June 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm #431279
Somebody had to start this one. Use this thread to discuss any Broadway show you see this season or to discuss next year’s Tony Awards.
Early reviews for Jim Parsons in Harvey are strong…June 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm #431281
Should see Harvey soon.. Jessica Hecht’s reviews seem equally as strong (Lead) with possibly Carol Kane in Featured.June 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm #431282
I saw Harvey last week and Jim Parsons is the best, Jessica Hecht and Charles Kimbrough are also funnyJune 19, 2012 at 5:27 am #431283
I love HARVEY and hope that this production can stay on voters minds til next year!
As for the musicals, I have a feeling this season should be A LOT better than this past one. One revival I am intrigued about is “Annie” mainly because it is being directed by James Lapine, who is a strange choice for that show but he is normally my favorite musical theatre director. “Bring it On” doesn’t look promising but I’d be interested to see how “Chaplin” turns out. I’d be intrigued by “Rebecca” but I keep hearing mixed reviews….plus, I am sad Sierra Boggess is no longer attached (though Howard McGillin is still attached and that is still good enough for me). I know they are planning on reviving “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” with Chita Rivera, whom I adore and I am SO excited to see her, but if she is going to be Edwin Drood, I don’t know if I see her in the role. I am questionable about what will happen with “Diner” and if “Big Fish” gets off the ground. I am also very excited for MATILDA to come to Broadway, but very mixed on “Cinderella”. The original R&H version I thoroughly despise, but since they are rewriting it and adding some new songs, that intrigues me (though not intensely) but that cast: Laura Osnes, Harriet Harris, AND Victoria Clark!!!! Wow!!
There are a lot of exciting plays with Al Pacino in “Glengarry Glen Ross” or Douglas Hodge coming back to Broadway in “Cyrano”. Plus, Patti LuPone and Debra Winger(!) in a David Mamet play? I’m there! My favorite play is getting revived: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?….and with Amy Morton and Tracy Letts, at that!!
I am supposed to move to NYC in late September or no later than early November and I feel like a lot of great things will be waiting for me there!July 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm #431284
Any news?July 10, 2012 at 8:23 am #431285
The most recent news I have heard is that Stephanie J. Block will be playing Drood in the “Edwin Drood” revival which will be AMAZING!! I am so glad she got the role because I cannot wait to hear her belt out the show’s underrated finale ‘The Writing on the Wall’. Plus, with Chita Rivera attached and the show being one of my favorites is enough in itself.
Also, Judith Ivey was announced to join Jessica Chastain and David Straithairn in the new revival of “The Heiress”. Talk about a stellar lineup and I love the play.
Sounds like a much more exciting year ahead for Broadway!!July 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm #431286July 18, 2012 at 12:43 am #431287
Really? REALLY? They couldn’t have thought up a better name than MOTOWN THE MUSICAL??? Pathetic.July 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm #431288
Saw the off-Broadway production of ‘Dogfight’ today. I don’t see how it’s not going to make the transfer over. It’s just a matter of this season or next. And when it does, with a minor ending retooling, this show is gonna get major awards traction.July 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm #431289
In case you guys didn’t know yet, Drood is being revived this Fall with Will Chase and Stephanie J. Block. If the show ends up being great, then the revival could sweep the Tonys just like the original production did. And maybe Stephanie will FINALLY be recognized.August 6, 2012 at 10:07 am #431290
I know Aladdin will be making the transfer over soon.September 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm #431291
(opened August 1st — closes January 20th)
Two squads, one mission: claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of extreme competition.
(opened September 10th)
From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, Chaplin depicts the life of the silent film legend the world couldn’t stop talking about – Charlie Chaplin.
Diner (opens April 10th)
Hands on a Hardbody (opens March 21)
Kinky Boots (opens April 4th)
Matilda the Musical (opens April 13th)
Motown: The Musical (opens April 14th)
Rebecca (opens TBD?) — might not happen
(opened November 15th)
Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson is a musical based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson, the world’s first media superstar evangelist whose passion for saving souls equaled her passion for making headlines.
Revival of a Musical:
(opened November 8th)
A spunky orphan girl finds a home with a New York millionaire during the Depression, but must dodge the clutches of her evil orphanage mistress, in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan’s musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip.
Cinderella (opens February 21st) — might be considered a new musical?
