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Broadway Feature: Act II of the 2010-11 Season, the Spring Preview

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The Spring half of the 2010-11 Broadway season brings some highly anticipated openings, the least of which is Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark.  As Spider-Man struggles on to its new opening date, February 7th March 15th next season (June 14, 2011 to be exact), after four hurt actors and struggles with safety issues,  believe it or not, there are actually other shows opening.  Coming back to Broadway this spring are Edie Falco, Daniel Radcliffe, Sutton Foster, Frances McDormand, Donna Murphy and Joel Grey.  Making their Broadway debuts we have Robin Williams, Chris Rock and the writing team behind Comedy Centrals "South Park," Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  Parker and Stone bring their unique brand of comedy to Broadway in the form of Book of Mormon, a new musical.  Here's what's coming to Broadway this spring...


Good People

Good People
Previews Begin: February 8, 2011
Opening Night: March 3, 2011
at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo… where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills… and where Margie Walsh (Frances McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling (Tate Donovan) who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.  Stars Frances McDormand, Tate Donovan, Becky Ann Baker, Patrick Carroll, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Estelle Parsons.

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That Championship Season

That Championship Season
Previews Begin: February 9, 2011
Opening Night: March 6, 2011
at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

That Championship Season is a powerhouse drama about the promise of youth… and the challenge of staying in the game. For over two decades, four players and the coach of a high school championship basketball team have gathered every year to re-live their greatest moment of glory. While three of the players have found small-town success, the fourth has never found his way.  At this year's reunion, tensions boil over, and as the celebratory evening turns brutal, long-held secrets bubble to the surface and life-long bonds are shattered.  Starring Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland and directed by Gregory Mosher.

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Spider-Man Turn off the Dark

Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark
Currently in Previews
Opening Night: Not Opening This Season - Opening June 14, 2011
at the Hilton Theatre

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark spins a new take on the mythic tale of Peter Parker, a teenager whose unremarkable life in Queens is turned upside-down—literally—when he's bitten by a genetically-altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to the ceiling.  Bullied by his classmates and tortured by an unrelenting crush on next-door-neighbor Mary Jane Watson, this science geek discovers he has suddenly been endowed with astonishing powers.  He ­soon learns, however, that "with great power comes great responsibility."  Maligned by the media, buffeted by financial woes, and stretched thin by the expectations of the world-at-large, Peter now must struggle to navigate the perilous and peculiar demands of being a web-slinging superhero.  With the characters in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark ranging from old familiar favorites to supervillains never-before imagined, Spider-Man's battles will hurtle the audience through a story both recognizable and unexpected, culminating in an eye-popping, ultimate test for this iconic figure. Julie Taymor directs.

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Previews Begin: February 25, 2011
Opening Night: March 17, 2011
at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre

April 1809, a stately home in Derbyshire, England... Thomasina, a gifted pupil, proposes a startling theory, beyond her comprehension. All around her, the adults, including her tutor Septimus, are preoccupied with secret desires, illicit passions and professional rivalries. Two hundred years later, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard are piecing together puzzling clues, curiously recalling those events of 1809, in their quest for an increasingly elusive truth. Arcadia is a thing of beauty – a dazzling, witty work of misunderstanding and quest for knowledge, resonating across centuries.

Billy Crudup, Raúl Esparza and Margaret Colin star, David Leveaux directs.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical
Previews Begin: February 28, 2011
Opening Night: March 20, 2011
at the Palace Theatre

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical stars Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon ("Bernadette"), Tony Award(r) nominee Will Swenson ("Tick"/ "Mitzi") and Nick Adams ("Adam"/"Felicia") as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

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John Leguizamo's GHETTO KLOWN

Ghetto Klown
Previews Begin:
February 21, 2011
Opening Night: March 22, 2011
at the Lyceum Theatre

John Leguizamo's new solo show,  takes us from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career during the outrageous 80s avant-garde theater scene, and on to the sets of major motion pictures and his roles opposite some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

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The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon
Previews Begin: February 24, 2011
Opening Night: March 24, 2011
at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre

