Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What To See In 2014: Part Four

That's right theatre fans. It's time for part four in my four part series discussing the new shows coming to the Great White Way. So far I have written about thirteen new plays and musicals set to open this year. Here are the remaining three. Enjoy!

Winter Garden Theatre
First Preview: February 11
Opens: March 13

Yo Adrian! I'm coming to Broadway! That's right. Everybody's favorite underdog story is coming to the Great White Way. And this time it's set to music. Based on the Academy Award winning movie Rocky is set to open next month at the Winter Garden Theatre. The theatre's last two shows Mamma Mia and Cats both ran for over a decade. Will Rocky be as successful? I couldn't tell you. Now as much as I am not a fan of movies being turned into big Broadway musicals I will admit I am somewhat intrigued about this one. After all the Winter Garden is the only Broadway Theatre that I have never been in so that alone makes me want to see it. Plus I am dying to see how they are going to pull of the big boxing scene at the end. We shall see.

The Velocity of Autumn
Booth Theatre
First Preview: April 1
Opens: April 21

The truth is I know nothing about the show except what I read from the shows press release. What I do know is that the show is starring two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella and Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons who I had the pleasure of seeing five years ago in August: Osage County. She was brilliant. That alone makes me want to see it. Well that and that it's a new play. Let's home it's a good one.

American Airlines Theatre
First Preview: March 28
Opens: April 20
Closes: August 10

Once again a show I really know nothing about. I take that back. I do know that it is starring two-time Tony award winner Sutton Foster. Makes you want to see it even more now doesn't it? Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Sound's kind of interesting don't you think? Now with all Roundabout productions it is only a limited run but if reviews are good I m sure it will extend. Let's hope.

So there you have it theatre fans. Sixteen shows set to open between now and the end of April. Plus like years past I am sure there will be a few more that will sneak in before the Tony cutoff date. Which ones will fail and which ones will succeed? We will soon find out.

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