The new Broadway season is about to start and us city boomers need to be ready to act when tickets to boomer-friendly shows start appearing on TDF and the other online discount sites. We spoke to Deborah Daniels, who gets an advance notice of all new Broadway and off-Broadway offerings as part of her job as Marketing Development Manager for the CityGuide and Promenade magazines, and asked for her take on this fall’s offerings. Last season she tipped us off to Casa Valentina that turned out to be a wonderful and thought-provoking theater experience and to the fabulous Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill. (If you act quickly, you can still catch Lady Day before it closes on October 5th.) This time around Deborah recommends three major revivals and one new play on Broadway and one play on Off Broadway:
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, starts previews on August 26, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre.
The casting, headed by James Earl Jones, and including Rose Byrne and Elizabeth Ashley, is world-class for this revival of a comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
Playbill’s plot summary: You Can’t Take It with You portrays the colorful, freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to the Sycamore residence for dinner on the wrong night.
THE COUNTRY HOUSE, a new comedy by Donald Margulies, starts previews on September 9, 2014 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater.
The cast is headed by the always wonderful Blythe Danner.
Playbill’s plot summary: Anna Patterson (Danner), the matriarch of a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists who have gathered at their Berkshires summerhouse during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. But when the weekend takes an unexpected turn, everyone is forced to improvise…inciting a series of simmering jealousies, a flurry of romantic outbursts and a bout of passionate soul-searching.
LOVE LETTERS, a revival of a drama by A.R. Gurney, starts previews on September 13, 2014 at the Nederlander Theater.
This show will have a rotating cast of many big names, including Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Alan Alda and Candace Bergen.
Playbill’s plot summary: Love Letters follows the lifelong friendship between the artist Melissa and the politician Andrew. Their story is told through a series of letters, notes and cards exchanged over 50 years.
ON THE TOWN, a musical revival, starts reviews on September 20, 2014 at the Lyric Theater. The Bronx will still be up and the Battery down in this show with Leonard Bernstein’s music, Comden and Green lyrics and Jerome Robbins choreography.
Playbill’s plot summary: Set in wartime 1944, On the Town chronicles the adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City. Their fabulous day-long journey is spurred by a search for sailor Gabey’s dream girl, ‘Miss Turnstiles.’ Along the way, each sailor falls in love with a woman, and with New York City itself.
Check here for a full list of new Broadway offerings.
INDIAN INK, a new play by Tom Stoppard, starts preview on September 4, 2014 at the Laura Pels Theater.
We are excited about this play because its cast is headlined by the incomparable Rosemary Harris.
Playbill’s plot summary: A drama about a free-spirited English poet in 1930s India, and her younger sister’s attempts to preserve her sister’s career in 1980s England.
Check here for a full list of new Off Broadway offerings.