Broadway Shows News June 2010

What’s Happening Broadway… June 2010

It’s summer time in Manhattan, and it’s time for you to hit the theatre district and see a show.

Kids are out of school and they’re driving you crazy. What are you going to do with them? The first day of school is a long way off. So, why not take them to an air conditioned theater and see a Broadway production. This will be a lasting memory for you and your children and may possible trigger a summer tradition in your house. There are a few shows playing that appeal to the whole family.

The Lion King – This long running production is a family favorite. It is based on the animated Disney classic and includes some of Elton John’s incredible music such as Can You Feel the Love Tonight and the Circle of Life. It’s a must see for all the Disney fans in your home.

Shrek – Everyone’s favorite gross Ogre takes to the stage. Come see the whole fairy tale gang as they journey through the land of Far, Far Away. Your little ones will go crazy over this. It’s a fun time for the entire family.

Mary Poppins – The flying nanny looks like she is here to stay. Come see what she pulls out of her carpet bag during this fantastic stage sensation. The classic story lights up the stage like no other and we’ll even have the adults mesmerized by this production. Wait until you see what she does with her umbrella.How about a romantic get away? There are so many shows that would totally enhance a couple’s weekend. I’m actually taking my own advice and heading to NYC next weekend to catch Kelsey Grammar in La Cage aux Folles. I’m super anxious to see this one. It looks like a can’t miss hit.

Big names are showing up all over the marquees this season and several of them have been nominated for this year’s Tony Award including, Sean Hayes, Denzel Washington, Katherine Zeta-Jones and Kelsey Grammar.

La Cage aux Folles - features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, based on the play by Jean Poiret. The amazing score features the classic songs, "I Am What I Am" and "The Best of Times” This "freshly reconceived production" is choreographed by Lynne Page and directed by Terry Johnson. Five- time Emmy award winning actor Grammar, who is best known for his popular sitcom role, Frasier Crane, will open the show in the role of Georges and then in six months he’ll switch to the role of Albin.

The Addams Family – Come experience the all new, splashy musical that starts stage veterans Nathan Lane and Bebe Nuewirth as the heads of this kooky family. This originally clever story throws the odd family into circumstances that will change their lives as they know it forever. All the characters are featured in this one including Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Grandmama and Lurch. This quirky musical brings the classic 1960's comedy to life using the beloved characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams. This production promises to make you remember all that you loved about that bizarre family.

Promises Promises - Emmy winning actor Sean Hayes, 2010 Tony nominee for this role, and Tony/Emmy Award winning actress Kristen Chenoweth star in the musical comedy revival of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon musical, based on the Billy Wilder Oscar winning film, The Apartment. The production is an open-ended run, but there is no guarantee as to how long the original cast will be performing, so if you want to see Hayes and Chenoweth get your tickets soon.

And as always, if you’re a traditional Broadway musical fan there are several shows that are still playing that are fun to see over and over again. You can still get tickets for, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Mama Mia, Chicago and of course, the longest running show on Broadway, and one of my personal favorites…The Phantom of the Opera.

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