What Show Are You Most Looking Forward to This Spring on Broadway?

Polls   What Show Are You Most Looking Forward to This Spring on Broadway?
 
The highly anticipated spring season kicks off on Broadway this week with the openings of Constellations and Honeymoon in Vegas. Playbill.com took to social media to gauge which productions readers are looking forward to most. 
Sydney Lucas in <i>Fun Home</i>
Sydney Lucas in Fun Home Photo by Joan Marcus

Fun Home

Kimberly Jacoby: Fun Home!!! Can't wait to see Oscar on stage !!!!!

Ellen Burns: Am so thrilled that Fun Home will find its home in Circle in the Square so that many more audiences can be impacted and entertained by this rare and wonderful new musical that is unlike any other…can't wait!!

Fun Home, a musical based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, was acclaimed Off-Broadway in 2014 and will transfer to the Circle in the Square Theatre March 27. Sam Gold returns to direct and is joined by much of the original cast, including Tony Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris and multiple Tony nominee Judy Kuhn. Fun Home was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and was awarded the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical as well as a string of Lucille Lortel Awards.

Matthew Morrison
Matthew Morrison Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Finding Neverland

Yoshi Maloczewski: Finding Neverland, hands down

Joep Hupperetz: Finding Neverland!!!! Best movie ever!!! Love to see it come alive on stage!

Based on the film of the same name starring Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland focuses on the relationship between J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired his beloved family tale, Peter Pan. The musical will officially open on Broadway April 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre with Tony nominee Matthew Morrison in the lead role of Barrie. The cast also features Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly. Tony Award-winning director of Pippin, Diane Paulus, will direct.

Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth

On the Twentieth Century

Amy Menas: On the 20th Century! I saw the original production in 1978! Wow, I'm old!

Amanda Bohlmann: On the 20th Century! Can't wait to actually get the chance to see Kristin Chenoweth onstage since I was too young when she was in Wicked.

Paul Reid: On the 20th Century because I'm gonna get to see one of my idols Kristin Chenoweth.

Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, whose Broadway career spans almost 20 years, will star in the Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century. Chenoweth will be joined by film and stage star Peter Gallagher. The musical comedy looks at the struggles of down-and-out Broadway producer Oscar Jaffee as he tries to convince his former muse and lover Lily Garland, now a successful film actress, to return to the stage. Garland, played by Chenoweth, is battling her own problems: a jealous new lover, a religious fanatic aboard a luxury train. The show will officially open March 12 at the American Airlines Theatre. 

Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren Photo by Johan Persson

The Audience

Jackie Townsend: Definitely looking forward to The Audience…Helen Mirren is a living legend!

Academy Award winner and Tony nominee Helen Mirren will return to Broadway after more than a decade in the highly anticipated The Audience. She will reprise her West End role as the famed monarch, in a new play by Peter Morgan, writer of the critically acclaimed film "The Queen," also starring Mirren. Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, An Inspector Calls), The Audience will offer theatregoers a sneak peek into the private meetings of Queen Elizabeth II with each of her prime ministers. Previews begin Feb. 14 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara Photo by Bryan Bedder/NBC

The King and I

Tyler Hayes: The King and I! How can you go wrong with Kelli O'hara! She's phenomenal and also such a great story.

Macy Rhodes: The King and I (a great show plus Kelli O'Hara? Yes, please)

Daavid Landrum: The King and I. Bartlett Sher and Kelli O Hara rocked South Pacific and they will blow another classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Cant wait to see it

The New Year marks the fifth time that the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, which also received a popular film adaptation in 1956, has played Broadway. The story follows Welsh schoolteacher Anna Leonowens, who travels from England to Siam to serve as governess to the King's many children. Once there, the two encounter a clash of wills and must both learn from one another. The leading role of Anna will be played by multi-Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara alongside Ken Watanabe, who will make his Broadway debut as the King. The King and I will play the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, opening April 16.

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope
Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope Photo by Angela Sterling

An American in Paris

Ken Low: An American in Paris! Re-live the dance steps of Gene Kelly!!

The stage adaptation of the classic movie musical An American in Paris will begin previews on Broadway March 13 at the Palace, featuring a score by the Gershwins. New York City Ballet's Robert Fairchild will make his Broadway debut as Jerry, the role made famous by Gene Kelly in the film, opposite Leanne Cope. The story focuses on World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan and his romantic adventures in a newly liberated Paris. He is quick to fall in love with Lise, a young Parisian shop girl, but realizes he is not her only suitor. Drama Desk nominee Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the production.

Christian Borle
Christian Borle Photo by Monica Simoes

Something Rotten!

 Hayley Goldstein: Something Rotten! The concept – the original musical comedy! Sounds hysterical, and Christian Borle and Brian D'Arcy James heading the cast? Count me in!

Set in the 1590's, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are two desperate playwrights who badly want to find success but are stuck in the shadow of Renaissance rock star "The Bard." The brothers set out on a mission to write the world's first-ever musical, but will need to contend with William Shakespeare along the way. Billed as an "irresistible ode to musicals," the show will star Tony winner Christian Borle and Brian d'Arcy James in the lead roles. Something Rotten! will open March 23 at the St. James Theatre and is helmed by The Book of Mormon director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw

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