Breaking News

Allergan Files Lawsuit Alleging Pershing, Valeant Violated SEC Rules
Tweet TWEET

Porn Stars, Daddy Warbucks Color Fall Stages: Preview

Tap for Slideshow
Photographer: Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via Bloomberg

Katie Holmes stars in the new comedy ``Dead Accounts." Theresa Rebeck's play begins previews Nov. 3, 2012, at the Music Box Theatre.

Close
Photographer: Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via Bloomberg

Katie Holmes stars in the new comedy ``Dead Accounts." Theresa Rebeck's play begins previews Nov. 3, 2012, at the Music Box Theatre. Close

Katie Holmes stars in the new comedy ``Dead Accounts." Theresa Rebeck's play begins previews Nov. 3, 2012, at the Music Box Theatre.

Photographer: Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via Bloomberg

Rob McClure as Charlie Chaplin in ``Chaplin." The Broadway musical, now in previews, officially opens at the Barrymore Theatre in New York on Sept. 10, 2012. Close

Rob McClure as Charlie Chaplin in ``Chaplin." The Broadway musical, now in previews, officially opens at the... Read More

Photographer: Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via Bloomberg

Katie Finneran stars as Miss Hannigan in a Broadway revival of ``Annie." The musical begins performances Oct. 3, 2012 at the Palace Theatre. Close

Katie Finneran stars as Miss Hannigan in a Broadway revival of ``Annie." The musical begins performances Oct. 3,... Read More

Photographer: Karen Almond/Public Theater via Bloomberg

Miguel Cervantes in ``Giant." Based on the novel and film, the new musical begins previews Oct. 26 at the Public Theater. Close

Miguel Cervantes in ``Giant." Based on the novel and film, the new musical begins previews Oct. 26 at the Public Theater.

Photographer: Matt Hoyle/Sam Rudy Media Relations via Bloomberg

Cheyenne Jackson, clockwise from top left, Ari Graynor, Jenni Barber, Henry Winkler and Daniel Breaker in a production still for the new romantic comedy ``The Performers." Set in Las Vegas at the Adult Film Awards, the show also stars Alicia Silverstone. Close

Cheyenne Jackson, clockwise from top left, Ari Graynor, Jenni Barber, Henry Winkler and Daniel Breaker in a... Read More

Photographer: Michael Brosilow/Jeffrey Richards Assoc. via Bloomberg

Amy Morton and Tracy Letts in a revival of Edward Albee's ``Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?" The drama is staged by Pam MacKinnon. Close

Amy Morton and Tracy Letts in a revival of Edward Albee's ``Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?" The drama is staged by Pam MacKinnon.

Stars (Katie Holmes, Al Pacino) and other bold-face names (Daddy Warbucks!) mingle with the unfamiliar as Broadway and off-Broadway kick into post-Labor Day high gear.

There’s a lot I’m looking forward to. Here’s a very selective look at my list of must-sees through November.

“Chaplin.” Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan’s new musical stars Rob McClure and follows the life of the Little Tramp from London poverty to Hollywood stardom. In previews now; opening Sept. 10 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.telecharge.com.

“Glengarry Glen Ross.” Sure, it’s another revival of a recently revived show, but David Mamet’s masterpiece about real estate, the pecking order, and salesmanship after Willy Loman has an unbeatable draw in Al Pacino in Daniel Sullivan’s production. Begins performances Oct. 16 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.telecharge.com.

“Annie.” Katie Finneran, the dazzling lush from “Promises, Promises,” plays deliciously nasty Miss Hannigan in James Lapine’s revival of the “Tomorrow” musical. Begins performances Oct. 3 at the Palace Theatre. Information: +1-877- 250-2929; http://www.telecharge.com.

Opera Dramas

Opera plays a big role in two new shows. Slinky Bebe Neuwirth stars in Terrence McNally’s “Golden Age,” about the 1835 premiere of Bellini’s “I Puritani,” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. (Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.telecharge.com.)

“Figaro,” based on “The Marriage of Figaro” -- the Beaumarchais comedy best known for Mozart’s opera -- brings back the wily servant in a new adaptation by Charles Morey. It starts Oct. 19 at the Pearl Theatre’s new 42nd Street home base. (Information: +1-212-598-9802; http://www.pearltheatre.org.)

“Giant,” the 1956 geyser of a film starring Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean, has been turned into a musical by the often brilliant composer/lyricist Michael John LaChiusa. The Public Theater presents the show’s New York premiere, beginning Oct. 26. (Information: +1-212-967-7555; http://www.publictheater.org.

Katie Holmes

“Dead Accounts.” Theresa Rebeck’s latest excursion to the dark side concerns a family plagued by greed and suspicion. It stars Katie Holmes post you-know-what, and the incomparable Norbert Leo Butz. Begins Nov. 3 at the Music Box Theatre. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.telecharge.com.

“The Performers.” Henry Winkler (The Fonz), Cheyenne Jackson (the heartthrob), Daniel Breaker (the donkey) and Alicia Silverstone (the blonde) star in David West Read’s new romcom about high school friends who meet up at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas. Begins performances Oct. 23 at the Longacre Theatre. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.telecharge.com.

‘Virginia Woolf’

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” That’s the new title, and if we’ve seen this great play revived quite recently, who cares, when the cast includes Amy Morton and actor-turned-Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright-turned actor Tracy Letts? Begins performances Sept. 27 at the Booth Theatre. Information: +1-212-239-6200; http://www.telecharge.com.

“Cyrano De Bergerac.” Edmond Rostand’s heartbreaker is never out of style. The Roundabout brings Douglas Hodge back to New York as the guy with the feather and the schnozz and gives Patrick Page a great followup to his endearing Green Goblin in “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” Begins performances September 14 at the American Airlines Theatre. Information: +1-212-719- 1300; http://wwww.roundabouttheatre.org.

(Jeremy Gerard is the chief U.S. drama critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

Muse highlights include Greg Evans on TV and New York weekend.

To contact the writer of this column: Jeremy Gerard in New York at jgerard2@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

Bloomberg reserves the right to remove comments but is under no obligation to do so, or to explain individual moderation decisions.

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.