The late Sam Shepard’s drama True West returns to Broadway with Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano as the two struggling brothers Lee and Austin. Nominated for a Pulitzer, True West stands out as one of Shepard’s best.
The 1937 Pulitzer Prize winning play You Can’t Take It With You comes to Broadway with Tony winner James Earl Jones as Grandpa Vanderhof and Kristine Nielsen as Penelope Sycamore. This American classic, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, asks us to question our ideas regarding success, love, and family.
Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, starring John Lithgow and Glenn Close and directed by Pam MacKinnon, comes to Broadway this fall. A Delicate Balance, which premiered on Broadway in 1966 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1967, offers insights into the unsettling existence of an upper-middle-class couple and members of their family who struggle to cope with life and its uncertainties.
The Broadway revival of the innovative musical On The Town, which is at the Lyric Theatre, received great reviews. Jesse Green of New York Magazine summed up all critical responses by saying, “Get yourself to On the Town!” The musical, based on Jerome Robbins’ dance piece entitled Fancy Free, follows three sailors on leave in NYC during World War II. On the Town, which features standards such as “New York, New York” and “I Can Cook Too,” was created by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Robbins.
If there’s ever a show that always seems to be ripe for a revival, it’s the musical Chicago. And why wouldn’t it be immensely popular? Along with offering audiences strikingly theatrical music and lyrics, the emotional rollercoaster, Chicago is dark, satirical and at times amazingly cold-hearted. Then again, the story of a married woman who murders her lover in order to help her career would have to have all of these elements, and more. Chicago is one of the finest shows ever written for the legitimate stage.