(Sellar’s article appeared in the Village Voice, 9/1.)

This theater season, what's new is what's old. Revivals and shows spawned from familiar stories mark Broadway's autumn schedule: Oprah Winfrey makes her foray into producing with The Color Purple, a new production based on Alice Walker's novel and starring Jennifer Hudson. Fiddler on the Roof, with Danny Burstein as Tevye, will see many a sunrise and sunset when it opens in November. Spring Awakening, the 2006 musical composed by Duncan Sheik, gets a revival. So do a gaggle of classic plays: Roundabout Theatre takes a dramatic pause to remember Harold Pinter's Old Times, director Daniel Aukin offers Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, and Matthew Broderick contemplates the dog life in A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia.

If you read a lot of supermarket tabloids, or just have a fascination with British royalty, you might curtsy for King Charles III, which transfers from the West End, projecting a hypothetical future when Prince Charles finally takes over from his mother.


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