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  What recession? Broadway and Off-Broadway look forward to great theatre in 2009


The first few months of 2009 are already shaping up to be very exciting on the New York stage. New Broadway and Off-Broadway productions are waiting in the wings, promising to keep audiences entertained in the New Year.


Some of the highlights include:

33 VARIATIONS, starring Jane Fonda in a new play written & directed by Moisés Kaufman at a Broadway theatre this winter.

ACCENT ON YOUTH, featuring David Hyde Pierce and Charles Kimbrough, written by Samson Raphaelson and directed by Daniel Sullivan at MTC’s Friedman Theatre in April.

THE AMERICAN PLAN, featuring Lily Rabe and Mercedes Ruehl, at MTC’s Friedman Theatre in January, written by Richard Greenberg and directed by David Grindley.  

DISTRACTED, a new play by Lisa Loomer, featuring Cynthia Nixon at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw in March.  

HEDDA GABLER, starring Mary Louise Parker, Michael Cerveris and Paul Sparks, directed by Ian Rickson at Roundabout’s American Airlines theatre in January.  

IMPRESSIONISM, a new play by Michael Jacobs, starring Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, directed by Jack O’Brien on Broadway in April.  

MARY STUART, from the Donmar Warehouse, in a new version by Peter Oswald, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, starring Janet McTeer and Harriet Walter at the Broadhurst Theatre in April.  

OFFICES, a set of three one-act comedies by Ethan Coen, directed by Neil Pepe, at the Atlantic Theater Company in the Spring.   

THE PHILANTHROPIST, by Christopher Hampton starring Matthew Broderick at Roundabout’s American Airlines theatre in April, directed by David Grindley.  

RUINED, a world premiere by Lynn Nottage, begins performances in January at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I, directed by Kate Whoriskey.  RUINED is a co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

SOUL OF SHAOLIN, featuring 33 Chinese nationals who are highly skilled in Shaolin Kung Fu, begins in January at the the Marquis Theatre.

VANITIES, A New Musical starring Lauren Kennedy, Sarah Stiles and Anneliese van der Pol, directed by Judith Ivey, on Broadway in February.  

WAITING FOR GODOT, starring Bill Irwin and Nathan Lane, at Roundabout’s Studio 54 on Broadway in April, directed by Anthony Page.   

ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN, by Charles Fuller and the third play in Signature Theatre Company’s season-long tribute to the Negro Ensemble Company, opens in March.

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