PLAYBILL PICKS: Spring Fever! Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Spring 2013

By Playbill Staff
17 Jan 2013

Betty Buckley
Photo by Myriam Santos

DAVID GEWIRTZMAN, Playbill Special Projects

Dear World (London)
Oh to hear Betty Buckley sing "I Don't Want to Know" – just the thought of it gives me goosebumps. Then again, I'd jump at just about any chance to see a performance of Dear World to finally find out how all of those wonderful, underappreciated Jerry Herman tunes fit into the musical. I still remember the first time I listened to the cast recording and after hearing "The Tea Party," thinking to myself, "I have no idea what is going on in this song, but it's the best thing I've ever heard."

I'll Eat You Last (Broadway)
It's Bette Midler. In a play. On Broadway. Need I say more?

Parsifal (Metropolitan Opera)
As anyone who saw his Siegmund in the Met's production of Die Walküre can attest to, Jonas Kaufmann singing Wagner is a beautiful thing. (Actually, Jonas Kaufmann singing pretty much anything is a beautiful thing.) So the prospect of seeing him take on the title role in Parsifal makes the Met's new production the most exciting event of the spring opera season. That François Girard's production opened to fabulous reviews when it premiered in Lyon last year doesn't hurt any either.

Passion (Off-Broadway)
Finally a chance to see one of Sondheim's most beautiful scores performed live, in the intimacy of Classic Stage Company's theatre. Melissa Errico and Judy Kuhn seem perfect for the roles of Clara and Fosca. And though I'm not always the biggest fan of John Doyle's style of directing, this does seem like a brilliant match of director, material and performance space.

Really Really/Nikolai and the Others (Off-Broadway) I'm a huge fan of David Cromer, having travelled to Chicago and Glencoe, IL (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cherrywood, Sweet Bird of Youth); Williamstown, MA (Streetcar again); and of course across New York City (Our Town, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Tribes) to see various productions he's directed. Lucky me, he's directing TWO plays in New York this season: Really Really at MCC, and Nikolai and the Others at Lincoln Center Theater. All the better since I need my vacation days for a trip to London to see Dear World.