Openings and Previews
Event: After Midnight
Venue: Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs this musical, which reimagines the shows of the Cotton Club. The musical arrangements of Duke Ellington, performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars, are combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes. Fantasia plays the Special Guest Star. In previews. Opens Nov. 3.
Event: The Commons of Pensacola
Venue: City Center, Stage I
Manhattan Theatre Club presents a new play by Amanda Peet, starring Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker, about a woman whose husband’s Wall Street scandal has caused her to move to Florida and her daughter, who comes to visit with her boyfriend. Lynne Meadow directs. In
Venue: Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre
Lincoln Center Theatre presents a new play by Bruce Norris, starring Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Goldblum as a married couple whose relationship is tested by a scandal. Anna D. Shapiro directs. In previews. Opens Nov. 4.
Venue: Walter Kerr Theatre
Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham star in a new musical comedy, with a book by Robert L. Freedman, music by Steven Lutvak, and lyrics by Freedman and Lutvak, based on the novel “Israel Rank,” by Roy Horniman. In the story, set in Edwardian England, Monty Navarro (Pinkham) stands ninth in
line to become an earl, and sets about eliminating each person before him (all played by Mays). Darko Tresnjak directs. In previews.
The Rattlestick presents a new play by Halley Feiffer, about the lives of two sisters, who were abandoned by their alcoholic mother, and a girl they bring into their circle. Kip Fagan directs. In previews.
Event: The Jacksonian
The New Group presents the New York première of a play by Beth Henley, directed by Robert Falls. Ed Harris, Glenne Headly, Amy Madigan, and Bill Pullman star in the drama, set in 1964 in Jackson, Mississippi, about a dentist who moves into a shabby motel after his wife kicks him out. In
Event: Little Miss Sunshine
Venue: Second Stage Theatre
Second Stage kicks off its season with this adaptation of the 2006 film, with a book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by William Finn, about a family working out their problems on a trip to their preteen daughter’s beauty pageant. Starring Stephanie J. Block and Will Swenson. Lapine also directs. In previews.
Venue: Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff star in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by Jack O’Brien. Also starring Richard Easton, John Glover, Malcolm Gets, Brian d’Arcy James, and Byron Jennings. In previews.
Event: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Venue: Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Julie Taymor directs the Shakespeare comedy, with original music by Elliot Goldenthal, to inaugurate Theatre for a New Audience’s new home in Brooklyn. Starring Tina Benko as Titania, Max Casella as Bottom, David Harewood as Oberon, and Kathryn Hunter as Puck. In previews. Opens Nov. 2.
Event: The Mutilated
Venue: New Ohio Theatre
Mink Stole and Penny Arcade star in Tennessee Williams’s experimental play from 1966, about a Texas oil heiress and cancer survivor and her tumultuous friendship with a vagrant prostitute. Cosmin Chivu directs. Previews begin Nov. 1.
Venue: Cort Theatre
Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup, and Shuler Hensley star in “No Man’s Land,” by Harold Pinter, and “Waiting for Godot,” by Samuel Beckett, in repertory. Directed by Sean Mathias. In previews.
Venue: BAM—Harvey Theatre
TR Warszawa and Teatr Narodowy present this theatre piece written and directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, inspired by Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”
Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
Venue: Playwrights Horizons
The world première of a play by Marlane Meyer, directed by Lisa Peterson, about a romantic young woman who falls in love with a heavy-drinking Lothario. In previews.
Event: Small Engine Repair
MCC presents this play by John Pollono, about a reunion of high-school buddies, now in their thirties, at a car-repair shop, which is interrupted by a college-aged jock. Directed by Jo Bonney. Previews begin Oct. 30.
Event: Too Much, Too Much, Too Many
Venue: Roundabout Underground
Roundabout Underground presents a play by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Sheryl Kaller, in which a widow becomes a shut-in, deeply affecting the life of her daughter, who takes care of her. In previews.
Event: Twelfth Night / Richard III
Venue: Belasco Theatre
Shakespeare’s Globe, from London, comes to Broadway with two Shakespeare plays performed in repertory by an all-male cast. Mark Rylance stars as Olivia in “Twelfth Night” and in the title role of “Richard III.” Tim Carroll directs. In previews.