Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall Preview of the 2010-11 Broadway Season

Another Opening, Another Show
Part One: Fall

Photo by Ethan Hill
Will it be the hottest ticket in town? Broadway Diva, Patti LuPone stars in the Lincoln Center production of the new musical, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Every summer I look forward to planning my Thanksgiving/Christmas trip to NYC. This year I had to make a choice : start my Masters Degree or my yearly trip to Broadway? My wallet was too thin to accommodate both. So I went online and hit the websites and the blogs and came to the conclusion: I wouldn't miss too much if I had to "Give My Regards" from afar this year. Besides, I really want and need to pursue this degree in Entertainment Business. That was July.

Now here it is the first of October, the 2010-11 Broadway season already in full swing: Did I make a mistake? There are so many new shows, revivals and transfers opening this fall its making me dizzy. There is nothing I want to do more than to drop everything and plan an extended trip to the Great White Way.

I won't even attempt to list or discuss all the new shows hitting the stage this fall, instead I'll tease you with a few highlights and provide you with links so you can explore them yourself.

Mrs. Warren’s Profession
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Doug Hughes
At the American Airlines Theater

A revival of the classic play stars Tony winner Cherry Jones and runs thru November 28th. Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Time Stands Still
By Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
At the Cort Theater

In an unusual move, October 7th, Time Stands Still, currently in previews, re-opens after a summer hiatus. Eric Bogosian, Laura Linney, Christina Ricci and Brian D’Arcy, complete the talented cast. Ricci replaces Alicia Silverstone, who is unavailable, from the earlier run. (I saw it in March and it was excellent.) It will be interesting to see if it will be able to gain back the momentum and how the producers will market its return.
Twitter feed: @TimeStandsBway

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Written & Directed by Alex Timbers
Music by Michael Friedman
At the Bernard Jacobs Theater

The Public Theatre transfers this rock musical about the seventh President after a sold out run. Opens October 13th.

Twitter Feed: @JaxRoxBway

The Scottsboro Boys
Music & Lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb
Book by David Thompson
Choreographed and directed by Susan Stroman
At the Lyceum Theater

Beginning previews October 7, The Scottsboro Boys transfers to Broadway following its sold out run last spring at the Vineyard Theatre, Off-Broadway, and an 8-week ‘tune-up’ at the Guthrie Theatre this summer.  Based on the true story from our nation’s not-so-proud past, The Scottsboro Boys tells of nine young black teenagers wrongly accused of raping two white women in the 1930’s. It is told in the style of a minstrel show. Opening Night, October 31st.
Twitter feed: @ScottsboroBoys

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
At the Belasco Theater
Music & lyrics by David Yazbek
Book by Jeffrey Lane
Director by Bartlett Sher

Previewing October 8th, following a second delay, due to technical difficulties, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown opens November 4th. Based on the 1988 Pedro Almodovar film, it features a star-studded cast that includes Broadway veterans Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sherie Rene Scott, Danny Burstein and Laura Benanti. Also in the cast is first season, American Idol runner-up, Justin Guarini. Produced by the Lincoln Center Theater.

Spiderman, Turn Off the Dark
Music by Bono & The Edge
Book by Julie Taymor & Glen Berger
Directed by Julie Taymor
At the Foxwoods Theater

The highly anticipated 50 million dollar production is schedule to fly in to Manhattan November 14th with an official December 21st opening night. With the multi-talented Julie Taymor at the helm, Spiderman is guaranteed to be nothing less than visually spectacular.

Twitter feed: @SpideyOnBway

So here I sit, resisting the urge to go find that hidden credit card -- tucked safely away for emergency use only.  The shows I listed above are only the tip of the iceberg. I didn't even mention the Signature Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of Tony Kushner's epic two part, Angels in America. ( 

Wait, now I did. 

Hmmmm..... where's that card?

Links to More About the 2010-11 Broadway Season:

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