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

By Robert Simonson
28 Dec 2012

Stark Sands in Kinky Boots.
Photo by Sean Williams
Otherwise in the musical landscape to come, choosing the tuner that's right for you may be as easy as recalling your musical tastes. Like Motown? Well, there's Motown at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, beginning March 11. It tells the story of music producer and Motown founder Berry Gordy. (Guess who wrote the book.)

Like quirky, 1980s New Wave? Cyndi Lauper has a show for you. It's called Kinky Boots, and it's based on the 2005 British film of the same title, with a book by Harvey Fierstein and direction by Jerry Mitchell. Previews begin March 5 at the Hirschfeld.

Relish country and honky-tonk? The truckstop-set, 1980s hit Pump Boys and Dinettes is coming back, starring "American Idol" contestant Bo Bice in a staging directed by Sweeney Todd Tony winner John Doyle, a master at actor-musician conceits. Previews begin March 19 at Circle in the Square.

Long for shows like Frank Wildhorn used to write? Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde is back on the Broadway boards this spring with a different IdolConstantine Maroulis — in the title role, following a national tour.

If you're looking for something more tunefully up-to-date, Hands on a Hardbody might be your ticket. Commencing Feb. 23 at the Atkinson, the Trey Anastasio-Amanda Green-Doug Wright effort is a reality-inspired, American-Dream-on-trial musical about an auto dealership that launches an endurance contest in which the contestant who keeps one hand on a brand-new truck the longest gets to drive it off the lot.

Finally, got kids? Then take them to Matilda The Musical, a new musical based on the classic Roald Dahl story about a girl with extraordinary powers. This London import is by playwright Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Australian comedian and musician Tim Minchin. Previews begin March 4 at the Shubert.

This information was accurate at press time. Schedules and artists are subject to change.

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Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, Sophia Gennusa and Milly Shapiro
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