BY: MAGGIE PARKER
Summer in the city has its pluses and minuses. Snagging a dinner reservation at that impossible-to-book Soho spot because so many locals are on vacation? Plus. Packed, underground swamps known as subway cars? Minus. But when the city streets are sizzling, the theaters welcome you with open arms – and new Broadway shows.
This season, a handful of light and lively new productions will grace the Great White Way – think beach-read-meets-Broadway. Here’s Broadway Spin‘s rundown of what’s coming up for summer 2018, with the first on the list starting previews 6/23!
Head Over Heels
Performances begin June 23
Set to the tunes of The Go-Go’s and featuring a royal family, this new musical comedy is posh-meets-punk—think Prince Harry pre-Meghan. Fans of The Go-Go’s will be happy to hear songs like “We Got The Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.” Based on a play called The Arcadia, the storyline follows a royal family that must prevent an “oracle’s prophecy of doom” in order to save their kingdom. Just like any high comedy, their ludicrous journey is wrought with mistaken identities, scorned lovers, sex, scandal and self-discovery.
Also, the show features Peppermint of Ru Paul’s Drag Race fame and Gwyneth Paltrow is a producer. And she posed for this picture. You’re welcome.
Straight White Men
Performances begin June 29
For anyone who swooned over Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name, now’s your chance to see him up close. He will star alongside Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, and others in a tale about a family forced to face their identities over Chinese takeout on Christmas Eve. While this is production is a bit weightier than its counterparts, family feuds and attractive men are a guaranteed entertaining combination.
Gettin’ the Band Back Together
Performances begin July 19
Anyone who’s ever been in a garage band in high school will fall in love with this new musical comedy. When a former aspiring rock-star-turned-big-shot banker is fired on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.
While it feels like rock bottom, it turns into his second chance at rock stardom—and a chance to reclaim the magic of his youth (or at least part of it – including possibly his high school sweetheart). As an added bonus, Marilu Henner plays his mom.
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Performances begin July 20
Because summer is for romantic comedies, the theater Gods decided the next movie-turned-musical should be based on the most beloved romantic comedies of all time, Pretty Woman. We won’t go over the plot with you since everyone and their mother knows it (in a nutshell, a wealthy man falls for a charming and quick-witted prostitute), but we will say it’s directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell – known for his work on Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde and Hairspray – and the original score was co-written by Grammy winner Bryan Adams (yes, the vocalist behind “Summer of ’69”). Oh, and it stars Samantha Barks, Andy Karl, and Andy Karl’s better-half, Orfeh.
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