Monday, March 2, 2020

Looking Forward to Spring: March - May 2020

Hopefully, the cold of winter will soon give way to warmer sunny days and the first blossoms of spring. As usual, no matter the weather outside, the Broadway theater scene always heats up at this time of year.  In fact, this spring will bring a very exciting roster of TEN new shows we are looking forward to over the next 92 days.

But before we take a look at what's ahead, let's see how the shows of winter did. We saw just four productions, but they were all good to excellent: Jagged Little Pill (A+), Emojiland (A), a re-visit to Mean Girls (B-), and West Side Story (A++). That's a solid A average. We'll take it!

March - May 2020
(In the order we'll be seeing them)

Mrs. Doubtfire (on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre): As if its being based on one of my favorite films wasn't enough, it has one of my absolutely favorite actors in the title role, too. But is Rob McClure enough to make yet another film adaptation (not to mention another guy in a dress show) interesting?

Sing Street (on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre): Another film adaptation, true. But it is based on a small, independent movie, and those seem to do quite well (Once, The Band's Visit, Kinky Boots). And we are obsessed with the video they released for their song "Up." I'm really excited for this one.

Girl From the North Country (on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre): The mixed-to-negative comments on the chat boards have me very leery about this one. I was looking forward to it more before the previews started. Still, it was a bit of a sensation off-Broadway and in London...and I tend to love darker shows, so who knows? Maybe I'll love it! After all, I liked that other Bob Dylan show...

Six (on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre): Will the hype kill this one for me? Could it possibly be as great as everyone says? The fandom for this one is crazy. Well, I'm pumped! I hope I really lose my head over this one.

Caroline, or Change (on Broadway at Studio 54): Missing the original production is still one of my biggest regrets. I am thankful for this second chance, and can't wait to see the acclaimed performance of Sharon D. Clarke. The rest of the cast is pretty darned exciting, too.

Flying Over Sunset (on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater): Proof that preview videos work, I am now very much looking forward to seeing this show! The cast, the title song, a Tom Kitt score? I'm ready to fly!

Company (on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre): They had me at the logo. Patti. Katrina. A who's who of A list Broadway talent. Sondheim. No brainer.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (on Broadway at the Booth Theatre): Here's a classic American play that I can't believe I've never seen. And with Laurie Metcalf? How could we miss it?

Take Me Out (on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre): The first time this show was on Broadway, I missed it. This time around, I am not making the same mistake. And the cast that has been announced so far is exciting, too!

Hair (regional at Signature Theater, Arlington, VA): I'll bet that this is the show Mike is most looking forward to - I know he loves it. I am, too, and Signature Theater rarely disappoints.

Lots to look forward to over the next three months. It'll be interesting to see which one we end up loving or hating. Or even worse, which ones are just meh.


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