Upbeat, slickly produced and fastpaced, Jersey Boys appeals to diehard fans of the Four Seasons and audience members less familiar with the group’s extensive catalogue of hits. Unlike most jukebox musicals, the show boasts heavy emphasis on storytelling, which adds to its universal appeal.” -Broadway.com Reviews
The Book of Mormon shows the journey of two missionaries who venture to Uganda in hopes of converting residents to the Mormon religion. Both individuals enthusiastic and awkward at times, but both with good intentions, soon find themselves with predicaments. The Book of Mormon explores problems such as AIDS, religion conflicts, poverty, violence, and sexuality. This comedy features many big song and dance numbers as well as some old-fashioned show tunes.
Set in the 1920s, Nice Work If You Can Get It is the story of charming and wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy, who has been married three (or is it four?) times before, is preparing to marry Eileen Evergreen, a self-obsessed modern dancer. Thinking Jimmy and Eileen will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol the basement of Jimmy’s Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing hijinks galore.
“Chicago is a musical tale treachery—all those thing murderesses Roxie Hart, V raphy of Bob Fosse.” Set in a beach resort in the with one wish: to have her three old lovers in her mo which is her dad. The arriv independent mother, who ing to Donna’s two best ga derstanding, the more it th
of “murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and gs we hold near and dear to our hearts.” Paint the town red with merry Velma Kelly, their hotshot lawyer, Billy Flynn, and the iconic choreog-
-Broadway.com Reviews e Mediterranean, Mamma Mia! tells the story of Sophie, a bride-to-be r absent father walk her down the aisle. After reading passages about om’s diary, Sophie sends each a wedding invitation in hopes of learning val of the men from her past is surprising to Donna, Sophie’s fiercely o prides herself on getting through life without a man, and highly amusal pals. The more Sophie and her mother struggle to find truth and unhreatens to tear them apart and wreck Sophie’s dream wedding.
A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba, a passionate political activist if there ever was one, fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story.
Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, which has been adapted into countless films, The Phantom of the Opera follows a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Sheltered from the outside world in an underground cavern, the lonely, romantic man tutors and composes operas for Christine, a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. As Christine’s star rises, and a handsome suitor from her past enters the picture, the Phantom grows mad, terrorizing the opera house owners and company with his murderous ways. Still, Christine finds herself drawn to the mystery man. Audiences agree—The Phantom of the Opera is Broadway’s longest-running hit. Ever. Both romantic and scary, The Phantom of the Opera is a thrilling night of theater with grand emotions. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score, with its beloved signature song “Music of the Night,” sets the mood, but you may also find yourself humming the gorgeous period costumes and simple yet grand sets (even the famous chandelier, which probably falls slower than you’d expect, is a thrill).
A new stage version of the blockbuster musical “Les Misérables” will open on Broadway in March 2014, the producer Cameron Mackintosh said on Tuesday, in an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the Oscar-nominated film and restore luster to the show in New York after a short-lived 2006 revival that even Mr. Mackintosh now admits was ill-conceived. This latest “Les Misérables” will be missing a notable design element – a revolving turntable – that was used in the original Broadway production, which ran from 1987 to 2003, and the earlier revival, which closed in January 2008. The new version, which has been touring the United States for two years, also features redesigned scenery based on Victor Hugo’s paintings for his original novel, as well as new orchestrations that, as Mr. Mackintosh said, “get away from the crude electric-piano sound of the original.” And the staging is also different, with an emphasis on the gritty lot of the 19th century downtrodden in France; the directors are Laurence Connor and James Powell. (Trevor Nunn and John Caird won Tonys for their direction in 1987.) Mr. Mackintosh is counting on these changes – plus the interest in the film, which has grossed nearly $400 million globally so far – to be enough to counter the risk of oversaturation of the “Les Misérables” brand.
“Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda is more than a show, it’s a phenomenon. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her destiny.” -Broadway.com Reviews
Photocredits: Joan Marcus © 2010 (Wicked, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages), The Really Useful Group © 1999 (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) The Araca Group © 2006 (Chicago, Book of Mormon, Nice Work) Tristen Kenton © 2000 (Lion King, Newsies, Cinderella, Matilda) Jeff Busby © 2012 (Spiderman)
“When nerdy teenager Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he discovers he has obtained super strength, web-spinning abilities and other spider-like powers. Parker soon finds himself battling scientist-turned-villain Norman Osborn, who adopts the alter-ego of the Green Goblin. As Parker’s troubles begin to pile up, he looks toward Arachne, a mythical spider goddess, for inspiration.” -Broadway.com Reviews
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is a Broadway landmark musical event that has amazed audiences since it’s first appearance at the 06. It explores the African wildlife and follows Simba’s life as well as his adventures previously seen on. Simba is forced to leave his home after his uncle Scar takes his father’s life. Simba must learn to h the aide of his two humorous friends Timon and Pumba. Audiences see Simba grow up and take ever could have imagined in order to fill his father’s shoes and become king.
Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine rk City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.” new musical with jaw-dropping choreography, catchy songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan he Beast, The Little Mermaid), and a book that theatergoers of all ages will enjoy. This is a feel-good l introduce Newsies to a new generation while pleasing fans of the original 1992 film. The Broadway any of the songs from the movie as well as new tunes and an added love story between Jack Kelly Katherine Plumber. -Broadway.com Review
l young Ella lives in the care of her wicked, self-absorbed stepmother Madame and Madame’s two nd Gabrielle. Ella’s only friends in the world are the animals in the woods, “crazy Marie” and the ean-Michel. Meanwhile in another part of the kingdom, Prince Topher is trying to find himself and ngdom. When his scheming advisor Sebastian suggests throwing a ball so the Prince could meet nd Topher’s different worlds come together. Expect the unexpected in this clever retelling of the beway’s first staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella offers audiences the best of both worlds: e of the classic fairytale is brought to life within a contemporary script featuring several new subrying to find himself, a revolution brewing in the kingdom, a stepsister’s romance, and more). The es fantastic performances and plenty of laughs for both adults and children. Audiences can expect stume changes, a flying fairy godmother and beloved favorite songs including “In My Own Little ht,” “Impossible,” “Ten Minutes Ago” and “Stepsister’s Lament.”