With Monday’s opening of Gettin’ The Band Back Together at the Belasco Theatre the season has kicked off with revival of The Boys In The Band, Straight White Men and Head Over Heels. Gettin’ The Band Back Together has music and lyrics by Mark Allen, book by Ken Davenport and Grundleshotz. John Rando is directing this new musical about an investment banker who loses his job and decides to restart his life by reorganizing his high school rock band.
Three days later Pretty Woman opens at the Nederlander Theatre. Written by Garry Marshall (book), Bryan Adam and Jim Vallance (score), directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchel, has this musical adaptation of the hugely successful film starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere praying it can transfer to the stage. The show stars Samantha Barks, Andy Karl and his wife Orfeh.
**In September look for Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet at the American Airlines Theatre. Rebeck’s new play is set against the lavish, late-19th-century production of Hamlet starring Sarah Bernhardt in her make-or-break role. Janet McTeer, last seen on Broadway in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, will bring the legendary leading lady to life. Previews begins August 31st, opening: September 25th.
The Nap: is by the author of the rollicking, award-winning Broadway comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. This comedy about the world of snooker – the British version of pool, follows Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young star arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan’s forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters that include his ex-convict dad, saucy mum, quick-tongued manager and a renowned gangster, to boot. It’s a fast-paced comedy thriller where, in an exciting twist, the tournament unfolds live on stage. This American premiere is by Richard Bean, directed by Daniel Sullivan, with Alexandra Billings, John Ellison Conlee, Johanna Day, Ahmed Aly Elsayed, Ethan Hova, Heather Lind, Max Gordon Moore, Bhavesh Patel, Thomas Jay Ryan, Ben Schnetzer. Previews start September 5th at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with an opening: September 27th.
**The Lifespan Of A Fact stars Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale, directed by Leigh Silverman. Written by: Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell, Jim Fingal has a small job: to fact check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim Fingal’s boss has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D’Agata. And now, Jim Fingal has a huge problem: John made up the majority of his article. What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up? Previews start September 20th, at Studio 54, with an opening October 18th.
Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery stars Elaine May, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges and David Cromer. A feisty Greenwich Village art dealer must give up her beloved gallery due to her advancing years. As time rearranges her world, she must rely more then ever on her family’s love, loyalty, and devotion. The show is directed by Lila Neugebauer and starts previews September 25th at John Golden Theatre, with an opening set for October 25th.
**Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman is set in rural Northern Ireland in 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor. This play won 10 major awards in London, will be directed by Sam Mendes. Previews start October 2nd at Bernard B. Jacobs with an opening set for October 21st.
**I have been waiting for King Kong since it first played in Australia in 2016. Written by Jack Thorne (book), Marius de Vries and Eddie Perfect (score), directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie starring The cast is led by Christiani Pitts, (A Bronx Tale) as Ann Darrow, Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!) as Carl Denham, and Erik Lochtefeld (Misery, Metamorphoses) as Lumpy. Previews start October 5th at The Broadway Theatre with an opening set for November 8th.
Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale star in Christopher Demos-Brown American Son at the Booth Theatre. Kenny Leon directs the story of a Florida police station in the middle of the night; a mother searching for her missing teenage son. American Son is a gripping tale of two parents caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance. Previews start October 6th, with an opening set for November 4th.
**Michael Urie brings the acclaimed 2017 Off-Broadway revival Torch Song back with the cast intact to The Hayes. Previews begin October 9th with an official opening November 1st.
The Prom is an original musical by by Bob Martin (book), Chad Beguelin (lyrics), Matthew Sklar (music), about a gay couple who want to attend their high school prom. Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber star as Casey Nicholaw takes the helm. Previews begin October 21st at Longacre Theatre, with an opening night set for November 15th.
**The Cher Show traces the career of pop star Cher. Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, Jarrod Spector, Michael Berrese, Michael Campayno and Emily Skinner star. But you know the start of the show will be Bob Mackie’s costumes. Directed by Jason Moore, choreography, Christopher Gattelli, book by Rick Elice and music by various composers. Previews start November 1st but the show opens at the Neil Simon December 3rd.
**Lots of controversy has already hit To Kill A Mockingbird starring Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Stark Sands, Frederick Weller, Erin Wilhelmi, Dakin Matthews, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stephen Mckinley Henderson, Phyllis Somerville, Liv Rooth. Based on Harper Lee’s novel of the same title, but written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher. Previews begin November 1st at The Shubert with an opening: December 13th.
**The most interesting option is Network, based on the classic 1976 film, starring Bryan Cranston. Bartlett Sher is also directing this “I’m mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore”, play. Previews begin November 10th at The Cort, with opening night set for December 6th.
Last up for the end of 2018 is Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy. For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? Trip Cullman directs, Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton and Jeremy Pope at the Samuel J. Friedman. Previews begin: December 27th with an opening January 22nd.
Coming up in the New Year: True West, Kiss Me Kate, Tootsie and Glenda Jackson as King Lear.