Thursday, February 28, 2013

STAY CALM, AND DON'T FLY OFF THE HANDLE, WHEN YOU HEAR THIS NEWS:  Next To Normal was a darn fine musical, so I'm intrigued that not only has the creative team fairly quietly been working on a new project that's about a woman who uses turning 40 as a cusp to radically reinvent her life.  My excitement is even greater with today's announcement that Idina Menzel will star, and it'll arrive on Broadway for the Spring 2014 Season.  This means that the Hugh Jackman/Stephen Schwartz Houdini now clearly has a fight on its hands.  (Interesting trivia?  Next To Normal won the Pulitzer and Best Original Score Tonys that year, while Billy Elliot won Best Musical and Book.  The only show from that season still running?  Rock of Ages.)


  1. isaac_spaceman9:08 PM

    "the Hugh Jackman/Steven Schwartz Houdini now clearly has a fight on its hands."

    This fight will be conducted entirely in dance.

  2. Mr. Cosmo9:10 PM

    I love, love, love, Idina Menzel, but i hope that she can still do eight shows a week signing in her style. I worry for her voice.

  3. I can only hope the new show is as light-hearted as "Next to Normal." (Then-wife to me as we left the theater: "You look like you just got hit by a bus." Me: "That's exactly how I feel.")

  4. "Our New Show: Because There Are Some People Who Did Not Leave the Theater And Commit Suicide Immediately After Seeing Our Last Show"

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  6. lisased9:48 AM

    So happy this will be previewing in DC!

  7. Tosy and Cosh9:57 AM

    Am I the only one much less interested in this now that Elfman is gone?

  8. It's been through A LOT OF creative turmoil. Multiple book-writers, multiple score people. Schwartz is fascinating because despite having written a bunch of classic songs? No Tony for best score.

  9. Tosy and Cosh11:32 AM

    I like Schwartz fine (would very much like to see the Pippin revival), but am just fascinated by the notion of an Elfman musical theater score. Nightmare Before Christmas shows huge potential.

  10. Sorkin's gone, too.

  11. The weekend I saw NTN I also saw "In the Heights," in that order. I thank G-d it was in THAT order and not the other way around.

  12. See, I saw NTN twice, and I think it's ultimately an uplifting show. The characters all finally move forward at the end of the show rather than being stuck in the rut that they've been in.

  13. I suspect this might have something to do with the fact that one of us has a child and the other does not.

  14. (I hope that didn't come across as mean. I didn't mean it that way at all. I just meant that what killed me about the show was that it forced me to spend 2-3 hours contemplating how the loss of my own child would wreck me.)

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