Sunday, June 28, 2009

upcoming: Bobo's Broadway dreams

A guy can dream, can't he? Upcoming Broadway shows that Bobo would really like to see:

Superior Donuts, opens Oct. 1
Tracy Letts' play, from Steppenwolf, about an ex-hippie who owns a donut shop and the younger black man who pesters him

The Royal Family, opens Oct. 8
Rosemary Harris, Stephen Collins, John Glover and Tony Roberts in the George S. Kaufman-Edna Ferber comedy

John Stamos and Bill Irwin in Bye Bye Birdie, opens Oct. 15

Patrick Marber revises Strindberg in After Miss Julie, a Roundabout production opening Oct. 22

Sarah Ruhl's new play, In the Next Room, or, The Vibrator Play, opens Nov. 19

James Spader and Richard Thomas will appear in David Mamet's new play, Race, opening Dec. 6

sometime this fall:
Finian's Rainbow (by City Center Encores!)
Memphis (rock 'n' roll musical, with book by Joe DiPietro)
and Victor Garber in a Roundabout production of Noel Coward's Present Laughter

next year:
Bono and Julie Taymor team up for a Spidey musical: Spider-man, Turn Off the Dark, opening Feb. 18
Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in an Addams Family musical, April 8
Brian Dennehy in both Hughie and Krapp's Last Tape, April
Linda Lavin in Donald Margulies' Collected Stories, April

There are too many shows "In the Works" to list, but I gotta mention: a new musical based on John Milton's Paradise Lost (!); Brigadoon (a personal fave); Suzan-Lori Parks directing Fences; Joanna Murray-Smith's The Female of the Species, about a feminist author with writers' block; Jack O'Brien directing a musical about Houdini, with music by Danny Elfman and lyrics by David Yazbek; Trevor Nunn's A Little Night Music; a musical about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs called Nerds; Harry Connick Jr. and Joe DiPietro team up on Nice Work If You Can Get It, with Gershwin songs; Des McAnuff directing The Wiz; and many more.

Plus there are about a dozen shows on Broadway right now that I'd love to see.

ADDED July 1:
Jude Law as Hamlet, with Penelope Wilton as Gertrude, in a Donmar Warehouse production, opening Oct. 6 on Broadway -- and they're even going to perform, a la Richard Burton, at Elsinore Castle. See the slideshow: "To be or not to be" delivered in snowfall.

Also: Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles in Mamet's *Oleanna,* in a Mark Taper Forum production directed by Doug Hughes, will open Oct. 11 in New York


  1. You buy the tickets - I'd love to join you for most of these!

  2. And they just announced a 12 week run of 'A Steady Rain' with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

    I'm glad to hear that 'Nerds' is getting a bigger production. I coached a few songs from it for several guys for callbacks and loved the music.