After the summer’s over, what’s next? Looking forward to the upcoming Broadway season of and the opening of new shows, of course! News has been popping up all over Twitter and the Broadway world about new shows coming to the Great White Way for the 2013-14 season. Here is a rundown of what plays and musicals you can look forward to this year.
The hit Disney animated movie Aladdin will be opening this spring in the New Amsterdam Theater, with Disney favorite Alan Menken (Music) and Time Rice (Lyrics) on board with new songs and you favorites from the film. The popular Off-Broadway show Hedwig and the Angry Inch will make its Broadway debut directed by Spring Awakening director Michael Mayer and starring four time Tony Award host Neil Patrick Harris as the transgender singer.
Allegiance will debut in the spring with Broadway star Lea Salonga, who also starred in the show along with George Takei and Telly Leung at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. This new musical tells the story of a Japanese American family moving to an internment camp during WWII. The Cameron Mackintosh 25th Anniversary production of Les Miserables will also make a spring Broadway bow.
This fall, the movie Big Fish will come to Broadway in a musical straight from an out of town run in Chicago. With music by Andrew Lippa and starring Norbert Leo Butz and Kate Baldwin, this production will be a big catch for the Neil Simon Theater. After Midnight comes to Broadway from two sold out runs at the New York City Center, formerly known as the Cotton Club Parade. This jazz club musical will take audiences straight to the heart of Harlem’s music scene.
Other Broadway musicals coming this year include the movies turned musicals Bullets Over Broadway, written by Woody Allen and starring Zach Braff and Betsey Wolfe, and Rocky the Musical. Also If/Then, the new musical from the writers of Next to Normal, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, starring Idina Menzel. She plays Elizabeth, a woman who moves to New York City on the verge of turning 40, in order to start fresh.
Shakespeare storms Broadway this fall as Romeo and Juliet comes to the Richard Rodgers theater in a new production starring Orlando Bloom, that challenges race will incorporating the drama of the story we all know and love. The Belasco Theater will host two Shakespeare classics, Twelfth Night and Richard III played in repertory. The Tennessee Williams play The Glass Menagerie will also come to the Booth Theater starring Zachery Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger, straight from the American Repertory Theater.
These shows only skim the surface of the amazing season coming to New York this year. Be sure to be on the look-out for new about these productions and more as we head into another fantastic season in the theater.