Theater of Dreams

Celebrities and New Productions invigorate Broadway

This March, Broadway is kicking off the spring season with exciting new productions and A-list talent imported straight from Hollywood!  The mix is eclectic, ranging from soaring love stories (both old and new), to bullet-ridden comedy-dramas, to a dramatic revival that brilliantly illustrates the American Dream and the obstacles that can lie in its way.  Some of the runs are for a limited time only, so act now and snag those tickets before it’s too late!

Few plays have transformed theater to the degree that famed playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun has.  Now, starting on 3/8 for 14-weeks only, this American classic returns to Broadway with an all-star cast that includes silver screen superstar (and Tony-winner) Denzel Washington alongside the multifaceted Tony-winner Diahann Carroll.  Set in the late ‘50s in a south side Chicago apartment, the play chronicles the lives of and divergent dreams within three generations of a struggling African-American family.  Originally produced in 1959, the play also highlights the tensions and prejudice the family endures during this volatile time in American history. (Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.)

If you thought that Denzel Washington was the only star hitting Broadway this month, think again!  Beginning 3/11, Scrubs sensation Zach Braff will be making his Broadway debut in Woody Allen’s Bullets over Broadway, a crime-comedy musical adaptation set in the 1920s.  Woody Allen is a master of musical comedy with screen and stage credits spanning more than 50 years.  Braff will be portraying David Shayne, a playwright “who finds out that his play is getting the Broadway treatment thanks to a wealthy gangster who has taken a sudden interest in producing.”  Directed by Susan Stroman and based on the 1994 film with the same name, Bullets over Broadway promises to deliver big laughs and colorful characters.  (St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.)

If you’re looking for something with a softer touch but equally soaring performances, don’t miss the new original musical If/Then.  Idina Menzel, the Tony-winning sensation who starred in Rent and Wicked, is returning to Broadway as Elizabeth, a woman who is rebuilding her life in New York City and looking for a fresh start.  Menzel is a talented and powerful performer who’s had a recurring role on Fox’s Glee and recently provided the voice of Elsa in Disney’s animated hit Frozen.  With themes of romance, a story by Tony and Pulitzer-prize winning writers, and set in the greatest city on earth, If/Then is sure to be moving and powerful.  Previews begin 3/5.  (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St.)

Lastly, for a romantic and epic journey that has lifted the spirits of theatergoers for over 25 years, rejoice in the return of Les Misérables to Broadway for the third time.  Reimagined with fresh scenic and narrative elements along with new orchestrations, Les Miz is a Tony-winning musical masterpiece that includes breathtaking classic songs like “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Stars” and many more.   Even if you’ve seen the incredible film adaptation starring Anne Hathaway, nothing beats experiencing the drama onstage.  Previews just began, so get your tickets today.  (Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St.)