Broadway Bound

Take in this month’s newest shows and musicals

October is a terrific month to partake in some theater magic.  While summer may be over, Broadway still sizzles with exciting new productions that garner enormous fanfare and critical acclaim.  This month’s highlights include powerful stage adaptations, a heartfelt and humorous musical, epic revivals and much more!

You may have read John Grisham’s 1989 best-selling legal thriller A Time To Kill.  Or perhaps you’ve seen its powerful 1996 film adaptation starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, and Samuel L. Jackson.  In either case, you don’t want to miss the masterful stage adaptation that’s now previewing (John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.).  Set in a racially divided Mississippi city, it’s the story of an unthinkable crime, a father’s response, and the explosive courtroom drama that follows when a young, idealistic defense lawyer takes on the formidable district attorney.

For a different type of stage adaptation, check out the new musical journey Big Fish (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.).  Big Fish is based on the same novel as the award-winning 2003 Tim Burton film starring Ewan McGregor, Billy Cudrup and Helena Bonham Carter.  It’s a lively and amusing fantasy about a son’s adventurous journey to find the truth behind his traveling-salesman father’s epic and thrilling tales.

For a timeless Tennessee Williams classic, look no further than the limited engagement, critically acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie starring Tony and Emmy Award-winner Cherry Jones and “Star-Trek” star Zachary Quinto (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.).  Originally premiering on Broadway in 1945, this play has been adapted into two Hollywood Feature films (the latter directed by Paul Newman) and has remained a staple of American theater for over 60 years.  It’s a beautiful and poetic story about a man pushed by his mother to find a “gentleman caller” for his shy and damaged sister.

Also premiering this month is the limited-engagement revival production Betrayal, featuring reigning 007 Daniel Craig opposite his Oscar-winning wife Rachel Weisz (Ethal Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.).  It tells the story of Robert, whose wife Emma, is having an affair with his friend Jerry, a literary agent.  Told in reverse chronological order (ie. ‘Memento’-style), Betrayal is a gripping, star-studded story that also serves as Weisz’s anticipated Broadway debut!

Lastly, journey back to the early 1900s and take in The Snow Geese, a World War 1 era drama about a recently widowed, financially ruined mother of two sons who gathers her family in upstate New York at the start of hunting season (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.).

With plenty of new productions to choose from, October is a great time for spectacular theater!