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Broadway Shows Announced for the 2016-2017 Season HIGHLIGHTS by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Broadway Shows Announced for the 2016-2017 Season HIGHLIGHTS:

IMG_9601 DUVET Photo by Lisa Pacino Duvet Mag. Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox is starring in THE BODYGUARD 2016-2017 season with a National Tour and will be starring in JOSEPHINE on Broadway 2017 (Musical based on the life of Jazz Age singer Josephine Baker). Photograph of Deborah Cox by Lisa Pacino, New York, 2016.


• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: 2016-17 fall/winter season
• Written by Dotson Rader
• Director: Robert Allan Ackerman
• Cast: Al Pacino and Judith Light
• A friend is called to the side of playwright Tennessee Williams late in life.
Please see our previous article:
• Theatre: Longacre
• First Preview: November 3, 2016
• Opening: December 1, 2016
• Written by Alan Menken (music), Chazz Palminteri and Glenn Slater (book & lyrics)
• Director: Robert De Niro & Jerry Zaks
• Cast: TBA
• A musical version of Chazz Palminteri’s solo show, which tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the world of organized crime.
• A developmental workshop was held in August 2014, with new music by Alan Menken (at first David Bryan of Bon Jovi was attached). Dodger Theatricals joined as co-producers. A February-March 2016 premiere played at Paper Mill Playhouse with Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro as co-directors.
Please see our previous article:
• Theatre: Broadhurst
• First Preview: September 20, 2016
• Opening: October 20, 2016
• Written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
• Director: Jack O’Brien
• Cast: Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Rosemary Harris, and Sherie Rene Scott
• Revival of the classic 1928 comedy about tough reporters trying to beat each other for the big scoop.
• Produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin
• Theatre: Lunt-Fontanne
• Limited Run: October 21-29, 2016
• Cast: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
• Return engagement of the concert show that played Broadway in 2012. Not to be confused with the long-running Jersey Boys, which tells their story.
• Theatre: Imperial
• Previews: October 18, 2016
• Opening: November 14, 2016
• Music, lyrics and book by Dave Malloy
• Director: Rachel Chavkin
• Cast: Josh Groban as Pierre and Denée Benton as Natasha
• Broadway production of the musical that played Off-Broadway in 2013.
• Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman
• First Preview: December 28, 2016
• Opening: January 19, 2017
• Written by  August Wilson
• Director: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
• Cast: TBA
• Manhattan Theatre Club will host the Broadway premiere of Wilson’s first play, the only work from his The American Century Cycle never previously seen on Broadway. Set in the early 1970’s, the story follows a group of men who drive unlicensed cabs or “jitneys.”
• Theatre: Booth
• Previews: February 14, 2017
• Opens: March 2, 2017
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Director: Trip Cullman
• Cast: Gideon Glick, Barbara Barrie, and Lindsay Mendez
• Transfer of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2015 Off-Broadway hit about a gay bachelor looking for love in the big city.
• Theatre: American Airlines
• Previews: February 16, 2017
• Opens: March 16, 2017
• Playwright: Arthur Miller
• Director: Terry Kinney
• Cast: John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht (update Mark Ruffalo will replace Turturro)
• Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the 1968 drama about two estranged brothers who reunite to sell their the remainder of their parents’ estate.
• Limited engagement through May 7.
• Theatre: Golden
• Previews: February 14, 2017
• Opens: March 23, 2017
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Sam Gold
• Cast: Sally Field and Joe Mantello
• Revival of the classic 1947 “memory play” about a restless young man and his relationship with his fading Southern belle mother and his painfully shy sister, for whom he is asked to bring home a “gentleman caller.”
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Previews: Late February 2017
• Target Opening: Spring 2017
• Playwright: David Henry Hwang
• Director: Julie Taymor
• Cast: TBA
• Revival of the Tony-winning 1988 drama about a French diplomat who carries on an affair with a beautiful Chinese opera singer who he believes to be a woman, but who turns out to be a man.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: Spring 2017
• Written by Dan Messé (music), Nathan Tyson (lyrics), Craig Lucas (book)
• Director: Pam MacKinnon
• Cast: Phillipa Soo
• A musical adaptation of the award-winning 2001 film, which starred Audrey Tautou as a shy waitress with a wild imagination.
• Composer Dan Messé, who penned music for the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night with his Brooklyn-based folk-rock band Hem, has adapted Amélie for the stage. A developmental workshop was held in July, led by MacKinnon. The show had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in August 2015.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: Spring 2017
• Written by Matthew Sklar & Marvin Hamlisch (music), Nell Benjamin (lyrics), Chad Beguelin & Bob Martin (book), Ester Dean (additional music)
