PLAYBILL PICKS: Anticipation! Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Fall 2013

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07 Sep 2013

Derek Klena and Lindsay Mendez in Wicked.
Photo by Joan Marcus

MICHAEL GIOIA, Playbill.com Staff Writer

Wicked's Tenth Anniversary (Broadway). Ten years ago, in high school, I sat in the last row of the Gershwin Theatre to experience the magic that is Wicked on Broadway. I recently returned — this time in the first row — to see Lindsay Mendez take flight as Elphaba (and it was just as magical, if not more, experiencing the show as a 25 year old). The fact that the show is turning ten years old this year on Broadway — and that I have friends on stage at the Gershwin Theatre — is beyond exciting. I hope to be in the audience at Wicked's tenth anniversary for an evening that is sure to be a night to remember.

Big Fish (Broadway). I've been a huge fan of Andrew Lippa's since I discovered the cast album of The Wild Party. I can't stop playing Norbert Leo Butz's number "Fight the Dragons" from Big Fish and am looking forward to the spectacle that will be this new Broadway musical.

The Glass Menagerie (Broadway). After chatting with Cherry Jones and director John Tiffany at press day for The Glass Menagerie, I was sold. The production shots from the American Repertory Theater look incredible, and I'm very much looking forward to this re-envisioned classic. Tennessee Williams' writing is like no other, and Menagerie has always held a special place in my heart.

The Snow Geese (Broadway). My best friend and I are total fans of Mary-Louise Parker. After seeing her performance in Hedda Gabler, we are so there. Also, Sharr White is a brilliant playwright... The Other Place left me in shambles.

Little Miss Sunshine (Off-Broadway). The cast that Second Stage Theatre has assembled for Little Miss Sunshine — which is, first and foremost, an incredible movie — is bar none. I'm so looking forward to this new musical by William Finn and James Lapine.

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