Broadway plans nearly 20 new shows, classics, and Chita’s farewell show

Broadway street sign in ManhattanThis is a slow time for Broadway, hence three shows  closing recently and several more posting closings. If money  isn’t being made during the Christmas season, less will be made during the  cold iffy-weather months of  January and February.

So, let’s see what the Spring (and into the fall) has to offer before the hot shows sell out.

First, Al Pacino returns to Broadway in David Mamet’s new “China Doll,” a two-character play about billionaire Mickey Ross, who buys a new airplane for his young fiancée as he prepares to go into semi retirement, according to Playbill.com.
It marks his 12th Broadway appearance. (Quick apology to Gina Marie at the fabulous La Cashina restaurant in Marlboro, NJ. Tonight, while celebrating a birthday with fabulous, delicious, freshly prepared Italian food and way too much personal service, I told her it was Robert DeNiro who was doing the role. He has done but one Broadway show. Maybe he should do more. But having seen Pacino’s Shylock ( 2011 ) and Shelly Levene (2012), I can attest he is equally as dynamic on stage as on screen.

Kelli O’Hara and  Ken Watanabe in “The King and I.” Kelli O’Hara in anything will be great. Rodgers & Hammerstein are great. “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Something Wonderful,” “I Have Dreamed” are great. Movie-moment great is the  “Shall We Dance?” moment with Deborah Kerr, in her golden dress, as Yul Brenner takes her in his arms and dances with her like the English do. Well, it takes one’s breathe away.

Very much looking forward to “Wolf Hall, Parts One and Two,” which centers on the court of Henry VIII and comes to us from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Truly one of the most anticipated theatrical events of the season. Can. Not. Wait. It’s only here for 15 weeks and I predict it will sell out quickly.

I am also eager to see Christian Borle and  Brian D’Arcy James back on a Broadway stage as brothers in the 1590s who are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Shakespeare. A local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to write the world’s very first musical. Yeah, I know, but it’s got great stage actors and a cool, original idea.

And Chita Rivera, 82, joins Roger Rees in a musical version of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play “The Visit” with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Terrence McNally. Definitely a must-see.

Other heads-up on performers we love …

— Kristin Chenoweth, in “On the Twentieth Century” with the most perfect stage actor Mark Linn-Baker.

— Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in “The King and I”

— Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammar and Carolee Carmello in “Finding Neverland” directed by the brilliant Diane Paulus whose “The Donkey Show,” a disco adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which ran off-Broadway from 1999 to 2005 was absolutely brilliant and one of the best theatrical nights I’ve ever experienced. She can be counted on to put the magic in this show.

— Danny Burstein is phenomenal no matter what he does and apparently he’s doing  Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” I’m there. Though it looks like I’ll have to wait until the fall for that revival.

—  Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan in “Skylight” is a master class in stage acting. Nighy, because he’s bombastic, but real, and Mulligan because she is so still and calm, and real. Marvelous performances.

The Jersey influence

Among the openings are “Honeymoon in Vegas” which was billed as on out-of-town tryout while at the  Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn,  NJ, October 2013. Based on the movie and starring the well-known  Tony Danza (and the lesser well-know  but well-respected Nancy Opal), it features  music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. It has the makings of a Broadway hit, exotically the Las Vegas touches. The producers must think they have a hit as it opens Thursday, just in time for the much-read Friday Arts and Leisure cover of the NYTimes.

There’s a reason why some musicals aren’t revived as often as, say, “Carousel,” and that usually because of expense or quality. The 1953 “Can-Can” has only been revived on Broadway once since its debut and rarely seen elsewhere. That’s why TV writers David Lee (“Frasier,” “Cheers”) and Joel Fields (“The Americans”) rewriting of Abe Burrows book (music and lyrics by Cole Porter) about showgirls of the Montmartre dance halls during the 1890s was promising. But the story was still flimsy and stereotype French characters were cringe-worthy at times. Leading players Kate Baldwin (“Finian’s Rainbow,” “Big Fish”) as La Mome Pistache and Jason Danieley (“The Full Monty,” “Curtains”) excelled and would be expected to return for Broadway run, although a Spring date was not yet been announced. For more on the show, click here.

