Broadway 2013-2014 Season Guide

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Updated June 4, 2014

Listed below, chronologically by opening dates, are the shows that opened on Broadway in the 2013-2014 season.  (An x besides the title means it has closed as of June, 2014).

 

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JULY, 2013

forevertango logoxFOREVER TANGO

  • Walter Kerr Theater
  • First Preview: July 9, 2013
  • Opening: July 14
  • Closing: September 15
  • Cast: Gilberto Santa Rosa
  • Forever Tango is music, drama, culture, a way of life”
  • Twitter: @deforevertango

My review of Forever Tango

Closed

xLET IT BE

  • letitbe logoTheatre: St. James Theatre
  • First Preview: July 16, 2013
  • Opening: July 24, 2013
  • Let It Be began as a West End production to celebrate The Beatles’ 50th anniversary. Using projection technology and 3D sound, the show chronicles the Beatles’ rise from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the height of their fame through live performances of songs including “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “Drive My Car,” “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” “Come Together” and “Let It Be.”
  • Twitter: @letitbebroadway

My review of Let It Be

Closed

AUGUST, 2013 

firstdate logoxFIRST DATE

closed January 5, 2014

  • Longacre Theatre
  • First Preview: July 9, 2013
  • Opening: August 4, 2013
  • Austin Winsberg (book), Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (music and lyrics)
  • Director: Bill Berry
  • Cast: Krysta Rodriguez, Zachary Levi
  • First Date, according to producers, “is Broadway’s new musical comedy about the most dangerous human endeavor in existence, the dreaded blind date. When tightly wound Aaron is set up with cool girl Casey, a quick drink turns into a hilarious dinner served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, a slew of bad boy and uptown girl exes, and some seriously saucy chemistry. Set in a jaded city full of missed connections, their unpredictable evening unfolds in real time. Can this mismatched pair turn what could be a dining disaster into something special before the check arrives, or end up at another table for one?”
  • Twitter: @firstdatebway

My review of First Date

souldoctor logoxSOUL DOCTOR

Circle in the Square Theater

First preview: July 17

Opening: August 15

A new Broadway musical tells the story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, the “Rock Star Rabbi” of the 1960s. After his childhood escape from Nazi Germany, the young rabbi formed an unlikely friendship with legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, who introduced him to soul and gospel music. This led to his writing songs that became instant standards, and his struggle to harmonize his traditional beliefs with the “free love” generation.

Twitter:@souldoctor

My review of Soul Doctor

Closed

SEPTEMBER, 2013

orlando-bloom-romeoxROMEO AND JULIET

  • Richard Rodgers Theatre
  • First Preview: August 24, 2013
  • Opening: September 19, 2013
  • William Shakespeare
  • Director: David Leveaux
  • Cast: Orlando Bloom, Condola Rashad, Jayne Houdyshell, Joe Morton
  • According to producers, “In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’, passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of ‘revenge.’ Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.”
  • Twitter: @RomeoJulietBway

My review of Romeo and Juliet

closed

xTHE GLASS MENAGERIE

glassmenagerie logoBooth Theatre

Closed Feb 23, 2014

  • First Preview: September 5, 2013
  • Opening: September 26, 2013
  • Written by Tennessee Williams
  • Director: John Tiffany
  • Cast: Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto, Brian J. Smith
  • According to producers, “Amanda Wingfield (Jones) is a southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura (Keenan-Bolger), and so she pushes her son Tom (Quinto) to find a ‘gentleman caller’ for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller (Smith) sends shockwaves through the family, and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going. A beautiful play full of poetry and longing, The Glass Menagerie makes its triumphant return to Broadway in an exquisite and groundbreaking new production.”
  • Twitter: @MenagerieBWY

My review of The Glass Menagerie

OCTOBER, 2013

bigfish2 logoxBIG FISH

Neil Simon Theater

Closed December 29, 2013

  • First Preview: September 5, 2013
  • Opening: October 6, 2013
  • Written by Andrew Lippa (music and lyrics) and John August (book)
  • Director: Susan Stroman
  • Cast: Norbert Leo Butz, Kate Baldwin, Bobby Steggert
  • The fanciful new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, will be directed and choreographed by Stroman (Contact, Crazy for You, The Producers), with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party, The Addams Family) and a libretto by August.
  • Twitter: @BigFishBroadway

My review of Big Fish

xA NIGHT WITH JANIS

Janis Joplin logoClosed February 9. Transferring Off-Broadway.

