Monday, January 13, 2014

What To See In 2014:Part Three

That's right theatre fans. It's time for part three of my four part series discussing the new shows coming to Broadway. So far I have written my thoughts on ten new shows that are set to open in the coming months. Now comes three more. All of which are plays. So let's get too it. Enjoy!

Of Mice and Men
Longacre Theatre
First Preview: March 19
Opens: April 16

Let me just start off by saying that I have never read Of Mice and Men. Haven't seen the movie either. Now does that mean that I don't want to see the show? You better believe I do. After all it does have two very talented actor's starring in it. (James Franco, Chris O'Dowd) Not too mention it is being directed by a Tony winning director (Anna D. Shapiro of August: Osage County fame) Now while I haven't read the book I am a little familiar with the story. Although to be honest I thought the two guys were brothers and not friends. I guess I should read up on it a little before I see it huh? Or maybe I'll just wait and just go along for the ride. I think that's the better idea. As of now the show is only scheduled to run thru July 27 but if reviews are good you never know. Maybe it will extend. Stranger things have happened. Either way expect the show to sell a lot of tickets at the box office this Spring.

Outside Mullingar
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
First Preview: January 3
Opens: January 23
Closes: March 16

A new play by Tony and Academy Award winning writer John Patrick Shanley? Count me in. Not only that but it stars fellow Tony winner Brian F. O'Byrne and Emmy winner Debra Messing. Now I know nothing about the show except what I just wrote about so but isn't that enough to make you run right out and see it? It is for me. As of now the show is only scheduled to run thru March 16 but with all shows at the Manhattan Club they usually extend a few weeks if reviews are good. We will soon find out.

A Raisin In The Sun
Barrymore Theatre
First Preview: March 8
Opens: April 3

Now this is the one that I have been waiting for people. Denzel Washington is my favorite actor of all time and I am still kicking myself that I missed him the last time he was on the Great White Way. You can bet that I won't make that mistake again. Starring along side him are Tony winners Diahann Carroll, Anika Noni Rose and Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo. Look we already know that this show is going to do well at the box office. The big question is how it will fare when the Tony nominations come out in April. We will soon find out.

So there you have it folks. Part three in my four part series. Next up is Rocky, The Velocity of Autumn and Violet.  Until next time theatre fans.

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