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

By Playbill Staff
17 Jan 2013



Cinderella stars Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana
Photo by Carol Rosegg

ANDREW GANS, Playbill.com Senior Editor

Clifford Odets' Golden Boy was perhaps the dramatic highlight of the first half of the season, so my hopes are high for the revival of his 1949 play The Big Knife, especially with a cast led by Bobby Cannavale, Marin Ireland and Adam Rapp.

Although I've never read the Roald Dahl book, word of mouth is so strong for Matilda The Musical—plus the fact that the show won the most Olivier Awards in West End history—that it may be the musical I'm most eagerly anticipating.

I'm also quite intrigued by the creative pairing of rocker Cyndi Lauper (score) and Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein (book), so the new musical they've created, Kinky Boots, which arrives in March, is also high on my list.

I've been a fan of Pippin since my high school performed the Stephen Schwartz musical when I was a freshman. Also an admirer of Diane Paulus' Hair and Porgy and Bess, I'm expecting another top-notch production from this Tony-nominated director.

Who could resist a talented trio of divas—Laura Osnes and Tony winners Victoria Clark and Harriet Harris—in the reworked version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella? Not I.

This one is a bit of a cheat, since I just caught it, but Laurie Metcalf's performance in the gripping, moving drama The Other Place is so brilliant, I hope to make a return trip to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

On the concert front, I'm most thrilled about the prospect of seeing the always-sensational Elaine Paige, whose voice remains a force of nature, play Town Hall in March.

And, should the forthcoming London production of Dear World—starring the inimitable Tony-winning talent Betty Buckley—make its way across the pond, it would be a dear (and exciting) world, indeed.

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