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

By Playbill Staff
01 Jan 2014

Rocky star Andy Karl

DAVID GEWIRTZMAN, Playbill Special Projects

The Tribute Artist. Female impersonator Charles Busch stars in a play about a female impersonator, written by Charles Busch. What's not to like? If this new play is even half as good as the past two comedies Busch wrote and starred in (Judith of Bethulia and The Divine Sister), then it can’t help but be the funniest play in New York this spring. That the always-hilarious Julie Halston is also in the cast; just further goes to guarantee a certain laugh riot.

The Few. Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale was one the best plays I saw last season. Based on the strength of that, I’m making it a point not to miss anything new he writes. This is Hunter's first new play to hit New York since The Whale, and with pretty encouraging reviews following its premiere in San Diego this past fall, I see no reason not to make this a must see.

Too Much Sun. Playwright Nicky Silver and Linda Lavin reunite following the huge success of The Lyons. This sounds like another great, juicy role for Lavin, who this time will be playing an actress who "unravels completely while preparing for a new production of Medea."

Rocky. I admit to being a bit skeptical that the movie "Rocky" could possibly be turned into successful musical. But I also can’t imagine that anything written by Thomas Meehan, Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and directed by Alex Timbers could be anything less than interesting. I’m very curious to see how this one turns out.

Werther. This was an easy one to pick: just look through the Met's schedule until the name Jonas Kaufmann pops up and then click 'buy.' To celebrate Kaufmann performing the role in New York, the Met is putting together a new production directed by the great theatre director Richard Eyre. I can't wait.