On the other hand, Lee’s recent reimagining of “Camelot”  was brilliant, enjoyable and a sell out at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Eight actors, eight musicians, one set and a pared down story with all the music from the original 1963 Broadway show — including two songs that were cut — helped focus the integral story of the King Arthur-Guenevere-Lancelot love triangle, plus living a chivalrous life is really hard when the world is filled with greedy people. It’s an intimate show not suited for a large Broadway house. But it has all the hallmarks to attract Millennials, that elusive audience regional theaters crave and need. To read an interview with Britney Coleman who played Guenevere, click here.

Dylan Baker, who directed “Our Town” at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey years ago and seems to specialize in villainous characters on TV these days (“The Good Wife,” “Turks & Caicos“) and in the movies (most recently as J. Edgar Hoover in “Selma’) is playing one of Queen Elizabeth’s prime ministers in “The Audience,” which stars Helen Mirren (directed by the brilliant Stephen Daldry). I’ve seen the London  production, but worry that U.S. audiences not familiar with 20th century English history might not fully grasp the historical implications. But, it’s HELEN MIRREN!

“It Shoulda Been You,” one of the funniest and most clever plays I’ve ever seen, premiered at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick in 2011. With David Hyde Pierce again at the helm and several GSP cast members returning, including the indomitable Tyne Daly, it’s not to be missed. Sierra Boggess and David Burtka are Broadway additions.

I could go on, but the list below, from Playbill.com, is the latest update.

 

CONSTELLATIONS

 

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: December 16, 2014
  • Opening: January 13, 2015
  • Written by Nick Payne
  • Director: Michael Longhurst
  • Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson
  • One relationship. Infinite possibilities. A new play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship.
  • Premiered at London’s Royal Court in January 2012, starring Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins. It subsequently transferred to the West End for a limited run, with the same cast. This will be Jake Gyllenhaal’s Broadway debut, as well as the playwright Nick Payne’s.

 

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS

  • Theatre: Nederlander Theatre
  • First Preview: November 18, 2014
  • Opening: January 15, 2015
  • Written by Jason Robert Brown (music & lyrics), Andrew Bergman (book)
  • Director: Gary Griffin
  • Cast: Rob McClure, Tony Danza, Brynn O’Malley, David Josefsberg, Nancy Opel, Matthew Saldivar
  • Based on the classic 1992 film comedy, Honeymoon In Vegas, it tells the story of commitment-phobe Jack Singer, his not-so-patient girlfriend Betsy, and a professional gambler named Tommy Korman who hasn’t gotten over his wife’s death. It’s also the story of a Hawaiian show-tune queen, a Las Vegas icon, a guy named Foccaccia and a team of flying Elvises.
  • Broadway talk began following a celebrated run at Paper Mill Playhouse. The New York Times first reported in June that the show would take the Brooks Atkinson following the closure of “After Midnight.” The official announcement came later that month. The Paper Mill cast and creative team all return. The show later swapped theaters with “Love Letters” and will play the Nederlander.

FISH IN THE DARK

  • Theatre: Cort Theatre
  • First Preview: February 2, 2015
  • Opening: March 5, 2015
  • Written by Larry David
  • Director: Anna D. Shapiro
  • Cast: Larry David, Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Johnny Orsini, Rosie Perez, Jerry Adler, Ben Shenkman, Lewis J. Stadlen, Marylouise Burke, Jennifer Lyon
  • Inspired by the death of a friend’s father, Larry David’s play features approximately 15 characters. avid will make his Broadway debut, writing and starring in this play.

THE AUDIENCE

  • Theatre: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
  • First Preview: February 14, 2015
  • Opening: March 8, 2015
  • Written by Peter Morgan
  • Director: Stephen Daldry
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Dylan Baker, Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Elwyn, Judith Ivey, Richard McCabe, Dakin Matthews, Rod McLachlan, Rufus Wright
  • For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional — sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive.
  • Helen Mirren starred in the 2013 West End production. The Daily Mail reported that the production would transfer to Broadway in spring 2014. In July 2014 the Mail followed up with a report that the production was now aiming for spring 2015. The transfer was officially announced in August.

ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

  • Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
  • First Preview: February 12, 2015
  • Opening: March 12, 2015
  • Written by Cy Coleman (music) and Betty Comden & Adolph Green (book & lyrics)
  • Director: Scott Ellis
  • Cast: Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Gallagher, Andy Karl, Michael McGrath, Mark Linn-Baker, Mary Louise Wilson
  • A struggling Broadway producer tries to get a former lover, now a Hollywood star, to sign a contract to star in his latest (and as yet un-conceived) play as they travel on the luxury train Twentieth Century Limited from Chicago to New York.
  • Kristen Chenoweth led a Roundabout Theatre Company reading in 2011. The Los Angeles Times reported in February 2014 that a Roundabout revival was set for fall 2014, to be directed by Scott Ellis. The official announcement came in May.

THE HEIDI CHRONICLES

  • Theatre: Music Box Theatre
  • First Preview: February 23, 2015
  • Opening: March 19, 2015
  • Written by Wendy Wasserstein
  • Director: Pam MacKinnon
  • Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs, Bryce Pinkham, Tracee Chimo, Ali Ahn, Leighton Bryan, Elise Kibler, Andy Truschinski
  • Wasserstein’s 1989 drama traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing America.

THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD

  • Theatre: Marquis Theatre
  • First Preview: March 10, 2015
  • Opening: March 29, 2015
  • Written by David Farr
  • Director: Gísli Örn Garðarsson
  • Cast: TBA
  • Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In this reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. But when wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.

SKYLIGHT

  • Theatre: John Golden Theatre
  • First Preview: March 16, 2015
  • Opening: April 2, 2015
  • Written by David Hare
  • Director: Stephen Daldry
  • Cast: Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan, Matthew Beard
  • On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant ( Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship, only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.
  • Transferring to Broadway after a successful West End run in 2014.

HAND TO GOD

  • Theatre: Booth Theatre
  • First Preview: March 12, 2015
  • Opening: April 7, 2015
  • Written by Robert Askins
  • Director: Mortiz van Stuelpnagel
  • Cast: Steven Boyer, Geneva Carr, Michael Oberholtzer, Sarah Stiles, Marc Kudisch
  • The good children of Cypress, Texas are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satan’s hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young man’s puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected.
  • Producer Kevin McCollum brings this new play to Broadway following runs at Ensemble Studio Theater and MCC Theater. The MCC team returns. Some changes will be made to the script and production for Broadway.

THE KING AND I

  • Theatre: Vivian Beaumont
  • First Preview: March 12, 2015
  • Opening: April 16, 2015
  • Written by Richard Rodgers (music), Oscar Hammerstein II (book and lyrics)
  • Director: Barlett Sher
  • Cast: Kelli O’Hara, Ken Watanabe, Ruthie Ann Miles, Conrad Ricamora, Ashley Park, Edward Baker-Duly, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Murphy Guyer, Jakes Lucas, Paul Nakauchi, Marc Oka
  • In 1860s Siam, Anna, a British schoolteacher, is hired as part of King Mongkut’s drive to modernize his country.
  • President and CEO of Rodgers and Hammerstein Ted Chapin confirmed this long-rumored Lincoln Center revival at an event on April 7th 2014, saying it was set for 2015. Lincoln Center announced the production in June.

FINDING NEVERLAND

  • Theatre: Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
  • First Preview: March 15, 2015
  • Opening: April 15, 2015
  • Written by James Graham (book), Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy (music & lyrics), Allan Knee (original play)
  • Director: Diane Paulus
  • Cast: Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelley, Kelsey Grammer, Carolee Carmello
  • J.M. Barrie’s last play was an abysmal failure and his career is threatened by crippling writers block. But then a chance meeting in a London park with a woman and her spirited young boys provides just the inspiration he needs.
  • After an unsuccessful London premiere, producer Harvey Weinstein replaced the entire creative team. A new version was workshopped (starring Matthew Morrison) in March, then premiered at Boston’s American Repertory Theatre (starring Jeremy Jordan) July – September 2014. Weinstein will bring the show to Broadway in March 2015, taking the Lunt-Fontanne.

