THE 2010-11 BROADWAY TIMELINE: From a Memphis Win to People in the Picture

News   THE 2010-11 BROADWAY TIMELINE: From a Memphis Win to People in the Picture
"How do you measure a year?" those kids from Rent once asked. How about in a timeline that charts the major milestones of the 2010-11 Broadway season?

Montego Glover and Chad Kimball
Montego Glover and Chad Kimball Photo by Joan Marcus


Starting with the spring 2010 Tony Award wins for Red and Memphis, ending with the opening of the musical The People in the Picture, here's a complete list of the Broadway openings — and some of the major headlines — of the 2010-2011 season.

This timeline appears in the Playbill for the 2011 Tony Awards ceremony at the Beacon Theatre.

June 13, 2010 Memphis is named Best Musical and Red is named Best Play in the 64th annual Tony Awards.

July 15, 2010 The season opens with Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert on Broadway, in which the crooner sings original pop songs and some of his favorite showtunes. August 1, 2010 After a hiatus of several weeks, A Little Night Music reopens with Elaine Stritch and Bernadette Peters replacing Angela Lansbury in the role of Madame Armfeldt and Tony-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as her daughter Desiree.

Bernadette Peters in A Little Night Music
photo by Joan Marcus

August 21, 2010 The executive producers of the 2009 Tony Awards telecast, Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner, are awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Program at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, along with host Neil Patrick Harris.

August 29, 2010 The 2009 Tony Awards telecast wins the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. The award is accepted by Dave Boone and Paul Greenberg.

September 28, 2010 Brief Encounter, Emma Rice's expressionistic stage adaptation of Noël Coward's film about a bittersweet love affair between two married people, features several members of the original U.K. Kneehigh Theatre cast.

September 30, 2010 Another West End-to-Broadway transfer, The Pitmen Painters, traces the lives of a group of miners who take an art class and wind up as world-famous artists.

October 3, 2010 Cherry Jones stars in a revival of George Bernard Shaw's scandalous 1894 play Mrs. Warren's Profession, about a proper English young lady who is shocked to discover that her family business is running brothels. Directed by Doug Hughes.

Brian d'Arcy James and Laura Linney in Time Stands Still.
photo by Joan Marcus

October 7, 2010 Reopening of Donald Margulies' January 2010 drama Time Stands Still, with Christina Ricci joining original cast members Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James and Eric Bogosian.

October 12, 2010 Two actors - Robert (Patrick Stewart), nearing the end of his career, and John (T.R. Knight), at the dawn of his - share observations about acting, art and humanity as they ply their craft in a revival of David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre.

October 21, 2010 The NFL makes its Broadway producing debut with Lombardi, Eric Simonson's new play about legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, starring Dan Lauria and Judith Light.

October 25, 2010 James Earl Jones is at the wheel under Vanessa Redgrave's steely eye in Davis Esbjornson's revival of Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy, also featuring Boyd Gaines.

October 26, 2010 Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway offers a multi-media concert of the Fab Four's greatest hits, performed by a quartet of soundalikes.

Colman Domingo and Forrest McClendon in The Scottsboro Boys.
photo by Paul Kolnik

October 31, 2010 The Scottsboro Boys, a new musical with a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, uses the conventions of old-time minstrel shows to tell the real-life story of nine African-American men falsely accused of rape in the deep South. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, with Joshua Henry and John Cullum.

November 4, 2010 Patti LuPone, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Sherie Rene Scott, and Laura Benanti star in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a new David Yazbek-Jeffrey Lane musical inspired by the 1988 Pedro Almodóvar film.

November 9, 2010 Former "Saturday Night Live" comic Colin Quinn whisks audiences through a wry history of civilization in 75 minutes in his solo show Colin Quinn Long Story Short.

November 11, 2010 Paul Reubens recreates his kids' TV show on Broadway with The Pee-wee Herman Show.

November 14, 2010 Al Pacino plays Shylock and Lily Rabe plays Portia in a revival of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, following an acclaimed summer 2010 run in Central Park.

Sebastian Arcelus in Elf.
photo by Joan Marcus

November 14, 2010 A musical adaptation of the movie comedy Elf stars Sebastian Arcelus as a boy who was raised to believe he was one Santa's elves, and now tries to return to life in modern New York. The show features a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin and book by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, and co-stars Amy Spanger, Mark Jacoby, Beth Leavel and George Wendt.

November 18, 2010 Lincoln Center Theater hosts A Free Man of Color, John Guare's  historical comedy that mixes fact and fiction in telling the adventures of a mixed-race rake in the high-society salons and bedrooms of early 19th-century New Orleans.

November 21, 2010 Brendan Fraser and Denis O'Hare play two inmates from a mental institution who, under the supervision of a social worker, are given a shot at living on their own in Simon Bent's U.K.-originated comedy, Elling.

November 28, 2010 The first preview of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. During the following months of previews — the most ever for a Broadway show — the production acquired a new director, librettist and leading lady, and the opening was pushed into the 2011-2012 season.

December 9, 2010: Donny and Marie: A Broadway Christmas is a holiday music-and-dance revue featuring the brother/sister singing team.

