Broadway Fall 2012 Preview
You can look at the Broadway 2012-2013 season in terms of the movie stars that will be on the stage: Al Pacino and Katie Holmes and Debra Winger — or how about Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner all in one show?
You can judge it by the number of literary and theatrical classics (Charles Dickens, Henry James,Ibsen, Albee) and revivals – or the shows with buzz (Matilda is a big hit in London) or fresh new voices. (Those you are of course more likely to find Off-Broadway). Or look for trends and patterns: Both Clifford Odets and David Mamet are getting two plays on Broadway (and one of each is starring Bobby Cannavale!), there are THREE musicals about a young girl overcoming adversity
Or, if you’re a dedicated theatergoer, you can just comb carefully through the list below of Broadway shows scheduled so far for the 2012-2013 season, presented chronologically by opening date. The list is not final or complete, and will be updated.
Ethel Barrymore Theater
A new musical about Charlie Chaplin, born in the slums of London, who became the first international movie star
Official Website: ChaplinBroadway.com
Samuel J. Friedman Theater
First preview: September 4, 2012
Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas star in this adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play about the fight between Dr. Thomas Stockmann, who discovers toxic contamination in the water used at the local baths, and the community that fights to silence him.
Grace (Opening: October 4. Closing: December 6)
First preview: September 13
Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Ed Asner star in this new play by Craig Wright pitting a skeptic against a prayer warrior involved in a sketchy real-estate deal to convert hotels into Christian inns
Richard Rodgers Theater
Stand-up comic, political commentator and playwright Lewis Black delivers his screeds against Romney AND Obama, as well as Facebook and the weather.
This is not his Broadway debut: He appeared for one night eight years ago to make an HBO special, Black on Broadway.
American Airlines Theater
First preview: Sept. 14
A play by Edmond Rostand starring Patrick Page (the most praised aspect of Spider-Man) about Cyrano de Bergerac, witty, intelligent but big-nosed, who pines for the beautiful Roxane but is too shy to pursue her.Instead, Cyrano writes eloquent love letters to Roxane on Christian’s behalf.
First preview: Sept 27
Steppenwolf Theatre members Tracy Letts (author of August: Osage County) and Amy Morton are the dysfunctional couples in the revival of this landmark play by Edward Albee.
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway (October 19-27)
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the singing group chronicled in the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, makes its Broadway debut in this limited-run concert event.
First preview: October 7
A revival of the stage adaptation of Henry James’s novel Washington Square about a lonely heiress and the man who may or may not be a golddigger. Starring Jessica Chastain (The Help), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) and David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck)
First preview: October 3
A revival of the 1977 musical based on the newspaper character Little Orphan Annie. Directed by James Lapine, the musical will feature Kate Finneran as Miss Hannigan, and, yes, there will be an actual dog from the pound.
A return of a show first presented on Broadway in 2010 based on the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell about a Santa’s helper who travels to Manhattan to find his real father. My review of the 2010 Elf.
There will be a different cast.
Glengarry Glen Ross (November 11th)
Gerald Schoenfeld Theater
First preview: October 16
The 30th anniversary of David Mamet’s play stars Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale, about a new boss in a real estate firm, who tries to edge out some of the firm’s older salesmen by giving the better leads to the younger reps.
First preview: October 19, 2012
Who killed Edwin Drood? Practically everyone is a suspect in this rousing Tony Award-winning musical mystery. And since author Charles Dickens left the story unfinished, it’s up to the audience to decide.
First preview: October 23
Henry Winkler, Cheyenne Jackson and Alicia Silverstone star in a new play by David West Read about performers in the porn industry. Described as a romantic comedy, it focuses on two high school friends who reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas.
Neil Simon Theater
First preview: October 13
A musical with book and lyrics by TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford about the life of the world’s first media star evangelist, set in 1920′s Los Angeles.
First preview: October 30, 2012
The musical, based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel (also made into a Hitchcock movie), depicts the life of an insecure young woman who marries a wealthy widower with a terrible secret.
A musical based on the holiday movie, about a boy named Ralphie in 1940s Indiana who has one wish for Christmas — a Red Ryder BB gun. The composer-lyricist team, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, created Dogfight at Second Stages.
Dead Accounts; (November 29)
Music Box Theater
First preview: November 3
Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz star in a play by Theresa Rebeck (returning to Broadway after creating the TV show Smash) about a man who unexpectedly returns home, throwing his family into a frenzy of questions: Is he coming home or running away? Where is his wife everyone hates? And how did he get all that money?
First preview: November 13
A female prisoner, who was once part of a Weather Underground-like radical group, pleads her case for parole with the warden. A play by David Mamet starring Patti LuPone and Academy Award nominee Debra Winger in her Broadway debut.
First preview: November 8
Tony Shalhoub, Danny Burstein and Seth Numrich (Albert Narracott in War Horse) star in this 75th anniversary revival of the play by Clifford Odets, charts the swift rise of a gifted twenty-one-year-old violinist, Joe Bonaparte, who is corrupted by fame and fortune when he chooses to become a professional boxer.
The Other Place (Opens: January 10th, 2013. Closes: March 3)
Samuel J. Friedman Theater
First preview: December 11, 2012
Laurie Metcalfe reprises her Obie-winning performance in a play by Sharr White about a woman unravelling. My review of The Other Place when it was Off-Broadway.
Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella The Musical (February 21)
First preview: January 21
This new version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein television musical adds songs from the celebrated team and puts a new spin on the fairy tale: it’s Cinderella’s turn to aid the prince! Songs include “In My Own Little Corner” and “Impossible/It’s Possible.”
Kinky Boots (April 4)
Al Hirschfeld Theater
First preview: March 5
A musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein based on the movie about a conservative but failing British men’s footwear factory that enlists a drag performer named Lola to help them survive by creating a suitable and durable boot for drag queens.
Matilda (April 13)
Sam S. Shubert Theater
First preview March 4
A musical by Tim Minchin bsed on the children’s book by Roald Dahl, Matilda, an award-winning hit in London, is about a gifted child, unloved at home but supported by her teacher, who tries to rid her school of its evil headmistress.
The Assembled Parties (April 17)
Judith Light and Jessica Hecht star in a new play by Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) that tells the story of an affluent Jewish family on the Upper West Side between 1980-2000.
Shows set for Broadway but without either a theater or a specific opening date.
The Big Knife
American Airlines Theater
March 22 – June 2, 2013
In this revival of a play by Clifford Odets, Charlie Castle is a Hollywood actor longing to walk away from his studio contract when an incident from his past threatens to enslave him. Starring Bobby Cannavale and directed by Doug Hughes.
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