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Broadway is STARRIER THAN EVER!

 Broadway is STARRIER THAN EVER!

2009-2010 Season 

Click here to find out about all the

stars and new shows coming to Broadway this season:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXwpX3Z2NU4  

New Stars Added! 

New stars and shows have been announced for this season!

Joining previously announced productions are A Little Night Music, Million Dollar Quartet, Next Fall and Sondheim on Sondheim.

Here are some of the amazing stars who are performing this season on the Great White Way:

Dennis Boutsikaris (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Barbara Cook (Sondheim on Sondheim), Alan Cumming (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Anya Garnis & Pasha Kovalev of “So You Think You Can Dance” (Burn The Floor), Mara Davi (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Melissa Errico (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Carrie Fisher (Wishful Drinking), Nolan Gerard Funk (Bye Bye Birdie),  Victor Garber (Present Laughter), Ana Gasteyer (The Royal Family), Gina Gershon (Bye Bye Birdie), John Glover (The Royal Family), Alexander Hanson (A Little Night Music), (Rosemary Harris (The Royal Family), Douglas Hodge (La Cage aux Folles), Dee Hoty (Bye Bye Birdie), Jayne Houdyshell (Bye Bye Birdie), Bill Irwin (Bye Bye Birdie), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music), Jude Law (Hamlet), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still), Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family), Laurie Metcalf (Brighton Beach Memoirs; Broadway Bound), Sienna Miller (After Miss Julie), Jonny Lee Miller (After Miss Julie), Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Larry Pine (The Royal Family), Tony Roberts (The Royal Family), Reg Rogers (The Royal Family), Alicia Silverstone (Time Stands Still), John Stamos (Bye Bye Birdie), Evan Rachel Wood (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Vanessa Williams (Sondheim on Sondheim), Tony Yazbeck (Irving Berlin’s White Christmas), Catherine Zeta Jones (A Little Night Music).

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BROADWAY SEASON ALREADY ANNOUNCED

                                                        FIRST PREVIEW                      OPENING NIGHT

BURN THE FLOOR                   July 25, 2009                                       August 2, 2009

WISHFUL DRINKING              September 22, 2009                             October 4, 2009

HAMLET                                     September 12, 2009                             October 6, 2009

THE ROYAL FAMILY               September 15, 2009                             October 8, 2009

BYE BYE BIRDIE                      September 10, 2009                             October 15, 2009

AFTER MISS JULIE                September 18, 2009                             October 22, 2009

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS October 2, 2009                                October 25, 2009

RAGTIME                                October 23, 2009                                November 15, 2009

IRVING BERLIN’S
WHITE CHRISTMAS           November 13, 2009                             November 13, 2009

BROADWAY BOUND            November 18, 2009                             December 10, 2009

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC           TBA                                                     December TBA

PRESENT LAUGHTER            January 2, 2010                                    January 21, 2010

TIME STANDS STILL             January 5, 2010                                    January 28, 2010

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE        TBA                                                     March 4, 2010

NEXT FALL                                        TBA                                                    March 11, 2010

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM          March 19, 2010                                 April 22, 2010

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES                   March 2010                                         April 18, 2010

SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK     February 25, 2010                               TBA

COLLECTED STORIES                   April 6, 2010                                        April 28, 2010

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET                  TBA                                                    TBA

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS AND BROADWAY BOUND

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR

THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS

 

NEW PRODUCTIONS OF

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND,

DIRECTED BY DAVID CROMER

 

CAST FEATURES LAURIE METCALF AND DENNIS BOUTSIKARIS, WITH  

SANTINO FONTANA, JOSH GRISETTI, JESSICA HECHT, ALLAN MILLER,

NOAH ROBBINS AND ALEXANDRA SOCHA

 

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS OPENS OCTOBER 25, 2009

BROADWAY BOUND OPENS DECEMBER 10, 2009

ON BROADWAY AT A THEATRE TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

 

Producers Emanuel Azenberg and Ira Pittelman are pleased to announce casting for THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS – new productions of two of Neil Simon’s most beloved and successful works, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND.   David Cromer (currently represented in New York with the critically acclaimed production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town) directs THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS, which will be performed in repertory at a theatre to be announced. 

 

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS begins previews on Friday, October 2, 2009 and opens on Sunday, October 25, 2009.  BROADWAY BOUND begins previews on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 and opens Thursday, December 10, 2009.  Beginning with previews for BROADWAY BOUND, THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS will be performed in repertory on a varied schedule.   

 

The semi-autobiographical “Eugene Jerome” plays BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND were two of the longest running Broadway plays of the 1980s.  Both plays ushered in a new era of appreciation for Neil Simon, with praise for the playwright’s hilarious and poignant account of his adolescence, early career and family life in New York in the 1930s and 1940s. 

