Monday, November 03, 2008

2008-2009 Broadway Season Part 3

In last weeks column I focused on five of the new shows set to open on Broadway before the end of the year. Today I will focus on the three remaining shows also scheduled to arrive on Broadway in the coming weeks.

Slava's Snowshow(Helen Hayes Theatre)
First Preview December 2. Opening Night December 7. Closes January 4
Slava's Snowshow returns to New York City this holiday season. This highly imaginative and family friendly show ran Off-Broadway from September 2004-January 2007 for a record breaking 1,004 performances. Now it makes it's Broadway debut for a limited holiday run. If ticket sales are good expect this show to be an annual holiday event.

Pal Joey(Studio 54)
First Preview-November 14. Opening Night-December 11. Open Ended Run.
Out of all the shows opening this season this is the one I am most looking forward too. Pal Joey stars Tony winners Christian Hoff(Jersey Boys)Stockard Channing(Grease, The West Wing)and 2-Time Tony Nominee Martha Plimpton(Coast Of Utopia, Top Girls) Set in Chicago in the 1930's, Pal Joey is the story of Joey Evans, a brash and scheming song and dance man who dreams of owning his own nightclub. Pal Joey features some of Rodgers and Hart's classic songs such as Zip and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered, and I Could Write A Book. As with all Roundabout Theatre productions you can expect a lot of nominations come Tony time. I can't wait.

Shrek The Musical(Broadway Theatre)
First Preview-November 8. Opening Night-December 14. Open Ended Run
You've seen the movie. Now see Shrek live on Broadway. To be honest I've never seen the original movie or any of it's numerous sequels.But I am willing to give it a shot. Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) penned the lyrics and libretto (based on the kid-lit character created by William Steig), and Tony Award nominee Jeanine Tesori (Millie, Caroline, or Change) wrote the music. Several of my colleagues attended a presentation of the show and absolutely raved about it. In fact if the show is as charming as the music that I heard on the sample cd then I expect Shrek to do very well. Watch out Disney. You have got some competition!

Well that's all for now. Expect at least 11 to 12 more shows to open before the Tony Awards in June.

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