New York City Theatre - Broadway MusicalsJuly 14, 2010 - by City Guide News Desk
The Addams Family - In this new musical based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, storm clouds gather over the Addams manse as daughter Wednesday experiences a unique sensation: caring about another person. Pugsley, jealous of his sister's attention, begs her to keep torturing him, while Morticia, conflicted over her daughter's lunge into womanhood, fears being upstaged and discarded. Father Gomez would prefer everything remain status quo. Starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth.
American Idiot - Based on the Grammy Award-winning album of the same name, American Idiot follows working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East, as they seek redemption in a world filled with frustration -- an exhilarating journey borne along by Green Day's electrifying songs. This high-octane show includes every song from the album, as well as several new songs from 21st Century Breakdown.
Billy Elliot - One of London’s biggest success stories is now a Broadway superstar. Set against the backdrop of a struggling English coal-mining town, the show -- a celebration of a determined young boy’s dream to follow his passion for dance despite all odds -- is a study in inspirational and entertaining musical theatre. Peter Darling’s stunning choreography is well matched by Elton John’s score and hand-picked cast, including three young performers who alternate in the role of Billy.
Chicago - Kander & Ebb’s “musical vaudeville” about those murderous tootsies Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly offers a delicious cavalcade of colorful characters who stop at nothing to get what they want! A must-see!
Come Fly Away - A new musical from director/choreographer Twyla Tharp following four couples as they fall in and out of love during a song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live 19-piece big band and 15 of the world's finest dancers, Come Fly Away weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including "Fly Me To The Moon," "My Way," and "That's Life" into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction.
Fela! - This revolutionary new musical, based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and political activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones. After a successful sold-out run Off-Broadway, this powerful theatrical event uses Kuti’s pioneering music -- a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies -- to explore this important artist/activist.
In the Heights - This vibrant show centers on a tight-knit Latino community at the top of the island of Manhattan. With a score pulsing with energy, the story follows the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition.
Jersey Boys - Based on the life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, this musical chronicles a group of blue-collar kids’ rise to superstardom.
La Cage aux Folles - This London import/revival of Harvey Fierstein's hit Broadway musical asks the question, "Can a camp man (and his lover) pretend not to be gay just to meet his son's prospective parents-in-law?" A delightful tale of an unusual nightclub and the extraordinary characters who make up its extended family. Starring Kelsey Grammer.
The Lion King - Disney’s Lion King is a treasure trove of stunning visual magic as it follows Simba, the lion cub, as he grows up to be the king of the jungle.
A Little Night Music - Based on Ingmar Berman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, this spider’s web of romantic intrigue is set in a country house in 19th-century Sweden. This first Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Tony winner stars Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch.
Mamma Mia! - Set on a mythical Greek isle, this hit musical romance incorporates 22 ABBA songs into a story about a single mother and her daughter on the eve of the daughter’s wedding.
Mary Poppins - Disney’s beloved 1964 Oscar-winning film about the world’s most beloved nanny is now an unforgettable stage musical filled with both original songs and irresistible new ones.
Memphis - In this original story set in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. Featuring a score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and Joe DiPietro.
Million Dollar Quartet - Inspired by the famed impromptu December 4, 1956 recording session that brought together four of the most legendary figures in the history of rock 'n' roll -- Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley -- this new musical is set at Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," who discovered them all. Featuring a treasure trove of iconic hits, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "Riders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On."
Next to Normal - A hit at both Off-Broadway's Second Stage and D.C.'s Arena Stage, this six-person musical explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and how far two parents will go to keep their family's world intact.
The Phantom of the Opera - One of Broadway’s greatest attractions, Gaston Leroux’s thriller about a young soprano and the mysterious figure who loves her, has achieved the legendary status most shows only dream of! Now’s the time to experience -- or re-experience -- Andrew Lloyd Webber’s haunting “Music of the Night.”
Promises, Promises - Based on the 1960 Oscar-winning Billy Wilder film The Apartment, Promises, Promises tells the story of Chuck Baxter, looking to advance in a mega-insurance company, who lends executives his apartment for their extramarital romantic trysts. When Fran Kubelik, the object of his affection, becomes the mistress of one of the big wigs, things get sufficiently complicated. With a book by Neil Simon and a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David ("I'll Never Fall In Love Again"), this revival stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes.
Rock of Ages - Following a successful Off-Broadway run, this fast-paced retro musical arrives on Broadway with a score made up of 1980s hits by Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and many others. Set at a Hollywood rock club facing demise, the show tracks an aspiring young rocker, a small-town girl chasing her dreams, and all kinds of complications.
South Pacific - Based on James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, this dynamic revival of one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest successes (the unforgettable score runs the gamut from “Some Enchanted Evening” to “Honey Bun”) centers on two very different love stories set against a WWII backdrop.
West Side Story - More than 50 years ago a Romeo & Juliet-inspired show, with a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, changed musical theatre forever. It’s now back on Broadway bringing its compelling story of gang rivalry and young love to new generations. Directed by Arthur Laurents, who penned the original book, this new production builds on the show’s raw power and emotion to create a fresh experience unlike any that came before it.
Wicked - Set in Oz long before the arrival of Dorothy, this musical follows the two young girls who grow up to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.