Broadway Season Preview 1998-99

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The 1998-99 Broadway season began June 1. At this early moment, here is how the production schedule is shaping up. Proposed shows have been divided into four categories, based on how firm their bookings are.

The 1998-99 Broadway season began June 1. At this early moment, here is how the production schedule is shaping up. Proposed shows have been divided into four categories, based on how firm their bookings are.

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

DEFINITE
These are shows that have secured opening dates and booked a theatre. In several instances, tickets are already on sale. One show has already begun previews.

SIDE MAN: Broadway transfer of Warren Leight's Off-Broadway hit play. Directed by Michael Mayer. Now in previews. Opens June 25. Limited run through Aug. 16. Roundabout Stage Right. (212) 719-1300. TWELFTH NIGHT: Lincoln Center Theatre revival of William Shakespeare's play, starring Helen Hunt, Brian Murray, Philip Bosco. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Previews June 19. Opens July 16. Vivian Beaumont Theatre. (212) 239-6200. Outside metro NY area: (800) 432-7250.

AN EVENING WITH JERRY HERMAN: Lee Roy Reams, Florence Lacey and Herman himself perform an evening of songs by the composer of Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles and many other shows. Previews July 15. Opens July 28. Limited run. Booth Theatre. (212) 239-6200.

JERRY SEINFELD LIVE: I'M TELLING YOU FOR THE LAST TIME: Jerry Seinfeld in a one-man comedy concert. Previews Aug. 6-8. Taped performance Aug. 9. Broadhurst Theatre. No ticket info yet.

SWAN LAKE: Matthew Bourne's part-ballet, part-musical 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.

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.

LITTLE ME: Martin Short stars 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. October opening TBA at Roundabout Theatre's Stage Right. (212) 869-8400.

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.

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. Opening TBA at Gershwin Theatre. Box office not yet open.

THE LION IN WINTER: Revival of drama by James Goldman, directed by Michael Mayer. Previews begin Feb. 3, 1999. Feb. opening TBA at Roundabout Theatre's Stage Right. (212) 869-8400.

PARADE: New musical directed by Harold Prince, about a man who finds his manhood after he is accused of murder. Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Book by Alfred Uhry. Begins previews Nov. 12. Opens Dec. 17. Limited run through Jan. 24, 1999. Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Tickets on sale June 20 to LCT members, to the public June 28 at (212) 239-6200.


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.

CHARLES AZNAVOUR: Concert show featuring the French singer and songwriter. The month-long engagement will begin Oct. 15. Theatre TBA.

PETER PAN: Revival of Styne/Comden/Green/Leigh/Charlap musical, starring Cathy Rigby. Previews begin Nov. 20. Opening and theatre TBA.

THE JAZZ SINGER: Sam Harris starring 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. Pre-Christmas previews. Opens Jan. 7, 1999 at a theatre TBA.

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. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.


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

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

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.

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.

THE CIVIL WAR: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL: Musical by Frank Wildhorn (music) and Gregory Boyd (book, lyrics, direction), drawn from original Civil War documents, Walt Whitman poetry and other correspondence of the time. April 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA.

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).

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. Originally announced for Dec. 19, 1998, but may postpone to spring 1999.

IRVING BERLIN'S EASTER PARADE: Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan star in a stage adaptation of the film with songs by Irving Berlin and book by Phillip Oesterman. Tune and Oesterman will co-direct; Tune and Tad Lock will co choreograph. Musical direction will be by Wally Harper. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.


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.

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

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.

STAND-UP OPERA: B.J. Ward's one-person tribute/spoof of opera. Previews TBA. Opens Oct. 18 for a 12-week limited run. Lyceum Theatre (tentative).

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

MUCH ADO ABOUT EVERYTHING: New one-man standup comedy show from Jackie Mason. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

MIRACLES: New musical with book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Marvin Hamlisch, David Shire and Stephen Schwartz. November 1998 previews and opening. Beacon Theatre.

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

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.

THE MINEOLA TWINS: New comedy-drama by Paula Vogel, directed by Michael Mayer. Previews and opening TBA. Roundabout Theatre (may go to Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre instead.)

HARMONY: Barry Manilow's musical about a Gentile-Jewish band torn apart in 1930s Germany. Book and lyrics are by Bruce Sussman. Spring 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA.

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: Bernadette Peters stars in a revival of the Irving Berlin musical, produced by Fran and Barry Weissler. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

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

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

MARTY: Jason Alexander stars in a new musical, based on Paddy Chayevsky's film about a homely loner who strives for something more. Score by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams. Book by Aaron Sorkin. Previews, opening, theatre TBA.

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.

JANE EYRE: New musical based on the Charlotte Bronte novel, starring Anthony Crivello and Marla Schaffel. Directed by John Caird. Spring 1998 previews and opening TBA. Theatre TBA.

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: New musical by Paul Scott Goodman, based on the Jay McInerney novel. Directed by Michael Greif. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

TIME AND AGAIN: New musical based on Jack Finney novel about a time traveling New Yorker. Music and lyrics by Walter Edgar Kennon; book by Jack Viertel. Previews and opening TBA at a Jujamcyn theatre TBA.

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND: New musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Jim Steinman; book by Patricia Knop. Directed by Hal Prince. Originally scheduled to open June 1997; now postponed at least until 1998. London opening June 1998.

WISE GUYS: New musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman. Fall 1998 previews, opening and theatre TBA.

THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH: New musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb based on the play by Thornton Wilder. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

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.

How reliable is this list? Compare with the one we ran one year ago.

-- By Robert Viagas

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