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Broadway Theater Spring 2015 Preview Guide

Below are the shows scheduled to open in Broadway theaters between January and April, 2015, listed chronologically by opening date. This is a work in progress. Some other shows will surely announce a Broadway theater and opening date in Spring 2015; some of those already scheduled may well drop out.

Tastes vary, and in any case my recommendations come after I’ve seen a show, but I do throw in a comment here and there below.

Also check out: Off-Broadway Spring 2015 Guide

January

Constellations

constellationslogoSamuel J. Friedman Theater

  • Playwright: Nick Payne
  • Director: Michael Longhurst
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson
  • First preview: December 16
  • Opening January 13, 2015
  • Closes: March 15

A chance meeting between a beekeeper and a physicist at a barbecue develops into a relationship with infinite outcomes that play out across multiple, alternate universes. Nick Payne is the playwright who last brought Gyllenhaal to a New York stage, “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” about a family and the world’s climate falling apart, most memorable for the stage flooded with water.

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Twitter: @MTC_NYC

honeymooninvegaslogoHoneymoon in Vegas

Nederlander Theater

  • Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
  • Book: Andrew Bergman
  • Director: Gary Griffin
  • First preview: November 18
  • Opening: January 15
  • Cast: Tony Danza, Rob McClure, Byrnn O’Malley

Jack Singer, a regular guy with an extreme fear of marriage, finally gets up the nerve to ask his girlfriend Betsy to marry him. But when they head to Las Vegas to get hitched, smooth talking gambler Tommy Korman, looking for a second chance at love, falls head over heels for Betsy.

The show is based on the 1992 Hollywood movie starring James CaanNicolas CageSarah Jessica Parker, written and directed by Andrew Bergman, who’s written the book for the musical.

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Twitter: @HoneymoonBway

March

Fish-in-the-Dark-Larry-David-logoFish in the Dark

Cort Theatre

  • First Preview: February 2, 2015
  • Opening: March 5, 2015
  • Closing: June 7, 2015
  • Written by Larry David
  • Director: Anna D. Shapiro
  • Cast: Larry David, Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Johnny Orsini, Rosie Perez, Jerry Adler, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Marylouise Burke, Jennifer Lyon

A comedy about a death in the family by the co-creator of Seinfeld, and the creator and star of  Curb Your Enthusiasm, who said he hasn’t acted in a play since the eighth grade. Will his humor translate to the stage? I’m guessing yes.

 website

Twitter: @FishInTheDark

theaudiencelogoThe Audience

Gerald Schoenfeld Theater

  • First Preview: February 17, 2015
  • Opening: March 8, 2015
  • Written by Peter Morgan
  • Director: Stephen Daldry
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Dylan Baker, Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Judith Ivey, Richard McCabe, Dakin Matthews, Rod McLachlan, Rufus Wright

For 60 years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. The play imagines a series of sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive meetings between the Queen and everyone from Churchill to Cameron.
The always-fabulous Helen Mirren starred in the 2013 West End production, which got raves in the London press — but remember both critics and British audiences know (and care) more about British political history than U.S. theatergoers.

 website

Twitter: @TheAudienceBway

20centurylogoOn The Twentieth Century

American Airlines Theater

  • First Preview: February 12, 2015
  • Opening: March 12, 2015
  • Closes: July 5, 2015
  • Written by Cy Coleman (music) and Betty Comden & Adolph Green (book & lyrics)
  • Director: Scott Ellis
  • Cast: Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Andy Karl, Michael McGrath, Mark Linn-Baker, Mary Louise Wilson

A struggling Broadway producer tries to get a former lover, now a Hollywood star, to sign a contract to star in his latest (and as yet un-conceived) play as they travel on the luxury train Twentieth Century Limited from Chicago to New York.
A musical based on the 1933 plays Twentieth Century, which was made into a 1934 movie starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard, this musical comedy debuted on Broadway in 1979.

