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by Elyse Sommer
The highly anticipated Broadway musical adaptation of Woddy Allen's Bullets over Broadway has cast its Helen Sinclair. It's three time Tony Award® nominee Marin Mazzie The new musical, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath for the 1994 film, will be directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman. Also featured will be Brooks Ashmanskas as Warner Purcell, Zach Braff as David Shayne, Nick Cordero as Cheech, Vincent Pastore as Nick Valenti, Betsy Wolfe as Ellen, Lenny Wolpe as Julian Marx and Heléne Yorke as Olive Neal. The show will open April 10, 2014 at The St. James Theatre Musi will be existing music of the period rather than new songs.
Public Theater's 2013-2014 season is chockablock full with intriguing offerings: classics, new plays, musicals and experimental ensembles. Tarell Alvin McCraney will direct his adaptation of Antony & Cleopatra. The by now established and much extended hit is Alison Bechdel graphic novel, with music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, and directed by Sam Gold. Also on the boards, the New York premiere of A Second Chance, with book, music, and lyrics by Ted Shen and direction by Jonathan Butterell, about a recent widower and divorcée who meet in mid-life.
Also back as a marathon production is Richard Nelson with his Apple Family play.
Also still to come is the return of Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks with the Public Lab production of Father Comes Home From The Wars (parts 1, 2 & 3), a drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom, and the heartbreak of love.
Gone but not forgotten by all who saw is Brecht's Good Person of Szechewann by the terrific Foundry Theatre
Coming up from Rattlestick Playwrights Theater-- The Correspondent by Ken Urban, directed by Stephen Brackett. Feb. 5–March 23, 2014. It's about a grieving husband hires a dying woman to deliver a message to his recently deceased wife in the afterlife. When he receives letters signed by his wife, describing events that only she could know, he's faced with determining if the correspondence is from a con artist or actually from a ghost.
Ode to Joy written and directed by Craig Lucas. Feb. 12–April 12, 2014, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Mainstage.What it's about: Love, heartbreak, addiction, and illness through the eyes of Adele, an audacious painter and her destructive relations with Mala and Bill, her two lovers.
The Few written by Samuel D. Hunter, sirected by Davis McCallum April 16–May 31, 2014, at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. What it's about: Four years ago Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers. Now he's returned–with no word of where he's been–and things have changed. His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads. As he considers giving up for good, Bryan searches for what he couldn't find on the road: a way to keep faith in humanity.
The New Group will present the world premiere of Thomas Bradshaw's Intimacy, directed by Scott Elliott about: 3 families in a well-manicured American town. Interracial couple Jerry and Pat borrow tools from their recently widowed, white evangelical neighbor James, and they even share the same Latino contractor, the mysterious Fred. Everything's suburban bliss until James discovers that Jerry and Pat's daughter Janet is a budding porn star and shuns the family. But James doesn't know that his son Matthew, an aspiring filmmaker, has other ideas.
In January, Classic Stage Company director Brian Kulick and composer Duncan Sheik continue their exploration of Brecht with a new production of Brecht's A Man's A Man. What it's about: An early knock-about, anti-just-about-everything farce by Brecht, an innocent dockworker in British Colonial India is rather unorthodoxly enlisted into Her Majesty's Armed Forces, where he is "dismantled like a car" and then reassembled into the ultimate fighting machine.
CSC concludes its season in March with The Heir Apparent, the latest comic romp from acc David Ives, based on the play by Jean-Francois Regnard and directed by John Rando. What it's about: Eraste has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There's just one little problem: the uncle won't die and he's bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Whats a fine 18th century fellow to do' but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant, Crispin, who could "out-Figaro Figaro.
MCC will mount 3 new productions át its Lucille Lortel home and a Broadway co-production:
Penelope SkiMaggie Gyllenhaalnner's The Village Bike. North American Premiere, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, directed by Sam Gold. From 5/21/14; opening 6/09/14. What it's about: Becky (Gyllenhaal) is pregnant but she can't seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the babys months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected
Robert Askins' Hand to God, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and starring Steven Boyer From 3/11/14. This originally debuted at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2011-2012 where it went on to an extended run. What it's about: Çomedy about the good children of Cypress, Texas are taught to obey the Bible in order to evade Satans hand. But when students at the Christian Puppet Ministry put those teachings into practice, one devout young mans puppet takes on a shocking personality that no one could have expected.
At Atlantic Theater's Linda Gross Theater look for Te Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe, a stage adaptation by Roy Williams will run at Atlantic Stage 2 from January / February 2014.
Also a musical revival of The ThreePenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, with English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein and direction by Martha Clarke, March / April 2014 and a world premiere of
Comes May, Stephen Adly Guirgis' will offer up Between Riverside And Crazy
Good Deals for handicapped theater lovers: The mission of the Theater Development Fund (TDF0 is to increase access to theater for all audiences. That's why their TAP program is a boon for anyone who's hard of hearing or deaf, l has ow or no vision ore requires special seating according to need. There is no annual fe to obtain an a 50% discount for special need orchestra tickets but you must be a TAP member and provide evidence of eligibility. To check out details and other TDF services, see the website: www.tdf.org/tap. To obtain an application for TAP membership: 212/729-4537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TDF launches off-Off @ $9-- a new online service building off-Off Broadway audiences by providing $9 advance eTix to TDF members. This allows TDF members to explore the smaller stages, beyond Broadway and Off Broadway, where innovative artists are creating new and adventurous works. There will be no handling fee. The program begins at an opportune time as we are in the midst of the many play festivals around the city. (most listed in Curtainup's Off-Broadway Listings To learn more information: www.tdf.org.