Broadway 2011 Fall Roundup

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16 new shows have been announced for Broadway this Fall.  Which ones will thrive and which ones will bomb? Which ones do you want to see?

Here’s a quick roundup of what they are and who’s starring in them.

Follies
Currently running at the Marquis Theatre
Sondheim’s aching classic returns, after a successful run at the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Starring: Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Paige.

Man And Boy
Opening Oct. 9, American Airlines Theatre
Roundabout Theatre Company celebrates English playwright Terrence Rattigan’s centennial with this revival, about a struggling financier who tries to reconcile with his estranged son.

Starring: Frank Langella
Directed by: Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps)

The Mountaintop
Opening Oct. 13, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
The play imagines the night before Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination when he is visited by an angel who comes in the form of a hotel maid. Written by Olivier Award winner Katori Hall, one of several female playwrights on Broadway this season.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett
Directed by: Kenny Leon (Fences and A Raisin In the Sun)

Relatively Speaking
Opening Oct. 20, Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Three one-act comedies written by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen and Elaine May explore family dysfunction (Coen), a wedding (Allen) and death (May) all with wit and humor.

Starring: Marlo Thomas, Julie Kavner and Steve Guttenberg.
Directed by:  John Turturro

Chinglish
Opening Oct. 11, Longacre Theatre
David Henry Hwang’s latest play puts an irreverent twist on a topical subject — U.S.-China relations. His comic study of an American businessman trying to adapt to Chinese customs and culture premiered at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

Starring: Gary Wilmes, Stephen Pucci, Jennifer Lim

Other Desert Cities
Opening Nov. 3, Booth Theatre
Jon Robin Baitz’s account of an established couple whose adult daughter drops a bomb during a holiday reunion ran off-Broadway to wide critical and audience acclaim last season.

Starring: Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Thomas Sadoski, Rachel Griffiths and Judith Light.

Godspell
Opening Nov. 7, Circle in the Square Theatre
More famous today for Wicked and Pippin, Stephen Schwartz’s earlier sweetly spiritual musical, with a rock-candy score, enjoys its first-ever Broadway revival.

Starring: Hunter Parrish and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.

Venus In Fur
Opening Nov. 8, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
After wowing audiences off-Broadway in Venus then again on Broadway in Born Yesterday, Nina Arianda revives her off-Broadway breakthrough role in David Ives’ play. Arianda plays Vanda, a gifted young actress eager to win a role in a new play based on the classic erotic novel, “Venus in Fur.”

Starring: Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda

Hugh Jackman, Back On Broadway
Opening Nov. 10, Broadhurst Theatre
In his first musical appearance on Broadway since The Boy From Oz, Hugh Jackman performs his sumptuous one man show with an 18 piece orchestra backing him up . The song-and-dance extravaganza, a limited engagement (through Jan. 1), follows sold-out runs in San Francisco and Toronto.

Starring: Hugh jackman

Private Lives
Opening Nov. 17, Music Box Theatre
Prior to Broadway Noel Coward’s gay divorcees will run in Toronto through Oct. 30, 2011  Kim Cattrall, will have to overcome the ghosts of Amanda’s past who include Gertrude Lawrence, Tallulah Bankhead, Maggie Smith and Elizabeth Taylor.

Starring: Kim Cattrall
Directed by: Richard Eyre 

Seminar
Opening Nov. 20, Golden Theatre
Alan Rickman plays an unorthodox professor — to Lilly Rabe and Hamish Linklater’s budding novelists — in Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy. And just announced Jerry O’Connell has joined the cast as well.

Starring: Alan Rickman, Lilly Rabe, Jerry O’Connell and Hamish Linklater

An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Opening Nov. 21, Barrymore Theatre
The former Evita co-stars and enduring Broadway favorites are reunited in a “musical love story” that has already wowed audiences in other cities and countries. Patinkin directs and fellow vet Ann Reinking is a staging consultant, so expect lots of razzle-dazzle — the real, non-material kind.
Bonnie & Clyde
Opening Dec. 1, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Composer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel) is at it again as producers continue to support his work even though not one of his shows has recouped its investment to date. This time he tackles the thrilling crime duo made famous in the film by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Starring: Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan.

Stick Fly
OpeningDec. 8, Cort Theatre
This Broadway comedy is about an affluent black family on Martha’s Vineyard. An ensemble comedy written by playwright Lydia R. Diamond with direction by Kenny Leon According to producer Alicia Keys this is ”a story that everyone can relate to,”.

Starring: Rosie Benton, Dulé Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Condola Rashad

Directed by: Kenny Leon

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
Opening Dec. 11, St. James Theatre
Harry Connick, Jr. stars in a fully reimagined version of the Alan Jay Lerner/Burton Lane musical. The score includes tunes from the film version (starring Barbra Streisand) and additional songs from the film Royal Wedding, while the new book, shaped by director Michael Mayer and written by Peter Parnell includes a gender twist that makes this less a revival than a “newly imagined” work.

Starring: Harry Connick Jr.

Lysistrata Jones
Opening Dec. 14, Walter Kerr Theatre
Roll over, Aristophanes: Librettist Douglas Carter Beane (Xanadu, As Bees in Honey Drown, Little Dog Laughed), composer/lyricist Lewis Flinn and college basketball give the classics a contemporary spin in this new musical comedy, an off-Broadway transfer from the Transport Group after a successful run earlier this year.

 

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