Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2008-2009 Broadway Season Part 2

Between now and the end of the year eight shows are scheduled to open on Broadway. Here are just a few set to open within the next month.

Billy Elliot(Imperial Theatre)
Currently in previews. Opening Night-November 13. Open Run.
Fresh from a sold out run in London is Billy Elliot. Now it's no secret that over the last few weeks this show has has it's share of troubles. From having to stop the show a record five times during one performance due to technical difficulties, to having to cancel a performance mere minutes before curtain, might make you think that Billy Elliot is headed for disaster. Look we all know things are going to happen during previews. That's why they have them. To fix whatever problems may arise before the critics come. No matter what you have heard or have read that fact remains that Billy Elliot is a charming and uplifting story that in my opinion will run for a very long time. No matter what the critics say.

American Buffalo(Belasco Theatre)
First Preview-October 31. Opening Night-November 17.
The second David Mamnet show of the season(Speed-The-Plow which just opened to rave reviews)is American Buffalo. Featuring an all star cast(John Leguizamo,Cedric The Entertainer,Hayley Joel Osment)American Buffalo centers on the bungled robbery of a rare and valuable American Buffalo nickel from a neighborhood collector. I myself can't wait to see what type of chemistry these three talented actor's will have during this roller coater ride of a play.

Dividing The Estate(Booth Theatre)
Currently in previews. Opening Night-November 20.
Following a successful run Off-Broadway Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Horton Foote's new play open this fall on Broadway. If the past reviews are any indication expect this show to do very well.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas(Marquis Theatre)
First Preview-November 14. Opening Night-November 23. Closes January 4.
You've seen the movie. You know the songs.Now see this holiday classic live on the Broadway stage. If ticket sales are any indication expect this show to be an annual event.

Liza's At The Palace(Palace Theatre)
Opens December 3. Closes December 14.
That's right folks. The diva herself returns to the Broadway stage for nine performances this December. The only question is will she get thru every show? My guess is that this could be the comeback that all her fans have been waiting for. We shall see.

Quite a season huh?

Next Week: My thoughts on Slava's Snowshow,Pal Joey, and Shrek The Musical. Until next time theatre lovers.

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