Broadway New Season Guide

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The new Broadway season promises two shows about the Beatles, two by Harold Pinter, four by William Shakespeare, one produced by Sylvester Stallone. But Broadway 2013-2014 contains great variety as well: Tennessee Williams and the “Rock Star Rabbi”; Samuel Beckett and Billy Crystal; a revival of Les Miserables and a new musical about love and murder. Performers include: Idina Menzel, Mary-Louise Parker, Orlando Bloom,  Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz, making her Broadway debut.

Listed below, chronologically by opening dates, are the shows aiming to open on Broadway in the 2013-2014 season. This is of necessity a work in progress. Those that have opening dates, and have booked specific theaters, are most likely to open for real, but there is no guarantee. Indeed, the only guarantee is that the schedule will change — many additions, some subtractions.

For an alphabetical listing of all current Broadway shows, and those soon to open in the 2013-14 season, with links to purchase tickets, click here

 

JULY, 2013

forevertango logoFOREVER TANGO

  • Walter Kerr Theater
  • First Preview: July 9, 2013
  • Opening: July 14
  • Closing: September 15
  • Cast: Gilberto Santa Rosa
  • Forever Tango is music, drama, culture, a way of life”
  • Twitter: @deforevertango
  • My review of Forever Tango

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LET IT BE

  • letitbe logoTheatre: St. James Theatre
  • First Preview: July 16, 2013
  • Opening: July 24, 2013
  • Let It Be began as a West End production to celebrate The Beatles’ 50th anniversary. Using projection technology and 3D sound, the show chronicles the Beatles’ rise from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the height of their fame through live performances of songs including “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “Drive My Car,” “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” “Come Together” and “Let It Be.”
  • Twitter: @letitbebroadway
  • My review of Let It Be

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AUGUST, 2013 

firstdate logoFIRST DATE

  • Longacre Theatre
  • First Preview: July 9, 2013
  • Opening: August 8, 2013
  • Austin Winsberg (book), Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (music and lyrics)
  • Director: Bill Berry
  • Cast: Krysta Rodriguez, Zachary Levi
  • First Date, according to producers, “is Broadway’s new musical comedy about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence, the dreaded blind date. When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes, and some seriously saucy chemistry. Set in a jaded city full of missed connections, their unpredictable evening unfolds in real time. Can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dining disaster into something special before the check arrives, or end up at another table for one?”
  • Twitter: @firstdatebway

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souldoctor logoSOUL DOCTOR
Circle in the Square Theater
First preview: July 17
Opening: August 15

A new Broadway musical tells the story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, the “Rock Star Rabbi” of the 1960s. After his childhood escape from Nazi Germany, the young rabbi formed an unlikely friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, who introduced him to soul and gospel music. This led to his writing songs that became instant standards, and his struggle to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the “free love” generation.

Twitter:@souldoctor
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SEPTEMBER, 2013

orlando-bloom-romeoROMEO AND JULIET

  • Richard Rodgers Theatre
  • First Preview: August 24, 2013
  • Opening: September 19, 2013
  • William Shakespeare
  • Director: David Leveaux
  • Cast: Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Jayne Houdyshell, Joe Morton
  • According to producers, “In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.”
  • Twitter: @RomeoJulietBway

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

glassmenagerie logoBooth Theatre

  • First Preview: September 5, 2013
  • Opening: September 26, 2013
  • Written by Tennessee Williams
  • Director: John Tiffany
  • Cast: Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto, Brian J. Smith
  • According to producers, “Amanda Wingfield (Jones) is a southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura (Keenan-Bolger), and so she pushes her son Tom (Quinto) to find a ‘gentleman caller’ for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller (Smith) sends shockwaves through the family, and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going. A beautiful play full of poetry and longing, The Glass Menagerie makes its triumphant return to Broadway in an exquisite and groundbreaking new production.”
  • Twitter: @MenagerieBWY

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OCTOBER, 2013

bigfish2 logoBIG FISH

Neil Simon Theater

  • First Preview: September 5, 2013
  • Opening: October 6, 2013
  • Written by Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics) and John August (book)
  • Director: Susan Stroman
  • Cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, Bobby Steggert
  • The fanciful new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, will be directed and choreographed by Stroman (Contact, Crazy for You, The Producers), with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family) and a libretto by August.
  • Twitter: @BigFishBroadway

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A NIGHT WITH JANIS
Janis Joplin logoLyceum

  • First preview: September 20
  • Opening: October 10
  • Written and directed by Randy Johnson
  • Cast: Mary Bridget Davies

An imagined concert by 1960’s rock singer Janis Joplin, including her hits “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball and Chain,” and “Me and Bobby McGee. Also portrayed are Joplin inspirations Bessie Smith and Aretha Franklin.

