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

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11 Sep 2012

Kate Baldwin in Giant.
Photo by Karen Almond

ADAM HETRICK, Staff Writer

Giant (Off-Broadway). Michael John LaChiusa is one of my favorite contemporary composers. His projects are always ambitious and thought-provoking. I'm very curious to see how he and Sybille Pearson map out Edna Ferber's sweeping Texas-set novel on stage.

The Anarchist (Broadway). All you had to say was "two powerful women forced to engage in a cage match of wits" and you had me. But when those two women are Mamet favorite Patti LuPone and Debra Winger — I have to be ringside for this one.

Golden Age (Off-Broadway). Bebe Neuwrith and Lorenzo Pisoni will take us back in time to 19th century Europe with Terrence McNally's new play set backstage during the opening night of a new opera. This is a world I want to see through McNally's eyes. 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Broadway). This Rupert Holmes score is one of my favorites and I've never had the chance to see a production of Drood. I'm looking forward to going back a couple times to catch the various endings and to see a cast that includes Chita Rivera, Jesse Mueller, Will Chase and Stephanie J. Block.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway). So excited that George and Martha are inviting guests over for drinks this season. Can't wait to watch Tracy Letts and Amy Morton vanish into their roles and destroy each other in the process. One of my favorite Ablee plays, and so glad Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park) is at the helm.

Fun Home (Off-Broadway). Jeanine Tesori is a musical chameleon — Caroline, or Change is one of my all-time favorite shows. Pair her up with hilarious Well playwright Lisa Kron for a new musical about family, loss and what unites us. I have to catch this world premiere at the Public Lab. It also doesn't hurt that Judy Kuhn will star.


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