Friday, April 15, 2011

Broadway Buzz: April Openings

With so many Broadway openings this spring, there is surely something for everyone. I am personally a musical fan, and there are many titles that I would jump at the chance to see. Classic, provocative, heartwarming, comedic – the wide variety of new shows prove that there is never a dull moment in the bright lights of Broadway.

Anything Goes – Opened: April 7 
A new production of an old favorite, Anything Goes is taking the S.S. American back out to sea, complete with a crew of singing sailors! Sutton Foster stars opposite Joel Grey (who is also busy directing The Normal Heartopening this spring). Word has it you’ll get a kick out of the show. See what USA Today and Theatermania.comsaid in their reviews.
Catch Me If You Can – Opened: April 10 
Is the title ringing any bells? Catch Me If You Can is based on the hit DreamWorks film and incredible true story. Norbert Leo Butz (WICKED) stars as FBI agent Carl Hanratty who is trying to track down Frank Abagnale, Jr., a runaway teen who successfully poses as a pilot, doctor and lawyer, played by Aaron Tviet. I loved the book and have seen the movie, now I think it’s time to add the Broadway show to my must-see list.
War Horse – Opened: April 14 
New to Broadway after great success in London, War Horse shares the story of a young man trying to find his childhood friend, Joey the horse. Short of casting Mr. Ed, I wasn’t sure how a horse could be depicted onstage.The horses used in the show are actually intricate lifelike puppets crafted of lightweight cane, aluminum, leather and mesh brought to life by 18 expert puppeteers. The puppets breathe, can carry a rider, and could even nuzzle you for a carrot. Meet Joey as goes behind the scenes of War Horse.
Sister Act – Opens: April 20 
What’s not to love about dancing nuns and disco? Whoopi Goldberg is bringing Sister Act back – this time as a Broadway producer. Based on the 1992 comedy, the stage production features the same story with a brand new score by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. went behind the scenes with cast and creative of the divine musical comedy.

Additional Shows Opening this April 
The Motherf**ker With the Hat starring Chris Rock – Opened: April 11 

Wonderland – A New Alice
 – Opens: April 17 

 – Opens: April 19
Jerusalem – Opens: April 21
Born Yesterday – Opens: April 24
The House of Blue Leaves starring Ben Stiller– Opens: April 25
The Normal Heart – Opens: April 27
The People in the Picture – Opens: April 28
Baby It’s You! – Opens: April 27
Which of these titles seem award-worthy? The past year’s favorites may be receiving Tony Award® nominations in a few weeks. Check back for Tony Award® news in the next Broadway Buzz. Keep your fingers crossed for Lombardi!

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