As New York begins to thaw out from two big winter storms, Broadway is gearing up for a big spring season with new shows starting previews just about every week until the Tony Award deadline! Here’s are some shows who have or will start performances in the coming weeks:
Carousel – One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved scores, Carousel is based on the drama Liliom by Ferenc Molnar. Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that “set the standard for the 20th century musical” (Time Magazine) and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come. The show includes long-time Broadway standards “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “Soliloquy,” and “You Will Never Walk Alone.”
- Begins previews on February 28 at the Imperial Theatre (45th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Three Tall Women – Three women of different ages talk about their lives and their relationships with their families. Gradually it emerges that their stories may be more similar than we think. Two-time Academy Award® winner Glenda Jackson makes her long-awaited return to Broadway, on the heels of her triumphant reappearance last season on London’s West End after a 25-year absence, alongside three-time Emmy® and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf and Tony nominee Alison Pill in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Three Tall Women.
- Begins previews on March 1 at the John Golden Theatre (45th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Mean Girls – Based on her hit 2004 film, Tina Fey brings her adaptation of “Queen Bees and Wannabes” to Broadway! Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
- Begins previews on March 12 at the August Wilson Theatre (52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
My Fair Lady – The first revival of this classic musical on Broadway in over 25 years! Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the stellar cast – led by Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston and Manu Narayan – tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
- Begins previews on March 15 at Vivian Beaumont Theatre (63rd Street at Lincoln Center)
We have all had experiences with an annoying audience member. Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence. But most of these ‘bad audience members’ don’t understand how they are disrupting the experience for other audience members.
Since NO ONE wants to be the bad seed, here are five easy steps to turn you into the model audience member.
1. Turn off your phone:
Like off off… or airplane mode. And please don’t just switch your phone to vibrate and then think you’re good, we can still hear it when you get a notification.
2. Put your phone away:
Put it away! In a pocket or a bag or your shoe, just get it out of your sight because if it’s in your lap you will be tempted to check it. Also if it lights up, it will disturb everyone around you.
3. Don’t sing along:
You will be tempted, the music is amazing and I am sure that you sound great, but the audience came to see and hear the actors perform the material. So please keep quiet, and then once you get out of the theater, please sing away.
4. Please don’t talk:
Just don’t. And yes, talking through the overture does count! The overture is the time for the orchestra to show off, so enjoy it… but quietly.
5. Be a respectful snacker:
We can all agree that snacks are amazing. But please, when you are at a show, try to snack quietly. There is nothing more distracting than the crinkling of candy wrappers.
Follow these steps and you will never again be called a bad audience member!
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!
We all love a good, show stopping number. But sometimes you just aren’t in the mood for belting and tap breaks.
Here is a list of some of the best acoustic covers of Musical Theater Songs for the days you want some easy listening.
Bring Him Home: This song is so emotional that it truly lends itself to an acoustic version.
All I Ask of You: Without the Phantom lurking in the background this turns into a fun and light love song.
Waving Through a Window: Those harmonies!
When He Sees Me: With this acoustic version you can really connect to the emotion in the song.
Falling Slowly: This song is already acoustic and absolutely gorgeous.
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.
Is one day dedicated to love just not enough for you?
Want to keep the Valentine’s day magic going?
Well, there’s no better way to celebrate love than enjoying some of the best Broadway love songs!
So grab your headphones or your speaker, sit back and revisit some of the classics with “On the Street Where You Live” and “Some Enchanted Evening”, and join Eliza in falling for
Lin-Manuel Miranda Alexander while listening to “Helpless”.
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.