Arts and Culture

Fall Broadway Guide 2014

by Whitney Spaner, 08/05/2014

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  • Judging by the number of old-fashioned Hollywood hunks appearing on Broadway this fall, it would appear that casting directors turned largely to the archives of People's "Sexiest Man Alive” issue to find their leading men. Coming to Broadway this fall are Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Danza, who have all been honored in the annual page-turner. McGregor and Gyllenhaal will be playing up their good looks in love stories by British playwrights Tom Stoppard and Nick Payne, respectively, while Danza will show that he's more than just a pretty face when he sings and dances in the musical adaptation of the 1992 film Honeymoon in Vegas. Meanwhile, the usually sunny Jackman will appear dark and brooding in Jez Butterworth's new play The River, and Cooper will be confronting inner and external demons in The Elephant Man, Bernard Pomerance’s play about the severely deformed John Merrick. And although they've never landed a spot on People's short list, Broadway's most wanted men Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane are reuniting again in Terrence McNally’s revival of It’s Only a Play; while Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves and Jay Armstrong Johnson are bringing sexy sailors back in the steamy new revival of the Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins musical On the Town.

    Beyond handsome, talented men, there's plenty more star power to see on Broadway this fall—from teen media mogul Tavi Gevinson's Broadway debut in Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth (alongside Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin) to Glenn Close's return to the Great White Way in Edward Albee’s classic A Delicate Balance to Sting’s musical homage to his hometown, The Last Ship. We know plenty who'd give the shirt off Hugh Jackman's back to see that last show—as well as the 14 others that make up this tantalizing fall season on Broadway. See you at the theater!

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