Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Broadway Season Update

Harvey Fierstein
The fall theater season is kicking off and announcements for March and April openings are pouring in. Aladdin, Cabaret, Rocky, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch have now set definite dates and theaters, crowding the spring 2014 schedule in the race to make the deadline before the Tony Awards. In addition, Manhattan Theater Club has just filled its late spring slot at the Samuel J. Friedman with Casa Valentina, a new play by Harvey Fierstein, his first non-musical in almost 30 years. (The last was Safe Sex, a trio of one-acts which had a brief 1987 run as an attempt to follow up on the smash success of Torch Song Trilogy.) The new play is set at a 1962 Catskills resort which caters to straight men whose favorite pastime is dressing and living as women.Gender bending has been popular on Broadway (Kinky Boots, La Cage, etc.) in recent decades and with this show and Hedwig and Kinky Boots still running, there will be plenty of cross dressing. As gays and lesbians gain more acceptance, transgendered people are becoming the last American minority you can legitimately discriminate against. (There is still a lot of bigotry and racism out there against all "others" including us gays, but the trans community has it especially hard.) Here's an updated list of Broadway and prominent Off-Broadway openings: 

Sept. 12—The Old Friends (Signature Theatre Company)
Sept. 12—Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW)
Sept. 15--Mr. Burns, a Post-Electronic Play (Playwrights Horizons) 
Sept. 19--Romeo and Juliet (Richard Rodgers)
Sept. 26--The Glass Menagerie (Booth)
Oct. 6--Big Fish (Neil Simon)
Oct. 10--A Night with Janis Joplin (Lyceum)

Oct. 16--Romeo and Juliet (CSC)
Oct. 17—The Winslow Boy (AA/Roundabout)
Oct. 20--A Time to Kill (Golden)
Oct. 24--The Snow Geese (Samuel Friedman)
Oct. 27--Betrayal (Barrymore)
Nov. 3--After 
Midnight (Brooks Atkinson)
Nov. 4—Domesticated (Mitzi Newhouse/Lincoln Center)
Nov. 10--Twelfth Night/Richard 
III (Belasco)
Nov. 12—The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (PH/Peter Sharp)
Nov. 13—700 Sundays (Imperial)
Nov. 17--The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Walter Kerr)
Nov. 18—Small Engine Repair (Lortel/MCC)
Nov. 21--Macbeth (Vivian Beaumont)
Nov. 21—The Commons of Pensacola (MTC/City Center Stage I)
Nov. 22--Regular Singing (Apple Family Saga #4) (Public Theatre)
Nov. 24--Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land (Cort)
Mid-Nov.—Little Miss Sunshine (Second Stage)
Dec. 8 or 9—The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons)
Jan. 12—Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Stephen Sondheim)
Jan. 16--Machinal (American Airlines)
Jan. 23--Outside Mullingar (Samuel Friedman)
Feb. 27--The Bridges of Madison County (Gerald Schoenfeld)
March 2—Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons)
March 13--Rocky (Palace)
March 18—Tales from Red Vienna (MTC/City Center Stage I)
March 20--Aladdin (New Amsterdam)
March 23--Les Miserables (Imperial)
March 27--If/Then (Richard Rodgers)
April 3—A Raisin in the Sun (Barrymore)
April 11--Bullets Over Broadway (St. James)
April 17--Act One (Vivian Beaumont)
April 21—Your Mother’s Copy of the Kuma Sutra (PH/Peter Sharp)
April 22--Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Belasco)
April 23--Casa Valentia (Friedman/MTC)
April 24--Cabaret (Studio 54/Roundabout)
May 5—The City of Conversation (Mitzi Newhouse/Lincoln Center)
Spring--The Real Thing (American Airlines)
Spring--Houdini (Theatre TBA)

Spring—Mothers and Sons (Theatre TBA)
Spring--Holler If Ya Hear Me (Theater TBA)
June 9—Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons)
June 17—When We Were Young and Unafraid (MTC/City Center Stage I)
2014 (Sometime)—Dames at Sea
Maybes for Broadway--All the Way, Disgraced, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Revisionist

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