The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent off to spread the word in a dangerous part of Uganda. Their tale is told alongside the story of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Latter-day Saints.  It features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of Comedy Central's landmark animated series, "South Park".  Tony Award-winner Lopez is composer and co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q

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How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying)
Previews Begin: February 26, 2011
Opening Night: March 27, 2011
at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre

With the aid of a trusty self-help book "How to Succeed in Business" wily window washer J. Pierrepont Finch enjoys a riotous rise up the corporate ladder.  Will Finch's unorthodox business practices at the World-Wide Wicket Company get him in hot water with the head honcho J.B. Biggley, and jeopardize his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington?  With a beloved score by Frank Loesser, How to Succeed in Business (without Really Trying) is packed with hit standards such as "I Believe in You," "Happy to Keep His Dinner Warm," "The Company Way," "Been a Long Day," "Rosemary," and "Brotherhood of Man."  Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette star. 

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Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Previews Begin: March 11, 2011
Opening Night: March 31, 2011
at the Richard Rodgers Theatre

Narrated by a tiger being held captive, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo follows the intertwined lives of two American Marines and one Iraqi gardener as they search through the rubble of war for friendship, redemption and a toilet seat made of gold. Robin Williams stars.

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Anything Goes

Anything Goes
Previews Begin: March 10, 2011
Opening Night: April 7, 2011
at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre

All aboard for this saucy and splendid new production of Cole Porter's musical romp across the Atlantic.  When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this hilariously bumpy ride are some of musical theater's most memorable standards, including "You're the Top," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "It's De-Lovely," "I Get A Kick Out of You," and "Anything Goes."  Directed by Kathleen Marshall.  Starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey.

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The Motherf**cker with the Hat

The Motherf**cker with the Hat
Previews Begin: March 22, 2011
Opening Night: April 11, 2011
at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a new high-octane, verbal cage match about love, fidelity, and misplaced haberdashery from playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Jackie and Veronica have been in love since the 8th grade. But now, Jackie is on parole and living clean and sober under the guidance of his sponsor, Ralph D, while still living and loving with his volatile soul mate Veronica who is fiercely loving, but far from sober. Still, their love is pure. And true. Nothing can come between them - except a hat.  Starring Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vázquez. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro

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Catch Me if You Can

Catch Me if You Can
Previews Begin: March 7, 2011
Opening Night: April 10, 2011
at the Neil Simon Theatre

Catch Me If You Can is based on the book and hit 2002 DreamWorks film of the same name directed by Stephen Spielberg with screenplay by Jeff Nathanson and book by Frank Abagnale, Jr. Catch Me If You Can captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, a lawyer, and a jet pilot—all before the age of 21.  With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Frank's trail, we're off on a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase, as a jazzy, swinging-sixties score keeps this adventure in constant motion.  In the end, Agent Hanratty learns he and Frank aren't so very different after all,  and Frank finds out what happens when love catches up to a man on the run. Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit and Kerry Butler star.

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War Horse

War Horse
Previews Begin: March 17, 2011
Opening Night: April 14, 2011
at the Vivienne Beaumont

War Horse travels from the verdant English countryside to the fields of France and Germany at the outbreak of World War I. A boy's beloved horse has been sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Caught up in enemy fire, the horse serves on both sides of the war, and survives an odyssey that leaves him alone in no-man's land. The boy, now a young man, cannot forget his horse, and embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.    

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Previews Begin: March 21, 2011
Opening Night: April 17, 2011
at the Marriott Marquis Theatre

A new spin on the classic story of Alice and her Looking-Glass world, Wonderland is about a modern-day woman who goes on a life-changing adventure far below the streets of New York City, where a colorful cast of strange but familiar characters help her rediscover what's really important. Featuring a fresh, contemporary pop score from the creator of Jekyll and Hyde, Wonderland arrives on Broadway this spring following two sold-out national stage premieres.

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Previews Begin: March 25, 2011
Opening Night: April 19, 2011
at the Booth Theatre

HIGH explores the universal themes of truth, forgiveness, redemption and human fallibility.  When Sister Jamison Connolly (Turner) agrees to sponsor a 19 year-old drug user in an effort to help him combat his addiction, her own faith is ultimately tested. Struggling between the knowledge she possesses as a rehabilitation counselor and a woman of religious conviction, she begins to question her belief in miracles and whether people can find the courage to change. 

