14 Feb 2001
2000-01 BROADWAY SEASON:
Currently Running in 2000-01
CLASS ACT, A: New musical bio of Edward Kleban, featuring his songs. Book: Lonny Price & Linda Kline. Director: Lonny Price. Choreography: Scott Wise. Moving from OB's Manhattan Theatre Club (where it ended December 10, 2000). Previews February 14, 2001 and opens March 2001 for a run through June 10, 2001 at Bway's Ambassador Theatre.
DESIGN FOR LIVING: Comedy by Noel Coward. Director: Joe Mantello. Cast: Jennifer Ehle, Alan Cumming. Roundabout Theatre Company at American Airlines Theatre. Previews February 16, 2001, opens March 15, 2001.
DINNER PARTY, THE: Comedy by Neil Simon. Director: John Rando. Cast: John Ritter, Henry Winkler, Len Cariou. Producer: Emanuel Azenberg, in association with Ira Pittelman and Gordon Davidson. Premiered at L.A.'s Center Theatre Group. Next stop was DC's Kennedy Center. Previews October 3, 2000, Opened October 19, 2000 at Music Box Theater.
FULL MONTY, THE: Book by Terrence McNally; Music & Lyrics by David Yazbek. Director: Jack O'Brien. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Jason Danieley, Annie Golden. Producer: Tom Hall. Tried out at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre. Previews September 26, 2000; Opened October 26, 2000 at Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
JANE EYRE: New musical based on the Charlotte Bronte novel. Composer: Paul Gordon. Directed by John Caird & Scott Schwartz. Cast: James Barbour, Marla Schaffel and Mary Stout (as Rochester, Jane and Mrs. Fairfax). Producer: Annette Niemtzow. Tried out July 13-Sept. 5, 1999 at CA's La Jolla Playhouse. Previews November 8, 2000, opened December 10, 2000 at Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG: Play by Abby Mann, based on his screenplay. Dir: John Tillinger. Cast: Maximilian Schell, George Grizzard, Michael Hayden, Robert Foxworth, Marthe Keller, Joseph Wiseman. Prod: National Actors Theatre in assoc. w/ Earle I. Mack. Prev: February 15, 2001; Opens March 26, 2001 at Longacre Theatre.
PROOF: Play by David Auburn. Director: Daniel Sullivan. Cast: Mary Louise Parker, Larry Bryggman. Manhattan Theater Club staging moved to Bway October 10, 2000 and opened October 24, 2000 at Walter Kerr Theatre.
ROCKY HORROR SHOW, THE: Revival of campy 1975 musical. Book & Score: Richard O'Brien. Producer: Jordan Roth. Director: Christopher Ashley. Cast: Lea DeLaria, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Tom Hewitt, Dick Cavett, Joan Jett. Previews October 20, 2000; Opened November 15, 2000 at Circle In The Square.
SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, THE: revival of 1985 solo comedy by Jane Wagner, performed by Lily Tomlin. After several touring dates in 1999-2000, tried out at Seattle Rep and NJ's McCarter Theatre. Previews November 11, 2000; Opened November 16, 2000l; Runs (at least) to April 2001 at Booth Theatre.
SEUSSICAL: New musical based on characters in Dr. Seuss children's stories. Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Ahrens and Flaherty based on a conception by the pair and Eric Idle. Director: Frank Galati. Rob Marshall is assisting with the production. Cast: Kevin Chamberlin, Janine LaManna. Producer: SFX/Barry & Fran Weissler. Reading in NYC May 3, 1999; Tried out in Boston August 27-September 13, 2000. Started previews November 1, 2000; opened November 30, 2000 at Richard Rodgers Theatre.
TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE, THE: Comedy by Charles Busch; Director: Lynne Meadow. Cast: Linda Lavin, Tony Roberts, Michele Lee. Producers: Manhattan Theater Club with Carol Shorenstein Hays, Daryl Roth, Stuart Thompson and Douglas S. Cramer. Played Feb. 8-April 16 at MTC's Second Stage. Previews October 11, 2000 and opened November 2, 2000 at Ethel Barrymore Theater.
Scheduled To Open in 2000-01
ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, THE: New musical based on the Mark Twain novel. Music by Don Schlitz, book by Ken Ludwig. Producers: Nederlander Producing Company of America, Inc. and Watt/Dobie Productions, LLC. Trying out at Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT, February 27-March 17, 2001. Previews April 4, 2001; Opening April 26, 2001 at the Minskoff Theatre.
BELLS ARE RINGING: revival of musical by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne. Directed by Tina Landau. Choreography: Jeff Calhoun. Cast: Faith Prince, David Garrison, Beth Fowler. Producers: Mitchell Maxwell, Victoria Maxwell and Mark Balsam for Momentum Productions, Inc., and Robert Barandes. Tryout at Stamford, CT's Palace Theatre, February 20-25, 2001. Targeting Broadway previews March 13, 2001 and opening April 12, 2001 at the Plymouth Theatre.
