Wednesday, February 1, 2017

B'way Update: 'Butterfly' and ' Prada'

Clive Owen will star in M. Butterfly
on Broadway this fall
Clive Owen, last seen on Broadway in Harold Pinter's Old Times, will return in a new production of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, directed by Julie Taymor in her first Broadway staging since being dismissed from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. (Her interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream played Off-Broadway.) M. Butterfly will open Oct. 26, 2017 at a theater to be announced. The original 1988 production wmade a star out of B.D. Wong as Song Liling, a Chinese opera singer engaged in an affair with a French diplomat played by John Lithgow. Based on a true story, the 20-year relationship shocked international circles when it was revealed Song was really a man. This new production will new include new material based on information about the case that has come to light since the original staging which won the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best Play and ran for 777 performances (a rare long run for a non-musical).

Also in the works, but in a much earlier stage of development, is a musical version of The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisenberger's autobiographical novel about an assistant to a high-powered fashion magazine editor not unlike Vogue's Anna Wintour. Sir Elton John, whose previous theatrical musical ventures include Aida, The Lion King and Billy Elliot, will write the music. Paul Rudnick (Jeffrey, I Hate Hamlet, Addams Family Values) will make his debut as a musical book-writer and lyricist. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Emily Blunt starred in the 2000 film version.
Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt
in the film version of The Devil Wears Prada

Here is a rundown of upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway openings for the remainder of the 2016-17 season and beyond:

Feb. 9--Sunset Boulevard (Palace)
Feb. 15--Man from Nebraska (Second Stage)
Feb. 16--Evening at the Talk House (New Group/Signature Theatre)
Feb. 21--Everybody (Signature)
Feb. 22--If I Forget (Roundabout/Laura Pels)
Feb. 22--Kid Victory (Vineyard)
Feb. 23--Sunday in the Park with George (Hudson)
Feb. 23--Linda (MTC/City Center)
Feb. 27--The Penitent (Atlantic Theatre Co.)
Feb. 27--Wakey Wakey (Signature)
March 1--Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street)
March 1--All the Fine Boys (New Group/Signature)
March 2--Significant Other (Booth)
March 9--The Glass Menagerie (Golden)
March 12--Come from Away (Schoenfeld)
March 13--The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons)
March 15--Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Public)
March 16--The Price (Roundabout/AA)
March 20--How to Transcend a Happy Marriage (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)
March 23--Miss Saigon (Broadway)
March 26--Sweat (Studio 54)
March 26--Come Back, Little Sheba/Picnic (Transport Group/The Gym at Judson)
April 2--The Play That Goes Wrong (Lyceum)
April 3--Amelie (Walter Kerr)
April 5--Present Laughter (St. James)
April 5--Gently Down the Stream (Public)
April 6--War Paint (Nederlander)
April 13--Oslo (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)
April 17--Groundhog Day (August Wilson)
April 18--Indecent (Cort)
April 19--The Little Foxes (MTC/Friedman)
April 20--Hello, Dolly! (Shubert)
April 23--Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Lunt-Fontanne)
April 24--Anastasia (Broadhurst)
April 25--Six Degrees of Separation (Barrymore)
April 26--The Bandstand (Bernard Jacobs)
April 27--A Doll's House, Part 2 (Golden)
2016-17 (Dates TBA)--The SpongeBob Musical, The Wiz, Camp David, Photograph 51
Spring 2017--Half Time
June 29--Marvin's Room (Roundabout/AA)
Aug. 24--Prince of Broadway (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman)
Oct. 26--M. Butterfly (Theater TBA)
2017--Sherlock Holmes, Singin' in the Rain, Pat Benatar Musical
2017-18--Burn This, To Kill a Mockingbird
Spring 2018--Frozen (St. James), The Flamingo Kid
Future--The Cher Show, The Devil Wears Prada

2016-17 Broadway Season

New Plays
A Doll's House, Part 2
The Encounter
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Present
Significant Other

New Musicals
The Bandstand
A Bronx Tale
Come From Away
Dear Evan Hansen
Groundhog Day
Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical
In Transit
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
War Paint

Play Revivals
The Cherry Orchard
The Front Page
The Glass Menagerie
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Little Foxes
Present Laughter
The Price
Six Degrees of Separation

Musical Revivals
Hello, Dolly!
Miss Saigon
Motown the Musical
Sunday in the Park with George
Sunset Boulevard

Special Attractions
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science
Black to the Future
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!
The Illusionists: Turn of the Century
Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway
Oh Hello on Broadway

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