As I've mentioned in past posts, I've been gearing up to cast my Tony ballot by seeing as many new shows as possible, such as:
In May, I'll be returning to the Big Apple to round out this year's Tony contenders. I like to focus on the musicals because that is what we here at the Orpheum Theatre for the most part. While I do see some plays, there are just too many for me to attend in my limited time in NYC. On this next trip, I'll be catching some other exciting new titles:
- BEAUTIFUL The Carole King Story: I loved the music, but it lagged in some parts. It didn't have the fascinating storyline like, say, JERSEY BOYS does.
- AFTER MIDNIGHT: A nice jazzy surprise starring Vanessa Williams.
- THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY: I was skeptical at first, but the show was very enjoyable. The new music fit the script surprisingly well.
- ROCKY The Musical: An amazing surprise with incredible staging for the final fight.
- IF/THEN: A new musical starring Idina Menzel (of WICKED and Disney's FROZEN fame). It is sure to get some Tony “buzz” because of her.
- BULLETS OVER BROADWAY: This is Woody Allen’s new musical. It's an adaptation of his movie by the same name that was released in 1994.
- VIOLET: This new musical stars Sutton Foster, who actually lived in Memphis while in high school and won her first Tony for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE.
- ALADDIN: Disney’s newest Broadway production based on the famous animated feature. Since the Orpheum always presents Disney musicals, I am very anxious to see this one.
As always, I'll post my thoughts, opinions, and reactions to these shows when I return from New York. I look forward to reporting back to you soon.
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