New York City is synonymous with theater. Even if you’ve already seen the household-name shows, the latest debuts are worth a trip to Gotham. Some Like It Hot is a smart adaptation of the 1959 comedy classic to contemporary sensibilities. It still concerns two musicians who witness a gangland hit, don drag, and join a girl band to escape the mob. But this time, Jerry (J. Harrison Ghee) is fulfilled in his new identity as Daphne. It’s propelled by toe-tappers from the composer-lyricist team who brought us Hairspray. Kimberly Akimbo may be the best-reviewed musical of the season, and it’s a charmer. Despite the narrative, built around a teen with a rare condition that causes her to age rapidly, the show is surprisingly fun. The inspiring, soaring score is courtesy of Jeanine Tesori (Shrek: The Musical). Expect a strong showing at the Tonys.
Other worthy spring and early-summer openings include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella, an intriguing revival of Camelot by Aaron Sorkin, and a Back to the Future musical.
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