Another Broadway season is upon us, and the Great White Way is rolling out an impressive line-up of shows to keep both domestic and foreign theater lovers and tourists entertained, and to keep ticket sales buzzing.
Unfortunately, due to jitters about the economy, there are several postponements or cancellations: “For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf,” a revival of Ntozake Shange’s work, “Angels,” “Godspell,” a revival of “Brigadoon” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
The following list is of new productions for this season that have previewed, or are scheduled to begin previews, in chronological order:
• July 5 at the Lyceum Theatre was:
[title of show], directed by Michael Berresse. It is a musical by Bowen and Bell, a romp about the creation of a Broadway show.
• August 19 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre was:
“A Tale of Two Cities,” a musical based on the classic Charles Dickens novel. Directed by Warren Carlyle, Opening night is scheduled for September 18.
• September 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre for previews:
Equus, directed by Thea Sharrock. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will make his debut in this drama. Opening Night is scheduled for September 25.
• September 11 at the Biltmore Theatre for previews:
To Be or Not To Be, directed by Casey Nicholaw. A comedy about a troupe of
German actors bamboozling the Nazis. Opening night scheduled for October 2.
• September 12 at the American Airlines Theatre for previews:
“A Man for All Seasons,” this drama by Robert Bolt will be directed by Doug Hughes and stars Frank Langella. Opening night is scheduled for October 7.
• September 16 at the Walter Kerr Theatre for previews:
“The Seagull,” by Christopher Hampton, a drama adapted from the classic novel by Anton Chekov. Directed by Ian Rickson. Opening night is scheduled for October 1.
• September 16 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for previews:
“13,” directed by Jeremy Sams. A story about a boy who must negotiate a rough transition when he moves from New York to a small town in Indiana. Opening night is scheduled for Oct. 5.
• October 10 at the Imperial Theatre for previews:
Billy Elliott, directed by Stephen Daldry. About a boy who loves to dance, over the objections of his tough father in a tough era in northern England. Opening night scheduled for November 17. This production took London by storm and was received enthusiastically in Australia.
• September 18 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for previews:
“All My Sons,” directed by Simon McBurney. A post WW II drama by Arthur Miller starring John Lithgow, and featuring Katie Holmes. Opening night scheduled for Oct. 16.
• October 3 at the Belasco Theatre for previews:
“Speed-The-Plow,” a Hollywood satire by David Mamet. Directed by Neil Pepe. Opening night is scheduled for October 23.
• October 23 at the Booth Theatre for previews:
“Dividing the Estate,” by Horton Foote, directed by Michael Wilson. It’s a comedy-drama set in Texas. Opening night is scheduled for November 20.
• October 31 at the Belasco Theatre for previews:
“American Buffalo,” by David Mamet, starring John Leguizamo and Cedric the Entertainer. Opening Night is scheduled for November 17.
• November 8 at the Broadway Theatre for previews:
Shrek, directed by Jason Moore. This represents DreamWorks Animation’s first presence on Broadway. Opening night is scheduled for Dec. 14.
• November 11 at Studio 54 for previews:
“Pal Joey,” directed by Joe Mantello for the Roundabout Theatre Company. A Rodgers & Hart’s gem. Opening night is scheduled for December 11.
• Fall 2008, theater to be announced:
“Vanities,” about the lives of three women from the 1960s through the 1980s in Texas. Directed by Judith Ivey, book by Jack Heifner.
• November 14 at the Marquis Theatre for previews:
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, and directed by Walter Bobbie. Expect a big cast and big orchestra. Limited two-month engagement. Opening Night scheduled for November 23.
• December 2008, theater to be announced:
“The Story of My Life,” directed by Richard Maltby Jr. It is the story of a writer who must deliver a eulogy and in the process rediscovers self. Opening night to be announced for January, 2009.
• January 2, 2009 at the Biltmore Theatre for previews:
“The American Plan,” a drama set in the 1960s by Richard Greenberg, directed by David Grindley. Opening night is scheduled for January 22.
• January 6, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre for previews:
“Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen about the role of women in Victorian days. Stars Mary-Louise Parker. Opening Night is scheduled for January 25.
• February 13, 2009 for previews, theater to be announced:
“Reasons To Be Pretty,” directed by Terry Kinney. Story about a man who makes an innocent statement about a co-worker and the consequences that follow. Opening night to be announced.
• February 13, 2009 for previews, a Nederlander theatre to be announced:
“West Side Story,” directed by Arthur Laurents. Auditions will take place in D.C. in December. This gem has not been seen on Broadway for 28 years. Opening night to be announced.
• March 24, 2009 at the Marquis Theatre for previews:
“9 To 5: The Musical,” directed by Joe Mantello. Opening Night is scheduled for
April 23. Another transplant from movie to stage, the music and lyrics were
written by Dolly Parton. Although we saw her in the film, she won’t be appearing
on the stage.
• April 17, 2009 at Studio 54 for previews:
“Dancin’,” directed by Graciela Daniele. A tribute to a dancing master, Bob Fosse. Opening Night is scheduled for May 5.
• April, 2009 at the Biltmore Theatre:
“Accent on Youth” by Samuel Raphaelson. David Hyde Pierce brings his talent to this 1934 comedy.
• Spring 2009, theater and Opening Night to be announced:
Impressionism, by Michael Jacobs, a romance. Directed by Jack O’Brien and starring Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen.
• Spring 2009, at a yet-to-be-announced Shubert theater and Opening Night to be announced:
“Mary Stuart,” a revival of Friedrich Schiller’s drama, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
• Spring 2009, theater and Opening Night to be announced:
“Wishful Drinking,” a solo autobiography by Carrie Fisher.