Monday, January 16, 2017

What To See In 2017: Part Three

Last week I posted my thoughts on several of the new Broadway shows that are set to open in the next few months. Here is Part Three in this ongoing series. Enjoy!

Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryGroundhog Day
First Preview: March 16
Opens: April 17

Let me just start off by saying that I love the movie. Therefore I admit that I was a little skeptical when it was announced that they were turning one of my favorite movies into a big Broadway musical. However when I heard that the creative team behind Matilda was behind it, I knew that I had nothing to worry about. The show, which opened to rave reviews from the critic's in London last Summer, will star Tony nominee Andy Karl (Rocky On The Twentieth Century) in the lead role of Phil Connors. Here's hoping lighting strikes twice.

First Preview: March 23
Opens: April 24

Now I'll be honest. I have never seen Anastasia. The truth is animated films aren't really my thing. It's mostly why I have avoided seeing shows like The Lion King and Aladdin all these years. Don't get me wrong. They certainly have their place. After all if it wasn't for Disney, most kids would never get the chance to experience their first Broadway musical. For that alone they should be commended. Saying that however, I am a fan of the show's writers, Tony winners Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens, and Terrence McNally. That alone makes me a little intrigued. Plus the fact that it is based on a true story makes me think I just might have to check it out. Who knows? Stranger things have happened.

Groundhog Day
First Preview: March 23
Opens: April 13

Well would you look at that. Another original play On Broadway set to open this season. That's number three so far for those of you keeping count. Oslo, which is based on the real life 1993 negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, first premiered at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre last Summer, where it played to sold out audiences eight times a week. Now you see why it's moving to Broadway? Although to be honest, it won't have to move very far, as it's new theater is right upstairs. Plus with an extra nine hundred and one seats. Here's hoping the show does just as well.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
First Preview: March 28

Wait a minute. One of my favorite books is coming to the Broadway stage? I must be dreaming right? Now I know what you're thinking. Wasn't there also a very successful movie as well too? Yes there was. However this new version is based more on the Roald Dahl novel, as opposed to the beloved 1971 film. Don't get me wrong. I love the movie. It's just that I love the book just a little more. The show, which is being directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brian (Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia) features a score by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash), and stars two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten, Falsettos) as Willy Wonka.

The Little Foxes
First Preview: March 29

Now wait just a minute. Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon on stage at the same time? Oh and did I mention that both actresses will be alternate in the leading roles of Regina and Birdie Hubbard? Now if that doesn't make you want to see the show then I don't know what will. The show, which is being directed by Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, is scheduled to play a limited run thru
June 18. Although if reviews are good I wouldn't be surprised if it extends a least a couple of weeks.

First Preview: March 31
Opens: April 26

What's that? A new musical that's not based on a movie or a book? Count me in theatre fans. Bandstand, which takes place during the "Band Era" of World War II, stars Tony nominee Laura Osnes (Bonnie and Clyde, Cinderella) and Corey Cott ( Newsies, Gigi). Not only that, but the show is being directed by two-time Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In The Heights). I smell a hit.

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