Just a few months ago, we were bemoaning all of the shows that would be closing on Broadway in January. But now, with awards season in full swing, we're getting a wealth of plays and musicals opening on the Great White Way. Thirteen productions will open in April alone, and several notable shows have already made their bows in March.
Notable openings in April include a revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre; a musicalization of the hit 2002 movie Catch Me if You Can at the Neil Simon Theatre; A Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, which marks Robin Williams' Broadway debut as an actor (his previous Broadway appearances were as a comedian); the 50th anniversary production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe in his musical debut; the musicalization of the popular Whoopi Goldberg movie Sister Act (produced by Whoopi herself); The House of Blue Leaves at the Walter Kerr Theatre (starring Edie Falco, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ben Stiller); and the Broadway premiere of Larry Kramer's masterpiece The Normal Heart, directed by Oscar-winner Joel Grey (who starred in the off-Broadway incarnation).
And no, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is not on this list. Officially, the show is not yet open, but still in an unfinished "preview" state. It has been in previews for longer than any other musical in the history of Broadway—more than three months. Its most recent opening date (this makes six promised openings, for those keeping count) is June 15, which will mean the show has been in previews for more than half a year before it opens.
Tickets to most of these shows can be purchased at www.telecharge.com.