The Spring 2015 Broadway Plays Guide

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There’s something for everyone among the crop of plays that make up the spring 2015 Broadway season. Romance? Comedy? Historical dramas? Acrobatic retellings of a classic fairy tale hero? They’re all here. And with casts led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Elisabeth Moss, Helen Mirren, Larry David, and Bill Nighy, to name a few, it’s going to be a star-studded spring on Broadway.

Here’s everything you need to know about the spring season:

Currently in previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opens Jan. 13.
Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”) and Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (Showtime’s “The Affair”) make their Broadway debuts in the American premiere of “Constellations,” which comes to the Manhattan Theatre Club from London’s Royal Court Theatre. The two-person play by Nick Payne (“If There Is I haven’t Found It Yet”) tells a love story in multiple universes, with several outcomes and interactions interwoven together. Think of it as “Groundhog Day,” only with a little more quantum mechanics thrown in there for fun.

Fish in the Dark
Previews begin Feb. 2 at the Cort Theatre. Opens March 5.
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Seinfeld” creator Larry David makes his Broadway debut -- as both actor and playwright -- in a comedy directed by Anna D. Shapiro (“Of Mice and Men”). Much of the plot and character-breakdowns are still unknown, except that the action occurs during a death in the family. Rosie Perez (“The View”), Jayne Houdyshell (“Follies”) and Jerry Adler (“The Good Wife“) are just a few of the people joining David in the 15-person cast. Consider our enthusiasm anything but curbed.

The Audience
Previews begin Feb. 14 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Opens March 8. Limited Engagement ends June 28.
Helen Mirren just can’t get enough of Queen Elizabeth II. The actress won her first Oscar for portraying Her Majesty in 2006’s Stephen Frears-film “The Queen.” She then reprised the role in the acclaimed 2013 West End production of “The Audience.” And now, she’s bringing Queen Elizabeth II -- and “The Audience” -- to Broadway. Written by “The Queen” scribe Peter Morgan, the play centers around the Queen’s weekly meetings with the 12 Prime Ministers over 50 years of her reign. And yes — Mirren’s in every scene of the two-hour play. Way to get your money’s worth!

The Heidi Chronicles
Previews begin Feb. 23 at the Music Box Theatre. Opens March 19. Limited Engagement ends August 9.
As the final season of “Mad Men” hits the airwaves, one of its stars, Elisabeth Moss, will tread the boards in the title role of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Heidi Chronicles.” Joining Moss are Jason Biggs (“Orange is the New Black”), Tracee Chimo (“Bad Jews”) and Bryce Pinkham (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”). The play follows feminist art historian Heidi Hollan over 20-years her life. This will not only be the first Broadway revival for Wasserstein’s “The Heidi Chronicles,” but the first Broadway revival of any of the prolific playwright's works. Woohoo!

The Heart of Robin Hood
Previews begin March 11 at the Marquis Theatre. Opens March 29. Limited Engagement ends August 23.
Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. Playwright David Farr rips the legendary tale apart, reimagining Robin as a headstrong thief and Maid Marian as a brave hero out to protect the kingdom. First staged at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the American Repertory Theater, this eye-popping, aerobic adventure also features music written and performed by indie roots band Parsonsfield. Direction comes from Icelandic theater artist Gísli Örn Gardarsson. Sherwood Forest will never be the same again.

Hand to God
Previews begin March 14 at the Booth Theatre. Opens April 7.
“No movie stars. No London transfer. No film adaptation.” The ads for Robert Askins’ new Broadway dark comedy claims it has a lot going against it. But with two sold-out Off-Broadway runs at MCC Theater and Ensemble Studio Theater, plus a bunch of awards under its belt, “Hand to God” is anything but an underdog. The story centers on a shy student in a small religious town who finds his aggressive voice... through a hand puppet. Marc Kudisch (“9 to 5“), Sarah Stiles (“Into the Woods”) and newcomer Michael Oberholtzer star. Just be warned -- Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop this puppet show is not.

Previews begin March 16 at the John Golden Theatre. Opens April 2. Limited Engagement ends June 21.
Oscar nominated actress Carey Mulligan (“The Great Gatsby”), Bill Nighy (“Love Actually”) and Matthew Beard (“An Education”) reprises their roles in the transfer of the critically acclaimed London production of David Hare’s 1995 drama “Skylight.” Tony-winning director Stephen Daldry also returns to direct the revival, which tells the story of two former lovers (played by Mulligan and Nighy) trying to rekindle their romance despite their many differences. They also cook dinner onstage nightly, so maybe eat before you go or else you’ll probably want to snatch the spaghetti out of their hands.

Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two
Previews begin March 20 at the Winter Garden Theatre. Opens April 9. Limited Engagement ends July 5.
Adapted by Mike Poulton from Hilary Mantel’s historical novels “Wolf Hall” and “Bringing Up the Bodies,” these two plays, presented in repertory by the Royal Shakespeare Company, tackle the intrigue of the court of Henry VIII ( Thomas Cromwell, Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour -- they’re all here). More than twenty actors make up the massive productions, both directed by Jeremy Herrin. And yes — you can see parts one and two on the same day or different days.

Living on Love
Previews begin April 1 at the Longacre Theatre. Opens April 20. Limited Engagement ends Aug. 2.
World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming makes her Broadway debut in a new play from “Nice Work If You Can Get It” duo: director Kathleen Marshall and playwright Joe DePietro. Based on Garson Kanin’s “Peccadillo,” the comedy focuses on an opera diva who takes out revenge on her husband after he falls in love with a younger woman. And don’t worry -- even though it’s a play, you will get to hear Fleming sing. Whew.

Airline Highway
Previews begin April 1 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Opens April 23.
The Hummingbird was once a glamourous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway. Now, it’s a broken-down place where strippers, hookers, bartenders and drag queens congregate. In “Airline Highway,” the Big Easy family are celebrating the life of the dying Miss Ruby -- a burlesque dancer who acts as the group’s surrogate mother. This world premiere comedy from Lisa D’Amour (“Detroit”) features a 15-member cast, direction from Tony-winner Joe Mantello (“The Last Ship”) and a whole lot of love.

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