It’s finally spring on Broadway, and that means new shows opening every week! Here’s a sneek peak at the shows that start previews this week.
Rocktopia: ROCKTOPIA is Broadway’s new theatrical event featuring the greatest music from today and all time— from the dramatic sweep of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Copland, to the modern drive of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Queen and more. Six world-class vocalists and a powerfully large choir, backed by a full symphony orchestra and a five-piece rock band, perform the world’s most legendary music in a totally unique fusion of sounds like never heard before.
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 20
Children of a Lesser God: Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards for Best Play, Children of a Lesser God tells the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. As their relationship heats up, so does their need for control, igniting a thrilling exploration of passion, intimacy, and connection. In 1980, Children of a Lesser God premiered on Broadway and asked: how can we truly communicate? Now, Tony Award®-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences) is laying this question bare in a breathtaking new revival of this landmark play starring Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Lauren Ridloff (Wonderstruck), and Anthony Edwards (ER). Jesse Green of The New York Times calls it “thrilling! Joshua Jackson is a revelation in a tour de force role and Lauren Ridloff is sensational.”
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 22
The Iceman Cometh: Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, for 14 weeks only. Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, “the word ‘masterwork’ is not invoked lightly. Eugene O’Neill’s tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the middle of the night.” Beginning March 22, 2018, Denzel Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem in “the greatest American play” (New York Magazine) by “the greatest American playwright” (The Washington Post).
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 22
The newest musical comedy—with issues—is coming to the Great White Way! The Prom, directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicolaw, will officially take the Cort Theatre, with previews beginning on October 21, 2018, and an official opening night of November 15, 2018.
The Prom follows four Broadway stars on a hilarious mission to change the world and get a little publicity for themselves. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. Now, Broadway’s brassiest are coming to join the fight and they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. From Tony®-winning director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and the writers of The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, and Aladdin this is the hilarious musical comedy starring Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas, and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber. Featuring uproarious laughs and show-stopping dance numbers this new musical is about inspiring people to accept their differences, being the star you were always meant to be, and that immortal truth: There’s no business like getting in other people’s business.
After a successful run at Second Stage’s Off-Broadway theatre, Harvey Fiersten’s TORCH SONG returns to its original home on Broadway for a limited engagement! Returning to this production are stars Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl. Fiercely funny and heart wrenching TORCH SONG follows Arnold Beckoff’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. TORCH SONG begins previews on October 9, with an official opening night of November 1.
Who doesn’t adore Bernadette Peters?
She has been amazing Broadway audiences for 59 years starting with her 1959 Broadway debut in The Most Happy Fella. She has one of the most recognizable names, voices, and hair in Broadway and she turned 70 yesterday!
To celebrate Bernadette Peters’s Birthday, let’s take a look at some of our favorite Bernadette moments.
This song has been sung by many many different and amazing performers, but Bernadette’s version really brings out the water works.
If you are a Broadway fan you really should watch all of the Sondheim Birthday Concert. In the meantime, take in the awesomeness that is this performance.
It’s crazy to look back on Peters receiving her first Tony award in 1986 for Song and Dance.
Carol Burnett AND Bernadette Peters in a sketch together? What could be better?
This performance is pure magic.
We are so excited to have Bernadette ‘back where she belongs’ in Hello Dolly! Get tickets here if you want to see this legend in action!
It has been a busy week on Broadway, full of star-studded casting announcements!
Katherine McPhee to make Broadway debut in Waitress: American Idol and Smash star Katherine McPhee will make her Broadway debut as the lead role of Jenna in Waitress from April 10 through June 17. She will take over the role from the show’s songwriter, Sara Bareilles, who is set to depart the show on March 11.
David Cook to join the cast of Kinky Boots: American Idol winner David Cook is set to strap on those red heels in the cast of Kinky Boots from April 3 to May 5. He will take over the role of Charlie Price from Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears, who’s final performance is set for April 1.
Harry Connick Jr. sets his sights on Broadway: Last seen on Broadway in The Pajama Game, Connick Jr. has joined the upcoming out-of-town tryout of The Sting, a musical adaptation of the 1973 Oscar-winning film.
Hello, Betty Buckley!: The upcoming tour of the Tony-winning revival Hello, Dolly! has been announced, with Betty Buckley at the helm as Dolly Gallagher Levi. The first national tour will begin on October 12 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, with more dates and cities to be announced.
