Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What To See In 2017: Part One

Sunday in the Park with GeorgeHard to believe that 2016 is over huh?  It seems like only yesterday that I was celebrating the end of 2015, and here we are in 2017. Time sure does fly doesn't it? Especially in the big bad city. So now, as we embark on a new year, I figured it was time to showcase all the brand new shows set to open on the Great White Way in the coming months. And away we go!

August Wilson's Jitney
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Opens: January 19

What's that? A new August Wilson play on Broadway? Now technically it's not new, as the show premiered in 1982. However this is the first time that the show has ever been on Broadway. The play, which is being directed by Tony Award winner, and August Wilson alum Ruben Santiago-Hudson, is set to open at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 19. Now I am a huge August Wilson fan. I have been ever since I saw Two Trains Running on Broadway back in 1992. That production started Lawrence Fishburne, who won a Tony Award for his performance. Are you seeing a pattern here theatre fans? August Wilson + Broadway = Tony Awards. I hope I didn't just jinx it. I guess we will soon find out.

Sunday In The Park With George
Hudson Theatre
First Preview: February 11
Opens: February 23
Closes: April 23

One of the most unexpected evenings I ever spent in the theatre was during the 2008 Broadway revival of this show. So there I sat in the Rear Orchestra getting ready for the show to begin. Cut to two and half hours later and I knew that I was just witness to one of the greatest productions I have ever seen. Now we are some nine years later and the show is poised to take Broadway by storm once again. This new production is starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford. Excited yet theatre fans?

The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie
First Preview: February 14
Opens: March 23

One of the theatre's most celebrated plays, is headed back to the Great White Way in a brand new production, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Fun Home, Othello). Oh and did I mention that it also stars two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field as Amanda Wingfield. That alone is worth the price of admission theatre fans. Expect The Glass Menagerie  to be a big contender at this year's Tony Award.

Significant Other
First Preview: February 14
Opens: March 2

A new American play by an up and coming playwright on Broadway? Count me in theatre fans. Writer Joshua Harmon, who's critically acclaimed production of Bad Jews opened Off-Broadway in 2012, will make his Broadway debut with Significant Other. Here's hoping it will be just as successful on the big stage. Fingers crossed.

The Price
First Preview: February 16
Opens: March 16

Let me just say that I can not wait to see this show. Not only am I a huge Arthur Miller fan, but I am super excited to see this production finally getting it's due on Broadway after all these years. Yes I know that it's only been seventeen years since the last revival. But who's counting? After all, Gypsy and La Cage Aux Folles have had multiple revivals in the last two decades. How about a little love for one of America's greatest playwright's am I right?

Come From AwayCome From Away
First Preview: February 18
Opens: March 12

For those of my fellow New Yorkers who were here on 9/11, you know that it is a day that we will never forget. It was a day that not only changed our lives, but the lives of a nation. It's hard to believe that this year will mark the sixteenth year since that terrible tragedy. Since that time, there have been countless films and television shows recounting that horrible day. Now here we are in 2017, and we are about to experience it once again. This time in musical form. Now when the show was first announced I wasn't sure what to think about it. To be honest I still don't. But I'm willing to give it a chance.

So there you have it theatre fans. Quite the upcoming season don't you think? Stay tuned for Part Two on the 2016-2017 Broadway. Until next time theatre fans.

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