Lyceum

  • First preview: September 20
  • Opening: October 10
  • Written and directed by Randy Johnson
  • Cast: Mary Bridget Davies

An imagined concert by 1960’s rock singer Janis Joplin, including her hits “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball and Chain,” and “Me and Bobby McGee. Also portrayed are Joplin inspirations Bessie Smith and Aretha Franklin.

Twitter: @ANightwithJanis

My review of A Night With Janis Joplin

xTHE WINSLOW BOY

  • American Airlines Theater
  • First Preview: September 20, 2013
  • Opening: October 17
  • Closing: December 8
  • Director: Lindsay Posner
  • Cast: Roger Rees, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Charlotte Parry
  • “A moving exploration of family devotion, The Winslow Boy,” according to Roundabout, “beautifully illustrates the costs of unconditional love and the rewards that make the effort priceless.”

My review of The Winslow Boy

closed

A Time To Kill logoxA TIME TO KILL

    • John Golden Theater
    • First preview: September 28, 2013
    • Opening: October 20, 2013

Based on the 1988 John Grisham novel, this courtroom drama involves a young white lawyer defending  a black man who took the law into his own hands after his daughter is viciously attacked.

Twitter: @ATimeToKillBway

My review of A Time To Kill

Closed

xTHE SNOW GEESE

  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: October 1, 2013
  • Opening: October 24, 2013
  • Written by Sharr White
  • Director: Daniel Sullivan
  • Cast: Mary-Louise Parker
  •  “With World War I raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling (Parker) gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they’ve always known.”

My review of The Snow Geese

Closed

xBETRAYAL

Ethel Barrymore Theater

Closed January 5, 2014

  • First Preview: October 1, 2013
  • Opening: October 27, 2013
  • Written by Harold Pinter
  • Director: Mike Nichols
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall
  • According to producers, “Emma (Weisz) is married to Robert (Craig), a publisher, but she has long had an affair with Jerry (Spall), a literary agent and Robert’s best friend; as, in a brilliant device, time is regained, so the full complexity of their relationships comes to light.”

My review of Betrayal

NOVEMBER, 2013

AFTER MIDNIGHT

After Midnight LogoBrooks Atkinson Theater

  • First preview: October 18, 2013
  • Opening: November 3, 2013
  • Director and choreographer: Warren Carlyle
  • Cast: Fantasia Barrino, Dule Hill
  • Twitter: @AfterMidnightNY

After Midnight  is the renamed Cotton Club Parade, conceived by Jack Viertel, which played at New York City Center. The musical revue celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by 17 musicians selected by Wynton Marsalis.

My review of After Midnight

xIl DIVO – A MUSICAL AFFAIR: The Greatest Songs of Broadway

Marquis Theatre

Performances form November 7 to November 13, 2013

Il Divo, the brainchild of Simon Cowell, comes to the Marquis Theatre to serenade concertgoers with classics from the Broadway songbook, The Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, West Side Story. Featuring Heather Headley.

 @ildivoofficial

Closed

Shakespeare Globe logoxTWELFTH NIGHT AND RICHARD III

 Belasco Theatre

Closed February 16, 2014

  • First Preview: October 15, 2013
  • Opening: November 10, 2013
  • Written by William Shakespeare
  • Director: Tim Carroll
  • Cast: Mark Rylance
  • Two-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance (JerusalemBoeing-Boeing) will star on Broadway in two very different roles: as the suddenly love-struck noblewoman Olivia in Twelfth Night and as the title monarch in Richard III. The plays will run in repertory.

My review of Twelfth Night and Richard III

Closing February 16, 2014

x700 SUNDAYS

Imperial Theater

Closed January 2, 2014

  • First Preview: November 5, 2013
  • Opening: November 13, 2013
  • Director: Des McAnuff
  • Cast: Billy Crystal
  • The autobiographical 700 Sundays is described as “an original two-act play in which Billy plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today. It deals with his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood. It is about family and fate, loving and loss.”

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER

LoveandMurder logoWalter Kerr Theater

  • First Preview: October 22, 2013
  • Opening: November 17, 2013
  • Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak
  • Director: Darko Tresnjak
  • Cast: Jefferson Mays
  • Here’s how the dark musical comedy is billed: “When Monty Navarro, the black sheep of the D’Ysquith family, finds out he is ninth in line to inherit a dukedom, he decides to eliminate the other eight heirs standing in his way — all played by Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays. Set in England’s elegant Edwardian era, this witty music hall comedy explores how low we’ll go to make it to the top.”

