Season Preview 1996-97: Broadway

Season Preview 1996-97: Broadway Here are shows scheduled to open on Broadway during the 1996-97 season and beyond. Information as of Sept. 30, 1996. Schedule subject to change.

Here are shows scheduled to open on Broadway during the 1996-97 season and beyond. Information as of Sept. 30, 1996. Schedule subject to change.

SEX AND LONGING: Sigourney Weaver will star in Christopher Durang's new comedy. Directed by Garland Wright. Now in previews. Opens Oct. 10. Cort Theatre. (212) 239-6200. Outside NY metro area: (800) 432-7250. Order tickets.

TAKING SIDES: U.S. premiere of Ronald Harwood's London drama about conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, whose artistic accomodation of the Nazis gets him in trouble in the postwar world. Stars Ed Harris and Daniel Massey. Directed by David Jones. Previews start Oct. 4. Opens Oct. 17. Brooks Atkinson Theatre. (212) 307-4100. Outside NY metro area: (800) 755-4000. CHICAGO: Revival of 1976 John Kander/Fred Ebb musical. Directed by Walter Bobbie. Stars Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey. Previews begin Oct. 23. Opens Nov. 14 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Limited run. (212) 307-4100. Outside metro NY: (800) 755-4000.

PRESENT LAUGHTER: Revival of Noel Coward farce, starring Frank Langella and directed by Scott Elliott. Previews begin Oct. 25. Opens Nov. 18. Limited run through Jan. 12. Walter Kerr Theatre. (212) 239-6200. Outside NY metro area: (800) 432-7250. Order tickets.

THE REHEARSAL: Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Jean Anouilh's 1963 play, starring Roger Rees, directed by Nicholas Martin. Previews begin Oct. 30. Opens Nov. 21. Limited run through Jan. 12, 1997. Criterion Stage Right Theatre. (212) 869-8400

IT'S A SLIPPERY SLOPE: Spalding Gray monologue. Previews begin Nov 3. Opening TBA. Limited run through Jan 6. Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

JUAN DARIEN: A CARNIVAL MASS: Experimental music-theatre work by Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal. Previews begin Oct. 31; opens Nov. 24. Limited run through Jan. 5. Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14 through Tele-Charge.

DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES: Extravaganza starring magician David Copperfield. Previews begin Nov. 23 or 24. Opens Dec. 5. Martin Beck Theatre. Tickets can be ordered by calling (212) 239-6200. Outside NY metro area: (800) 432-7250. Amex Cardmembers: (800) 292-9465. Order tickets.

FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN: Revival of Cole Porter musical with Herbert Fields' libretto renovated by Evans Haile and Tommy Krasker. Fall 1996 previews and opening. Helen Hayes Theatre. Box office not open yet.

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF: James Earl Jones stars in all-black version of Tennessee Williams' play. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

DEALER'S CHOICE: Transfer of London play by Patrick Marber. Fall 1996 previews, opening and theatre TBA.

THE JAZZ SINGER: Musical bio of Al Jolson. Music and lyrics by Will Holt; book by Sherman Yellen. Autumn 1996 previews, opening and theatre TBA.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS: Revival of musical by Mary Rodgers, based on "The Princess and the Pea." Directed by Gerald Gutierrez and starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Previews begin Nov. 18; opens Dec. 19 at the Broadhurst Theatre. (212) 239-6200. Outside NY metro area: (800) 432-7250. Order tickets.

JEKYLL & HYDE: New musical based on the Robert Lewis Stevenson book, starring Linda Eder and Robert Cuccioli. January previews; opening TBA. Plymouth Theatre.

CABARET: Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of John Kander/Fred Ebb/Joe Masteroff musical. Directed by Sam Mendes. Previews begin Jan. 22. Opening TBA. Runs through June 22, 1997. Performances held at The Supper Club cabaret. (212) 869-8400

THE THREE SISTERS: Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Anton Chekhov drama directed by Scott Elliott and starring Frances McDormand and Lili Taylor. Previews begin Jan. 22. Opens Feb. 13. Limited run through April 6. Criterion Stage Right Theatre. (212) 869-8400

BARRYMORE: Christopher Plummer stars in William Luce's stage bio of actor John Barrymore. Previews Feb. 23, 1997. Opens March 9, 1997. Theatre TBA.

JANE EYRE: New musical based on the Charlotte Bronte novel, starring Anthony Crivello and Marla Schaffel. Directed by John Caird. Winter 1997 previews TBA. Opens March 16, 1997. Theatre TBA.

THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA: Horton Foote's 1995 Pulitzer winner, starring Rip Torn and Shirley Knight. Directed by Robert Falls. Previews begin March 4. Opens March 20 at a Jujamcyn theatre TBA.

DEATHTRAP: Revival of Ira Levin thriller, starring Elliott Gould and Mariette Hartley. Directed by John Tillinger. Theatre, previews and opening TBA.

