Hey Broadway Fans!
Sometimes it can be extremely hard to keep track of everything that is coming and leaving Broadway, because it can seem like an endless cycle of shows. Although we see so many different shows come to Broadway theaters, it’s actually quite difficult to secure one of those houses. With only 40 Broadway theaters and so much good work out there it’s hard for every single play or musical to get its chance on the most prominent stages. That doesn’t mean this work isn’t good though. In fact, all of these regional shows happening throughout the United states make up some of our favorite shows! We’ve been keeping an eye on a lot of these productions happening throughout the country. We’ve gone ahead and selected some shows we think you might be hearing and seeing more of in the future (maybe even on Broadway, who knows)!
1. Freaky Friday
Maybe you’ve read the novel or seen the 1976 film Freaky Friday. Or maybe you’re a fan of the 2003 reboot with Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. Well this classic story is getting a makeover for the stage. Disney Theatrical has licensed a production of this new musical brought to you by Brian Yorky and Tom Kitt, the Pulitzer Prize winning team behind Next To Normal and If/Then. The production will see a run at Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia from October 4th-November 13th. The production will feature Emma Hunton and Heidi Blickenstaff as its two leads. Maybe we will get to see this production in New York!
2. War Paint
Although it’s not a New York production this world premiere musical features a team of Broadway elite. Featuring Tony Award Winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole the new musical tells the story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. The creative team behind the show is also stacked with Broadway veterans featuring librettist Doug Wright, composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie, choreographer Christopher Gattelli and director Michael Greif. The production is currently running at the Goodman Theater in Chicago where it will be playing through August 21st.
3. An American Daughter
Williamstown Theater Festival has always been known to produce brave and exhilarating new work. Critically acclaimed shows such as The Bridges of Madison County and the recent Broadway revival of The Elephant Man have come out of Williamstown. Curently playing on the mainstage is Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter featuring Jason Danieley and Kerry Bishe. “When the President of the United States nominates Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes (Diane Davis) to the position of Surgeon General, the excavation of her past triggers a scandal that threatens her confirmation,” according to press notes. Make sure to keep an eye on this drama!
4. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Although this production hasn’t even hit the United States yet, it has been getting all the buzz. The West End production of this new play that focuses on the life of Harry Potter years later opened recently at London’s Palace Theater. The stage production is a whopping five hours long, needing to be seen in two parts. The play has also ignited in popularity in the US due to the release of the script which sold 680,000 print copies in the first three days. There have been talks of an eventual Broadway run, so it might not be impossible to see this show without getting on a plane to do so.