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Jan 06

Broadway Wishes for the New Year

The ball has dropped and the New Year is upon us! The New Year brings us new show, new stars, and another Tony Award broadcast. While we wait for the Tony nominations to be announced, I wanted to share some of my Broadway wishes for the next Broadway season.

Houdini’s Disappearing Act

The Broadway production based on the life of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini has had an ever-changing cast and production team. Most recently the production was shook by the exit of Hugh Jackman from the title role.  Stephan Schwartz has taken over music from Danny Elfman, and David Ives (Venus in Fur) is at the helm of the script. I’m hoping that for their next trick, this musical makes an appearance on Broadway soon.

In Court and On Tour

Who could forget the controversy surrounding the show Rebecca from Germany? This show has spent the last year in courts after producers have been found out for fraud. With the debts now settled, I’m hoping this opera-inspired show comes to Broadway next season. From the few production reels we have seen, it looks spectacular.

Also the fantastic Philly movie musical Flashdance, which has been on tour for the last year, will hopefully pull into Broadway in the coming year. With excellent reviews and audience reactions, this show is New York ready. The show was on its way last August, but the difficult task of finding the right theater took it back on the road. With Corey Mach taking over the starring role, let’s hope this show lands on Broadway and hopefully the Tonys.

Mom and Pop Musicals

Both home cooking-themed shows, Diner and Pump Boys and Dinettes, have landed on the back burner in the last couple years, yet both look very promising. The movie-inspired Diner is attached to director Kathleen Marshall and has music by Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow. Pump Boys and Dinettes, a revival of the performance group-based show starring American Idol’s Bo Bice, was originally said to be coming to Broadway this year, yet held up their Broadway plans. With heartland and country-influenced shows like Hands on a Hardbody and Leap of Faith having closed pretty quickly in the past, I’m hopeful that this year will bring more country music to the New York stage.

Photo via MusicalWorkshop.org

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