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New and Noteworthy on and off-Broadway: The Real Thing still a word lover's delight. . . Terence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart shows its age. . . Jacuzzi extended to 11/14. . . Suzan-Lori Parks returns to the Public Theater with a powerful new history play, Father Comes Home From The Wars (parts 1, 2 & 3) at the Public Theater. . . The Last Ship . . .
The popular, long running hit Here Lies Love is closing 1/03/15 . ..
The best stage to tv offering: The terrific Theater Close-ups off-Broadway stage-to-tv screen series currently doing the Apple Family plays and more to come . . .
Three New offerings from Labyrinth Theater Company. In 2015 Lear deBessonet directs Lucy Thurber's new play, The Insurgents aboutSally Wright, a woman who has traveled across the country searching for something to believe in, only to find herself home again. Next up will be Nice Girl by Melissa Ross and directed by Labyrinth Theater Company's Artistic Director Mimi O'Donnell. It's about 37-year-old Josephine Rosen, who has settled into the uncomfortable comfort of an unintended spinsterhood when a chance flirtation gives her hope for the possibility of change.
A New Home and 2014-2015 Play Schedule
The New Group's 2014-2015 20th Anniversary season will see it moving to the Pershing Square Signature Center at480 West 42nd Street. First ups will be the first major New York revival of Sticks and Bones, the Tony Award-winning play by David Rabe, directed by Scott Elliott, and featuring Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman; next up will be the New York premiere of Rasheeda Speaking by Joel Drake Johnson, helmed by Cynthia Nixon in her directorial debut, and featuring Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest; finally, there will be the world premiere of The Spoils, a new play written by and featuring Jesse Eisenberg, directed by Scott Elliott. See our Off-Broadway listings for TBA detals.
Here's a line-up of what the Pearl Theater Company has in store for you :
NOV. 4 - DEC. 14, 2014 co-produced by GINGOLD THEATRICAL GROUP MAJOR BARBARA by BERNARD SHAW directed by DAVID STALLER
FEB. 10 - MAR. 15, 2015 THE WINTER'S TALE by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE directed by MICHAEL SEXTON
MAY 5 - JUNE 7, 2015 DON JUAN by M. de MOLIERE directed by HAL BROOKS
For a preview of what to expect from Hugh Jackman's next Broadway appearance, see our London critic's review of The River. Butterworth is a playwright who's become almost as "hot" as Jackman with plays like Blue Heron and Jerusalem. The MCC Theater 2014-15 Season includes the following:
Sept 3 – Oct 12. World Premiere of THe Money Shot by Neil LaBute, directed by Terry Kinney. What it's about: Karen and Steve are glamorous movie stars who haven't had a hit in years. Karen, her partner Bev, Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy meet in order to make an important decision as to how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain?
Oct 29 – Dec 7. New York Premiere of Punk Rock by Simon Stephens, directed by Trip Cullman. What it's about: In a private school outside of Manchester, England a group of highly-articulate seventeen year-olds flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for their A-Level mock exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal.
Feb 4 – Mar 15. New York Premiere of The Nether by Jennifer Haley, directed by Anne Kaufman. What it's about: A young female detective begins an investigation to determine if there is a point at which thought or intention may actually constitute a crime.
Apr 29 – June / World Premiere of Permission by Robert Askins. What it's about: Eric and Cyndy decide to follow the lead of their friends Zach and Shelley and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. But restructuring their lives and their union according to role play and a new moral code upends everything they knew.
Classic Stage Company's Upcoming Season.
Classic Stage Company's upcoming season begins with Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro, directed by John Doyle, the second installment of CSC's Musical Theater Initiative. In January Peter Sarsgaard returns to CSC starring in Shakespeare's Hamlet. The season concludes in April with Chris Noth starring in Christopher Marlowe's DOCTOR FAUSTUS, directed by Andrei Belgrader.
Playwrights Horizons 2014/2015 Season
GRAND CONCOURSE. World Premiere by Heidi Schreck, directed by Kip Fagan October to December 2014 atPeter Jay Sharp Theater
POCATELLO. World Premiere of a new play by Samuel D. Hunter. Directed by Davis McCallumNovember 2014 – January 2015. Mainstage Theater
PLACEBO. World Premiere of a new play by Melissa James Gibson. Directed by Daniel Aukin. February – April 2015Peter Jay Sharp Theater
IOWA. World Premiere of a new musical play by Jenny Schwartz. Music and lyrics by Todd Almond. Oratorio lyrics by Jenny Schwartz. Peter Jay Sharp Theater,
A look at Broadway audiences courtesy of The Broadway League's 16th annual demographics report: Tourists accounted for 66% of all Broadway tickets, up from 63% in the 2011-2012 season. The number of attendances by domestic tourists has grown from 3.4 million in 1999 to 5 million in 2013. International visitors comprised a w high ofalmost 23% of tickets sold. Attendance by suburbanites was the lowest on record, at 17% or just under 2 million tickets. The average age of the Broadway attendee was 42.5 years old, slightly younger than the past few seasons, with the highest ever percentage of theatregoers age 18 – 24 (14% or 1.6 million admissions) in the history of this analysis. Kids and teens accounted for just over one million admissions. 78% of admissions were made by Caucasian theatregoers, the same as the previous year. That said, there is an increase the diversity of audiences, particularly with Hispanic audienceswhich at 8% wasthe second highest in the history of this analysis. Forty-one percent of respondents said they purchased their tickets online, with telephone sales declining accordingly. Females accounted for 68% of the audiences. Playgoers tended to be more frequent theatregoers than musical attendees. The typical play attendee saw seven shows in the past year; the musical attendee, three. Word-of-mouth was the most influential factor in show selection.
The London hit The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is headed to Broadway's Barrymore Theater next Fall. Marianne Elliott will again direct but count on a new Christopher rather than Luke Treadway. The London production which came to a halt after the Apollo Theater collapsed will resume in the Gielgud Theater late in June. For an idea of what to expect see our London Review.
Eugene O'Neill's The Ice Man Cometh comes to New York again in 2015! It will be at the Brooklyn's Academy of Music. It's a reprise of Chicago's Goodman Theatre production that starred Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. The six-week engagement will run 2/05/15 to 3/15/15. The epic drama last big New York production was in 1999 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater and starred Kevin Spacey as Hickey.