed by David Hyde Pierce in his Broadway directorial debut. Original book & lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music by Barbara Anselmi. Cast: Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris , Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Montego Glover, Josh Grisetti, Lisa Howard, Edward Hibbert, Michael X. Martin (The Bridges of Madison County), Anne L. Nathan, Steve Rosen, Nick Spangler and Chip Zien. Anna Louizas (Set Design), William Ivey Long (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), and Nevin Steinberg (Sound Design), with additional lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, Carla Rose Fisher, Michael Cooper, Ernie Lijoi and Will Randall. What it's about: A modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, proving that when it comes to wedding day insanity, it’s all relative. From 3/17/15; opening 4/14/15. For an idea of what to expect see our NJ review .
Jersey Boys, The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
August Wilson (formerly Virginia Theatre), 245 West 52nd Street 212/239/6200
Musical based on the life story of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. The musical chronicles the lives of a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invente their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide 51; all before they were thirty. Author/Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice; director: Des McAnuff; lyricist: Bob Crewe; composer: Bob GaudioCast: Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio), J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi) and John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons. From 10/04/05;11/25/05. Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, includes 15 minute in
aermission. Our Review.
OK for ages 13 and up.
2014 Broadway premiere of Tracy Letts's play directed by Pam MacKinnon. Casting and other details production will be announced at a later date. What it's about: Chris Smith, a 22-year old drug dealer, finds himself in serious debt to the wrong people. He devises a lethal plan that will solve all of his problems, enlisting the help of his father and step-mother. They hire a police detective turned contract killer to get the job done right, igniting a series of events that lead to a memorably shocking climax. The play made its world premiere at the tiny yet prestigious Lab space of Evanston, Illinois' NEXT Theatre in 1993. It then opened off-off-Broadway at New York's 29th Street Repertory Theatre in October, 1994. During that same year, the original cast brought the play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Opening in the small Traverse Theatre. Since its debut it has been produced in at least 15 countries in 12 different languages. For more details see our Off-Broadway review. --
The King and I
Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center
Kelli and Ken Watanabe star in Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's show. Bartlett Sher will direct the production which will feature the musical's original Jerome Robbins choreography and musical staging by Christopher Gattelli. From 3/12/15; opening 4/16/14. Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Scott Lehrer (sound design), and Ted Sperling (musical director). The production will make use of Robert Russell Bennett's original orchestrations. What it's about: Inspired by Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam Additional casting TBA.
Al Hirschfeld Theatre 302 West 45th Street
New musical. Harvey Fierstein (Book) , Cyndi Lauper (Music & Lyrics),. From 3/05/13;opening 4/04/13. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Cast: Stark Sands, Billy Porter,Annaleigh Ashford, Celina Carvajal, Daniel Sherman, Marcus Neville, Paul Canaan, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Kyle Taylor Parker, Kyle Post, Charlie Sutton, Joey Taranto, Andy Kelso), Tory Ross, Jennifer Perry, Josh Caggiano, Aaron Bantum, Adinah Alexander, Eric Anderson, Eugene Barry-Hill, Stephen Berger, Caroline Bowman ,Sandra DeNise, Eric Leviton, Ellyn Marie Marsh, John Jeffrey Martin , Nathan Peck, Robert Pendilla, Lucia Spina, Sebastian Hedges Thomas, Marquise Neal and Clifton Oliver. David Rockwell (Scenic Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), T Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Randy Houston Mercer (Make-up Design), Telsey + Company (Casting), with Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen Oremus. What it's about: In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price (Sands) has suddenly inherited his fathers 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 (Porter). 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. Inspired by a true story and based on the film. Our Review .
Imperial, 249 West 45th Street (Broadway/8th Ave)(212) 239-6200
It's bak yet again, the popular musical based on Victor Hugo's novel. Cast: Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean; Will Swenson as Javert; Caissie Levy as Fantine and Nikki M. James as Eponine. From 3/01/14; opening 3/23/14. Additional cast members TBA. The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. or (800) 447-7400. Ticket prices range from $57 - $139. v Our Review
The Lion King
Minskoff, 200 W. 45th St. (7th/8th Avs)
Stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney animated musical, with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Julie Taymor. Since 10/15/98 -- opened,11/13. Arts.
