There’s a few shows this Broadway season that you can not miss! Here are my top five:
5. After Midnight
“The band takes the last bow in “After Midnight,” the sparkling new jazz revue that opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater… This may be unusual for Broadway, where the players are normally in the pit — and the music often sounds as if it could have been piped in from Hong Kong — but it’s entirely as it should be.” – New York Times Review This review alone got me interested in seeing After Midnight. It’s not on the top of my list, but I definitely think it is something that I’ll see (eventually). I would love to see Fantasia live and I love this idea of rotating singers in and out of the “lead” but not as a “replacement” but as a convention. It does sound like that the band is the main reason to check out this production.
Oh Rocky! What can I say: I’m intrigued? I’m always intrigued in shows that writers take an unusual subject matter and put in on the stage. It’s even more interesting when the unusual subject matter is boxing, and they are supposed to sing about it. I mean, come on, Rocky singing? Will it work? I don’t know… I can’t wait to find out. The producers are hoping it’s going to be a huge blockbuster success after moving Mamma Mia out of the Winter Garden Theatre, and replacing it with Rocky. The best part about all of this — I can finally say I went to the Winter Garden Theatre. Finally.
3. Bridges of Madison County
Jason Robert Brown’s new musical, Bridges of Madison County, has me all excited for numerous reasons. One, I’m interested in hearing how Jason Robert Brown’s music has morphed since Songs for a New World and The Last Five Years – both shows that shaped my love for musical theatre. Second, it has Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale in the production. I saw both in Playwright Horizon’s production of Far From Heaven and they were phenomenal together. To be honest, I’ve never seen the movie but I’m interested and have tickets for the second week of previews. I’ll be sure to tell you all about it! For now, I’m content to listening to the above track over and over.
2. Les Miserables
All I have to say is: Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean. Frankly, that’s all I have to say. It’s his Broadway debut. And I’ll probably see this multiple times because of him. I have a man crush on this guy — one of the most unbelievable voices of this century.
A few of my favorite things are in this cast: RENT alum: Idina Menzel & Anthony Rapp, Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey wrote the piece and it’s directed by Michael Grief. It tells the story of a 40-year old woman named Elizabeth who moves back to New York City for a fresh start. I’m excited for new musicals and I’m definitely interested in this one. I hope it’s as fantastic as I hope it will be. I need a new Next to Normal in my life. I have high expectations.
What musical are you most excited to see this upcoming season? Be sure to take the poll below.
You can read past top 5’s here:
- Top 5 New 2012-13 Broadway Musicals I’m Excited About
- Top 5 New 2012 Broadway Musicals I’m Excited About
- Five Broadway Shows You Should See #3 – June 2010
- Five Broadway Shows You Should See #2 – March 2010
- Five Broadway Shows You Should See #1 – November 2009