Yesterday we profiled the coming year in music with “Albums, Anniversaries, And Music Trends To Watch In 2013.” Today we turn to David Cote, Theater Editor for Time Out New York, to help us get our Broadway bearings in the new year. He says that this January sees a number of noteworthy openings, including Picnic, The Other Place and Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - starring Scarlett Johansson.
2013 also brings Passion, the first major New York revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's grim adaptation of the 1981 film Passione d'Amore. “It’s a very serious, passionate story about love and unrequited love and beauty and erotic obsession,” says Cote.
And, in a surprising turn, Rogers and Hammerstein will have a new production with Cinderella. Originally written as a TV musical that aired in 1957, it makes its Broadway premiere this year. Cote describes the story as “the customary charming family-friendly, classy, old-fashioned musical.”
But this year won’t all be about Broadway mainstays. There’s also plenty of buzz for brand new shows. The biggest of the bunch might be the stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. The highly anticipated production tells the story of a telekinetic tween who uses her powers to rebel against her wicked schoolteachers, and has already earned seven Olivier Awards -- the British equivalent of the Tonys -- including Best New Musical. Watch a video below for the song, “Naughty,” penned for the show by Australian comedian Tim Minchen.