My Most Anticipated New York Shows – Mostly Plays and Revivals

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By Karen Isaacs

The New York theater scene is much more fluid that Connecticut’s. Only the subscription based companies announce a full season; many producers announce a production only a month or two before it opens based on available of theaters.

Moulin Rouge was the “big” musical that opened this summer; I wanted to see it, I saw it and I didn’t love it.

I was much more impressed by Sea Wall/A Life¸ two one-act monologues: one performed by Tom Sturridge and the other by Jake Gyllenhaal. I really liked these and would see them again. It only runs to Sunday, Sept. 29.

Other Fall Broadway shows on my list are the revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo with Marisa Tomei, beginning previews Thursday, Sept. 19; the highly acclaimed Slave Play which is moving from off-Broadway which also begins previews that day. The Sound Inside sounds interesting with Mary-Louise Parker as a tenured professor and a talented student. Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tracey Letts (August, Osage County) has a new dark comedy, Linda Vista opening in the fall. Everyone is anticipating Tom Hiddleston’s Broadway debut in the revival of Betrayal by Harold Pinter.

Also on my list is The Great Society the sequel to All the Way about the early days of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency. This one starts after his election in 1964. It has a great cast including Brian Cox, Marc Kudisch, and Richard Thomas.

Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins, two terrific British actors, are coming to Broadway in the drama The Height of the Storm about a long married couple and a life change. The Inheritance which also opened first in London is about three generations of gay men searching for community in NYC. It’s by American Matthew Lopez.

Although various musicals are opening, none truly excite me. Dates haven’t been set for the London revival of Company which featured gender-switched roles, whereas America Utopia with music by David Byrne, Jagged Little Pill based on the Alania Morissette concept CD, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and even the revival of West Side Story don’t make my list though I will undoubtedly see most of them. The latter (West Side Story) is because I haven’t always liked director Ivo Van Hove’s reinterpretations.

Off-Broadway things are announced often much more quickly.

Cyrano, the new musical adaptation of the popular play is opening off-Broadway this fall. You may remember that it sold out at Goodspeed’s Terris Theater in Chester last summer. Peter Dinklage again will star as Cyrano.

I am looking forward to a production of George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra produced by the Gingold Group which has somewhat specialized in Shaw. City Center’s Encores will have a semi-staged production of Evita for just about ten days in November. I tend to focus on specific companies that do good work: Irish Rep, Signature, Playwrights Horizons, Mint, Atlantic, and the smaller productions by Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout and Lincoln Center

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