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We already know about staples on Broadway (Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King), but looking ahead to the late summer/fall theater season, there are a few new shows to get excited about. While I touched on a few back in April, including Romeo and Juliet (opening August 24) and Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land (opening November 24), these new ones involve Shakespeare, music, and super-awkward first dates.

Let It Be

Opens: July 24, 2013

About: The Beatles! And who doesn't love The Beatles? This musical features some of their amazing music, all while telling the story of their rise to fame. It will also include "state-of-the-art projection technology and 3D sound" (whatever that means, but it sounds fun!). The original production was created to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary, but the West End production grew so successful that it's heading to the states.

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First Date

Opens: August 4, 2013

About: First Date pokes fun at the fact that first dates can be intimidating, and blind first dates even more so. The musical is part voyeurism, part rom-com, and it stars Zachary Levi (who starred in the TV show "Chuck" and lent his voice to the Disney film, "Tangled") alongside Krysta Rodriguez ("Smash" and The Addams Family).

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Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi

Opens: August 15, 2013

About: An unlikely friendship occurs when Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach meets jazz singer Nina Simone. With her encouragement, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach became involved in soul and gospel music, ultimately pushing him to become a "Rock Star Rabbi" in the 1960s. This real-life story stars former Kinky Boots cast member Eric Anderson.

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After Midnight

Opens: November 3, 2013

About: Formerly known as Cotton Club Parade, After Midnight explores the original Jazz Age, focusing on Duke Ellington's years at Cotton Club, a Harlem joint populated in the 1920s and '30s. The music will be performed by a band of 17 musicians, while Langston Hughes poetry provides the background story.

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Any upcoming Broadway shows you're looking forward to?