Broadway fall season preview of plays: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

A new Broadway season is already gearing up and there are currently eight productions of plays both old and new set to open this fall. Could we be seeing any of them contend at next spring’s Tony Awards?

Below, we recap the plot of each play as well as the awards history of its author, cast and creative types and the opening and (where applicable) closing dates.

“Time and the Conways” (opening October 10; closing November 26)
In the first Broadway revival of J.B. Priestley’s 1938 play, “Time and the Conways” is set in 1919’s Britain, where Mrs. Conway is full of optimism during her daughter’s lavish 21st birthday celebration. The Great War is over, wealth is in the air, and the family’s dreams bubble over like champagne. Jump 19 years into the future, though, and the Conways’ lives have transformed unimaginably. This time-traveling play takes place at the crossroads of today and tomorrow, challenging our notions of choice, chance and destiny.

This production presented by Roundabout Theatre Company stars Oscar & Emmy nominee Elizabeth McGovern (“Ragtime”, “Downton Abbey”), Tony winner Gabriel Ebert (“Matilda”), Tony nominee Steven Boyer (“Hand to God”), screen star Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect”), Matthew James Thomas (“Pippin” [2013]) and is directed by 2017 Tony winner Rebecca Taichman (“Indecent”).

“M. Butterfly” (opening October 26; closing February 25, 2018)
In the first Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang’s 1988 Tony-winning play, “M. Butterfly” charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer. It is a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west, while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.

The original Broadway production won three Tony Awards (including Best Play). This production stars Oscar nominee Clive Owen (“Closer”), newcomer Jin Ha, and is directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor (“The Lion King”), in her first Broadway credit since being fired from “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” back in 2011.

“Junk” (opening November 2; closing January 7, 2018)
In this new play from Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony nominee Ayad Akhtar (“Disgraced”), Robert Merkin is the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker Lowell in 1985. Hailed as “America’s Alchemist”, his proclamation that “debt is an asset” has propelled him to dizzying heights. Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to re-shape the world.

This production presented by Lincoln Center Theater stars Steven Pasquale (“The Bridges of Madison County”), and is directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes (“Doubt”).

“Latin History for Morons” (opening November 15; closing February 4, 2018)
Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Tony nominee & Emmy winner John Leguizamo (“Freak”) embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 90 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

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“Meteor Shower” (opening November 29; closing January 21, 2018)
In this new play written by award-winning renaissance man Steve Martin, it’s a hot night in Ojai, California, and Corky and her husband Norm are having another couple over for dinner. But Laura and Gerald aren’t looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Eventually, the two couples find themselves in a marital freefall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky.

The production stars Emmy winner Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), Tony winner Laura Benanti (“Gypsy” [2008]), Emmy nominee Alan Tudyk (“Con Man”), and is directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks.

“The Parisian Woman” (opening November 30; closing March 11, 2018)
In this new play written by Oscar & Emmy nominee Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”, “House of Cards”), “The Parisian Woman” is set in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe, a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe’s life, and in our nation’s, when the truth isn’t obvious and stakes couldn’t be higher.

The production stars Oscar nominee Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction”), SAG nominee Josh Lucas (“A Beautiful Mind”), Tony winner Blair Brown (“Copenhagen”), screen veteran Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings”), Tony nominee Phillipa Soo (“Hamilton”), and is directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” [2013]).

“The Children” (opening December 14; closing TBA)
In this new play written by Olivier Award winner Lucy Kirkwood (“Chimerica”), a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a very quiet life in a remote cottage on the lonely British coast. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they’re shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.

The production presented by Manhattan Theatre Club stars BAFTA winner Francesca Annis (“Lillie”), Olivier nominee Ron Cook (“Juno and the Paycock”), Olivier winner Deborah Findlay (“Stanley”), and is directed by James Macdonald (MTC’s “Top Girls”).

“Farinelli & the King” (opening December 17; closing March 25, 2018)
In this new play written by Claire van Kampen, King Philippe V of Spain, plagued by insomnia, lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli—a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe?

The play had previously been performed in London’s West End back in 2015, where it earned six Olivier Award nominations (including Best New Play). The production stars van Kampen’s husband, three-time Tony & Oscar winner Mark Rylance as well as Colin Hurley, Sam Crane, Iestyn Davies, Huss Garbiya, Edward Peel, and is directed by John Dove.

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