25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee--
Rejecting Las Vegas sit down offers, the show offers its first production outside of New York, one of the surprise sleeper hits of last season, where the audience has the chance to participate in the show.
Opens in Chicago in March 2006.
While the New York company brings back 'adult only' performances in January and February.
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK--
Revival of the Neil Simon play with Amanda Peet, Patrick Wilson, Tony Roberts, and Jill Clayburgh (what a hell of a cast assembly) takes to the stage at the end of January.
In the latest cast change, Robin Givens makes her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart mid January through the end of March. John O'Hurley ('Seinfeld,' 'Dancing with the Stars' joins the cast at the same time) playing lawyer Billy Flynn.
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS--
Sherie Renee Scott takes a break February through June to be replaced by Rachel York (Victor/Victoria, City of Angels, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Les Miserables, etc.)
Jonathon Pryce (Stigmata, Tomorrow Never Dies, Pirates of the Caribbean, Evita, etc. etc.) and star of the original 'Miss Saigon' takes over for John Lithgow in the show.
HAIRSPRAY IN LAS VEGAS--
Susan Anton takes the role of the evil Velma Von Tussel in the Las Vegas production of Hairspray opening at the Luxor February 6. The production features original Tony Award winning stars Harvey Fierstein and Dick LaTessa as Edna and Wilbur Turnblad. Both are contracted for the first twelve weeks of the latest Broadway show to come to Las Vegas. This will be a 90 minute intermissionless streamlined production.
RING OF FIRE--
Tickets now on sale at the Ethel Barrymore Theater box office for the musical based on the life and featuring the songs of Johnny Cash. Previews in February with March opening.
SWEET CHARITY TOUR--
Molly Ringwald will headline the tour of Sweet Charity. The New York show starring Christina Applegate closed Dec. 31
THE PIRATE QUEEN--
The writers of the hit musicals Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, and the lesser known Martin Guerre offer their latest work, The Pirate Queen in Chicago in the fall of 2006 with an expected New York opening in 2007.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA--
Becomes the longest running Broadway show on January 10. More on that later.
In New York, Carol Kane fans can enjoy her in the musical 'Wicked' playing Madame Morrible coming from the national tour beginning January 10. Broadway "new-namer" Eden Espinosa plays the green witch starting the same day.
In Chicago, Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer hangs up her broom at the end of January. Replacing the two leads will be two respectable ladies who are not household names. Producers are taking the gamble that 'Wicked' holds up on its own tuf and will not need a star name to keep selling out its 3,000 seat home in Chicago on a nightly basis.