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8 Most Anticipated Broadway Shows for Spring 2017

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|by Amy Sapp |

In the wake of one of the most lucrative years in Broadway history, discover the next set of shows to make its mark on the Great White Way

Though Broadway mourns the closing of 13 shows this January – from Jersey Boys to Matilda to Something Rotten! – 2017 promises to thrill audiences with myriad new works of theater, many with star-studded casting, aimed to hit the stage during the spring season


Christy Altomare and the company of 'Anastasia' at Hartford Stage (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Christy Altomare and the company of 'Anastasia' at Hartford Stage (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Here are our top 8 picks for this season’s most-anticipated Broadway productions.

Hello, Dolly!
Bette Midler returns to Broadway in this glitzy production based on the Thorton Wilder film of the same name. Director Jerry Zaks, winner of four Tony Awards, joins forces with choreographer and fellow Tony Award winner Warrant Carlyle to produce this beloved, iconic musical. The classic story follows the fabled, well-known matchmaker named Dolly Gallagher as she ventures to New York to win the hand of Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy artist who she unexpectedly sweeps off his feet.  Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., get tickets

Stage starlets Laura Osnes and Corey Cott return to Broadway this season in the new American musical, Bandstand. This World War II-era musical follows singer and songwriter Donny Novitski as he recovers from warfare by creating a 1940s swing big band, consisting solely of his fellow veterans. The stakes are raised for Novitski, played by Cott of Newsies and Gigi fame, as the band enters a nationwide competition in Hollywood to become America’s next big swing band. As a new lead singer and widow of the war, Julia (played by the Tony-nominated Osnes) joins the group, while the band of soldiers must confront the secrets of their past in order to conserve any hope of a future. Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St.

War Paint
Two divas of the stage are returning to Broadway in the new musical War Paint: Tony Award-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole. The stars helm the cast as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, the two moguls – and subsequent rivals – of the 20th century beauty and makeup industry. The musical explores the true story of the two women who revolutionized the role of women business entrepreneurs in a world once controlled by men. The musical, from the director of Dear Evan Hansen, Rent, and Next to Normal and the creators of Grey Gardens, promises to usher in a new fan base for these seasoned divas. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.

Relive the nostalgia of childhood with Broadway’s musical adaptation of the beloved DreamWorks animated classic film, Anastasia. Christy Altomare (Mamma Mia! and the national tour of Spring Awakening) steps back onstage to Broadway as the lost princess herself, Anastasia Romanov. Derek Klena (Wicked, Bridges of Madison County, Dogfight) helms the cast as Dmitry, the traveling swindler who may become smitten with Anastasia along her journey to uncover her past. Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., get tickets

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The West End adaptation of the classic 1971 film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, transfers to Broadway with Tony Award winner Christian Borle as Willy Wonka, the candyman who hosts a global contest for five lucky children to enter a mysterious chocolate factory filled with wondrous, otherworldly treats and sweets. Joining Borle are several Broadway veterans, including Tony Award-winning John Rubinstein as Grandpa Joe and funnywoman Jackie Hoffman as Mrs. Teavee. In their Broadway debuts are young actors Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust, and Ryan Sell sharing the role as Charlie Bucket. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., get tickets

Come From Away
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, shook the United States, changing the security of air travel indefinitely. But the planes scheduled to fly on the day of the attacks were grounded – 38 planes grounded with over 6,579 passengers in the city of Newfoundland in Canada. But what happened to those passengers once they arrived at their destinations? What stories did they tell? After three record-breaking runs, Come From Away finds its way to Broadway in New York City to reveal these emotional tales. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., get tickets

Sunset Boulevard
In a stunningly nostalgic revival, Glenn Close stars once again in the 1995 Best Musical, Sunset Boulevard – the show with music by the legendary Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and which garnered Close a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Based on the Academy Award-winning 1950s film directed by Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard explores the life of an aging star of the silent film who tries, one final time, to cling to the shreds of her stardom. When one screenwriter steps in to seemingly control the actress’ future, he soon is gravely proven mistaken. Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway

Sunday in the Park with George
With a book by James Lapine and music by Stephen Sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George has become a classic piece of theater for both concessioners of the stage and theatrical unknowns alike. For 10 weeks only, Hollywood leading man Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You, Kinky Boots) star in this seminal work of stage after a stunning Off-Broadway run at the New York City Center. (No surprise, the original production of Sunday in the Park won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize award for drama.) Hudson Theatre, 145 W. 44th St.


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