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Act II: Spring 2013 Broadway Preview

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The second half of the 2012-13 Broadway season holds much promise and some big names.  Just a few of the names coming to Broadway this spring include Tom Hanks, Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Cicley Tyson (for the first time in 30 years), Cyndi Lauper (with her first musical, Kinky Boots), Alec Baldwin, and Shia Labouf, to just name a few.


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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Previews Begin: January 25, 2013
Opens: March 3, 2013
Theatre: Broadway Theatre
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The Broadway debut of this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical offers a new romantic twist on the ultimate makeover story of a maid-turned-princess, mixing fresh comedy with the fairy tale's classic elements — the pumpkin, glass slipper, masked ball and more.

Cinderella, was a classic television production starring Julie Anders in 1955. Songs include “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible/It’s Possible.”

Music by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Oscar Hammerstein II
New Book by: Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by: Mark Brokaw
Starring: Harriet Harris, Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Peter Bartlett, Ann Harada, Greg Hildreth, Marla Mindelle, and Phumzile Sojola

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Previews begin: March 5, 2013
Opens: March 14, 2013
Limited Run
Theatre: Golden Theatre

Riffing on some of Anton Chekov’s most time-tested themes, Christopher Durang proves in his hysterically funny and surprisingly affecting new romp, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, that whether you’re in 19th Century Russia or 21st Century Pennsylvania, the human condition never changes.  Vanya (Pierce) and Sonia (Nielsen) have never left the confines of their childhood home – a rambling farmhouse in Bucks County, PA – while having to witness the glamorous exploits of their sister, Masha (Weaver), a famous movie actress, from afar.  A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike (Magnussen), throws the normally quiet household int0 utter upheaval as its residents and visitors get swept up in an intoxicating mixture of lust, rivalry, regret, and the sudden possibility of escape.  Only one thing is certain: no one will get out of this without looking absolutely ridiculous!

Written by: Christopher Durang
Directed by: Nicholas Martin
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, David Hyde Piercce, Kristine Nielsen, Genevieve Angelson, Shalita Grant and Billy Magnussen

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Previews Begin: March 4, 2013
Opens: March 20, 2013
Theatre: Cort Theatre
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Based on the novella by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York City in 1943. ‘Fred’, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred. But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.

Based on the novella by Truman Capote
Directed by: Sean Mathias
Written by: Richard Greenberg
Starring: Emilia Clarke, George Wendt, Cory Michael Smith

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Hands on a Hard Body

Previews Begin: February 23, 2013
Opens: March 21, 2013
Theatre: Brooks Atkinson
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For ten hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hard Body only one winner can drive away with the American Dream.

Book by: Doug Wright
Lyrics by: Amanda Green
Music by: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green
Directed by: Neil Pepe

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Lucky Guy
Previews Begin: March 1, 2013
Opens: April 1, 2013
Limited Run
Theatre: Broadhurst Theatre
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Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy marks a return to her journalistic roots in a new play about the scandal- and graffiti-ridden New York of the 1980s, as told through the story of the charismatic and controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary (Tom Hanks).   

Written by: Nora Ephron
Directed by: George C. Wolfe
Starring: Tom Hanks, Christopher McDonald, Peter Gerety, Peter Scolar, Michael Gaston, Dustyn Gulledge, Deirdre Lovejoy, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Richard Masur, and Stephen Tyrone Williams

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Kinky Boots
Previews Begin: March 3, 2013
Opens: April 4, 2013
Theatre: Al Hirschfeld Theatre
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Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.  Based on the film “Kinky Boots.”

Book by: Harvey Fierstein
Music by: Cyndi Lauper
Directed by: Jerry Mitchell

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Orphans
Previews Begin: March 19, 2013
Opens: April 7, 2013
Theatre: Schoenfeld Theatre
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Two orphaned brothers are living in a decrepit North Philadelphia row house. Treat, the eldest, played by Foster, supports his damaged younger sibling by petty thievery, and makes the house a virtual prison for the seemingly simple-minded Phillip (Sturridge).  One night he kidnaps a rich older man, Harold (Baldwin), who turns out to have his own motives and becomes the father figure the boys have always yearned for.

Written by: Lyle Kessler
Directed by: Daniel Sullivan
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Tom Sturridge, and Shia LaBeouf

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Motown: The Musical
Begins previews: March 11, 2013
Opens: April 14, 2013
Theatre: Lunt-Fontanne
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Featuring all the classics you love, Motown: The Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. The music that shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat finally comes to Broadway in the season's most anticipated world-premiere event.

