Re: Broadway Musicals Opening in Spring 2011
The Book Of Mormon
- I think this one might turn out to be a sleeper hit, but I don't know if the source material is particularly strong. There's been another musical based on a (albeit prolonged) comedy sketch, and that's Spamalot
. Sure, it was outrageously successful with audiences and at award time, but I feel it wasn't particularly well-crafted and became far too episodic for a cohesive musical, which might be 'Mormon's problem. But who knows? Maybe I'm wrong.How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
- This is such a weird vehicle for Daniel Radcliffe. Well, maybe not as weird as Equus, but still... I'm not too optimistic about this. I'm worried about the star casting, because Radcliffe is relatively untested in the world of musical theatre, and I don't know if people are ready for another Loesser revival after Guys And Dolls
did so badly the last time around. And I feel the motives for mounting such a revival are skewed; What new and innovative angles can be wrung from this already well-known show?Priscilla, Queen Of the Desert
- This show is already getting messianic reviews
here in Toronto. What's a success here is not always a success on Broadway, but I think the feel-good vibe of the production and the well-known songs in it could make it the next Mamma Mia!Catch Me If You Can
- Feeling good about this project, if only because it stars Aaron Tveit and Norbert Leo Butz, and is taking place in the theatre that once was appropriated for Love Never Dies
... Anything Goes
- Here's a star vehicle that will work without a shadow of a doubt. I know I already want any cast album that comes from this production, and the creative team behind this is looking promising. Plus, Sutton Foster just looks sensational as Reno Sweeney.Wonderland: A New Alice
- FLOP. PLEASE JUST FLOP.Sister Act
- I don't understand Disney's thought process. Why make a musical from scratch when one already has about ten thousand musical properties ready and waiting to be staged, or are already staged, but rotting somewhere in Germany??
I've heard that Sister Act
is good, but I think it's unnecessary competition against another Gospel-flavoured Menken musical, Leap Of Faith
, which seems equally erroneous to me (depsite Raul Esparza). Will there be some sort of Christian Revivalist death match this season? Or will these two shows simply divide audiences and cancel themselves out? Only time will tell.People In The Picture
- I don't know that much about this musical, apart from the fact that it isn't based off of a secondary source (!), and stars Donna Murphy. So I'm very intrigued. It has something these other shows do not; a sense of ingenuity, mystery, and originality that piques the interest. I reserve my judgement.
As an aside, does anyone know if Bonnie And Clyde
is set for a Broadway run? Because if it's being delayed in favour of the inferior Wildhorn show Wonderland
, I may flip my lid.