Broadway News - June 2008


Summer is almost here and the Broadway community is abuzz with Tony Award nominations, an anticipated revival, a new musical and a few closings. If you’re coming to the Big Apple in the next few months there are several “must see” shows you need to add to your itinerary.

Don’t forget to tune in to the 62nd annual Tony Award Ceremony hosted by Whoopi Goldberg on Sunday June 15, 2008 live from Radio City Music Hall. Anyone of the nominated plays or musicals is certainly worth considering particularly the new musical In the Heights. This show picked up an impressive thirteen nominations more than any other production including Best Musical. The new production focuses on the lives of a close knit community on the verge of change. It features intriguing choreography and an eclectic score that will not disappoint as it is creating quite a stir among audiences and critics. Two nominated revivals that earned several nods include South Pacific with eleven and Gypsy picking up seven are sure to please. Both of these productions bring back nostalgic memories of Broadway at a time when musicals were hitting their stride. They are reminiscent of old Hollywood and offer classic scores and scenery. But, if a new twist is what you are craving then Passing Strange which earned seven nominations is what you may be seeking. This breakout musical features a witty and soulful score intertwined with a thought provoking story about one man’s exploration of life. This is an exciting time for audiences to take in a show.

Summer is generally a slow time for openings in NY but this season two anticipated productions will come to Broadway. The timeless and ever so popular Godspell will return after nearly thirty years. This modern telling of the Gospel according to Matthew will begin previews in July and promises to bring the production into the 21st Century with new musical arrangements, set design and stage direction. This hit made its Broadway debut in 1976 and became an instant classic. This is the first revival for the show. The second musical to take the stage this summer is A Tale of Two Cities a musical based on the Charles Dickens novel of the same name. Look for this story of love, vengeance and redemption to begin previews in August.

On June 29, 2008 it’s the final curtain for the Tony nominated whodunit comedy Curtains starring Tony award winner David Hyde Pierce. If you missed its Broadway stint don’t stress the production will begin a national; tour in the fall of 2009. Mary Poppins has also announced the shows national tour which will begin in March of 2009 in Chicago. Look for both of these entertaining shows to arrive in a city near you soon.

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