“Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh
so mellow.” – The Fantasticks
New York’s theater scene is anything but slow and mellow this fall, as the season gears up with some innovative new productions that have us on the edge of our seats. Here are the Broadway Blog’s top picks for the month.
What happens when an Elvis impersonator becomes a winning drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? Playwright Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man) dishes up a southern comedy starring Matt McGrath (Boys Don’t Cry) and directed by Mike Donahue.
MCC Theater and the Lucille Lortel
121 Christopher Street, NYC
Opening night: September 9
Duncan Sheik’s stirring, coming-of-age musical won eight Tony awards when it opened in 2006. The newly reimagined Deaf West Theatre production revisits the work, starring Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and choreographed by Emmy award-nominated So You Think You Dance choreographer Spencer Liff.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
256 West 47th Street, NYC
Opening night: September 27
Move over, Disney. Austin McCormick’s Company XIV returns with an adults-only tale of the girl with the glass slipper. Expect a baroque-burlesque confection of theater, dance, music, circus, opera and sumptuous design.
Company XIV at the Minetta Lane Theatre
18 Minetta Lane, NYC
Opening night: September 30
Matthew Wexler is the Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @roodeloo.