Here is a list of shows announced to open on Broadway during the 1998-99 season and beyond. (Information as of July 14, 1999.) Schedule subject to change. For more details, please see separate news stories on each show. The 1998-99 Tony season officially ended April 28, 1999; the 1998-99 theatre season ended May 31, 1999.
An Evening With Jerry Herman (musical) (op July 28, 1998; ended Aug. 23, 1998 after 13 prevs, 28 reg perfs at Booth Theatre).
Jerry Seinfeld: I'm Telling You For The Last Time (play) (op Aug. 5, 1998; ended Aug. 9, 1999 after 10 perfs at Broadhurst Theatre).
Twelfth Night (play revival) (prev June 19, 1998; op July 16, 1998; ended Aug. 30, 1998 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre).
Colin Quinn: An Irish Wake (play) (prev Aug. 25, 1998; op Aug. 27, 1998; ended Sept. 19, 1998 after 2 prevs, 22 reg perfs at Helen Hayes Theatre).
Aznavour (musical) (prev Oct. 20, 1998; op Oct. 21, 1998; ended Nov. 15, 1998 after 1 prev, 21 reg perfs at Marquis Theatre).
More To Love (play) (prev Oct. 1, 1998; op Oct. 15, 1998; ended Oct. 17, 1998 after 17 prevs, 4 reg perfs at Eugene O'Neill Theatre).
Mamaloshen (musical) (op Oct. 13, 1998; ended Nov. 7, 1998 after 28 perfs at Belasco Theatre).
A Mom's Life (play) (op Oct. 19, 1998; ended Nov. 2, 1998 after 3 benefit perfs at Belasco Theatre). (The show would reopen for a few weeks at OOB's Arc Light Theater in the spring.)
Getting and Spending (play) (prev Oct. 6, 1998; op Oct. 25, 1998; ended Nov. 29, 1998 after 23 prev, 39 reg perfs at Helen Hayes Theatre).
Fool Moon (play revival) (prev Nov. 17, 1998; op Nov. 22, 1998; ended Jan. 3, 1999 at Brooks Atkinson Theatre).
Peter Pan (musical revival) (prev Nov. 20, 1998; op Nov. 23, 1998; ended Jan. 3, 1999 after 5 prevs, 48 reg perfs at Marquis Theatre. Returned to Gershwin Theatre 4/7-8/27/99).
I'm Still Here Damn It! (play with music) (prev Oct. 22, 1998; op Nov. 5, 1998; ended Jan. 2, 1999 at Booth Theatre).
On The Town (musical) (prev Oct. 20, 1998; op Nov. 22, 1998; ended Jan. 17, 1999 after 37 prevs, 65 reg perfs at Gershwin Theatre).
Swan Lake (musical) (prev Sept. 26, 1998; op Oct. 8, 1998; ended Jan. 23, 1999 after 11 prevs, 124 reg perfs at Neil Simon Theatre).
Little Me (musical revival) (prev Oct. 8, 1998; op Nov. 12, 1998; ended Feb. 7, 1999 after 50 prevs, 101 reg perfs at Roundabout's Stage Right Theatre). Tony Winner for Leading Actor - Musical (Short).
Parade (musical) (prev Nov. 12, 1998; op Dec. 17, 1998; ended Feb. 28, 1999 after 39 prevs, 84 reg perfs at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre). Tony winner for Book, Score (Uhry, Brown).
The Blue Room (play) (prev Nov. 27, 1998; op Dec. 13, 1998; ended Feb. 25, 1999 after 15 prevs, 82 reg perfs at Cort Theatre).
Electra (play revival) (prev Nov. 19, 1998; op Dec. 3, 1998; ended March 21, 1999 after 14 prevs, 115 reg perfs at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre).
Band In Berlin (musical) (prev Feb. 19, 1999; op March 7, 1999, ended March 21, 1999 after 19 prevs, 72 reg perfs at the Helen Hayes Theatre).
Rollin' On The T.O.B.A. (musical) (prev March 19, 1999; opened March 24, 1999; ended April 4, 1999 after 14 reg perfs at the Kit Kat Klub in Henry Miller's Theatre). Show was ruled ineligible for Tony Award consideration.
Marlene (play with music) (prev March 30, 1999; opened April 11, 1999; ended May 2 after 15 previews & 25 reg perfs at the Cort Theater.
