“Without a song or a dance what are we?”
Bonjour, my friends!!
Autumn is almost over and the world is starting to pull out their sweater collections and curl up to watch the full Broadway recording of Newsies on Netflix.
Honestly, though, I’ve got other things on my mind. The only season change that I actually care about has just begun.
Glittery, colorful, and very, very loud…
You probably know what I’m talking about.
Instead of colorful leaves and chilly weather, pumpkin spice beverages and cozy strolls, this season tends more towards colorful feather boas and chilly divas, black coffee and, um… Kicklines.
Lots of kicklines.
The season of all seasons, the main cause of high belting in grocery stores, the start of the very best part of each theater geek’s year…
I am speaking, my friends, of the Broadway Season.
Wait, just a second.
The Broadway Season is basically the time when all the newest New York shows are presented and we get to find our newest obsession.
And as plays and musicals begin previews in hopes of transferring to Broadway, and we, with joy in our hearts and tears in our eyes, watch as they transform and blossom, it is rawther important to know what’s what and what fabulous theatre the newest season is bringing us.
Last season is a tough act of follow, what with the emotional depth of Dear Evan Hansen, the sweeping and richly designed sets and costumes of The Great Comet, and the wackiness of Falsettos…but Broadway always has something snazzy up her sleeve (I just decided that Broadway is a female. Sorry) and some of these shiny new shows have got me compulsively doing jazz hands.
We’ve got quite a few new musicals based on movies (one of which you probably won’t believe), a couple of snazzy revivals, some plays, and a more than slightly chilly Disney show all in previews.
And so. Here’s a list of the top newest shows that you must know about, not only to avoid Theatre Geek Scorn ( a very real and dangerous thing) but to bring joy, snazziness, and lots of jazziness to your life.
For the first time in forever, Disney is bringing their hit movie musical Frozen to the Broadway stage and I couldn’t be more excited. Written by Avenue Q and Book of Mormon genius, Bobby Lopez, Frozen is super chilly and very fabulous and following in the steps of Hamilton, the Broadway production will feature a multi-racial cast. Inclusiveness is truly the new face of Broadway, but it’s especially exciting that a typically more conservative company like Disney is embracing it as well. Here are some beautiful pictures.
Once on this Island
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, one of my favorite writing teams and the amazing humans behind shows like Anastasia, Ragtime, and Rocky, have a new musical on Broadway, following closely behind the success of the stage version of their show Anastasia, which premiered last season. Once On This Island isn’t exactly new, in fact it’s not new at all. First opening on Broadway in 1990, the popular musical is currently in previews for its Broadway revival.
The story follows the life of a small community living on a caribbean island, and features an exciting cast which includes the utterly brilliant Lea Salonga, voice of several Disney princesses and the originator of the role of Kim in Miss Saigon, a role for which she won a Tony Award when she was just 19.
Going from reactions to the show on social media, it is a moving and well-done revival.
Spongebob SquarePants The Musical
Yeah…we all did double-takes, honey.
Spongebob might not seem like obvious material for a Broadway show, but the musical has actually been in the works for a while. I first heard about it when a theatre geek on a group chat offered to give all group-chatters her bootleg of the show. I did not accept the offer, and it wasn’t necessarily because of any bootleg-opposed tendencies I might possess. I just kind of wasn’t thrilled about the sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea infiltrating our fabulous dramatical world of musical theatre.
Going from comments on Twitter made after the show’s performance of song “Bikini Bottom” on the Macy’s Day Parade, there were decidedly mixed reactions. Many praised the show for its exuberance, while others dismissed it as “decidedly creepy” and “ “the worst thing to come out of 2017”.
I’m not sure exactly how I feel. I don’t dislike it, but I also have physical pain when I listen to it…but watch this video of the performance and formulate your own opinions. We need to talk. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Please. My whole world is crumbling.
Tina Fey’s hilarious and sassy movie isn’t beginning previews until March but it’s been in the works since 2013, so Mean Girls fans and Broadway lovers seem to be willing to wait. With a book by Tina Fey and music by her husband, 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt composer, Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by fabolous female co-writer of Legally Blonde The Musical Nell Benjamin, the musical promises to be a hit.
I strangely have never actually seen the movie, but I have been obsessed with Tina Fey since 2014 when I first read her hilarious autobiography Bossypants. She is now a true inspiration of mine and I am so thrilled that she is now involved in the fabulous world that is Broadway!
Several months ago, to promote her show, Tina Fey served cheese fries to lucky New Yorkers from a hot pink food truck. Here are some pictures of that marvelous day. At which I was not present.
And those are the top (in my opinion so far) the top new Broadway shows that you must know about! Did I miss a Vitally Important one? Which ones are you most excited for? Let me know your thoughts in comments below!
Yay for Broadway!