Almost two dozen new shows and revivals opened in the first four months of 2010, a season that has marked Scarlett Johannsson’s Broadway debut in a revival of an Arthur Miller play and the return of Valerie Harper in a new play about Tallulah Bankhead; that brings popular music of different generations — Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Burt Bacharach, Green Day — onto the Great White Way; that showcases the work of Broadway stalwarts Neil Simon and Stephen Sondheim; new plays about a financial scandal and a spiritual gay relationship and new musicals about a mordant family and a Superhero.
The updated schedule (with links to my reviews as the shows open). Shows that have closed as of June 1, 2010 will be marked with an X right in front of the title:
* American Airlines Theater (227 West 42nd Street)
* First Preview: January 2, 2010
* Opening: January 21
* Director: Nicholas Martin
* Cast: Victor Garber
* The Roundabout Theater Company revival of the Noel Coward comedy about an aging matinee idol.
XA VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
*Cort Theater (138 West 48th Street)
*First Preview: December 28
Opens: January 24
*Director: Gregory Mosher
*Cast: Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson
The latest revival of Arthur Miller’s 1955 play, which marks Scarlett Johansson’s Broadway debut, focuses on Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman who is obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine.
*Theater: Samuel J. Friedman (261 West 47th)
* First Preview: January 5, 2010
* Opening: January 28
* Director: Daniel Sullivan
* Cast: Eric Bogosian, Brian d\’Arcy James, Laura Linney, Alicia Silverstone
* Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Donald Margulies’ new play about a war journalist and a photographer forced to return home.
X THE MIRACLE WORKER
*Circle in the Square Theater (1633 Broadway)
*First Preview: February 12, 2010
*Opening: March 3, 2010
*Director: Kate Whoriskey
*Cast: Abigal Breslin, Alison Pill
A revival of the 1959 play by William Gibson about Helen Keller, born blind and deaf, the the teacher who taught her to communicate with the world.
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
*Gerald Schoenfeld Theater (236 West 45th Street)
*Opening: March 4, 2010
*Director: John Crowley
*Cast: Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Anthony Mackie and Zoe Kazan
*A world premiere of a new play by Martin McDonagh (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, The Pillowman, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan), this is the first of his to originate on Broadway. A man searches for his missing hand, two con artists try to make a few hundred dollars, a hotel clerk is overly curious, etc.
*Helen Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street)
*First Preview: February 16
*Opening: March 11
*Director: Sheryl Kaller
Cast: Patrick Breen, Maddie Corman, Sean Duga, Patrick Heusinger, Connie Ray, Cotter Smith
*Transfer of Geoffrey Nauffts’ original Off-Broadway play about the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, an atheist and a committed Christian, a serious comedy that explores issues of faith.
Lyceum Theater (149 W. 45th St.)
First Preview: February 19
Opening: March 14
Director: Rob Ruggiero
Cast: Valerie Harper,
Looped tells the story of Tallulah Bankhead, the internationally celebrated actress, being called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record (or “loop”) one line of dialogue for what would be her last film — the dreadful Die, Die My Darling . Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that outshone even today’s celebrity bad girls.
X ALL ABOUT ME
*Theater: Henry Miller’s Theater
*First Preview: Feb 19
*Opening: March 18
Dame Edna Everage (aka Barry Humphries) and Michael Feinstein appear in a new show written by Christopher Durang, with Feinstein performing Broadway standard melodies along with a small orchestra.
COME FLY AWAY
Marquis Theater (1535 Broadway)
First Previw: March 1
Opening: March 25
Director: Twyla Tharp
Featuring the songs of Frank Sinatra, Tharp’s new musical follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Sinatra’s vocals on such songs as “Fly Me To The Moon” and “My Way” will be combined with an on stage 19-piece big band and 15 dancers.
Come Fly Away Review: Tharp/Sinatra, But Is It Theater or Dance, Tacky or Swanky?