• Director: Jerry Mitchell
• Cast: Lillias White, Andre De Shields, Georgia Engel, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn and Stefanie Powers
• In 2007, a group of expert dancers was tasked with getting professional basketball’s first ever senior citizen dance team performance-ready. The venue? Center court. The genre? Hip-hop. Over the coming months, bonds would be formed, generation gaps would be crossed, and, eventually, some pretty hot moves would be busted.
• Based on the 2008 documentary of the same name, the show makes its world premiere in December 2015 at Broadway In Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Originally announced for a spring 2016 opening on Broadway; subsequently rescheduled for fall 2016.
• Theatre: Shubert
• Previews: March 15, 2017
• Opens: April 20, 2017
• Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; book by Michael Stewart
• Director: Jerry Zaks; choreographer: Warren Carlyle
• Cast: Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce
• Revival of the blockbuster 1964 musical about a matchmaker who sets out to find a match for herself at the turn of the 20th century.
Pop Diva Bio-Musicals (various): Musicals featuring the music of Tina Turner, Cher, Donna Summer, and The Bodyguard starring Deborah Cox performing the music of Whitney Houston.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by David Austin (music), Iris Rainer Dart (lyrics & book), Thom Thomas (book)
• Director: Eric Schaeffer
• Cast: Whitney Bashor, Shoshana Bean
• Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials.
• Beaches continued its development with a second regional production at Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, June – August 2015. It is aiming for Broadway with producers attached.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by Carol Hall (music & lyrics), Peter Masterson and Larry L. King (book)
• Director: Rob Ashford
• Cast: TBA
• Whorehouse recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the best pleasure palaces in all of Texas…that is, until the crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe focuses his cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.
• Jerry Frankel and Jeffrey Richards will produce this revival, to be directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by Sheryl Crow (music and lyrics), Barry Levinson (book)
• Director: Kathleen Marshall
• Cast: TBA
• It’s Christmas 1959 in Baltimore and six high school buddies, now in their twenties, reunite at their old hangout, The Fells Point Diner – before one of them ties the knot.
• Diner first postponed its Broadway opening from April 2013 to fall 2013. Most recently, Sheryl Crow told the Wall Street Journal that the show is now on track with new producers. A staged reading was held in New York December 2013, and a regional premiere ran through January 2015 at Signature Theatre in Virginia. Delaware Theatre Company hosted a second regional tryout in December 2015.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Book by Ellen Weston and Mark Hampton; music by Stephen Dorff; and lyrics by John Bettis
• Director and choreographer: Joey McKneely
• Cast: Deborah Cox
• Musical based on the life of Jazz Age singer Josephine Baker.
• Played a tryout at Asolo Rep in Florida April 27- May 29, 2016.
DEBORAH COX is also be starring in THE BODYGUARD 2016-2017 season with a National Tour.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by Marsha Norman (book and lyrics), Jason Robert Brown (composer), Marius de Vries (composer & arrangements)
• Director: Eric Schaeffer
• Cast: TBA
• A musical adaptation of Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace’s novella.
• King Kong had its world premiere at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Broadway plans currently have no set timeline or theater. The New York Times reported that director Daniel Kramer and book writer Craig Lucas had departed the project due to creative differences. Marsha Norman has signed on as the new book writer, and Norman revealed in March 2015 that Eric Schaeffer had come aboard as director.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by John Michael Hayes (original screenplay), Keith Reddin (adaptation)
• Director: Darko Tresnjak
• Cast: Kevin Bacon
• Keith Reddin (Maybe, Black Snow) adapted the play from the original 1942 short story, about a housebound man who witnesses a murder in a nearby building. The tale is best known from Alfred Hitchcock’s Academy Award-nominated 1954 film.
• Producers Charlie Lyons, Lias J. Steen, Jay Russell and Tim Guinee announced this project in June 2013 with no set timetable. The show had a regional premiere at Hartford Stage in October 2015.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: 2017
• Written by Anthony E. Zuiker (book)
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA
• The story of producer Don Cornelius, who created the long-running TV variety show “Soul Train.” Score includes soul and R&B songs showcased in the series.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: 2017-18 season
• Written by Aaron Sorkin
• Director: Bartlett Sher
• Cast: TBA
• Based on Harper Lee’s novel of the same title.
SOURCE: Playbill (this is only of highlight list, not a complete list. It is subject to change and also updated periodically).

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