Book by: Berry Gordy
Music and Lyrics from
the legendary Motown catalogue
Directed by: Charles Randolph-Wright

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The Nance
Begins Previews: March 21, 2013
Opens: April 15, 2013
Theatre: Lyceum
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A nance, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is “an effeminate or homosexual man.”  In the world of 1930’s burlesque, a nance was a wildly popular character, a stereotypically camp homosexual man, most times played by a straight performer.   In The Nance, playwright Douglas Carter Beane tells the story of Chauncey Miles (to be played by Nathan Lane), a headline nance performer in New York burlesque, who also happens to be a homosexual.  Integrating burlesque sketches into his drama, Beane paints, with humor and pathos, the portrait of a homosexual man, living and working in the secretive and dangerous gay world of 1930’s New York, whose outrageous antics on the burlesque stage stand in marked contrast to his messy offstage life.

Written by: Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by: Jack O’Brien
Starring: Nathan Lane, Jonny Orsini, Lewis J. Stadlen

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The Big Knife
Previews Begin: March 22, 2013
Opens: April 16, 2013
Limited Run
Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
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In the golden age of Hollywood cinema, actors may have all the glory, but studio execs have all the power. The Hoff-Federated studio has had its most successful star, Charlie Castle, over a barrel ever since it helped cover up a mistake that could have ended his career. When a woman with insider knowledge threatens to come forward, the studio heads will stop at nothing to protect Charlie’s secret... but how far is he willing to go before he quits the movie business for good?  Set in a glossy world of rumor mills and rocky friendships, Clifford Odets's The Big Knife is about living the life you always wanted but wanting something more.

Written by: Clifford Odets
Directed by: Doug Hughes
Starring: Rachel Brosnahan, Bobby Cannavale, Marin Ireland, Billy Eugene Jones, Richard Kind, Adam Rapp, Ana Reeder, Reg Rogers, Joey Slotnick, Brenda Wehle, and Chip Zien


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Jekyll & Hyde
Previews begin: April 5, 2013
Opens: April 18, 2013
Theatre: Marquis Theatre
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JEKYLL & HYDE is based on the acclaimed novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, about a London doctor who accidentally unleashes an evil alternate personality in his quest to cure his father’s mental illness.


Book and lyrics: Leslie Bricusse
Music by Frank Wildhorn
Directed by: Jeff Calhoun
Starring: Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox

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Macbeth
Previews Begin: April 7, 2013
Opens: April 21, 2013
Closes: June 30, 2013
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Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg
Starring: Alan Cumming

Direct from acclaimed, sold-out engagements at the National Theatre of Scotland and the Lincoln Center Festival, Tony and Olivier Award winner ("Cabaret") and two-time Emmy nominee ("The Good Wife") Alan Cumming returns to Broadway this spring in a thrilling one-man interpretation of Shakespeare's darkest and most powerful tragedy, Macbeth.

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The Testament of Mary
Previews Begin: March 26, 2013
Opens: April 22, 2013
Closes: June 16, 2013
Theatre: Walter Kerr Theatre
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The Testament of Mary takes place after the Crucifixion. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is in the city of Ephesus where she is both guarded and protected. As two of her son's followers set about giving shape to Jesus’ story, Mary tells her own story - the one which has not been heard.

Written by: Colm Tòibin
Directed by: Deborah Warner
Starring: Fiona Shaw

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Pippin
Previews Begin: March 23, 2013
Opens: April 25, 2013
Theatre: Music Box Theatre
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Royal heir Pippin is spurred on by a mysterious group of performers to embark on a death-defying journey to find his “corner of the sky.”  The original production of PIPPIN, directed by Bob Fosse, premiered on Broadway in 1972. It won five Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, and ran for close to 2000 performances before closing in 1977. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including “Corner of the Sky,” “Magic To Do,” “l Guess I’ll Miss The Man,” “Glory,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “Love Song.”

Book by: Roger O. Hirson
Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz
Directed by: Diane Paulis

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The Trip to Bountiful
Previews Begin: March 31, 2013
Opens: April 23, 2013
Theatre: Stephen Sondheim Theatre
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The touching American classic, THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, tells the story of Carrie Watts (Tyson), an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, TX one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective son (Gooding) and domineering daughter-in-law (Williams).  Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith.

Written by: Horton Foote
Directed by: Michael Wilson
Starring: Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams, and Condola Rashad

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I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers
Previews Begin: April 5, 2013
Opens: April 24, 2013
Theatre: Booth Theatre
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Sue Mengers was an American original. She was the first female “superagent” at a time when women talent agents of any kind were almost unheard of. She came from near poverty, a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and worked her way up through pluck, charm, and a legendary wit. In that uniquely American way, she invented herself; and when the career she wanted didn't exist, she invented that as well: “Superagent.” It was a term Hollywood all but coined for her. By the 1970's, she represented almost every major star in Hollywood and went on to become the town’s most renowned hostess.

Written by: John Logan
Directed by: Joe Mantello
Starring: Bette Midler

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