The 2010-2011 Broadway theater season is shaping up to be a great one. Here are all the details you need on the 2010-11 Broadway season, including opening dates, locations, summaries and more.
Over the past few months, producers have announced plans for the 2010-2011 season on Broadway. Some may never happen; some already have set opening nights and specific theaters (These might not happen either). The following is the schedule as of now, arranged chronologically by opening date (or by first preview if opening date has not yet been set; or alphabetically at the bottom if neither has been announced). Everything is tentative. Shows sometimes stretch out announcements about casting, etc. for maximum publicity. Check back later for new details on the 2010 Broadway season as they become available.
Opening: September 28
Director: Emma Rice
Cast: Joseph Alessi, Dorothy Atkinson, Damon Daunno, Gabriel Ebert, Edward Jay, Annette McLaughlin, Adam Pleeth, Tristan Sturrock, Hannah Yelland.
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The Roundabout is transferring the stage version of the 1945 film directed by David Lean and written by NoÃ«l Coward, which was presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn during the 2009-10 season.
Direct from a sold-out engagement at London’s National Theatre, this fascinating new play by Tony Award winner Lee Hall (writer of Broadway’s mega-hit Billy Elliot) comes to Broadway with its entire original London cast intact. The Pitmen Painters is based on the triumphant true story of a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations! An arresting and witty salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, The Pitmen Painters takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
American Airlines Theater
Opening: October 3
Scheduled to Close: November 21
Director: Doug Hughes
Cast: Cherry Jones
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TonyÂ®-winning director Doug Hughes and TonyÂ®-winning star Cherry Jones astonished Broadway with their work in the smash-hit play Doubt. Now this highly-acclaimed pair will reunite in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s scorching tour de force. Joining Ms. Jones is Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) in her Broadway debut!
Time Stands Still
Opening: October 7, 2010
Director: Daniel Sullivan
Cast: Eric Bogosian, Laura Linney, Christina Ricci, Brian D’Arcy
Twitter feed: @TimeStandsBway
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Critics and audiences raved about TIME STANDS STILL during its sold-out run last spring. Now, this TonyÂ®-nominated smash hit is back on Broadway! Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called it â€œA POWERFUL DRAMA, A FLAWLESS PRODUCTION. DONALD MARGULIES’ finest play since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner With Friends, TIME STANDS STILL crackles with BRIGHT WIT AND INTELLIGENCE.â€
A Life In The Theatre
Gerald Schoenfeld Theater
First preview: September 21
Opening: October 12
Scheduled to Close:January 2, 2011
Director: Neil Pepe
Cast: Patrick Stewart, T.R. Knight
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Before David Mamet was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, he was a young actor just learning about what it meant to have A Life in the Theatre. A Life in the Theatre was inspired by those earlier daysâ€¦an inside look into the world of theatre told from the backstage viewpoint of two actors in a repertory company: Robert, an older, experienced performer and John, a newcomer to the stage. John at first welcomes Robert’s guidance, but soon overshadows his mentor. A Life in the Theatre is Mamet’s intimate and hilarious love letter to the theatre, where he gently ridicules the juxtaposition between the backstage life of actors and what those same actors create on stage. The play gives a glimpse into the complex relationship that develops as the torch is passed from one generation to the next – a passing that wavers from love and mutual respect to impatience and resentment.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Bernard Jacobs Theater
First preview: September 20
Opening: October 13
Director: Alex Timbers
Cast: Ben Walker
Twitter Feed: @JaxRoxBway
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This spring’s biggest downtown hit was undoubtedly BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Rolling Stone called it “the season’s best musical” and audiences flocked to The Public Theater-where iconic shows like A Chorus Line and Hair started out-to see what the daring young creative team ALEX TIMBERS (writer/director) and MICHAEL FRIEDMAN (composer/lyricist) had cooked up. Now, by populist demand, their bloody brilliant show is packing up its tight, tight jeans and heading to Broadway!
In BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, rising star BENJAMIN WALKER reprises his role as America’s first political maverick. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States-who cares if he didn’t have permission? An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON recreates and reinvents the life of “Old Hickory,” from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as our seventh Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question, is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he’s really, really hot?
The sold out London hit is now the toast of Broadway! The showdown between high and low brow is on in Broadway’s newest smash comedy about two radically-different playwrights and the princess who pits them against each other. What happens when an unstoppable mouth collides with an immovable artist? With once-in-a-lifetime performances from Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley, David Hirson’s LA BÃŠTE proves that it’s possible to be sophisticated and entertaining at the same time
Sport produces great human drama and there is no greater sports icon to bring to theatrical life than Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, unquestionably one of the most inspirational and quotable personalities of all time. Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and two-time Emmy Award winner Judith Light head the cast of LOMBARDI, a new American play by Academy Award winner and Steppenwolf Theatre Company member Eric Simonson. Though football’s Super Bowl trophy is named for him, few know the real story of Lombardi the manâ€”his inspirations, his passions and ability to drive people to achieve what they never thought possible. Directed by TonyÂ® nominee Thomas Kail (In the Heights), LOMBARDI is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.
Driving Miss Daisy
Opening: October 25
Cast: James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, Boyd Gaines
Twitter feed: @DaisyOnBroadway
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Two of the world’s greatest living actorsâ€”two-time Tony AwardÂ® winner and Academy AwardÂ® nominee James Earl Jones, and Tony Award and Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgraveâ€”are coming together on Broadway, alongside four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines, in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. This strictly limited, sixteen-week engagement at the Golden Theatre is directed by David Esbjornson.
