What’s coming up next season on Broadway

Brights lights of BroadwayThe Broadway theater community is celebrating its 2014-’15 season tonight by awarding coveted Tony Awards. But producers aren’t letting grass grow under their feet with.

Two full-page ads are in the NYTimes Sunday Arts&Leisure  section   (June 7) promoting David Mamet’s new play “China Doll” starring Al Pacino and a revival of “Fiddler on the Roof” from the “creative team of ‘South Pacific’ and ‘The King and I.'” (Does that mean Kelli O’Hara is playing Golda? Please, no.)  The remarkable Danny Burstein is said to be playing Teyve. Please, yes.

“China Doll,” a two-hander also featuring Fran Kranz, is directed by   Pam MacKinnon. According to the Page 3 ad and is a “strictly limited engagement — 14 weeks only.” Pacino plays  a rich guy who buys an new airplane for his young fiancée as he prepares to go into semiretirement. Then he gets a phone call …

The  “Fiddler” revival will be directed by Bartlett Sher. Previews begin Nov. 17, opening night Dec. 17. It will be Broadway’s sixth production of the musical based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem with music by Jerry Bock (music), lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein.

Playbill.com does a terrific job keeping their site up to date on shows heading toward the Great White Way. Click here to the latest info.

Here’s the current list of scheduled shows:

AMAZING GRACE

  • Theatre: Nederlander Theatre
  • First Preview: June 25, 2015
  • Opening: July 16, 2015
  • Written by Arthur Giron (book), Arthur Giron and Christopher Smith (music & lyrics)
  • Director: Gabriel Barre
  • Cast: Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Tom Hewitt
  • A world-premiere musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A tale of romance, rebellion and redemption that follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change.

PENN AND TELLER

  • Theatre: Marquis Theatre
  • First Preview: July 7, 2015
  • Opening: July 12, 2015
  • Written by Penn Jillette and Teller
  • Cast: Penn Jillette and Teller
  • The New Vaudeville magicians present a combination of stage magic from their Las Vegas show and classics from their repertoire.
Lin-Manuel Miranda creates an ambitious musical portrait with "Hamilton." (Photo/ Joan Marcus)
Lin-Manuel Miranda creates an ambitious musical portrait with “Hamilton.” (Photo/ Joan Marcus)

HAMILTON

  • Theatre: Richard Rodgers Theatre
  • First Preview: July 13, 2015
  • Opening: August 6, 2015
  • Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Director: Thomas Kail
  • Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo
  • From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind.
  • Premiered at The Public Theater with the support of Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, and Jill Furman. Ahead of its off-Broadway premiere, there had been buzz of a possible Broadway future for the show. The New York Post reported in February 2015 that a quick transfer in time for the Tonys was quietly in the works. Later that month the team instead announced a post-Tonys Broadway start in July at the Rodgers.

OLD TIMES

  • Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
  • First Preview: September 17, 2015
  • Opening: October 6, 2015
  • Written by Harold Pinter
  • Director: Douglas Hodge
  • Cast: Clive Owen, Eve Best, Kelly Reilly
  • Deeley is quite looking forward to meeting Anna, his wife Kate’s friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power.

FOOL FOR LOVE

Sam Shepard returns to Broadway next season with "Fool for Love."
Sam Shepard returns to Broadway next season with “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.

THE GIN GAME

  • Theatre: Golden Theatre
  • First Preview: Sept. 21, 2015
  • Opening: Oct. 13, 2015
  • Written by D.L. Coburn
  • Director: Leonard Foglia
  • Cast: James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson
  • An elderly couple at a nursing home play an increasingly tense series of gin rummy games as they expose truths about their failures, disappointments and insecurities.

DAMES AT SEA

  • Theatre: Helen Hayes Theatre
  • First Preview: September 24, 2015
  • Opening: October 22, 2015
  • 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.
  • 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. A Hayes bow was announced June 2015 following Second Stage’s purchase of the theater. The show is a rental and not a Second Stage production.

SYLVIA

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: September 25, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Written by A.R. Gurney
  • Director: Daniel Sullivan
  • Cast: Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White, Robert Sella
  • A man adopts a sweet little puppy, Sylvia, only to find that she soon drives a wedge between him and his wife. How can he balance the two females in his life? A revival of Gurney’s 1995 comedy.
New mom Keira Knightley is scheduled to be in "Therese Raquin." (Wikipedia)
New mom Keira Knightley is scheduled to be in “Therese Raquin.” (Wikipedia)

THÉRÈSE RAQUIN

  • Theatre: Studio 54
  • 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.

