Fall 2011 Broadway show predictions

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October's almost here, and that means that the new Broadway season is really starting to kick into gear. There are a lot of new shows hitting the Great White Way this fall, and some are sure to be great hits, while others...not so much. I asked several sites that deal with theatre to comment on what they're most looking forward to, what will be amazing, and what will do a giant belly-flop in the middle of Broadway. Shows are presented in alphabetical order for your convenience.

  • An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin: “[This show] takes the talents of two seasoned performers and presents them in an irresistible way. The duo has proven its talent and this show should be no exception.” — Melissa Hall, Stage Write Indy
  • Bonnie & Clyde: “…could be a break out hit, or a disaster like Wonderland – we will have to see. The critics infamously hate Frank Wildhorn (the composer), but the cast is fantastic and the director great! I'm looking forward to seeing what this one is all about.” — Spencer Williams, The Broadway Critic
  • Chinglish: “Could be one of the big breakout hits because of its comedic nature and relevant subject matter. Sitcom-ish comedies seem to do well on Broadway. Looking forward to seeing it.” — TheaterAdvisor.com
  • Follies: “It's already a hit! Huge raves in the NY Times — only open until January.” — Spencer
  • Godspell: “This is another hit or miss and it all depends on the casting and direction on this one. Davenport (the producer) is trying out some new producing/marketing elements to this show, so I'm hoping it will be a hit for him, but not sure if it actually will be.” — Spencer
  • Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway: “Should be a sell-out based on Hugh Jackman's Broadway track record and should be another huge success for team Hugh.” — TheaterAdvisor.com
  • Lysistrata Jones: “No one has heard of it, it doesn't have any name recognition and I don't think there are any stars in it. So...this is going to be a miracle if it actually sells tickets. (Which it's possible, but it needs a miracle.)” — Spencer
  • Man and Boy: “...Only one of Rattigan’s plays has been done on Broadway since then [1977] but this year marks the centenary of his birth and the Roundabout Theatre Company is marking the occasion with a revival of his drama about a ruthless businessman, starring the great Frank Langella. I’ve been a Rattigan fan since my husband K and I stumbled on the movie version of his play Separate Tables on AMC and I’ve gobbled up whatever of his I could find ever since. Plus I’m always hungry for more Langella.” — Jan, Broadway & Me
  • The Mountaintop: “…[E]ven people who pay only casual attention to what’s happening on Broadway are excited about THE MOUNTAINTOP…because it will bring the powerhouse performers Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett back to Broadway for the first time in 20 years…” — Jan
  • On a Clear Day You Can See Forever: “This is going to be an unmitigated disaster. They are changing the plot, updating it, and adding twists on main characters. It was a disaster when it first played on Broadway...not sure why they think it's going to be different this time. Also, Harry Connick Jr. is the lead, but I don't think he will sell enough tickets to sell out the huge St. James [T]heatre. I bet this will close by January, if not sooner. Hot mess of an idea.” — Spencer
  • Other Desert Cities: “[This show] blew me away when I saw it at Lincoln Center earlier this year. Now it’s heading to Broadway. The casting is slightly different: Rachel Griffiths is replacing Elizabeth Marvel as the couple’s estranged daughter and Judith Light is taking over from Linda Lavin as the wisecracking aunt with sobriety issues. But Stockard Channing and Stacy Keach are still on board as the parents and so is Thomas Sadoski as the peacemaker son. I have high hopes that Joe Mantello, who did a bang-up job with the original production, will keep everything right on course.” — Jan
  • Private Lives: “Should stay private. Will not finish run.” — TheaterAdvisor.com
  • Relatively Speaking: “Packed with that much brain power, the show has the potential to be wonderful. Yet there’s always the chance that there were just too many cooks in the kitchen. Often when too many brilliant minds try to make one piece of art, the end product lacks a seamlessness that an individual creator might have achieved. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.” — Melissa
  • Seminar: “Review driven in order to catch fire. Great playwright and phenomenal cast so it should please audiences.” — TheaterAdvisor.com
  • Stick Fly: “Tough sell. Hot director and good cast but will it have enough power to compete in such a loaded season.” — TheaterAdvisor.com
  • Venus in Fur: “Could also be a huge breakout based [on] previous run Off-Broadway but will depend on reviews to make show a financial success. Should do well come award season.” — TheaterAdvisor.com
  • Wit: “I’m particularly excited that Wit is making its Broadway debut. The powerful show addresses one woman’s battle with cancer and her acerbic observations of the journey. Cynthia Nixon has been cast in the lead role. She earned acclaim for her performance in Rabbit Hole, another drama dealing with the sensitive issue of grief, and should be a perfect fit in the Pulitzer-prize-winning play.” — Melissa

Do you agree with these assessments? What show are you most looking forward to this Broadway season? Tell us in the comments!


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sarah said...

Any of these sound like they would be interesting to see.

September 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Ryan said...

Can't wait to see Wit

September 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM