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

By Playbill Staff
17 Jan 2013

Bette Midler
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ADAM HETRICK, Staff Writer

Far From Heaven. The Williamstown Theater Festival developmental production of this new musical by Scott Frankel, Michael Korie and Richard Greenberg showed great promise last summer. I admit, I didn't see the film until weeks before my trip to Williamstown, and the writers pay homage to Todd Haynes' cinematic work, while finding new pathways for the musical. I'm very excited to see the how the work has grown since last summer when it premieres Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons.

Lucky Guy. Two words: Nora Ephron. The night she died I ran home to watch "Heartburn" while New York City gave her an incredible summer sunset. My love for her writing, and the chance to see Tom Hanks reunite with her material – in a new play that promises to capture New York City in the 1980's and late journalist Mike McAlary – makes this a highlight of the Broadway season for me.

Pippin. I was swept away by Hair when Diane Paulus brought it back to audiences a few years ago, and really admired her staging of Porgy and Bess. I've never seen Pippin on stage, so I'm really intrigued to experience this new Broadway production and go on this journey with Paulus and Stephen Schwartz in a new circus-inspired take on the tale.

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. Bette Midler as Sue Mengers on Broadway?! I don't know if I really need to say anything more, except that I hope they throw in one of Christine's quotes from "The Last of Sheila" for good measure.

The Testament of Mary. Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner blew me away with Medea and Happy Days. The idea of bringing the story of Christ to life through Mary's perspective, one which is likely to bring about a lot of heated debate this Broadway season, is the kind of social dialogue I love in theatre.

Hit the Wall. This play about the birth of the Stonewall Riots premiered to acclaim in Chicago. I have loved everything that Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter produced at the Barrow Street Theatre, so I have faith this is going to be a great evening of Off-Broadway theatre. It's especially poignant to me, having stood outside the Stonewall Inn the night Gay Marriage was made legal in New York State, to see this play about the beginning of our revolution, just blocks away from where it took place.

The Assembled Parties. A new Richard Greenberg play on Broadway starring Judith Light and Jessica Hecht as two affluent sisters living on New York City's Upper West Side sounds very promising.