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Broadway Openings Set For 2020

Broadway Openings Set For 2020

 Laura Linney Photo by Manuel Harlan

The new Broadway revival of West Side Story, directed by Tony winner Ivo van Hove, will officially open at the Broadway Theatre February 20th. The production, which began previews December 10th, was scheduled to open February 6th. This is not the West Side Story you will be expecting. The choreography is by the avant-garde formalist Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Set in the present day, some gang members carry iPhones. There’s more, but I’ll let you discover that on your own.

2020 starts off with a bang with Laura Linney and My Name is Lucy Barton. Lucy wakes after an operation to find—much to her surprise—her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. The show opens at the Samuel J. Friedman first preview: January 4th, opening night: January 15th.

Girl From The North Country
Girl From The North Country

Transferring from the Public Theatre Girl From The North Country tells of a guesthouse in 1934, in the heartland of America, a group of travelers pass in and out of each other’s lives, and share stories that awaken each other with passion, fury and, beauty. Written by Conor McPherson and set to the music and the lyrics of Bob Dylan, Tony nominees Marc Kudisch, David Pittu, and Mare Winningham star along with Todd AlmondJeannette BayardelleMatthew Frederick HarrisCaitlin HoulahanRobert JoyLuba MasonBen MayneTom Nelis, Colton RyanJohn SchiappaAustin Scott, Kimber Elayne SprawlRachel Sternand Chelsea Lee Williams. First Preview at the Belasco starts February 7th with an opening night set for March 5th.

Six, the concert-esque musical gives the six ill-fated wives of Henry VIII the opportunity to tell their story through a high-energy pop score. Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Abby Mueller, Brittney Mack, Samantha Pauly, and Anna Uzele will reprise their roles as Henry VIII’s wives. First previews begin February 13th at the Brooks Atkinson with a March 12th opening.

Anna D. Shapiro directs Tracey Letts The Minutes at the Core Theatre. The cast includes Letts, Jessie Mueller, Armie Hammer, Blair Brown, K. Todd Freeman, Austin Pendleton, Ian Barford, Cliff Chamberlain, Danny McCarthy, Sally Murphy, and Jeff Still. This Pulitzer Prize finalist about small-town politics and real-world power will reunite Shapiro and Letts for the first time on Broadway since August: Osage County. First preview begins February 25th with an opening night of March 15th

Mark Addy, Johnny Flynn Photo by Ahron R. Foster

The Olivier Award-winning Royal Court Theatre production of Martin McDonagh’s Hangman transferred to the West End prior to making its U.S. debut, enjoyed a sold-out run Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company in 2018. Reprising their roles from the West End are Mark Addy as Harry, Owen Campbell as CleggGaby French as Shirley, Richard Hollis as Bill, and John Horton as Arthur. New to the production are Tracie Bennett as Alice, Ewen Bremner as Syd, John Hodgkinson as Pierrepoint, and Dan Stevens as Mooney. When local British hangman Harry finds himself without a job on the day that hanging has been abolished. In the wake of this historic decision, a string of events lead to both comic and tragic consequences. First preview begins February 28th at the Golden theatre with a March 19th opening.

Patti LuPone Photo by Tristram Kenton

The revival of Stephen Sondheim Company comes to the Bernad B. Jacobs with their first preview March 2nd and an opening night of March 22nd. Directed by Marianne Elliott and starring Katrina Lenk as Bobbie, alongside Patti LuPone, reprising her Olivier Award-winning performance as Joanne. Joining are Matt Doyle as Jamie, Christopher Fitzgerald as David, Christopher Sieber as Harry, Jennifer Simard as Sarah, Terence Archie as Larry, Etai Benson as Paul, Nikki Renée Daniels as Jenny, Claybourne Elder as Andy, Greg Hildreth as Peter, Kyle Dean Massey as Theo, and Bobby Conte Thornton as P.J.

Judy Kaye, Erin Davie, Roe Hartrampf, Jeanna de Waal.
Photo by Gavin Bond. Costumes by Wiliam Ivey Long

Jeanna de Waal and Roe Hartrampf reprise their roles as Princess Diana and Prince Charles from the La Jolla Playhouse spring 2019 production of Diana. Book, music, and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan and directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley. First preview begins March 2nd with a March 31st opening night.

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf, Rupert Everett, Russell Tovey, Patsy Ferran star in the
revival of  Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Directed by Joe Mantello at the Booth. First Previews begin March 3rd with an opening night April 9th.

The Nederlander Theatre brings The Lehman Trilogy to Broadway. This 163-year saga that begins with a young man in Bavaria dreaming of a new life and ends with one of the world’s largest financial crises. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Adam Godley, Ben Miles, and Simon Russell Beale, who play the three title brothers, their sons, and grandson. First preview starts March 7th with an opening night set for March 26th.


Jenn Gambatese and Rob McClure Photo by Tracy Martin 

Mrs. Doubtfire comes to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre begining March 9th with a red carpet opening April 5th. Directed by Jerry Zaks, starring Rob McClure  as the struggling actor who disguises himself as a nanny in order to spend more time with his children. Look for Jenn Gambatese and Brad Oscar to lighten this movie turned musical.

The most interesting fare is Tom Kitt, Michael Korie and James Lapine’s Flying Over Sunset. Carmen Cusack stars as playwright and diplomat Clare Booth Luce, Harry Hadden-Paton as writer Aldous Huxley, and Tony Yazbek as movie star Cary Grant. Follow three artists during the ’50s as they experiment with the drug LSD. At a crossroads in their lives the three come together, and under the influence of the drug, take a trip and confront the mysteries of their lives and their world. Performances begin March 12th with an opening April 16th.

Sharon D Clarke photo by Alastair Muir 

Sharon D. Clarke makes her Broadway debut in the transfer of her Olivier Award-winning performance as Caroline, an African-American maid whose world of ’60s Louisiana changes in ways big and small in Caroline or Change. Written by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori. First previews begin March 13th at Studio 54 with an opening night set for April 7th

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker star in the revival of the classic Neil Simon show Plaza Suite. John Benjamin Hickey directs this comedy that reunites the real-life couple on Broadway for the first time in over 20 years. First previews begin March 13th with an opening night set for April 13th at the Hudson Theater.

Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse reprise their roles more than 20 years later after the 1997 Off-Broadway debut of the Pulitzer-prize winning play How I Learned To Drive. Li’l Bit (Parker) as she looks back in time in order to make sense of an uncle (Morse) who impacted her past, present, and future. Written by Paula Vogel and directed by Mark Brokaw at the Samuel J. Friedman Ttheatre. First preview March 27th with an opening April 22nd.

Tony winner Laurence Fishburne and Oscar winner Sam Rockwell star in the David Mamet’s American Buffalo. This play tells of a junk shop owner as he schemes to get back a valuable nickel sold for much less than it’s worth. Emmy winner Darren Criss co-stars. Neil Pepe directs at the Circle in the Square. First preview March 24th with an April 14th opening.

Debra Messing

The New York premiere of Noah Haidle’s play Birthday Candles. Debra Messing is a woman striving for significance in her life at the American Airlines Theatre. First preview April 2nd with an April 21st opening.

A revival of the Tony-winning Richard Greenberg comedy-drama Take Me Out, is about the coming out of a gay baseball player. Directed by Scott Ellis, starring Jessie Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson with Patrick J. Adams, Brandon J. Dirden, Julian Cihi, Hiram Delgado, Will Harrison, Carl Lundstedt, Ken Marks, Michael Oberholtzer, and Joél Pérez. First preview April 2nd with an April 23rd opening.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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