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'First Date' & 'Murder Ballad': Two Sexy Musicals to Keep Your Heartbeat Throbbing

Sunday June 30, 2013
Murder Ballad

Murder Ballad

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Whether you're in the mood for a light-hearted romantic comedy or a steamy, sultry dark love triangle, the New York Theatre District has you covered.

First Date stars Zachary Levi, best known as TV's quirky computer geek "Chuck," and Krysta Rodriguez of NBC's "Smash" as two skittish first-time daters in this hilarious Broadway transfer. The antics of the anxious pair is compounded as everyone else in the restaurant gets involved in their date. For more info on the cast and creatives, plus how to get tickets, check out my article on First Date.

If happy, zippy musicals aren't your thing this month, check out the darker, sultrier Murder Ballad presented by the Manhattan theatre Club. Starring Priscilla Queen of the Desert's Will Swenson and Ghost the Musical's Caissie Levy, Murder Ballad is a gritty rock musical that explores the complexities of a love triangle where more than one person has a past they're trying to keep in the past. But you have to catch the show soon -- it just got its pink slip and will close July 21st. For show info, read my article of Murder Ballad.

Take a peek through the recent archives to stay up on what's happening on Broadway in the coming months!

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Final Week to See Tom Hanks in Broadway's 'Lucky Guy'

Thursday June 27, 2013
Tom Hanks in 'Lucky Guy'

Tom Hanks in 'Lucky Guy'

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After a wildly successful Broadway debut, Tom Hanks and the production of Lucky Guy will play its final performance next week.

Nora Ephram's play, Lucky Guy, has enjoyed both critical acclaim and audience adoration, in large part because of the performance given by two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. The show was extended and will end its Broadway run July 3, 2013.

This production was directed by two-time Tony Award winning director George C. Wolfe and presents Ephram's exploration of corruption within New York City's police department.

Be sure to catch Tom Hanks in the home stretch of this limited engagement playing at the Broadhurst Theatre through July 3, 2013.

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John Grisham's 'A Time to Kill' to Open on Broadway Fall 2013

Thursday June 27, 2013
John Grisham's 'A Time to Kill' novel

John Grisham's 'A Time to Kill' novel

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Legal thriller aficionados will drool at the news that John Grisham's A Time to Kill will open on Broadway this Fall.

The production marks the first Grisham novel to be adapted for the stage, a task assigned to Rupert Sweeney, who won Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The show will be directed by Ethan McSweeny, who helmed Gore Vidal's The Best Man.

A Time to Kill will begin Previews on Broadway on September 28, 2013, with its official Opening Night scheduled for October 20, 2013, at the John Golden Theatre at 252 West 45th Street. In fact, the sequel to A Time to Kill is due out in stores October 22nd and is titled Sycamore Row.

In a statement, the Mississippi lawyer-turned-author Grisham said about his work's Broadway debut:

"For almost a quarter of a century, A Time to Kill has captivated readers with its raw exploration of race, retribution and justice. It was my first book and the first that I have allowed to be adapted for the theatre. Rupert Holmes did an excellent job of translating it from the page to the stage, and I am happy that not only my loyal readers, but a whole new audience will be able to experience this story in live theatre. I am looking forward to opening night on Broadway!"

The 1996 film starred Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock, and Kevin Spacey. More information the Broadway production's cast and production team will be announced soon.

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Final Week to See Bette Midler in Broadway's 'I'll Eat You Last...'

Thursday June 27, 2013
Bette Midler in 'I'll Eat You Last'

Bette Midler in 'I'll Eat You Last'

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After a successful run on Broadway, the Divine Miss M's one-woman show I'll Eat You Last... A Chat With Sue Mengers must some to an end.

Holding court from a stage sofa, Midler has thrilled audiences with her signature storytelling style, bringing to life the "agent to the stars," Sue Mengers. Midler will play the final performance of the show Sunday, June 30, 2013.

The show has broken its own box office records several times, grossing $890,276 just last week. Clearly, the show will end on a high, after 18 preview performances  and 71 enthusiastically received regular performances.

Catch Midler in her final shows as "Sue Mengers" at the Booth Theatre this week.

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