EDITOR’S NOTES – OCTOBER ‘09
FASTEN YOUR THEATER SEATBELTS
– THE SEASON IS TAKING OFF & BROADWAY IS BLITZED WITH OPENINGS
of Broadway arrivals is as busy as later in the year when producers vie with
each other for opening in time for the Tonys (there is a pact that only one
show can open a night)
goes in order of opening nights:
A Steady Rain
testosterone duo Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman’s acting styles have been
described as “Wolverine meets the Robot” in this story about two Chicago cops
with differing accounts of an incident. Be
prepared: It’s mostly monologues.
29 Schoenfeld to 12/6 only
Set in Chicago, this drama centers on the unlikely
friendship between an ex-hippie donut-shop owner named Arthur Przybyszewski and
his brash young African-American employee, Franco Wicks, who wants to change
the decrepit shop for the better.
before his recent smash hit August: Osage County, I’ll follow Tony winning
author Tracy Letts anywhere.
Music Box theater
Wishful Drinking: Carrie Fisher, the offspring of
Eddie and Debbie Reynolds, so you can imagine, offers a glimpse into her life
of the highs and lows in her own Hollywood story, after Princess Leia, handling
her battles with addiction, depression, and mental institutions with a wry,
witty attitude. Hear it’s surprisingly
Opens Oct.4; Studio 54
through Jan 3
Jude Law as the brooding Dane in an unusual approach.
Hear its already sold out!
Opens 10/6, Broadhurst to 12/6 only
The Royal Family
The 1928 valentine to theater by George S Kaufman & Edna Ferber
features an all star cast led by Rosemary Harris. Follow a famous family
of stage stars as they go about the drama of the day: choosing scripts, dashing
off to performances, stealing kisses from handsome beaus. But what’s this business
about the youngest diva wanting to quit the stage for domestic bliss? Never, darling!
Opens 10/8 MTC Friedman Theater limited run
David Mamet’s rouser about a professor and his student (Bill Pullman
and Julia Styles) caused so much gender warfare in the audience last time it
played that they tried to balance the scales a bit in this production...not a date show, bring a friend.
Opens 10/11 John Golden
Bye Bye Birdie
In this 1960 chestnut hip-swingin’ teen idol Conrad
Birdie has been drafted into the army. But don’t
worry, girls! His manager Albert has cooked up a plan to send him off with a
swell new song and one last kiss from a lucky teenage fan...on The Ed
Sullivan Show! Probably a guilty
pleasure – take a kid for legitimacy!
Opens 10/15 Roundabout at Henry Miller
first new musical of the season about a white Disc Jockey in the ‘50’s playing black
music…and more. Fifties southern blues and rock finally get
their own (non-jukebox) musical.
Love the music!!!
Opens Oct. 19, Shubert Theatre
After Miss Julie
A new interpretation of August Strindberg's classic
drama about class and sex transposes Miss Julie to the English countryside in
1945. Sequestered in her grandmother's country house on the eve of the Labour
Party's historic landslide victory, young Miss Julie engages in a forbidden
flirtation that quickly spins into a life and death struggle for power. Sienna Miller sizzles and ex Jude Law is two
Opens 10/22 Roundabout at American Airlines
Brighton Beach Memoirs
First revival of the 1983 Neil Simon’s touching evocation of
the world of young Eugene Morris Jerome (new star Josh Grissetti), Brooklyn in
1937, and the entire Jerome family (including Laurie Metcalf).
Opens Oct. 25 Nederlander Theatre running
in rep with…
Broadway Bound… in the 1986 sequel audiences
would return to the Jerome house some 12 years and a thousand laughs later,
only to discover that while times change, family is forever.
Opens Dec. 10 Nederlander Theatre
Photo by Joan Marcus
Remounting of City Center’s Encores! production of Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg’s
1947 musical, Finian’s Rainbow, a show with an interesting take on economics
and race relations, surprisingly still pertinent. For those who missed it, a second chance. Take it!
Opens 10/29 St.
And this is only October!!! Hang on!