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Curtain Going Up: Previews Begin in March for Several Broadway Shows

March 2, 2009 - A handful of new shows will march onto Broadway this month.

The age of Aquarius will dawn as Hair begins performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on March 6. The revival of the first rock ‘n’ roll musical comes after a successful run last summer in Central Park.

Exit the King enters the Ethel Barrymore Theatre as previews begin on March 7. Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush lead an all-star cast in the Ionesco comedy.

World War II is the setting of Irena’s Vow, with previews beginning on March 10 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Tovah Feldshuh stars as a Polish woman who risked her life to save a dozen Jewish refugees during the German occupation.

Playwright Neil LaBute finds reasons to be pretty at the Lyceum Theatre beginning on March 13. Piper Perabo leads the cast in this dissection of society’s obsession with beautiful people.

With hit songs from Bon Jovi and Pat Benatar, Rock of Ages brings the ‘80s back to life at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previews begin March 17 for this ode to the decade’s hair bands.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone plays for a limited engagement at the Belasco Theatre beginning March 19. The play, by August Wilson, centers around the guests at a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911.

The new musical Next to Normal makes the move from Off Broadway to the Longacre Theatre starting on March 27. The production follows an American family dealing with illness and secrets.

The Broadhurst Theatre will host royalty as two queens – Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots – match wits in Mary Stuart. Transferring from the acclaimed London production are Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter. Performances begin March 30.

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