Saturday, August 9, 2014

B'way Update: 'Fun Home' Finds a Home

Obie winner Syndey Lucas and Michael Cerveris in Fun Home
Credit: Joan Marcus
There have been a lot of Broadway announcements lately. Love Letters and Side Show are getting revivals, Larry David will make his B'way debut as both actor and playwright in a comedy called Fish in the Dark, and Fun Home will move to the Circle In the Square one year after its acclaimed Off-B'way run at the Public. The oval space surrounded by audience presents interesting challenges for director Sam Gold. Fun Home will join other shows such as UrinetownNext to Normal, Avenue Q, In the Heights, and Grey Gardens which played Off-Bway and on in separate seasons and were therefore eligible for Obies, Drama Desks and Outer Critics one year and Tonys the next. That leads to some weird differences in the awards, like Urinetown and Avenue Q getting a bunch of Tonys but no DDs. Fun Home did get the Lortel, Obie and NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical as well as the Outer Critics Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, but lost the DD to A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. It's too early to tell what Fun Home's competition for the 2015 Tony will be. There will probably be a big push for Sting's The Last Ship and this year the Best Score category will definitely be on the air since the 16-time Grammy winner will be nominated. You'll recall that in 2013, Cyndi Lauper got to accept her Tony on TV for Kinky Boots, while Jason Robert Brown who nobody knows outside of drama clubs across the country, had to pick up his two Tonys for score and orchestrations of Bridges of Madison County during the commercials. Here's a rundown of the Broadway season on and Off-Bway so far: 

Aug. 25--And I and Silence (Signature) 
Sept. 4--The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature)
Sept. 11--This Is Our Youth (Cort)
Sept. 18--Love Letters (Nederlander)
Sept. 28--You Can't Take It With You (Longacre) 
Sept. 30--India Ink (Roundabout/Laura Pels)
Sept.--The Fortress of Solitude (Public Theatre); The Money Shot (MCC/Lortel)
Oct. 5--The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Barrymore)
Oct. 2—The Country House (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman) 
Oct. 9---It's Only a Play (Schoenfeld) 
Oct. 14--Found (Atlantic)
Oct.16--On the Town (Lyric) 
Oct. 19--The Belle of Amherst (Westsdie)
Oct. 23--Disgraced (Lyceum) 
Oct. 26--The Last Ship (Neil Simon) 
Oct. 30--The Real Thing (American Airlines/Roundabout)
Oct.--Allegro (CSC); Father Comes Home from the Wars (Public); Grand Concourse (PH); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage)
Nov. 3--The Oldest Boy (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)
Nov. 11--Lost Lake (City Center/MTC)
Nov. 13—The Elephant Man (Booth Theatre) 
Nov. 16--The River (Circle in the Square) 
Nov. 16--Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature)
Nov. 17--Side Show (St. James)
Nov. 18--By the Water (MTC/City Center Stage II)
Nov. 20--A Delicate Balance (Golden)
Nov. 23--A Particle of Dread (Signature) 
November--Straight White Males (Public); Pocatello (PH);Punk Rock (MCC/Lortel)
Dec. 4--The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible (Marquis)
2014 (Sometime)—Dames at Sea, Liberace Musical, The Color Purple 
2015 (Sometime)--The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Jan. 13--Constellations (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman)
Jan. 15--Honeymoon in Vegas (Brooks Atkinson)
Jan. 15--Into the Woods (Roundabout/Laura Pels)
2015--Winter--On Your Feet
Jan. 2015--Hamlet (CSC); Hamilton (Public)
Feb. 23--Big Love (Signature)
Feb. 24--The World of Extreme Happiness (City Center/MTC)
February 2015--Placebo (PH); The Liquid Plan (Signature); The Nether (MCC/Lortel)
March 5--Fish in the Dark (Shubert theatre TBA)
March 12--On the 20th Century (American Airlines/Roundabout)
March 28--The Audience (Schoenfeld)
March--The Total Bent (Public); Iowa (PH)
April 12--An American in Paris (Palace)
April 15--The King and I (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)
April 22--Fun Home (Circle in the Square)
Spring 2015--Amazing Grace, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 
May 2015--Dr. Faustus (CSC); What I Did Last Summer (Signature); Permission (MCC/Lortel)
Fall 2015--Fiddler on the Roof
2015-16--Houdini, Night Mother, Noises Off (Roundabout)
Future--Disney's Frozen, Soul Train, Pretty Woman. The First Wives Club

Plus a breakdown of the Bway season by category:

New Plays
The Audience
The Country House
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Disgraced (transfer from off-Broadway)
Fish in the Dark
The River

New Musicals
An American in Paris
Fun Home (transfer from off-Broadway)
Holler If Ya Hear Me
Honeymoon in Vegas
The Last Ship

Play Revivals
A Delicate Balance
The Elephant Man
Love Letters
It’s Only a Play
The Real Thing
This Is Our Youth
You Can’t Take It With You

Musical Revivals
The King and I
On the Town
On the Twentieth Century
Side Show

The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible

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