discovering the secrets of an ancient
magic lamp, comes to Broadway with
a score by Alan Menken and the late
Howard Ashman. Previews begin Feb.
26; show opens March 20.
At the New Amsterdam Theater, 214
W. 42nd St. (866) 870-2717.
Les Miserables, the perennial favorite
created by Claude Michel Schonberg
(music and book), Alain Boulbil
(book and lyrics) and Herbert
Kretzmer (lyrics), returns to the
Broadway stage starring Caissie Levy
as Fantine. Previews begin March 1;
opens March 23.
At the Imperial Theatre, 249 West
45th St. (212) 239-6200.
If/Then is a new musical starring
Idina Menzel, who won the Tony
Award for her portrayal of Elphaba
in Wicked. She plays Elizabeth, who,
turning 40, moves to New York for a
fresh start. By the team responsible
for The New Normal: Tom Kitt (com-
poser), Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics)
and Michael Greif (director). Previews
begin March 5; opens March 27.
At the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226
West 46th St. (800) 745-3000.
Bullets Over Broadway, an adaptation
by Woody Allen of the 1994 screenplay
he co-wrote with Douglas McGrath,
stars Zach Braff as a young Broadway
playwright who hires the witless girl-
friend of a wealthy mobster to get
financial backing. The musical incorpo-
rates pre-existing songs from the 1920s
and 1930s for its score. Previews begin
March 11; opens April 10.
At the St. James Theatre, 246 West
44th St. (212) 239-6200.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch stars
Neil Patrick Harris as a transgender
East German woman who moves to a
trailer park in Kansas City and starts
a rock 'n roll band. Directed by Tony
Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring
Awakening). Previews begin March 29;
opens April 22.
At the Belasco Theatre, 111 West
44th St. (212) 239-6200.
Rocky, based on Sylvester Stallone's film
about a down-on-his luck boxer who
finds himself living the American Dream
and winning glory in the ring, features
an original score by Stephen Flaherty
and Lynn Ahrens. Previews begin Feb.
11; opens March 3.
At the Winter Garden Theatre, 1634
Broadway. (212) 239-6200.
Stars of David, a musical that dra-
matizes interviews of famous Jewish
personalities drawn from Abigail
Pogrebin's book of the same name,
dishes with Joan Rivers, Aaron
Sorkin and Andy Cohen, to name just
a few. Through Dec. 15.
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At the DR2 Theatre, 103. E 15th St.
Murder for Two, co-produced by
Jayson Raitt, formerly of West
Bloomfield, and directed by Scott
Schwartz, is a musical com-
edy/murder mystery starring Jeff
Blumenkrantz and Brett Ryback; one
investigates the crime, and the other
plays all of the suspects. Through Jan.
At the New World Stages, 340 W.
50th St. (212) 239-6200.
Buyer and Cellar, inspired by Barbra
Streisand's shopping mall in her
Malibu home basement, is a one-man
show about an actor hired to work in
the star's home. Through Jan. 5.
At the Barrow Street Theatre, 27
Barrow St. (212) 868-4444.
Domesticated, starring Jeff Goldblum
and directed by Anna D. Shapiro,
examines a politician's marriage shak-
en by scandal. Through Jan. 5.
At the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater,
Lincoln Center, 150 W. 65th St. (212)
Becoming Dr. Ruth is the story of
outspoken sex therapist Dr. Ruth
Westheimer, born Karola Ruth
Siegel in Germany to an Orthodox
Jewish family. As a child she was sent
to live in Switzerland as part of the
Kindertransport; her parents died in
the camps. Debra Jo Rupp stars as
Westheimer. Through Jan. 12.
At the Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407
W 43rd St. (212) 239-6200.
The Commons of Pensacola, the play-
writing debut of actress Amanda Peet,
stars Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica
Parker as mother and daughter in a
"funny new play about trying to love
your family even when you hate what
they've clone:" Danner's character is
forced to leave her New York life when
her husband's Wall Street scam makes
national headlines. Closes Jan. 26.
At the Manhattan Theatre Club, 131
West 55th St. (212) 581-1212.
Handle with Care is a comedy about
an Israeli girl who speaks little English
and is dragged by her grandmother
on a road trip to America, where she
finds her destiny. Carol Lawrence, the
original Maria in West Side Story, stars
as the bubbie. Previews begin Dec. 3;
opens Dec. 15.
At the Westside Theatre Downstairs,
407 West 43rd St. (212) 239-6200.
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