Broadway Bound: Where to Find Your Neighbors on the Great White Way
The turkey leftovers have been gobbled, the touch-football games played, and now it's time to safely turn your attention toward those gift-giving holidays coming up. Broadway is always a safe bet, be it through the gift of tickets or as a way of keeping your family entertained during long breaks. If you're looking to see some locally grown talent on the boards (or behind the scenes), we've got a rundown for you.
On Stage Now:
Sadly, Kelly Bishop replaced part-time Pound Ridge resident Jessica Walter as Mrs. Evangeline Harcourt in this revival. But there's still local talent behind the scenes as it’s directed by Kathleen Marshall, who got her start at the Westchester Broadway Theatre.
Another revival, another local calling the shots. This production of Godspell marks the Broadway directorial debut of Daniel Goldstein, a Larchmont native. Though he's never helmed a production before, he was previously associate director of the Elvis jukebox musical All Shook Up.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Audra McDonald makes her return to Broadway in this musical, which opened in Cambridge over the summer. Though the production received some eyebrow-raising for making changes to the story, McDonald herself garnered raves. (Look for our interview with McDonald in the January issue.) It officially opens on Broadway on January 12.
Newsies the Musical
Like the plight of the little scamps that inhabit it, Newsies itself is an underdog story. The movie flopped when it came out in 1992 but gained a cult following on home video. A new musical version opened in New Jersey to modest expectations, but it was successful enough to make the Broadway leap. Northern Westchester resident Alan Menken redid the music for the play, which is scheduled to open on Broadway in March.
One to Watch:
Bring It On: The Musical
Sure, you might not initially want to head out and see a musical based on such teen-focused material, but you will when I tell you who are working together on the music: Lin-Manuel Miranda, of the fantastic In the Heights, and Armonk native Tom Kitt of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Next to Normal. Currently, the show is in out-of-town tryouts.