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FALL PREVIEW: 12 SHOWS ARRIVING ON BROADWAY THIS FALL

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This Is Our Youth
Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin star in this coming-of-age play by Kenneth Lonergan.  Culkin was fantastic in the Second Stage Theatre production of Eric Bogosian’s subUrbia and Cera is a natural to play the shy and stunted Warren in this tale of lost innocence.

It’s Only A Play
Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullaly, AND Stockard Channing? Need we say more?  Okay, fine.  How about the brilliant F. Murray Abraham or Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame?  This homage to the theater is a star-studded comedy from Terrance McNally that is sure to be this fall’s hottest ticket.

The Last Ship
This Joe Mantello/Sting collaboration takes place in a small English seafaring town, as main character Gideon returns home after 14 years to find the town’s shipyard in danger.  Reviews from the show’s Chicago run have been positive, so look for The Last Ship to be quite the Tony-contender in 2015.

The Elephant Man
Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson star in this production that premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012.  Cooper has insisted that the outside of the theater be decorated like an old circus sideshow, rather than simply be plastered with pictures of the Hollywood star’s likeness.  But even hiding his face won’t keep audiences away from what is sure to be a sold-out run.

You Can’t Take It With You
James Earl Jones headlines a revival of this hilarious classic comedy. The cast also includes Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Ashley, and the brilliant Kristine Nielsen.  And after Nielsen’s brilliant and heartbreaking performance in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, we would certainly pay to see her in anything.

Side Show
This revamped revival of the short-lived 1997 musical received rave reviews while at the Kennedy Center.  Side Show follows the real life story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet, who were once the highest paid performers on the vaudeville circuit. Featuring the now-classic power ballads of “Who Will Love Me As I Am” and “I Will Never Leave You”, we are so excited to see what Academy Award winning writer/director Bill Condon has brought to this cult favorite.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher, who is out to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor’s dog.  A beautiful and harrowing novel, the stage adaptation is sure to move audiences and warm hearts.

Love Letters
Stars, stars, and more stars appear in the rotating cast of this revival by A.R. Gurney.  The play features two characters reading love letters, and will star a number of big-name celebrities including Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Anjelica Huston, and Martin Sheen.

The Country House
If there is a straight play being done in New York City, chances are director Daniel Sullivan is the one behind the wheel.  With Glengarry Glen Ross, Good People, and the Al Pacino Merchant of Venice under his belt, Sullivan takes on The Country House, opening in October.  Blythe Danner leads this new Donald Margulies play that opened to fantastic reviews at the Geffen Playhouse.

Honeymoon In Vegas
As if Jason Robert Brown hasn’t been busy enough with his new 13 and Last Five Years film adaptations, as well as last season’s Bridges of Madison County, this new musical based on the 1992 film of the same name features his latest score.  The show opened to raves at Paper Mill Playhouse, and is set to begin previews in November.

The Real Thing
This Tom Stoppard revival features Ewan McGregor as a playwright having an affair with his good friend, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.  The play originally appeared on Broadway in 2000 and featured Stephen Dillane in McGregor’s role and Jennifer Ehle in Gyllenhaal’s.  Stoppard is no stranger to the Broadway stage having successful recent productions of Arcadia, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and The Coast of Utopia.

On The Town
This love story musical features three sailors on shore leave in New York City in 1944.  This production – starring Tony Yazbeck – has its ticket-selling work cut out for it.  On The Town will play one of the largest Broadway houses – the Lyric Theater (formerly the Foxwoods, and home to Spiderman).  Previews begin September 20 for an October 16 opening.

 

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