THE SHOW ‘Escape to Margaritaville’
THE DEAL What do you call a musical full of Jimmy Buffett songs? The answer would be “Escape to Margaritaville.” The show will premiere in May at La Jolla Playhouse in California. According to a release, “Escape to Margaritaville” revolves around the bartender/singer of a tropical island resort.
THE SHOW ‘The Black Crook’
THE DEAL Often cited by historians as the accidental first Broadway musical, “The Black Crook” is getting a revival — sort of. A show about the making of “The Black Crook” (very similar in concept to “Shuffle Along”) will play the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side in September, just in time to mark the 150th anniversary of the premiere of “The Black Crook.” An earlier version of the show played nine years ago off Off-Broadway.
THE SHOW ‘Anastasia’
THE DEAL The stage version of the 1997 animated film musical “Anastasia” is officially set to come to Broadway next season following its sold-out premiere at Hartford Stage. It will open in April at the Broadhurst Theatre. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime,” “Once On This Island”), who wrote the songs for the film, have expanded the score, alongside a book by the prolific playwright Terrence McNally.
THE SHOW ‘Oh, Hello’
THE DEAL Could Broadway use two young comedians who pretend to be “outrageously opinionated, 70-something, native New Yorkers”? John Mulaney and Nick Kroll will bring their routine “Oh, Hello” (which has found a following onstage and on social media) to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre starting in September. Alex Timbers, who apparently has some free time before he starts work on “Frozen,” will direct.
THE SHOW ‘In Transit’
THE DEAL Considering the popularity of “Pitch Perfect,” it would be inevitable that an a cappella stage musical would follow. And here comes “In Transit,” with a score co-written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez (co-writer of “Frozen”) and directed by Kathleen Marshall (“Anything Goes”). The show depicts a variety of New Yorkers waiting for the express train. It will open at Broadway’s Circle in the Square (currently home to “Fun Home”) in the fall.