The talented folks of Broadway have provided us with a slew of new and upcoming musicals this spring. Listen up:
Remember that delightful 2001 French film, Amélie? The adorable Audrey Tatou portrayed a dreamy Parisian café waitress who channels her childlike wonder into staging anonymous good deeds on the charming streets of Montmartre. Her spiritedness is contagious, and Amelié ultimately helps others (and herself) find love and happiness. Tony Award nominee Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, Natasha Pierre) stars, with a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas (An American in Paris), music by Daniel Messé (Hem) and lyrics by Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting). (Walter Kerr Theatre)
The always-magnificent Glenn Close stars once again in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Close won a Tony in 1995 for the role of aging silent film star Nora Desmond who clings to the shreds of her stardom. (Palace Theatre)
Christy Alromare (Mamma Mia!) takes on the role of Anastasia in Broadway’s musical adaptation of the beloved DreamWorks animated classic film. The Tony Award-winning creators of the classic Ragtime brings us this show, in which the audience is transported from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. The book is by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, with a score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. ( Broadhurst Theatre)
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to New York following a four-year run in London. Everyone knows Willie Wonka, right? He’s the mysterious candy baron who opens the gates of his factory to a lucky few. Tony-winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten! Falsettos) stars as the mystical Mr. Wonka. The score is by Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman (Hairspray). Tony Award-winning John Rubinstein portrays the beloved Grandpa Joe and the hilarious Jacki Hoffman plays Mrs. Teavee. (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre)
Come June, get ready for the incomparable Bette Midler to take the stage as the iconic matchmaker Dolly Gallagher in Hello Dolly. In her attempts to find cantankerous widower Horace Vandergelder a wife, Dolly realizes that she herself is his perfect match and sets out to show him the light. Hilarity and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman ensue. The original production nabbed a record ten Tony Awards. (Shubert Theatre)
So it’s clear that musical theater lovers need to head to the city this spring and summer. If you need to get your musical on, this is the place you need to be!
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