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OK for ages 8 and up.
Longacre Theater 220 W. 48th St
The comedy about long-married artists based on Garson Kanin's Peccadillo made news at the Williamstown Theater Festival last summer because it starred operaDiva Renee Fleming. It's now coming for an 18-week engagement to Broadway, again starring Fleming and directed by KathleeMarsn hall. Still TBA whether her WTF co-star Douglas Sills will be on board again. From 4/01/15. For an idea of what to expect see our Williamstown review
American Airlines Theatre 227 West 42nd Street
Michael Frayne's popular farce will be revived for a limited revival. It will be directed by Jeremy Herrin. Previews will begin in January 2015. The full cast and creative team TBA
Winter Garden, 1634 Broadway ( West 50th/51st St.) 632-6200
Based on the songs of ABBA, this musical arrives on Broadway an established hit. Audiences are transported to a mythical Greek Island to share two days in the lives of Donna, a mother about to confront her past, her soon to be married daughter Sophie, and Sophie's three possible fathers. Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (of ABBA), book by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreogaphed by Anthony Van Laast. Original Cast: Louise Pitre, Judy Kaye, Karen Mason, Tina Maddigan. From 10/05/01; opening 10/18/01. Performances:Mon - Sat 8pm (eve), Wed & Sat 2pm (mat)-- $20-$90 Our Review.
OK for ages 13 and up.
Shubert Theatre 225 West 44th Street) www.matildathemusical.com 212/239-6200
The hit show created by the RSC in 2010, and recipient of a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical based on the beloved story by t Roald Dahl From 3/04/13; opening 4/11/13. The production is de.signed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve. Cast: Lesli Margherita will portray Miss Wormwood, Gabriel Ebert is Mr. Wormwood, original London cast member Ward is Miss Honey and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps. Our Review. Cast update: Matthew Harrison takes over as Mr. Wormwood on March 4, and Chistopher Sieber as Miss Trunchbull on March 18. They join the current cast that includes Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps, Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood, Jill Paice as Miss Honey, and the four girls who share the title role: Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, and Ava Ulloa.
Lyric Theater,135 W. 42nd Street
Cast:Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Clyde Alves as sailors-on-leave Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie, with Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress, and Elizabeth Stanley as the women who win their hearts: Ivy, Hildy, and Claire and Jackie Hoffman as Madame Dilly. John Rando, who helmed the 2012 Barrington Stage production will again direct and Joshua Bergasse serving as choreographer.(Curtainup's review ). But the scenic design adjusted for the larger Broadway house, and instead of 11 musicians, there'll be 28 in the pit. Created by the legendary creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins, On the Town writes a musical love letter to New York City. From 9/20/14; opening 10/16/14. Our Review
On The Twentieth Century
Roundabout Theatre Company American Airlines Theatre
Music by Cy Coleman, book & lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on plays by Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur & Bruce Millholland. From 2/12/15; opening 5/13/15; closing 7/05/15. (this is a substitution for previously announced revival of Noises Off). Cast: Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Andy Karl, Mark Linn-Baker, Michael McGrath,Mary Louise Wilson; also Phillip Attmore, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Paula Leggett Chase, Ben Crawford, Rick Faugno, Jennifer Foote, Bahiyah Hibah, Drew King, Analisa Leaming, Kevin Ligon, Erica Mansfield, James Moye, Linda Mugleston, Mamie Parris, Andy Taylor, Jim Walton and Richard Riaz Yoder. Choreographed by Warren Carlyle and directed by Scott Ellis. What it's about: Abord rhe Twentieth Century, a luxury coach travelling from Chicago to New York City luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee (Peter Gallagher) who embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Kristin Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway? sneak peek video
The Phantom of the Opera
Majestic, 247 W. 44th St. (Broadway/8th Ave), 239-6200 www.thephantomoftheopera.comAnother heavy hitter in the big ticket, big spectacle musical and longevity (Opened 1/26/88) department. Adapted from Gaston Leroux's novel, Phantom's enduring glow is sustained by a Tony Award and a star-studded creative team: Harold Prince director; book by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe); music by Webber; and lyrics by Charles Hart. As of January 9, 2006, with performance # 7, 486, the show became the longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing another Andrew Lloyd Webber hit, Cats, which previously held the record with 7,485 performances. This ranks at the top of the list teenagers from out of town want to see with parents or with a date. OK for ages 12 and up. re-reviewed with first African-American Phantom, Norm Lewis
Circle in the Square
Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in this new play by Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, Night Heron) . From 10/13/14; opening 11/16/14; closing 2/08/15. It's about reclusive man who subordinates his love for people to the arcane pursuit of sea trout fishing. 80-minute play had its premiere in 2012 at the Royal Court Theatre. Our Review
School of Rock—The Musical
Winter Garden Theatre
World Premiere based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title. Music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes. from 11/02/15; opening 12/06/15. Directed by Laurence Connor. What it's about: Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. Choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, Scenic and Costume Design by Anna Louizos, Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, and Sound Design by Mick Potter.
