2013 is going to be a big year for Broadway in Boston. Hit shows like Sister Act, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, Tuck Everlasting, Mary Poppins, and Wicked, are already scheduled to perform. Below covers what’s to come and what to expect.
Sister Act: Boston’s Opera House will welcome the hit show, based off of the 1992 movie of the same name, January 22-February 3, 2013. The musical opened in London’s West End in 2009 and came to Broadway in 2011. Produced by Stage Entertainment, Whoopi Goldberg, and Michael Reno, the show was written by Cherie Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner, with music by Alan Menkin and lyrics from Glenn Slater. Nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards and five Tony Awards, the show is still playing at the Broadway Theatre in NYC.
Deloris van Cartier is the protagonist who, after witnessing her boyfriend murdering someone, goes into the witness protection program…to a convent. Deloris takes over the convent choir and tries to make it a success, all while avoiding the dangers of what’s waiting for her on the outside and struggling to try to adjust to life as a nun. The musical is a comedy that features song and dance numbers, such as “Take Me To Heaven,” “Raise Your Voice,” and “Sister Act.”
Jersey Boys: The Citi Colonial Theatre in Boston will host the show based on Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons January 30-March 9, 2013. Opening on Broadway in 2005, the musical won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, out of the eight it was nominated for. Bob Gaudio wrote the music, with lyrics by Bob Crew, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Still playing on Broadway, the show has played in The West End, Melbourne, Las Vegas, Chicago, and a National Tour hitting major cities throughout the U.S.
The documentary-style musical portrays the beginning, middle, and eventual end of Frankie Valli and the original Four Seasons—Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, and Nick Massi. Two Acts are broken into literal four seasons, focusing on each of the men’s perspectives as the members come together, find success, and eventually break apart. The show features hit songs from Valli and the Seasons, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night),” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”
The Book Of Mormon: Coming to Boston’s Opera House April 9- April 28, 2013, the musical is from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q. Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone combined efforts to write the book, lyrics, and music of this nine-time Tony Award winning musical, including for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score. The show has been a major hit on Broadway and will begin its first National Tour across the U.S. as well as a run in London’s West End.
The show centers on two Mormon missionaries, Elder Kevin Price and Elder Arnold Cunningham, who are sent to Uganda to convince people to convert to Mormonism. The men are out of their element in this satire focusing on religious themes of faith and doubt, as their optimistic and slightly ignorant ideals meet resistance in a world where people struggle daily with crime, famine, poverty, and AIDS. Hit songs from the comedy include “Hello,” “I Am Here For You,” and “Making Things Up Again.”
Tuck Everlasting: May 26-June 15, 2013, the Citi Colonial Theatre will be home to the pre-Broadway run of the new musical. Chris Miller wrote the music with Nathan Tysen writing the lyrics, and Claudia Shear writing the book. Casey Nicholaw is the director and choreographer of the musical based off of Natalie Babbitt’s novel of the same name.
Focusing on a young girl, Winnie Foster, the musical poses the question, if a person could live forever, would they? Winnie wants to explore the world outside of the quiet life her mother and grandmother have provided. She meets Tuck and his family who are not exactly as they seem and show her a side to the world she never expected.
Mary Poppins: On May 28-June 2, 2013, the show based on the hit Disney film, will play at Boston’s Opera House. The musical contains the same beloved music from the movie, written by the Sherman Brothers, with even more music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The musical opened in 2004 in London’s West End before premiering on Broadway in 2006. It is a winner of two Laurence Olivier Awards and one Tony Award. In addition to the runs in London and New York, there have been productions all around the world that includes places like Australia, Sweden, and Denmark, as well as national tours across the U.S.
Mary Poppins, the dysfunctional nanny made famous by Julie Andrews in the film version, takes care of the Banks family’s children, Jane and Michael, while the parents face struggles of their own. Mary partners up with a man named Bert and together they turn the children’s attitudes around and teach them about life. They do so in a more fantastical way than the kids could ever have imagined, preaching life lessons through a combination of music, dance, and magic. Hit songs featured in the musical include, “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
Wicked: The musical comes back to Boston August 7-September 15, 2013 to the Opera House. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman, the show is based off of the book, “Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” by Gregory Maguire. The show won three Tony Awards and has had performances in countries like London, Japan, Germany, Australia, and cities across the U.S.
Taking familiar themes from the classic film, Wizard of Oz, the musical shows the Wicked Witch’s perspective beginning from her days at school to her infamous confrontation with Dorothy, and suggests that maybe her intentions were just misunderstood all along. The Wicked Witch, Elphaba, meets a host of familiar characters throughout her journey, including Glinda the Good Witch, the Wizard, and the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scare Crow. Elphaba is just a young girl with large powers and good intentions for the greater good. Her green-tinted skin does not endear her to many and she struggles to find her place in the world while continuing to do good, even if her actions are misconstrued. Featured songs include, “The Wizard and I,” “What Is This Feeling,” “Popular,” “Defying Gravity,” and “For Good.”