Monday, January 27, 2014

What's New on Broadway? Spotlight on 2013-2014 Plays

We are officially in the thick of awards season, and though I know that by the time the Tony Awards nominations come out, the rest of the country has already forgotten who won in every other awards show, I don't care. That's one thing that makes Broadway special, right? Sure. Anyway, I still reserve the right to go ahead and start getting excited about this year's Tony Awards (June 8) and the new season.

And let's be real, I've been getting excited about this year's Tony Awards ever since I heard that Norbert Leo Butz was returning. And Idina Menzel. And Sutton Foster. WHAT?? The musicals this year are stacked! And then there's the plays... If you're like me and can honestly admit you have no idea what's going on with the plays, this post is for you.

Today's spotlight is on this year's plays. It should be noted that each of these is eligible (and will likely be nominated for) the Tony Award for Best Play.

Outside Mullingar

Date: January 23, 2014 (currently running, open run)

Stars: Debra Messing, Brian F. O'Byrne

Nickname to remember it by: The Irish Skit

So next time you're at a party with Broadway people and someone inevitably mentions this show, you can look cool if you know this is an Irish rom-com, and it's Debra Messing's (Julia from Smash) Broadway debut.

Snow Geese

Date: October 24, 2013-December 14, 2013 (open run)

Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, Victoria Clark

Nickname to remember it by: No Geese Being an Adult is Hard

I'm fairly certain no one will bring this up in conversation, but for that rare occasion, just know this is one of those depressing but supposed to be uplifting shows about what happens when your world falls apart.

A Time to Kill

Date: October 20, 2013-November 17, 2013 (open run)

Stars: Sebastian Arcelus, John Douglas Thompson

Nickname to remember it by: A Time to Kill a Mockingbird

The most important thing to keep in mind about this show is that it's a courtroom drama (based on a John Grisham novel). And though it involves black vs. white people in a Southern court, and at first glance reminds us all of To Kill a Mockingbird, know that it is NOT.

To those of you who are about to say I left out all the Shakespeares (you know who you are), remember this is only the new plays. Check back in weeks to come for spotlights on the play revivals, new musicals, and musical revivals! What shows are you excited about?

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Shows eligible for Tony Awards
Everything you need to know to prepare for the Tony Awards

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