Foolish April has arrived, meaning it's the last big month for shows to open on Broadway before all-important Tony eligibility closes for the season. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the shows opening on the White Way, just in case you were jonesing to drop a hundred dollars to sit in the dark and get out of this nice weather.
Disney's cult-hit movie musical ballet-kicks down the doors of the Nederlander theater in this feel-good tale of children learning about organized labor. (It's Scott Walker's favorite show, obvs.) As you might have guessed from the title, the chief concern here is newsies, lovable turn-of-the-century street urchins who hawk papes on the mean streets of New York and simply love to sing about it. And dance! They really love to dance about it too. Disney didn't always have plans to make this a Broadway show, but it did well in a smaller production in New Jersey last year and is so far selling faster than wuxtry wuxtry on Dewey smashing the Spanish fleet. (Get it? Because that's what they sell in the show? Sigh.) It's doing well for good reason; we saw it last week and while, sure, it's not the deepest, most profound, most historically accurate (it's based-ish on a real newsies strike in 1899) show ever put on, it's a hell of a lot fun, with limber dancing and corny accents and a nice dollop of swoony/silly teen romance. Do you have a daughter between the ages of, say 10 and 14? Take her to this. Though, be warned, she will develop about twenty new crushes by the end of the show and will never, ever, ever, stop talking about them. (Open now)