The old becomes new again on Broadway in the year to come
If you are looking for something new to wow you on Broadway next year, don't get your hopes up just yet. With the sole exception of "Newsies," the most exciting Broadway productions set so far for 2012 will be revivals of classic musicals and plays.
The 1992 film musical "Newsies," about newsboys waging a strike at the turn of the century, was a huge flop for Disney. But with a heavily revised plot, thrilling choreography, and upbeat anthems retained from the film such as "Seize the Day," "Newsies" shined as a stage musical when it premiered this fall at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse. Look for Jeremy Jordan, co-star of the musical "Bonnie & Clyde," to play Jack Kelly. Opens March 15 at the Nederlander Theatre.
Death of a Salesman
A decade ago, Brian Dennehy gave a gripping performance as the tragic Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's classic drama. Now, with Mike Nichols directing, Philip Seymour Hoffman will give the challenging role a try. Rising film star Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network," "The Amazing Spider-Man") will play Willy's frustrated son Biff. Opens March 15 at the Barrymore Theater.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Before "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera," Andrew Lloyd Webber shot to fame with this daring rock opera that views the last days of Jesus from Judas' point of view. This revival, which originated at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, stages the musical as if it were a contemporary rock concert. Opens March 22 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Speaking of Andrew Lloyd Webber, his other 1970s hit, "Evita" -- which is now best remembered for the song "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" -- will receive its first Broadway revival. Ricky Martin, whose pop career has faded in recent years, will play Che alongside Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Evita and Broadway regular Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón. Opens April 5 at the Marquis Theatre.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
This legendary folk opera, about the love affair between a disabled beggar and a prostitute in Charleston, S.C., premiered on Broadway in 1935 but has since been confined mainly to opera houses. Now it will return to the Great White Way in a new production by director Diane Paulus and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis. Opens Jan. 12 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.