Oct. 11 to 16
J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” has been an endless font of inspiration for contemporary playwrights, authors and filmmakers. From Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” to the play “Peter and the Starcatcher,” produced last summer
Nov. 8 to 13
Adapted from the popular 1951 movie musical directed by Vicente Minnelli and featuring music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, this show is a classic boy-meets-girl story infused with the charm of post-war Paris and suffused with ballet-inspired choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. It centers on an American G.I. who stays in Paris after the war and falls for a French girl, their rocky love affair manifesting itself in American songbook classics like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “They All Laughed.” Critics swooned over the Broadway production, which is still running.
Dec. 13 to 18
America’s love affair with “A Christmas Story,” the nostalgia-slathered 1983 movie about a quirky family’s struggle to get through the holidays in 1940s Indiana, is seemingly inexhaustible. This adaptation by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul played for about a month on Broadway in 2012 and has toured during the holidays since 2014. It takes the film’s beloved vignettes and translates them into song and dance, from a starry-eyed rendition of young Ralphie’s love for his beloved Red Ryder carbine action air rifle to another based on his father’s obsessive fascination with a lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg titled “A Major Award.”
A surprise hit that ran on Broadway from 2013 until earlier this year, this show is based on some unlikely source material: Roy Horniman’s 1907 book “Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal.” Fueled by Steven Lutvak’s score and Peggy Hickey’s choreography, this lightheartedly bloody affair traces the criminal schemes of one Lord Montague D’Ysquith Navarro (Monty, for short) as he connives and, yes, murders his way to the top.
This Los Angeles-born tour of one of the more popular musicals of the 20th century is destined to renew Buffalo’s love affair with the von Trapp family – as if it needed renewing. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein score is a paragon of the form and of the era in which it was written, from the plaintive “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” to the haunting “Edelweiss.” The show has been much on the minds of musical theater fans following NBC’s live airing of the show in 2013, which kicked off a spate of live TV productions of popular Broadway shows.
A favorite at Shea’s going back decades, Kander and Ebb’s dark look into the burbling fascism of Weimar Germany in the 1930s was revived in 1988 in a renowned production directed by Sam Mendes and choreographed by Rob Marshall, which played until 2004. So strong was the hunger for the show that it returned in 2014 for another run that wrapped up in 2015. Set in the dingy Kit Kat Klub, and based on Charles Isherwood’s famed book “Goodbye to Berlin,” it chronicles the tragic career of cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with a wayward American writer.