Highlights from Broadway
Clybourne Park Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, this comic drama explores race relations. Beginning in 1959, the play finds a white Chicago community fretting over the arrival of black home-owners, then moves to the present day as the now African-American neighborhood rallies against gentrification. Walter Kerr Theater, 212-239-6200 (Tele-charge), clybournepark.com.
Evita “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” is just one of the Andrew Lloyd Webber gems heard in this pop opera, which returns to Broadway for the first time since 1983. Pop star Ricky Martin is featured as Che Guevara. Marquis Theater, 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster), evitaonbroadway.com.
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess This renowned folk opera returns to Broadway in a daring, controversial production that replaces most of the recitative with dialogue that breathes new life into the title characters. Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier star. Rodgers Theater, 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster) porgyandbessonbroadway.com.
Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (closes July 8) Just in time for presidential-election season comes this revival of the play about secrets, scandal and ruthlessness among two candidates on the campaign trail. The star-studded cast includes Candice Bergen, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette, Eric McCormack and Michael McKean. Schoenfeld Theater, 212-239-6200 (Tele-charge).
Harvey (opens June 14, closes Aug. 5) Jim Parsons (Sheldon from TV’s The Big Bang Theory) headlines this revival of the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. A long-running hit in its 1944 premiere, the farcical story tells of a man (Parsons) who is seemingly perfect, save for his loyal friendship with a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit. Studio 54, 212-719-1300, roundabouttheatre.org.
Jesus Christ Superstar This 70s rock opera recounting the last days of Jesus Christ’s life is back on the Great White Way in an all-new production. Neil Simon Theater, 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster), superstaronbroadway.com.
The Lyons Hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure, this new dark comedy stars Linda Lavin as the matriarch of a dysfunctional Manhattan family that gathers to say goodbye to their dying father and, of course, spar. Cort Theater, 212-239-6200 (Tele-charge), thelyonsbroadway.com.
Newsies If you didn’t catch the premiere of this feel-good new musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse this past fall, you won’t want to miss its Broadway transfer. A stage adaptation of Disney’s same-named cult-classic film, the story follows a group of plucky newspaper sellers in the early 1900s. Nederlander Theater, 800-866-2717 (Ticketmaster), newsiesthemusical.com.
Nice Work if You Can Get It Matthew Broderick returns to Broadway with lovely leading lady Kelli O’Hara in this musical. Filled with immortal Gershwin tunes (“Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Fascinating Rhythm”), the new comedic story follows a Jazz Age playboy who gets involved with bootleggers. Imperial Theater, 212-239-6200 (Tele-charge), niceworkonbroadway.com.
Once The sweet 2007 film about an Irish guy and a Czech gal falling in love over music in Dublin is now a romantic tuner by the same duo who wrote the movie. Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, 212-239-6200 (Tele-charge), oncemusical.com.
One Man, Two Guvnors This uproarious British blockbuster comes to Broadway with its acclaimed leading man, James Corden, who stars as a servant battling to keep the affairs of his two employers, a gangster and a criminal, straight. Music Box Theater, 212-239-6200 (Tele-charge), onemantwoguvnorsbroadway.com.
Other Desert Cities This juicy, crowd-pleasing drama by Jon Robin Baitz centers on an Arizona family with political ties and a daughter who plans to dredge up a best-left-buried family tragedy in a soon-to-be-published memoir. Booth Theater, 212-239-6200 (Tele-charge), lct.org.
Peter and the Starcatcher The question of how Peter Pan became the boy who never grew up is answered in this new adventure geared toward the whole family. The spectacularly imaginative staging features 12 actors playing more than 100 roles. Brooks Atkinson Theater, 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster), peterandthestarcatcher.com. —Liam Correll