September 2008 Theatre Column
Fall is descending
on Broadway and there will be a plethora of new
star-studded shows for our viewing pleasure: All
My Sons (Katie Holmes); Equus
(Daniel Radcliffe); A Man for All Seasons
(Frank Langella); and The Seagull
(Kristen Scott Thomas).
As everyone who has
read a newspaper in the last few months knows, Katie
Holmes, aka Mrs. Tom Cruise, is going to star in
Broadway's All My Sons. Photographers have
been taking photos of her and the other stars as
the enter and leave rehearsal.
© Janet Mayer / PR Photos
Janet Mayer / PR Photos
© Janet Mayer / PR Photos
Janet Mayer / PR Photos
Here is a quote from
the press release for All My Sons: "Miller
took his inspiration from a true story about a successful
business man who knowingly sold the government defective
airplane parts during World War II with tragic consequences.
The truth comes out and his life unravels when his
son prepares to marry his business partner's daughter."
All My Sons begin September 18, 2008; the show
opens October 15, 2008 and closes on Janury 11,
2009. Sons is playing at the Shoenfeld
Theatre at 236 West 45th Street. Tickets are $61.50-$116.50,
$26.50 Student Tickets - 212-239-6200 & 800-432-7250
Daniel Radcliffe in
And as everyone also
knows, Daniel Radcliffe (of Harry Potter fame)
is now all grown up and we are going to see him
naked in Equus. Radcliffe stars with Richard
Griffiths (of History Boys fame); Thea
Sharrock directs. Here is a quote from the Equus
press release: "In Equus, psychiatrist
Martin Dysart (Griffiths) investigates the blinding
of six horses, a savage act committed by a mild-mannered
stable boy, Alan Strange (Radcliffe), whose home
life is filled with bigotry and religious fervor.
As Dysart reveals the mysteries behind the boy's
demons, he realizes he is confronting his own."
previews on September 5, 2008. The show opens on
September 28, 2008 and closes on February 8, 2009.
Tickets for Equus are $61.50-$116.50;
telephone 212-239-6200 & 800-432-7250 www.telecharge.com.
Equus is playing at the Broadhurst
Theatre at 235 West 44th Street.
Frank Langella returns
to Broadway in A Man for All Seasons. Here
is a quote from the show's press release: "Three-time
Tony Award winner Frank Langella stars in a revival
of Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons,
directed by Doug Hughes. This classic drama is a
timeless exploration of politics, religion and power,
based on the fascinating true story of English Chancellor
Sir Thomas More and his moral objection to King
Henry VIII's plan to leave the Catholic Church."
Previews for A Man for All Seaons begin
on September 12, 2008. The show opens on October
7, 2008 for an open run. Tickets for A Man for
All Seasons are $56.50-$101.50. Call 212-719-1300
or log onto
roundabouttheatre.org. A Man for All Seasons
is playing at the American Airlines Theatre
at 227 West 42nd Street.
Kristen Scott Thomas in
Photo Credit Johan Persson
English actress (and French
resident) Kristen Scott Thomas will be gracing the
Broadway Stage in The Seagull. Here is
a quote from The Seagull press release:
"Kristin Scott Thomas reprises her Olivier
Award-winning role of Arkadina in the critically
acclaimed Royal Court Theatre production of Anton
Chekhov's The Seagull. The production,
featuring a new version by Christopher Hampton,
is directed by Ian Rickson. The play concerns the
romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of
actors, writers and artists gathered on a Russian
estate. e of the theatre's great plays about writing,
The Seagull conveys the struggle for new
forms and the frustrations and fulfillment of putting
words on a page."
The Seagull begin September 16, 2008. The
show opens on December 1, 2008 and closes on December
21, 2008. Tickets
for The Seagull are $41.00-$110.00 at 212-239-6200
& 800-432-7250 telecharge.com.
The Seagull is playing at the Walter Kerr
Theater at 219 West 48th Street.
A Tale of Two Cities
Photo Credit Carol Rosegg
And not to be fogotten
is the now-in-previews-but-soon-to-open (September
18, 2008) A Tale of Two Cities. Here is
a quote from their press release: "Jill Santoriello's
musical adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities
is set against the epic backdrop of the French Revolution.
Based on the classic Dickens novel, the musical
is about injustice, vengeance and the redemptive
power of love. It features a book, music, and lyrics
by Santoriello, and is directed and choreographed
by Warren Carlyle. For information: ataleof2cities.com."
Tickets for A Tale of Two Cities are $59.00-$120.00
at 212-239-6200& 800-432-7250 www.telecharge.com.
Tale is playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre
at 302 West 45th Street.
For more information
about Broaway shows, log onto our Broadway
Theater Listing Section.
The Fifth Annual
New York Musical Theatre Festival will run from
September 15th - October 5th. Here is a quote from
their press release: "The New York Musical
Theatre Festival (NYMF) celebrates its fifth year
with 24 full productions, a dance series, a developmental
series, concerts and special events. NYMF is an
annual three-week event that has premiered over
130 musicals in its first four years – many
of which have gone on to award-winning productions
in New York, in regional theaters and on tour in
38 states, and nine countries worldwide. NYMF 2004
hit Altar Boyz has played well over 1,000
performances off-Broadway and spawned two National
Tours; fellow NYMF alum [title of show]
recently opened to rave reviews at the Lyceum Theatre
on Broadway; Off-Broadway audiences will soon see
return engagements of The Blue Flower and
My Vaudeville Man."
For more information about the
New York Musical Theatre Festival, log onto their
or check our listing