Spring Theater Preview: The stars come out

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Now that "Spider-Man" is going on hiatus and has pushed its opening night back to June, we can finally concentrate on the rest of the theater season. Here are 11 shows we're really looking forward to seeing.

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'
Daniel Radcliffe is giving musical comedy a shot, headlining a revival of Frank Loesser's parody of business in the "Mad Men" era.
In previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Opens Sunday.

'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo'
Robin Williams is making a pretty unusual Broadway debut in Rajiv Joseph's new Iraq War drama, which was a finalist for last year's Pulitzer Prize. He plays a tiger stalking the streets of Baghdad debating the meaning of life.
In previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Opens March 31.

'Anything Goes'
The Roundabout Theatre Company, which produced an embarrassing revival of "Bye Bye Birdie" last season, tries to make amends with a new production of Cole Porter's beloved Depression-era musical comedy. Broadway baby Sutton Foster stars as Reno Sweeney alongside veteran Joel Grey as Moonface Martin.
In previews at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Opens April 7.

'The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures'
Tony Kushner premieres his latest work, about a retired longshoreman who summons his adult children to the family's Brooklyn brownstone with a shocking announcement about suicide.
Now playing at the Public Theatre.

'War Horse'
This World War I tale about a boy whose horse is sold to the army and sent to France - which features meticulous puppetry to simulate the look and movement of horses  - has become a huge hit in London.
In previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Opens April 14.

'Catch Me If You Can'
The songwriters of "Hairspray" finally return to Broadway with a new musical based on the 2002 Leonardo DiCaprio film about a con artist who successfully forges checks and passes himself off as a pilot, doctor and lawyer, all while being chased by a determined FBI agent.
In previews at the Neil Simon Theatre. Opens April 10.

'The Motherf------ With the Hat'
You'd think that Chris Rock would want to make his Broadway debut in a star vehicle. But instead, he's just part of the ensemble cast of Stephen Adly Guirgis' new comedy about the volatile relationship between the newly sober Jackie, his far-from-sober soulmate, Veronica, and Jackie's sponsor.
In previews at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Opens April 11.

‘Born Yesterday'
Nina Arianda, who catapulted to fame last season after a stunning Off-Broadway debut, joins comic Jim Belushi in a revival of Garson Kanin's enduring comedy about a corrupt businessman who wants his blonde girlfriend to wise herself up so that she can fit into Washington society.
Previews start March 31 at the Cort Theatre. Opening April 24.

'House of Blue Leaves'
Ben Stiller, who appeared in this absurdist comedy by John Guare 25 years ago, now assumes the lead role of Artie Shaughnessy, a talentless aspiring songwriter who must deal with the craziness posed by a visit from the pope, along with his schizophrenic wife (Edie Falco) and idiotic girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh).
Previews start April 4 at the Walter Kerr Theater. Opening April 25.

'Jerusalem'
Marc Rylance, who received raves earlier this season in "La Bete," returns to the very same theater to headline "Jerusalem," a new English comedy in which he plays a former daredevil motorcyclist and wanted criminal who is about to be evicted from his home.
Previews start April 2 at the Music Box Theatre. Opening April 21.

'King Lear'
A truly impressive season of classical theater at BAM is made complete with Sir Derek Jacobi in "King Lear." But perhaps most impressive of all is the fact that Michael Grandage's production is less than three hours long.
Opening April 28 at BAM.

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