Kathleen TurnerStephen Kunken, and Evan Jonigkeit star.  Rob Ruggiero directs.

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Sister Act

Sister Act
Previews Begin: March 24, 2011
Opening Night: April 20, 2011
at the Broadway Theatre

Sister Act features an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Enchanted), lyrics by Tony Award-nominee Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid), and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner ("Cheers"). Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing…Forum, Smokey Joe's Café), the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Anthony Van Laast (Mamma Mia, Bombay Dreams) and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture "Sister Act" written by Joseph Howard.   

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Previews Begin: April 2, 2011
Opening Night: April 21, 2011
at the Music Box Theatre

In the woods of South West England, Johnny 'Rooster' Byron (Mark Rylance), former daredevil motorcyclist and modern-day Pied Piper, is a wanted man.  The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the country fair, a stepfather wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.    

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Born Yesterday

Born Yesterday
Previews: March 31
Opening Night: April 24

An uncouth, corrupt tycoon, Harry Brock, brings his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn with him to Washington, D.C. When Billie's ignorance becomes a liability to Brock's business dealings, he hires a journalist, Paul Verrall, to educate his girlfriend. In the process of learning, Billie Dawn realizes how corrupt her boyfriend is and begins interfering with his plans to bribe a Congressman into passing legislation that would allow Brock's business to make more money.  Stars Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda.

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House of Blue Leaves
Previews Begin: April 4
Opening Night: April 25
at the Walter Kerr Theater

A revival of John Guare's 1971 play that takes place on the day the Pope visits New York, focusing on a zookeeper who dreams of being a songwriter and his wife, a schizophrenic named Bananas. The title is the nickname for a mental institution. Starring Edie Falco, Ben Stiller, Jennifer Jason Leigh and directed by David Cromer.

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Baby It's You
Previews Begin: March 26, 2011
Opening Night: April 27, 2011
at the Broadhurst Theatre

Before Motown and the British Invasion, Florence Greenberg took the male-dominated music industry by storm, revolutionizing pop music and becoming the most influential and successful female record company president ever.  After discovering one of the greatest girl-groups of all time, The Shirelles, at her daughter's high school Greenberg packed the girls in her car, drove across the George Washington Bridge to New York City, and embarked on a trailblazing journey from New Jersey housewife to record mogul, creating the independent house of hits that was Scepter Records.  Showcasing non-stop doo-wop, pop and rock 'n' roll classics such as "Dedicated To The One I Love," "Duke Of Earl," "He's So Fine," "I Say A Little Prayer," "It's My Party," "Louie Louie," "Mama Said," "Shout," "Sixteen Candles," "Stop In The Name Of Love," 'Twist and Shout" and many more, Baby It's You! is the true story of how Florence Greenberg launched the careers of such groundbreaking musical sensations as The Isley Brothers, B.J. Thomas, The Kingsmen, Chuck Jackson, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, and Dionne Warwick.  Beth Leavel stars. 

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The Normal Heart

The Normal Heart
Previews Begin:
April 19, 2011
Opening Night: April 27, 2011
at the John Golden Theatre

The Normal Heart focuses on the early years of the AIDS plague in New York and the criminal silence of America's political and media powers in addressing the issue. First produced by Joseph Papp at New York's Public Theater, the play was a critical sensation and a seminal moment in theater history. So ahead of its time was this play that many of the core issues it addresses – including gay marriage, the healthcare system and, of course, AIDS – are just as relevant today as they were when it first premiered.  Ellen Barkin, John Benjamin Hickey and Joe Mantello star.  Joel Grey directs.

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The People in the Picture

The People in the Pictures
Previews Begin: April 2, 2011
Opening Night: April 28, 2011
at the American Airlines Theatre

Once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland, now a grandmother in New York City, Bubbie has had quite a life. But what will it all mean if she can't pass on her stories to the next generation? Though her granddaughter is enchanted by her tales, her daughter Red will do anything to keep from looking back. A fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical that spans three generations, The People in the Picture celebrates the importance of learning from our past, and the power of laughter.  Starring Donna Murphy and directed by Leonard Foglia.

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