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Something's Coming: What's Ahead for Broadway in Spring 2015!

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2014 is almost over, and that means that a slew of new shows are on their way to the Great White Way. Before the 2015 Awards season gets started, no less than nineteen new productions will take tike their first Broadway bows. Catch up on what's in store for the season ahead below!


Honeymoon in Vegas

When and Where: January 15, 2015 (currently in previews) at the Nederlander Theatre

What We Know:

Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of Jack Singer (Rob McClure), a regular guy with an extreme fear of marriage, who finally gets up the nerve to ask his girlfriend Betsy (Brynn O'Malley) to marry him. But when they head to Las Vegas to get hitched, smooth talking gambler Tommy Korman (Tony Danza), looking for a second chance at love, falls head over heels for Betsy. What happens next is anybody's bet! The cast of Honeymoon in Vegas also includes David Josefsberg, Nancy Opel, Matthew Saldivar,Matt Allen,Tracee Beazer, Grady McLeod Bowman, Barry Busby, Leslie Donna Flesner, Gaelen Gilliland, Albert Guerzon, Sean Allan Krill, Raymond J. Lee, George Merrick, Jessica Naimy, Zachary Prince, Catherine Ricafort, Jonalyn Saxer, Brendon Stimson, Erica Sweany, Cary Tedder, and Katie Webber.


Constellations

When and Where: January 13, 2015 (currently in previews) at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

What We Know:

Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain) and two-time Olivier Award winner Ruth Wilson("The Affair," "Luther") make their MTC and Broadway debuts in the first American production of Constellations, a new play by Nick Payne (If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet), which premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre to tremendous acclaim. Michael Longhurst (If There Is...) directs. This mind-bending, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman (Gyllenhaal and Wilson). But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know - delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

Fish In the Dark

When and Where: March 5, 2015 (previews begin February 2) at the Cort Theatre

What We Know:

FISH IN THE DARK, to be directed by Anna D. Shapiro, will mark Larry David's Broadway debut and will featureJayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini, Rosie Perez, and Jerry Adler. FISH IN THE DARK, a comedy about a death in the family, will have scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Ann Roth, and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt.


On the Twentieth Century

When and Where: March 12, 2015 (previews begin February 12) at the American Airlines Theatre

What We Know:

It's nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury coach travelling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee (Peter Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Kristin Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non?existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway? The production will also feature Tony® nominee Andy Karl as "Bruce Granit," Mark Linn-Baker as "Oliver Webb," Tony® Award winner Michael McGrath as "Owen O'Malley" and Tony® Award winner Mary Louise Wilson as "Letitia Primrose." On the Twentieth Century will be choreographed by Tony® Award winner Warren Carlyle and directed by six-time Tony® nominee Scott Ellis, and features music by Cy Coleman and book & lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.


The Audience

When and Where: March 8, 2015 (previews begin February 14) at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

What We Know:

For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional - sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can't help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II's reign to today. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister. The Audience cast is Helen Mirren (Queen Elizabeth II), Dylan Baker (John Major),Geoffrey Beevers (The Queen's Equerry),Michael Elwyn (Sir Anthony Eden), Judith Ivey (Margaret Thatcher), Dakin Matthews(Winston Churchill), Richard McCabe (Harold Wilson), Rod McLachlan (Gordon Brown),Rufus Wright (David Cameron), Anthony Cochrane (Cecil Beaton / Detective / Bishop), Graydon Long (Footman / Beefeater), Jason Loughlin (Footman / Beefeater), Michael Rudko (Ensemble), Henny Russell (Queen's Secretary), Tracy Sallows (Bobo McDonald), Elizabeth Teeter (Young Elizabeth), and Tony Ward (Ensemble).