A timeless American play, which inspired the beloved Academy Award-winning film, Driving Miss Daisy tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. Their iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship has warmed the hearts of millions, and is being performed for the first time on a Broadway stage.
Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary group, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live â€“ including the most complex and challenging songsâ€”this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, peace and a little help from your friends!
No other rendition of The Beatles’ music comes close to this level of performance, which has taken years of mastery and attention to detail that is unmatched. From the early days of The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964, through Shea Stadium, the Sgt. Pepper era and on to the Abbey Road years, the RAIN captures it all flawlessly.
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS is the thrilling final collaboration by musical theatre giants John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). This critically-acclaimed production comes to Broadway following a sold-out run at the Vineyard Theatre. Directed by 5-time TonyÂ® Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) and featuring a book by David Thompson (who adapted the script for Chicago’s record-breaking revival), this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with arresting originality. The show is based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s, in which 9 African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime. Their shocking and inspiring story – told though a mix of innovative staging and piercing new songs – demands to be shared. So gather ’round… and join THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS on their remarkable journey.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
First preview: October 8, 2010 (it was originally going to be October 2)
Opening: November 4, 2010
Director: Bartlett Sher
Cast: Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sherie Rene Scott, de’Adre Aziza, Danny Burstein, Justin Guarini, Mary Beth Peil, Nikka Graff Lanzarone
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WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN is a new musical based on the film. LCT’s Resident Director, Bartlett Sher, still happily reeling from his achievement on South Pacific, leads the extraordinary collaborators Jeffrey Lane (book) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics). Lane and Yazbek, the team behind Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, have taken AlmodÃ³var’s tale and infused it with their own wry, comic style and an irresistible Spanish beat.
Both touching and hilarious, it’s a story about women and the men who pursue them… finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa (Sherie Rene Scott) whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. And why do they all keep showing up at her high-rise apartment? Gazpacho anyone?
Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Al Pacino and Tony Award winning director Daniel Sullivan reunite to bring the Public Theater’s critically acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice to Broadway following a sold-out run in Central Park.
Pacino and Sullivan expertly tackle one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays, offering modern audiences a new, shattering take on this rarely performed play.
The must-see event runs for only 78 performances! Don’t miss this legendary production that the Wall Street Journal declared “cries out to be seen by everyone with a passion for truly great theater. The best Merchant I have ever seen!”
Based on the beloved 2003 hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.
Elf is directed and choreographed by Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw. Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child transported to the North Pole.
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ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Long Story Short
Helen Hayes Theater
First preview: October 22
Opening: November 9
Scheduled close: January 8, 2011
Director: Jerry Seinfeld
Cast: Colin Quinn
Twitter feed: @cqonbroadway
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â€œHISTORICAL AND HYSTERICAL. Very, very funny.â€ – NY POST
â€œGENIUS. Comedy bearing legitimate signs of intelligent life.â€ – VARIETY
In LONG STORY SHORT, Colin Quinn focuses his â€œarticulate brand of comedyâ€ on the demise of empires, including our own. More than standup comedy, LONG STORY SHORT is a hilarious blend of incisive observation, sharp commentary, and Colin’s channeling of the personalities of the past. From Socrates to Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world’s most powerful nations. Long Story Short proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us.
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
Stephen Sondheim Theater (formerly the Henry Miller’s)
First preview: October 26, 2010
Opening: November 11, 2010
Scheduled to Close: January 2, 2011
Director: Alex Timbers
Cast: Paul Reubens
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PEE-WEE HERMAN’S groundbreaking Saturday morning television show and hyperkinetic, bow-tied persona shaped a generation. Now, at long last, Pee-wee’s starring ON BROADWAY in a LIVE extravaganza! Big, bold and uniquely fabulous, THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW is a stage play with music that reunites Pee-wee (the one-and-only PAUL REUBENS) with the beloved Playhouse gang – Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis, Jambi the Genie, Pterri, Conky, Chairry and many more! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Pee-wee’s Playhouse come to wacky, unpredictable life! Get ready to be amazed, scream real loud and laugh even louder at THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW. It’s so good, you’ll want to marry it!
A Free Man of Color
Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center
First preview: October 21
Opening: November 18
Director: George C. Wolfe
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Mos (aka Mose Def), Veanne Cox, Paul Dano, Reg Rogers
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A FREE MAN OF COLOR is set in the boisterous New Orleans culture that existed just prior to the historic Louisiana Purchase. Before law and order took hold. Before class, racial and political lines were drawn. When New Orleans was still a parade of beautiful women and good-looking men, flowing wine and pleasure for the taking.
George C. Wolfe makes his LCT debut directing A FREE MAN OF COLOR. Mr. Wolfe won Tony Awards for directing Angels in America and for Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. He also directed, among others, Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline or Change and Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
Ethel Barrymore Theater
First preview: November 2
Opening: November 21
Scheduled to close: March 20
Director: Doug Hughes
Cast: Denis O’Hare, Brendan Fraser, Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton
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Set in the current day, Elling is a comedy about a wildly mismatched pair of roommates trying to embrace life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women. Both Elling and Kjell are patients in a mental hospitalâ€”Elling suffers from acute anxiety following his mother’s death, while Kjell is a childlike 40-year-old eager to lose his virginity. The two become roommates and face the challenge of establishing a normal life when released from the institution.
Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark
First preview: November 14
Opening: December 21
Director: Julie Taymor
Cast: Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano
Twitter feed: @SpideyOnBway
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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is an upcoming rock musical with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge and a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger. The musical is based on the Spider-Man comics created by Marvel Comics. After being delayed multiple times, the musical is scheduled to begin previews on November 14, 2010 at the Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway, with the official opening night scheduled for December 21, 2010.