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5 Unlikely Love Stories Coming to Broadway

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|by Marshall W. Mabry IV |


Check out these unique additions to Broadway's reputation for romance

Broadway is known for two things: big production numbers, and the best love stories. Love is the heartbeat of Broadway, whether that’s the sisterly love Anna feels for Elsa, the motherly love a Waitress feels for her daughter or the barbed but passionate romance between two divorced actors. Theater is love, so why not ring in the next season with a look at five new and interesting love stories headed to Broadway? They run the gamut from stories of self-love to romantic love, and even include love for a gorilla.

Samantha Barks and Andy Karl star in ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Samantha Barks and Andy Karl star in ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

King Kong
King Kong is without a doubt the most unique love story on this list. It’s centered around struggling actress Ann Darrow, played by Christiani Pitts. Pitts stars opposite Eric Willaims, as well as a massive, 20-ft. tall Kong puppet. Throughout the show, she struggles choosing between the man she loves and caring for the gorilla that saved her life. King Kong is set to capture our hearts and minds at the Broadway Theatre with a Nov. 8th opening.

Pretty Woman
Based on the 1990 romantic comedy of the same name, Pretty Woman is a new Jerry Mitchell-directed musical. The production is a modern-day Cinderella story of two lovers that fall in love in the most unconventional of ways. It stars Tony and Grammy winner Andy Karl as Edward and Samantha Barks as Vivian. This classic romantic comedy and tale of unlikely lovers is already making audiences laugh and fall in love every night at the Nederlander Theatre.

The Cher Show
It’s a type of love we neglected to mention earlier, but this one is about the love of…Cher! The Cher show is a biographical musical based on the life of Cher in three distinct phases. In the show, we meet Babe, Lady and Star Cher, who guide us through the diva’s life and rise. We’ll meet her greatest love, Sonny Bono – played by Jarrod Spector – and watch her grow in love and fame. The Cher Show is set for a Dec. 3rd opening at the Neil Simon Theatre.

The Prom
The message of this new musical comedy is simply, “Love is love.” The Prom takes place in Indiana, where a student isn’t permitted to take her girlfriend to the prom, and traces the zany antics of an invading group of press-hungry Broadway stars who take up their case. This production, directed by Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls), will without a doubt be a revolutionary story for the Broadway stage. The show boasts a star-studded cast that includes Broadway mainstays Christopher Sieber, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas and more. The Prom will open at the Longacre Theatre on Nov. 15th.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Last but not least, we have Moulin Rouge, a musical that is made up almost completely of pop hits from the past two decades. Moulin Rouge is a jukebox romantic comedy based on the hit 2001 Baz Luhrman film of the same name. It stars Karen Olivo as Satine, Aaron Tveit as Christian and Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler. Currently running a well-received out-of-town tryout in Boston, the production has not yet announced a theater, but is set for a 2019 Broadway opening.

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in September 2018.

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