Broadway Shows News August 2010

What’s Happening Broadway…Fall Edition August 2010

Summer is finally winding down, and the Broadway season is heating up. Twelve productions are scheduled to open from September to November with seven of them starting in September. What does that mean for the avid Broadway lover? Decisions, decisions, decisions!

Not only are there a variety of plays and musicals opening, but along with many of them are some pretty impressive star power, including David Hyde Pierce, James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Patrick Stewart to name a few.

Before we get to the new arrivals, I think it’s worth mentioning that Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge along with Emmy Award winner and Tony nominee Kelsey Grammar will be extending their roles in La Cage aux Folles until February 2011. So, if you haven’t seen this musical gem, check it out soon. Also, Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters has joined the cast of A Little Night Music which reopened at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Peters took over the role from Tony Award winner Katherine Zeta-Jones.Here’s what’s up in September…

Brief Encounter - The lives and loves of three couples are played out in a station tearoom using the words and songs of Noël Coward to create a breathtaking, charmingly amusing and touching show.

La Bete - American playwright David Hirson's rollicking 1991 play is a comic tour de force about Elomire (David Hyde Pierce), a high-minded classical dramatist who loves only the theater, and Valere (Mark Rylance), a low-brow street clown who loves only himself. When the fickle princess (Joanna Lumley) decides she's grown weary of Elomire’s royal theatre troupe, he and Valere are left fighting for survival as art squares off with ego in a literary showdown for the ages.

A Life in the Theatre - An up-and-coming actor and an almost over-the-hill one engage in a power struggle that is camouflaged by their onstage and backstage relationship.

Lombardi - a new play by Academy Award winner and Steppenwolf Theater Company member Eric Simonson, is based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss

Mrs. Warren’s Profession - A young woman discovers that the mother who gave her such a privileged upbringing is in fact the madam of a brothel. Far from being ashamed of her profession, however, Mrs. Warren defends it as the epitome of capitalism.

The Pitmen Painters - The Pitmen Painters tells the story of a group of Ashington coal miners who, in 1934, hire a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class.

Spider-Man Turn off the Dark - Julie Taymor (The Lion King) and Bono and The Edge (of U2) bring to life the iconic superhero Spider-Man, who as high school student Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider and develops amazing powers.

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