Broadway Shows Opening in 2023
1/10: First up Pictures From Home at Studio 54 Opens February 9, 2023. Stars Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein, Zoë Wanamaker, by Sharr White (playwright), Larry Sultan (original photo memoir) and directed by Bartlett Sher. This play is from Larry Sultan’s 1992 autobiographical photo memoir of the same name, tracking a mother, father, and son who photograph their lives as they journey from Brooklyn to the San Fernando Valley.
2/13: A Doll’s House stars Jessica Chastain at the Hudson Theatre. Opens March 9, 2023. Though written by Henrik Ibsen (playwright) expect an updated version by Amy Herzog.
2/17: Bad Cinderella opens March 23 at the Imperial Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical, a modern take on a classic fairy tale. Starring Linedy Genao, Carolee Carmello, Grace McLean, Jordan Dobson, Morgan Higgins, Sami Gayle and Christina Acosta Robinson. Webber does the music, David Zippel the lyrics and book by Emerald Fennell. Director is Laurence Connor.
2/26: Stephen Sondheim is back with Sweeney Todd. This star studded cast has Josh Groban, and Annaleigh Ashford with Gaten Matarazzo, Ruthie Ann Miles at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The show opens March 26. The director will be Thomas Kail, with a full 26-person orchestra playing Jonathan Tunick’s original orchestrations.
3/2: Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is back at theMusic Box Theatre. Directed by original cast member Wayne Cilento, the show opens March 19.
4/8: Shucked is looking to make you laugh. What do you get when you pair a semi-neurotic, New York comedy writer with two music superstars from Nashville? A hilarious and audacious farm-to-fable musical about the one thing Americans everywhere can’t get enough of: corn. The show stars John Behlmann, Kevin Cahoon, Andrew Durand, Caroline Innerbichler, Ashley D. Kelley and Alex Newell. Director Jack O’Brien will be bringing Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally (music & lyrics) with book by Robert Horn to the Nederlander Theatre. An opening night is set for April 4th.
3/9: Camelot will begin performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater with opening night set for April 13. Lincoln Center Theater is reviving the beloved Lerner and Loewe musical with an updated book by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin (To Kill a Mockingbird). All the classic songs, like “What Do the Simple Folk Do?” and “If Ever I Would Leave You,” remain, as does the central story: a love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, and Lancelot who will be played by Andrew Burnap, Phillipa Soo and Jordan Donica. Director Barlett Sheris at the helm.
4/9: Life Of Pi at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, opening March 30th. This is the Olivier Award-winning adaptation of the best-selling novel from London’s West End and ART.
4/21: Fat Ham at the American Airlines Theatre. This Pulitzer Prize-winning new play by James Ijames, comes to Broadway following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at The Public Theater. Opens April 12th.
3/24: New York, New York at the St. James Theatre. Loosely based on Martin Scorsese’s 1977 movie, this musical will use John Kander & Fred Ebb’s songs, with new ones by Kander & Lin-Manuel Miranda, to depict a post-Director Susan Stroman, will open this show April 26th.
4/4: Summer, 1776 stars Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht as two young women in Ohio navigate motherhood, ambition, and intimacy, and help each other discover their own independence. Written by David Auburn and directed by Daniel Sullivan at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opening: April 25th.
4/7: Good Night, Oscar opening at the Belasco Theatre, April 24th. Sean Hayes plays Oscar Levant: Hollywood actor, concert pianist, and the most subversive wit ever to appear on television during its Golden Age. This show got rave reviews in Chicago.
4/11: Prima Facie at the Golden Theatre, opening: April 23rd. The play stars Jodie Comer as young and brilliant barrister who is forced to explore how patriarchal power over the law, burden of proof, and morals diverge after an unexpected event. It played previous productions in Sydney and London.
Possibilities of coming in are: The Thanksgiving Play, High Noon, Pal Joey and Sing Street
Broadway’s A Doll’s House Meticulously Stunning Revival Soars Like a Birdie Above That Clumsy Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
For a revival to find its footing, it has to have a point of view or a sense of purpose far beyond an actor’s desire to perform a part, whether it suits them or not. It needs to radiate an idea that will make us want to sit up and pay attention. To feel its need to exist. And on one particular day in March, I was blessed with the opportunity to see not just one grande revival, but two. One was a detailed pulled-apart revolutionary revival of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House that astounded. The other, unfortunately, was a clumsy revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof that fell lazily from that high-wired peak – not for a lack of trying, but from a formulation that never found its purpose.
Relevantly Tuneless Fairytale Bad Cinderella Isn’t Bad, It’s Forgettable
You are seriously asking for it, when you make the title for your musical Bad Cinderella, however the show is not bad, it’s just seriously lacking. For an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which is normally rich in melody, the only song that has any kind of hold is “Only You, Lonely You” sung by Prince Sebastian (Jordan Dobson or in my performance the wonderful Julio Ray). The lyrics by David Zippel and book by Emerald Fennell, adapted by Alexis Scheer are inane. It doesn’t help that the cast for the most part speaks and sings with mouths full of cotton. The orchestrations sound tinny and computerized, The lead Linedy Genao has no charisma or vocals that soar musically, instead she is rather nasal, like Bernadette Peters with a cold. Why this show is two and a half hours long is beyond me.
The show is based in a town called Belleville (beautiful town en Francais), that is based solely on looks and prides itself on its superficiality. The opening number starts with “Beauty Is Our Duty,” the Queen (a fabulous Grace McLean) is into her hunks including her missing son Charming (Cameron Loyal).
And the fairy godmother (Christina Acosta Robinson) is a plastic surgeon who sings “Beauty Has a Price”. In a day and age, where we are suppose to see past all that, this show is politically incorrect.
Cinderella a Gothic, and a graffiti artist, naturally does not fit into the town’s mold of beauty, which is how she earns her nickname. Her rebel move happens when she defaces a memorial statue of Sebastian’s older brother, Prince Charming. Sebastian is more of a geek, and he and Cinderella are in the “friend zone,” since both lack communication skills in admitting their love.
Sebastian is being forced by his mother, the Queen to find a wife at a ball and invites Cinderella. Cinderella’s stepmother (the always remarkable Carolee Carmello) blackmails the Queen to get one of her daughters Adele (Sami Gayle) or Marie (Morgan Higgins) the gig.
McLean and Carmello are the bright spots in the show and if the show had been about these two, maybe we would actually have a show that could work. These two steal the show.
Cinderella has not one, but two what should have been show stopping numbers “I Know I Have A Heart (Because You Broke It)” and “Far Too Late,” but she does not have the vocals, the character development or the star power to carry them off.
The set and the revenge porn costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, are just over the top, with the storybook set faring much better than the over complicated flowered pastels that waltzed across the stage.
The direction by Laurence Connor is just dull and lacks oomph.
If you like buff men and Chippendale type choreography this is the show for you.
Bad Cinderella, Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street.
Did You Know There Is A Kander & Ebb Way?
On Friday, March 24th, the 96-year-old John Kander was given a Mayoral Proclamation from Mayor Eric Adams in celebration of the first performance of his new Broadway musical New York, New York. Following the proclamation, Lin-Manuel Miranda unveiled the sign renaming 44th Steet ‘Kander & Ebb Way. On hand was the Manhattan School of Music to performed the iconic Kander & Ebb song “New York, New York.”
New York, New York opens Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).
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