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Fall 2014 Theatre Guide



A Theatergoer's Guide: From Tony- and Emmy Award-winning performers to exciting new works and Pulitzer Prize-winning revivals, this fall Broadway and Off-Broadway are blazing their way to a “championship season.”

Please note: All dates subject to change.

BROADWAY

The Country House

Blythe Danner in The Country House on Broadway
Photo: Michael Lamont

With Blythe Danner, Daniel Sunjata; Daniel Sullivan, director. Inspired by Chekhov’s pastoral comedies and penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies: a new comedy about a family with a penchant for drama… both onstage and off! (Previews 9/9; Opens 10/2; Through 11/9)

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time on Broadway

With Helen Carey, Enid Graham, Alexander Sharp. Featuring a gifted cast with stellar US and UK credits, this Olivier Award-winning National Theatre import centers on a teenage protagonist with a very personal mystery to solve. (Previews 9/10; Opens 10/5)

A Delicate Balance

With Bob Balaban, Glenn Close, Lindsay Duncan, Clare Higgins, John Lithgow, Martha Plimpton; Pam MacKinnon, director. Star wattage is at its peak in this revival of Edward Albee’s provocative drama about fear, dysfunctional family values, and the tyranny of friendship. Lithgow, last summer’s Lear at the Delacorte, stars alongside Close, who returns to Broadway after a 20-year absence. (Previews 10/20; Opens 11/20; Through 2/22/15)

Disgraced  

With Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Karen Pittman, Josh Radnor. Playwright Ayad Akhtar won a Pulitzer Prize for this engrossing drama featuring two actors from earlier productions: Hari Dhillon (London) and Karen Pittman (LCT/Lincoln Center). In addition, post-How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor is rediscovering his love of live theatre. (Previews 9/27; Opens 10/23)

The Elephant Man

With Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald; Scott Ellis, director. Bradley Cooper dazzled at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012 playing a disfigured Victorian freak show attraction, a performance he now reprises on Broadway with Williamstown co-stars, Oscar nominee Clarkson and American Hustle’s Nivola. (Previews 11/7; Opens 12/7; Through 2/15/15)

Honeymoon in Vegas

Honeymoon in Vegas on Broadway

With Tony Danza, Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley, Nancy Opel. The 1992 film comedy-turned-musical (score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown; book by screenplay writer Andrew Bergman) hits Broadway with an irresistible romantic triangle, including Rob McClure, who so brilliantly channeled Charlie Chaplin in 2012. (Previews 11/18; Opens 1/15/15)

The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible

The Illusionists on Broadway

Expect the unfathomable in this internationally acclaimed showcase of reality-bending stunts, magic arts and humor. Each of the show’s stars has a specialty title from “The Escapologist” to “The Inventor.” (Previews 11/26; Opens 12/4; Through 1/4/15)

It’s Only a Play

With F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally; Jack O’Brien, director. Fasten your seatbelts theatre lovers, the mounting of four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally’s comedy not only reunites The Producers’ dynamic duo of Lane and Broderick, it also stars Oscar winner Abraham, Tony winner Channing, Emmy winner Mullally, and Rupert Grint, all grown up and making his U.S. stage debut far from all things Harry Potter. (Previews 8/28; Opens 10/9; Through 1/4/15)

The Last Ship

Sting's The Last Ship on Broadway
Photo: Joan Marcus

With Michael Esper, Aaron Lazar, Rachel Tucker; Joe Mantello, director. A far cry from TV’s recent mini-series of the same name, this new musical with music and lyrics by 16-time Grammy winner Sting was inspired by his childhood and boasts a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Brian Yorkey and Tony winner John Logan. (Previews 9/30; Opens 10/26)

Love Letters

With Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Martin Sheen. An avalanche is rolling onto Broadway by way of A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated “reading” play thanks to a lineup of nine legendary actors lending their theatrical alchemy to this revival. The couplings kick off with Dennehy and Farrow, move on to Dennehy and Burnett, then Alda and Bergen, Keach and Rigg, concluding with Huston and Sheen. Choose wisely – and from the heart. (Previews 9/13; Opens 9/18; Through 2/15/15)

