Broadway bound: new in NY

April 9, 2008
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It’s an interesting year on Broadway, where …

  • “August: Osage County” (which we could have seen last summer at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre) is winning over critics and drawing comparison to Eugene O’Neil’s work.

  • Revivals of “South Pacific” and “Gypsy” are turning into the town’s hottest ticket.

  • ”Young Frankenstein” and “The Little Mermaid” are fighting for the respect earned by predecessors “The Producers” and “The Lion King,” respectively.

  • Stars are out in force, including Morgan Freeman and Frances McDormand in “The Country Girl,” Laurence Fishburne in “Thurgood,” Patrick Stewart in “Macbeth,” James Earl Jones in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Laura Linnea in "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," and Nathan Lane in “November.”

  • And new or about-to-open musicals including “In the Heights,” “A Catered Affair,” “Glory Days,” “Passing Strange” and “Cry-Baby” are keeping things new and interesting.

I bring this up because I’m plotting a New York trip for later in the month. I will, of course, be reporting back to you in IBJ’s pages on what I find.

While I work on my schedule, I’ll ask you: What current Broadway shows have you already seen? What shows would you hope to find on my to-see list? And do you have any early predictions for this year’s Tony Awards?

Your thoughts?
  • Lou,

    I saw Curtains and would suggest that you don't waste your time or money. Very mediocre - even with David Hyde Pierce.

    I wish I had seen Come Back Little Sheba instead when I had the chance, because it closed after a limited run. S. Epatha Merkerson as 'Sheba' is apparently getting Tony consideration.

    I don't know how you're getting tickets, but I recommend the online site Good prices and no waiting inline at a TKTS booth. They even email tickets if you order soon enough.

    Have a good trip.
  • I saw August: Osage County during my annual NYC theatre trip in early March, and it was hands-down one of the best plays I've ever seen. (And I've seen several dozen in recent years.) The long (3:20) running time nearly scared me off, but the writing is so crisp and witty that you'll never notice the time. I would bet on it garnering multiple Tony awards.

    This year I also saw The 39 Steps (clever and entertaining, 'tho a bit slapstick for my taste) and November (weak show but a wonderful performance by Nathan Lane). I have seen nearly all of the musicals, and Gypsy hadn't opened yet.

    I agree with Jeff on Curtains. I saw it in March 2007 and was stunned to find it still running last month. And I second the recommendation for Another tip is that AmEx gold card events will get you fabulous (often aisle) seats, but you'll pay full price.

    Have a wonderful time in my second favorite (to London) city for theatre!
  • I really want to see the Patrick Stewart MACBETH. Even Ben Brantley is raving about it, and he doesn't just hand out praise. I don't know if I'll get to New York to see it though . . . I hope you get to see it.

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