New Kids on the Broadway Block

by Louise, Community Manager

It’s an exciting time of year on Broadway: the new season starts, many new shows are opening and speculation begins about contenders for the 2012 Tony awards! This year, we’re really looking forward to the shows that Broadway has in store for us and we’ll be going to see as many of them as we can!

In celebration of the new season, we’ve launched our newest package: New Kids on the Broadway Block! Here are just a few of our top picks for this year, which you can choose as a part of the package:

Newsies the Musical

As kids, we all loved the movie starring Bill Pullman and Christian Bale and we’re excited to see the film brought to life on a Broadway stage at long last! Featuring the songs we all remember like Carrying the Banner, King of New York, and Seize the Day, Newsies is based on the true story of the newsboy strike of 1899. The show is scheduled for a limited run at the Nederlander Theater from March 15th through June 10th, 2012 but we’re hoping it gets extended!

Nice Work if You Can Get It

Broadway veteran Matthew Broderick returns to the Great White Way in this brand new musical comedy featuring some of the best loved showtunes from musical theater greats George and Ira Gershwin! Set in a Long Island mansion in the  1920’s, this show will feature songs we all know and love like ‘S Wonderful, I’ve Got a Crush on You, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, I’ve Got a Crush on You, and of course Nice Work if You Can Get It. We can’t wait to sing along from our seats! (silently, of course)

Once the Musical

The 2006 film captured our hearts and as such, as can’t wait to flock to the new musical version of Once! This story of love and enchantment features the unforgettable and haunting song Falling Slowly, among many others. In case you’re one of the people who is not obsessed with the film: the story is of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who are drawn together by their shared love of music. We’re going to see it next week so stay tuned for our review!

Venus in Fur

If you follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter you’ve probably caught on by now that we are obsessed with this play, and if you see it you will be too! A casting couch tale like no other, Venus in Fur tells the story of a young actress auditioning for a new play based on the book Venus in Furs. Over the course of the play, the audition experience becomes all the more intense, mysterious, intriguing, sexually-charged, confusing and perhaps even sometimes alarming. This play is appropriate for mature audiences only! Stars Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy are astounding.

Evita

Two words: Ricky Martin. What else do you need to know? Only kidding! Evita is, of course, one of the most well-known and well-loved musicals and it returns to Broadway this month! Sure to be incredibly popular, we recommend booking tickets ASAP if you want to see Ricky Martin take on this role. Elena Rogers stars as Eva Peron in this story of the historical figure’s rise from the slums of Argentina to the Presidential Mansion, featuring songs Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, Another Suitcase in Another Hall and High Flying, Adored.

Harvey

Although we’re not selling tickets on our website yet (e-mail me if you want to book now!) I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t the production I’m probably most excited about this season. Not only is the play amazing – telling the story of Elwood P Dowd and his best friend Harvey, a 6′ 3.5″ tall rabbit that only Elwood can see, the production is going to star Jim Parsons, best known for his portrayal of theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper on the show The Big Bang Theory. Parsons made his Broadway debut last year in The Normal Heart and apparently he just couldn’t wait to come back. We’d be thrilled if Broadway is where he regularly spent his hiatus from filming his hit TV show. Harvey starts May 18th (aka, not soon enough!)

This is just a small taste of what’s to come on Broadway this year – other shows we’re looking forward to include Ghost the Musical, Leap of Faith, Best Man, A Streetcar Named Desire, One Man Two Guvners, Jesus Christ Superstar, End of the Rainbow and many others! In addition to Matthew Broderick, Ricky Martin and Jim Parsons we’re welcoming Jon Lithgow, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Eric McCormack, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Jeff Goldblum, Raul Esparza, Michael Cerveris, and Blair Underwood, among others, to town.

Stay tuned to our blog as we make our way to all of the shows and review them for you, and e-mail us at info@newyorkguest.com if you’re looking to plan a trip and want to figure out which show is right for you!

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