Broadway Show News February 2008


Unfortunately the groundhog has seen his shadow and you know what that means! So, what are you going to do with six more weeks of winter? Come to NYC and see a show of course! There are several new shows this season, a few revivals and a couple of Duke Boys!

There are some interesting new approaches to these two revivals that are sure to become show stoppers. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens on March 6, 2008 with an all-star cast that breathes new life into one of Tennessee Williams finest works. The cast is led by Tony award winners James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad and is being directed by award-winning actress and choreographer Debbie Allen. Don’t miss this opportunity to see such a powerful story of family portrayed by a talented and accomplished cast. Also coming in March to the St. James Theatre is a fresh and exciting revival of a musical favorite. Gypsy comes back to the Great White Way in full force starring stage legend Patti Lupone in the role of Mama Rose the overbearing stage mother who will stop at nothing to insure her daughter’s success.

If you are looking for a sexy, heart stopping theatrical performance then come and see televisions heartthrob John Schneider as charismatic lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. Schneider who is best known for his role as Bo Duke in The Dukes of Hazard will appear through March 16, 2008 at the Ambassador Theatre. Chicago is the longest running revival in Broadway history. Speaking of Duke Boys… Tom Wopat who played Luke Duke opposite Schneider will begin previews on March 26, 2008 for the new musical A Catered Affair.

Also, if you get a chance be sure to catch one of these productions before they close. A Bronx Tale the one man show starring Chazz Palminteri will close on February 24, 2008. Rock ‘n’ Roll Tom Stoppard’s play about revolution and music closes on March 9, 2008. The hilarious and thrilling mystery, The 39 Steps, based on the Hitchcock film ends its run on March 29, 2008. And finally the critically acclaimed Farnsworth Invention based on the struggle over the ownership of the patent for the television set starring Hank Azaria closes on March 2, 2008.

A special goodbye! After twelve years on Broadway the award-winning rock anthem Rent will have its final curtain call on June 1, 2008. It debuted on Broadway on April 29, 1996 and won every major Best Musical awards including the Tony award and became one of seven musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. When all is said and done this historical production will have played 5,012 performances making it the seventh longest running production in Broadway history. Rent has had a huge cultural impact and a large fan following. This was a groundbreaking show for Broadway as it was one of the first to deal with the issues of AIDS, homelessness, homophobia and poverty and ultimately forcing these topics into the spotlight. Through the years such stars as Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Drew Lachey, Joey Fatone and currently Tamyra Grey of American Idol fame have all taken on the show’s intense characters. Congratulations on a job well done! Rent you will be missed!

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