Sexy, steamy and brilliantly choreographed theater in NYC
August is hot, perhaps too hot for outdoors! Seek refuge inside Broadway’s air-conditioned theaters, where there are plenty of sexy and steamy productions with world-class choreography that embrace the hot summer vibe without the sweat and discomfort.
Cabaret is one of those productions, taking audiences back to a seedy nightclub in 1931 Berlin as the Nazi’s are rising to power. While the original production premiered on Broadway in 1966, a newer, sexier production directed by Sam Mendes ran on London’s West End in 1993 and was revived on Broadway in 1998. Alan Cumming starred in both of these productions, while Sam Mendes went on to direct the critically acclaimed film American Beauty the following year. It is this newer, sexier Sam Mendes version of Cabaret that is back on Broadway this summer, once again starring Alan Cumming as the Emcee, despite being 20 years older than when he first played the role. It’s a revival of a revival, co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, and co-starring three-time Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams in her Broadway debut.
Chicago is also a sexy and steamy Broadway musical with some of the same ingredients as Cabaret, in that both feature music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb and both have direction by Rob Marshall, who also directed the academy-award winning 2002 film starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere. Set in the legendary Windy City during the roaring prohibition-era “jazz hot” 1920s, Chicago tells the story of Roxy Hart and Velma Kelly, two beautiful convicted killers on ‘Murderesses Row’ who will stop at nothing to get the attention of the press and celebrity smooth-talking attorney Billy Flynn. It’s the longest running musical revival on Broadway, featuring show-stopping songs “All the Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango,” and “Razzle Dazzle,” performed with outstanding Fosse-style choreography.
Kinky Boots, on the other hand, is new to Broadway, although it is based on the 2005 film that was inspired by a true story. That story has become one of the hottest in town, full of uplifting sentiments, beyond-catchy music, and tour de force performances, all centered in a world of sexy boots. The story follows a shoe factory owner who works to turn his struggling business around with the help of a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, the unlikely duo embrace their new business model – the production of kinky boots – and learn something about each other in the process. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, it’s a colorful show about accepting others for who they are.
Lastly, another musical revival with mind-blowing Fosse-style choreography is Pippin, the high-flying and death-defying story of a young prince’s journey to find his “corner of the sky”. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) accompanied by breathtaking acrobatics, Pippin has some of the best action and adventure that Broadway has to offer. Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, Pippin’s revival is still new to Broadway and is an excellent, electrifying musical full of contortions and circus tricks that will wow the entire family.