The frost in the air is bidding us adieu, the days are longer, there are even some blossoms sprouting and, best of all, Broadway’s new season is upon us – and an excellent season it looks to be. This is especially true if you like the grand costumes, live orchestras, the dancing and singing of the musical.
There are several old friends who have been transformed from celluloid to “the boards” of Broadway.
We’ll be able to travel to the dark days of the Russian Revolution in the grand romance of Dr. Zhivago, to Paris to meet the most romantic and precocious Ms Gigi. Linger in Paris to meet the world weary ex-pat, you know him – yeah he’s An American in Paris.
It’s off to Asia now, dress appropriately to meet royalty in The King and I. Dash back stateside to climb aboard The Twentieth Century.
No need to hold your nose when you travel back in time to see far from rotten Something Rotten.
Whew, all this traveling makes me want to stop at Joe Allen’s for a drink – and maybe spot some cast members with the same idea.
Broadway 2015 Spring Musicals: The King and I
A Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King and I opened to packed houses, starring Ken Wantabe and Kelli O’Hara. Catherine Zuber has stayed true to the classic costuming: big ballgowns and a touch of Thai elegance. There is also some of Jerome Robbins’ original choreography (who can forget the choreography to “Shall We Dance?”. It’s in previews now, and officially opens at Lincoln Center Theater on April 16.
Broadway 2015 Spring Musicals: Dr. Zhivago
Dr. Zhivago, the new musical based on the novel and movie of the same name, begins previews on March 27. Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett star as Yurii Zhivago and Lara Guishar, and it’s directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), with a book by Academy Award nominee Michael Weller (Ragtime), music by two-time Grammy Award® winner and Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden), lyrics by Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Emmy Award® nominee Amy Powers (Ella Enchanted), and choreography by Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky). No sneak peek of costumes yet — but we can count on them being spectacular.
Broadway 2015 Spring Musicals: Something Rotten
Something Rotten is one of the most talked-about shows this season. Why? It’s an unknown. It’s not based on a movie, or a song book; nor is it a revival. Something Rotten is about two Renaissance playwrights who live in the shadow of Shakespeare, starring Broadway favorite Christian Borle — who should draw audiences based on his popularity. The show sounds hilarious! Here’s a preview of Borle and costar Brian D’Arcy James (another Broadway favorite):
Broadway 2015 Spring Musicals: Gigi
It’s been 40 years since Lerner and Lowe’s Gigi has been on Broadway. This production, fresh from The Kennedy Center, stars former High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens as Gigi in this musical set in Belle Epoque France. Costume design is by five-time Tony Award- winner Catherine Zuber, who evokes a little bit of Audrey Hepburn, probably the most famous Gigi, in her costuming.
Broadway 2015 Spring Musicals: An American in Paris
Speaking of France, An American in Paris, the musical based on the Gene Kelly film, filled with Gershwin music and ballet-inspired choreography, opened in previews on March 13th and will officially open on April 12. An American in Paris transforms the timeless story of love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II – into a new Broadway musical of hope, redemption and romance. See it at the Palace Theater.
Broadway 2015 Spring Musicals: On the 20th Century
Kristen Chenowith returns to Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, a musical about a down-and-out Broadway producer who convinces his former lover (played by Chenowith) to join a non-existent musical about Mary Magdalene. It’s a farce and musical in one, with Peter Gallagher co-starring. We’ll see it just for William Ivey Long’s 30s-style costuming. This opened March 15, and runs at the American Airlines Theater through July.