Fall Broadway Celebrity Round Up: New & Now

Some seriously high-octane celeb power is spreading across Broadway at this very moment as the head count of award-winning actors from stage, film, and your favorite TV shows multiplies, probably breaking all kinds of new season records! Plentiful previews, outstanding opening’s to indulging in the thrill of a great season as celebrities come to New York theatre for fall, 2016.

*Tony winner
#Tony nominee
+Broadway debut


This new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece stars Diane Lane as a noblewoman who returns to her family estate. (Previews begin 9/15; opens 10/16; thru 12/4)

     *Chuck Cooper (The Life)

     Tavi Gevinson (This Is Our Life; film: Enough Said)

     *John Glover (Love! Valor! Compassion!; Waiting for Godot)

     *Joel Grey (Cabaret; Anything Goes; George M)

     #Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Glass Menagerie; Peter and the Starcatcher)

     Diane Lane (Runaways; film: Under the Tuscan Sun, Unfaithful [Oscar nomination])


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Creator, director, and star Simon McBurney of The Encounter (photo by Robbie Jack).

This truly breathtaking solo show follows a National Geographic photographer stranded in a remote area of Brazil.

(Previews begin 9/20; opens 9/29; thru 1/8)

     #Simon McBurney (The Chairs; film: The Manchurian Candidate; The Last King of Scotland)


A revival of the award-winning musical about a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay guy named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. (Previews begin 9/29; opens 10/27; thru 1/8)

     *Christian Borle (Something Rotten!; Peter and the Starcatcher)

     #Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon; TV: Girls)

     #Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood; 9 to 5; TV: Orange is the New Black)


This classic 1928 comedy comes to Broadway with an all-star cast. (Previews begin 9/20; opens 10/20; thru 2/5)

     #Dylan Baker (La Bête; TV: The Good Wife)

     +Dann Florek (TV: Law & Order: SVU)

     John Goodman (TV: Roseanne; film: Argo, The Big Lebowski)

     *Nathan Lane (The Producers; A Funny Thing...; film: The Birdcage)

     *Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife)

     *Robert Morse (How to Succeed...; Tru; TV: Mad Men)

     #Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)

     #David Pittu (LoveMusik; Is He Dead?)

     John Slattery (Emmy winner: Mad Men)

     #Lewis J. Stadlen (Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Candide)

     #Micah Stock (It’s Only a Play; TV: Deception)

     #Holland Taylor (Ann; TV: Two and a Half Men)

FYI: Several members of this killer cast find themselves reuniting onstage with Nathan Lane. They include John Slattery (Laughter on the 23rd Floor); John Goodman (Waiting for Godot); Dylan Baker (November); and trifecta champ Lewis J. Stadlen (The Nance, A Funny Thing, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor).


Mary-Louise Parker plays Georgie in Heisenberg

Mary-Louise Parker plays Georgie in Heisenberg (photo by Joan Marcus).

Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex, a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck.

(Previews begin 9/20; opens 10/13; thru 12/4)

     *Mary-Louise Parker (Proof; TV: Weeds)

     +Denis Arndt (TV: The Practice; L.A. Law; film: Basic Instinct)

HOLIDAY INN, The New Irving Berlin Musical

When Jim meets Linda they turn his farmhouse home into an inn celebrating American holidays with dazzling shows. (In previews; opens 10/6)

     Corbin Bleu (Godspell; TV: High School Musical; Dancing with the Stars)

     #Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder)

     #Megan Lawrence (The Pajama Game)

     #Lee Wilkof (Kiss Me, Kate TV: Law & Order)


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Former lovers compete in games of seduction, toying with the hearts and reputations of innocents. (Previews begin 10/8; opens 10/30; thru 1/8)

     +Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (TV: Vinyl; Game of Thrones)

     *Janet McTeer (A Doll’s House; TV: Damages; film: Albert Nobbs [Oscar nomination])

     #Mary Beth Peil (The King and I; Follies; TV: The Good Wife, Dawson’s Creek)

     *Liev Schreiber (Glengarry Glen Ross; Talk Radio; TV: Ray Donovan; Spotlight)


Stand-up comic, actor, and author Lewis Black hits the Broadway stage. (Opens 9/12; thru 10/24)

     Lewis Black (Black on Broadway; TV: Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil)


This two-man tour-de-force comedy features a pair of outrageously opinionated, 70-something, “legendary” New York bachelors. (Previews begin 9/23; opens 10/10; thru 1/8)

     +Nick Kroll (TV: Kroll Show)

     +John Mulaney (Netflix: John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid)

About the Author

City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.

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