Posted in 2-hander, comedy, drama, musical theater, theater

Can’t stop making lists

Once you start making lists, it becomes a habit, an obsession, perhaps, and so you continue listing what’s good. Unlike the other lists we posted recently, this one is in anticipation. 2016 is upon us, and there will be so much more theater in the new year.

  1. Forest Whittaker is coming to the Booth Theatre as Hughie, with previews beginning on February 8th. Whitaker will star alongside Frank Wood, under Michael Grandage’s direction, in Eugene O’Neill’s two-hander.
  2. The Color Purple, starring  Jennifer Hudson–in her Broadway debut– is directed by John Doyle. This revival of the musical is coming to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre from London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, and is bringing both Danielle Brooks, and Cynthia Erivo from the British cast.
  3. This spring there’s more O’Neill is headed our way, when the Roundabout presents Long Day’s Journey into Night, starring Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon, John Gallagher Jr. and Gabriel Byrne under Jonathan Kent’s direction.
  4. The Public will have a Broadway transfer of last fall’s hit  Eclipsed by Danai Gurira, and starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Liesl Tommy directs at the Golden, with previews scheduled from February 23rd.
  5. The Roundabout has a Broadway transfer of its own with The Humans moving from the Laura Pels this past season to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 23rd. Wide critical acclaim (including ours) and an unstoppable creative team and cast helped in the move.
  6. Fiddler on the Roof has begun its previews at the Broadway Theatre. Directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Danny Burstein as Tevye, and Jessica Hecht as his wife Golde, this revival is set to make a new “Tradition.”
  7. Any chance to see Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald together again is one we will grab. Shuffle Along, a musical that revolutionized Broadway back in the ’20’s, is being revamped and redone by George C. Wolfe, with choreography by Savion Glover. The new old musical hits the Music Box Theatre in March.
  8. Rebecca Taichman directs another play by Danai Gurira at Playwrights Horizons, Familiar in February.
  9. Two reasons to love Waitress, the musical version of the movie we saw recently, are the lovely off-beat script and Jessie Mueller who has been brilliant in everything from On A Clear Day… onward to Beautiful for which she won that Tony.
  10. Hanging in from the 2015 lists: On Your Feet! and School of Rock, along with Hamilton, because no list of New York theater is complete without this masterpiece for which we have posted multiple raves also at this site (see here.)
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