Friday, March 9, 2012

Broadway Buzz: Spring 2012 on Broadway

The Fox Cities P.A.C. will be announcing their 2012/13 10th Anniversary Season next week Wednesday. This spring, Broadway has an exciting mix of new familiar titles. Hopefully these shows will launch (or relaunch) tours, and we’ll be announcing their plans to come to Appleton in the next couple years!

Opening: March 18, 2012
Once, a new musical based on the 2006 independent film, is about an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant that are joined by their love for music. Indie favorites Glen Hansard and Mark√©ta Irglov√° already have an Academy Award® for “Falling Slowly.” Think they can grab a Tony® too? Listen to the full cast album at npr.org.

Opening: March 22
A classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice favorite is opening on Broadway this March. Is “What’s the Buzz?” already stuck in your head? Keep up to date with show on the Jesus Christ Superstar facebook page!
Jesus Christ Superstar

Newsies
Opening: March 29
Based on the 1992 Disney film, Newsies is a new musical about a newsboys strike in New York. The show is backed by an all-star creative team consisting of Alan Menken (music), Jack Feldman (lyrics) and Harvey Fierstein (book).

Opening: April 1
Very appropriate for an election year, The Best Man is about two men’s race for the presidency. Tony Award® winning actors James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury lead an amazing cast including John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, Eric McCormack, Kerry Butler, Jefferson Mays and Michael McKean.

Opening: April 2
Based on the drama that started in London’s West End, End of the Rainbow shares the final months of Judy Garland’s legendary life. The show includes favorites like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “The Trolley Song.” If I was going to pick one to see this spring, this would be it. For now I’ll break out my copies of “Wizard of Oz” and “Meet Me in St. Louis” and wait patiently for news if it will tour.

Opening: April 5
The stars are bright on Broadway with Ricky Martin, Elena Rogers and Michael Ceveris starring in the revival of Evita. Another Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Evita is the story of first lady Eva Peron and her rise from the slums of Argentina.

Evita

Opening: April 23
Based off the 1990 film, Ghost The Musical debuts this spring. The love story between Sam and Molly is anything but traditional, as Sam is a ghost trapped between two worlds trying to save Molly from danger. Even though the story may be familiar, the show will include original songs to help bring the story a new life onstage.

Ghost The Musical

Also opening this spring

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Opening: April 11

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