Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Productions on the Docket

Playbill.com has just announced three new Broadway productions that are on their way.

The first is the much hyped stage adaptation of it's 1992 flop film Newsies. The show will be playing a limited engagement the Nederlander Theatre on 41st Street from March 15th through June 10th, with opening night planned for March 29th. Most of the cast will join the transfer, but the leading man from the original Papermill Playhouse production, Jeremy Jordan, will not be joining them because he is currently starring in the Broadway musical Bonnie and Clyde. That is, of course, unless that show doesn't last as long as the producers would like.

Next up is a new musical called Leap of Faith, which is aiming for a fall 2012 Broadway birth. Though I couldn't dig up much about the content of the show, I have found out that the show is about a phony "reverend" whose bus breaks down, traveling ministry in tow, in a small Kansas town. The show has a gospel score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, who collaborated on the score for Sister Act, with a book by Warren Leight (the Tony-winning book writer of Side Man).

The final production reported was a transfer from the National Theatre in London. The play is called One Man, Two Guvnors, which is based on Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters. The Richard Bean play, in a production directed by Nicholas Hytner, will open at the Music Box Theatre on April 18th, 2012, after starting previews on April 6th, according to producer Bob Boyett.

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