Another Broadway spring preview article telling you what to see before the Tony’s. Groundbreaking.
It may be January 16th and you may have walked outside with a light jacket today, but it’s still nowhere close to spring in New York City… right? With some of the most anticipated musicals of the Spring 2017 season beginning in just a couple weeks, we don’t think it’s premature to release our official Broadway spring preview guide. And a busy spring it is with a huge turnover happening on Broadway in the next couple of months. Here are ten shows Everyday Broadway is looking forward to catching this spring on Broadway:
P.S. – You’ll immediately notice that we’ve left Hello, Dolly! off this list. (We’re kind of assuming that anybody who’s anybody bought a ticket early for that one… Tickets to the Bette Midler hit-machine are scarce.)
Bandstand is bringing that nostalgic 1940’s swing to Broadway this spring with a style that’s sure to be unmatched. Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), starring two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes (Cinderella, Grease, Bonnie and Clyde), Broadway sensation Corey Cott (Newsies, Gigi), and Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), Bandstand is a celebration of perseverance and the courage to sing truth to power.
9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
If you’re upset you no longer have a “default family musical” after Matilda closed, you’re in luck! Cue… another blockbuster default family musical! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is sure to bring all the spectacle to Broadway, and its flashy commercials and front of house (we’d hope) are indicators of the spectacle and fantasy to come. Fresh off a multi-year run in London’s West End, this musical is being re-worked with a new director (Jack O’Brien) for Broadway audiences. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s changed since London!
8. Sunset Boulevard
It’s Glenn Close reprising this insanely famous role (that she won her Best Actress Tony Award for) for 16 weeks only this spring. What else do you need to know? Next show, please.
7. War Paint
In the second musical of the “obvious choice because of Broadway divas” section, (the first was Sunset Boulevard in case you missed that) this musical is all about glamazons. Starring two-time Tony winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, War Paint is a new musical about beauty titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden and directed by Michael Greif. The musical had great buzz in Chicago, so we fully expect it to do well on Broadway.
6. Significant Other
There are a few plays we are excited about this spring, but for a spring lineup dominated by so many large scale musicals (see every other choice on this list), Significant Other is the spring arrival we are looking forward to most. There’s something innately special about an Off-Broadway production taking the journey to Broadway, as this play has from the Roundabout Theatre Company production a little while back. Significant Other follows the story of Jordan, a young gay man who is bitterly watching all of his female friends get married right in front of him… while he can’t even get a date. It was hilarious Off-Broadway, so we can’t wait to see it at the Booth Theatre this February.
So we have one of the most beloved princess stories in the history of ever coming to life on a Broadway stage with an insanely attractive cast including Derek Klena being Derek Klena, the fabulous Christy Altomare, and a buff Ramin Karimloo being evil. I already bought a ticket in the middle of that run on sentence… so not sure what you were doing.
4. Miss Saigon
It’s Miss Saigon for crying out loud. It’s the most epic epic-fest of Broadway emotion, music, and love right before your eyes. If you don’t experience the most cathartic cry sesh when you see it, then you probably need to chop some onions so your friends don’t think you’re cold. The critically adored Eva Noblezada steps into the very large shoes of Lea Salonga, made famous by originating the role of Kim at the same theatre on Broadway two decades ago. It’s about time this one came back, and you’ll want to sit up close and personal for this one!
3. Groundhog Day
Lots of buzz on this one after such a successful run at the Old Vic in London… We fully expect Groundhog Day to be the musical that casts a shadow on some others this spring. Groundhog Day follows TV weather man Phil (played by Bill Murray in the film and Andy Karl on Broadway), who reluctantly goes to cover the story of Punxsutawney Phil for the third year in a row. Obviously frustrated, he covers the story and moves on, expecting his job to be finished. However, he awakes the “following” day and discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and the fun happens again and again and again. He soon realizes he must take advantage of it in order to secure the love of a coworker.
2. Sunday in the Park with George
This one was the silent-but-deadly arrival this spring. You’re kind of joking—a Sunday in the Park with George revival starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford? Nobody saw this coming because it is the landmark musical re-opening the historic Hudson Theatre: the 970 seat house that Ambassador Theatre Group bought and has been renovating since 2014. You better get your tickets to this one fast… With such big star power and such a tiny theatre (and a 10 week run!) this one is sure to sell out fast.
- Come From Away
The ultimate can’t miss musical this spring is about 9/11. You heard us right—one of the most gorgeous pieces of musical theatre to ever grace the American stage. Come From Away is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander’s air strip on September 11, 2001. Undivided by culture and language, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, some alcohol of course, and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family.