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5 New Broadway Musicals to Catch in Spring 2019

There’s nothing like spring in New York: the flowers blooming, the weather warming up and Broadway shows opening all over the place. As awards season approaches, many shows are popping up with hopes of capturing a prize or several, along with the ones that bowed earlier this season. Here’s our lineup of five musicals you’ll watch to catch – before the Tonys or afterwards – each with a high profile.

Says its name three times, and you’ll get a big new musical that’s out of this world. Based on the wildly popular film, this show tells the story of a death-obsessed girl who moves with her family to a house that just happens to be haunted by a recently deceased couple. Oh, and there’s a colorful whizz who she can beckon at will to control everything. It stars Alex Brightman (School of Rock) as the title character, with a score by Australian singer-songwriter Eddie Perfect, a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King (Gutenberg! The Musical!) and direction by Alex Timbers (Rocky). Say Day-O, yes, to this one!

Ain’t Too Proud
It’s subtitled “The Life and Times of The Temptations,” and this new musical gives you that with a rhythm that will have you swaying in your seat. You’ll experience the unforgettable journey of one of Motown’s biggest sensations, as they go through the ups and downs of an astonishing career. Best of all, you’ll get to take in their smooth dance moves as they croon their biggest hits, including “My Girl,” “Get Ready” and “Just My Imagination.” It all comes together as an unforgettable night at the theater, and a deep dive into the lives of a group of phenomenal performers.

Remember Dorothy Michaels? She was memorably portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the enormously popular film from the ‘80s. Well, her heels are being filled by the wonderful Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) in this fabulous new musical that takes everything you love about the movie and gives you more. For one thing, the story has been transported from the world of soaps to the land of Broadway, as an out-of-work actor proves he can compete with any ingénue, and maybe even get the girl along the way. This hilarious show features a score by David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit), with direction by Scott Ellis (She Loves Me). People calls it “the most anticipated Broadway musical of the year.” And those are big shoes to fill.

The Prom
At an Indiana high school, a young woman wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom. The powers-that-be say no. But a band of mismatched Broadway stars come together to help their magical night become a reality. Told with plenty of heart, tons of humor and featuring a cast with astounding talent, this is one musical that will sweep you up into its story, with a powerhouse cast that includes Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!), Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Christopher Sieber (Spamalot).

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical is usually staged as a sunny view of life in the homeland. But visionary director Daniel Fish keeps some of that optimism and turns much of it on its head in this stirring, searing new interpretation where the music is bluegrass, dark surprises lurk around every corner and chili and cornbread are served at intermission. It all makes for a stunning re-interpretation of a classic that many theatergoers thought they knew by heart – and takes their hearts to astonishing new places. The New York Times says, “How is it that the coolest new show on Broadway is a 1943 musical?” See it for yourself, and you’ll find out why.




Prices Increasing Soon! Save Big on Universal Orlando 3-Park Tickets

Prices Increasing Soon! Save Big on Universal Orlando 3-Park Tickets

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By Jeff Hyatt

The Top 10 Celebrities to See on Broadway This Spring

What a season it is turning out to be on Broadway. So many big-name talents of the stage and screen are starring in shows, it’s enough to make any autograph seeker giddy with anticipation. Though there is always a plethora of amazing talent just beyond the footlights of a Broadway show, here is a list of 10 of the biggest celebrities lighting up Broadway shows this spring.

Adam Driver in Burn This
Any fans of Star Wars out there? If so, the dark and mysterious Kylo Ren is appearing on Broadway in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s play Burn This. For those who are not enamored with that “galaxy far, far away,” we are, of course, speaking of Adam Driver. Driver is a three-time Emmy-nominated star of the TV series Girls. He also received an Academy Award nomination in 2019 for playing Flip Zimmerman in the Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman. In 2010, he made his Broadway debut in a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

Keri Russell in Burn This
Fans of late ‘90s TV may adore Keri Russell for playing the title character in the drama Felicity, while others may have enjoyed her more recent Golden Globe-winning work on the spy thriller The Americans. Still others might be familiar with her films roles in We Were Soldiers, Waitress, August Rush, Dark Skies and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However you get your Keri Russell fix, you can also find her on Broadway this spring in the revival of Burn This, starring opposite Adam Driver.