Brian Bedford in The Importance of Being Earnest.
photo by Joan Marcus

January 13, 2011 Brian Bedford dons drag to play the indomitable Lady Bracknell in a revival of Oscar Wilde's comedy of hidden identities, The Importance of Being Earnest, which he also directs.

March 3, 2011 A down-on-her-luck South Boston woman (Frances McDormand) finds herself in moral hot water when she hits up a successful old flame for a job in Good People, Manhattan Theatre Club's world-premiere presentation of David Lindsay-Abaire's drama.

March 11, 2011 Standup comedian Kathy Griffin dishes the dirt on today's crop of celebrities in her solo show, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, marking the first time the Tony Awards have been mentioned by name in the title of a Broadway show.

March 17, 2011 A Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which jumps back and forth in time from the 19th century to the present. Featuring Billy Crudup, Raúl Esparza and Margaret Colin, the production is based on David Leveaux's 2009 London revival.

March 20, 2011 In the new musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, three drag queens cross the dusty and often homophobic Australian outback in a brightly painted bus named Priscilla so one of them can reunite with his son. The show was written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, based upon the similarly titled film, using a score of pop hits.

March 22, 2011 Emmy Award-winning comic, writer and actor John Leguizamo brings his new autobiographical solo show, Ghetto Klown, to Broadway.

Andrew Rannells in Book of Mormon.
photo by Joan Marcus

March 24, 2011 Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells play mismatched missionaries in the irreverent original musical comedy The Book of Mormon, with a book and score by "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez.

March 27, 2011 Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe dons a bowtie and American accent to make his Broadway musical debut as J. Pierrepont Finch in Rob Ashford's revival of Frank Loesser's musical satire on corporate America, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, opposite John Larroquette.

March 31, 2001 Rajiv Joseph's ferocious comedy Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo follows the intertwined stories of a tiger's ghost (Robin Williams), two American marines and an Iraqi gardener in wartime Baghdad as they try to make sense of a world gone to pieces.

April 7, 2011 Sutton Foster plays Reno Sweeney to Joel Grey's Moonface Martin in Kathleen Marshall's revival of Cole Porter's classic shipboard musical comedy Anything Goes.

April 10, 2011 Catch Me If You Can, the film comedy about a bold young con man, becomes a new musical from the Hairspray team of Marc Shaiman (Music, Lyrics), Scott Wittman (Lyrics) and Terrence McNally (Book). Jack O'Brien directs a cast headed by Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit, Tom Wopat, and Kerry Butler. April 11, 2011 Chris Rock plays an ex-con Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor in Stephen Adly Guirgis' comedy The Motherf**ker with the Hat, which also features Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vazquez.

April 14, 2011 A boy crosses the battlefields of World War I to retrieve his pet horse who has been sold to the cavalry in Lincoln Center Theater's transfer of the National Theatre's War Horse, directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris.

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April 17, 2011 Lewis Carroll classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland gets a new look as the grown Alice comes back for a second visit in Frank Wildhorn's and Jack Murphy's new musical Wonderland, starring Janet Dacal, Darren Ritchie, Karen Mason and Kate Shindle.

April 19, 2011 Kathleen Turner plays a nun who agrees to counsel a tough 19-year-old drug addict in Matthew Lombardo's drama High, also starring Stephen Kunken and Evan Jonigkeit.

April 20, 2011 Patina Miller and Victoria Clark star in a stage musical adaptation of the film Sister Act, about a singer on the run who transforms the lives of a convent full of nuns when she hides out among them. Jerry Zaks directed the show, which has a score by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and originated in London.

April 21, 2011 The hit London drama Jerusalem tells the story of a former daredevil motorcyclist (Mark Rylance) on a drug-and booze-filled adventures as a modern-day Pied Piper.

April 24, 2011 Jim Belushi, Nina Arianda, and Robert Sean Leonard star in a revival of the 1946 Garson Kanin comedy Born Yesterday, about a classic dumb-blonde character who smartens up enough to turn the tables on her corrupt businessman boyfriend.

April 25, 2011 A revival of John Guare's 1966 dark comedy The House of Blue Leaves, about people with big dreams headed for destinations that include Hollywood, Vietnam, heaven and the mental institution of the title. With Edie Falco, Ben Stiller and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

April 27, 2011 The new musical Baby It's You! tells the true-life story of a New Jersey housewife (Beth Leavel) who discovers the all-girl group the Shirelles and becomes a driving force in the early 1960s music business. With a book by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott (Million Dollar Quartet), and a score of hits from the period.

April 27, 2011 Actor Joel Grey crosses the footlights to co-direct with George C. Wolfe a revival of Larry Kramer's searing drama about the early days of the AIDS epidemic, The Normal Heart. Joe Mantello crosses the footlights in the other direction to star opposite John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin.

April 28, 2011 The People in the Picture, a new musical starring Donna Murphy as an American grandmother trying to keep alive her days in European Yiddish theatre through her granddaughter, has a book and lyrics by "Beaches" novelist Iris Rainer Dart and music by Mike Stoller (Smokey Joe's Café) and Artie Butler.

June 12, 2011: The 65th Annual Tony Awards are given at the Beacon Theatre.


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