BROADWAY SPRING PREVIEW: Matilda, Tom Hanks, Jekyll & Hyde, Nathan Lane, Cinderella and More

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28 Dec 2012

Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana
Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana
Photo by Carol Rosegg

In the winter and spring months ahead, Broadway offers Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy, Benjamin Walker and Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, plus Kinky Boots, Cinderella, Matilda, Motown and Nathan Lane in The Nance.


A lot of fabulous, but unfortunate women will be on the Broadway stage this winter and spring, with romantic frustration spread out evenly between the females of New York, the South, and the Midwest, with a little stress left over for a faraway kingdom.

That final woman in question, the title character in Cinderella, without a doubt enjoys the happiest ending — it's a fairy tale after all. This lesser-known musical by the duo of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II began as a 1957 television special starring Julie Andrews. Its reputation has since grown, and it's enjoyed periodic stagings. This version — the property's Broadway debut — has been given a new dramatic approach by playwright Douglas Carter Beane. Mark Brokaw directs Laura Osnes, Harriet Harris and Victoria Clark. Previews begin Jan. 25 at the Broadway Theatre.

Most of the damsels in distress in William Inge's 1953 drama of romantic desperation, Picnic, don't get their Prince Charming. But theatergoers attending this Roundabout Theatre Company revival will get a fine cast, including Reed Birney, Maggie Grace, Elizabeth Marvel, Sebastian Stan, Mare Winningham, and Ellen Burstyn, all directed by Sam Gold at the American Airlines Theatre, opening Jan. 13.


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