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Three to See: March… And the Winner Is?

March 3rd, 2014

This month’s roundup of opening is inspired by the Oscars. And while Blue Jasmine The Musical may only exist in our wistful imaginations, there are three big-budget musicals that are relying on Hollywood notoriety to lure audiences into the theater.

Andy Karl in "ROCKY" (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

Andy Karl in “ROCKY” (photo: Matthew Murphy) via The Broadway Blog.

ROCKY
The 1977 film won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated songwriters Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens hope that they’ll have a knockout on their hands with the help of director Alex Timbers. Word on the street is that ROCKY is an underdog, save the last epic 20 minutes of the show where the theater is literally transformed into a boxing arena. But we’re rooting for the adrenaline-infused musical, whose tagline is, “Love Wins.”

ROCKY
Winter Garden Theatre
1634 Broadway
Opening night: March 13, 2014

Adam Jacobs as "Aladdin" (photo: Cylla Von Tiedemann) via The Broadway Blog.

Adam Jacobs as “Aladdin” (photo: Cylla Von Tiedemann) via The Broadway Blog.

Aladdin
Disney’s 1993 animated feature film snagged two Academy Awards: Best Music, Original Song (“A Whole New World) and Best Music, Original Score. More than 20 years later, Disney Theatrical is hoping that one rub of a magical lamp (and a whole lot of theatrical innovation), will create another hit for family-friendly audiences.

The creative team is relying on Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), to bring the magic and charm necessary to carry the show and connect with the audience. With Broadway credits including Les Miserábles (Marius) and The Lion King (Simba) and a number of national tours, he certainly has the chops.

Alongside James Monroe Igleharte as Genie and Courtney Reed as Jasmine, the trio will lead an ensemble of multi-talented performers as they dance, sing and fly through this adventurous tale directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw.

Aladdin
New Amsterdam Theatre
214 West 42nd Street
Opening Night: March 20, 2014

Meet star Adam Jacobs up close and personal…

Curious about our third pick? Take the leap!

Cast members of "Strictly Ballroom the Musical" (photo: www.strictlyballroomthemusical.com) via The Broadway Blog.

Cast members of “Strictly Ballroom the Musical” (photo: www.strictlyballroomthemusical.com) via The Broadway Blog.


Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Put on your dancing shoes: Baz Luhrmann’s first major motion picture is making its way onto the stage in Sydney, Australia. The winner of three BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards and nominated for Best Picture (musical/comedy) by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Lurhmann directs the singing and dancing extravaganza, which began as a stage play he devised with a group of other students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1984, before dancing into the hearts of audiences world wide as the award winning feature film. Expect tango, sashay, bogo pogo and plenty of glitz and glamour with set and costume designs by Catherine Martin, who just snagged an Oscar for her work on The Great Gatsby.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Sydney Lyric Theatre
Pirrama Road
Previews begin March 25, 2014

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