The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (musical) (prev April 2, 1999; op April 25, 1999, ended May 9 after 27 previews and 17 reg perfs at the Longacre Theater).
The Lion In Winter (play revival) (prev Feb. 19, 1999; Op March 11, 1999. ended May 30, 1999 after 22 previews, 92 reg perfs at Roundabout Theatre's Stage Right.
closings from previous seasons: The Lonesome West (play) (prev April 19, 1999, op: April 27, 1999; closed June 13, 1999 after 9 prevs, 55 reg perfs at Lyceum Theatre)
Via Dolorosa (solo play) (prev March 5, 1999; op: March 18, 1999; closed June 13, 1999 after 20-week run at Booth Theatre)
The Civil War (musical) (prev March 23, 1999; 0p April 22, 1999, closed June 13, 1999 after 35 prevs, 61 reg perfs at St. James Theatre).
Not About Nightingales (play) (prev Feb. 13, 1999; op: Feb. 25, 1999; closed June 13, 1999 after 13 prevs, 124 reg perfs at Circle in the Square)
You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (musical revival) (prev Jan. 23, 1999; op Feb. 4, 1999, closed June 13, 1999 after 13 previews and 150 reg perfs at Ambassador Theatre)
The Sound Of Music (musical revival) (op March 12, 1998; closes June 20, 1999 after 39 prevs, 532 reg perfs at Martin Beck Theatre).
Night Must Fall (play revival) (op March 8 and ended April 11 at Lyceum Theatre; Reop April 20 and closed June 27, 1999 at Helen Hayes Theatre)
Ring Round The Moon (play revival) (prev April 3, 1999, op April 28, 1999; closed June 27, 1999 at Belasco Theatre.)
The Iceman Cometh (play revival) (prev March 29, 1999, opened April 8, 1999, closed July 17, 1999 at Brooks Atkinson Theatre.)
Amy's View (play) (prev April 3, 1999, opened April 15, 1999. Closed July 18, 19999 at Ethel Barrymore Theatre.)
Closed this season
Natalie Merchant in Concert (special engagement) (op: June 8, 1999. closed June 12, 1999 at Neil Simon Theatre).
CURRENTLY RUNNING FROM 1998-99 SEASON:
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: Bernadette Peters & Tom Wopat star in a revival of the Irving Berlin - Herbert & Dorothy Fields musical, with a revised book by Peter Stone; directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. Previews began Feb. 2. Opened March 4, 1999 at the Marquis Theatre (212) 307 4100. Tony winner for Best Musical Revival, Best Lead Actress-Musical (Peters).
CLOSER: U.S. premiere of Patrick Marber's award-winning Royal National Theatre production, directed by Marber. Anna Friel, Polly Draper & Rupert Graves star. Tix onsale via Telecharge (212)239-6200. Box office opened Feb. 15. Previews began March 9, 1999; opened March 25, 1999 at the Music Box Theatre. Website: http://www.closer.co.uk.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN: Brian Dennehy and Elizabeth Franz star in this Arthur Miller classic, directed by Robert Falls. Previews began Jan. 22, 1999; Opened Feb. 10, 1999 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Tony winner for Best Play Revival, Best Actor (Dennehy), Best Featured Actress (Franz), Best Director (Falls).
FOOTLOOSE: Walter Bobbie directs stage adaptation of 1984 film musical about a young man who tries to re-introduce dancing to a small town where a fiery preacher has gotten it banned. Previews began Oct. 6, 1998. Opened Oct. 22. (See our "Countdown To Curtain" section for special features on the show's opening night.) Richard Rodgers Theatre. (212) 307-4100. Outside the metro NY area: (800) 755-4000.
FOSSE, A CELEBRATION IN SONG AND DANCE: Revue of dances from Bob Fosse musicals. Livent Inc. is producing the show assembled by Richard Maltby Jr., Chet Walker and Ann Reinking. Gwen Verdon serves as artistic advisor. Previews begin Dec. 26. Opened Jan. 14, 1999. Broadhurst Theatre. Call (212) 239-6200. See more details.
IT AIN'T NOTHING BUT THE BLUES: Revue written by Charles Bevel, Lita Gaithers, Randal Myler, Ron Taylor and Dan Wheetman. Director: Randal Myler. Box office opens April 9, 1999. Started previews April 22, 1999. Opened April 26, 1999 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Ends there Aug. 29 and will reopen at the Ambassador Theatre Sept. 9, 1999.
