Spring Broadway Preview
by Whitney Spaner, 02/29/2012
(From left) "Evita," photo by Johan Persson • "Ghost: The Musical," photo by Sean Ebsworth
If the current Broadway season had an opening number, it might be "Everything Old Is New Again." Maybe Hugh Jackman, the icon of Broadway's resurgent relevance, can come back and sing it—as he did in the production of Boy from Oz. Revivals like A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman and Gore Vidal's The Best Man are arriving in Broadway theaters this spring. And even the new musicals and plays—among them Nice Work If You Can Get It and Clybourne Park—take songs and ideas from past works: the Gershwin songbooks and A Raisin in the Sun, respectively. Homages to America's cultural heritage have been popping up in fashion look books and period TV shows, and the stage provides an equally resonant forum for reflecting on the past, assessing the present and anticipating the future. Here are 11 shows, old and new, that do just that.