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Broadway Puts Its 'Best' Foot Forward This Month

April Broadway Openings March 1, 2012 - The lights of Broadway heat up in March as a host of revivals, new musicals and plays begin previews.

Jesus Christ Superstar, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera about Jesus and his apostles, returns to Broadway with performances beginning on March 1 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Gore Vidal’s The Best Man follows two candidates from the same political party battling for the presidential nomination. James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury and Candice Bergen are among the cast; previews begin on March 6 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

Broadway welcomes a new Eva Peron as Elena Roger takes on the iconic role of Evita. The production, which also stars Ricky Martin and Michael Cerveris, starts performances at the Marquis Theatre on March 12.

True love transcends the afterlife in Ghost the Musical, based on the 1990 movie, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Previews begin on March 15.

The Disney film Newsies finds a new home on Broadway as the story of the newsboys’ strike at the turn of the last century takes center stage. Performances of the musical begin at the Nederlander Theatre on March 15.

Judy Garland’s comeback appearance in 1968 is the subject of End of the Rainbow, starring Tracie Bennett. The play, which includes music, starts previews on March 19 at the Belasco Theatre.

Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to Peter Pan, features a dozen cast members depicting more than 100 characters. Performances begin on March 28 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Basketball comes to Broadway with the new play Magic/Bird, which follows Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, who were rivals on the court but good friends away from the locker room. Performances are set to begin on March 21 at the Longacre Theatre.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park arrives on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 26. Taking a page out of the classic A Raisin in the Sun, the play examines a white couple who has sold their home to an African American family and their neighbors’ reactions.

Nice Work If You Can Get It, the ‘new’ musical featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, stars Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara. Previews begin at the Imperial Theatre on March 29.

The characters from the hit play Boeing-Boeing return for a new batch of misunderstandings in Don’t Dress for Dinner. Performances begin March 30 at the American Airlines Theatre.

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