PETER PAN: Return engagement of 1998 revival of Styne/Comden/Green/Leigh/Charlap musical, starring Cathy Rigby and Paul Schoeffler (Hook). Director: Glenn Casale. Choreographer: Patti Colombo. Reopened April 7, 1999; Runs to Aug. 27, 1999 at Gershwin Theatre. (212) 307-4100.
SIDE MAN: Warren Leight's drama opened at the Roundabout Stage Right June 25, 1998 and ended there Sept. 13, 1998 and moved to the John Golden Theatre Oct. 20, 1998. The show officially reopened at the John Golden Theatre Nov. 8, 1998 for an open run. (212) 239-6200. Tony winner for Best Play, Featured Actor (Wood).
THE WEIR: U.S. premiere of London drama (with same cast) by Conor McPherson. Previews March 23, 1999; opened April 1, 1999 at Walter Kerr Theatre w/all-Irish cast.
EXPECTED IN 1999-00 SEASON
AIDA: New musical love triangle based on Verdi's opera, produced by Disney Theatricals. Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. Directed by Robert Falls. Cast: Heather Headley, Sherrie Scott, Adam Pascal. Concept CD has been released by Rocket Records. Set and costumes by Bob Crowley. Tries out at Chicago, IL's Palace Theater Nov. 12, 1998-Jan. 9, 2000, opening Dec. 9, 1999. Targeting Bway (possibly the Palace Theater) for Spring 2000.
AMADEUS: Revival of Peter Shaffer drama. Director: Peter Hall. Cast: David Suchet, Michael Sheen (both from Hall's Old Vic production). Producers: Center Theatre Group, Kim Poster, PW Productions, Adam Epstein and Pace Theatrical Group. Oct. 10-Nov. 28, 1999 at L.A.'s Ahmanson. Target Bway opening: Dec. 16, 1999.
BIG ROSEMARY: Cady Huffman stars in a new play with music, written and direction by Blake Edwards (Victor/Victoria). Previews, opening and theatre TBA. Trying out at Helen Hayes Center (Upstate NY) Feb-March 1999.
BY JEEVES: musical based on P.G. Wodehouse stories. Revised version of 1975 musical by Alan Ayckbourn (book/lyrics) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (music). Goodspeed Opera House is involved in producing. Targeting Spring 2000.
DAME EDNA: THE ROYAL TOUR: comedy w/ Australian & UK chat show diva Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage. Produced by Leonard Soloway, Chase Mishkin, Steven Levy & Jonathan Reinis. Played Oct. 1, 1998-Jan. 17, 1999 at San Francisco's Theater on the Square. Previews start Sept. 15, 1999, opens Oct. 17, 1999 for open run at Booth Theater. Tickets via Telecharge (212) 239-6260.
DIONNE SINGS DIONNE: "I WON'T STOP NOW": Autobiographical concert for pop singer Dionne Warwick. Producers include James L. Nederlander. Tried out at the Berkshire Festival Oct. 1998. Projected for Bway winter 1999.
ELABORATE LIVES: THE LEGEND OF AIDA (renamed AIDA)
EPIC PROPORTIONS: comedy by Larry Coen and David Crane. Director: Jerry Zaks. Producers: Brent Peek, Mark Schwartz, Bob Cuillo, Bob Barandes and Matthew Farrell. Cast: Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Tudyk, Ross Lehman. Rehearsals start July 1999. Previews Sept. 1, 1999 and opens Sept. 30, 1999 at Helen Hayes Theatre.
EVITA: National tour revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1979 musical. Director-choreographer: Larry Fuller. Natalie Toro & Ana Marie Andricain share the title role. Raul Esparza is Che; Raymond Jaramillo McLeod is Juan Peron. Produced by Manny Kladitis, Magicworks Entertainment and Pace Theatrical Group. Tour started Nov. 3, 1998 in Detroit. Due to reach Bway Fall 1999, info TBA.
FINIAN'S RAINBOW: Revival of 1947 musical by E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and Burton Lane; Revised book by Peter Stone. Director Lonny Price. Cast: Robert Morse, Austin Pendleton and Patrick Wilson. Producer: Rodger Hess. Try-out at FL's Coconut Grove, Oct. 12-Nov. 21, 1999. Targeting February 2000.