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Twitter: @RTC_NYC

The Heidi Chronicles

heidichronicleslogo Music Box Theater

  • First Preview: February 23, 2015
  • Opening: March 19, 2015
  • Written by Wendy Wasserstein
  • Director: Pam MacKinnon
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs, Bryce Pinkham, Tracee Chimo

This 1989 play by the late and much missed Wendy Wasserstein follows the awakening of art historian Heidi Holland in a changing cultural and political landscape. The casting of Moss is both well-timed (Peggy and the rest of the characters of Mad Men are soon to depart) and intriguing.

website

Twitter: @HeidionBroadway

The Heart of Robin Hood

HeartofRobinHoodlogo(This has been postponed)
Marquis Theater

  • First Preview: March 11, 2015
  • Opening:
  • Closes:
  • Written by David Farr
  • Director: Gísli Örn Garðarsson
  • Cast: TBA

We’re told this is a reimagining of the familiar story. The merry band do steal from the rich, but don’t give to the poor — until a crisis convinces Marion to step in and get them to change. This was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company

website

Twitter: @RobinHoodBway

April

skylight logoSkylight

John Golden Theater

    • First Preview: March 16, 2015
    • Opening: April 2, 2015
    • Closes: June 14, 2015
    • Written by David Hare
    • Director: Stephen Daldry
    • Cast: Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan, Matthew Beard

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.
London critics loved this production of Hare’s 1995 play.

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Hand to God

handtogodlogoBooth Theater

      • First Preview: March 12, 2015
      • Opening: April 7, 2015
      • Written by Robert Askins
      • Director: Mortiz van Stuelpnagel
      • Cast: Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Michael Oberholtzer, Sarah Stiles, Marc Kudisch.

The good children of Cypress, Texas are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected.
Producer Kevin McCollum, who brings this play to Broadway following runs at Ensemble Studio Theater and MCC Theater, says it will be changed for Broadway.

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Gigi

GigilogoNeil Simon Theater

First Preview: March 19, 2015

Opening: April 8, 2015

Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe and book by Heidi Thomas

Director: Eric Schaeffer

Cast: Vanessa Hudgens
Victoria Clark
Corey Cott
Dee Hoty
Howard McGillin
Steffanie Leigh
Cameron Adams
Kathryn Boswell
Max Clayton
Madeleine Doherty
Ashley Blair Fitzgerald
Hannah Florence
Alison Jantzie
Brian Ogilvie
James Patterson
Justin Prescott
Jeffrey C. Sousa
Manny Stark
Tanairi Sade Vazquez
Richard White
Amos Wolff
Ashley Yeater

In this revival of the 1974 musical, the title character is being groomed to join the family business, as a courtesan. (The 1958 movie musical, which introduced the song”Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” won nine Oscars.)

@GigiOnBroadway

Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2

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Winter Garden Theater

      • First Preview: March 20, 2015
      • Opening: April 9, 2015
      • Written by Hilary Mantel (novels), Mike Poulton (adaptation)
      • Director: Jeremy Herrin
      • Cast: Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard, Nathaniel Parker

A stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Through the eyes and ears of Thomas Cromwell, the power, passion and politics surrounding Henry VIII’s relationship with Anne Boleyn are brought to life as two plays.
Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII have been characters in many works before, such as A Man For All Seasons. This two-part play, which originated at the Royal Shakespeare Company,is being touted as an epic theatrical event (akin to Nicholas Nickleby or Angels in America), which you can see on two separate days or in a marathon on the same day.

website

Twitter: @WolfHallThePlay

An American in Paris

The Palace Theater

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      • First Preview: March 13, 2015
      • Opening: April 12, 2015
      • Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin (music & lyrics), Craig Lucas (book)
      • Director: Christopher Wheeldon
      • Cast: Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz, Max von Essen

Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret – and realizes he is not her only suitor. A classic American film about young souls in Paris is re-imagined for the Broadway stage.
This debuted in Paris in December 2014. The French loved it — and they don’t usually love musicals. Prepare to see the dancing emphasized. Director Wheeldon is a respected and innovative choreographer, Fairchild is a arincipal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and Leanne Cope is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet.

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Twitter: @AmericanInParis

It Shoulda Been You

Itshouldabeenyou artwork
Brooks Atkinson Theater

  • First Preview: March 17, 2015
  • Opening: April 14, 2015
  • Written by Barbara Anselmi (music), Brian Hargrove (book & lyrics)
  • Director: David Hyde Pierce
  • Cast: Tyne Daley, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, Lisa Howard, David Burtka, Edward Hibbert, Steve Rosen, Chip Zien, Montego Glover, Josh Grisetti

The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature, his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And then the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up.
The members of the cast have great track records.

