PLAYBILL PICKS: Spring Fever! Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Spring 2013

By Playbill Staff
17 Jan 2013

Bertie Carvel in Matilda The Musical.
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

BLAKE ROSS, Playbill Magazine Editor

Lucky Guy. The life and career of one of New York's last great newspaper men, the late Mike McAlary, read like a perfect drama. He won the Pulitzer late in life for his expose on the Abner Louima case, but his career hit a low point when he famously accused a woman of faking a rape and was proven wrong. Tom Hanks stars as McAlary in this play – the last one Nora Ephron wrote before her passing – with George C. Wolfe directing. Talk about a trifecta of talent! I predict this will be one of the first big commercial and critical successes of the spring.

Bertie Carvel in Matilda. From what I've heard and read about Matilda, I'm already hedging my bets that Bertie Carvel will be a major contender for a Tony for his portrayal of Trunchbull.

Hands on a Hardbody. This new musical from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green has been called everything from the new Once to a modern-day Working mixed in with A Chorus Line. That's enough to pique my interest. Plus, I can't wait to see all the Phish heads this brings to Broadway!

Here Lies Love at the Public. Another new musical from music industry bigwigs is on my radar this spring. Here Lies Love has a score from Talking Heads' David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim and is about Filipino First Lady Imedla Marcos and her obsession with shoes. Right up this shoe lover's alley!

Water By the Spoonful at Second Stage. Quiara Alergia Hudes' Water By the Spoonful came seemingly out of nowhere to nab the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama besting higher-profile shows like Other Desert Cities. It has never been seen in New York before coming to Second Stage this month. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this new play from a true star on the rise!