Spring Awakening Opens and Keira Knightley Makes Her Broadway Debut: What Not to Miss This Week

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The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Sept. 24-Oct. 4!

PREVIEWS

Sept. 24: Broadway welcomes the premiere of tap-happy musical Dames at Sea, the Off-Broadway hit that helped launch the career of Tony winner Bernadette Peters. The cast features John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Cary Tedder and Lesli Margherita.

Sept. 25: Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam brings his new comedy-drama The Humans to Off-Broadway's Roundabout's Theatre, helmed by Wicked Tony winner Joe Mantello. Taking place at a Thanksgiving dinner in Manhattan, the cast features Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell, Cassie Beck, Reed Birney and Sarah Steele.

Sept. 29: Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire debuts his world-premiere comedy Ripcord at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Set in a nursing home, it sees two elderly women, played by Emmy winner Holland Taylor and Marylouise Burke, in a no-holds-barred battle of the wills.

Oct. 1: Academy and Golden Globe nominee Keira Knightley makes her Broadway debut starring as the title character in the Roundabout Theatre revival of Thérèse Raquin. The "Love Actually" actress is joined by Tony winner Gabriel Ebert and two-time Tony winner Judith Light

Oct. 2: A.R. Gurney's canine comedy Sylvia returns to Broadway with a cast that includes Tony winners Matthew Broderick, Julie White and Annaleigh Ashford, the latter in the title role of the pup. Read Playbill's post-Tony-win interview with Ashford and see pictures of the star taking a stroll through Central Park with a few local hounds

 

OPENING:

Sept. 27: There's no denying the buzz that has surrounded the Broadway revival of rock musical Spring Awakening this fall. The new production, presented by Deaf West, is performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language.

<i>Spring Awakening</i>
Spring Awakening Photo by Joan Marcus

Sept. 28: The two-actor musical Daddy Long Legs, from Tony Award-nominated composer-lyricist Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre) and Tony-winning librettist-director John Caird (Les Misérables), officially opens Off-Broadway. The long-distance love story is set in turn-of-the-century New England.

 

LAST CHANCE:

Sept. 27: Jose Llana takes the throne of Siam for a final time in The King and I opposite Tony-winning actress Kelli O'Hara. Llana ends his 11-week run to make way for Hoon Lee, who begins Sept. 29. 

Sept. 27: Following an extension due to high demand, Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott's prison drama Whorl Inside a Loop closes Off-Broadway. The show reunites the creative team behind the Tony-nominated Everyday Rapture, with co-directors Michael Mayer and Scanlan, and is inspired by real-life stories of inmates.

Oct. 4: The Brooklyn Academy of Music's 2015 Next Wave Festival continues with the U.S. premiere of Anne Carson's new translation of the Greek tragedy Antigone starring Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche. Helmed by Scenes From a Marriage director Ivo van Hove, performances begin Sept. 24.

Kelli O'Hara and Jose Llana
Kelli O'Hara and Jose Llana Photo by Paul Kolnik

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Sept. 25: Curious as to what all the hype is about? Head to the cinema for Roland Emmerich's "Stonewall," about a young man's political and social awakening during the weeks leading up to the famed Stonewall riots in New York City. The film, which has ignited controversy for its portrayal of events, stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Sept. 25: If you like your mass with a side of top entertainment, then don't miss Pope Francis' visit to New York City. Kelli O'Hara, Martin Sheen, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Hudson and Norm Lewis are a few of the names that will grace the stage at Madison Square Garden.

Sept. 27: "Glee" star and Broadway favorite Darren Criss has described his new festival, Elsie Fest, as a "Coachella" for musical theatre lovers. The day-long outdoor music festival fuses the worlds of pop culture, TV, rock, hip-hop and Broadway into one big, fun, star-studded event overlooking the Hudson River. 

Sept. 27: Join the throngs of theatre fans that head each year to the annual Broadway Flea Market, selling memorabilia, collectible Playbills and one-of-a-kind gems. This year's autograph table features over 60 Broadway actors. 

Oct. 4: Something Rotten!'s leading lady Heidi Blickenstaff leads the Broadway Bikes team as part of Bike MS, a fundraising event to benefit fighting multiple sclerosis. Cheer on the team as they cycle the 30 miles through Manhattan for a good cause.

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