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Twitter:  @ShouldaBeenYou

Finding Neverland

findingneverlandlogoLunt-Fontanne Theater

  • First Preview: March 15, 2015
  • Opening: April 15, 2015
  • Written by James Graham (book), Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy (music & lyrics), Allan Knee (original play)
  • Director: Diane Paulus
  • Cast: Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelley, Kelsey Grammer, Carolee Carmello

J.M. Barrie’s last play was an abysmal failure and his career is threatened by crippling writers block. But then a chance meeting in a London park with a woman and her spirited young boys provides just the inspiration he needs.
After an unsuccessful London premiere, producer Harvey Weinstein replaced the entire creative team; the new version then premiered at the American Repertory Theater.

website

Twitter: @NeverlandBway

The King and I

kingandilogo

  • Vivian Beaumont
  • First Preview: March 12, 2015
  • Opening: April 16, 2015
  • Written by Richard Rodgers (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics)
  • Director: Barlett Sher
  • Cast: Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, Conrad Ricamora, Ashley Park, Edward Baker-Duly, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Murphy Guyer, Jakes Lucas, Paul Nakauchi, Marc Oka

In 1860s Siam, Anna, a British schoolteacher, is hired as part of King Mongkut’s drive to modernize his country.
Yes, this is the fifth production on Broadway, but it’s the King and I — one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s intensely tuneful musicals.

website

Twitter: @LCTheater

Fun Home

FunHomeLogo Circle in the Square

    • First Preview: March 27, 2015
    • Opening: April 19, 2015
    • Written by Lisa Kron (book), Jeanine Tesori (music & lyrics), Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)
    • Director: Sam Gold
    • Cast: Michael Ceveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Joel Perez, Robert Colindrez, Zell Morrow, Oscar Williams

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.
I loved the production of this show at the Public Theater, and it looks as if they might well be leaving it alone.

website

Twitter: @funhomemusical

livingonlovelogoLiving on Love

Longacre Theatre,

      • First preview: April 1.
      • Opens April 20
      • Closes: August 20
      • Written by: Joe DiPietro
      • Director: Kathleen Marshall
      • Cast: Renee Fleming,

American opera star, soprano Renée Fleming makes her Broadway debut as a celebrated diva who deals with her philandering conductor husband’s transgressions by taking on a young lover of her own. The comedy is a loose adaptation of Garson Kanin’s 1985 play “Peccadillo” with its setting moved back to the 1950s.

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Twitter: @LivingLoveBway

Dr. Zhivago

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        • The Broadway Theatre
        • First Preview: March 27, 2015
        • Opening: April 21, 2015
        • Written by Lucy Simon (music), Michael Korie & Amy Powers (lyrics), Michael Weller (book), Boris Pasternak (novel)
        • Director: Des McAnuff
        • Cast: Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Paul Nolan

A young physician and his beautiful mistress get swept up in the danger and drama of the Bolshevik Revolution in this epic musical based on the classic novel by Nobel Prize author Boris Pasternak.

This musical has been bouncing around the world (Australia, Korea) since it premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in 2006 to a mixed response. Producers say they’ve changed it substantially.

website

Twitter: @zhivagomusical

Something Rotten

        • somethingrottenlogoTheatre: St. James Theatre
        • First Preview: March 23, 2015
        • Opening: April 22, 2015
        • Written by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatric (music & lyrics), Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell (book)
        • Director: Casey Nicholaw
        • Cast: Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle

It’s the 1590s, and 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 theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.
After the quick closing of Side Show, the producers dropped the plan to premiere this musical in Seattle and bring it directly to Broadway.

airlinehighwaylogo2Airline Highway

Samuel J. Friedman Theater

        • First Preview: April 1, 2015
        • Opening: April 23, 2015
        • Written by Lisa D’Amour
        • Director: Joe Mantello
        • Cast: TBA

In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather – strippers, hustlers, and philosophers – to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies.
This play marks the Broadway debut of Lisa D’Amour, who demonstrated her keen insight into the economic crumbling class and her for the eerie with Detroit.

website (from Steppenwolf, where it is playing through February, 2015)

Twitter: @MTC_NYC

thevisitlogoThe Visit

The Lyceum

  • First Preview: March 26, 2015
  • Opening: April 23, 2015
  • Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with Terrence McNally
  • Director: John Doyl
  • Cast: Chita Rivera, Roger Rees

The oft-widowed Claire Zachanassian (Chita Rivera), and richest woman in the world, returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth.  The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but her arrival carries a dreadful price.

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About New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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