1998-99 Broadway Season Preview

News   1998-99 Broadway Season Preview The 1998-99 Broadway season began June 1. Five shows have already opened and will be in consideration for 1999 Tony Award nominations: Side Man, Twelfth Night, An Evening With Jerry Herman, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake, and Jerry Seinfeld Live: I'm Telling You for the Last Time. Here is how the production schedule is shaping up for the rest of the season. Proposed shows have been divided into four categories, based on how firm their bookings are. Hyperlinks are provided to the latest stories Playbill On-Line has run on the individual productions.

The cast of Fosse, opening Jan. 14
The cast of Fosse, opening Jan. 14

The 1998-99 Broadway season began June 1. Five shows have already opened and will be in consideration for 1999 Tony Award nominations: Side Man, Twelfth Night, An Evening With Jerry Herman, Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake, and Jerry Seinfeld Live: I'm Telling You for the Last Time. Here is how the production schedule is shaping up for the rest of the season. Proposed shows have been divided into four categories, based on how firm their bookings are. Hyperlinks are provided to the latest stories Playbill On-Line has run on the individual productions.

The schedule is subject -- in fact, virtually guaranteed -- to change.

 

DEFINITE
These are shows that have secured dates and booked a theatre. In several instances, tickets are already on sale.

SWAN LAKE: Matthew Bourne's restaging of the Tchaikovsky ballet that's been a hit in London and L.A. Sixteen-week limited run. Previews begin Sept. 26. Opens Oct. 8. Neil Simon Theatre. Tickets: (212) 307-4100. See more details.  

MORE TO LOVE: New three-character play by Rob Bartlett, based on his standup comedy act. Directed by Jack O'Brien. Cast includes Dana Reeve and Joyce van Patten. (Formerly titled The 'F' Word and Have a Nice Life.) Previews begin Oct. 1. Opens Oct. 15 at Eugene O'Neill Theatre. (212) 239-6200. See more details.

 

STAND-UP OPERA: B.J. Ward's one-person tribute/spoof of opera. Previews Oct. 9. Opens Oct. 18 for a 12-week limited run through Jan. 3. Lyceum Theatre. Box office not open yet. See more details.

 

GETTING AND SPENDING: Linda Purl stars in Michael Chepiga's romantic comedy, directed by John Tillinger. Previews begin Oct. 2. Opens Oct. 20. Helen Hayes Theatre (212) 239-6200. See more details.

 

CHARLES AZNAVOUR: Concert show featuring the French singer and songwriter. Performances Oct. 21-Nov. 15 at the Marquis Theatre. Box office not open yet. See more details.

 

FOOTLOOSE: Walter Bobbie directs stage adaptation of 1984 film musical about a young man who tries to re-introduce dancing to a small town where a fiery preacher has gotten it banned. Previews begin Oct. 2. Opens Oct. 22. Richard Rodgers Theatre. (212) 307-4100. Outside the metro NY area: (800) 755-4000. See more details.

 

LITTLE ME: Martin Short & Faith Prince star in a revival of the 1962 musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, book by Neil Simon. Production directed by Rob Marshall. Previews begin Sept. 30. Opens Oct. 29. Roundabout Theatre's Stage Right. (212) 869-8400. See more details.

 

ON THE TOWN: Revival of the 1944 Leonard Bernstein - Betty Comden - Adolph Green musical, directed by George C. Wolfe, starring Lea DeLaria. Choreographed by Keith Young. This production originated at the Delacorte Theatre in NY's Central Park in summer 1997. Previews begin Oct. 20. Opens Nov. 19. Gershwin Theatre. Box office not yet open. See more details.

 

PETER PAN: Revival of Styne/Comden/Green/Leigh/Charlap musical, starring Cathy Rigby. Previews begin Nov. 20. Opens Nov. 23. Limited run through Jan. 3, 1999. Marquis Theatre (212) 307-4100 See more details.

 

PARADE: New musical directed by Harold Prince, based on the true story of Leo Frank, wrongfully convicted of murdering a 13-year-old girl in 1913 Atlanta. Book by Alfred Uhry. Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Choreographed by Patricia Birch. Begins previews Nov. 12. Opens Dec. 17. Limited run through Feb. 28, 1999. Vivian Beaumont Theatre (a Lincoln Center Theatre production in association with Livent). Tickets are now on sale at (212) 239-6200. See more details.

 

FOSSE, A CELEBRATION IN SONG AND DANCE: Revue of dances from Bob Fosse musicals. Livent Inc. is producing the show assembled by Richard Maltby Jr., Chet Walker and Ann Reinking. Gwen Verdon serves as artistic advisor. Previews begin Dec. 26. Opens Jan. 14. Broadhurst Theatre. Call (212) 239-6200 after Sept. 20. See more details.

 

THE LION IN WINTER: Laurence Fishburne stars in a revival of the drama by James Goldman, directed by Michael Mayer. Previews begin Feb. 3. Opens Feb. 25, 1999. Roundabout Theatre's Stage Right. (212) 869-8400. See more details.

 

THE CIVIL WAR: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL: Linda Eder stars in a new musical by Frank Wildhorn, Gregory Boyd (who also directs), drawn from original Civil War documents, Walt Whitman poetry and other correspondence of the time. Try-out in New Haven (Feb. 1999), then Bway Previews TBA. Opens April 22, 1999. St. James Theatre. Box office not open yet. See more details.