Broadway has it’s (three) Donna Summer(s)! LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever will reprise their roles as “Diva Donna,” “Disco Donna” and “Duckling Donna” in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” The trio originated the roles in a developmental production at the La Jolla Playhouse in late 2017. Previews begin on March 28 with an opening night slated for April 23.
- Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”
Sometimes we all just need to talk to someone about the newest cast album or latest Broadway opening. Unfortunately, for many of us, not all of our friends care about Bernadette Peters taking over as Dolly or that the new Mary Poppins movie comes out THIS YEAR!
So what are we to do? Continue to rant at them about things they don’t understand or care about? Of course not! Instead we will trick them into caring about everything Broadway just like us.
Casually work into conversation all of the awesome people that have been on Broadway.
“Oh, you like that new Ariana Grande song? Did you know that she got her start on Broadway?”
“Wanna watch Modern Family? Did you know that Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a Broadway baby?”
“Yes, Hugh Jackman is awesome as Wolverine, but have you seen him dance in tight gold pants?” (He won a Tony for that!).
Rewatch childhood favorites with them like “The Lion King” and “The Sound of Music”.
Introduce them to other movie adaptations of musicals. If they are a fan of fairy tales, show them “Into the Woods” and let them discover the genius that is Stephen Sondheim. Or if they are more of a gore fan, tempt them with a little “Sweeney Todd”. And if none of that seems appealing to them, everyone can enjoy “Chicago”.
Start listening to some of your favorite cast albums with them! Show them that there is more variety in Musical Theater music than they thought!
Take them to a show! Find a Broadway show or a local High School production that excites them and treat them to a night on the town!
If all of these steps are followed with care, you might just make yourself a new theater friend!
The newest revival of the Broadway classic My Fair Lady has announced its full cast list! Previously announced cast includes Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle, Henry Hayden Patton as Dr. Henry Higgins, Norbert Leo Butz as Alfred P. Doolittle, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins, Allan Corduner as Colonel Pickering, Jordan Donica as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, and Linda Mugleston as Mrs. Pearce. Joining them in the ensemble is Cameron Adams, Shereen Ahmed, Kerstin Anderson, Heather Botts, John Treacy Egan, Rebecca Eichenberger, SuEllen Estey, Christopher Faison, Steven Trumon Gray, Adam Grupper, Michael Halling, Joe Hart, Sasha Hutchings, Kate Marilley, Liz McCartney, Justin Lee Miller, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Keven Quillon, JoAnna Rhinehart, Tony Roach, Lance Roberts, Blair Ross, Christine Cornish Smith, Paul Slade Smith, Samantha Sturm, Matt Wall, Michael Williams, Minami Yusui, and Lee Zarrett.
- Featuring a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and a score by Frederick Loewe, the 1956 musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion tells the story of linguistics expert Henry Higgins and the cockney flower girl he is determined to transform into a proper, dignified woman. The score includes such well-known showtunes as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” Lincoln Center Theater’s My Fair Lady will feature choreography by Christopher Gattelli and will have sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Marc Salzberg, and casting by Telsey + Co. Music Director Ted Sperling will conduct a 29-piece orchestra performing the musical’s original musical arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang, plus dance arrangements by Trude Rittmann.
Taylor Trensch began performances earlier than expected in the 2017 Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Splitting the last week of January and the first week of February with current star Noah Galvin, Trensch was set to begin performances officially on February 6.
- A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, this bold new musical moved Peter Marks of The Washington Post to declare it: “A heart-piercing trip to the place that musical theater can sometimes take us to.”And Charles Isherwood of The New York Times to call it: “A fresh, vibrant musical that opens the heart and the mind.”
If you just can’t get enough of ‘the biz’, these podcasts are for you!
If you are interested in how shows are produced and what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, this podcast is for you! Listen as Tony Award Winning Broadway Producer Ken Davenport interviews a different Broadway professional each week to get their perspective on The Great White Way.
If you just want someone to talk to about your favorite shows, Jimi and Tommy will be your new best friends. Additionally, check out their YouTube channels for more fun, Broadway-related content!
This podcast is full of good times with your favorite Broadway personalities. Kick back, listen in, and grab a drink (if you are legal) with these fine folks as they speak and drink with members of the theatre community.
Listen in to this documentary-style podcast that explores how a show develops from an idea to a full blown Broadway show. This podcast features behind-the-scenes stories straight from the horse’s mouth about your favorite Broadway productions.
This choice is a bit of a cheat. Masterworks Broadway actually produces multiple different podcasts. From a series on Sondheim to interviews with the cast and creative team from Avenue Q, Masterworks Broadway is bound to have a podcast that perks your ears.