Friday, January 13, 2017

What To See In 2017: Part Two

Hello Dolly! TicketsA few days ago I posted my thoughts on several of the new Broadway shows that are set to open in the next few months. Here is Part Two in this ongoing series. Enjoy theatre fans.

Miss Saigon
First Preview: March 1
Opens: March 23

Growing up in the Midwest, I was not exposed to a lot of theatre except for the shows I performed in during my junior high and high school years, as well as at my local community theatre. So when a show like Miss Saigon come along I was thrilled. Now here we are over twenty-six years later and the show is ready to take Broadway by storm once again. The show, which is based on the recent highly acclaimed London production, is set to begin previews at it's former home, the Broadway Theatre on March 1. I can't wait.

Sunset Boulevard
First Preview: February 2
Sunset BoulevardOpens: February 9

Now I'll be honest. As much as I enjoyed Sunset Boulevard when it first opened over two decades ago, I never expected the show to come back to Broadway. After all while it did win several Tony Awards, it was by all account purposes a failure financially. Thankfully for this new production they have scaled it down. Plus I guess if you're going to do it again it helps to have it's original Tony Award wining star back again. I am of course talking about the one and only Glenn Close. Previews for the limited engagement is set to begin on March 2. Expect the show to be one hot ticket theatre fans.

War PaintWar Paint
First Preview: March 7
Opens: April 6

Now except for what I have read online, I know nothing about this show. Well except that it stars Tony winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetic titans Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden, and that is was the most successful production in the history of the Goodman Theatre. But let's be honest shall we? Isn't that all we need? Two Broadway divas in a brand new show? That's enough for me.

First Preview: March 4
Opens: march 26

Finally. A brand new American play by one of the theatre's most critically acclaimed writers is opening on Broadway. I know. I know. It's not like it's never happened before. It's just that with the exception of last season's Eclipsed it doesn't happen that often. In fact after a little research, I discovered that prior to Eclipsed the last play produced on Broadway by a black female writer was back in 2002. Here's hoping we won't have to wait another decade or so for the next one.

First Preview: March 9
Opens: April 3

Well would you look at that. A new Broadway musical based on a movie What will they think of next theatre fans? All kidding aside I have heard nothing but good things about the show during it's recent run last year at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The show, which is scheduled to begin previews at the intimate Walter Kerr Theatre on March 9, stars Tony nominee Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) in the title role. Here's hoping lighting strikes twice for this talented ingénue.

Hello Dolly
First Preview: March 15
Opens: April 20
That's right theatre fans. Dolly Levi is back where she belongs. Bette Midler too. Now in case you've been living under a rock the last six months you know that the Divine Miss M is making her return to the musical theatre stage in a brand new production of Hello Dolly. The show, which is scheduled to begin performances a the historic Shubert Theatre on March 15 is already selling like gangbusters. In fact it sold over nine million dollars on it's first day of sale. A record by the way. I smell a hit!

So there you have it theatre fans. Stay tuned for Part Three on the 2016-2017 Broadway season. Until next time theatre fans.

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