THE LIFE: New musical with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Ira Gasman. Directed by Michael Blakemore. Stars Lilias White. Spring previews, opening and theatre TBA.

TITANIC: New musical about sinking of the luxury liner. Music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Book by Peter Stone. Previews begin March 12, 1997. Opens April 10. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (212) 307-4100. Outside metro NY: (800) 755-4000.

AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER: New drama by Wendy Wasserstein. Directed by Daniel Sullivan. Previews begin March 20. Opens April 13. Cort Theatre. (212) 239-6200. Outside NY metro area: (800) 432-7250.

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND: New musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Jim Steinman; book by Patricia Knop. Directed by Hal Prince. Previews TBA. Opens April 17. Martin Beck Theatre.

STEEL PIER: New musical about an Atlantic City dance contest with a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Directed by Scott Ellis; choreography by Susan Stroman. Previews March 27. Opens April 24. Richard Rodgers Theatre

THE LITTLE FOXES: Stockard Channing stars in a revival of Lillian Hellman's play. Directed by Jack O'Brien. Previews begin April 3. Opens April 27. Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

RAGTIME: New musical with score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, libretto by Terrence McNally, based on the E.L. Doctorow novel. Directed by Frank Galati. Choreographed by Graciela Daniele. April 1997 previews, opening and theatre TBA. May postpone to fall 1997 at Livent Inc.'s yet-unnamed renovated theatre on 42nd Street.

DREAM: THE JOHNNY MERCER MUSICAL: Lesley Ann Warren, John Pizzarelli and Margaret Whiting will star in a new musical based on the lyrics of Johnny Mercer. Directed and Choreographed by Wayne Cilento. Spring 1997 previews and opening TBA. Theatre TBA.

CANDIDE: Revival of Leonard Bernstein musical, directed by Hal Prince, starring Jim Dale and Andrea Martin. Previews begin April 19, opens April 29. Gershwin Theatre. (212) 307-4100. Outside NY metro area: (800) 755-4000.

TOM SAWYER: New musical based on the Mark Twain novel. Music by Don Schlitz, book by Ken Ludwig. Spring 1997 previews. Opening and theatre TBA.

LONDON ASSURANCE: Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Boucicault's comedy, starring Brian Bedford. Previews April 16. Opens May 1. Limited run through July 6. Criterion Stage Right Theatre. (212) 869-8400

KING DAVID: Oratorio with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Mike Ockrent. Opens May 20. Limited run through May 24. New Amsterdam Theatre. Box office not open yet.


1997-98 SEASON:

1776: Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Sherman Edwards/Peter Stone musical. Directed by Scott Ellis. Previews begin July 16, 1997. Opens TBA. Limited run through Oct. 19, 1997. Criterion Stage Right Theatre. (212) 869-8400

SISTERELLA: African-American adaptation of the "Cinderella" story, with music, lyrics and book by Larry Hart. August or September 1997 previews and opening at a theatre TBA.

JOLSON: Musical based on the life of 1920's stage star Al Jolson, transferring from London in September 1997. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

THE CAPEMAN: Musical with music by Paul Simon, lyrics by Simon and Derek Walcott, book by Walcott. Directed by Susana Tubert. Choreographed by Mark Morris. Fall 1997 previews, opening and theatre TBA.

THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY: Musical based on The Royal Family. Directed by Tommy Tune. Music and lyrics by William (Falsettos) Finn. Book by Richard Greenberg. Previews opening and theatre TBA.

THE LION KING: Stage adaptation of Disney animated musical, with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Julie Taymor. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

A STAR IS BORN: Musical based on the film, with book by Larry Gelbart, incorporating songs by Harold Arlen. Produced, but not written, by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Previews and opening in fall 1997 at a theatre TBA.

APPLAUSE: Revival of Tony-winning musical by Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Stars Stephanie Powers. Directed by Gene Saks. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

PROPOSALS: New comedy by Neil Simon. Previews and opening in fall 1997 at a theatre TBA.

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

TONIGHT AT 8:30: Revival of program of nine Noel Coward one-acts, directed by Gerald Gutierrez for Lincoln Center Theatre. Previews and opening TBA. Vivian Beaumont Theatre.

ANNIE: Nell Carter stars as Miss Hannigan in 20th anniversary revival of the Charles Strouse - Martin Charnin musical on tour starting November 1996. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

TIME AND AGAIN: Rebecca Luker stars in 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.

LI'L ABNER: Tony Curtis stars in a revival of the 1956 musical based on the Al Capp hillbilly comic strip. Previews and opening in fall 1997 at a 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.


1998-99 SEASON:

KING DAVID: Full-staged version of musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Mike Ockrent. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.

AIDA: New musical based on Leontyne Price's children's book about the opera. Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.