GRAY, SPALDING: (see Morning, Noon And Night)
THE GREEN BIRD: Julie Taymor's play with music (by Elliot Goldenthal), based on Carlo Gozzi's fable, plans a return to New York.
HARMONY: Barry Manilow's musical about a Gentile-Jewish band torn apart in 1930s Germany. Spring 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA.
HAVANA: New Latin-Cuban musical revue with music by Frank Wildhorn, book and lyrics by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, and starring Linda Eder. Targeting Spring 2000 after out-of-town tryouts. Bway previews, opening and theatre TBA.
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME: Stage adaptation of Disney animated musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book and staging by James Lapine. Will have world premiere in Berlin, Germany June 1999. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.
HYSTERIA: NY premiere of Terry Johnson's hit London play about Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dali. Spring 1999 (tentative).
IRVING BERLIN'S EASTER PARADE: Tommy Tune stars in a stage adaptation of the film with songs by Irving Berlin and book by Phillip Oesterman. Tune and Oesterman will co-direct; Tune and Tad Lock will co-choreograph. Musical direction will be by Wally Harper. Fall 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA.
I WON'T STOP NOW: (see "DIONNE SINGS DIONNE")
JANE EYRE: New musical based on the Charlotte Bronte novel, starring Anthony Crivello and Marla Schaffel. Directed by John Caird. Previews and opening TBA. Theatre TBA, targeting Fall 1999. Trying out July-August at CA's La Jolla Playhouse.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: (musical) Revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice biblical pop musical. Directed by Gayle Edwards. Producer: Really Useful Group. Rehearsals to start Nov. 11, 1999. Planning to try out in Toronto, Dec. 14, 1999-February 2000, followed by Boston & Chicago stints (Feb.-March 2000) and landing on Broadway at Eastertime 2000.
KAT AND THE KINGS: (musical) Conceived by David Kramer & Taliep Petersen. Directed by David Kramer, w/South African cast. Producers: Harriet Newman Leve, Richard Frankel and Marc Routh. Prevs Aug. 6, 1999; Opens Aug. 19, 1999 at Cort Theatre.
KISS ME, KATE: Revival of the Cole Porter/ Bella & Sam Spewack musical. Director: Michael Blakemore. Choreog: Kathleen Marshall. Cast: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie. Producers: Roger Berlind, Scott Rudin & Roger Horchow. Previews Oct. 25, 1999 and opens Nov. 18, 1999 at Martin Beck Theatre.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC: revival of 1973 musical by Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler. Producers are Margo Lion, Fred Zollo, Nick Paleologis and Jujamcyn Theatres. Declan Donnellan will direct; Paddy Cuneen is musical director. Glenn Close is in talks to star.
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS: Derek Jacobi stars in a revival of the Robert Bolt drama, directed by Robin Phillips. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.
MARIE CHRISTINE: New musical with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, based on Medea. Directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. Cast: Audra McDonald, Mary Testa. Prevs Oct. 28, 1999; Opens Dec. 2, 1999 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
MARTIN GUERRE: musical by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg. Producer: Cameron Mackintosh. Director: Conall Morrison. Choreography: David Bolger. Played at London's West Yorkshire Playhouse to Feb. 13, 1999. U.S. tryout set for MN's Guthrie Theatre (Sept. 29, 1999), followed by Detroit's Fisher Theatre (Dec. 1, 1999), DC's Kennedy Center (Dec. 23, 1999), Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre (Jan. 22, 2000) and L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre (Feb. 16, 2000). Bway previews begin April 15, 2000 for an April 26, 2000 opening at a theatre TBA. Cast: Erin Dilly, Hugh Panaro as Guerre & Stephen R. Buntrock as "Guerre."
A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN: Revival of Eugene O'Neill drama, starring Cherry Jones. Directed by Gerald Gutierrez. December 1999 previews and opening at theatre TBA. Will try out at DC's Kennedy Center Nov. 1-Dec. 5, 1999.
MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT: New solo by Spalding Gray, runs Sunday & Monday eves (the off-nights of Marie Christine) starting Oct. 31, 1999 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
MUCH ADO ABOUT EVERYTHING: New one-man standup comedy show from Jackie Mason. Previews Nov. 16, 1999 at John Golden Theatre. Opening TBA.
MUSIC MAN, THE: Revival of Meredith Willson's 1957 musical, directed by Susan Stroman. Producers: Dodger Endemol. Targeting Early 2000, with info TBA.
THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S: New musical by Charles Strouse and Susan Birkenhead, based on 1968 William Friedkin film. To be choreographed by Susan Stroman. Mike Ockrent has been mentioned as director. Targeting March 2000.
OLIVER!: Revival of Lionel Bart musical. Producer: Cameron Mackintosh. According to the NY Times, targeting early spring 2000 after possible dates in Toronto, Chicago & Boston.
ONLY A KINGDOM: Judith Shubow Steir's new musical about Wallis Simpson's romance with Britain's King Edward VIII that led to his abdication. Directed by Scott Schwartz. Spring or fall previews, opening and theatre TBA, after tryout at Pasadena Playhouse. See more details.
ORDINARY GIRL: "Loosely autobiographical" musical starring and co written by Donna Summer. Spring 2000 previews, opening and theatre TBA.
THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD: (play revival) Irish comedy by John Millington Synge. Dir: Garry Hynes. Cast: Alan Cumming. Targeting mid-late 2000.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER: revue of Stephen Sondheim songs. Producer: Cameron Mackintosh in assoc. w/CA's Mark Taper Forum. Carol Burnett, George Hearn, Ruthie Henshall & Bronson Pinchot star (w/Kathie Lee Gifford doing Tuesday nights after Nov. 11, 1999). Directed by Eric D. Schaeffer. Tix go onsale July 26 via TeleCharge, (212) 239-6200. Prevs Oct. 30, 1999 for opening Nov. 21, 1999 at Barrymore Theater.
THE RAINMAKER: revival of N. Richard Nash's comedy-drama, directed by Scott Ellis. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jayne Atkinson. Producer: Roundabout Theatre Company. Target opening: Nov. 11, 1999 at Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
RIVERDANCE: (dance revue) Composed by Bill Whelan; Dir: John McColgan. Producer: Moya Doherty. Tix onsale Fall 1999. Targeting Spring 2000 at Gershwin Theatre.
THE ROYAL FAMILY: musical by William Finn (score) and Richard Greenberg (book) based on Kaufman & Ferber's 1927 play of the same title. Dir: Jerry Zaks. Producers: Barry & Fran Weissler. Targeting Fall 1999.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: musical adaptation of 1977 film. Book: Nan Knighton; Directed & choreographed by Arlene Phillips. Score: songs from the film and other Bee Gees compositions. Opened at London Palladium May 5, 1998. Paul Nicholas & Robert Stigwood will produce with Niko Associates. Previews begin Sept. 28, 1999. Opening Oct. 21, 1999, probably at Minskoff Theatre.
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL: musical by Nan Knighton (book/lyrics) and Frank Wildhorn (music). Director: Robert Longbottom. The third revision, this one significantly scaled down. The second version closes May 30, 1999 at the Minskoff. After a short break, the third version, sans star Douglas Sills, will tour to Dallas, Houston and Atlanta before reaching Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre in September 1999.
SCENT OF THE ROSES: Julie Harris to star in South African drama by Lisette Lecat Ross. Director: Gordon Edelstein, who staged world premiere at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre (July-Aug. 1998). Producer: Arthur Cantor. Rehearsals start late September. Targeting 3-week tryout in November at Nyack, NY's Helen Hayes Center. Previews Thanksgiving weekend and opens Dec. 1, 1999 at Belasco Theatre.
A STAR IS BORN: Musical based on the film, with book by Larry Gelbart, lyrics by David Zippel, music by Cy Coleman. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.
SWEET DELIVERANCE: Comedy-drama by Eric Houston. Producer: Alexander H. Cohen. Targeting Broadway late fall 1999. Director, cast & theatre TBA. Fran Drescher is in negotations for the lead.
THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS: Musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Craig Carnelia, book by John Guare. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Based on 1957 film. Fall 1999 previews, opening and theatre TBA.
SWING: Musical revue directed by Jerry Zaks, choreographed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett. Star: Ann Hampton Callaway. Producers: Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Steven Baruch, Thomas Viertel, Jujamcyn Theaters. Prevs on Bway Nov. 2, 1999. opens Dec. 9, 19999 at St. James Theatre.
