Some Summer 2018 Broadway previews……..

//Some Summer 2018 Broadway previews……..
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Some Summer 2018 Broadway previews……..

Straight White Men

Paul Schneider, Josh Charles, Armie Hammer & Tom Skerritt

Thanks to Second Stage Theater, playwright Young Jean Lee is set to make history as the first female Asian-American playwright to ever be produced on Broadway, when performances of Straight White Men begin at The Hayes Theater on June 29. The play enjoyed a successful run downtown at the Public Theater in 2014, but the Broadway premiere has enlisted a stellar cast and a healthy dose of star power for the Great White Way, including Hollywood heavyweight Armie Hammer, Emmy Award winner Tom Skerritt and Golden Globe and two-time Emmy Award nominee Josh Charles. Rounding out the cast are Paul SchneiderKate Bornstein, and Ty Defoe, and aside from Mr. Skerritt, all the company will be making their respective Broadway debuts with the production. Billed as “a hilariously ruthless look at the classic American father-son drama” and set during Christmas Eve, Straight White Men promises to be a “white” Christmas you won’t soon forget! An official opening is set for July 23.


Head Over Heels

The first new musical to officially open in the 2018-2019 is the raucous musical comedy Head Over Heels, based on The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney and featuring the hits of the most successful all-female rock band of all time… The Go-Go’s! And if songs such as “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” and, of course, “Head Over Heels,” weren’t enough for you already, they’ve also thrown in the solo hits of Go-Go’s member Belinda Carlisle for good measure, so you can expect Broadway’s Hudson Theatre to personify the motto “Heaven is a Place on Earth” when performances begin on June 23! And if you’re still not satisfied, the cherry on the cake is the casting of popular “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” star Peppermint! So, get ready for a tall tale of “mistaken identities, jealous lovers, romance and scandal”… An official opening is set for July 26.


Gettin’ the Band Back Together

Kelli Barrett, Sawyner Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis, Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz & Marilu Henner

Following hot on the heels of Head Over Heels is another new musical comedy, but this time with an original score by Mark Allen. Gettin’ the Band Back Together promises to do exactly that, when performances begin at the Belasco Theatre on July 19, but can this band of now middle-aged Misfits with a capital ‘M’ – aided by a 16-year-old Jewish rapper – achieve a childhood dream and win the “Battle of the Bands”? Also – look out for the five-time Golden Globe-nominated star of “Taxi” Marilu Henner, who plays Sharon Papadopolous, Mitch’s Mom, in the musical and who may or may not have had a dalliance with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry! An official opening night is set for August 13.


Pretty Woman: The Musical

Samantha Barks & Steve Kazee in the pre-Broadway run of Pretty Woman: The Musical in Chicago

The final Broadway premiere of the summer, walkin’ down the street and beginning performances at the Nederlander Theatre on July 20, will be Pretty Woman: The Musical. Since the pre-Broadway engagement at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre this past spring, there’s been some good news and some bad news… Unfortunately, Tony Award winner Steve Kazee (pictured) who starred as Edward Lewis (immortalised on film by Richard Gere) has withdrawn from the Broadway premiere due to family reasons. The good news, however, is that three-time Tony Award nominee & Olivier Award winner Andy Karl (whose wife Orfeh also stars in the cast as Kit De Luca) has stepped in and will undoubtedly be equally as dashing as Edward. He joins British rising star Samantha Barks, who played Éponine in the 2012 film adaptation of “Les Misérables” and now steps into Julia Roberts’ high heels as Vivian Ward. The musical boasts a score by Grammy Award-winning superstar Bryan Adams, along with his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, and a book by the late great Garry Marshall (who directed the movie) and J.F. Lawton (who wrote the screenplay). An official opening is set for August 16.

 


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