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Broadway Theater Preview Fall 2009, Spring 2010

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For shows opening in Spring, 2010, please go to Broadway Theater Openings, 2010

Below is the tentative, continually updated schedule of the Broadway season 2009-2010; the titles of the plays are linked to the shows’ official Web sites. I also link to my reviews or other articles I have written on the shows as they open. Note that many of the shows have closed. (I have put an X before the ones that have closed as of June 1, 2010)

X BURN THE FLOOR

* Longacre Theatre
* First Preview: July 25
* Opening: Aug. 2
* Director: Jason Gilkison
* Choreographer: Jason Gilkison
* Cast: Sharna Burgess, Anya Garnis, Sarah Hives, Peta Murgatroyd, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff
* Latin and Ballroom dance spectacular created by world champion dancer Gilkison.
Closed January 10, 2010.

X A STEADY RAIN

* Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
* First Preview: Sept. 10
* Opening: Sept. 29
* Director: John Crowley
* Cast: Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman
* A new two-character play by Keith Huff about two friends who are Chicago cops.

Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman Broadway Reviews: So-So
This has closed.

X SUPERIOR DONUTS

* The Music Box Theatre
* First Preview: Sept. 16
* Opening: Oct. 1
* Director: Tina Landau
* Cast: Michael McKean
* Transfer of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s presentation of Tracy Letts’ new play set in Chicago. Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better.

Superior Donuts, Tracy Letts And The Shock Of The Sitcom
Closed January 3, 2010.

X wishfuldrinking WISHFUL DRINKING

* Studio 54
* First Preview: Sept. 22
* Opening: Oct. 4
* Director: Tony Taccone
* Cast: Carrie Fisher
* Roundabout Theatre Company’s presentation of Fisher’s auto-biographical solo show.

‘Instant Gratification Takes Too Long’: The Best Lines in Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking

Closed January 17, 2010.

X HAMLET

* Broadhurst Theatre
* First Preview: Sept. 12
* Opening: Oct. 6
* Director: Michael Grandage
* Cast: Jude Law
* Transfer of the Donmar Warehouse’s production of the William Shakespeare tragedy.

Jude Law, Hamlet As Hunk, Yoga, Olympic Sprinter (These Are Not Necessarily Good Things)

This has closed.

X THE ROYAL FAMILY

* Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
* First Preview: Sept. 15
* Opening: Oct. 8
* Director: Doug Hughes
* Cast: Rosemary Harris, Stephen Collins, John Glover, Tony Roberts, Jan Maxwell and Reg Rogers
* Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s comedy of manners.
This has closed.

X OLEANNA

* Golden Theatre
* First Preview: Sept. 29
* Opening: Oct. 11
* Director: Doug Hughes
* Cast: Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles
* Transfer of Center Theatre Group’s production of the David Mamet’s play about a professor and his student.

Oleanna Review: Sexual Harassment, David Mamet’s Sexism or Something Else?
This has closed.

X byebyebirdie1 BYE BYE BIRDIE

* Henry Miller’s Theatre
* First Preview: Sept. 10
* Opening: Oct. 15
* Director: Robert Longbottom
* Choreographer: Robert Longbottom
* Cast: John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Jayne Houdyshell, Bill Irwin, Dee Hoty, Nolan Gerard Funk, Allie Trimm, Matt Doyle, Molly Ephraim and Jake Evan Schwencke
* The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the Michael Stewart-Lee Adams-Charles Strouse 1960s-set musical.

Bye Bye Birdie And What Separates Broadway Musicals From All Other Theater (1. Money. 2. The Set)
Closed January 24, 2010.

MEMPHIS

* Shubert Theatre
* First Preview: Sept. 23
* Opening: Oct. 19
* Director: Christopher Ashley
* Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo
* Cast: Chad Kimball, Montego Glover
* A new rock ‘n’ roll musical penned by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan.

Memphis Review: The Birth of Rock and Roll Yet Again

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X AFTER MISS JULIE

* American Airlines Theatre
* First Preview: Sept. 18
* Opening: Oct. 22
* Director: Mark Brokaw
* Cast: Sienna Miller, Jonny Lee Miller
* The Roundabout Theatre Company American premiere production of Patrick Marber’s August Strindberg-inspired drama.


After Miss Julie Reviews: Better To Put It And Sienna Miller Behind Us

This has closed.

X THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS: BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS/ BROADWAY BOUND

* Nederlander Theatre
* First Preview: Oct. 2/ Nov. 18
* Opening: Oct. 25/ Dec. 10
* Director: David Cromer
* Cast: Laurie Metcalf, Noah Robbins, Josh Grisetti, Santino Fontana, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jessica Hecht, Allan Miller and Alexandra Socha
* Revivals of Neil Simon’s coming-of-age comedies to run in repertory.


