The classic American film, An American in Paris, is a major Broadway musical. The new stage musical, which, just like the film, features a score by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, has a book by Craig Lucas (Tony Award nomination for the book of Light in the Piazza). The show is choreographed and directed by Olivier Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, who well known known as a classically trained choreographer. An American in Paris tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American painter living in post-World War II France. The film is well known for its choreographic style, which is an amalgam primarily of ballet and jazz.
The Broadway revival of the innovative musical On The Town, which is at the Lyric Theatre, received great reviews. Jesse Green of New York Magazine summed up all critical responses by saying, “Get yourself to On the Town!” The musical, based on Jerome Robbins’ dance piece entitled Fancy Free, follows three sailors on leave in NYC during World War II. On the Town, which features standards such as “New York, New York” and “I Can Cook Too,” was created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Robbins.
Titanic, the musical that considers man’s gargantuan dreams amidst the passion, compassion, and vulnerability of humanity, returns to Broadway. Titanic is a musical that resonates in telling a story of our unwarranted belief that, ironically, we believe that we are mightier than the forces of nature and unrivaled conquers of the unknown.
Preview: Fall 2014 Open: Fall 2014 Status: Future, open run
Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald stars as Billie Holiday in the new musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Holiday, who was known as “Lady Day,” was a trouble, iconic American jazz singer and songwriter. Her story is moving, poignant, and captivating, as the inimitable McDonald brings the iridescent Lady Day to life on stage.
McDonald brings Holiday and her story to life in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. This is a limited run, must-see musical!
The Last Ship, a new musical with book by Brian Yorkey (Next To Normal and If/Then) and John Logan (screenwriter for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Aviator, and Gladiator) and music by Sting, comes to Broadway. The Last Ship tells the story of Gideon Fletcher, a man who has travelled the world and returned home, only to discover how much he has lost.
Willkommen Cabaret The Kander and Ebb musical is coming back for a limited run with Alan Cumming as the Emcee and Michelle Williams making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. The setting is the Kit Kat Klub in pre-World War II Berlin where morals are loose, life is intoxicating, and time is running out on a society that is headed over the edge.
Beautiful- The Carole King Musical is a new Broadway show featuring hit songs by the Queen of all chart topping songwriters. Beautiful focuses on the future superstar’s early years- her struggles and triumphs.
The Book of Mormon is done in the style that has made Broadway musicals legendary—big, boisterous and outrageous. The Mormon religion, as the creators of the musical have noted, has a built-in coming of age story as Mormon children are expected to go on a mission when they reach the age of 18. Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) directs what is sure to be an unrepentant evening of gut-splitting comedy and witty musical numbers.
Winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony-winning score by CYNDI LAUPER, direction and Tony-winning choreography by JERRY MITCHELL and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner HARVEY FIERSTEIN. Come join the sold-out audiences who’ve discovered why – sometimes – the best way to fit in is to stand out!
Update:After 6 years of fantastic performances, Kinky Boots will be closing on April 7th, 2019.
How can you not love the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? Jersey Boys, which won the 2006 Tony for Best Musical, is their story. Featuring over 30 songs that the group made famous as they went from being four guys in Jersey to international stars, this is one upbeat story. Directed by Des McAnuff, who brought you Tommy and Big River, Jersey Boys is a must see play.
If there’s ever a show that always seems to be ripe for a revival, it’s the musical Chicago. And why wouldn’t it be immensely popular? Along with offering audiences strikingly theatrical music and lyrics, the emotional rollercoaster, Chicago is dark, satirical and at times amazingly cold-hearted. Then again, the story of a married woman who murders her lover in order to help her career would have to have all of these elements, and more. Chicago is one of the finest shows ever written for the legitimate stage.