Listed below, chronologically by opening dates, are the shows that opened on Broadway in the 2013-2014 season. (An x besides the title means it has closed as of June, 2014).
- Walter Kerr Theater
- “Forever Tango is music, drama, culture, a way of life”
xLET IT BE
- Theatre: St. James Theatre
- Let It Be began as a West End production to celebrate The Beatles’ 50th anniversary. Using projection technology and 3D sound, the show chronicles the Beatles’ rise from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the height of their fame through live performances of songs including “Twist and Shout, ” “She Loves You, ” “Drive My Car, ” “Yesterday, ” “Hey Jude, ” “Come Together” and “Let It Be.”
- Longacre Theatre
- Austin Winsberg (book), Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (music and lyrics)
- Director: Bill Berry
- Cast: Krysta Rodriguez, Zachary Levi
- First Date, according to producers, “is Broadway’s new musical comedy about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence, the dreaded blind date. When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes, and some seriously saucy chemistry. Set in a jaded city full of missed connections, their unpredictable evening unfolds in real time. Can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dining disaster into something special before the check arrives, or end up at another table for one?”
Circle in the Square Theater
First preview: July 17
Opening: August 15
A new Broadway musical tells the story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, the “Rock Star Rabbi” of the 1960s. After his childhood escape from Nazi Germany, the young rabbi formed an unlikely friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, who introduced him to soul and gospel music. This led to his writing songs that became instant standards, and his struggle to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the “free love” generation.
xROMEO AND JULIET
- Richard Rodgers Theatre
- Cast: Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Jayne Houdyshell, Joe Morton
- According to producers, “In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.”
xTHE GLASS MENAGERIE
- Director: John Tiffany
- Cast: Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto, Brian J. Smith
- According to producers, “Amanda Wingfield (Jones) is a southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura (Keenan-Bolger), and so she pushes her son Tom (Quinto) to find a ‘gentleman caller’ for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller (Smith) sends shockwaves through the family, and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going. A beautiful play full of poetry and longing, The Glass Menagerie makes its triumphant return to Broadway in an exquisite and groundbreaking new production.”
Neil Simon Theater
- Director: Susan Stroman
- Cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, Bobby Steggert
- The fanciful new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, will be directed and choreographed by Stroman (Contact, Crazy for You, The Producers), with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family) and a libretto by August.
xA NIGHT WITH JANIS
Closed February 9. Transferring Off-Broadway.
- First preview: September 20
- Opening: October 10
- Cast: Mary Bridget Davies
An imagined concert by 1960’s rock singer Janis Joplin, including her hits “Piece of My Heart, ” “Ball and Chain, ” and “Me and Bobby McGee. Also portrayed are Joplin inspirations Bessie Smith and Aretha Franklin.
xTHE WINSLOW BOY
- American Airlines Theater
- Cast: Roger Rees, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Charlotte Parry
- “A moving exploration of family devotion, The Winslow Boy, ” according to Roundabout, “beautifully illustrates the costs of unconditional love and the rewards that make the effort priceless.”
xA TIME TO KILL
- John Golden Theater
Based on the 1988 John Grisham novel, this courtroom drama involves a young white lawyer defending a black man who took the law into his own hands after his daughter is viciously attacked.
xTHE SNOW GEESE
- Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
- Cast: Mary-Louise Parker
- “With World War I raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling (Parker) gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they’ve always known.”
Ethel Barrymore Theater
- Cast: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall
- According to producers, “Emma (Weisz) is married to Robert (Craig), a publisher, but she has long had an affair with Jerry (Spall), a literary agent and Robert’s best friend; as, in a brilliant device, time is regained, so the full complexity of their relationships comes to light.”
Brooks Atkinson Theater
- Cast: Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill
- Twitter: @AfterMidnightNY
After Midnight is the renamed Cotton Club Parade, conceived by Jack Viertel, which played at New York City Center. The musical revue celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by 17 musicians selected by Wynton Marsalis.