Brighton Beach Memoirs Review: Neil Simon’s Nostalgia With An Edge


Brighton Beach Memoirs closed a week after opening, and Broadway Bound has been cancelled.

X FINIAN’S RAINBOW
* St. James Theatre
* First Preview: Oct. 8
* Opening: Oct. 29
* Director: Warren Carlyle
* Choreographer: Warren Carlyle
* Cast: Kate Baldwin, Jim Norton, Cheyenne Jackson
* Transfer of the City Center Encores! revival of the Burton Lane, Fred Saidy and E.Y. Harburg musical.

Finian’s Rainbow Review: Old-Fashioned Broadway Hit…With A Problem
Closed January 17, 2010.

X RAGTIME

* Neil Simon Theatre
* First Preview: Oct. 23
* Opening: Nov. 15
* Director: Marcia Milgrom Dodge
* Choreographer: Marcia Milgrom Dodge
* Cast: Ron Bohmer, Quentin Earl Darrington, Christiane Noll, Robert Petkoff, Bobby Steggert, Stephanie Umoh
* Transfer of the Kennedy Center’s production of the E.L. Doctorow-based musical by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Ragtime Review: Exhilarating, Exhausting
Closed January 10, 2010.

X IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY)

* Lyceum Theatre
* First Preview: Oct. 22
* Opening: Nov. 19
* Director: Les Waters
* Cast: Laura Benanti, Michael Cerveris, Maria Dizzia
* Lincoln Center Theater’s presentation of Sarah Ruhl’s new play set at the dawn of the electric age.

In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play Review: Victorian Short Circuit
Closed January 10, 2010.

FELA!

* Eugene O’Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street)
* First Preview: Oct. 19
* Opening: Nov. 23
* Director: Bill T. Jones
* Choreographer: Bill T. Jones
* Cast: Sahr Ngaujah
* Transfer of the Off-Broadway musical about African composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
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Fela! Review: Jay-Z is Right

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RACE

* Theater: Ethel Barrymore (243 West 47th)
* First Preview: Nov. 17
* Opening: Dec. 6
* Director: David Mamet
* Cast: James Spader, Kerry Washington, Richard Thomas, David Alan Grier
* The world premiere of a new David Mamet play.

“Race” and Race On Broadway

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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

* Theater: Walter Kerr (219 West 48th Street)
* First Preview: November 24
* Opening: December 13
* Director: Trevor Nunn
*Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, five-time Tony Award®-winner Angela Lansbury and Alexander Hanson.
The first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1973 Tony Award-winning musical, based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, and set in a weekend country house in turn of the century Sweden. “The story centers on the elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt and the spider’s web of sensuality, intrigue and desire that surrounds her.”

A Little Night Music Review: Juggling Heart, Words, Loin (And Expectations)

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X
*Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

*Marquis Theater (1535 Broadway)
*First Preview: November 13th
*Apparently no official opening
*Director: Walter Bobbie
*Cast: James Clow, Melissa Errico, Tony Yazbeck and Mara Davi
Stage version of the Paramount Pictures film starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney
Closed January 3, 2010.

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For shows opening in Spring, 2010, please go to Broadway Theater Openings, 2010

X PRESENT LAUGHTER

* American Airlines Theater (227 West 42nd Street)
* First Preview: January 2, 2010
* Opening: January 21
* Director: Nicholas Martin
* Cast: Victor Garber
* The Roundabout Theater Company revival of the Noel Coward comedy about an aging matinee idol.

Present Laughter Review: Celebrity Sex In A More Elegant Age

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X A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
*Cort Theater (138 West 48th Street)
*First Preview: December 28
Opens: January 24
*Director: Gregory Mosher
*Cast: Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson
The latest revival of Arthur Miller’s 1955 play, which marks Scarlett Johansson’s Broadway debut, focuses on Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman who is obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine.

Scarlett Johansson’s Broadway Debut: A View From The Bridge Review

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X TIME STANDS STILL

*Theater: Samuel J. Friedman (261 West 47th)
* First Preview: January 5, 2010
* Opening: January 28
* Director: Daniel Sullivan
* Cast: Eric Bogosian, Brian d’Arcy James, Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone
* Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Donald Margulies’ new play about a war journalist and a photographer forced to return home.

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X THE MIRACLE WORKER
*Circle in the Square Theater (1633 Broadway)
*First Preview: February 12, 2010
*Opening: March 3, 2010
*Director: Kate Whoriskey
*Cast: Abigal Breslin, Alison Pill
A revival of the 1959 play by William Gibson about Helen Keller, born blind and deaf, the the teacher who taught her to communicate with the world.