My Review of A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder

xMACBETH

Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater

First preview: October 24, 2013

Opening: November 21, 2013

Closed: January 12, 2014

Ethan Hawke reunites with director Jack O’Brien for this new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

 

xNO MAN’S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT

Cort Theater

  • First preview: Oct 2013Opening Nov 24 2013Closing Feb 2 2014
  • Written by Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett
  • Director: Sean Mathias
  • Cast: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
  • Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will return to Broadway in fall 2013 in a limited engagement of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land and Samuel Beckett’sWaiting for Godot. Directed by Sean Mathias, the productions will be performed in repertory.

My review of Waiting for Godot

Closed March 2, 2014

JANUARY, 2014

beautifullogoBEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

Stephen Sondheim Theater

First Preview: November 21, 2013

Opening: January 12, 2014

Music and Lyrics by: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

Book by: Douglas McGrath

Director: Marc Bruni

Cast: Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein, Anika Larsen, Jarrod Spector

Beautiful tells the true story of Carole King’s stellar songwriting career, beginning as a teenage hitmaker, her partnership with her first husband Gerry Goffin, her relationship with Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, her rise as a singer/songwriter.

My review of Beautiful

machinallogoxMACHINAL

American Airlines Theatre

First Preview: December 20, 2013

Opening: January 16, 2014

Written by Sophie Treadwell

Director: Lyndsey Turner

Cast: Rebecca Hall

“Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a gripping drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell. For Young Woman (Hall), a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom.”

My review of Machinal

outsidemullingarlogoxOUTSIDE MULLINGAR

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

First preview: January 2, 2014

Opening: January 23, 2014

Closed: March 16, 2014

Cast: Debra Messing, Brian F. O’Byrne

Debra Messing plays an eccentric Irishwoman who is trying to make a romantic connection with her shy neighbor (Brían F. O’Byrne). Written by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck).

My review of Outside Mullingar

FEBRUARY, 2014

bronxbomberslogoxBRONX BOMBERS

Closed

Circle in the Square

First Preview: January 10, 2014

Opening: February 6, 2014

Written and directed by Eric Simonson

Cast: Peter Scolari, Tracy Shayne, C.J. Wilson, Christopher Jackson, Francois Battiste, Chris Henry Coffey, Bill Dawes, Keith Nobbs, John Wernke

The third in a series of sports plays, this one is about the Yankees. My review of The Bronx Bombers, with a slightly different cast, when it was Off Broadway.

XTHE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

BridgesofMadisonCountylogoGerald Schoenfeld Theatre

First preview: January 13, 2014

Opening: February 20

Director: Bartlett Sher

Cast: Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale

Twitter: @BridgesBroadway

Francesca Johnson, a small-town 1960s Iowa housewife who has a brief but intense affair with Robert Kincaid, a photographer from National Geographic. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood played the lead roles in the 1995 film.

My review of The Bridges of Madison County: Lush and Lovely

MARCH, 2014

allthewaylogoALL THE WAY

Neil Simon Theater

First Preview: February 10, 2014

Opening: March 6, 2014

By Robert Schenkkan

Director: Bill Rauch

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Michael McKean, Brandon J. Dirden

Cranston (Breaking Bad) plays LBJ, from 1963, when an assassin’s bullet catapults him into the presidency through the his first year of office, handling civil rights legislation and the beginning of the Vietnam War. Playwright Schenkkan won the Pulitzer Prize for The Kentucky Cycle, a marathon set of plays which took a grim view of the violent founding of the American West.

My Review of All The Way

ROCKY

rockylogoWinter Garden

Opening: March 13 2014

Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (score), Thomas Meehan (book)

Director: Alex Timbers

Cast: Andy Karl and Margo Seibert

Twitter: @RockyonBroadway

The new stage production based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

My Review of Rocky

ALADDIN

aladdinlogoNew Amsterdam

First Preview: February 26, 2014

Opening: March 20,2014

Twitter: @Aladdin

Based on the 1992 Disney animated movie, Aladdin tell the story of a poor street kid who falls in love with a princess, is imprisoned but discovers the secrets of a magic lamp.

My Review of Aladdin: A Genie Works His Magic on Broadway

LES MISERABLES

lesmislogoImperial Theater

First Preview: March 1, 2014

Opening: March 23, 2014

Written by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer

Director: Laurence Connor and James Powell

Cast: Ramin Karimloo, Will Swenson, Nikki M. James, Caissie Levy, Andy Mientus

Twitter: @LesMisBway

Cameron Mackintosh returns to Broadway with the 25th-anniversary production of Les Misérables, with new orchestrations.

My Review of Les Miserables: Darkened Stages, Brilliant Broadway Cast

MOTHERS AND SONS

MothersandSonslogoJohn Golden Theater

First Preview: February 23, 2014

Opening: March 24, 2014

Written by Terrence McNally

Director: Sheryl Kaller

Cast: Tyne Daly:

The play is about a mother who pays a surprise visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s ex-partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son.

