Fall Arts Guide: What’s coming to Broadway

The stars come out to play this season on Broadway. Big names from film and TV include Orlando Bloom, Zachary Quinto and Mary-Louise Parker, appearing alongside known stage powerhouses like Norbert Leo Butz, Danny Burstein and Condola Rashad. And that’s just through October! Wait until you see what’s coming up in winter and spring during a jam-packed lineup for 2013-2014. In the meantime, Metro takes a look at the big shows opening this fall that you won’t want to miss.

‘Romeo and Juliet’

This isn’t necessarily a standard Shakespearean adaptation. The infamous tragedy about familial warfare gets an update by David Leveaux with the Montagues and Capulets poised as opposing races in conflict, with sizzle and sensuality that modern audiences can appreciate. Film’s Orlando Bloom and Broadway’s Condola Rashad play the ill-fated lovers. Opened Sept. 19; www.romeoandjulietbroadway.com

‘The Glass Menagerie’

Following a successful run in Boston this year, the acclaimed Tennessee Williams play about a dysfunctional family’s pivotal visit from a gentleman caller has made its way to Broadway. Bringing together Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Cherry Jones, this John Tiffany-directed play will be the biggest non-musical draw this season. Opens Sept. 26; www.theglassmenageriebroadway.com

‘Big Fish’

Based on the book by Daniel Wallace, as well as the 2003 film by the same name, “Big Fish” is diving into the deep end with a full-blown musical incarnation that’s set to hit Broadway starring Norbert Leo Butz. This play about a father and son bonding over a series of hyperbolic and highly fantastical stories is being directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Book and music are handled by Andrew Lippa. Opens Oct. 6; www.bigfishthemusical.com

‘A Night With Janis Joplin’

Broadway welcomes a musical bio of the legendary rock ‘n’ roll singer, starring Mary Bridget Davies and written and directed by Randy Johnson. Janis Joplin’s greatest hits from the 1960s onward include “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,  “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime.” Opens Oct. 10; www.anightwithjanisjoplin.com

‘A Time to Kill’

The John Grisham tome, which was made into a movie in 1996, comes to the Broadway stage. Moral lines are crossed in a courtroom when a man attempts to justify his vigilante activity in the name of his daughter, who suffered an unspeakable crime. Racial tension adds fuel to this charged masterpiece. Opens Oct. 20, www.atimetokillonbroadway.com

‘The Snow Geese’

Mary-Louise Parker headlines alongside Danny Burstein in this drama about a family that comes together for a hunting party that will result in a shift in the world as they know it. Written by Sharr White, this Manhattan Theater Club production will be directed by Daniel Sullivan. Opens Oct. 24; www.thesnowgeesebroadway.com




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