by Louise, Director of Operations
It’s that time of year again. The cut-off to be eligible for a 2013 Tony Award is the end of April, which means for the next eight weeks we’re going to have shows opening left and right. Which just makes it harder to decide what shows to see when you visit this spring, right? Never fear – the New York Guest staff is here to do the hard work of sitting through as many of the shows as possible and blogging about them for you to help you decide. Don’t thank us. We’re just doing our job.
Here are a couple of shows I’m particularly excited about, personally:
Music by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein? Yes please! This show is based on a British film from 2005 about a young man who inherits his father’s failing shoe factory, and finds an inventive way to turn the business around. While I’ve never seen the movie, the creative team alone is enough to sell me on this one. I’m expecting big, exciting dance numbers, bright, showy costumes and off-color humor. In other words, what I am expecting is an awesome time.
Tom Hanks is coming to Broadway, you guys! Tom Hanks! On Broadway! It’s going to be NUTS and you should definitely get your tickets soon if you want to catch this one, which I’m betting you do. I mean, if the fact that it is Tom Hanks (Tom Hanks!) is not enough to get you excited – this is a play written by the beloved Nora Ephron. That’s right – Tom Hanks, speaking words written by Nora Ephron, live and in person! I cannot believe you aren’t e-mailing me right now to get tickets. Oh, you want to know what the play is about? It’s about tabloid columnist Mike McAlary in NYC in the 1980’s. It’s going to be awesome.
This show took London by storm in the past year, winning many Olivier awards (that’s the British equivalent of a Tony, for those who aren’t as obsessive as I am) and widespread critical acclaim. I am so excited to see it come to Broadway. It’s important, I think, to note that this show seems to be based on the book by Roald Dahl rather than on the film version, which was based on the book but, in my highly critical opinion as a lifelong fan of Roald Dahl, did not even come close to doing it justice. I’m expecting the show to be pretty dark and cynical (as the original book is basically about child neglect and corporal punishment), and from the look of things it is going to have some very powerful musical numbers and be a really gorgeous production. Definitely one of my early picks for a Tony contender.
Who doesn’t love a good comedy about sibling rivalry? While plays don’t tend to have the same draw as musicals, this one did very well in its off Broadway run and also has two big names: Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce. The playwright, Christopher Durang, is known for absurd, zany humor and from what I’ve heard this play is no exception.
This is just a sampling of the many awesome shows that are coming in the next eight weeks. If I got into all of them this blog would go on for just…way longer than you probably want to spend reading it. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hands on a Hardbody, Orphans, Motown, Pippin, and more (plus the two we’ve already told you about, Cinderella and Ann) will also be taking the Great White Way by storm this spring. Wanna talk Broadway with me? Tell me in the comments what YOU’RE most excited about, or shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to tell you more about all of these shows soon!