Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hitting a New York Stage Soon - Part I

Hitting a New York Stage Soon - Part I

I know it's still summer, but here's a look ahead at this fall and beyond to what you'll find on stage in New York City.
Part I - On Broadway:


A Little Night Music
After Catherine Zeta-Jones won a Tony for her role in this Stephen Sondheim music,  Little Night Music resumed July 13 with new leading ladies Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Performances continue at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th Street).


Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
There's a lot of talk about this 'emo-musical', a Public Theater production that had a sold out run at Public LAB in 2009, receiving an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Off-Broadway Musical. When the show closed on June 27 after three extensions, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON was the second highest grossing show in The Public Theater's downtown history.
The show transfers to the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on September 21, 2010. Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson, Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel (Hair).

A Life in the Theatre
The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) will host the Broadway premiere of Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight for a limited run from 21 Sep 2010 to 2 Jan 2011, opening on 12 Oct 2010. Directed by Neil Pepe.

Time Stands Still
This fourth collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan returns to Broadway with a stellar cast, including  Eric Bogosian, Laura Linney, Christina Ricci and Brian D’Arcy. It's the story of a journalist and photographer, a longtime married couple used to the thrill of documenting war zones and their struggles to go back to a conventional life in New York. Previews start September 23, 2010 at the Cort Theater (138 W. 48th Street), with an opening night of October 7.

Lombardi
This  new play by Academy Award winning playwright Eric Simonson is about the life and times of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. Based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss, it stars Dan Lauria and Judith Light as Vince and Marie Lombardi and is directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail. In the venerable organization's first foray into Broadway production, the National Football League joins Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as a special producing partner.
The show opens in previews September 23 at Circle in the Square (1633 Broadway) with an opening night of October 21.


The Scottsboro Boys
This musical is based on the two decades long struggle for justice of  nine black teenagers accused of gang raping two white girls on the Southern Railroad freight run from Chattanooga to Memphis on March 25, 1931. It was a case that ignited passions and changed lives in its wake, and the powerful story got its off-Broadway debut at Vineyard Theatre to high acclaim. It moves to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) with previews beginning October 7. Opening night is October 31.
Kander's and Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys, directed & choreographed by Susan Stroman with a book by David Thompson.

Driving Miss Daisy
The recently announced and much anticipated Broadway premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy, starring stage and screen veterans James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, takes place at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street) from 7 Oct 2010. The play opened off-Broadway in 1987.

The Pee-Wee Herman Show
I know you are, but what am I? Join in a day in the life of Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman, complete with visits from your faves from his show "Pee-wee's Playhouse," including Miss Yvonne, Cowboy Curtis and Chairry. Previews start October 26, 2010 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater (124 West 43rd Streeet - formerly the Henry Miller’s), with an opening night of November 11. Closing December 5 in a limited run. Directed by Alex Timbers.

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