My Review of Mothers and Sons: Tyne Daly as Andre’s Mother, Still Grieving, Still Angry

IF/THEN

IfThenlogoFirst Preview: March 4, 2014

Opening: March 27, 2014

Written by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey

Director: Michael Greif

Cast: Idina Menzel

On the verge of turning 40, Elizabeth moves to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, intent on a fresh start – new home, new friends, and hopes for a resurgent career.

My Review of If/Then: Idina Menzel, Of Two Minds

APRIL, 2014

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

raisininthesunlogoEthel Barrymore Theatre

First preview: March 8, 2014

Opening: April 3, 2014

Closing: June 15, 2014

Director: Kenny Leon

Cast: Denzel Washington, Diahann Carroll, Anika Noni Rose

A revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama about the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the African-American Younger family.

My review of A Raisin in the Sun

THE REALISTIC JONESES

RealisticJoneseslogoLyceum Theater

Twitter: @RealisticBway

First Preview: March 13, 2014

Opening: April 6,2014

Director: Sam Gold

Cast: Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Letts

Playwright Will Eno (Middletown; Title and Deed; Thom Pain (based on nothing)) makes his Broadway debut in this comedy about two suburban couples who have become new neighbors and discover they share more than a surname.

My review of The Realistic Joneses

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

bulletsoverBroadwaylogoSt. James Theater

First Preview:March 11, 2013

Opening: April 10, 2013

Director: Susan Stroman

Cast: Zach Braff, Vincent Pastore, Helene Yorke, Betsy Wolfe

A musical adaptation of Woody Allen’s Academy Award-nominated film, about a playwright whose first taste of success comes with mobsters and a domineering diva attached.

Twitter: @bulletsoverbway]

My review of Bullets Over Broadway 

ladydaylogoLady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Circle in the Square

First Preview: March 25

Opens: April 13

Five-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald returns to Broadway playing Billie Holiday. Set in a bar in Philadelphia, the piece recounts Holiday’s life story through the songs that made her famous, as she puts on one of her last shows.

 My review of Lady Day

OF MICE AND MEN

Of Mice and Men PosterTheatre: Longacre Theatre

First Preview: March 22, 2014

Opening: April 16, 2014

Written by John Steinbeck

Director: Anna D. Shapiro

Cast: James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester

A Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s classic novel/play.

My review of Of Mice and Men 

Act One LogoACT ONE

Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater

First preview: March 20, 2014

Opening: April 17, 2014

James Lapine directs his own adaptation of Moss Hart’s classic autobiography that chronicles his struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater, which led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and culminated in his first great success, Once in a Lifetime.

My review of Act One 

VIOLET

violet logoAmerican Airlines Theatre

First Preview: March 28, 2014

Opening: April 20, 2014

Written by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley

Director: Leigh Silverman

Cast: Sutton Foster

Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s.” This revival was part of the new Encores Off-Center series.

My review of Violet

 

cripplelogoTHE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Cort)

Opens: April 20

Daniel Radcliffe stars in the revival of this violent comedy by Martin McDonagh

My review of The Cripple of Inishmaan

 

 

 

 

xTHE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN

Booth Theater

First Preview: April 1, 2014

Opening: April 21, 2014

Written by Eric Coble

Director: Molly Smith

Cast: Estelle Parsons, Stephen Spinella

“The Velocity of Autumn swirls around Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she’ll spend her remaining years. She’s barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. Her youngest son manages to work his way into the place.

My review of The Velocity of Autumn

hedwigandtheangryinchlogoHEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH

Belasco Theatre

First preview: March 29, 2014

Opening: April 22, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris stars in this rock musical about a transgender singer’s quest to find her other half.

My review of Hedwig and the Angry Inch

CASA VALENTINA

MTC logoSamuel J. Friedman Theater

First preview: April 1, 2014

Opening: April 23, 2014

Written by Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Joe Montello

Based on actual events and set in 1962, Casa Valentina focuses on a Catskills resort which caters to a very special clientele—heterosexual men whose favorite pastime is dressing and living as women.

My review of Casa Valentina

cabaretlogoCABARET

Studio 54

First preview: March 21, 2014

Opening April 24, 2014

Closing: August 31, 2014

Cast: Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams

Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s Tony Award-winning production (Best Revival, 1998) returns, starring Alan Cumming in his Tony-winning role as Emcee opposite Michelle Williams, making her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles, the clueless American singer in Berlin before World War II.

My review of Cabaret

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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