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The Second Coming

Jesus, Peter Pan, and Macbeth all seek resurrection this summer in star-packed new stage productions

Finding Neverland
Cambridge, Mass.
The latest movie to become a stage musical: Miramax’s 2004 indie starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie. The show, directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin), boasts a score by Eliot Kennedy and ex-British boy-bander Gary Barlow (Take That).

Fool for Love
Williamstown, Mass.
In a revival of Sam Shepard’s searing 1983 drama, Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) play former lovers holed up in a seedy motel in the Mojave Desert.

Macbeth/King Lear
New York City
In his New York stage debut (which he’s codirecting), Kenneth Branagh unleashes the sound and fury of the Bard’s bloody Scot in the cavernous Park Avenue Armory. Then John Lithgow plays addled King Lear in Central Park’s open-air Delacorte Theater.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Multiple Cities
What’s the buzz with the 51-city arena version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera? A rockin’ cast led by Incubus’ Brandon Boyd as Judas, *NSYNC’s JC Chasez as Pontius Pilate, Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene, and the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten as King Herod.

This Is Our Youth
Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin topline a revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play about college-age Manhattan slackers at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre before the show starts its Broadway run in mid-August.