Broadway Shows News March 2009


Spring has sprung… on the Great White Way!

Despite the depressing state the economy is in these days Broadway prepares to defy the odds and forges ahead with an impressive spring schedule. The curtain is scheduled to rise on a staggering nineteen shows almost guaranteeing that there has got to be something for everyone … musicals, comedies, dramas and revivals. Many of the marquees will be lit up with some pretty inspiring names including Jane Fonda, James Gandolfini, Christine Ebersole, Angela Lansbury, David Hyde Pierce, Susan Sarandon and Nathan Lane.

Kicking off the season is the return of three classic musicals that are sure to dazzle a whole new generation of theatergoers. The timeless 1950’s production of Guys and Dolls about small time gangsters and the ladies in their lives blasts on to the scene with a talented cast (Oliver Platt and Lauren Graham) and a memorable score. The modern day Romeo and Juliette, West Side Story, returns after a three decade absence with a vengeance. The show promises to be edgier and more daring then the original. Look for the mesmerizing dance sequences perfectly choreographed to the legendary Bernstein and Sondheim score including unforgettable songs like “Maria”, “Tonight” and “Somewhere”. Representing the cultural movement of the 60’s and 70’s as told through the eyes of a group of hippies is the classic rock anthem Hair. This powerful production first burst on to the NY stage in 1968 and instantly became a Broadway sensation. The revival score will include such amazing songs as “Aquarius”, “Hair” and “Let the Sun Shine In” that made this show a hit in the first place.

If it is a comedy that you are after then look no further then Blithe Spirit starring Rupert Everett, and Tony award winning actresses Christine Ebersole and Angela Lansbury. This revival spins a clever tale of the afterlife and the consequences that must be paid once we disturb the dearly departed. The story of two homeless men is told in the revival of Waiting for Godot. The production stars Tony award winners Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin. Look for this show to open in April.

There are two interesting dramas set to open in March. The first brings back to the stage, after a forty -six year absence, Academy Award winning actress Jane Fonda in 33 Variations. This new production tells the story of a woman desperately trying to unravel a centuries old mystery involving Beethoven. Impressionism focuses on the love story between a photojournalist and a NY gallery owner. The new show stars Tony award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen.

If you want to experience more shows with star power then check out Accent on Youth with David Hyde Pierce, The Philanthropist with Matthew Broderick or Exit the King with Susan Sarandon.

These are just a few of the shows making an appearance this season. And as you can see there is plenty to choose from. So, if you are thinking of taking a trip to NYC in the next few weeks you should certainly make Broadway a part of the agenda. It is always a great idea to see a show! You’ll be glad you did!

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