On the Town

With Clyde Alves, Phillip Boykin, Megan Fairchild, Michael Rupert, Alysha Umphress, Tony Yazbeck; John Rando, director. It’s been 70 years since Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins’s valentine to the Big Apple premiered on Broadway, yet somehow a trio of 1944 sailors trolling the boroughs in classic musical comedy style – and finding romance along the way without the aid of iPhones, texting and selfies – has sweet escapism written all over it. (Previews 9/20; Opens 10/16)

The Real Thing

With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon. One of Tom Stoppard’s most celebrated and Tony-winning works — it picked up five, including Best Play in 1984 — returns to Broadway with a high-profile cast tackling this compelling tale of marriage, infidelity and dubious new beginnings. (Previews 10/2; Opens 10/30; Through 1/4)

The River

With Hugh Jackman, Laura Donnelly, Cush Jumbo. Okay, you had me at Hugh Jackman: Wolverine… stage superstar… heartthrob from down under… only Tony host known to bounce on cue. Author Jez Butterworth and director Ian Rickson mark their sixth collaboration with this beautifully haunting London import. (Previews 10/31; Opens 11/16; Through 1/25/15)

Side Show

Side Show on Broadway

With Erin Davie, Emily Padgett. Davie and Padgett play conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in this revamped revival with new music by Grammy winner Henry Krieger with book and additional book material by the show’s Oscar-winning director, Bill Condon. (Previews 10/28; Opens 11/17)

This Is Our Youth

With Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Tavi Gevinson; Anna D. Shapiro, director. Pulitzer Prize finalist/Oscar nominee Kenneth Lonergan mounted his incisive look into three young psyches Off-Broadway in 1996. For its Broadway premiere, a scrupulously chosen cast consists of Cera (Juno; Arrested Development); Culkin (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys; subUrbia) and former teen bloganista Gevinson (Enough Said) in her stage debut. (In previews for a 9/11 opening; Through 1/4/15)

You Can’t Take It With You

With Annaleigh Ashford, Elizabeth Ashley, Mark Linn-Baker, Rose Byrne, James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen, Reg Rogers; Scott Ellis, director. If you caught last season’s Act I starring Tony Shalhoub, about the coming together of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, you’re primed for major league players Jones, Ashley, Nielsen, Byrne, et al. in a revival of their 1937 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy. And do keep your eyes peeled for veteran comedic scene-stealer Reg Rogers as ballet instructor Boris Kolenkhov. (In previews for a 9/28 opening)

OFF-BROADWAY

The Belle of Amherst - Joely Richardson’s theatrical heritage — her mom is Vanessa Redgrave, after all – is the perfect prelude to her portrayal of poet Emily Dickinson in William Luce’s acclaimed solo play. (Previews 10/7; opens 10/19; through 1/25)

Lost Lake - Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn’s (Proof) penetrating new work stars Oscar nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone; Deadwood) and Tracie Thoms (Rent; Cold Case). (Previews 10/21; opens 11/11; through 12/14)

The Money Shot  - Neil LaBute’s new comedy about ambition and desperation in Tinseltown. With Heather Graham (Boogie Nights), Gia Crovatin (Californication), Callie Thorne (Rescue Me) and Frederick Weller (In Plain Sight). (Previews 9/4; opens 9/22; through 10/12)

The Oldest Boy - Celia Keenan-Bolger, fresh from her acclaimed portrayal of Laura in The Glass Menagerie, stars in this world-premiere play by Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl. (Previews 10/16; opens 11/10; through 12/28)

Tail Spin! - The sex scandals that brought down high-profile politicos Anthony Weiner, Mark Foley, Mark Sanford and Larry Craig: a verbatim reenactment featuring the droll presence of SNL alum Rachel Dratch. (Previews 9/18; opens 10/1; through 11/30)

While I Yet Live - Tony-winning actor Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) scripted this play in which a circle of women – including Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson – impact a young man’s coming-of-age. (Previews begin 9/23; through 10/31)