Laurie Metcalf in Hillary and Clinton
One of the most revered actresses of the contemporary Broadway stage, Laurie Metcalf is returning to the Great White Way in Hillary and Clinton. She is, of course, best known for playing Jackie Harris on the long-running television sitcom Roseanne and its spin-off The Connors. In 2018, she was Oscar-nominated for her performance in the film comedy Lady Bird. A member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Metcalf has had an auspicious run on Broadway in recent years, winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for A Doll’s House, Part 2 in 2017, and a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2018 for the revival of Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.

John Lithgow in Hillary and Clinton
He’s won Emmy Awards for his work on TV’s Third Rock From the Sun, Dexter and The Crown. He’s been Oscar-nominated for his roles in the films Terms of Endearment and The World According to Garp. Other film roles include Footloose, Twilight Zone, Kinsey and Harry and the Hendersons. He’s won two Tony Awards, one for Best Actor in a Musical for The Sweet Smell of Success and one for Best Featured Actor in a Play for The Changing Room. He’s starred on Broadway in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Columnist, M. Butterfly, All My Sons and many others. Now, the multi-faceted John Lithgow is starring opposite Laurie Metcalf in Hillary and Clinton.

Bryan Cranston in Network
One generation fell in love with Bryan Cranston for his portrayal of the goofy dad on TV’s Malcolm in the Middle, while another generation rooted for his Emmy-winning turn as Walter White in the AMC crime drama Breaking Bad. Currently dazzling audiences on Broadway in the stage adaptation of the film Network, Cranston won a Tony Award in 2014 for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way. Film fans will also recognize his work in such movies as Saving Private Ryan, Drive, Argo and Godzilla.

Glenda Jackson in King Lear
Glenda Jackson, a star of screen and stage, is proving that age is relative as she tackles one of Shakespeare’s most challenging roles, playing the title character in King Lear (a role traditionally played by a man). She is certainly up to the challenge. At the age of 82, she is one of Britain’s most celebrated actresses, as well as a former politician of the Labour Party. She has won two Best Actress Academy Awards – one for Women in Love (1970), and the other for A Touch of Class (1973). Though she has only appeared on Broadway a handful of times, she has been a mainstay of West End theater. She is the recipient of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role in Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women.

Nathan Lane in Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Very few of Broadway’s comedic leading men have reached the stature or achieved the adoration that Nathan Lane has. His work in musicals such as Guys & Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers – not to mention his work in plays like Love! Valor! Compassion!, Angels in America and The Man Who Came to Dinner – have made him a theatrical treasure. TV audiences will know him from his recurring roles on Modern Family and The Good Wife, and filmgoers delighted in his starring roles in The Birdcage and MouseHunt. Lane is starring on Broadway this season in the absurdist comedy Gary: The Sequel to Titus Andronicus.

Annette Bening in All My Sons
It has been more than thirty years since Annette Bening last appeared on Broadway, when she was Tony-nominated for her work in the Tina Howe play Coastal Disturbances. She’s been very busy in Hollywood for three decades, making films including The Great Outdoors, The Grifters, Regarding Henry, Bugsy, The American President, Mars Attacks!, American Beauty, Being Julia, Running with Scissors, The Kids Are All Right and Captain Marvel. She has been nominated for four Oscars, once for Best Supporting Actress and three times for Best Actress. Now she’s back to Broadway, starring in a revival of Arthur Miller’s play All My Sons.

