Hollywood stars from television and film head to Broadway this fall.
In the early hours of the morning, an African American woman (played by Scandal star Kerry Washington) anxiously seeks information at a Florida police station about her teenage son who went missing the night before. The gripping new drama American Son (Booth Theatre, starts October 6, opens November 4), by Broadway newcomer Christopher Demos-Brown, taps into a parent’s worst fears in contemporary America. Caught up in the current national racial divide, the mother and her estranged white husband (Steven Pasquale) confront a rookie police officer (Jeremy Jordan) and the overconfident lieutenant in charge (Eugene Lee). The production is directed by Kenny Leon, who received a Tony Award for A Raisin in the Sun. Learn more and buy tickets to American Son.
Two-time Tony award nominee Jeff Daniels plays Atticus Finch, the Alabama lawyer who fights for social justice in Harper Lee’s 1960s classic To Kill a Mockingbird (Shubert Theatre, starts November 1, opens December 13). Relevant in the face of racial tensions, the new stage adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is by Aaron Sorkin (Oscar-winning writer of The Social Network and multiple Emmy award winner for The West Wing). The cast includes Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Frederick Weller, Gbnega Akinnagbe, Stark Sands, Neal Huff, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and LaTanya Richardson Jackson as the housekeeper Calpurnia. The Scott Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater coproduction is directed by Bartlett Sher (currently represented on Broadway with My Fair Lady). Learn more and buy tickets to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Network (Cort Theatre, starts November 10, opens December 6) is adapted from Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning screenplay by Tony- and Olivier Award-winning writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliott). Internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove (Tony Award winner for A View From the Bridge) and his frequent collaborators — scenic designer Jan Versweyveld and video designer Tal Yarden — have transformed the biting 1976 movie satire into a riveting tragedy for our age, reimagining a world in which news is entertainment and driven solely by the almighty ratings. Bryan Cranston (Tony Award winner for All the Way and four-time Emmy winner for Breaking Bad) plays Howard Beale, the TV anchor who’s “mad as hell and … not going to take it anymore”; his mental breakdown on prime-time TV turns him into a national celebrity. Learn more and buy tickets to Network.
Nearly 60 years since she made her Broadway debut at the John Golden Theatre with her celebrated duo comedy act An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May, the octogenarian playwright and performer returns to the same venue in a revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery (starts September 25, opens October 25). May plays an aging Bohemian art gallery owner whose mind is shattered by Alzheimer’s. Lucas Hedges (Oscar nominee for his role in Lonergan’s movie Manchester by the Sea) makes his Broadway debut playing her grandson; Michael Cera (a 2018 Tony nominee for his performance in Lonergan’s Lobby Hero) plays the role of a young artist whose work is the last to be hung in the old lady’s Greenwich Village gallery. This revival of Lonergan’s memory play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001, is directed by Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Lila Neugebauer. Learn more and buy tickets to The Waverly Gallery.