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Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, and Patricia Clarkson in "The Elephant Man"  | T. Charles Erickson Photo
Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, and Patricia Clarkson in "The Elephant Man" | T. Charles Erickson Photo

Broadway’s New Season Will Be Filled With Film & TV Stars

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Tony Danza in "Honeymoon in Vegas" T. Charles Erickson Photo

Tony Danza in “Honeymoon in Vegas” | T. Charles Erickson Photo

The stages of Broadway will be graced by a number of familiar faces from film and television this season. If you’re planning a trip to New York, get your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss your favorites.

In September, a rotating cast will take the stage in “Love Letters.” The actors are a veritable who’s who, including Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow, Brian Dennehy, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, Angelica Huston, and Martin Sheen. Remember that only two of those actors are on stage at any given time, so check the schedule carefully.

Michael Cera

Michael Cera

Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin will make their Broadway debuts in the play, “This is Our Youth,” in a September opening.

The great James Earl Jones will lead a large cast in a revival of “You Can’t Take It With You,” also opening in September.

Blythe Danner (the famous mother of Gwyneth Paltrow) will star in “The Country House” opening in October.

“It’s Only a Play” has a star-studded cast including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Megan Mullally, and Rupert Grint from “Harry Potter” fame. It opens in October as well.

Maggie Gyllenhaal will be starring opposite Ewan McGregor in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s play, “The Real Thing,” also opening in October. I saw the original production of this wonderful play twice – first with Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close.

Maggie’s brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, will star in a play called “Constellations” opening in January. If you’re in NYC during the holidays, though, you can catch a preview performance in December.

“Disgraced” is a play that will include Gretchen Mol from “Boardwalk Empire” and Josh Radnor from “How I Met Your Mother.” It opens in October.

The revival of Edward Albee’s play, “A Delicate Balance,” will include Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban, and Martha Plimpton when it opens in November.

Catch Hugh Jackman opening in November in a play (not a musical) called “The River” at the small Circle in the Square where there are no bad seats. Those seats are pricey, however, at $175 a pop.

Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, and Patricia Clarkson in "The Elephant Man" T. Charles Erickson Photo

Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, and Patricia Clarkson in “The Elephant Man” | T. Charles Erickson Photo

Many people are excited to see Bradley Cooper portray “The Elephant Man” alongside Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola opening in December. I saw the production at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012, and I highly recommend it.

Tony Danza will be in the cast of Jason Robert Brown’s new musical based on the movie, “Honeymoon in Vegas,” which opens in January 2015 but starts previews in November.

Helen Mirren will portray Queen Elizabeth II once again in “The Audience,” opening in March 2015.

In contrast to the regal Helen will be the less than regal Larry David in his own play called “Fish in the Dark,” opening in March as well.

Also in March will be the opening of the musical revival, “On the Twentieth Century,” with Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher.

In April, we have a revival of “The King and I” to look forward to, which stars Ken Watanabe opposite Broadway diva Kelli O’Hara.

Meanwhile, Emma Stone is rumored to take over the role of Sally Bowles from Michelle Williams in “Cabaret,” starring with Alan Cumming.

Which productions would you most like to see?

Helen Mirren in "The Audience" | Johan Persson Photo

Helen Mirren in “The Audience” | Johan Persson Photo

Melanie Votaw

Melanie Votaw is a New York City-based freelance writer and the author of 15 non-fiction books. She’s a former actress/singer/dancer who started performing at age 4 and now loves to write about film, TV, and theater. Visit her Web site, Rule the Word, and follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Melanie Votaw has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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  1. Looking forward to seeing the versatile Hugh Jackman in the new Jez Butterworth play THE RIVER! It has a fine cast and an excellent director who created the first staging at the Royal Court Theatre in London ( home of new plays!). The play is supposed to be enigmatic and mysterious in its storytelling and it should be one of the dramatic triumphs of the new Broadway season.

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