Both familiar and original stories are hitting the Broadway stage looking to be the next Hamilton
Even while a chunk of the country faces a burst of winter fury, it's important to remind ourselves that spring is just around the corner. One area of the country where this is particularly clear is New York's Broadway theater district, where several massive Broadway musicals are hitting the stage in time for Tony Awards consideration. Rather than risking getting overwhelmed by the options, we decided to do a run down of this spring's biggest productions.
Based on the beloved Bill Murray film of the same name, the musical tells the story of Phil Connors, a vain jerk of a weatherman whose life is turned upside down when he's forced to live out the same day over and over again. Boasting the same creative team as the acclaimed Matilda, the production comes from an acclaimed London run and carries with it a good deal of Tony hype. While we'll have to wait and see if it can make good on that buzz, don't be surprised if word of mouth turns this into a hot ticket.
Adapted from the 1997 animated film, the musical tells the story of the missing daughter of Tsar Nicholas II in 1920's Paris teaming up with two con men as she tries to uncover the secrets of her past. Coming from the Tony-winning writing team of Ragtime and the Tony-winning director of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the musical certainly has the talent at its disposal to tell its grand story. Hopefully it will be able to live up to the caliber of its creative team and give fans that grew up with the movie and new first timers alike something to sweep them off their feet.
Come From Away
While not boasting the advance hype or familiarity of other shows on this list, Come From Away has earned rave reviews and seems in position to claim the title of Broadway's feel good hit of the year. Inspired by true events of a small town in Newfoundland, Canada that opened itself up to thousands of strangers whose flights were thrown into chaos after 9/11 and the unexpected community that formed. While far from conventional Broadway musical premise, this sweet, touching, and often funny musical about kindness may be the exact type of show the country needs right now.
Based on the Oscar Nominated French film comes a new adaptation starring Phillipa Soo, the Tony nominated female lead of Hamilton. Just as the film did, the musical tells the quirky romantic story of a kind young woman seeking to help the world who ends up finding unexpected love along the way. Given both the film's acclaim and the attention Soo will have in her first role since Hamilton, the musical will have some lofty expectations, but if it can pull it off Amélie could end up being the perfect date night musical.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
What happens when a kindhearted young boy finds a golden ticket to visit an eccentric candy tycoon's chocolate factory? Well if you read Roald Dahl's book or one of it's film adaptations you may already know the answer, but starting this spring audiences will get the chance to see a whole new look at the story. Featuring new music by the song writing team responsible for Hairspray and starring two-time Tony winner Christian Borle as Wonka, the musical is poised to be the family friendly spectacle of the spring for those seeking a little pure imagination in the big city.