 

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS originally opened on March 27, 1983 at the Alvin Theatre and played for 1,299 performances.  (During the run of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, the Alvin Theatre was renamed The Neil Simon Theatre).   BROADWAY BOUND opened on December 4, 1986 at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it played for 756 performances.  

 

THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS star Laurie Metcalf as Kate Jerome and Dennis Boutsikaris as Jack Jerome, with Santino Fontana as Stanley Jerome, Josh Grisetti as Eugene Jerome in BROADWAY BOUND, Jessica Hecht as Blanche, Allan Miller as Ben in BROADWAY BOUND, Noah Robbins as Eugene Jerome in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and Alexandra Socha as Nora in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS.  Casting for the role of Laurie in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS will be announced soon.

 

Laurie Metcalf recently starred on Broadway with Nathan Lane in David Mamet’s November, earning a 2008 Tony Award nomination.  She is an original member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she has appeared in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Coyote Ugly, Educating Rita, Libra and Balm in Gilead (Drama Desk, Obie, Theatre World Awards). LA: Ovation Awards for Jane Anderson’s Looking for Normal and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (Geffen Theatre). TV: “Roseanne” and “The Norm Show.” Film: Desperately Seeking Susan, Internal Affairs, Making Mr. Right, Uncle Buck, JFK, Toy Story, Bulworth, Scream 2 and Leaving Las Vegas.

 

Dennis Boutsikaris’ Broadway credits include Amadeus, Filumena and Bent, and Obie Award-winning roles Off-Broadway in Sight Unseen and Nest of the Woodgrouse, as well as That Championship Season, The Boys Next Door and A Picasso.   TV credits include “Chasing the Dragon,” “And Then There Was One,” “Big Time,” “Stat,” “The Jackie Thomas Show” and “Misery Loves Company.” Film: In Dreams, Surviving Picasso, Boys on the Side, Dream Team, Crocodile Dundee II and *batteries not included.

 

Santino Fontana has appeared on Broadway in Sunday in the Park with George at Roundabout Theatre Company, Off-Broadway as Matt in The Fantasticks and currently plays Tony in Billy Elliot The Musical  Josh Grisetti, who will be making his Broadway debut, recently received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League and Lucille Lortel nominations and a Theatre World Award for his role as David Kolowitz in Enter Laughing at York Theatre Company.  Jessica Hecht has appeared on Broadway in Julius Caesar, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and After The Fall and is also known for her recurring roles in the TV shows “Friends” and “Seinfeld,” and as a series regular on “The Single Guy”. Allan Miller has extensive film, theater and TV credits, and last appeared on Broadway in Brooklyn Boy at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Biltmore Theatre.  Noah Robbins, who will be making his Broadway debut, is a senior at Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C., and has appeared in several shows at the Kennedy Center and as Max Bialystock in his high school’s production of The Producers.  Alexandra Socha returns to Broadway after playing Wendla in Spring Awakening.  

 

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS centers on young Jewish teen Eugene Morris Jerome and his extended family living in a crowded home in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn in 1937: his overworked father, Jack; overbearing mother, Kate; his older brother Stanley; Kate’s widowed sister Blanche and her daughters, Nora and Laurie.  As Eugene spends his time daydreaming about a baseball career, he must also cope with his family’s troubles, his awkward discovery of the opposite sex and his developing identity as a writer.   

 

In BROADWAY BOUND, it’s the late 1940s. Eugene and his older brother Stanley have started their careers as professional comedy writers, but at home in Brighton Beach, their parents’ marriage is falling apart.   When the brothers use these troubles as inspiration for a radio comedy skit, the Jerome family may never be the same. 

 

Neil Simon’s career spans a remarkable six decades in theatre, film and television and he is one of the world’s most performed authors.   He is the winner of three Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and the Mark Twain Award for American Humor and was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 1995.   Some of his beloved plays for the theatre include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, California Suite, Chapter Two, Lost in Yonkers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Dinner Party, the Eugene Trilogy of Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound, and the books for the musicals for Little Me, Sweet Charity, Promises Promises, They’re Playing Our Song and The Goodbye Girl

 

Director David Cromer is currently represented in New York with the critically acclaimed revival of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town at the Barrow Street Theatre.  His other New York credits include Adding Machine, for which he received a 2008 Obie Award, and Orson’s Shadow.  His Chicago directing credits include Picnic (Writers), Come Back, Little Sheba (Shattered Globe), Cider House Rules (Famous Door) and Angels in America (Journeymen) among others. His regional credits include Glass Menagerie at Kansas City Rep and Farnsworth Invention, SantaLand Diaries and Orson’s Shadow at Alley Theatre.

 

Scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costume design is by Jane Greenwood and lighting design is by Brian MacDevitt.  

 

Tickets will go on sale in August.  Rehearsals will begin in New York on Monday, August 24.  

 

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