BROADWAY FALL PREVIEW: David Mamet (Twice), Edward Albee, Annie, Jessica Chastain, Cyrano, Patti LuPone

By Robert Simonson
03 Sep 2012

Stephanie J. Block

Beginning performances Oct. 19, at Studio 54, will be the first-ever Broadway revival of Rupert Holmes' multiple Tony-winning The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Directed by Scott Ellis, the "whodunnit musical," based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel, does not lack for a cast: Chita Rivera, Jim Norton, Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jessie Mueller and Betsy Wolfe are among the willing suspects. It opens Nov. 13. Finally, holiday cheer will be furnished by two shows: A Christmas Story, The Musical! based on the Jean Shepherd stories and beloved 1983 film of the same title, which will play a limited holiday engagement beginning Nov. 5 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (marking the Broadway debut of the hot young songwriting team Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, late of Dogfight); and the return of Elf The Musical, another celluloid-drawn yuletide yarn, running at the Hirschfeld from Nov. 9.

If you can't get into Jersey Boys this fall, how about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway? After years of playing thousands of venues from San Francisco to Savannah to Sydney, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will celebrate the their 50th anniversary at the Broadway Theatre Oct. 19-27.