Screen Classics Hit the Stage, and Kristin Chenoweth Arrives on Broadway

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Nick Cordero and Richard H. Blake in <i>A Bronx Tale</i>
Nick Cordero and Richard H. Blake in A Bronx Tale Jerry Dalia


October 27: Performances begin for the world premiere of Dead Poets Society, a new play based on the 1989 film, helmed by Tony winner John Doyle. Jason Sudeikis stars as professor John Keating in the Off-Broadway staging at Classic Stage Company.

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Liesl Tommy Joseph Marzullo/WENN

October 29: The American premiere of Dan Gordon’s stage adaptation of Terms of Endearment kicks off in New York. The play is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and the Oscar-winning screenplay by James L. Brooks, which traces the love/hate relationship between a mother and her independent daughter—played by Molly Ringwald and Hannah Dunne Off-Broadway.

November 1: Following the success of Eclipsed, Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy returns to the Public Theater for the New York premiere of Party People, which she co-created with the award-winning ensemble Universes. The high-energy show, about the complicated legacies of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Org/Party, blends theatre, poetry, jazz, hip-hop, politics, and multimedia.

November 2: Performances begin for the New Group’s revival of Sweet Charity, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster. Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields’ classic musical is directed by Leigh Silverman with choreography by Joshua Bergasse.

November 3: Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale makes its Broadway debut, with music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The new musical, recently seen at Paper Mill Playhouse, is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro, who helmed the award-winning film, and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.


October 27: William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony-winning musical Falsettos returns to Broadway in an all-new production from Lincoln Center Theater. The revival features an all-star cast that includes Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Betsy Wolfe, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz, and Anthony Rosenthal.

Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber
Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber Joseph Marzullo/WENN

October 30: The Donmar Warehouse staging of Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, officially opens on Broadway. The tale of sex, intrigue, and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France is helmed by acclaimed director Josie Rourke.

November 2: Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth kicks off a two-week solo concert at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Titled My Love Letter to Broadway, the evening features a handpicked selection of musical theatre favorites from the Tony winner.

November 2: Acclaimed artist Anna Deavere Smith returns to the stage with her latest solo work, Notes from the Field, which investigates the school-to-prison pipeline—the system that pushes youth from poorer communities into incarceration.


October 27-28: The National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals returns for another year at New World Stages. Now in its 28th year, the industry-only event showcases new works for theatre producers from around the world, and features a string of Broadway stars, including Hamilton’s Nicholas Christopher, Newsies actor Corey Cott, Mamie Parris (Cats), and Jonah Platt (Wicked).

October 28: The TimesTalks series continues with Tony-nominated director Michael Greif in discussion with New York Times theatre editor Scott Heller. The evening also features performances by Ben Platt, Rachel Bay Jones, Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Damiano, and Adam Chanler–Berat, accompanied by Hamilton’s Alex Lacamoire.

October 28: The Waldorf Astoria’s ballroom is transformed yet again for Bette Midler’s annual Hulaween party, which benefits the New York Restoration Project. The Hocus Pocus star announced earlier that she is dressing up as Winnie for this year’s fundraiser, which is hosted by Kathy Griffin, with a performance by Darlene Love.

October 29: Don't miss Tony winner Kelli O'Hara making her solo Carnegie Hall debut for one night only.

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Todrick Hall Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

October 31: Halloween! Test your nerves at New York City’s spookiest theatrical attractions—here are eight.

October 31: Paul Alexander Nolan, last seen on Broadway in the Steve Martin-Edie Brickell musical Bright Star, steps into the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. Jason Danieley plays his final performance in the role October 30.

November 1: Todrick Hall, whose Broadway credits include Memphis and the original production of The Color Purple, steps into the fabulous, high-heeled shoes of Lola in Kinky Boots. The part was created by Tony winner Billy Porter.

November 6: The current contract for actors and stage managers working in Off-Broadway theatres expires. More than 1,000 members of Actors’ Equity Association, including Olympia Dukakis, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Estelle Parsons, Jonathan Groff, and Patrick Page, have signed an open letter seeking a “historic” pay increase for actors working on an Off-Broadway contract. Learn more here.

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