Greetings Theater Lovers,
Fall is upon us and there is a bevy
of hot new shows and hot Hollywood stars hitting
Broadway. In fact, if you look at the line up of
Hollywood stars who will be gracing Broadway stages
this fall, a thinking man or woman would surmise
that SAG will strike in solidarity with
the WGA when the Writers Guild of America's contract
expires in October. Both unions are unhappy about
the way they are being compensated by the new media
world of DVD's and the internet.
But this rumbling out of California
is only benefiting the fall theater line up. Chazz
Palminteri is opening his one man show, A Bronx
Tale, at the Walter Kerr Theater.
Kevin Kline and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Garner
will star in a new production of Cyrano de Bergerac
at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, running October
12th - December 23rd. Randy Quaid will be starring
in his first Broadway show, Lone Star Love,
which opens for preview on November 1, 2007 at the
And Claire Danes will star in Pygmalion,
which will run October 11, 2007 - December 16, 2007
at the American Airlines Theatre.
Tom Stoppard's Rock & Roll
One other notable show that will be
opening this fall is Tom Stoppard's Rock &
starring Rufus Sewell, Sinead Cox and Brian Cox
- all from the original London cast. Stoppard has
always been a brilliantly subversive playwright.
And his talents first shone on Broadway forty years
ago with his first Broadway production when he turned
Hamlet on its ear in Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern are Dead.
One play that I am sure to catch is
Tracy Lett's August:
Osage County which begins previews on October
30th and opens November 20th for an open run at
the Imperial Theatre after a sold out run at Chicago's
Steppenwolf Theater. Letts is the Pulitzer price
nominated playwright (for Man from Nebraska)
of Bug, which I reviewed when it ran three
years ago at the Barrow Street Theater. Bug
was subsequently made into a movie starring
Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon (from the Off Broadway
production). See my June
theater column for more about Bug.
Bug was wonderful so August: Osage County
is definitely makes my short list.
Disney's The Little Mermaid
Also, believe it or not, The
Little Mermaid (thelittlemermaid)
is another not-to-be-missed show hitting Broadway.
Mermaid has a book by Douglas Wright, the
playwright who won the Pulitzer Prize for I
Am My Own Wife, a play about an East German
transvestite. Just as playwright Douglas Carter
Beane (The Little Dog Laughed) was able
to turn Xanadu into a delicious campy feast,
with Wright as the playwright, Mermaid
should be truly enjoyable for the entire family
and not just a treat for Brownie-troupes-on-a-field-trip.
And don't forget about the three fall
shows that I told you about last month: Aaron Sorkin's
The Farnsworth Invention: Mel Brooks' Young
Frankenstein; and the aforementioned Lone
Star Love. See my August
column for more details.
For information on
all the Broadway shows, log onto our Broadway
theater listing section.