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Fall Broadway Celebrity Round Up: New & Now

September 12, 2016 - by Griffin Miller, Theatre Editor
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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 nights...here’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

THE CHERRY ORCHARD

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])

THE ENCOUNTER

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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)

FALSETTOS

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)

THE FRONT PAGE

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).

HEISENBERG 

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)

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES 

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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)

LEWIS BLACK: BLACK TO THE FUTURE

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)

OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY

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)

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