Buckle up! The Fall rush of openings kicked off last night with the New York premiere of David Henry Hwang’s comedy of miscommunication Chinglish (check the New York Times review here). Angling to capitalize on holiday travelers, the next few weeks are packed solid with new Broadway shows taking their bow.
They’re gonna start coming fast and furious until the New Year’s lull, so get out your day planner and let’s take a closer look at what’s on the way:
- Other Desert Cities, November 3: The acclaimed Off-Broadway hit about family secrets and political differences steps up to the big stage with Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters) stepping into the lead.
- Godspell, November 7: 50th Street becomes Stephen Schwartz Central as his merry band of apostles move in next door to his other little show…Wicked.
- Venus in Fur, November 8: The newest theatrical goddess, Nina Arianda (Born Yesterday), returns to Broadway in the play that got her noticed in the first place.
- Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, November 10: I can think of no better birthday present for me than getting some Hugh. I mean singing and dancing on the Great White Way, of course.
- Private Lives, November 17: Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) returns to the big apple tossing more fabulously frothy bon mots–but this time courtesy of Noel Coward.
- Seminar, November 20: Alan Rickman (Sense and Sensibility) headlines a new comedy about a novelist and his unorthodox methods of teaching writing.
- An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, November 21: One assumes they will sing.
- Bonnie & Clyde, December 1: No relation to the acclaimed film, composer Frank Wildhorn (Jeckyl & Hyde…he likes them ampersands) returns with a show about the infamous outlaws under the direction of Jeff Calhoun.
- Stick Fly, December 8: Songstress Alicia Keys lends her name as producer to put the spotlight on a new play about an African-American family on Martha’s Vineyard.
- On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, December 11: The Lerner and Lane “past lives” chestnut gets a modern (and omni-sexual) makeover with Harry Connick Jr. in the lead.
- Lysistrata Jones, December 14: Ancient Greek comedy meets high school basketball in a spanking new musical about cheerleaders withholding the goods until the boys learn how to dunk their balls.