Fall arts guide: Opening on Broadway

Paul Rudd leads the cast in this limited engagement.

To be honest, this fall isn’t bringing the usual bounty of shows that make us squirm with anticipation. But there is a strong mix of big-name stars, stage animals and mixed genres to give everyone a shot at finding something they’ll love to drop some dough on before they’re strapped for the holidays. (There’s even an audience-participation whodunit!) Here are our top picks for new shows hitting the stage this autumn.

‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Edward Albee’s hot-ticket play from 1962 comes to New York this fall from a successful Steppenwolf staging, starring Amy Morton and playwright Tracy Letts. At a dinner party, adults play “games” that challenge the boundaries of social etiquette — and then go even further to test the perimeters of human decency itself. A younger audience who enjoys watching people become raw and real in a confined social setting will likely fill the house for this one. Opening Oct. 13; http://virginiawoolfbroadway.com

‘Glengarry Glen Ross’
Al Pacino leads this Daniel Sullivan-directed suspense by David Mamet. Enough name-dropping to get you intrigued yet? The plot centers on corporate competitiveness in bustling Chicago and probably has more relatable appeal to modern viewers than, say, “Annie.” Consider this the other side of the spectrum — and our top pick not to be missed. Opening Nov. 11; www.glengarryglenross.biz

‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’

Chita Rivera is a name that will always fill the house, which is likely what producers are banking on by casting her in the lead of this Rupert Holmes musical revival. Taking the shape of a murder mystery, the Scott Ellis-directed show keeps audiences guessing about who killed Edwin Drood — especially since the cast doesn’t even know. Theatergoers decide what the outcome will be during every performance.
Opening Nov. 13; www.roundabouttheatre.org

‘Annie
The biggest musical hitting the stage this fall is inarguably “Annie,” the 1977 Tony-award-winning musical about everyone’s favorite plucky, ginger orphan. This revival may test today’s scrupulous audience to see what kind of tolerance is available for an optimistic story about accidentally landing in the lap of luxury and everything turning out all right if you just believe it will. But holiday visitors, especially families, will indisputably flock to see renditions of the show’s classic tunes, like “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.” Opening Nov. 8; www.anniethemusical.com

‘Grace’
PAUL RUDD! That’s all you need to know about this one. But if anyone is wondering, the cast is strong all around, with talents including Kate Arrington, Ed Asner and Michael Shannon. The plot follows a young and ambitious couple who face several challenges while struggling to start a new life in Florida (as Metro’s Sunshine State natives can attest, this was their No. 1 mistake, unless they were planning a very early retirement). As it runs only 16 weeks, you’ll want to secure a ticket as soon as you can. Opening Oct. 4; www.graceonbroadway.com


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.