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Broadway Fast 5: October

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October is a huge month for openings on Broadway. Tony®-eligible productions are creating a buzz around the Great White Way and we have the five things you need to know this month on Broadway.

1. New Musicals

Production images of The Last Ship by Joan Marcus

Production images of The Last Ship by Joan Marcus

 

The Last Ship opened on Broadway Oct. 26 with music written by Sting. The story, set in an English sea-faring town that depends heavily on its local shipyard, follows Gideon Fletcher who sets out to travel the world leaving his life and love behind but returning 14 years later.

 

 

 

2. New Plays

It's Only a Play production shots by Joan Marcus

It’s Only a Play production shots by Joan Marcus

Several new plays opened this month including The River featuring Hugh Jackman which opened on Oct. 16. Disgraced, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize

winner for Drama opened on Broadway Oct. 23.
The Country House featuring actress Blythe Danner opened on Oct. 2 and The Curious Incident of Dog in the Night-Time, based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, opened on Oct. 5.
Getting some of the most buzz is the star-studded It’s Only A Play which features Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing and Rupert Grint among many others. The production was only scheduled to run until Jan. 4, 2015 but is already eyeing an extension and grabbing impressive numbers at the box office.

3. Revivals are a hit!

Production images for On the Town by Joan Marcus

Production images for On the Town by Joan Marcus

While we await other great shows to open later this season, we can’t help but enjoy some old favorites that are making a splash as Broadway revivals!

Play The Real Thing, won an 1984 Tony Award® for Best Play and won a Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Play in 2000. The 2014 revival features Cynthia Nixon, Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Musical On The Town is celebrating being back in New York after opening Oct. 16. The tale of three sailors on leave in New York originally debuted in 1944 and revived in 1971 and 1998 but with classics like “New York, New York” the score is back on Broadway.

4. C’mon Get Happy

Aaron Tveit/Broadway.com

Aaron Tveit/Broadway.com

It may be a long way off, but C’mon Get Happy, a new show held an industry-only reading

on Oct. 10. The reading of the new show, written by Troy Britton Johnson, was directed by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots) and featured Broadway favorites Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can), Annaleigh Ashford (You Can’t Take It With You, Kinky Boots) and Christopher Sieber (Matilda). The show is a modern day story of a group of young people who are in search of themselves and end up following a cult leader who happens to worship all things Partridge Family.

 

Hand to God/Broadway.com

Hand to God/Broadway.com

5. Hand to God announced move to Broadway
After a production in 2011 and an off-Broadway debut in 2014, the new play Hand to God will make it’s debut on Broadway scheduled for April 7, just in time to be a Tony® contender the show announced this month. The dark comedy depicts a how a soft-spoke sock puppet takes on a dangerous personality when his owner deals with complicated relationships in a small, quiet Texas town.

 

Miss last month’s Fast Five? See it here.

 

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