New productions with star talent hit Broadway this month
Summer may be over, but Broadway is hot this month with new productions featuring A-list talent. Whether you’re looking for comedy, drama or a mix of powerful material and outstanding music, October has plenty to offer NYC visitors.
You may remember that Neil Patrick Harris, the hilarious and quick-witted Barney Stinson on CBS’s hit series How I Met Your Mother, made a splash on Broadway starring in the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which he departed from in mid-August. This month, the man who played Ted on the same hit series, Josh Radnor (who made his Broadway debut opposite Kathleen Turner in 2002’s The Graduate), is also returning to Broadway post-Mother as the lead in Disgraced, an explosive drama and provocative tale of big city aspiration and cultural assimilation. The Lyceum Theater, which up until July housed The Realistic Joneses starring Marisa Tomei, is now home to the show, which began previews 9/27 in preparation for a 10/23 opening. Also starring Boardwalk Empire’s Gretchen Mol, the story evokes themes of truth and deception and has seen great success in Chicago and London theatre. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.)
If you’re looking for a brand new comedy with an even more explosive all-star cast, It’s Only a Play fits the bill. Starring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, F. Murray Abraham, Rupert Grint, Stockard Channing and Megan Mullally, the hilarious limited engagement production written by four-time Tony winner Terrance McNally is a Broadway show that celebrates the opening night of… a Broadway show, and all the anxieties that come with waiting for the first reviews to trickle in. The show reunites Lane and Broderick, who co-starred in the wildly successful Mel Brooks musical The Producers in 2001. Previews began 8/28 for a 10/9 opening. (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.)
Continuing the trend of Hollywood stars headed to The Great White Way, This is our Youth is a critically acclaimed limited engagement comedy featuring young silver-screen sensations Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin, joined by rising star and fashion icon Tavi Gevinson. Set in New York in 1982, the play follows forty-eight hours in the lives of three very lost young souls: Warren (Cera), a dejected nineteen year old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abusive, tycoon father; Dennis (Culkin), his charismatic drug-dealing friend who helps Warren put the stolen money to good use; and Jessica (Gevinson), the anxiously insightful young woman who Warren yearns for. (Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.)
Lastly, featuring an original score by 16-time Grammy Award winner Sting and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked), The Last Ship is a new musical about a community so bound together by passion, faith, and tradition that they will stop at nothing to preserve the only life they’ve ever known. Originally inspired by Sting’s 1991 album The Soul Cages and Sting’s own childhood experiences, the musical tells the story about community and the demise of the shipbuilding industry in Northern England. This is Sting’s first musical on Broadway. Previews just began 9/29 in preparation for a 10/26 opening. (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.)
(Photo Credit: F. Scott Schafer)