TicketNetwork.com April Events Preview: Bruce Springsteen, NBA, A Raisin in the Sun
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Although it doesn't much feel like spring, April is nearly upon us. With it comes the re-awakening of the Broadway stage (yay!); a bunch of fantastic sports playoffs (yay!); and some pretty great tours (yay!).

In concerts, popular acts such as Jimmy Buffett and Bruce Springsteen hit the road. Sports fans have playoffs in basketball and in hockey to look forward to. For theater buffs, Broadway is finally getting back into the swing of things after the winter lull; more than 10 shows will open in April alone.

Here's a closer look at some of the upcoming live events.

Concerts

Bruce Springsteen: The Boss heads out on another tour, starting April 8 in Cincinnati, OH. The short stint goes through March 18 and wraps in Uncasville, CT.

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Styx and Foreigner: The "Soundtrack of Summer" tour joins Foreigner, Styx, and Don Felder. All three acts are expected to release a compilation album to go with the tour, which starts April 11.

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Jimmy Buffett: Jimmy Buffett is known for his annual tours, and this year he teams up with The Coral Reefer Band. This One's For You Tour begins the 19th in Tampa, FL.

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Other Concerts in April:

  • One Direction begins their tour the 25th, but these are European shows.
  • Lots of festivals this month, such as:
    • Wanee the 10-12
    • Country Thunder Arizona the 10-13
    • Coachella the 11-13 and 18-20
    • Stagecoach Festival the 25-27
    • New Orleans Jazz Festival the 25-27.

Sports

Basketball playoffs: Saturday, April 19 marks the start of the basketball playoffs. All of the first-round NBA matchups will begin on either April 19 or April 20.

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Hockey playoffs: The regular season will conclude on April 13, with playoffs starting three days later, on April 16. The playoffs will run through mid-June.

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UFC 172: Jon "Bones" Jones takes on Glover Teixeira for this fight, happening April 26 in Baltimore, MD.

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Other Sports Events in April:

  • Regular baseball season has its first full month.
  • NCAA basketball: Men’s Final Four (April 5) and National Championship game (April 7); Women’s Final Four (April 6) and National Championship game (April 8).
  • WWE Wrestlemania XXX takes place April 6.

Theater

A Raisin in the Sun: This play, written in the 1950s by Lorraine Hansberry, returns to Broadway, this time starring Denzel Washington. The show, which began its previews March 8, opens April 3.

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Of Mice and Men: The classic novel gets the star-studded Broadway treatment in this show, which opens April 16. The cast includes James Franco as George, Chris O'Dowd as Lennie, and Leighton Meester as Curley's Wife.

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Cabaret: The legendary Studio 54 makes room for Cabaret, opening April 22. The popular play takes the audience to an underground club in 1930s Berlin. Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams star.

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Other Theater Events in April:

  • The Velocity of Autumn previews April 1 and opens April 21.
  • Cabaret opens April 4.
  • The Cripple of Inishmaan previews April 12 and opens April 20.
  • The Realistic Joneses opens April 6.
  • Bullets Over Broadway opens April 10.
  • Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill opens April 13.
  • Act One opens April 17.
  • Violet opens April 20.
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens April 22.

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