Buy New York The Miracle Worker Tickets here


A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE

*Gerald Schoenfeld Theater (236 West 45th Street)
*Opening: March 4, 2010
*Director: John Crowley
*Cast: Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan
*A world premiere of a new play by Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan), this is the first of his to originate on Broadway. A man searches for his missing hand, two con artists try to make a few hundred dollars, a hotel clerk is overly curious, etc.

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NEXT FALL
*Helen Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street)
*First Preview: February 16
*Opening: March 11
*Director: Sheryl Kaller
Cast: Patrick Breen, Maddie Corman, Sean Duga, Patrick Heusinger, Connie Ray, Cotter Smith
*Transfer of Geoffrey Nauffts’ original Off-Broadway play about the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, an atheist and a committed Christian, a serious comedy that explores issues of faith.

X LOOPED
Lyceum Theater (149 W. 45th St.)
First Preview: February 19
Opening: March 14
Director: Rob Ruggiero
Cast: Valerie Harper,
Looped tells the story of Tallulah Bankhead, the internationally celebrated actress, being called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record (or “loop”) one line of dialogue for what would be her last film — the dreadful Die, Die My Darling . Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that outshone even today’s celebrity bad girls.

X ALL ABOUT ME
*Theater: Henry Miller’s Theater
*First Preview: Feb 19
*Opening: March 18
*Director: Jerry Zaks
Dame Edna Everage (aka Barry Humphries) and Michael Feinstein appear in a new show written by Christopher Durang, with Feinstein performing Broadway standard melodies along with a small orchestra.

COME FLY AWAY
Marquis Theater (1535 Broadway)
First Previw: March 1
Opening: March 25
Director: Twyla Tharp
Featuring the songs of Frank Sinatra, Tharp’s new musical follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Sinatra’s vocals on such songs as “Fly Me To The Moon” and “My Way” will be combined with an on stage 19-piece big band and 15 dancers.

LEND ME A TENOR
Theater: Music Box (239 W. 45th St.)
First Preview: March 11
Opening: April 4
Director: Stanley Tucci
Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub,
A revival of Ken Ludwig’s play

THE ADDAMS FAMILY
* Theater: Lunt-Fontanne (205 West 46th Street)
* First Preview: March 4, 2010
* Opening: April 8, 2010
* Director: Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch
* Cast: Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlin, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Terrence Mann, Adam Riegler, Wesley Taylor and Krysta Rodriguez
* New Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice musical inspired by Charles Addams macabre characters.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Theater: Nederlander (208 West 41st)
First Preview: March 13
Opening: April 11
Director: Eric Schaeffer
Cast: TBA
The musical features the music made famous by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley who met on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis for a jam session and impromptu recording.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
*Longacre Theater (220 West 48th Street)
*First Preview: April 16
*Opening: April 18
*Director: Terry Johnson
*Cast: Douglas Hodge
London’s Menier Chocolate Factory production of the 1983 musical with book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.

AMERICAN IDIOT
*St. James Theater (246 West 44th Street)
*First Preview: March 24
*Opening: April 20
*Director: Michael Mayer
The musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, with lyrics by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, moves from its successful run at Berkeley Rep.

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
*Theater: Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street)
*First Preview: March 19
*Opening: April 22
*Director: James Lapine
*Cast: Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams
The cast will perform more than two dozen tunes by Stephen Sondheim the composer of such musicals as “Company,” “Sweeney Todd”…and “A Little Night Music,” which includes his most famous song, “Send in the Clowns.” There will also be “exclusive interview footage” to explore Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process.

PROMISES, PROMISES
*Theater: Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd)
*First Preview: Sunday, March 28, 2010
*Opening: April 25
*Director: Rob Ashford
*Cast: Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth
*The first Broadway revival of the 1968 musical with book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David, based on the 1960 Billy Wilder film “The Apartment” starring Jack Lemmon.

X ENRON
Broadhurst Theater
First Preview: April 8
Opening: Tuesday, April 27
Director: Rupert Goold
Cast: TBA
“Using music, dance and video, this new play explores one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world currently finds itself.”

COLLECTED STORIES

* Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
* First Preview: April 6, 2010
* Opening: April 28
* Director: Doug Hughes
* Cast: Linda Lavin
* Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Donald Margulies’ new play about two female writers.

Everyday Rapture

SPIDER-MAN, TURN OFF THE DARK

* Theater: Hilton (213 West 42nd)
* First Preview: To Be Announced
* Opening: TBA
* Director: Julie Taymor
* Choreographer: Daniel Ezralow
* Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming
* New musical based on the Marvel comic book hero featuring songs by Bono and The Edge with a book by Taymor and Glen Berger.

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