PLAYBILL PICKS: Anticipation! Playbill Contributors Share Titles They're Eager to See in Fall 2012

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11 Sep 2012

Betty Buckley
Photo by Myriam Santos

ANDREW GANS, Senior Editor

Annie (Broadway).  I have to admit, I wasn't all that excited by a second Broadway revival of Annie until producers announced their brilliant choice for the role of Miss Hannigan: Katie Finneran, who won Tony Awards for her hilarious performances in the revivals of both Noises Off and Promises, Promises. Let the comic (strip) antics ensue!

The Anarchist (Broadway). I, however, was thrilled by the prospect of two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone in a brand-new, two-person drama by David Mamet; and, the recent news that film star Debra Winger would join Olivier winner LuPone in The Anarchist makes the production even more tantalizing.

Dear World (London). Since I'm not sure if I'll be able to cross the pond to see the limited London run of Tony winner Betty Buckley in the rarely performed Jerry Herman musical Dear World, I can only hope some producer transfers the production and Buckley to Broadway, where she belongs. One can only imagine the emotion and power Buckley will bring to that Herman score.

Bare (Off-Broadway). I missed the original New York run of the coming-of-age rock musical Bare, and I'm curious to see if the upcoming Off-Broadway production can live up to the praise it received from just about everyone I know who saw and enjoyed it.

Marry Me a Little (Off-Broadway). And, since any Stephen Sondheim production is notable, I'm also looking forward to Keen Company's current staging of the two-person Marry Me a Little, which features Jason Tam, one of the standouts in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line who manages to shine in all his theatrical outings.


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