Thursday, December 13, 2012

Broadway Buzz: The Stars Align on Broadway This Fall

We tend to think of new Broadway shows in the spring during the run up to the Tony Awards, but there are exciting new performances happening right now. Star-studded casts are taking the stage in a number of shows. Read and watch the previews below, and tell us, which Hollywood star do you hope to see in the Broadway spotlight?

Opening Night: November 29, 2012
Dead Accounts led the way this fall with oodles of buzz about its leading stars: actress Katie Holmes and two-time Tony Award® winner Norbert Leo Butz. Written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Jack O’Brien, the comedic plot is said to have no shortage of curve balls (including a $27 million secret) as a self-made New Yorker returns to Cincinnati to catch up with his sister.

Opening Night: December 6, 2012
Wisconsin’s own golden boy, Tony Shalhoub plays the father of a young violin prodigy and would-be boxer named Joe. Joe, played by War Horse’s Seth Numrich, takes a chance with every punch, risking his musical fingers as he searches for his ticket to success. Seventy-five years after its premiere on Broadway, Director Bartlett Sher has brought this sweeping Depression Era back to life in grand fashion.
Opening Night: December 8, 2012
Al Pacino takes on the role of Shelly Levine in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross. It’s a 30th Anniversary production, but the quest for the American dream in a cutthroat real estate office rings as true as ever. With tickets in hot demand, Pacino’s star power is drawing a lot of attention, but according to Variety, the real show-stopper is actor Bobby Cannavale, most recently seen in HBO’s “Broadwalk Empire.”
Previews Begin: December 11, 2012
Opening Night: January 10, 2013
Actress Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” “The Big Bang Theory”) stars as Juliana Smithton in this Broadway thriller written by Sharr White and directed by Joe Mantello (WICKED, Other Dessert Cities). Juliana’s successful life as a neurologist comes apart at the seams as the facts of her life begin to blur and the truth finally comes out.

Previews Begin: December 14
Opening Night: January 13, 2013
Roundabout Theater Company’s latest revival, Picnic, sets the stage as a group of Midwestern women prepare for a Labor Day picnic, just as a handsome young drifter becomes the center of attention. Roundabout’s Artistic Director Todd Haimes describes William Inge’s characters as living quiet lives which, “quickly move from a simmer to a boil, and all it takes is one tiny spark… to make everything explode.” Watch for reviews of this exciting revival in January 2013!

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