Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Deja Vu on Broadway for 2015-16

Jessica Lange will star in
Long Day's Journey Into Night on Broadway in 2016.
I recently saw the first show of the 2015-16 Broadway season, An Act of God, and from here on it's looking like deja vu all over again. (After the refreshing new show Fun Home took all the Tonys, you would have thought we'd get some exciting different shows, but oh no.) Not only are we getting the usual amount of revivals--seven of the announced shows--but three of them were revived just a little over ten years ago. Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Barlett Sher for its sixth Broadway run, but the last one was in 2004. Long Day's Journey Into Night will be getting its sixth incarnation, the most recent was in 2003. Noises Off has been seen in 1983 and again in 2001. The GIn Game's two Broadway outings was slightly longer ago--1977 and 1997. Several Off-Broadway shows will be making their Broadway debuts including Fool for Love, Sylvia, and Dames at Sea. Of course, the big hit will be Hamilton which just swept all of the eligible theater awards for its sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Public Theater. A year from now, it will probably do the same at the Tonys, so with Fun Home it will be two smash-hit musicals in a row for the Public. So far there are only two new American plays on the roster: David Mamet's China Doll and Our Mother's Brief Affair from Manhattan Theater Club. Scary fact: there are no commercial productions of a new American play planned for the new season. That will probably change, but it is a sobering thought. Here's a breakdown of the coming season:   

June 29--Shows for Days (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)
July 12--Penn and Teller (Marquis)
July 16--Amazing Grace (Nederlander)
Aug. 6--Hamilton (Richard Rodgers)
Oct. 8--Fool for Love (Friedman/MTC)
Oct. 13--The Gin Game (Golden)
Oct. 15--Old Times (Roundabout)
Oct. 22--Dames at Sea (Helen Hayes)
Oct. 29--Therese Racquin (American Airlines/Roundabout)
Oct.--Sylvia (Shubert theater TBA) 
Nov. 1--King Charles III (Music Box)
Nov. 5--On Your Feet (Marquis)
Nov. 8--Allegiance (Longacre)
Nov. 19--China Doll (Gerald Schoenfeld)
Fall 2015--Misery, American Psycho
Dec. 6--School of Rock (Winter Garden)
Dec. 10--The Color Purple (Jacobs)
Dec. 17--Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway)
Jan. 14, 2016--Noises Off (Roundabout)
Jan. 20--Our Mother's Brief Affair (Friedman/MTC)
2015-16--Children of a Lesser God, Houdini, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Gotta Dance
April 17--Tuck Everlasting (Shubert theatre TBA)
April 19--Long Day's Journey Into Night (Roundabout/American Airlines)
April 21--Shuffle Along (Music Box)
Spring 2016--She Loves Me (Roundabout), Falsettos
2016-17--The Wiz
March 9, 2017--Groundhog Day
2017--Sherlock Holmes
Future--Bandstand, Disney's Frozen, Soul Train, Pretty Woman, The First Wives Club, Magic Mike, Freaky Friday, King Kong, Miss Saigon, The Visitor 

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