With this year’s Tony Awards set for June 11, a number of new shows are opening in April with hopes of getting enough attention in the weeks leading up to the award show to make some Hamilton-type noise.
April is always flush with new productions and 2017 is no different, with revivals of Hello, Dolly! and Present Laugher coming to the Great White way soon in addition to brand new musicals adopted from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Anastasia.
Hello, Dolly! is already generating a lot of buzz thanks to the star power of Bette Midler, who is returning to Broadway for the first time since 2013’s I’ll Eat Your Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Directed by Jerry Zaks, the show is being staged at the Shubert Theater and features memorable songs such as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Takes a Moment,” and of course, the popular title song. The Divine Ms. M is being joined on stage by Broadway and television legend David Hyde Pierce, who won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his work in Curtains, as well as Gavin Creel and Kate Baldwin, who have each received major Tony nominations in the past. Hello, Dolly! tickets can be purchased directly through the box office, with ticket prices ranging from $59-$189.
On April 5, a revival of Noël Coward’s classic comedy Present Laughter comes back to Broadway with Kevin Kline as its star. How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders joins him at the St. James Theatre, with Moritz von Stuelpnagel directing the production. The show first played Broadway in 1946, and follows Garry Essendine (Kline), a self-indulgent actor who receives a visit from a young admirer, initiating a parade of intruders and interruptions, including his ex-wife, his manager and an aspiring playwright. Present Laughter tickets are available on Ticketmaster, with tickets ranging in price from $59 to $150.
On April 23, a musical adaptation of Road Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hits the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, complete with Oompa Loompas, golden tickets, and the famous glass elevator. Two-time Tony winner Christian Borle steps into the shoes of Willy Wonka (played famously by Gene Wilder and later Johnny Depp), while Broadway vets John Rubenstein, Jackie Hoffman, Alan H. Green and Emily Padgett join a collection of young up-and-coming kid stars. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tickets can be purchased right through Ticketmaster.
Another musical people are clamoring about is Anastasia, based on the 1997 20th Century Fox animated film. The musical, which comes out April 24, has a book by Terrence McNally and score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens — the same team behind the Tony-winning musical, Ragtime. Darko Tresnjak is directing and the cast includes Christy Altomare as Anya, Derek Klena as Dmitry and Mary Beth Peil as the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. Anastasia tickets are on sale now directly through the box office, where tickets can be found from $69-$169.
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