PLAYBILL PICKS: Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Spring 2014

By Playbill Staff
01 Jan 2014



Alan Cumming
MICHAEL GIOIA, Playbill.com Staff Writer
Cabaret. Although I've always known Kander and Ebb's iconic score, the first production of Cabaret that I saw was in college at Montclair State University. The production at MSU was inspired by the 1998 Tony Award-winning revival, so I'm thrilled that audiences will get the chance to relive that production and see Alan Cumming's award-winning turn as the Emcee.

Aladdin. I'm such a Disney kid at heart, and "Aladdin" was one of my favorite childhood movies. The movie's score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice is one of the best for animated film. Plus, Courtney Reed and Adam Jacobs seem like perfect matches for Jasmine and Aladdin. I can't wait to hear them sing "A Whole New World"!

Les Misérables. I love Les Misérables — it's such an epic musical and an American Musical Theatre staple. I also have such a special relationship with the show (read about it), and I can't wait to have it back on Broadway. There are some knockout talents in the cast, and I'm especially looking forward to Keala Settle's "Master of the House."

The Bridges of Madison County. I'm always excited for a new Jason Robert Brown musical. Enough said.

If/Then. I was a huge fan of Next to Normal, so I'm very excited to hear a new score by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. With a stellar cast that includes Idina Menzel, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, Jerry Dixon, Jenn Colella, Jason Tam, Tamika Lawrence, Ryann Redmond and more, how could you possibly go wrong? Plus, I've heard wonderful things about the show from If/Then swing Janet Krupin!

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