BLAST!: Music and spectacle featuring Star of Indiana drum corps. Producers: Cook Group Incorporated and Star of Indiana, with Dodger Theatricals. Tours at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC December 19, 2000-January 14, 2001. Previews April 5, 2001. Opens Opens April 17, 2001 for 10-week run at Broadway Theater.
FOLLIES: Revival of Stephen Sondheim & James Goldman's 1971 musical. Director: Matthew Warchus. Choreographer: Kathleen Marshall. Cast: Treat Williams, Judith Ivey, Blythe Danner, Betty Garrett, Gregory Harrison. Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company. Starts previews March 8, 2001 and opens April 5, 2001 for a run through September 30, 2001 at Belasco Theatre.
42ND STREET: Revival of 1981 musical with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, book co-written by Mark Bramble and Michael Stewart. Director: Mark Bramble. Choreographer: Randy Skinner. Producers: Dodger Theatricals and Joop Van Den Ende. Cast: Michael Cumpsty, Christine Ebersole, Jonathan Freeman, Mary Testa. Previews April 4, 2001. Opens May 2, 2001 at Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
GATHERING, THE: Play by Arje Shaw. Directed by Rebecca Taylor. Cast: Hal Linden, Sam Guncler. Prod: Martin Markinson, Lawrence Toppall, Patricia Greenwald. Tryout: Wadsworth Theatre, L.A. Feb. 3-28, 2001. Previews April 10, 2001, opens April 24, 2001 at Cort Theatre.
KING HEDLEY II: Drama by August Wilson. Director: Marion McClinton. Cast: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Viola Davis, Leslie Uggams. Tries out at DC's Kennedy Center in March 2001. Opens April 29, 2001 at Virginia Theatre.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST: Revival of Dale Wasserman drama adapting Ken Kesey novel. Dir: Terry Kinney. Cast: Gary Sinise, Amy Morton. Producers: Prod: Fox Theatricals / Steppenwolf Theatre. Previews March 16, 2001. Opens April 8, 2001 for limited run at Royale Theatre.
PRODUCERS, THE: Musical comedy based on Mel Brooks film. Adapted by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan. Director/Choreographer: Susan Stroman. Cast: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Ron Orbach, Gary Beach, Cady Huffman. Produced by Rocco Landesman, SFX Theatrical Group, the Frankel, Viertel, Baruch, Routh Group, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, Rick Steiner, Robert F X Sillerman and Mel Brooks, in assoc. W/ James D. Stern/Douglas Meyer and by special arrangement w/ Studio Canal. Trying out in Chicago Feb. 1-25, 2001. Previews March 22, 2001. Opens April 19, 2001 at St. James Theatre.
STONES IN HIS POCKETS: Comedy-drama by Marie Jones. Director: Ian McElhinney. Cast: Sean Campion and Conleth Hill. Producers: Paul Elliot, Adam Kenwright, Pat Moylan, Ed & David Mirvish, Emanuel Azenberg/Ira Pittelman. Trying out in Toronto in February 2001. Previews: March 23, 2001. Opens April 1, 2001 at John Golden Theatre.
Possible to Open in 2000-01
BY JEEVES: Musical based on P.G. Wodehouse characters. Book: Alan Ayckbourn. Score: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Regional mounting at Pittsburgh Public Theater in February 2001. Lloyd Webber and CT's Goodspeed Opera House still eyeing Broadway after numerous postponements.
GERSHWIN ALONE: Solo drama by and starring Hershey Felder. Director: Joel Zwick. Producers: Martin Markinson and Richard Willis. Tried out with 6-month run at L.A.'s Tiffany, followed by Florida dates. Eyeing Bway's Helen Hayes for spring 2001 (after Dirty Blonde ends).
MACK AND MABEL: Revival of 1974 musical. Score: Jerry Herman. Book: Michael Stewart, revised by Francine Pascal. Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman. Choreog: Dan Siretta. Targeting March-April 2001 if a venue opens up.
BEST MAN, THE: Revival of 1960 Gore Vidal satire. Director: Ethan McSweeny. Producers include Jeffrey Richards. Cast: Spalding Gray, Elizabeth Ashley, Charles Durning, Michael Learned, Chris Noth, Christine Ebersole. Previews Sept. 5, 2000, Opened Sept. 17, 2000; Ends December 31, 2000 at Virginia Theater.
BETRAYAL: Revival of Harold Pinter drama. Director: David Leveaux. Cast: Liev Schreiber, Juliette Binoche, John Slattery. Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company. Previews October 20, 2000; Opened November 14, 2000. Runs to February 4, 2001 at American Airlines Theater.
