BROADWAY SPRING 2014 PREVIEW: Rocky, If/Then, Denzel Washington, Les Misérables, Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and More

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27 Dec 2013

Adam Jacobs in <i>Aladdin</i>.
Adam Jacobs in Aladdin.
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

In the winter and spring months ahead, Broadway offers Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig, Idina Menzel in a return to the stage and Bryan Cranston going All the Way.

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Neil Patrick Harris has become a familiar face in New York theatre circles of late. For the last few years, he has been the buoyant, tireless host of the annual Tony Awards ceremony. But Harris hasn't actually appeared in a Broadway show since his 2004 performance in Assassins.

That will change March 29, 2014, when Harris begins previews as the titular East German transgender rock singer in John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's edgy 1998 musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Michael Mayer will direct the Broadway premiere of the show, which has emerged as a modern classic since its scrappy early days at the Jane Street Theatre. It will play the Belasco Theatre.

The 2014 spring line-up will be a feast for theatregoers hungry for new musicals. Nearly every major musical-theatre writing talent, it seems, will be represented with a new Broadway show. First up is composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown's adaptation of Robert James Waller's wildly popular novel The Bridges of Madison County, which will begin previews Jan. 17 at the Schoenfeld. Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale star as the housewife and photographer who fall in love in 1965 Iowa.



Disney's latest offering, Aladdin, features a score by Alan Menken, Tim Rice and the late Howard Ashman, who penned the music for the original 1992 animated film. Director Casey Nicholaw will bring the big-budget fantastical tale — genie, magic carpet and all — to theatrical life at the New Amsterdam, where it will begin performances Feb. 26.

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