Since the last update, new on and Off-Broadway productions for 2019-20 have been announced, plus several Off-Broadway theater companies have revealed their seasons. In the past including these theaters' rosters has been a challenge since they seldom have booked specific opening dates, only the beginning of previews. In order to give as complete a calendar of the New York theater season as possible, starting preview dates are listed when no opening date has been announced
The biggest recent Broadway show to be added to the list is The Great Society, Robert Schenkkan's sequel to All the Way, his Tony-winning history of Lyndon Johnson's early presidency. Like All the Way, Society premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and later played the Seattle Repertory Theater. This second play focuses on LBJ's efforts to pass Civil Rights legislation through a reluctant Congress and his simultaneous tribulations of the Vietnam War. Bryan Cranston won a Tony for an impressive performance in the lead role in All the Way. Brian Cox will now take over the role with Richard Thomas (The Waltons, The Little Foxes) as Vice-President Humbert Humphrey, Grantham Coleman (Much Ado About Nothing) as Martin Luther King, Tony winner Frank Wood (Side Man) as Senator Everett Dirksen, Marc Kudisch (9 to 5, Finding Neverland) as Chicago mayor Richard Daley, Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Holiday Inn) as Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue) as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Previews begin Sept. 6 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. The opening date has not yet been announced.
|Mark Murphey, Jack Willis as LBJ and Peter Frechette |
in The Great Society at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Credit: Jenny Graham