Lighting Up Broadway

What (and who) to see on the Great White Way this spring

BY LOUIS MARROQUIN — Spring 2018

Trying to figure out how to fill your theatergoing dance card now that you’ve seen Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Dolly? Here’s a peek at some of the buzziest shows hitting New York stages this season — with a decided bent toward familiar titles and big names.

Denzel Washington. PHOTO BY EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP.

Star-Driven Dramas: London’s National Theatre brings its lauded production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America to the U.S. with much of its cast intact. Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield headline the epic 7-1/2-hour, two-part play about politics, religion, AIDS, and chosen families in 1980s New York City. Opens March 25 at the Neil Simon Theatre (angelsbroadway.com). … Denzel Washington tackles one of theater’s most iconic roles when he takes the stage as Hickey in a limited-run revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh. Opens April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (icemanonbroadway.com). …

Laurie Metcalf PHOTO BY RICH FURY/BAFTA LA.

Two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson returns to the U.S. stage for the first time since a nearly three-decade foray into U.K. politics in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Three Tall WomenLaurie Metcalf, who won a Tony last year for A Doll’s House, Part 2, and Alison Pill round out the titular trio. Opens March 29 at the Golden Theatre (threetallwomenbroadway.com).

Chris Evans. PHOTO BY TODD WILLIAMSON/FOX SEARCHLIGHT/GETTY IMAGES.

Broadway Debuts: Captain America’s Chris Evans hits the Great White Way for the first time in the Broadway premiere of Lobby Hero. The play by Kenneth Lonergan, the Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea, focuses on four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. Opens March 26 at the Helen Hayes Theater (2st.com). … Also making their debuts: Joshua Jackson, best known for TV’s Dawson’s Creek and The Affair, and former Miss Deaf America Lauren Ridloff star in a new production of Children of a Lesser God, about the fiery romance between a hearing speech teacher and a deaf custodian at a school for the deaf. Opens April 11 at Studio 54 (childrenofalessergodbroadway.com).

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. PHOTO BY CHARLIE GRAY.

Screen to Stage Reinventions: Could “fetch” finally be happening? The cult-favorite high-school revenge comedy Mean Girls gets a Broadway musical makeover with a book by the film’s writer Tina Fey and music by Fey’s husband, Emmy winner Jeff Richmond. Opens April 8 at the August Wilson Theatre (meangirlsonbroadway.com). … Disney expands on its family megahit Frozen, about letting it go and the bonds of sisterhood, with elaborate staging, creative costume changes, and new songs from Oscar winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Opens March 22 at the St. James Theatre (frozenthemusical.com). … While not a direct film-to-stage transfer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child brings the beloved wizard from books and movies to the boards in a new story by creator J.K. Rowling. Already a hit in the U.K., the play, which catches up with Harry as a young father struggling with his past, won a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards last year. Opens April 22 at the Lyric Theatre (harrypottertheplay.com).

Classic Musical Revivals: Sit back and hum along with some of the theater’s most indelible show tunes in fresh stagings of two timeless favorites. Tony-winner Jessie Mueller follows her back-to-back stage hits Beautiful and Waitress with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Opens April 12 at the Imperial Theatre (carouselbroadway.com). … Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose and Downton Abbey’s Harry Hadden-Paton put their own loverly spin on Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins in Lincoln Center’s production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Opens April 19 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (myfairladybway.com).

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