The fourth Broadway production of David Mamet's American Buffalo is now set to begin previews at Circle in the Square on March 24 with an opening slated for April 14, also a year from its original debut. The three-character play about small-time crooks planning a heist of a coin collection stars Laurence Fishburne, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss. Neil Pepe directs. Previous productions have starred Robert Duvall, Al Pacino, and John Leguizamo.
|Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss |
in American Buffalo.
Credit: Matthew Murphy
In addition, the highly-anticipated revival of The Music Man is scheduled to march its 76 trombones
|Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster|
All 41 Broadway theaters and all Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theaters closed on March 12 by government orders which forbade large public gatherings. A firm date for reopening has never been officially announced by the Broadway League, though several dates have been put out as cut-offs for refunding or exchanging tickets. As of now, Sept. 6 is the last date for refund or exchanges. There have been industry reports that will be extended to Jan. 3, 2021. There is also speculation that a spring reopening is more realistic since the holiday season and winter are traditionally difficult times for the box office. It's notable no productions have made any announcements earlier than March.
MJ, the Michael Jackson musical, the revival of Plaza Suite with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, and the Diane Paulus-directed revival of 1776 have also announced spring dates. The return engagement of David Bryne's American Utopia had been set for a fall engagement at the Hudson where Plaza Suite is set to play, but that may be postponed. Fortunately, Utopia will be available on HBO as well the megahit Hamilton on Disney Plus.
Lincoln Center Theater's Flying Over Sunset and the opera version of Intimate Apparel had announced fall openings, but are now slated for the spring. Roundabout Theater Company's productions of Birthday Candles and Caroline or Change had also been pushed back to the fall along with Manhattan Theater Club's revival of How I Learned to Drive. They will most likely announce spring openings. Other new productions in various stage of previews or rehearsals before the shutdown such as Take Me Out, Company, Diana, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Sing Street have made no formal announcements about openings.
Additional possible 2021 shows include Death of a Salesman with Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalfe, and a repertory of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart and its sequel The Destiny of Me.
Hangmen and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? were cancelled. Beetlejuice officially closed and Frozen will not be returning.
The producers of these returning shows are banking on a vaccine for the corona virus becoming widely available by March. Rudin and Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin have stated social distancing seating will not be possible under the Broadway economic model, so audiences would be relying only on face masks and hand sanitizer for protection from the virus without a vaccine.
For those who crave a hit of theater before next spring, Richard Nelson will be providing another Zoom visit from the Apple Family. And So We Come Forth, a play written especially for the Zoom platform, will become available on YouTube and www.theapplefamilyplays.com for eight weeks starting on July 1 at 7:30pm. Written and directed by Nelson, the play follows up on What Do We Need to Talk About, which detailed the travails of an upstate NY family chronicled in a trilogy of works presented at the Public Theater. The new play takes place in early July over dinner as the Apples discuss the protests against racism and the effects of the pandemic on their lives.
Tentative Schedule for 2021
March 15--The Minutes (Cort) (previews March 1)
April 13--Plaza Suite (Hudson) (previews March 19)
April 14--American Buffalo (Circle in the Square) (previews March 22)
April 15--MJ (Neil Simon) (previews March 8)
May 20--The Music Man (Winter Garden) (previews April 7)
Spring 2021--Flying Over Sunset (LCT/Vivian Beaumont); Intimate Apparel (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse); 1776
Future--Death of a Salesman; K-pop the Broadway Musical; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; Smash; Some Like It Hot; Soul Train
Unopened Productions from 2019-20 with no new dates yet
The Lehman Trilogy
Caroline or Change
How I Learned to Drive
Take Me Out
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