WOLF HALL, PARTS ONE & TWO

    • Theatre: Winter Garden Theatre
    • First Preview: March 20, 2015
    • Opening: April 9, 2015
    • Written by Hilary Mantel (novels), Mike Poulton (adaptation)
    • Director: Jeremy Herrin
    • Cast: Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard, Nathaniel Parker
    • A stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Through the eyes and ears of Thomas Cromwell, the power, passion and politics surrounding Henry VIII’s relationship with Anne Boleyn are brought to life as two plays.
    • Transferred successfully to the West End after originating at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and continue to run in repertory through October 4th. It was first reported in early September that producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel hoped to bring the double-bill to Broadway. A spring start at the Winter Garden was confirmed later that month.
Tyne Daly (left) and Harriet Harris in the George Street Playhouse production of "It Shoulda Been You." Both will star in the Broadway production directed by David Hyde Pierce beginning March 17.
Tyne Daly (left) and Harriet Harris in the George Street Playhouse production of “It Shoulda Been You.” Both will star in the Broadway production directed by David Hyde Pierce beginning March 17.

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU

    • Theatre: Brooks Atkinson Theatre
    • First Preview: March 17, 2015
    • Opening: April 14, 2015
    • Written by Barbara Anselmi (music), Brian Hargrove (book & lyrics)
    • Director: David Hyde Pierce
    • Cast: Tyne Daley, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, Lisa Howard, David Burtka, Edward Hibbert, Steve Rosen, Chip Zien, Montego Glover, Josh Grisetti
    • The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature, his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride!”
    • David Hyde Pierce’s production premiered at George Street Playhouse in 2011. Much of the George Street cast returns for the Broadway run, including Tyne Daly. Sierra Boggess and David Burtka are Broadway additions.

FUN HOME

  • Theatre: Circle in the Square
  • First Preview: March 27, 2015
  • Opening: April 19, 2015
  • Written by Lisa Kron (book), Jeanine Tesori (music & lyrics), Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)
  • Director: Sam Gold
  • Cast: Michael Ceveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone, Emily Skeggs, Joel Perez, Robert Colindrez, Zell Morrow, Oscar Williams
  • When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.
  • As reported in The New York Times in May 2014, a Broadway move for Fun Home was in the works since its successful Public Theater run. Producers had opted against a 2014 premiere due to the tight time frame and lack of available theaters. A spring 2015 arrival at Circle in the Square was made official in August 2014.

LIVING ON LOVE

  • Theatre: Longacre Theatre
  • First Preview: April 1, 2015
  • Opening: April 20, 2015
  • Written by Joe DiPietro
  • Director: Kathleen Marshall
  • Cast: Renée Fleming
  • When celebrated diva Raquel De Angelis’ husband Vito becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography, Raquel retaliates by hiring her own handsome, young scribe to chronicle her life as an opera star.
  • Kathleen Marshall’s production was first produced and presented in July 2014 by the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO

  • Theatre: The Broadway Theatre
  • First Preview: March 27, 2015
  • Opening: April 21, 2015
  • Written by Lucy Simon (music), Michael Korie & Amy Powers (lyrics), Michael Weller (book), Boris Pasternak (novel)
  • Director: Des McAnuff
  • Cast: Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Paul Nolan
  • A young physician and his beautiful mistress get swept up in the danger and drama of the Bolshevik Revolution in this epic musical based on the classic novel by Nobel Prize author Boris Pasternak.
  • Premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in 2006 to a mixed response. It has since played limited runs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Korea. The show will undergo significant changes before opening on Broadway. Broadway World reported in September 2014 that a revised version was aiming to take the Broadway Theatre in early 2015, news then confirmed by The New York Times.

SOMETHING ROTTEN!