TALLULAH: Solo bio of Tallulah Bankhead by Sandra Ryan Heyward, starring Kathleen Turner. Show premiered July 1997 at UK's Chichester Theatre. Played at FL's Coconut Grove, Jan. 1999. Producers: Pace Theatrical Group & James L. Nederlander Productions, in assoc. with Duncan Weldon & Tony Fantozzi. Due at Nederlander house "year 2000"; Theatre & Dates TBA.
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE: Stage adaptation of the 1967 film musical, adding 1920s period songs and adding some new songs. Richard Morris and Dick Scanlon have adapted Morris' screenplay. Jeanine Tesori will add new songs. Director: Michael Mayer. Choreog: David Marquez. Produced by Michael Levitt, Fox Theatricals & Whoopi Goldberg.NY workshop May-June 1999. Bway plans & casting TBA.
TOM SAWYER: New musical based on the Mark Twain novel. Music by Don Schlitz, book by Ken Ludwig. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.
THE VISIT: Angela Lansbury stars in a musical adaptation of Friedrich Duerrenmatt's drama. Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Terrence McNally. Barry Brown producing; Frank Galati (Ragtime) will direct. Spring 2000 previews opening and theatre TBA.
VOICES IN THE DARK: John Pielmeier's thriller, directed by Christopher Ashley. Producers: Ben Sprecher, William P. Miller & Aaron Levy. Cast: Judith Ivey. Tries out at Stamford's Rich Forum July 16-25. Previews July 31, 1999, opens Aug. 12, 1999 at Longacre Theatre.
WAITING IN THE WINGS: American premiere of 1960 Noel Coward comedy-drama, directed by Michael Langham. Producer: Alexander H. Cohen. Previews to begin late November for opening Dec. 16, 1999 (Noel Coward's 100th birthday).
WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND: New musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Jim Steinman; book by Patricia Knop, Gale Edwards and Lloyd Webber. Directed by Edwards. Originally scheduled to open June 1997; now postponed at least until 1999.
WISE GUYS: New musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman. Late Fall 1999 target for New York Theatre Workshop workshop. Nathan Lane & Victor Garber are attached to the project; Sam Mendes to direct.
POSSIBLE FOR 1999-00 SEASON
UNEXPECTED MAN: New play by Yasmina Reza (Art). Cast: Eileen Atkins, Nick Nolte. Producer: Elizabeth McCann. Due Fall 1999. First announced as Off-Broadway (Promenade) but now also considering Bway.
CHITA & ALL THAT JAZZ: Musical revue featuring Chita Rivera in a survey of her stage career. Fall previews and opening at a theatre TBA.
CORNELIA: Premiere of Mark Victor Olsen play about Alabama Gov. George Wallace's relationship with his second wife as he runs for president. Directed by Jerry Zaks. winter previews, opening and theatre TBA.
OKLAHOMA!: Royal National Theatre revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein 1943 musical. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh; Directed by Trevor Nunn; Choreographed by Susan Stroman. Playing at UK's Lyceum Jan. 20-June 26, 1999. Broadway transfer had been eyed, but Actor's Equity denied Nunn's request to transfer British cast intact, and Nunn doesn't have the time in his schedule to re-cast.
ROOM SERVICE: The Flying Karamazov Brothers star in a revival of the 1937 John Murray/Allen Boretz farce. Indefinitely postponed.
STAND-UP OPERA: B.J. Ward's one-person tribute/spoof of opera. Postponed indefinitely.
SWEET CHARITY: Revival of Cy Coleman, Neil Simon (book) & Dorothy Fields 1966 musical. Producer: Bob Young. Director: Wayne Cilento. Nat'l tour starring Paula Abdul was to start July 19, 1999 in Wisconsin and target 1999-2000 season at (probably) Nederlander house. Those plans are off, with producers hoping to recast.
TINY ALICE: Revival of Edward Albee's drama, directed by Mark Lamos. February 1999 previews and opening at a theatre TBA.
BATMAN: musical in development by Warner Brothers. Score by Jim Steinman. All info TBA; Projected for 2000 or 2001.
THE BOY FROM OZ: New musical, from Australia, about the life of Peter Allen. Dates TBA.
42ND STREET: Revival of the backstage musical. Year 2000 previews, opening and theatre TBA.
GAUGIN, play about the painter, due for Fall 1999, starring Armand Assante.
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST: Revival of Dale Wasserman's adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel. Cast: Gary Sinise. Producers: Fox Theatricals/Steppenwolf. Will play April-June 2000 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre. NY details TBA.
