Friday, December 1, 2023

Looking Forward to Winter: December 2023 - February 2024

Brrr! It sure has been cold lately. But even as the winds topple Christmas trees and snows have already slowed traffic, Broadway remains hot. Well, at least pretty warm. Though only a few new shows will be opening this winter, we have plenty to catch up on.

As usual, before we look ahead, let's review how our show-going fall went. We only made it to four shows, but it was very successful. Talk about variety! A staged concert of a rarely seen Sondheim show, a new musical by LaChiusa, a spectacular immersive staging, and a fun trip down memory lane were what we got to, and we liked them all. In the order we saw them: Back to the Future: The Musical (A-), Here Lies Love (A), The Frogs (A-), and The Gardens of Anuncia (A). That's an average of roughly 93% - an A!

And now, on to the future. (The list below includes only shows that have already opened, or will open during December - February.) Be sure to let us know what you are looking forward to this winter!

Looking Forward to Winter:
December 2023 - February 2024

Holdovers From Autumn:

Gutenberg! The Musical
(James Earl Jones Theatre)
I know almost nothing about this one, other than Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad are the stars, Alex Timbers is directing, and it has something to do with the guy who invented the printing press. There are worse ideas out there, right?

(Ethel Barrymore Theatre)
I'm looking forward to hearing what kind of score Barry Manilow has come up with, and I am very interested in the subject matter, especially given the current climate. Plus, I am excited to see the great Chip Zien, and I am charmed by Sierra Boggess, plus I really need to see what all the fuss is about Julie Benko

How to Dance in Ohio
(Belasco Theatre)
Despite very mixed early audience reports and an underwhelming parade performance, I'm still hoping to catch this one. I find the whole autism spectrum to be very interesting, and hope to learn a lot about this sensitive subject in researching it and from the show. 

Merrily We Roll Along
(Hudson Theatre)
I've said it before, I'll say it again: The Sondheim enigma show. Groff. Radcliffe. Mendez. How could we not? BUT will it live up to the hype?

Here We Are
 (Off-Broadway at The Shed)
The final Sondheim musical. Ever. Are we interested? Duh. And that cast! Double duh!

New to Broadway This Winter:

Days of Wine and Roses
(Roundabout Theater Company at Studio 54)
Intriguing. All indications say that this is a show we need to bring your brain to. I always like challenges. That its score is by Adam Guettel and it stars two of my all-time favorite actors, Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James only sweetens the pot.

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