Happy New Year Everyone! Another year is blooming on Broadway and its looking like its going to be another epic year of theatre in New York City as love stories, death, revolution and classic revivals come to life for the 2012 season! Broadway this year will experience a newsboy revolution, Judy Garland, classic Gershwin tunes, visit Neverland, see Jesus return to the stage and experience tons of new pieces of theatre work set for their Broadway debut. The story never ends especially on Broadway! So sit back and relax as Luner on Theatre brings you a preview and guide to your 2012 Broadway line up of future shows you can look forward to seeing this year in lights!
We have a lot of new productions to cover so let’s kick if off with our 2012 lineup!
The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, which is currently in previews at the Richard Rogers Theatre, officially opens on Broadway January 12th. The musical covers the story of Porgy and Bess on Catfish Row and the concept of African American life in the southern U.S. The musical is proud to be making it’s way to Broadway despite some previous drama from musical theatre composer Stephen Sonheim throwing a little bit of a diva fit when this production first began working in Boston late last year. The musical stars Audra McDonald as Bess and Norm Lewis as Porgy. For more information on the musical, check out the Porgy and Bess Official Broadway Website.
The Road to Mecca is a new play set to be produced by The Roundabout Theatre Company. The play tells the story of an elderly women in South Africa who has turned her home into a epic piece of artwork in the past three years since her husbands death. The play will star Tony Award Winners Rose Mary Harris and Jim Dale. The play will begin previews January 17th at The American Airlines Theatre. For more information, check out Roundabout Theatre’s Website.
Venus in Fur will be making it’s way uptown this year after playing a sold out engagement at The Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre to transfer to the Lyceum Theatre. The story is of an actress who arrives at an audition and before she knows it is more powerful then the director himself. The production stars Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy. For more information, check out Venus in Fur on Broadway’s Official Website.
A Streetcar Named Desire is set to be revived on Broadway this year. However, it has to find a Broadway house first as it is one of the many productions this upcoming season still looking for a home! The play follows the life of Blanche DeBois as she is forced to move in with her sister and her husband and face real life lessons in 1940′s New Orleans. The production is set to star Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Blair Underwood.
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman will return to Broadway this year in a new revival set to star Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield. The play follows the story line of Willy Loman, a business man, and his downfall from glory as salesman and how it affects his family. This new production of an absolutely American Classic will begin March 15th, 2012 at The Barrymore Theatre.
Once, the hit new musical based off of the 2007 film of the same name, will finally make it’s way to Broadway this year after years in the works and a successful Off-Broadway run previously. The producers of this new show announced this production transfer to Broadway even before it officially opened Off-Broadway. The new musical features music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh. For more information, check out Once on Broadway’s Official Website.
Jesus Christ Superstar is all the buzz and back on Broadway this year in a much anticipated revival having transferred from a huge success this summer at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The production follows the life of Jesus is his final week of life and focuses our attention on his relationship between him and Judas. The production is set to feature the hit cast that made this production so note worthy at Stratford with a minor change or two, including Upper Darby Summer Stage Alumni Josh Young in the role of Judas! For more information, check out the Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway Official Website.
Disney’s Newsies the Musical may stand in the hearts of Broadway fans as hands down the most anticipated production of the 2012 Broadway season! However, with only 101 performances on Broadway, Disney fans and lovers will only have a limited chance to check out this incredible stage production coming to New York after a successful regional run at The Paper Mill Playhouse previously. Casting has not been announced however it is expected most of the regional cast will transfer. Newsies is a musical based off of the real life Newsboy Strike in New York City in 1899. For more information, check out Newsies on Broadway Official Website.
End of the Rainbow will shine on Broadway later this year in a new musical that tells us the tale of Judy Garland trying to make yet another comeback in her career. The musical follows the personal issues and conflicts that consumed her life later on but is filled with moments of Garland’s performance career that defined her and placed her in history. This is a musical not to be missed after receiving rave reviews in London. Tracie Bennett which reprise her role as Judy Garland in the transfer of this production to Broadway which is set to begin April 2nd at The Belasco Theatre. For more information, check out End of the Rainbow on Broadway’s Official Website.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita will return to Broadway this season in a hit revival of the musical currently set to star Ricky Martin, Elena Roger, Michael Cerveris, Rachel Potter and more at The Marquis Theatre later on Broadway this year April 5th. The musical follows the life Evita in her early life, rise to power, charity work and eventual death. The production is also set to star Wagner Theatre Alumni Christina DeCicco as the stand by for Eva! For more information, check out Evita on Broadway’s Official Website.
Rebecca the Musical is set to make it’s Broadway debut this year based after the Oscar Award winning film of the same of title. The musical follows the life of Maxim De Winter and his estate where he lives with his new wife and housekeeper. However, the spirit of his past wife Rebecca still casts a very dark shadow over the entire household. The musical will begin April 22nd at The Broadhurst Theatre.
Ghost the Musical is set to transfer to Broadway this year after a successful run in the West End this past year. The musical is set to star Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy who will reprise their roles from the West End. The story is based off of the film of the same name and follows the story of Sam and Molly who are a couple attacked one night. Sam is killed but is caught between the real world and what comes next. He tries to get in contact with Molly to let her know she is in danger. The musical is set to begin April 23rd at The Lunt Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. For more information, check out Ghost the Musical on Broadway’s Official Website.
Nice Work If You Can Get It is a new Broadway musical this year set to bring back to life classic Gershwin hits in a new hit musical starring Kelli O’Hara and Matthew Broderick. The musical follows the story of Jimmy Winter who is about to get married but meets bootlegger Billie Bendix and everything gets thrown upside down. The musical is set to begin April 24th at The Imperial Theatre on Broadway. For more information, check out Nice Work If You Can Get on Broadway’s Official Website.
Peter and the Starcatcher will fly uptown to Broadway this year after receiving much praise during a successful downtown run last year in New York. The play, which features music, is the story of Peter before he becomes the iconic figure of Peter Pan in a wild play filled with imagination and so much more. This production like many others this season is also currently facing the issue of locating a Broadway home. However, it is expected a home for this show will be announced soon. For more information, check out Peter and the Starcatchers on Broadway’s Official Website.
And thats a wrap everyone! What a long and epic list of upcoming productions on Broadway! Due to space and time limitations, Luner on Theatre has excluded a couple upcoming Broadway productions also aiming for a spot on The Great White Way this year. However, we will most definitely be covering every single piece of theatre that comes to Broadway this year so have no fear! Check Out all the official Broadway websites for more information and Luner on Theatre as we bring you all the theatre news you not only need but want to know!