This upcoming Broadway season is looking like one for the books! According to the AP, some of Hollywood’s most notable actors are making their marks on the stage this season along with the veterans that every theater lover knows.
Al Pacino will be in this season’s revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, and the revival of The Heiress is going to be my must see this season as it will be starring Dan Stevens, who plays the swoon-worthy Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. Other revivals include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Rogers & Hammerstein’s, Cinderella.
If you are looking for the family-friendly shows like Cinderella, you are in for a real treat. Matilda: The Musical based on the Roald Dahl classic, is coming this season after achieving overwhelming success in London. The AP is reporting that the show “took more prizes than any show in the 36-year history of the British theater’s Olivier Awards.” Also, be on the lookout this Christmas for the return of Elf, as well as another musical based on a movie, Christmas Story, The Musical! That’s right, a musical based on the movie traditionally played on loop every year on TBS. Christmas Story, The Musical! had a successful five-city U.S. tour last year and is scheduled to open on November 19th.
If you just want the chance to see famous actors acting live, ”The Performers,” will open in November starring Henry Winkler (aka The Fonz, aka Barry Zuckerkorn) and Cheyenne Jackson, although it is not recommended for children as the plot line involves “Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas”. Paul Rudd and Ed Asner will be starring in Craig Wright’s play, Grace. On a side note, even though Paul Rudd is known predominantly for his comedic roles in films such as I Love You, Man and Role Models, he is actually incredibly versatile. I once had the privilege of seeing a recording of him portraying “Duke Orsino” in a production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and I was blown away by his character transformation.
Many A-listers will be off-Broadway this season. The AP has reported that “Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce will star in Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Lincoln Center Theater; Jake Gyllenhaal will appear in Nick Payne’s If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet at the Roundabout Theatre Company; Edie Falco will star in The Madrid at Manhattan Theatre Club; and Theatre for a New Audience will have not one, but two plays by Wallace Shawn (inconceivable!).”
Hope you all can make it to a show this year! I know I will. For the full list, click the AP link above.Tags: Al Pacino, Broadway, Broadway 2012-2013, Christmas Story, Dan Stevens, David Hyde Pierce, Downton Abbey, Edie Falco, Elf, Henry Winkler, Jake Gyllenahaal, Matilda, Paul Rudd, Sigourney Weaver, Wallace Shawn