Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Broadway's Next Season Is Chock Full of Musicals

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Broadway's Next Season Is Chock Full of Musicals

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Even before the Tony Awards ceremony June 10 officially puts a cap on the 2011-12 Broadway theater year, next season is taking shape, with a heavy emphasis on musicals.

Here's a look at the shows scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2012-13.

Two summer Broadway openings were announced earlier: "Harvey" (in previews; opens June 14), a revival of Mary Chase's comic fantasy play about a man whose companion is an invisible 6-foot rabbit, and "Chaplin" (previews begin Aug. 21; opens Sept. 10), a musical biography of the legendary comedian.

Now, there's a third summer debut, with "Bring It On" (July 12; Aug. 1), a new musical based on the 2000 film about a high-school cheerleading competition.

The show, which has been touring, features "extreme" routines, involving flipping, tumbling and other gymnastics-inspired moves.

The cast is made up of unknowns, but the show's creative team is impressive. The book is by Jeff Whitty ("Avenue Q"), with music by Tom Kitt ("Next To Normal") and Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights").

Arriving in the fall will be the new musical "Rebecca" (Oct. 20; Nov. 18), based on Daphne du Maurier's 1938 gothic thriller about a woman who marries an older man, and is haunted by the shadow of his dead first wife.

The musical, written originally in German, debuted in Vienna in 2006. The leads for Broadway have not been announced.

Laura Osnes ("Bonnie and Clyde") will play the title role, with Santino Fontana ("The Importance of Being Earnest") as her Prince Charming in the first production on Broadway of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" (dates to be announced).

The musical was first presented on television in 1957, with Julie Andrews, and subsequently remade twice more for TV.

In addition to the show's familiar songs, including "In My Own Little Corner" and "Impossible/It's Possible," the Broadway score will incorporate numbers from other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. The book is being revised by Douglas Carter Beane ("Sister Act"). …

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