Twitter: @ANightwithJanis
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A Time To Kill logoA TIME TO KILL

    • John Golden Theater
    • First preview: September 28, 2013
    • Opening: October 20, 2013

Based on the 1988 John Grisham novel, this courtroom drama involves a young white lawyer defending  a black man who took the law into his own hands after his daughter is viciously attacked.

Twitter: @ATimeToKillBway
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THE SNOW GEESE

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: October 1, 2013
  • Opening: October 24, 2013
  • Written by Sharr White
  • Director: Daniel Sullivan
  • Cast: Mary-Louise Parker
  •  “With World War I raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling (Parker) gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they’ve always known.”

BETRAYAL

Ethel Barrymore Theater

  • First Preview: October 1, 2013
  • Opening: October 27, 2013
  • Written by Harold Pinter
  • Director: Mike Nichols
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall
  • According to producers, “Emma (Weisz) is married to Robert (Craig), a publisher, but she has long had an affair with Jerry (Spall), a literary agent and Robert’s best friend; as, in a brilliant device, time is regained, so the full complexity of their relationships comes to light.”

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NOVEMBER, 2013

AFTER MIDNIGHT
After Midnight LogoBrooks Atkinson Theater

  • First preview: October 18, 2013
  • Opening: November 3, 2013
  • Director and choreographer: Warren Carlyle
  • Cast: TBA
  • Twitter: @AfterMidnightNY

After Midnight  is the renamed Cotton Club Parade, conceived by Jack Viertel, which played at New York City Center. The musical revue celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by 17 musicians selected by Wynton Marsalis.

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Shakespeare Globe logoTWELFTH NIGHT AND RICHARD III

  • Theatre: Belasco Theatre
  • First Preview: October 15, 2013
  • Opening: November 10, 2013
  • Written by William Shakespeare
  • Director: Tim Carroll
  • Cast: Mark Rylance
  • Two-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (JerusalemBoeing-Boeing) will star on Broadway in two very different roles: as the suddenly love-struck noblewoman Olivia in Twelfth Night and as the title monarch in Richard III. The plays will run in repertory.

700 SUNDAYS

Imperial Theater

  • First Preview: November 5, 2013
  • Opening: November 13, 2013
  • Director: Des McAnuff
  • Cast: Billy Crystal
  • The autobiographical 700 Sundays is described as “an original two-act play in which Billy plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today. It deals with his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood. It is about family and fate, loving and loss.”

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A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

LoveandMurder logoWalter Kerr Theater

  • First Preview: October 22, 2013
  • Opening: November 17, 2013
  • Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak
  • Director: Darko Tresnjak
  • Cast: Jefferson Mays
  • Here’s how the dark musical comedy is billed: “When Monty Navarro, the black sheep of the D’Ysquith family, finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way — all played by Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays. Set in England’s elegant Edwardian era, this witty music hall comedy explores how low we’ll go to make it to the top.”

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MACBETH

Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater
First preview: October 24, 2013
Opening: November 21, 2013
Closing: January 12, 2014
Ethan Hawke reunites with director Jack O’Brien for this new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

 

NO MAN’S LAND and WAITING FOR GOD
Cort Theater

  • First preview: Oct 2013
    Opening Nov 24 2013
    Closing Feb 2 2014
  • Written by Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett
  • Director: Sean Mathias
  • Cast: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
  • Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will return to Broadway in fall 2013 in a limited engagement of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’sWaiting for Godot. Directed by Sean Mathias, the productions will be performed in repertory.

FALL OPENING, 2013 (BUT UNCLEAR WHEN)

THE WINSLOW BOY

  • American Airlines Theater
  • First Preview: September 20, 2013
  • Closing: December 8
  • Director: Lindsay Posner
  • Cast: Roger Rees, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
  • “A moving exploration of family devotion, The Winslow Boy,” according to Roundabout, “beautifully illustrates the costs of unconditional love and the rewards that make the effort priceless.”

