Every spring a dozen or so shows open on Broadway with the hope of being named the next best musical or play of the season. This spring is no exception with 19 shows confirmed to open between now and the end of April the competition will be strong for a Tony Award in June.
Here is a look at the five musicals I’m looking forward to opening on Broadway this spring. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see a few of these when I visit New York this summer.
5. Jesus Christ Superstar
Neil Simon Theatre
First Preview: March 1
Opening Night: March 22
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar transfers to Broadway.
First Preview: March 12
Opening Night: April 5
The Michael Grandage-directed production of Evita — which opened at London’s Adelphi Theatre in June 2006 starring Argentine actress Elena Roger — comes to Broadway spring 2012, with Roger repeating her work for New York audiences.
Cast: Elena Roger, Ricky Martin, Michael Cerveris, Max Von Essen, Rachel Potter
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
First Preview: February 28
Opening Night: March 18
Once, the folky Irish pop stage musical inspired by the hit independent film, will move to Broadway following its Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop.
2. Ghost The Musical
First Preview: March 15
Opening Night: April 23
The high-tech London pop musical based on the Academy Award-winning 1990 film transfers to Broadway. According to producers, “Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.”
Cast: Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman
First Preview: March 15
Opening Night: March 29
Adapted from the 1992 live-action Disney film, the new musical about a newsboys strike in gaslight New York features music by eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a new book by four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.
Cast: Jeremy Jordan, Kara Lindsay, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, John Dossett, Ben Fankhauser