NEW YORK CITY - There is a slew of musicals opening Broadway's new theater season. The 2011 agenda has more than a dozen big-budgeted, glitzy musical productions opening between October and May, all jostling for recognition and acclaim for the coveted Tony Awards next June.
Although there are as many comedies and dramas as musicals in the 2011 lineup, it is the musicals that attract both casual theatergoers and the bulk of tourists who head to the Great White Way.
The following Broadway-bound musicals will offer plentiful singing and dancing pleasures:
"It Should Have Been You" - David Hyde Pierce will direct - but not star in - this musical comedy about a Jewish bride, a Roman Catholic groom and a lot of wedding day shenanigans. Opens Oct. 14.
"The Blue Flower" - This off-beat musical follows four friends, three artists and one scientist, living in Paris during World War II and following. Opens Nov. 9.
"Queen of the Mist" - Broadway veteran Mary Testa will play a 63-year- old daredevil who, in 1962, became the first person to plunge over Niagara Falls. Opens Nov. 6.
"Bring it on: The Musical" - This hip-hop-infused musical funnily examines the cutthroat world of high school cheerleading. Opens Nov. 11.
"Lysistrata Jones" - This "effervescent, tasty" musical is a modern version of the ancient Greek comedy where women withhold sex from men till men "get their acts together." Opens Dec. 14.
"Nice Work if You Can Get it" - Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara star in this light-hearted musical about a playboy who gets caught up with bootleggers in the 1920s. Opening date and theater to be announced.
"Bonnie and Clyde" - The infamous moll and her felonious boyfriend head to Broadway after premiering their outlaw romance with music on the West Coast. Opens Dec. 1.
"Ghost: The Musical" - This new musical, based on the 1990 movie, hauntingly examines two lovers, inseparable even after one's untimely death.
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" - A drastically restructured musical based upon the 1965 musical (with words and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and Burton Lane) changes the gender of the main character from Daisy to David, a gay florist who, under hypnosis, becomes the center of affection of a psychiatrist, to be played by Harry Connick Jr. Opens Dec 11.
"Carrie" - This major flop can barely be dubbed a revival, since it opened in 1965 to fatal reviews, and closed after only five performances. But "Carrie" is back with a slightly different adaptation of Stephen King's 1965 novel. Opens Jan. 31.
"Evita" - Probably the most anticipated revival of the new season, the Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice musical stars Ricky Martin as Che and Michael Cerveris as Juan Peron. "Evita" won the Tony Award during its 1979 run. Opening date and theater to be announced.
"Godspell" - The retelling of the Gospel according to St. Mark is the first revival of the Stephen Schwartz musical. Opens Nov. 7.
One man-one woman concerts
Although not full musical productions, a couple of limited-run concerts to be presented on Broadway stages feature past and present popular vocalists.
An evening with Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin - Back on the same Broadway stage since co-starring in "Evita" in 1979, the two powerhouse performers unite for 63 full throttle concerts. Opens Nov. 16.
"Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway" - Broadway will welcome the furry Wolverine from the "X-Men" films to tell some personal tales and sing songs, including some from "The Boy from Oz," which won Jackman the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor.
Christmas in New York means family fare, including a decades-long holiday treat..
"Radio City Christmas Spectacular" - Nearly 80 years old, this coming Christmas attraction always promises - and delivers - some new fresh holiday entertainment. This year look for some special 3-D effects and additional numbers by the long line of Rockettes. Runs Nov. 11 through Jan 2 at Radio City Music Hall.
"Peter Pan" - Believe it or not! Kathy Rigby, who gave a farewell tour in 2005, flies back to Broadway. She still is the "Boy Who Won't Grow Up," who will spread her magic fairy dust at Madison Square Garden from Dec. 14 through 30.