JANUARY, 2014

MACHINAL

American Airlines Theatre

  • First Preview: December 20, 2013
  • Opening: January 16, 2014
  • Written by Sophie Treadwell
  • Director: Lyndsey Turner
  • Cast: Rebecca Hall
  • “Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a gripping drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell. For Young Woman (Hall), a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom.”

FEBRUARY, 2014

BridgesofMadisonCountylogoTHE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY 
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

  • First preview: January 13, 2014
  • Opening: TBA “sometime in February”
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale
  • Twitter: @BridgesBroadway

Francesca Johnson, a small-town 1960s Iowa housewife who has a brief but intense affair with Robert Kincaid, a photographer from National Geographic. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood played the lead roles in the 1995 film.  

MARCH, 2014

Rocky logoROCKY

  • Theatre: Winter Garden
  • Opening: March 2014
  • Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (score), Thomas Meehan (book)
  • Director: Alex Timbers
  • Cast: TBA
  • Twitter: @RockyonBroadway

The new stage production based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

IF/THEN

    • Theatre: TBA
    • First Preview: March 4, 2014
    • Opening: March 27, 2014
    • Written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey
    • Director: Michael Greif
    • Cast: Idina Menzel
    • Here’s how it’s billed: “On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start – new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career. But even in her carefully planned new life, the smallest decision or most random occurrence will impact her world in ways she never dreamt possible. Set against the ever-shifting landscape of modern day Manhattan, If/Then is a romantic and original new musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout

LES MISERABLESLesMislogo

  • Theatre: Imperial Theater
  • First Preview: March 1, 2014
  • Opening: March 23, 2014
  • Written by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer
  • Director: Laurence Connor and James Powell
  • Cast: TBA
  • Twitter: @LesMisBway

Cameron Mackintosh returns to Broadway with the 25th-anniversary production of Les Misérables, with new orchestrations.

APRIL, 2014

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
bulletsoverbroadwaylogoSt. James Theater

  • First Preview:March 11, 2013
  • Opening: April 10, 2013
  • Director: Susan Stroman
  • Cast: Zach Braff, Vincent Pastore, Helene Yorke, Betsy Wolfe
  • A musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s Academy Award-nominated film, about a playwright whose first taste of success comes with mobsters and a domineering diva attached.
  • Twitter: @bulletsoverbway

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ACT ONE

Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater
First preview: March 20, 2014
Opening: April 17, 2014
James Lapine directs his own adaptation of Moss Hart’s classic autobiography that chronicles his struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theatre, which led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and culminated in his first great success, Once in a Lifetime.

OPENING DATES AND/OR THEATERS UNCLEAR


THE SUNSHINE BOYS

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: 2013-2014 season
  • Written by Neil Simon
  • Director: Thea Sharrock
  • Cast: Danny DeVito
  • In the play, “kings of comedy Willie Clark (DeVito) and Al Lewis, aka The Sunshine Boys, haven’t spoken to each other in years. When CBS call for the vaudevillian greats to be re-united for a nostalgic History of Comedy, past grudges resurface as they take center stage once more.”

 

EVER AFTER

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: 2013-2014 season
  • Director: Kathleen Marshall
  • Cast: TBA
  • Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler’s Cinderella musical, inspired by the 1998 film of the same title that starred Drew Barrymore.

BACKBEAT

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: 2013
  • Director: David Leveaux
  • Cast: TBA
  • The show is set in 1960 when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best (the drummer before Ringo Starr joined the group) and Stuart Sutcliffe (the band’s original bassist) “embarked on their journey from the docks of Liverpool to the red light district of Hamburg.”

ALLEGIANCE

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: Spring 2014
  • Written by Jay Kuo, Marc Acito and Lorenzo Thione
  • Director: Stafford Arima
  • Cast: Lea Salonga
  • The “epic story of family, love and patriotism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II” was billed this way at The Old Globe: “On the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a meeting with a young journalist forces World War II veteran Sam Kimura to remember his family’s relocation from their California farm to the Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming.”

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: Spring 2014
  • Written by Douglas McGrath (book)
  • Director: Marc Bruni
  • Cast: TBA
  • “Long before she was Carole King: chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein: Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah.”

 

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