BY: JERYL BRUNNER
It’s September – and when it comes to theater that can only mean that the Broadway season is starting to sizzle. Get ready for a legendary actress playing a legendary actress playing a legendary Shakespearean role, a former wizard playing a fact-checker, a TV star taking his second turn on the stage this year, and a whole cast of actors exploring the wacky world of snooker (the British version of pool). The four plays hitting the stage this month are as diverse as the actors themselves, and Broadway Spin has rounded them all up just for you.
Performances begin September 1
“There are five kinds of actresses,” wrote Mark Twain. “Bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses. And then there is Sarah Bernhardt.” In the Roundabout Theatre production of Bernhardt/Hamlet, which opens September 25, 2018 Tony-winner Janet McTeer stars as the iconic thespian, Sarah Berhnhardt, who decided to play Hamlet when she was 55. At the time, the choice was crazy, groundbreaking and a seriously bada** move from Bernhardt. The future is female, but it turns out, so was the past. The show also stars Dylan Baker and Jason Butler Harner.
Performances begin September 5
Richard Bean, the playwright who brought us the hit One Man, Two Guvnors – which made James Corden a household name in the U.S. – is coming across the pond again with The Nap. The fast-paced comedy thriller takes a look at snooker. When Dylan Spokes (Ben Schnetzer), shows up at a championship tournament, the authorities warn him of the repercussions of match fixing. Suddenly he encounters a motley mix of colorful characters including his sassy mum, (Johanna Day), ex-convict dad (John Ellison Conlee), sharp-witted manager (Max Gordon Moore) and a famous gangster (Alexandra Billings).
The Lifespan of a Fact
Performances begin September 20
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale will star in the world premiere of The Lifespan of A Fact at Studio 54 On Broadway. In the dramedy, Radcliffe plays a fact-checker at one of the nation’s most respected magazines. Everything goes awry when his boss (Jones) has him fact check a story by superstar author John D’Agata (Cannavale). Simple enough – except the article may be made up. The play is based on the riveting true story of John D’Agata’s essay, What Happens There, about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley.
The Waverly Gallery
Performances begin September 25
In The Waverly Gallery, Tony-winner and three-time Oscar-nominated actress, Joan Allen, stars with a dream team cast including Elaine May, Lucas Hedges and Arrested Development’s Michael Cera. Oscar-winner Kenneth Lonergan, who wrote and directed the films You Can Count On Me and Manchester by the Sea, penned this memory play about the final years of a firecracker of a grandma and reveals the strength and humor of a family dealing with crisis. As humorous as it is poignant, the play was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2001. This is Cera’s second turn on the Great White Way in 2018 – having recently completed a role in Lobby Hero.
Check out everything new on Broadway – we send you to a different show every time you “spin” with Broadway Roulette!