The Heidi Chronicles

When and Where: March 19, 2015 (previews begin February 23) at the Music Box Theatre

What We Know:

Tony Award-winner Pam MacKinnon (Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park) will direct. It will star Golden Globe-winner and six-time Emmy Award-nominee Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men," "Top of the Lake," Speed-the-Plow) as Heidi Holland - a woman willing to do what it takes to take on the world. It will also star Emmy Award-nominee Jason Biggs ("Orange Is The New Black," American Pie), and Tony Award-nominee Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bloody BloodyAndrew Jackson), and will feature Tracee Chimo (Lips Together, Teeth Apart, "Orange Is The New Black," Bad Jews) with additional casting to be announced.

Finding Neverland

When and Where: April 8, 2015 (previews begin March 1) at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre Theatre

What We Know:

Based on the Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up - one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony Award®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®-winner Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the inevitability of growing up.


The Heart of Robin Hood

When and Where: March 29, 2015 (previews begin March 10) at the Marquis Theatre

What We Know:

Every legendary hero has to start somewhere. In The Heart of Robin Hood, playwright David Farrpresents a wildly imaginative, theatrically dazzling new spin on the familiar fable. Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In this reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it's never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. But when wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good. First staged at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011 and at American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA., in 2013, the eye-popping, athletic and endlessly inventive production from acclaimed director Gísli Örn Gardarsson, has been cheered by critics and audiences. The Heart of Robin Hood explodes off the stage to take place in front, above and on all sides of the audience.


The King and I

When and Where: April 16, 2015 (previews begin March 12) at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre

What We Know:

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, The King and I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed, and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860's Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the imperious King brings to Siam to tutor his many wives and children. The production, which will feature a cast led by Kelli O'Hara (as Anna Leonowens) and Ken Watanabe (as the King of Siam), will be directed by Bartlett Sher, and will feature Ruthie Ann Miles (as Lady Thiang), Ashley Park (as Tuptim), Conrad Ricamora (as Lun Tha), Edward Baker-Duly (as Sir Edward Ramsey), Jon Viktor Corpuz (as Prince Chulalongkorn), Murphy Guyer (as Captain Orton), Jake Lucas (as Louis), Paul Nakauchi(as Kralahome), and Marc Oka (as Phra Alack).


Hand to God

When and Where: April 7, 2015 (previews begin March 12) at the Booth Theatre

What We Know:

The hilarious and provocative Hand to God centers on shy, inquisitive student Jason, who finds an outlet for his burgeoning creativity at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason's complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and-most especially-his mother are thrown into further upheaval when Jason's hand puppet Tyrone-once soft-spoken-takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. As Tyrone's influence over Jason steadily grows, Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us. Hand to God will feature the complete cast of the hit 2014 MCC Theater production: Steven Boyer as Jason/Tyrone; Geneva Carr, in her Broadway debut, as Margery; Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg; Sarah Stiles as Jessica; and Michael Oberholtzer, in his Broadway debut, as Timmy. Boyer reprises the role for which he has been honored with an Obie Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Play, the Actors' Equity Association Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and a citation from the Drama League for Distinguished Performance, among other awards.


An American in Paris

When and Where: April 12, 2015 (previews begin March 13) at the Palace Theatre

What We Know:

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film,An American in Paris brings this classic tale to Broadway for the first time with music and lyrics byGeorge Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lucas. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.


Skylight

When and Where: March 16, 2015 (previews begin April 2) at the John Golden Theatre

What We Know:

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Bill Nighy, whose extensive film credits include Love Actually, Notes on a Scandal and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and whose stage roles include Pravda and the world premiere of David Hare's The Vertical Hour on Broadway, plays alongside Carey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Great Gatsby, An Education) who makes her West End stage debut in this production, and Matthew Beard (An Education, One Day, The Look of Love).


It Shoulda Been You

When and Where: April 14, 2015 (previews begin March 17) at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre

What We Know:

In the hilarious and heartwarming new musical It Shoulda Been You, it's a culture clash for the ages when two families from wildly different backgrounds come together to celebrate a wedding. As if the union wasn't complicated enough, the bride's ex-boyfriend arrives, bringing the wedding to a screeching halt and throwing both families into hysterical chaos. Plots are hatched, promises broken, secrets exposed - and the bride's resourceful sister is left to turn an unmitigated disaster into happily ever after. It Shoulda Been You puts a refreshingly modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy, proving that when it comes to wedding day insanity, it's all relative. It will star Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka, Lisa Howard, and Edward Hibbert, Montego Glover, Josh Grisetti, Michael X. Martin, Anne L. Nathan, Nick Spangler and Chip Zien, directed by David Hyde Pierce.