Another London to Broadway transfer, with its London stars Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. From 3/16/15; opening 4/02/14. For an idea of what to expect, see our London critic's review here and video preview here .
St. James Theatre
New musical by Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick, and John O'Farrell. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. From 3/23/15; opening 4/22/15. What it's about: A tribute to musical theater, that'sset in 1590s England and follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, a pair of brothers desperate to write a play, but stuck in the shadow of William Shakespeare. When they're told by a local soothsayer that the future of theater involves, singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, they set out to write the world's first musical. For the first three performances every seat in the St. James Theatre will be sold at the price of $15.95, the year the piece is set
Lyceum Theatre 149 West 45th Street) .
Chita Rivera who will be returning to Broadway in John Doyle's production of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical, another Berkshire summer 2014 transfer. From 3/26/15; opening 4/23/15. See my review of the Williamstown Theater Production . Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz
Gershwin, 222 W. 51 St., (Broadway/8th Av) 212-307-4100
A new musical based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. It takes place in the Land of Oz, and tells the story of many of the characters before Dorothy arrived. Book by Winnie Holzman; music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; directed by Joe Mantello; choreographed by Wayne Cilento. Sets, Eugene Lee; lighting, Kenneth Posner; costumes, Susan Hilferty; sound, Tony Meola; musical director, Stephen Oremus; orchestrations, William David Brohn. From 10/2/03; opening 10/30/03. Tue at 7pm; Wed - Sat at 8pm; Wed & Sat at 2pm; Sun at 3pm -- $30 - $100. Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission. Our Review.
OK for ages 9 and up.
Wolf Hall – Parts One And Two
Winter Garden Theatre From 3/20/15; opening 4/09/15. Hilary Mantel novels erformed in repertory. What it's about: Stories of power and persuasion in Tudor England. For what to expect, see our London review and for a TV clip go here
Longacre Theatre 220 West 48th Street (212) 239-6200
Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize winning play directed by Scott Ellis Cast: James Earl Jones (Martin Vanderhof), Kristine Nielsen(Penelope Sycamore), Rose Byrne(Alice Sycamore), Elizabeth Ashley (The Grand Duchess Olga), Annaleigh Ashford (Essie Carmichael), Mark Linn-Baker(Paul Sycamore), Johanna Day (Mrs. Kirby), Crystal A. Dickinson(Rheba), Julie Halston(Gay Wellington), Byron Jennings (Mr. Kirby), Marc Damon Johnson(Donald), Will Brill (Ed Carmichael), Karl Kenzler (Henderson), Joe Tapper (a G-Man), Nick Corley (a G-Man), Austin Durant (a G-Man),Patrick Kerr( Mr. De Pinna),Reg Rogers(Boris Kolenkhov), Fran Kranz (Tony Kirby) From 8/26/14; opening 9/28/14; closing 2/02/15. Original music by Jason Robert Brown. Our Review. Cast updates: As of 1/06/15, Anna Chlumsky & Richard Thomas will replace Rose Byrne and Mark Linn-Baker as Alice Sycamore and Paul Sycamore.