This Week on Broadway – 10.03.16

Broadway Playbills

Here’s a quick glance of some notable happenings on the Great White Way this week:

Beginning Preview Performances this Week:

Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Begins October 8th

Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star in a revival of Christopher Hampton’s play about sexual intrigue in 18th century France.

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Opening this Week:

Holiday Inn – Opens October 6th

Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film about an entertainer who leaves the bright lights of show business for the peace and quiet of a Connecticut farmhouse.

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Broadway Reviews:

Simon McBurney’s one-man play The Encounter, about National Geographic writer and photographer Loren McIntyre’s experience with tribes along the Amazon River, opened last week to mixed reviews.  The New York Times calls it “astonishing” while Variety says it is “a captivating piece of high-definition storytelling.”  However, The New York Post was not as kind, decribing the experience as a “snoozefest.”  For more review excerpts and to purchase discount tickets. Click here.

News and Notes:

Notorious Theatre Producer Stages Broadway Comeback

  • Garth Drabinsky, the Canadian stage producer who’s served jail time, has locked in plans for his comeback production. Sousatzka, a new musical with a score by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, will bow in Toronto next year ahead of a targeted October 2017 arrival on Broadway.  The show would mark quite a return for Drabinsky (Ragtime, Fosse), the former Livent chief whose parole in Canada recently ended and is still under indictment in the U.S. He was convicted in 2009 for fraud and forgery related to misstatements about the finances of Livent, which had been a major player in the North American theater market. For more on this story, click here.

Dates Confirmed for 2017 Tony Awards

  • CBS confirmed last week that the 2017 Tony Awards will air live from NYC on June 11, 2017.  Ahead of the official awards ceremony are the nominations which will be announced on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.   The Tony Awards, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978.  Click here for more information on next year’s ceremony.  Or check out the 2016 Tony Award Winners.

The Illusionists – Turn of the Century Moves to the Palace

  • The Illusionists – Turn Of The Century, which had been announced to play the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, will now play the larger Palace Theatre at 47th Street and 7th Avenue in Manhattan.  The previously announced performance dates remain unchanged.  Producers also announced that The Clairvoyants (Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass), recently crowned runners-up in NBC’s 2016 America’s Got Talent competition, will lead the cast of The Illusionists as the production returns to Broadway for its third consecutive holiday season.  For more on the move, click here.