From ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘My Fair Lady,’ Major Shows to Open on Broadway in March and April

By Anna Breuer on 12 March 2018
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A number of important Broadway shows including several major revivals will open on the Great White Way over the coming few weeks.

Here’s a look at what to expect, in order of appearance:

“Escape to Margaritaville,” already in previews, will open March 15 at the Marquis Theatre. Featuring music and lyrics by Jimmy Buffett, it’s the story of Tully, a singer/bartender/lady’s man who thinks he has it all figured out.

Disney fans take note: “Frozen,” also already in previews, will open March 22 at the St. James Theater. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” Frozen is set in the fictional land of Arandelle and tells the story of Princess Anna’s quest to find and redeem her older sister Elsa, a blond icemaker with a thing for gloves.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic “Angels in America” opens on Broadway on March 25. Previews started on February 23. The revival of the most acclaimed theatrical journeys of our time transfers from an award-winning production at London’s National Theatre and is just as incendiary and irreverent as it was when it first opened on Broadway in 1991.

“Carousel” will take to the stage April 12 at the Imperial Theater (Previews started in February). In Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second musical, based on Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play “Liliom,” carousel barker Billy Bigelow’s romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at a great cost.

Meanwhile, “Mean Girls,” a musical adaptation of the hit 2004 film comedy about rivalries among high school girls, opens April 8 at the August Wilson Theatre.

The age-old question, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man”?, will once again be asked on the Great White Way when “My Fair Lady” opens at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on April 19 (previews start March 15). It stars Harry Hadden-Paton as Professor Higgins and Lauren Ambrose as Eliza.

The most anticipated play to open this season on Broadway, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” sold out its first wave of tickets faster than you could say “quidditch.” The key members of the original cast from the original production at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End are coming with the show – including Olivier winners Jamie Parker as Harry and Noma Dumezweni as Hermione, as well as Sam Clemmett as Albus, and Anthony Boyle as Scorpius. It’s performed in two parts (typically seen the same afternoon and evening) and, as FBT Cultural Editor Blaise Buckley said in his review of the London production, it’s “fantastically magical.”

Commemorating its 50th anniversary, “The Boys in the Band” is scheduled to play the Booth Theatre in a limited engagement starting April 30. The play centers around a group of gay men who gather in an apartment for a friend’s birthday party. As the night unfolds, previously unrevealed conflicts emerge and the tension rises.

Other notable openings yet to come include “Children of a Lesser God” and “The Iceman Cometh” so stay tuned.

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