While nothing is official, The Broadway Critic has heard reports that two new shows are coming to Broadway in Summer 2010. There are no official dates on either shows, but I assume they’ll be opening late summer, early fall (similar to how Finian’s Rainbow and Ragtime opened). Hopefully, these two shows will fair better than Finian’s Rainbow and Ragtime.
What’s most interesting, is the fact that both shows are successfully touring before their Broadway run. Usually, it’s the other way around – Broadway, then tour – but not with these two shows.
The first show that’s planning on transferring to Broadway after their successful tour across the USA is the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of The Little House on the Prairie.
Little House on the Prairie finishes their first national tour in Kansas City, MO on June 27th, 2010. The closest that it’s coming to the Bay Area is Sacramento on April 14th – 25th, 2010. You can better believe I’m going to try to drive up there and see it! I figure that since they are finished the end of June, that they will probably be starting previews on Broadway in August and possibly opening in September.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s inspirational stories take on a brand new frontier in this uplifting new musical. An award-winning team has collaborated to make this one of the best new musicals in decades! The team includes: superlative direction by internationally acclaimed Francesca Zambello (Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Broadway); a riveting book by Tony Award winner Rachel Sheinkin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); a wondrous score by Oscar Winning composer Rachel Portman; lyrics by Donna di Novelli and finally: Melissa Gilbert, who played “Laura” in the beloved TV series, joins the cast as “Ma.”
It too has been getting great reviews around the country and now it’s ready to take the chance to see if Broadway has room for some country charm.
The second show that’s coming to Broadway this fall is the widely successful Apollo Theatre revival of Dreamgirls.
This revival of Dreamgirls brings back the original show, but acknowledges and embraces the almost 30-year journey since its creation. Robert Longbottom teams with co-choreographer Shane Sparks of TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” to infuse the show with fresh, contemporary movement and style. The cast is filled with some of today’s most talented young stars and, of special importance, this new Dreamgirls will be launched at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater, highlighting the show’s themes of talent and discovery like no production before it.
As you can tell, this particular production is special and the audiences have loved it. It currently has dates to play in San Francisco on August 24th – September 26th. But interestingly enough, those dates are not on the Dreamgirls website. Have they changed their mind and decided Broadway instead? If so, it will probably end up on Broadway late September but if it does go to San Francisco then you should plan on an October preview and November opening for this new revival. If they don’t end up coming to San Francisco, believe me I’ll be buying a ticket to see this on Broadway. If it does, you’ll see a review this summer. Either way, I’m stoked to see this being revived on Broadway. It’s time.
Playbill.com hasn’t even reported either of these shows are coming to Broadway, but I heard that they are currently casting for both for the Broadway-bound productions. (Check out Playbill.com’s full list of upcoming Broadway shows here.) I’m waiting for an official announcement because we all know that casting a show isn’t the same as actually producing one. (Please refer to Spiderman: Turn of the Dark.) But, my bets are in – both of these shows will show up on Broadway next season.
Which one are you most excited about?