Six Broadway shows will open by April 26, the cut-off date for eligibility for the 66th Annual Tony Awards. It's not unusual for a host of shows to open at the end of the season; in fact, nearly 20 productions will open between March 1 and April 26. What is unusual is two Broadway shows will open on both April 23 and April 26.
Broadway shows have mostly avoided opening on the same date, to allow each production as much coverage as possible in the daily papers. This year, however, the new musical Ghost (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre) and Nicky Silver's Broadway debut play The Lyons (Cort Theatre) will open April 23, while the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Marc Camoletti's Don't Dress for Dinner (American Airlines Theatre) and the new Alan Menken musical Leap of Faith (St. James Theatre) will make their official debuts April 26.
This occurrence, however, isn't unprecedented. In 2009 both the revival of Waiting for Godot and 9 to 5: The Musical opened April 30. And, last season, both Baby It's You! and The Normal Heart opened April 27, 2011.
The final week of the current season will also see the openings of the Kathleen Marshall-helmed Gershwin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It (April 24 at the Imperial Theatre) and the world premiere of David Auburn's The Columnist (April 25 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre).
For a list of upcoming Broadway productions, click here.