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2

When and Where: April 9, 2015 (previews begin March 20) at the Winter Garden Theatre

What We Know:

Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 are adapted by Mike Poulton from Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (published Henry Holt in the U.S.). The plays are based on the deceit, betrayal, and intrigue of the court of Henry VIII. The production features a company of more than twenty actors, headed by Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, and Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII, all under the direction of Olivier Award nominee Jeremy Herrin, who makes his New York City directing début. The Royal Shakespeare Company is appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association. The production will also feature scenic and costume design by Christopher Oram, lighting design by Paule Constable (Part 1) and David Plater (Part 2), sound design by Nick Powell, and music by Stephen Warbeck.


Something Rotten!

When and Where: April 22, 2015 (previews begin March 23) at the St. James Theatre

What We Know:

Hear Ye, Broadway! From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q comes something original... something fresh... Something Rotten!, a world-premiere musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all. Welcome to the '90s - the 1590s - long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self... and all that jazz. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals - those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything's better with an exclamation point!


Fun Home

When and Where: April 19, 2015 (previews begin March 27) at the Circle in the Square Theatre

What We Know:

Fun Home is the groundbreaking new Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. Rummaging through a box of her father's stuff, the memories of Alison's uniquely dysfunctional family - her mother, brothers, and her volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father - connect with her in surprising, powerful and revealing new ways. Named "Best Musical of the Year" by the New York Times, New York Magazine, Daily News and more, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest coming-of-age story about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. It will star Tony® Award-winner Michael Cerveris ('Bruce Bechdel'), three time Tony® Award nominee Judy Kuhn('Helen Bechdel'), Beth Malone ('Alison'), Obie Award-winner Sydney Lucas ('Small Alison'), Emily Skeggs ('Medium Alison'), and more, reprising their roles from The Public Theater's acclaimed production of Fun Home on Broadway this Spring.


Doctor Zhivago

When and Where: April 21, 2015 (previews begin March 27) at the Broadway Theatre

What We Know:

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is an epic romance, revolving around the search for love during the final days of Czarist Russia, the First World War and the chaos of the Russian revolution. Raised as an aristocrat, Zhivago is a political idealist, physician and poet whose life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar. Zhivago however, is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, and must compete with both revolutionaries and aristocracy alike to win the heart of the woman he cannot live without.Doctor Zhivago celebrates the strength of love and art, in the face of political oppression and revolution. Tam Mutu, who is making his Broadway debut as the passionate Doctor and poet Yurii Zhivago, Kelli Barrett (Wicked), Tony Award nomineeTom Hewitt (Rocky Horror Show), Paul Nolan (Jesus Chris Superstar) and Lora Lee Gayer as Tonia Gromeko will star.

Airline Highway

When and Where: April 23, 2015 (previews begin April 1) at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

What We Know:

In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.

Living on Love

When and Where: April 20, 2015 (previews begin April 1) at the Longacre Theatre

What We Know:

World-renowned soprano Renee Fleming takes to the stage as celebrated diva Raquel De Angelis. When Vito, her larger-than-life maestro husband, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography, Raquel retaliates by hiring her own handsome, young scribe to chronicle her life as an opera star. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways in this brand new hilarious comedy. This production, which also starred Ms. Fleming and was directed by Ms. Marshall, was first produced and presented in July 2014 in Williamstown Massachusetts by the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Jenny Gersten, Artistic Director) by special arrangement with Scott Landis, Philip Morgaman, Bob Bartner, Roger Berlind, Just For Laughs Theatricals, Glass Half Full Productions, and TNT DynaMite Productions.


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