While Broadway musicals tend to get the bulk of publicity, Broadway has consistently produced more dramas and comedies than musicals, and the current season is no exception, with ten productions scheduled to open between January and the end of the 1997-98 season on May 31, including several major transfers from London.
Business has often been problematic for non-musicals, but this season has seen a hit revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge that was just announced as the most successful in the history of Roundabout Theatre, its host.
Here's how the rest of the season is shaping up.
FREAK: New one-man show by and starring John Leguizamo, transferred from Off-Broadway. Opened Feb. 12. Cort Theatre. (212) 239-6200. Outside metro NY area: (800) 432-7250. You can also order tickets on Playbill On-Line.
ART: U.S. premiere of Yasmina Reza's international hit play, starring Victor Garber, Alan Alda and Alfred Molina. Opened March 1. Tickets(212) 239-6200. Outside metro NY area: (800) 432-7250. You will also be able to order tickets on Playbill On-Line.
HONOUR: New play by Joanna Murray Smith, starring Jane Alexander. Previews begin March 3. Opens April 2 at the Belasco Theatre..
THE JUDAS KISS: U.S. transfer of Almeida Theatre's production of David Hare's drama, starring Liam Neeson as Oscar Wilde. Previews begin April 22. Opens April 29. Broadhurst Theatre.
THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE: Transfer of hit Off-Broadway drama by Martin McDonagh, directed by Garry Hynes. Previews begin April 14. Opens April 22. Walter Kerr Theatre. Box office opens Mar. 6: (212) 239-6200. Outside metro NY area: (800) 432-7250. You can also order tickets on Playbill On-Line
AH, WILDERNESS!: Lincoln Center Theatre's revival of Eugene O'Neill's comedy, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Starring Debra Monk and Craig T. Nelson. Now in previews. Opens March 19. Vivian Beaumont Theatre. (212) 239-6200. Outside metro NY area: (800) 432-7250. You can also order tickets on Playbill On-Line.
CHAIRS: Broadway transfer of the hit London revival of Eugene Ionesco's play. Richard Briers and Geraldine McEwan will repeat the roles they played at London's Royal Court Theatre. Previews begin March 23; opens April 1 for a 12-week run at the John Golden Theatre.
THE DEEP BLUE SEA: Edward Herrmann and Blythe Danner star in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Terrence Rattigan's 1952 drama, directed by Mark Lamos. Previews begin Feb. 28. Opens March 26. Runs through May 10. Criterion Stage Right Theatre. (212) 869-8400.
WAIT UNTIL DARK: Revival of 1966 Frederick Knott thriller starring Quentin Taratino, directed by Leonard Foglia. Previews begin March 27. Opens April 5 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Limited engagement.
-- By Robert Viagas