Jekyll & Hyde (opens April TBD)
(opened November 13th)
In the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’s last, unfinished novel, the audience gets to decide who murdered the mysterious orphan Edwin Drood, with the musical presented in the style of a Victorian music hall, with a master of ceremonies, a woman playing Drood and other conventions of the period.
(opened September 27th)
When Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, he expects to be hailed as a hero. But since the baths are the town’s main source of revenue, the community fights to silence him — and Dr. Stockmann learns there are forces more powerful than truth.
Ann (opens March 7)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (opens February TBD)
Dead Accounts (opens November 29th)
(opened October 4th)
Grace follows a wide-eyed young couple as they start a new life in sunny, promise-filled Florida, with big plans to open a chain of Gospel motels. An agitated neighbor and a caustic exterminator complete the eclectic foursome as destinies collide in Craig Wright’s play.
Lucky Guy (opens April 1st)
The Anarchist (opens December 2nd)
The Assembled Parties (opens April 17th)
The Other Place (opens January 10th)
(opened November 14th — closes November 18th)
Set at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas, The Performers concerns Chuck Wood, the hardest-working man in the porn business, who manages to get entangled in the romantic problems of two young couples.
Revival of a Play:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (opens January 17th)
(opened October 11th)
Cyrano is a poet, philosopher and swordsman of incredible wit, but his sizable nose renders him too shy to pursue the beautiful Roxane. Instead, he provides the poetry and eloquence to woo her vicariously through his inarticulate friend Christian.
(opened November 11th)
A group of Chicago real-estate salesman battle ruthlessly for the big deal in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Golden Boy (opens December 6th)
(opened June 14th — closed August 5th)
A harmless, alcoholic middle-aged man drives his sister crazy by insisting that his friendship with an invisible white rabbit is real, in Mary Chase’s comic fantasy.
Picnic (opens January 13th)
The Big Knife (opens March 22nd)
(opened November 1st)
Plain Catherine Sloper, who lives a spinster’s life with her unloving father and eccentric aunt, is courted by the dashing Morris Townsend, seemingly for love and not for money, in this adaptation of the Henry James novel Washington Square.
(opened October 13th)
Edward Albee won the Tony Award for his first major play, in which a college professor and his wife invite a younger academic and his wife over for drinks after a late-night party, leading to an evening of sadistic games, attempted seductions and shattering revelations.September 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm #431292
I’ve got high hopes for “The Performers,” particularly with Cheyenne Jackson in a juicy role. Would love to see him finally get some Tony love.October 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm #431293
Tom Hanks to make his Broadway debut next year
By MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press – 44 mins ago
Associated Press/Starpix, Marion Curtis, file – FILE – This Sept. 8, 2012 file image released by Stapix shows actor Tom Hanks at the premiere of “Cloud Atlas,” at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. Hanks will play a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist when he makes his debut on Broadway in the spring. Producers of Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy” announced Thursday that Hanks will play Mike McAlary in the stage biography. Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, had been in negotiations for the role when Ephron died this summer. Previews begin March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre and an opening night is set for April 1. (AP Photo/Starpix, Marion Curtis, file)
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks will play a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist when he makes his debut on Broadway in the spring.
Producers of Nora Ephron‘s play “Lucky Guy” announced Thursday that Hanks will play Mike McAlary in the stage biography. Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, had been in negotiations for the role when Ephron died this summer.
Previews begin March 1 at the Broadhurst Theatre and an opening night is set for April 1.
McAlary, the city’s one-time dominant tabloid reporter, got the first interview with Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was sodomized and beaten by white police officers at a station house in 1997. McAlary would win the Pulitzer Prize the next year but would die of cancer a few months later at age 41.
The director of “Lucky Guy” will be George C. Wolfe.
In June, lead producer Colin Callender said his team could “think of no more fitting tribute to her extraordinary writing and remarkable body of work” than to proceed with plans to produce Ephron’s play.
Hanks is the star of such films as “Splash,” ”Forrest Gump,” ”Philadelphia,” ”Sleepless in Seattle,” ”Apollo 13″ and “Saving Private Ryan.”
Ephron, who died June 26 at age 71, gained recognition as the writer of films such as “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” which starred Hanks.
McAlary, who worked at both the New York Daily News and The New York Post, has already been the subject of a play — Dan Klores’ “The Wood,” which opened off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre last year. He was said to be the inspiration for the character played by Randy Quaid in Ron Howard’s “The Paper.”