KING CHARLES III

  • Theatre: Music Box
  • First Preview: October 10, 2015
  • Opening: November 1, 2015
  • Written by Mike Bartlett
  • Director: Rupert Goold
  • Cast: Tim Pigott-Smith, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Miles Richardson, Tom Robertson, Sally Scott, Tafline Steen, Lydia Wilson
  • The play imagines a future when Britain’s Prince Charles takes over the monarchy from his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
  • After receiving its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theater, King Charles III transferred to the West End, where it played an extended run through Jan. 31, 2015 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play.

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: Ana Villafañe, Josh Segarra
  • 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.
George Takei will be making his Broadway debut next season. About time.
George Takei will be making his Broadway debut next season. About time.

ALLEGIANCE

  • Theatre: Longacre Theatre
  • First Preview: October 6, 2015
  • Opening: November 8, 2015
  • Written by Jay Kuo (book, music & lyrics), Lorenzo Thione (book), Marc Acito (book)
  • Director: Stafford Arima
  • Cast: George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura, Greg Watanabe
  • An epic story of love, war and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II, following the story of the Kimura family in the weeks and years following Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming.
  • Premiered at The Old Globe in San Diego 2012. An NYC industry reading was held May 2013, towards a planned spring 2014 opening. Producers continued to seek an available theater before securing one in February 2015, when they announced an October start at a Shubert theater to be announced (soon confirmed as the Longacre).

CHINA DOLL

  • Theatre: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
  • First Preview: October 20, 2015
  • Opening: November 19, 2015
  • Written by David Mamet
  • Director: Pam MacKinnon
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Fran Kranz
  • 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…

MISERY

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Fall 2015
  • Written by William Goldman (adaptation), Stephen King (novel)
  • Director: Will Frears
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Elizabeth Marvel
  • Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis) is rescued from a car crash by his ‘Number One Fan,’ Annie Wilkes (Marvel), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. As Annie forces Paul to rewrite his newest novel, he realizes she has no intention of letting him go anywhere.
  • The limited engagement will arrive on Broadway in fall 2015. The theater and timeline are still to be announced.

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: Alex Brightman
  • Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (Brightman) 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.
Jennifer Hudson will be in this musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker.
Jennifer Hudson will be in this musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker.

THE COLOR PURPLE

  • Theatre: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
  • First Preview: November 9, 2015
  • Opening: December 10, 2015
  • Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray (music & lyrics), Marsha Norman (book), Alice Walker (novel)
  • Director: John Doyle
  • Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks
  • 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’ plans for a fall 2015 revival were reported in 2014. John Doyle’s stripped-down production received critical acclaim in London. The New York post confirmed a fall 2015 run in January, with Hudson signed on to star as Shug Avery. Original London star Erivo joined Hudson and a November start at the Jacobs was confirmed in March 2015.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

  • Theatre: Broadway Theatre
  • First Preview: November 17, 2015
  • Opening: December 17, 2016
  • 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.
If possible, get a seat up close to see just how great a stage actor Kinda Lavin is. It's all in the details, especially on her face.
If possible, get a seat up close to see just how great a stage actor Kinda Lavin is. It’s all in the details, especially on her face.

OUR MOTHER’S BRIEF AFFAIR

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: December 28, 2015
  • Opening: January 20, 2016
  • Written by Richard Greenberg
  • Director: Lynne Meadow
  • Cast: Linda Lavin
  • On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Linda Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015
  • Written by Carol Hill (music & lyrics), Peter Masterson and Larry L. King (book)
  • Director: Rob Ashford
  • Cast: TBA
  • Whorehouse recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the best pleasure palaces in all of Texas…that is until the crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe focuses his cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.
  • Jerry Frankel and Jeffrey Richards will produce this revival, to be directed and coreographed by Rob Ashford. It is aiming for a Broadway bow in 2015.

AMERICAN PSYCHO

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: February 2016
  • Opening: March 2016
  • Written by Duncan Sheik (music & lyrics), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (book)
  • Director: Rupert Goold
  • Cast: Benjamin Walker
  • Patrick Bateman’s days are driven by his obsessive and over-the-top materialism; by night, his mask of sanity slips away as he descends into a chilling indulgence in drugs, prostitution and murder.
  • Made its world premiere in London at the Almeida Theatre January 2014, starring Matt Smith. Was announced to return off-Broadway, with some revisions and an all-new cast. Benjamin Walker, who led the show’s initial workshops, was expected to play Bateman. That Second Stage bow was ultimately canceled when commercial producers Act 4 Entertainment pulled the rights. Act 4 is partnering with Jeffrey Richards to instead bring the show directly to Broadway. Following a January 2015 workshop, audition notices confirmed a mid-February 2016 Broadway arrival was targeted.

SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED

  • Theatre: Music Box Theatre
  • First Preview: March 14, 2016
  • Opening: April 21, 2016
  • Written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle (music), George C. Wolfe (book)
  • Director: George C. Wolfe
  • Cast: Audra McDonald
  • A backstage musical about the events that led to the creation of the groundbreaking Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle musical “Shuffle Along.”

TUCK EVERLASTING

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: March 19, 2016
  • Opening: April 17, 2016
  • Written by Nathan Tysen (lyrics), Chris Miller (music), Claudia Shear (book)
  • Director: Casey Nicholaw
  • Cast: TBA
  • Good girl Winnie Foster’s world has been safely contained behind the picket fence that surrounds the house she shares with her mother and grandmother. Yearning to break free, Winnie runs deep into the woods behind their house where she discovers the Tuck family and the secret they’ve been keeping.
  • Broadway plans for the 2013-14 season were canceled, as was an out-of-town tryout. Instead the show premiered at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater January 2015. A Spring 2016 Broadway production was confirmed May 13, 2015, at a Shubert theater to be announced.

FALSETTOS

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Spring 2016
  • Written by William Finn (music & lyrics), James Lapine (book)
  • Director: James Lapine
  • Cast: TBA
  • As Marvin struggles to create a ‘tight knit family’ out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist, and his neighbors) amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man.
  • Producer Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, announced plans for this revival in February 2015. Casting is underway.

SHE LOVES ME

  • Theatre: Studio 54
  • Target Opening: Spring 2016
  • Written by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (book)
  • Director: Scott Ellis
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Laura Benanti
  • Georg (Radnor) and Amalia (Benanti) are two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other.
  • Josh Radnor appeared in a Roundabout gala reading of She Loves Me in 2011. Laura Benanti joins him for this limited Broadway engagement.

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015-16 Season
  • Written by Mark Medoff
  • Director: Kenny Leon
  • Cast: TBA
  • The story of James Leeds, a new teacher at a school for the deaf, and Sarah Norman, the school’s one-time star student who has stayed behind as its cleaning woman rather than venturing out into the hearing world.
  • Premiered on Broadway in 1980. It ran for more than two years and won the Tony award for Best Play. Hal Luftig will produce this revival, which is aiming for the 2015-16 season.

GOTTA DANCE

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Spring 2016
  • Written by Matthew Sklar & Marvin Hamlisch (music), Nell Benjamin (lyrics), Chad Beguelin & Bob Martin (book)
  • Director: Jerry Mitchell
  • Cast: TBA
  • In 2007, a group of expert dancers was tasked with getting professional basketball’s first ever senior citizen dance team performance-ready. The venue? Center court. The genre? Hip-hop. Over the coming months, bonds would be formed, generation gaps would be crossed, and, eventually, some pretty hot moves would be busted.
  • Producers Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke announced Feb 2015 that Gotta Dance, based on the 2008 documentary of the same name, would make its world premiere Dec – Jan at Broadway In Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Producers hope Broadway will follow in spring 2016.

THE WIZ

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017 Season
  • Written by Charlie Smalls (music & lyrics), Luther Vandross (additional songs), William F. Brown (book), Harvey Fierstein (revised book)
  • Director: Kenny Leon
  • Cast: TBA
  • Dorothy, a young woman from Kansas, is swept up in a tornado and relocated to a fantasy world that is inhabited by munchkins, witches and flying monkeys. She eventually takes a path down a yellow brick road to find a wizard who can help her go home and along the way meets a scarecrow, tin man and cowardly lion, who all learn to help one another.
  • Announced March 2015 as NBC’s next live television musical event to be broadcast December 2015; co-producer Cirque de Soleil also plans to take the production to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season.

GROUNDHOG DAY

  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Jan. 9, 2017
  • Written by Tim Minchin (music & lyrics), Danny Rubin (book)
  • Director: Matthew Marchus
  • Cast: TBA
  • Like the 1993 film of the same title, on which it is based, the musical tells the story of a snarky TV journalist sent to cover Groundhog Day festivities in Punxatawney, PA, but finds himself in a “Twilight Zone”-like quandary, forced to live the day over and over again until he learns the errors of his ways and gets the day “right.”
  • In development since 2012. This new work from the team behind Matilda will make its world premiere at London’s Old Vic in 2016, followed by Broadway in January 2017.

 

 

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