 

 

JUST WAITING FOR A THEATRE
These are shows that have secured opening dates and/or have financing in place, but are waiting for a suitable theatre to become available.

 

FOOL MOON: Revival of two-man comedy show, starring Bill Irwin and David Shiner. Previews Nov. 17. Opening TBA for a run through Jan. 3 at a theatre TBA. See more details.

 

 

 

PROBABLE
These are shows that have been firmly announced for Broadway, but either have not yet secured opening dates, or a theatre, or both.

 

I'M STILL HERE...DAMN IT!: One woman comedy and music revue starring Sandra Bernhard. October previews and opening TBA. Booth Theatre. Box office not open yet. See more details.

 

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: Bernadette Peters stars in a revival of the Irving Berlin - Herbert & Dorothy Fields musical, with a revised book by Peter Stone; directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. Previews begin Feb. 2. Opens Feb. 20 at a theatre TBA. See more details.

 

CLOSER: U.S. premiere of Patrick Marber's award-winning Royal National Theatre production, directed by Marber. No cast announced yet. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

NIGHT MUST FALL: National Actors Theatre revival of Emlyn Williams' murder mystery, directed by John Tillinger. Previews, opening and theatre TBA for a limited engagement. See more details.

 

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN: Revival of the musical by Clark Gesner, based on the "Peanuts" comic strip. Directed by Michael Mayer. March 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

 

POSSIBLE
These are shows that have been mentioned in print for Broadway, or which will have major non-New York engagements that could turn into transfers within the 1998-99 time frame.

CORNELIA: Premiere of Mark Victor Olsen play about Alabama Gov. George Wallace's relationship with his second wife as he runs for president. Directed by Jerry Zaks. Oct.-Nov. previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

CHITA & ALL THAT JAZZ: Musical revue featuring Chita Rivera in a survey of her stage career. Fall previews and opening at a theatre TBA. See more details.

 

ROOM SERVICE: The Flying Karamazov Brothers star in a revival of the 1937 John Murray/Allen Boretz farce. November previews and opening at a theatre TBA. See more details.

 

SECOND COMING: Philip Bosco and Fritz Weaver star in a new drama by David Shaber. Also considering Off-Broadway. October previews and opening at a theatre TBA. See more details.

 

AMAZONS IN AUGUST: New comedy/drama by On Golden Pond author Ernest Thompson. Produced by Bill Haber and executive producer Kathleen Raitt. Late fall/ early winter previews and opening at a theatre TBA. See more details.

 

THE WEIR: U.S. premiere of it London drama by Conor McPherson. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

VOICES IN THE DARK: John Pielmeier's thriller, directed by Christopher Ashley, starring Gates McFadden. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

THE JAZZ SINGER: Sam Harris and Jean Louisa Kelly star in a musical biography of Al Jolson, with music and lyrics by Will Holt, book by Sherman Yellen. Directed by Gabriel Barre. Choreographed by Randy Skinner. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

THE UNEXPECTED MAN: U.S. premiere of new drama by Yasmina Reza (Art). Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

AMY'S VIEW: U.S. premiere of David Hare's play, starring Dame Judi Dench. Spring 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

OKLAHOMA!: U.S. transfer of Royal National Theatre's revival of this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Directed by Trevor Nunn, choreographed by Susan Stroman. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST: Revival of Dale Wasserman's adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel. Directed by Joe Mantello. No stars announced yet. Spring 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

HARMONY: Barry Manilow's musical about a Gentile-Jewish band torn apart in 1930s Germany. Spring 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

TOM SAWYER: New musical based on the Mark Twain novel. Music by Don Schlitz, book by Ken Ludwig. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

MORNING STAR: New musical based on a 1972 comedy by James M. Beasley, lyricist/librettist for this production. Music by Terry E. Marler. Previews and theatre TBA. Opens Dec. 19, 1998. (May postpone to spring 1999). See more details.

 

ELABORATE LIVES: THE LEGEND OF AIDA: New musical based on Leontyne Price's children's book about the opera. Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. Directed by Robert Jess Roth. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

TINY ALICE: Revival of Edward Albee's drama, directed by Mark Lamos. February 1999 previews and opening at a theatre TBA. See more details.

 

THE ICEMAN COMETH: Kevin Spacey stars in the London hit revival of Eugene O'Neill's drama. Previews and opening Spring 1999 at the O'Neill Theatre (tentative). See more details.

 

KISS ME KATE: Revival of the Cole Porter/ Bella & Sam Spewack musical. Michael Blakemore has been mentioned as director. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND: New musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Jim Steinman; book by Patricia Knop, Gale Edwards and Lloyd Webber. Directed by Edwards. Originally scheduled to open on Broadway June 1997; now postponed at least until 1999. See more details.

 

HYSTERIA: NY premiere of Terry Johnson's hit London play about Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali. Spring 1999 (tentative). See more details.

 

ONLY A KINGDOM: Judith Shubow Steir's new musical about Wallis Simpson's romance with Britain's King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. Directed by Scott Schwartz. Spring or fall previews, opening and theatre TBA, after tryout at Pasadena Playhouse. See more details.

 

WISE GUYS: New musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

OVER & OVER: New musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb based on The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

A STAR IS BORN: Musical based on the film, with book by Larry Gelbart, lyrics by David Zippel, music by Cy Coleman. Previews, opening and theatre TBA. See more details.

 

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