Broadway News: Hedwig and God and Gentlemen and the King and I
There’s a lot of news on Broadway. New productions are being projected, new shows that opened this season are capturing the attention of critics and award nominating committees, and there is growing excitement for next season.
The revival of the musical Titanic is sailing into a Broadway theatre in fall 2014. This is a big show about the big boat that, at first, was seen as being a symbol of man’s ability to dominate the sea and Mother Nature, and, later, became an object lesson in humility. Titanic the musical focuses on the various souls who were aboard the ill-fated ship.
It’s ship to shore, as the innovative musical On the Town also sees a major revival. Again, this musical will be on Broadway in fall 2014. On the Town, which is about three sailors in World War II on shore leave, includes a magnificent score by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It will be at the Lyric Theatre.
The latest news about Broadway includes information about a new musical. Producer Jeffrey Finn noted that he is looking to get a stage adaptation of the humorous book, The Last Testament: A Memoir by God on Broadway. The projected timeframe is 2015. David Javerbaum, the author of the book, will write the play, which is entitled An Act of God. The lead role is God. No star has been tapped yet for the ultimate part.
There are also rumors that The King and I will return to Broadway in 2015. It’s been noted that four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara will play Anna. This will be a major venture.
Neil Patrick Harris is a major hit in the musical comedy Hedwig and the Angry Inch! Harris is said to be magnificent in the role of the transgender rock star Hedwig. Look for groups to clamor for tickets.
The 64th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards nominations were announced recently, with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder leading all shows with 11 nominations. They are followed by Aladdin with 8. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder has been a sleeper of sorts. People love this show.
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