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The company of Kiss Me, Kate at a set and costume design presentation earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Roundabout Theater

The company of Kiss Me, Kate at a set and costume design presentation earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Roundabout Theater )

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Roundabout Theatre Artistic Director and CEO Todd Haimes introducing the company of Kiss Me, Kate to the theater staff. Photo courtesy of Roundabout Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Artistic Director and CEO Todd Haimes introducing the company of Kiss Me, Kate to the theater staff. (Photo courtesy of Roundabout Theatre )

Broadway and Off-Broadway Schedules Still in Flux

Published Jan 09, 2019 • Last Updated 11:50 am, January 08, 2019

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We may know just about everything that will be produced in Connecticut this spring, but Broadway and off-Broadway is more changeable. Producers are still considering what to offer this year on Broadway and perhaps what to hold over until the fall; sometimes it depends on the competition at the box office.

On Broadway, I’m looking forward to the revival of Kiss Me, Kate starring Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase, which begins previews on Thursday, Feb. 14. I also hope the musical of Tootsie starring Santino Fontana will be good; adapting successful movies into musicals is not a sure-fire project. Just look at Pretty Woman to see what can go wrong, though it is still doing business. Tootsie begins previews Friday, March 29.

Three plays also sound interesting: King Lear starring Glenda Jackson as the deluded King; All My Sons by Arthur Miller, a drama starring Annette Bening and Tracy Letts; and Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath, who also wrote A Doll’s House—Part 2, starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow. It’s about Hillary’s run for president.

Off-Broadway there are many more shows to choose among. I’ve highlighted The Irish Rep’s Sean O’Casey season featuring The Shadow of a Gunman, The Plough and the Stars, and Juno and the Paycock in repertory.

The Atlantic Theater Company is presenting in May the musical based on The Secret Life of Bees. Music is by Duncan Sheik with book by Lynn Nottage. Nottage has two plays being produced at The Signature Theater. Sheik has a second musical, Alice by Heart being produced by MCC Theater

I don’t want to miss the York Theater’s Musicals in Mufti series this January to March. These are book in hand presentations of lost musicals. This year, it is featuring three musical flops by Alan Jay Lerner: Carmelina, Dance a Little Closer (a one night wonder), and Lolita, My Love, which closed out of town.

But I will keep my options open; I know that new productions will announced in the coming weeks, and I will keep you posted in my column.

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