Fall 2012 Broadway Guide
by Whitney Spaner, 08/28/2012
(From left) "Elf" photo by Joan Marcus • "Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple" photo by Chris Bennion
Who says the stars don't shine at night in New York City? Not so on Broadway this fall. As producer Jordan Roth of Jujamycn Theaters says, it's "all about starry plays" this season. Having produced last year's Tony winner for Best Play, Clybourne Park, Roth brings one of the buzziest young starlets in Hollywood, Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, to the Broadway stage this November in a revival of the 1947 play The Heiress. Other celebrities hitting the Great White Way include Al Pacino in Glengarry Glen Ross, Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts, Paul Rudd in Grace, Henry Winkler in The Performers and Debra Winger in The Anarchist. And perhaps an unlikely playwright—Kathie Lee Gifford— has written a titillating new musical about a scandalized evangelist preacher.
The Broadway community has always had a complicated relationship with its film and television counterparts, as producers court (and critics often shun) big-name stars; but this year, the celebrities appearing onstage offer more celebrated talent than ticket-selling pizzazz. Read on for info about fall openings, including revivals, holiday musicals and provocative new plays. If the City lights outshine the stars in the sky, they might as well burn bright on the Broadway stage.