Broadway Shows Opening This Winter
November 5, 2009 § 1 Comment
A Little Night Music – Catherine Zeta-Jones stars alongside Angela Lansbury in the revival of this Tony Award winning Broadway musical. A Little Night Music, written by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, based on the Ingmar Bergman’s film A Summer Night, takes place in turn of the century Sweden, at a weekend country house where “surprising liaisons, long simmering passions and a taste of love’s endless possibilities” come to life. Telecharge.com Previews begin at the Walter Kerr Theatre on November 24th. The show opens on December 13th. Tickets are on sale now at Telecharge.com.
A View from the Bridge – The revival of Arthur Miller’ s Tony Award winning play will star Scarlett Johansson, in her Broadway debut, opposite Broadway veteran (and Tony-winner for Glengarry Glen Ross) Liev Schreiber at the Cort Theatre. In the drama, a longshoreman, Eddie, becomes obsessed with his 17-year-old niece, Catherine. When a newly arrived immigrant steals Catherine’s heart, Eddie devolves into jealousy, rage, and a cycle of destruction. Performances begin on Monday, December 28, 2009 and the play officially opens on Sunday, January 24, 2010 for a 14-week limited run. Tickets will be available as of November 21 at Telecharge.com.
Fela! – Making its move from Off-Broadway to Broadway, Fela!, “directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, welcomes audiences into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), the musical explores Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician.” Telecharge.com Previews began on October 19th with the official opening scheduled for November 23rd. Tickets are available at Telecharge.com. See BroadwayBox.com for discounted seats available through BroadwayOffers.com. Check out Ben Brantley’s rave review in The New York Times. Ditto for the review in TimeOut New York.
RACE – Is the new, highly-anticipated play written and directed by David Mamet. A stellar cast – James Spader, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, and Richard Thomas – will know doubt deliver, as Mamet takes the subject of race and most likely turns it on its head. The New York Times: TicketWatch is offering discounted tickets for this world premier. Visit BroadwayOffers.com and use code RANYT1020 to book Orchestra/Front Mezzanine seats for $79.50 and Mezzanine seats for $59.50. Opening night is December 6th.
Ragtime, The Musical is currently in previews and opens November 15th. This revival of the musical, originally staged in 1997, based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel, arrives on Broadway straight from a sold-out extended run at the Kennedy Center in Wasthington, DC. Tickets for performances 10/23 – 11/14 are $46. 50 (Mid-Mezzanine) and $64 (Orchestra, Boxes, Front Mezzanine). For 11/17 – 12/24, tickets run $61 (Mid-Mezzanine) and $89 (Orchestra, Boxes, Front Mezzanine). Rear Mezzanine seats are $46.50 for all performances. Use code NYT109 at Ticketmaster.com.
The Miracle Worker – Abigail Breslin will star as Helen Keller in her Broadway debut along with Tony award nominee Alison Pill as Annie Sullivan in the revival of The Miracle Worker. The play will be staged in the round at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Previews begin February 12, 2010 with the opening scheduled for March 3, 2010. Tickets go on sale December 1, 2009.
**Two additions as of 11-25-09
In the Next Room or the vibrator play – This is esteemed New York playwright Sarah Ruhl’s Broadway debut. Her 2005 play, The Clean House, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Set during the first wave of the feminist movement, the play explores the use of “therapeutic electrical massages to the genitals of nervous women diagnosed with hysteria. Armed with a vibrating implement powered by that miraculous new discovery, electricity, [Dr.] Givings induces a ‘paroxysm’ to relieve congestive juices in the womb. In case you were wondering, this isn’t Ruhlian whimsy; such procedures were routine 120 years ago.” TONY The play stars Michael Cerveris (Sweeney Todd, Lovemusik, Cymbeline) and Laura Benanti (Gypsy). It has opened at the Lyceum Theatre. No discounts are available at this time. See Telecharge.com for tickets. TONY gives it four out of five stars. Read the review here.