  • Theatre: St. James Theatre
  • First Preview: March 23, 2015
  • Opening: April 22, 2015
  • Written by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatric (music & lyrics), Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell (book)
  • Director: Casey Nicholaw
  • Cast: Christian Borle, Brian D’Arcy James
  • It’s the 1590s, and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as ‘The Bard.’ When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.
  • Producer Kevin McCollum is shepherding this comedy, which was first announced to have its world premiere at 5th Avenue Theatre April – May 2015. A private industry reading in October 2014 starred Christian Borle, Brian D’Arcy James, Beth Leavel and Brad Oscar. After the premature closing of Side Show, producers scuttled the 5th Avenue premiere and announced the show would take the St. James in March 2015.

AIRLINE HIGHWAY

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: April 1, 2015
  • Opening: April 23, 2015
  • Written by Lisa D’Amour
  • Director: Joe Mantello
  • Cast: TBA
  • In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans’ infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers, and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects.
  • Runs December 2014 – February 2015 at Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre before coming to Broadway.

THE VISIT

  • Theatre: Lyceum Theatre
  • First Preview: March 26, 2015
  • Opening: April 23, 2015
  • Written by John Kander (music), Fred Ebb (lyrics), Terrence McNally (book), Friedrich Dürrenmatt (original play)
  • Director: John Doyle
  • Cast: Chita Rivera, Roger Rees
  • Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price.
  • John Doyle’s production premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival in summer 2014. Producer Tom Kirdahy confirmed to Michael Riedel in early December that the production would transfer to Broadway in spring 2015 at a Shubert theater to be confirmed. Chita Rivera will star, in her final appearance on Broadway, and alongside Roger Rees. The show was confirmed for the Lyceum in January 2015 following the closing of “Disgraced.”

Early look at some fall shows

FOOL FOR LOVE

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: September 15, 2015
  • Opening: October 8, 2015
  • Written by Sam Shepard
  • Director: Daniel Aukin
  • Cast: Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell
  • Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Daniel Aukin’s production premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

THÉRÈSE RAQUIN

  • Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
  • First Preview: October 1, 2015
  • Opening: October 29, 2015
  • Written by Helen Edmundson
  • Director: Evan Cabnet
  • Cast: Keira Knightley
  • In this tale of love, lust, betrayal, and guilt, Thérèse (Knightley) has made peace with her loveless marriage to a weak man when her world is turned upside down by Laurent walking through the door. Unable to ignore their passion, the pair sets off on a violent path that may have far worse consequences for the perpetrators than for the victims.

ON YOUR FEET!

  • Theatre: Marquis Theatre
  • First Preview: October 5, 2015
  • Opening: November 5, 2015
  • Written by Gloria Estefan (music), Alexander Dinelaris (book)
  • Director: Jerry Mitchell
  • Cast: TBA
  • The story of two people who — through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream — showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom.
  • Gloria and Emilio Estefan (Estefan Enterprises) are partnering with The Nederlander Organization and producer Bernie Yuman. Mitchell and the further creative team came on board in May 2014. After a try-out run in Chicago in summer 2015, the show comes to Broadway in October at the Marquis Theatre.

CHINA DOLL

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Fall 2015
  • Written by David Mamet
  • Director: Pam MacKinnon
  • Cast: Al Pacino
  • A two-character play about a billionaire, Mickey Ross (Pacino), who has just bought a new airplane for his young fiancée as he prepares to go into semiretirement. Ross in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call…
  • This new Mamet work will come to Broadway in fall 2015 at a Shubert theater to be announced. Al Pacino will star.

THE COLOR PURPLE

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Fall 2015
  • Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray (music & lyrics), Marsha Norman (book), Alice Walker (novel)
  • Director: John Doyle
  • Cast: Jennifer Hudson
  • Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple follows the inspirational Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life.
  • Producers Oprah Winfrey and Scott Sanders are planning this revival for fall 2015. John Doyle’s stripped-down production received critical acclaim in London. The New York post confirmed a fall 2015 run in January, with Jennifer Hudson signed on to star.

SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL

  • Theatre: Winter Garden Theatre
  • First Preview: November 2, 2015
  • Opening: December 6, 2015
  • Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics), Julian Fellowes (book)
  • Director: Laurence Connor
  • Cast: TBA
  • Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: November 17, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Written by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book)
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: Danny Burstein
  • The story of Fiddler – inspired by the stories of Sholom Aleichem – concerns Tevye and his daughters, who are yearning for something new even as great changes are happening in the world outside their village of Anatevka.
  • Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel confirmed in March 2014 to The New York Times that Bartlett Sher would helm this revival on Broadway in fall 2015. Danny Burstein is rumored for the role of Tevye. An October Telecharge Group Sales e-mail revealed that performances will begin Nov. 17, 2015 at a theater still to be announced.

NOISES OFF

  • Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
  • First Preview: December 17, 2015
  • Opening: January 14, 2016
  • Written by Michael Frayn
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: Andrea Martin
  • The opening night performance of the farce Nothing On is just hours away, and as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn’t be going any worse. With lines being forgotten, love triangles unraveling and sardines flying everywhere, it’s complete pandemonium. Can the cast pull their act together on the stage even if they can’t behind the scenes? Roundabout Theatre Company revives Frayn’s classic comedy.

ANNOUNCED FOR 2014-15 SEASON

AMAZING GRACE

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015
  • Written by Christopher Smith (book, music & lyrics) and Arthur Giron (book)
  • Director: Gabriel Barre
  • Cast: Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Tom Hewitt, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriet D. Foy, Laiona Michelle
  • Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, John Newton (Young) finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father – a slave trader – and embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. But a perilous voyage on the high seas will lead to a moment of self-reckoning.
  • Amazing Grace is making its premiere at the Bank of America Theatre in fall 2014 as part of Broadway in Chicago. The musical, which received mixed notices, hopes to arrive on Broadway next year, the New York Times confirmed in October 2014. Producers have already raised $10 million for the production.

BULL DURHAM

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Spring 2015
  • Written by Susan Werner (music & lyrics), Ron Shelton (book)
  • Director: Kip Fagan
  • Cast: John Behlmann, Melissa Errico, Will Swenson
  • Veteran catcher ‘Crash’ Davis (Swenson) has been brought to the Durham Bulls to prepare rookie Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Behlmann), a hot rod pitcher with a ‘million dollar arm and a five cent head,’ for the majors. With who will Annie Savoy (Errico), self-appointed high priestess and muse of the Bulls, share her wisdom, experience and bed?
  • Book writer Ron Shelton (adapting his own screenplay) has said the show hopes to transfer to Broadway in the spring of 2015 if a September world premiere run at Alliance Theatre goes well.

DAMES AT SEA

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2014
  • Written by Jim Wise (music), George Haimsohn (book & lyrics), Robin Miller (book & lyrics)
  • Director: Randy Skinner
  • Cast: TBA
  • Ruby steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show, but hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished. So Ruby and the cast, with the help of some adoring sailors, set a plan in motion to perform the show on a naval battleship. Dames at Seapremiered off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 575 performances – this would be its first-ever Broadway production.
  • Announced in August 2013 for a 2014 Broadway bow. A developmental workshop was held January 2014 featuring Laura Osnes, Rachel York, Mara Davi, John Bolton, Cary Tedder, and Danny Gardner. No updates have followed.

GIGI

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015
  • Written by Frederick Loewe (music), Alan Jay Lerner (book & lyrics), Heidi Thomas (adaptation)
  • Director: Eric Schaeffer
  • Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Howard McGillin, Victoria Clark, Dee Hoty, Corey Cott, Steffanie Leigh
  • A young French girl being groomed for the life of a courtesan attracts the attention of an older playboy whom she had always considered a friend, in Lerner and Loewe’s stage adaptation of their 1958 film musical, based on Colette’s novel. This production is a re-envisioned adaptation by Heidi Thomas.
  • Schaeffer’s production will premiere at the Kennedy Center in January 2015. It is aiming for a Broadway bow later in 2015.
  • Check back for future updates
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