Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Broadway Buzz: 2011 Fall Openings on Broadway

This fall Broadway is opening its arms wide to shows with personality. Fifteen productions include everything from outlawed couples to civil rights leaders to Broadway legends. Which will be on your must see list?

Opened: September 12
Originally produced on Broadway in 1971 with music by Stephen Sondheim, Follies returned to Broadway earlier this month with an all-star cast including “Broadway Baby” Bernadette Peters. Winner of seven Tony® Awards, Follies is the story of two couples reuniting and reminiscing on their past and younger selves the night before their theater’s demolition. Need a visual? The show’s video montage highlights some favorite moments on the stage.
The Mountaintop
Opening: October 13
The Mountaintop is a new play that fictionalizes the night before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Samuel L Jackson, who brings Dr. King to life onstage, stars with Angela Bassett. Jackson hopes that this play will “enlighten a lot of young people” and share the history of Dr. King’s assassination.

Other Desert Cities
Opening: November 3
Other Desert Cities is the story of writer Brooke Wyeth who returns home after six years to celebrate Christmas with her wealthy Republican parents. During her trip home, she announces she is going to publish a memoir of a tragic event in the family’s history during the Reagan administration. Doesn’t sound like the happiest of holidays. Moving from the Lincoln Center Theatre to Broadway this November, Other Desert Cities is bringing a strong cast of Broadway veterans including Stockard Channing (“Grease”), Judith Light (Lombardi) and Stacy Keach. Did you get a chance to see Stacy Keach when he starred in Frost/Nixon at the Fox Cities P.A.C.?
Bonnie & Clyde
Opening: December 1
This brand new production follows the infamous Depression era outlaws Bonnie & Clyde. Leading man Jeremy Jordan, who plays Clyde Barrow, is going to be having a busy fall season starring in Disney’s Newsies prior to the opening of Bonnie & Clyde. Can’t wait for December to hear some of the rockabilly-and-blues music from the show? Broadway.com has the sound clips for you! I am loving “This World Will Remember Us.”

Also opening on Broadway this fall:
Man and Boy
Opening: October 9
Relatively Speaking
Opening: October 20
Opening: TBD
Venus in Fur
Opening: TBD
Opening: November 7
Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway Opening: TBD
Opening: November 20
Private Lives
Opening: November 17
Lysistrata Jones
Opening: December 14
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Opening: December 11
An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin
Opening: November 21
Stick Fly
Opening: December 8

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