Monday, December 30, 2013

What To See In 2014:Part One

Hard to believe but 2013 is just about over. Seems like only yesterday that I was celebrating the end of 2012 and here we are about to start a brand new year. Time sure does fly my friends. Especially in the big bad city. So as we get ready to embark on 2014 I figured it was time to showcase all the brand new shows set to open on the Great White Way in the coming months. Now instead of writing about the shows I am looking forward to the most first I will instead list all the shows alphabetically. And away we go!

Act One
Vivian Beaumont Theatre
First Preview: March 20, 2014
Opens: April 17, 2014

Tony winner James Lapine directs his own adaptation of Moss Hart's classic autobiography which eloquently chronicles the playwright/director's impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater which led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and their partnership, culminating with his first great success, Once In A Lifetime. Having lived in New York for the better part of two decades I can tell you that some of my most favorite Broadway experiences have been because of Lincoln Center Theatre which is producing this new play. I for one can't wait to see it.

New Amsterdam Theatre
First Preview: February 26, 2014
Opens: March 20, 2014

Now those of you who read my blogs now my disdain for all things Disney. Particularly when it comes to them on Broadway. But lets' face it. They don't really care what I think anyway. After all I'm not the one buying the tickets now am I? Anyway enough about what I like. Aladdin which is based on the 1992 of the same is set to open at their flagship theatre the New Amsterdam.

Directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and featuring the classic Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice score with songs like "Friend Like Me" and the Academy Award-winning "A Whole New World," Aladdin will use a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). Now as we all know both The Lion King and Mary Poppins played at the same theatre and they were big hits. Will Aladdin be just as successful? We will soon find out.

All The Way
Neil Simon Theatre
First Preview: February 10, 2014
Opens: March 6, 2014

Now we all know that one of the main reason's this show is coming to Broadway is because it is starring Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston. Let me guess you've never heard of him right? Wrong! He's only the star of one of the most critically acclaimed television shows of the past fifty years. Ever hear of a little show called Breaking Bad? Now it's ringing a bell isn't it? The show which just finished a successful run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge takes the audience behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first years of Lyndon B. Johnson's (Bryan Cranston) presidency, and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill. O.K. Sounds like it could be some what interesting. Either way expect the show to do big business at the box office.

The Bridges of Madison County
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
First Preview: January 17, 2014
Opens: February 20, 2014

You've seen the movie. Now see the Broadway show. Believe it or not but I have never seen the movie. Big surprise right? The truth is I really never had a desire. Does that mean I won't see the Broadway show? I might. After all a free ticket is a free ticket. Now for those of you who aren't familiar with the movie or the show here is a little info on it. Four-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara reunites with director Bartlett Sher for a stunning new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown. O'Hara is joined onstage by Steven Pasquele for this classic love story based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller. Don't miss this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross. Who knows? Maybe I will check it out. Stranger things have happened.

Bronx Bombers
Circle in the Square Theatre
First Preview: January 11, 2014
Opens: February 6, 2014

Now while I may be a big Mets fan I have to admit that I am might just have to check this one out. Even if it is about the Yankees. Yes I know. New York has and probably always will be a Yankees town. That will never change. Now for you Yankees fans that want to see the show here is a synopsis about the show from the play's official website.

Bronx Bombers is a new American play from the team behind Broadway's Lombardi that follows beloved icon Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen through a century of the team's trials and triumphs, bringing generations of Yankee greats together on one stage. As it celebrates and explores the timeless legacy of baseball's most iconic team, Bronx Bombers takes a fascinating look at how and why the Yankees have remained so undeniably great... and so powerfully inspirational. See you at the game. I mean the show.

Well that ends Part One theatre fans. Check back here in the next few days for Part Two. Happy New Year Everyone!

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