2015 Broadway

After some strong openers in 2014, 2015 is shaping up to have a very British influence with 4 West End transfers arriving on Broadway, as well as Brit, Gary Barlow, bring his new musical to the Great White Way.

Wolf hall and bring up the bodiesOne of the first British Transfers set to open, Constellations, is already in previews. Proving a great success in London in 2012, Constellations finally makes its Broadway debut, this time starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The show runs at the Samuel J. Freidman Theatre and officially opens on the 13th January.

Other British transfers set to open in Manhattan are Peter Morgan’s Olivier Award winning The Audience starring Dame Helen Mirren, David Hare’s Skylight starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan and Mike Poulton and Jeremy Herrin’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. The Audience will open at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in March, Skylight will open at the John Golden Theater in April and the Wolf Hall Double Bill will also open at the Winter Garden Theater in April.

Whilst the above may sound like a very play text heavy offering, rest assured there will be some fantastic musical action in New York too.

Film to stage adaptations of Honeymoon in Vegas and An American in Paris will take place at the Neaderlander Theater and the Palace Theater respectively. Honeymoon in Vegas opens on the 15th Jan with a book by Andrew Bregman and Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. An American in Paris will open on the 12th April directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, retaining the films score by George and Ira Gershwin.

The King and I will be revived on Broadway at the Vivan Beaumont Theater in March directed by Bartlett Sher.School of Rock

Playwright David Farr puts a new spin on the classic fable of Robin Hood in a new Broadway production The Heart of Robin Hood. The show opens in March at the Marquis Theatre.

Finding Neverland will open at the Graham Lunt-Fontanne Theater in April with Brit pop star Gary Barlow penning the music and lyrics and James Barrie penning the book. The show is a stage adaptation of the 2004 Miramax film about Peter Pan. If the show is a hit on Broadway, there is a great deal of speculation that it will open in London.

Recently announced after a flurry of gossip, Andrew Lloyd Webber will open a stage adaptation of The School of Rock on Broadway in December 2015! The show is set to feature tunes from the popular 2003 movie starring Jack Black as well as new music by Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater.

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