• 2014 Broadway Debuts to Include James Franco, Ewan McGregor, and New Sting Musical

    Jan 3, 2014 4:12 PM by Alyssa

    Broadway News

    Another big year is ahead for theater on Broadway, and while many massive shows like “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon” will continue with open runs, there will be a number of new shows and Hollywood stars making their Broadway debuts. Be sure to check out the Vivid Seats marketplace for a wide offering of Broadway tickets for these upcoming productions.

    Bullets Over Broadway – St. James Theatre | Previews begin March 11
    Based on the 1994 Woody Allen film, this upcoming musical comedy centers on the partnership between a struggling playwright and a mobster financier. “Scrubs” actor Zach Braff will make his Broadway debut in the production, which was adapted by Allen himself. It won’t be Braff’s first time working with the famed director, as he once appeared as the son of Allen’s character in 1993’s “Manhattan Murder Mystery.”

     

    Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher in Cinderella – Broadway Theatre | Starting Feb. 4
    Starting Feb. 4, both “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen and “The Nanny” star Fran Drescher will be joining the cast of “Cinderella,” which opened in March 2013. Jepsen will be taking over the lead role of Ella, while Drescher will take on the role of the evil stepmother. Both actresses are currently scheduled to be in the show through April.

    Ewan McGregor in The Real Thing – American Airlines Theatre | Previews begin Oct. 2
    The revival of Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning play “The Real Thing” won’t be on stage until late 2014, but the production is prepared to pack a punch with Ewan McGregor cast in the lead role as playwright Henry. An alumnus of the famous Guildhall School of Drama, McGregor has appeared in several West End productions in London, but this will be his first role on Broadway.

    Heathers The Musical – New World Stages | Previews begin March 17
    While this musical is technically opening off-Broadway, the new adaptation of the 1988 dark comedy is sure to please fans of the original film. The musical version of this tale of teenage angst, high school cruelty, and revenge was co-written by Laurence O’Keefe (composer of “Legally Blonde: The Musical”) and Kevin Murphy, who served as head writer for the satirical TV comedy “Desperate Housewives.”

     

    Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Belasco Theatre | Previews begin March 29
    Seasoned Broadway favorite Neil Patrick Harris will return to the stage in 2014 as the title character of this cult classic, which will be making its Broadway premiere this spring. Drawing inspiration from ‘70s glam rockers like David Bowie, this story follows the transgender singer and East German emigrant Hedwig as she looks for love and success in the U.S. with the help of rock music.

    James Franco and Leighton Meester in Of Mice and Men – Longacre Theatre | Previews begin March 19
    John Steinbeck’s literary classic about migrant works during the Great Depression will see a fresh adaptation in 2014, with James Franco starring as George Milton and “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester as Curley’s wife. Irish actor Chris O’Dowd—most familiar to American audiences as Officer Rhodes from the 2011 comedy film “Bridesmaids”—will also make his Broadway debut as Lennie Small.

    Michelle Williams in Cabaret – Studio 54 | Previews begin March 21
    Long a darling of the silver screen, actress Michelle Williams is preparing to charm Broadway audiences as Kit Kat Club singer Sally Bowles in this revival of the iconic Broadway musical. Alan Cumming, who starred in a one-man production of “Macbeth” on Broadway last year, will co-star as The Emcee.

    Sting’s The Last Ship – Bank of America Theatre | Previews begin June 10
    Broadway dates have yet to be announced for The Police frontman’s first venture into theater, but the production will enjoy a preview run at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre from June 10-July 13. The musical was inspired by Sting’s own experiences growing up in a seaside English town, and its original score was featured on Sting’s 2013 album of the same name.

    2014 Broadway Rumors
    While the above productions have been confirmed to open in 2014, there are still several productions in the works that may yet see the stage lights in the new year. Alanis Morissette has been working on a stage adaptation of her influential album “Jagged Little Pill,” which has been certified Platinum 16 times since its release in 1995. A more recent cultural phenomenon, the 2012 film “Magic Mike,” has also been rumored to be getting its own musical adaptation soon. Channing Tatum, who starred in the film, has reportedly signed on as a producer, but there is no word yet on who would take the starring role.