Jeff Daniels in To Kill a Mockingbird
Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is proving to be one of the season’s most sought-after tickets. Starring in that production is film and television star Jeff Daniels. Daniels’ diverse work in film includes Terms of Endearment, Dumb and Dumber, Fly Away Home, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Squid and the Whale and Looper. To Kill a Mockingbird is not Daniels’ first outing with Sorkin, having starred in the writer’s HBO series The Newsroom, for which he won an Emmy Award.

Audra McDonald in Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Seeing six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in a play or musical is the very essence of basking in the golden light of theatrical royalty. Her Broadway turns include Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Porgy and Bess, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel, each of which represent another notch in both her Tony Award and career belts. McDonald is easily contemporary theater’s most decorated star, so make sure you don’t miss her latest character creation in the upcoming revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at



9 Must-Do Experiences at Cedar Fair Parks


The season of fun in the sun has arrived. You can find great savings on for passes to Cedar Fair Parks located coast to coast, featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, family rides, special events and so much more.

We’ve gathered up a list of nine must-do experiences at Cedar Fair parks.

Cedar Point
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, features18 world-class roller coasters. The riding experiences are so diverse, there’s a roller coaster for every thrill seeker – like Gemini. Choose between team red or team blue before racing side-by-side through all kinds of drops, twists and turns. The steel track/wood structure combo brings relentless competition that guarantees 2 minutes and 40 seconds of a good time. Save over 40%

The amusement park in Charlotte, NC, is loaded with fantastic entertainment. The 2019 season is jam packed with exciting events for the whole family. One event is JoyFest. Set for May 25, JoyFest is one of the country’s largest gospel music festivals. Listen to music from award-winning gospel musicians including Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, and more. Save over 40%

King’s Island
Get set for a fun-filled adventure just northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. For guests that prefer gentler thrills, get your motors runnin’ and head out on the speedway with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang to compete in one of the hottest races around – the Peanuts 500. Young race car drivers will zoom down the straightaways and handle the tight, hair-pin curves. Save over 45%

There’s much to discover and enjoy at Valleyfair in Minneapolis. Besides the awesome rides and attractions, there are also special events. Following the May 11th opening day, don’t miss the Food Truck Fest on May 18-19. Whether you are looking for savory or sweet, revel in Minnesota’s top mobile culinary experiences. The food trucks will be at Valleyfair all day so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner during your visit to the park. Save up to 60%

California’s Great America
Out west in Santa Clara, CA, the whole family can enjoy the best attractions in California’s Bay Area. Try the Tiki Twirl; surrounded by the sounds of tribal music and jungle drums, embark on a journey past fiery 40-foot-tall torches, exotic relics and tropical landscaping. The twists and turns on the rolling track make Tiki Twirl a must-ride for guests. Save over 35%

Michigan’s Adventure
Michigan’s Adventure is home to some of the most fun and exciting rides you can imagine. Look no further than Grand Rapids; this dizzying water adventure features large, family-size rafts for nine people. Once aboard, you and your pack are at the mercy of powerful waves and torrents, concluding at a cascading waterfall. Save over 45%

Dorney Park
A new season of fun kicks off May 3 in Allentown, PA, including family-friendly events like the extra-special Mother’s Day Brunch on May 12. To transform her day into the ultimate Mother’s Day event, treat Mom to an all-you-care-to-eat buffet created by Executive Chef Donald Stauffer, and enjoy all the fun at the park. Save over 40%

Knott’s Berry Farm
The popular amusement park features dozens of rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas. Take time to celebrate the flavorful berry and its historic roots during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. Enjoy unique food and live entertainment to April 28. The food festival features over 75 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus entertainment, and the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden. Save over 40%

Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun
One park, one price, and twice the thrills! Part of Oceans of Fun’s 65-acre water park, Aruba Tuba features two twisting inner tube slides that splash into Coconut Cove. With a vertical drop of 43 feet, Aruba Tuba is sure to take your breath away! Save over 40%

By Jeff Hyatt

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