Finally, after months of snow and cold and more snow and more cold, it feels like Winter is finally making a retreat. With temperatures today in the low 50s, New Yorkers are warily heading out-of-doors once again. And just in time for a new Broadway season to commence.
Well over a dozen shows are planned to finish out the season, with something for every taste. Already up and running are the brilliantly staged Machinal and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical featuring the music of Carole King (think “It’s Too Late”, “One Fine Day”, “You’ve Got a Friend” and over a dozen more of her best). Rocky the Musical is in previews, and while my expectations are low, it has a great creative team putting it together. It just might work. Shows still to arrive, but much looked forward to include Bullets Over Broadway (based on the Woody Allen movie), Act One (based on Moss Hart’s autobiography), The Realistic Jones (Starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei), The Velocity of Autumn (with Estelle Parsons!) and a new production of Les Miserables. And that’s just the half of it. There’s Disney’s Aladdin, Violet with Sutton Foster and Of Mice and Men with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd, to name just a few.
Several of this Spring’s shows have a specific gay connections worth noting.
First up among these is Mothers and Sons, with previews beginning February 23rd, opening on March 24th at The John Golden. Terrance McNally, the Tony Award winning playwright penned this drama concerning a mother, played by Tyne Daly, who visits her deceased son’s former partner, who has married another man and is raising a son. This one has got to be a heart-breaker, and I can’t wait to see it.
I’m especially excited about seeing Cabaret with previews beginning March 21st, opening on April 24th at Studio 54. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Stories, and set in a decadent 1930′s German night club, stars Michael Cumming reprising his role of Emcee and Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles. I expect this one is going to be sexy and delicious.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch begins previews at The Belasco on March 29th, and opens on April 22nd. This musical revival stars the glorious Neil Patrick Harris and concerns an East German refugee who has given up more than she bargained for in order to come to The West. While it played off-Broadway for two years, this is the Hedwig’s first Broadway gig. And with Neil Patrick Harris, it’s guaranteed to be a wild run. For more on Hedwig and Neil Patrick Harris, read his recent interview in Time Out.
Also up this spring is Casa Valentina with previews beginning April 1st, opening on April 23rd at The Samuel J. Friedman. Set in the early 60′s, this Harvey Fierstein play focuses on a group of heterosexual men who escape to the Catskills where they enjoy dressing as women. If it’s anything like Fierstein’s other work, it promises to be a brilliant and insightful work.