THE SEUSSICAL: New musical based on characters in Dr. Seuss children's stories. Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Eric Idle. Frank Galati will direct. Reading in NY May 3, 1999, with workshop targeted for Aug. 1999. Targeting first production in 2000, w/Broadway between 2000-01. Opening and theatre TBA.
SPIRIT DANCE: Revue of Native American dance. Choreographed by Wayne Cilento (Tommy). Produced by Peter Holmes a Court of Back Row Productions. Composed by Peter Buffett (Dances With Wolves). Lyrics by Chief Hawk Pope. Previews, opening and theatre TBA after North American tour.
TIN PAN ALLEY RAG (Musical w/ music by Scott Joplin & Irving Berlin; book by Mark Saltzman. Choreographer: Larry Sousa. Director: Alan Bailey. Premiered at Pasadena Playhouse (July 1997), then done at Goodspeed at Chester (Oct.-Nov. 1997) and Coconut Grove (Oct. 1998). Andre DeShields (Joplin) & David Norona (Berlin) are attached to the project.
DEAR WORLD: Chita Rivera stars in 30th anniversary revival of Jerry Herman's musical, directed by Scott Ellis, with the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee book revised by David Thomson. Previews and opening TBA at Roundabout Theatre.
ELIOT NESS...IN CLEVELAND: Musical w/book by Peter Ullian, Score by Robert Lindsay Nassif, co-adapted/additional material by Nick Corley. Premiered at Denver Center PAC Jan. 1998; NY readings held March 1999. Winner of 1998 Gilman-Gonzalez Falla Award. All Bway details TBA.
JACK: musical about JFK by composer/author Will Holt & co-librettist Tom Sawyer. Workshopped at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in 1994, premiered at the Univ. of Oklahoma in 1995. Tried out to poor reviews in Dublin, Ireland in 1997. Backers concert performances of revised work given May 1998 in NYC.
THE JAZZ SINGER: Musical bio of Al Jolson by Will Holt & Sherman Yellen. Director: Christopher Ashley; Choreographer: Randy Skinner. Cast: Sam Harris. Rights recently reverted to authors, who are reworking and seeking new backers.
MAMMA MIA: (musical incorporating Abba pop songs) Book by Catherine Johnson. Playing at the Prince Edward Theatre in the UK's West End. Produced by Judy Craymer, Richard East & Bjorn Ulvaeus w/Universal with Ed & David Mirvish. Will come to Toronto's Royal Alex Theatre May 30-Oct. 14, 2000. Songs are by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
MARTY: Jason Alexander stars in a new musical, based on Paddy Chayevsky's film about a homely loner who strives for something more. Score by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams. Book by Aaron Sorkin. Previews, opening and theatre TBA.
MASK: musical adaptation of 1985 Peter Bogdanovich movie. Book: Anna Hamilton Phelan (who wrote the screenplay). Score: Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. Producer: Barry Brown. Time frame TBA.
OSTROVSKY: New musical w/score by Cy Coleman, book by Avery Corman, being written for Alan King to star.
13 DAYS TO BROADWAY: Whoopi Goldberg stars in a new musical with music by Cy Coleman, book by Bruce Villanch. Production designed by Robin Wagner. Coproduced by Coleman and Wagner. Previews, 1999 opening and theatre TBA.
UNTITLED (BARRY MANN & CYNTHIA WEIL PROJECT): Revue of Mann & Weil pop songs, with scripted material by Bruce Vilanch. Director: Glenn Casale. Producer: Barry Brown. Time frame TBA.
UNTITLED (SONNY BONO PROJECT) : musical about the late singer/politician's life and career, with famous Sonny & Cher songs, as well as rare Bono "trunk songs." Producer: Manny Kladitis. All info TBA, pending legal issues involving Bono's will.
URBAN COWBOY: Liz Smith has reported that Aaron Latham & Phil Oesterman are working on an adaptation of the Travolta film, with music by Clint Black and Travis Tritt. A Dec. `98 reading reportedly had James Carpinello and Laura Lukas as the leads.
WRONG MOUNTAIN: David Hirson comedy with surreal and sci-fi elements. Director: Richard Jones. Producer: Dodger/Endemol. World premiere due at SF's American Conservatory Theatre, Oct. 27, 1999.
-- by David Lefkowitz