New York Spotlight: March 2005
Broadway's not far behind, though -- there are seven openings on the Great White Way this month. The first is Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the much-anticipated musical version of the 1988 film; this show, with music by David Yazbek, direction by Jack O'Brien, and choreography by Jerry Mitchell stars Tony winner John Lithgow and Norbert Leo Butz, and opens at the Imperial on March 3. Another film-based musical comedy opens at the Shubert on March 17: Monty Python's Spamalot, taken from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, features a book by Eric Idle and a score by Idle and John Du Prez. Comedy legend Mike Nichols directs a starry cast featuring Tim Curry, David Hyde Pierce, Hank Azaria, and Sara Ramirez. And the Elvis Presley songbook provides the basis for All Shook Up, which opens at the Palace on March 24; Cheyenne Jackson, Jennifer Gambatese, and Alix Korey star.
If you like new plays, don't miss John Patrick Shanley's Doubt at the Walter Kerr; this moving drama about a Catholic school priest being charged with inappropriate behavior was a sell-out hit this fall at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and Cherry Jones, Brían F. O'Byrne, Heather Goldenhersh, and Adriane Lenox will be recreating their performances on Broadway. (The show opens March 31.) In terms of revivals, the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie opens at the Barrymore on March 15; Jessica Lange and Christian Slater star. And Edward Albee's searing marital drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, led by Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, opens at the Longacre on March 20. Finally, the inimitable Jackie Mason returns to Broadway with his latest one-man show, Freshly Squeezed. It opens at the Helen Hayes on March 23.
Elsewhere Off-Broadway, you can find musical productions in the New York City Opera's production of Candide, which opens on March 4 and runs all month; the latest Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty venture, Dessa Rose, opening at Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse on March 21; and the City Center Encores! production of Purlie, running for five days only starting March 31.