Theater: John Golden (252 West 45th Street)
First Preview: March 11
Opening: April 1
Director: Michael Grandage;
Cast: Alfred Molina, Eddie Redmayne
The once-revered American painter Mark Rothko and his interaction with an apprentice over several years.
LEND ME A TENOR
Theater: Music Box (239 W. 45th St.)
First Preview: March 11
Opening: April 4
Director: Stanley Tucci
Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub,
A revival of Ken Ludwig’s play
Lend Me A Tenor Review: Stanley Tucci’s Peculiar Choice For A Broadway Directorial Review
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
* Theater: Lunt-Fontanne (205 West 46th Street)
* First Preview: March 4, 2010
* Opening: April 8, 2010
* Director: Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch
* Cast: Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth, Carolee Carmello, Kevin Chamberlin, Jackie Hoffman, Zachary James, Terrence Mann, Adam Riegler, Wesley Taylor and Krysta Rodriguez
* New Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice musical inspired by Charles Addams macabre characters.
Addams Family Review: Not Creepy Enough
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
Theater: Nederlander (208 West 41st)
First Preview: March 13
Opening: April 11
Director: Eric Schaeffer
The musical features the music made famous by Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley who met on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records’ storefront studio in Memphis for a jam session and impromptu recording.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES
*Longacre Theater (220 West 48th Street)
*First Preview: April 6
*Opening: April 18
*Director: Terry Johnson
*Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Douglas Hodge
London’s Menier Chocolate Factory production of the 1983 musical with book by Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.
La Cage Aux Folles Review
*St. James Theater (246 West 44th Street)
*First Preview: March 24
*Opening: April 20
*Director: Michael Mayer
*Cast: John Gallagher, Jr., Rebecca Naomi Jones, Tony Vincent, Mary Faber, Christina Sajous and Michael Esper.
The musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, with lyrics by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, moves from its successful run at Berkeley Rep.
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
*Theater: Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street)
*First Preview: March 19
*Opening: April 22
*Director: James Lapine
*Cast: Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams
The cast will perform more than two dozen tunes by Stephen Sondheim the composer of such musicals as â€œCompany,â€ â€œSweeney Toddâ€â€¦and â€œA Little Night Music,â€ which includes his most famous song, “Send in the Clowns.” There will also be “exclusive interview footage” to explore Sondheim’s personal life and artistic process.
*Theater: Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd)
*First Preview: Sunday, March 28, 2010
*Opening: April 25
*Director: Rob Ashford
*Cast: Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth
*The first Broadway revival of the 1968 musical with book by Neil Simon, music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David, based on the 1960 Billy Wilder film “The Apartment” starring Jack Lemmon.
Promises, Promises Review: Before Mad Men, With Groovy Music
*Theater: Cort (138 West 48th Street)
*First Preview: April 14
*Opening: April 26
*Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis
*Denzel Washington stars as Troy Maxson, a Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues finally admitted black players, in this revival of one of the ten plays in August Wilson’s sweeping Pittsburgh Cycle, focusing on the twentieth century African-American experience.
First Preview: April 8
Opening: Tuesday, April 27
Director: Rupert Goold
Cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Gregory Izin, Stephen Kunkin, Marin Mazzie
“Using music, dance and video, this new play explores one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world currently finds itself.”
* Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
* First Preview: April 6, 2010
* Opening: April 28
* Director: Doug Hughes
* Cast: Linda Lavin
* Manhattan Theatre Club’s presentation of Donald Margulies’ new play about two female writers.
American Airlines Theater
First Preview: April 19
Opening: April 29
Sherie Rene Scott’s semi-autobiographical musical, “Everyday Rapture,” a success last year Off Broadway at Second Stage, replaces “Lips Together, Teeth Apart.” as the Roundabout Theater’s final offering of the season.
* Theater: Hilton (213 West 42nd)
* First Preview: rescheduled for another season
* Opening: rescheduled for another season
* Director: Julie Taymor
* Choreographer: Daniel Ezralow
* Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming
* New musical based on the Marvel comic book hero featuring songs by Bono and The Edge with a book by Taymor and Glen Berger.