Broadway Buzz: A Look At Spring's Upcoming Shows

March is finally here, which means we're still dealing with the lion end of the month and eagerly awaiting that lamb. But in spite of the wind and "wintry mix" of snow and rain, we're excited to be in New York City, because March marks the beginning of the end of the Broadway season, and a bunch of shows are racing to open before the early-May deadline.

Courtesy of Time Out New York, here are a few hints on what's worth seeing:

On Broadway

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Cort Theatre

In previews; opens March 20

Richard Greenberg has adapted Truman Capote's novella (not the iconic movie) for the stage. Emilia Clarke (best known for playing Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones) picks up Holly Golightly's mantle from Audrey Hepburn.

Hands on a Hardbody

Brooks Atkinson Theatre 

In previews; opens March 21

Ten Texans compete to win a truck by seeing who can keep one hand on it the longest. The country/western-flavored score is by Amanda Green (daughter of Broadway legend Adolph Green) and Phish's Trey Anastasio and the book is by Doug Wright.

Lucky Guy

Broadhurst Theatre

In previews; opens April 1

Instead of a summary, let's look at the names involved: Nora Ephron wrote it. Tom Hanks stars. And George C. Wolfe directs. We're so there.

Matilda

Shubert Theatre

In previews; opens April 11

Annie has some competition from this British import based on the Roald Dahl novel about a little girl who takes on the big, bad, unfair world.

Kinky Boots

Al Hirschfeld Theatre 

In previews; opens April 4

Cyndi Lauper wrote the score. Harvey Fierstein wrote the book. It's based on the popular 2005 comedy film of the same name. Grab tickets now!

Motown—The Musical

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Previews start March 11; opens April 14

This jukebox musical celebrates the classic songs that spawned a genre. Love Stevie Wonder? This one's for you.

The Nance

Lyceum Theatre

Previews start March 21; opens April 15

An all-star cast is headed by two-time Tony-winner Nathan Lane in Douglas Carter Beane's new story about an actor during the depression who specializes in effeminate roles. 

Pippin

Music Box Theatre

Previews start March 23; opens April 25

Bob Fosse's staging and choreography seems bound to Stephen Schwartz's early musical, so we're looking forward to seeing director Diane Paulus' new circus-influenced take on the popular show.

The Trip to Bountiful

Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Previews start March 30; opens April 23

Cicely Tyson leads Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad (daughter of Phylicia) in this revival of Horton Foote's drama about a woman's quest to return home.

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers

Booth Theatre

Previews start April 5; opens April 24

Bette Midler stars in a one-woman show written by John Logan and directed by Joe Mantello. 

Off-Broadway

The Last Five Years

Second Stage Theatre

In previews; opens April 2

Jason Robert Brown's two-person musical drama follows a doomed relationship from first date to divorce, and has developed a cult following since its 2002 debut. (The score contains some of his finest work.) Rising stars Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe play the couple, and Brown himself directs.

For other suggestions, check out Time Out New York's master list! For tickets to most shows, visit www.telecharge.com.

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