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The Must List


Five reasons to wend down the Great White Way:

— Design for Living The Roundabout Theatre Company resurrects Noel Coward’s giddy romp; trendy Tony winners Alan Cumming (Cabaret) and Jennifer Ehle (The Real Thing) are two thirds of an artsy, codependent ménage à trois. (March 15)

— Follies The Sondheim revival everyone’s dreamed of and dreaded: Will the epic and unflinching reflection on life, love, and the theater be a good time or bum time? Hip Brit Matthew Warchus (True West) directs; former chorine Blythe Danner stars. (April 5)

— King Hedley II Playwright August Wilson (Fences, The Piano Lesson) takes us back to the ’80s with his latest — and some say grandest — sociopolitical tragedy; in the title role is Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, Kate). (April 29)

— The Seagull Mike Nichols directs Kevin Kline, Natalie Port-man (above), Allison Janney, and Meryl Streep (top) in her first stage appearance in 20 years. Who needs a theater — we’d see them perform in a parking lot. (Summer)

— Mamma Mia! Supposedly it’s about a young girl getting married, but really … it’s all about the groovy ABBA tunes. Dancing queens will go gaga, but is Broadway ready for a Swedish invasion? (Oct. 18)