Sunday, June 26, 2011
BROADWAY 2011/2012 – THE REVIVALS SEASON?
The new musical SPIDERMAN: TURN OF THE DARK, a leftover from last season, finally had it’s opening, becoming the first musical of the 2011/2012 season. Frank Wildhorn’s BONNIE & CLYDE (this guy got guts, after the flop of WONDERLAND is already back) will follow soon. But, besides those, the only new musicals announced are the Off-Broadway transfer YANK!, with music by Joseph Zellnik and book & lyrics by David Zellnik, and the “new” Gershwin’s musical NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (inspired by OH, KAY!) starring Matthew Broderick and staged by Tony Winner choreographer Kathleen Marshall.
The other planned productions are all revivals. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA brings Ricky Martin back to Broadway, with Elena Roger in the title role. The last and winning revival of HAIR returns, with its national tour, for a limited run. Stephen Schwart’s GODSPELL will finally have its long announced revival. Kennedy Center’s production of FOLLIES transfers to the Marquis Theatre, but only for a limited run. Roundabout Theatre’s production of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’ directed by Graciella Daniele. And Michael Mayer will direct Harry Connick Jr in his reconceived version of ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER.
Let’s see what surprises this Broadway season has in store for us musical lovers.