Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Season Ahead Part 4

Well it's time for my final look at the remaning new shows this season. Here are the final four.

Fences(April 26)Those who know me know what a huge Denzel Washington fan I am. In fact I actually bought a ticket for his last Broadway show Julious Casear in 2005. I have also enjoyed August Wilson's plays but have yet to read this one. This new production will return to Broadway for the first time since the original 1987 production that won the Tony Award for Best Play as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The first preview is set for April 1th with it set to open on April 26. Please note that the show is only scheduled to run for 13 weeks. When tickets are set to go on sale have yet be announced. When it does watch out. It is going to be one hot ticket my friends.

ENRON(April 27)This new play which is based on the 2001 scandal first premiered in London in July 2009 to outstanding reviews. For those of you unfamiliar with the story let me give you a little background on the scandal courtesy of Wikipedia.
"Revealed in October 2001, eventually led to the bankruptcy of the Enron Corporation, an American energy company based in Houston, Texas, and the dissolution of Arthur Andersen, which was one of the five largest audit and accountancy partnerships in the world. In addition to being the largest bankruptcy reorganization in American history at that time, Enron undoubtedly is the biggest audit failure." Could be interesting night in the theatre. Set to star as disgraced Enron executive is Tony Award winner and Broadway favorite Norbert Leo Butz.

Collected Stories(April 28)The show which first opened Off-Broadway in 1996 is set to make it's Broadway premier this Spring.This will also mark the second show by playwright Donald Marguiles to open this season. His other show Time Stands Still which is in previews now is also being produced by the Manhattan Theater Club. The show stars Tony Award winner Linda Lavin and one of my favorite actresses Sarah Paulson. Previews are set to begin on April 6 with an official opening set for April 28. Here is a brief description of the show according to a production source."Ruth Steiner is a teacher and respected short story writer. Her student and protege is Lisa Morrison. Over the course of 6 years Lisa journeys from insecure student to successful writer. Her fame comes from a novel based on Ruth's affair with poet Delmore Schwartz. The women deal with the moral dilemma of whether a person's life events are suitable for another to use in the creative process." I think I might have to check this one out.

Lips Together, Teeth Apart(April 29)Like Collected Stories this is another play that began it's journey Off-Broadway only to open years later on Broadway. One of Terrence McNally's most beloved plays is set to open the American Airlines Theatre this Spring. Heading the cast are Megan Mullally,Patton Oswalt, and Lily Taylor. The show takes place on Fire Island during the 4th of July and involves two straight couples. Will Roundabout Theatre Company finally have a hit? Time will tell.

Well there we are. Which one will fail and which one will scucceed? It's going to be a very interseting three months. Until next time theatre fans.

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