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Springing Up on Broadway

March 27, 2012

Springing Up on BroadwayAs we thaw out from the chill of winter and as New York City's tourism heats back up, Broadway is gearing up for the crowds with a slew of new shows. There are 14 new productions opening in April alone (to give you some perspective, there are only 40 Broadway theatres in total). Spring is always a fertile time for Broadway partly because the deadline for Tony Award eligibility looms (this year, it is April 26th). Producers hope that by debuting so close to the Awards, that they will be fresh, obvious choices in the minds of the Tony voters. After all, snagging some of the honors at the June ceremony validates all of the hard work of the creative teams and casts, and it certainly doesn't hurt ticket sales. In any case, April is a great time to visit the Great White Way. Check out these springtime premieres; there's something for everybody!

(1) The Best Man: This timely political drama about the ethics of a presidential election features some huge stars, including James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, John Larroquette, Kerry Butler, and Eric McCormack. Opens: April 1 (Previews from March 6).

(2) End of the Rainbow: Tracie Bennett brings her stunning portrayal of the legendary Judy Garland in her final months from a hugely successful UK debut. Opens: April 2 (Previews from March 19).

(3) Evita: The smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the rise and fall of Argentine first lady Eva Peron is revived, featuring Elena Roger, Michael Cerveris, and Latin pop star Ricky Martin. Opens: April 5 (Previews from March 12).

(4) Magic/Bird: The legendary rivalry between basketball greats Larry Bird and Magic Johnson is dramatized onstage using real archive footage and powerhouse performances. Opens: April 11 (Previews from March 21).

(5) Peter and the Starcatcher: How did the boy who would never grow up come to be? Find out in this exciting play featuring Adam Chanler-Berat, Celia Keenan-Bolger, and Smash's Christian Borle. Opens: April 15 (Previews from March 28).

(6) One Man, Two Guvnors: Follow a man who simultaneously works for a gangster and an undercover criminal who are intimately connected. This British import is clever, complex, and hilarious. Opens: April 18 (Previews from April 6).

(7) Clybourne Park: Building on the narrative of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play examines race, relocation, and real estate. Opens: April 19 (Previews from March 26).

(8) A Streetcar Named Desire: This great play enjoys a new Broadway revival with an all-black cast featuring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Opens: April 22 (Previews from April 3).

(9) The Lyons: Watch as a family deals with the tragedy of death while learning how to finally connect with one another in this 2011 off-Broadway hit. Opens: April 23 (Previews from April 5).

(10) Ghost: The 1990 film is translated to the stage featuring a pop-rock inspired score, dazzling special effects, and the romance and drama that made it a hit. Original West End stars Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy reprise their roles. Opens: April 23 (Previews from March 15).

(11) Nice Work If You Can Get It: Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara star in this new story featuring some of the Gershwins' best songs. Opens: April 24 (Previews from March 29).

(12) The Columnist: John Lithgow channels famous Washington newspaper columnist Joseph Alsop in this story of power and secrets. Opens: April 25 (Previews from April 3).

(13) Don't Dress for Dinner: Mark Camoletti's sequel to the successful Boeing-Boeing promises the just as much entertainment and uproarious laughter. Opens: April 26 (Previews from March 30).

(14) Leap of Faith: Raul Esparza leads this new musical based on the 1992 film about a fraudulent but flashy faith healer looking for his next big con. Opens: April 26 (Previews from April 3).

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