LuPONE, PATTI (see listing under "MATTERS OF THE HEART")
MACBETH: (tragedy by William Shakespeare). Produced by Emanuel Azenberg & SFX Theatrical. Director: Terry Hands. Cast: Kelsey Grammer, Diane Venora. Tried out in Boston May 18-June 4, 2000. Previewed June 9, 2000, Opened June 15, 2000; Closed June 25, 2000 after 8 previews & 13 regular performances at Music Box Theatre.
MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, THE: (revival of Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman comedy). Cast: Nathan Lane, Jean Smart, Lewis J. Stadlen. Director: Jerry Zaks. Roundabout Theatre Company at American Airlines Theatre. Started previews June 30, 2000, opened July 27, 2000. Closed October 8, 2000.
MATTERS OF THE HEART: (concert by Patti LuPone). Conceived & directed by Scott Wittman. Opened October 15, 2000. Ran (Sun & Mon only) to December 17, 2000 at Lincoln Center - Vivian Beaumont Theater.
PATTI LUPONE: "matters of the heart": (see listing under "MATTERS OF THE HEART")
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2001-2002 BROADWAY SEASON
Scheduled to Open in 2001-02
FAITH HEALER: Revival of drama by Brian Friel. Cast: Alfred Molina. Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company. Targeting June 2001 at American Airlines Theatre.
LITTLE WOMEN: New musical based on Louisa May Alcott novel. Book: Allan Knee. Music: Jason Howland. Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein. Director: Nick Corley. Choreog: Jennifer Paulson Lee. Cast: Rita Gardner, Kerry O'Malley, Robert Stattel. Producers: Randall L. Wreghitt & Dani Davis. Postponed from 2000-01 season. Trying out at Duke University (NC) in February 2001. Dates & venue TBA.
MAMMA MIA!: Musical based on pop songs by ABBA. Book: Catherine Johnson. Music & Lyrics: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus. Director: Phyllida Lloyd. Choreog: Anthony Van Laast. Opens October 18, 2001 at Winter Garden Theatre.
RHYTHM CLUB, THE: New musical set in Weimar Germany. Book & Lyrics: Chad Beguelin. Music: Matthew Sklar; Director: Eric D. Schaeffer. Choreog: Jodi Moccia. Cast: Jeremy Kushnier. Postponed from 2000-01 season. Targeting Fall 2001 at venue TBA.
STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A: Revival of Tennessee Williams drama; Director: Peter Hall. Cast: Kim Cattrall, John Dino. Producer: Dream Street Theatrical Group. Targeting Jujamcyn house in early fall 2001.
TALLULAH: Solo bio of Tallulah Bankhead by Sandra Ryan Heyward. Director: Michael Lessac. Cast: Kathleen Turner. Postponed from 2000-01 season. Currently touring. Targeting Fall 2001 at venue TBA.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE: Musical adaptation of 1967 film. Book: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan. Add'l Music: Jeanine Tesori; Add'l Lyrics: Dick Scanlan. Director: Michael Mayer. Choreog: Rob Ashford. Cast: Sutton Foster, Tonya Pinkins, Pat Carroll, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Jim Stanek. Producers: Fox Theatricals, Michael Leavitt, Hal Luftig, Anita Waxman, Elizabeth Williams, Stewart F. Lane, Whoopi Goldberg. Postponed from 2000-01 season. Targeting Fall 2001 at venue TBA.
THOUSAND CLOWNS, A: Revival of comedy by Herb Gardner. Director: John Rando. Cast: Tom Selleck. Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Raymond J. Greenwald, Louise Levathes and Theatre Previews at Duke. Postponed from 2000-01 season. Trying out at Duke University in May, then Chicago and Boston. Opens July 3, 2001 at venue TBA.
THOU SHALT NOT: Book: David Thompson, adapting Emile Zola novel, "Therese Raquin." Music/Lyrics: Harry Connick Jr. Director/Choreog: Susan Stroman. Cast: Debra Monk, Kate Levering. Producers: Lincoln Center Theater. Targeting Fall 2001 at venue TBA.
Possible to Open in 2001-02
OKLAHOMA!: Revival of musical by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (book). Director: Trevor Nunn. Choreog: Susan Stroman. Producer: Cameron Mackintosh. Postponed from past two season.
3HREE: One-Act Musicals: The Flight of the Lawnchair Man (Robert Lindsey Nassif & Robert Ullian; Directed by Harold Prince); The Mice (Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin and Julia Jordan, directed by Brad Rouse); Lavender Girl (John Bucchino and James Waedekin; directed by Scott Schwartz). Choreog: Rob Ashford. Plays L.A.'s Ahmanson April 15-June 10, 2001. Targeting Bway fall 2001.
In Development for Future
BATMAN: Musical based on comic-book character. Book: David Ives. Score: Jim Steinman. In development by Warner Brothers w/ Emanuel Azenberg. Dates & venue TBA.
— By David Lefkowitz