11 Broadway Shows To Get Excited About in 2015

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A new year means new shows! Here are 11 we cannot wait to see in 2015.

“Fish in the Dark” (Opens March 5)
To say Larry David’s Broadway debut is highly anticipated would be putting it mildly. As with his cult classic show “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” David will be performing his own words, this time inspired by the death of a friend’s father.

“The Audience” (Opens March 8)
Helen Mirren already won an Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth II. Why not a Tony, too? Stephen Daldry’s majestic West End production of Peter Morgan’s biographical drama follows the queen into her private meetings with all 12 prime ministers during her 60-year reign.

“On the Twentieth Century” (Opens March 12)
Get ready for some good ol’-fashioned glamour on the Great White Way—and the long-awaited return of a diva. Playing a Hollywood starlet to Peter Gallagher’s bankrupt producer, Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth is sure to titillate and delight in this Roundabout Theatre musical revival.

“The Heidi Chronicles” (Opens March 19)
Elisabeth Moss. Wendy Wasserstein. Pam MacKinnon. What else needs to be said? The “Mad Men” actor will bring Wasserstein’s 1989 examination of the feminist movement to life alongside Jason Biggs, Bryce Pinkham, and Tracee Chimo, with Tony winner MacKinnon at the helm.

“Skylight” (Opens April 2)
Fresh off a wildly successful West End run this year, David Hare’s drama centers on a London schoolteacher and a restaurateur rekindling their dormant passion. Luckily for New York audiences, they will be played by Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy.

“Hand to God” (Opens April 7)
Robert Askins’ foulmouthed hand puppet has previously wowed audiences and critics alike in runs at Ensemble Studio Theatre and MCC Theater. His play is a stew of blasphemy, repression, and some of the crudest humor since “Avenue Q.” Sinners beware.

“It Shoulda Been You” (Opens April 14)
David Hyde Pierce makes his Broadway directorial debut in what looks to be a wedding comedy of epic proportions from Barbara Anselmi and Brian Hargrove. The cast includes Tyne Daly, Sierra Boggess, and David Burtka, which means the show shoulda be great.

“Finding Neverland” (Opens April 15)
Despite a rocky development period, buzz was building for Harvey Weinstein’s new musical adaptation of the J.M. Barrie biopic even before Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer signed on to star. Directing those lost boys is Tony winner Diane Paulus.

“The King and I” (Opens April 16)
Come April, the wait will finally be over. Lincoln Center has confirmed that Rodgers + Hammerstein’s classic tale of cultural tension, the year’s biggest musical revival, will feature veteran actors Ken Watanabe and Kelli O’Hara under the direction of the legendary Bartlett Sher.

“Fun Home” (Opens April 22)
Theatermakers and audiences alike have been crossing their fingers for this show’s Broadway transfer since its critically acclaimed run at the Public Theater. Sam Gold will direct Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s stirring new musical based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of loss and discovery.

“Airline Highway” (Opens April 23)
Opening this winter at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, Joe Mantello helms Lisa D’Amour’s story of a motley crew convening in the parking lot of a rundown New Orleans motel. Since the last new play by a woman on Broadway appeared in spring 2013, D’Amour’s arrival is most welcome.

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