By Michael Gioia
19 Sep 2012
Concluding Sept. 22
Sweeney Todd (West End at the Adelphi Theatre). Jonathan Kent's critically acclaimed London revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Sweeney Todd stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton. The cast also includes John Bowe, Peter Polycarpou, Robert Burt, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Lucy May Barker, Luke Brady, James McConville, and Simeon Truby. The ensemble includes Valda Aviks, Will Barratt, Josie Benson, Emily Bull, John Coates, Daniel Graham, Robine Landi, Tim Morgan, Aoife Nally, Adam Pearce, Wendy Somerville, Kerry Washington and Annabelle Williams. Visit SweeneyToddWestEnd.com.
Concluding Sept. 23
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre). The Tony Award-winning revival of Porgy and Bess features a cast led by five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Norm Lewis. The production has music by George Gershwin, lyrics by his brother Ira and a book and lyrics by DuBose Heyward. It is based on the play Porgy, by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward. Tony-nominated Hair director Diane Paulus staged the streamlined production, cut down from its original four-hour running time, to two-and-a-half hours. The cast also features three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier as Sportin' Life, Tony nominee Joshua Henry as Jake, Nikki Renee Daniels as Clara, Phillip Boykin as Crown and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Maria with Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena, Cedric Neal as Frazier, J.D. Webster as Mingo, Heather Hill as Lily, Phumzile Sojola as Peter and Nathaniel Stampley as Robbins. Visit PorgyAndBessOnBroadway.com.
The Train Driver (Off-Broadway at Signature Theatre Company's Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre). The New York City premiere of The Train Driver, written and directed by Athol Fugard, features Leon Addison Brown as Simon and Ritchie Coster as Roelf. According to Signature, "After a fruitless journey through shanty towns, [Roelf] encounters an old gravedigger named Simon who helps the desperate man unburden his conscience. Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.