Posted 23 April 2012 - 09:28 AM
I'm just back from a week in NYC and I managed to fit in 10 shows. Apart from 1 Man, 2 Guvnors the highlights were Peter & the Starcatcher, Once and Nice Work If You Can Get It.
I wanted to see how 1M2G went over with New York audiences (answer: a storm!) but if you've only got limited slots I'd recommend one of the other 3 as they are unlikely to transfer to the West End any time soon, if at all.
Peter & The Starcatcher is directed by Roger Rees and is somewhat reminiscent of Nicholas Nickleby in its staging. It features Christian Borle (from Smash) as Black Stache in a wonderfully, hilariously OTT performance. I found it magical, charming, touching, funny and very different from anything else you'll see on Broadway at the moment.
Once is another charming piece of theatre. It's set is a Dublin pub interior and it tells the story of Boy (Irish) meets Girl (Czech). I loved the score and bought the cast recording as soon as the show ended. If you go, get there early enough to go onstage - the pub set serves as an actual bar and members of the cast (playing various musical instruments) mingle with the 'patrons' before the show.
Nice Work is a qunitessentially Broadway show by the same team behind Anything Goes. Kelli O'Hara is superb, as are Judy Kaye & Michael McGrath in supporting roles. Matthew Broderick pretty much plays himself but he does so with a twinkle in his eye and actually sings & dances better than I was expecting. Lavish sets, lots of laughs and a fun night at the theatre.
Hope this is of some help. Enjoy your trip!