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High Drama Off the Runway: The Top 6 New Theatre Productions

This Fall is a hot season for theatre in NYC. Both on Broadway and off, new shows are popping up all over the place, setting the theatre world a buzz. One major trend is the influx of A-list film and television stars hitting the stage. We know you love drama in your wardrobe and on the runway, but do you love it on the stage? If you do, you are in luck!

One of the most talked about shows this season stars Michael Cera, who has one our hearts on the big screen for years. This Is Our Youth is a quirky, dark-humored play about a trio of privileged teens who are directionless and wandering through their youth. Kieran Culkin and Tevi Gevinson star alongside Michael Cera to complete the group. If you are looking for light-hearted, feel-good show tunes, this might not be the production for you. But if you’re looking for something new and different, give it a shot! The show is only on for a limited time; it opened on September 11th and closes on Jan 4th.

The revival, You Can’t Take It With You, starring James Earl Jones, is definitely a great option if you are looking for class big broadway with glamour and tunes for days. This show, lasting from August to January, features an all-star cast who make this intricate, bizarre characters to life. Scott Ellis directs the production and original music for the play was written by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown. Go see the hype for yourself at the Longacre Theatre, 220 W 48th St..

It’s Only a Play

One of the newest plays on broadways, It’s Only a Play, reintroduces on of our favorite duos, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. They enchanted audiences in both The Producers and The Odd Couple, and yet again, they will not disappoint. Two other major names join them on the stage: Stockard Channing and Ruper Grint. This is show is perfect for theatre nerds, though not exclusively. The dialogue is riddled with theatre jokes that any actor, actress, director, or writer would appreciate. The show opened Oct. 9, but also closes Jan. 4, 2015 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W 45th St..

Based on Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the God in the Night-Time is directed by Tony Award-Winner Marianne Elliott. The character of Christopher, a 15 year old who is socially challenged, carries the charming story. Alexander Sharp, a recent Julliard graduate, who is one of the most believable actors to hit the stage. Experience the sensory delight, complete with projected set elements, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W 47th St.

Love Letters is a creation by A.R. Gurney. The production involves two actors reading a set of letters that they have sent one another over the course of their lives, resulting in a very bittersweet product. Big names have signed on to fill the two roles, and they will be swapping regularly. These actors include Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, the first two to star, and Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, and Martin Sheen will follow them. The play, which was a Pulitzer finalist, has been performed in over 40 countries in 24 languages and is now at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W 47th St.

Two of our favorite on screen actors are making their Broadway debuts in The Real Thing, which opens October 30th. Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal will be the lead roles, supported by Cynthia Nixon, who was in the show when it premiered on Broadway in the 1980’s. Come see this limited-time engagement at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W 42nd St.

 

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