Fall Theater Preview

By Gerard Raymond

Originally published on Advocate.com August 12 2008 11:00 PM ET

9 to 5: The Musical by Dolly Parton and
Patricia Resnick
Begins previews September 3, opens September 20,
and runs through October 19 at Ahmanson Theatre, Los
Angeles 

Based on the 1980
movie about three office workers who take revenge on
their chauvinistic boss, the world premiere of this
Broadway-bound musical features a score by the one and
only Dolly Parton. The production is helmed by Tony
award-winning gay director Joe Mantello, best known for
Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion! and
Wicked

Equus by Peter Shaffer Begins previews September 5, opens September 28,
and runs through February 8 at the Broadhurst Theatre,
New York City 

The revival of
gay British playwright Peter Shaffer’s 1973 drama
about a disturbed 17-year-old with a fatal fixation on
horses finally arrives in New York. Yes, if
you’ve been reading the London tabloids, this is the
production with Harry Potter naked. Daniel Radcliffe makes
an exciting Broadway debut as the troubled adolescent,
and Richard Griffiths, who played the free-spirited
professor in both the film and stage versions of
The History Boys and befuddled Uncle Vernon
in the Potter movies, plays the psychiatrist who tries to
help him. 

Three Changes by Nicky Silver Opens Auguat 22 and runs through September 28 at
Playwrights Horizons, New York 

From the
playwright best known for Pterodactyls and Raised in
Captivity comes another offbeat take on family
dysfunction with gay inflections. Silver’s
latest is a dark and suspenseful comedy about the ominous
lengths a man will go to make a human connection. The cast
includes Dylan McDermott. 

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Above: Daniel Radcliffe in Equus

The Third Story by Charles Busch Opens September 16 and runs through October 19
at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego 

A new comedy from
playwright Charles Busch, who earned a Tony nomination
as author of Broadway’s The Tale of the
Allergist’s Wife
and became the undisputed
queen of off-Broadway for his singular creations
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, The Lady in
Question
, and, most recently, Die, Mommie, Die!
This time Busch plays three diva roles in the story of
a late-1940s Hollywood screenwriter attempting to
resurrect her fading career. 

Billy Elliot: The Musical by Elton John and
Lee Hall
Begins previews October 1 and opens November 13
at the Imperial Theatre, New York 

A major
box-office success in London for the past three years, the
new Elton John musical is based on the heartwarming
2000 movie about a young lad in a small English mining
town who dreams of becoming a dancer. The musical is
directed by Stephen Daldry, who directed the original movie
and the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s
The Hours. 

The Road Show by Stephen Sondheim and John WeidmanOpens November 18 at the Public Theater, New York. 

One of the most
eagerly awaited events on the New York theater calendar,
Sondheim’s new musical is directed by John Doyle, who
most recently reimagined Sweeney Todd and
Company for Broadway. The Road Show is based
on the real-life story of two brothers, Addison and
Wilson Mizner, con artists whose 40 years of scams
included schemes during the Alaskan gold rush and the 1920s
Florida real estate boom. 

The School of Night by Peter Whelan Opens October 30 and runs through December 17 at
the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles

A witty thriller
set in the shadowy world of intrigue and deception
during the Elizabethan Golden Age. The play attempts to
unravel the mystery surrounding the untimely death of
16th-century playwright Christopher Marlowe, a rumored
homosexual who was Shakespeare’s contemporary,
government double agent and spy, and author of the
homoerotic drama Edward II.

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel PuigOpens on Broadway this fall

An adaptation of
Puig’s own stage version of his acclaimed novel about
two prisoners held together in a brutal Argentine prison.
The dramatic story in which one of the cell mates -- a
gay window dresser -- discovers his inner strength
inspired the 1985 Oscar-winning movie and a 1993
Tony-award winning musical of the same name. 

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Above: Leonard Bernstein

Prayer for My Enemy by Craig Lucas Opens November 14 and plays through December 21
at Playwrights Horizons, New York 

In the new play
from the author of Prelude to a Kiss and The
Dying Gaul
, a young American soldier returns
from Iraq to a complicated life at home: His sister’s
marriage to his boyhood friend -- and onetime lover -- is on
the rocks. 

A Civil War Christmas by Paula Vogel Opens November 26 and runs through December 21
at the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, Conn.

The new work from
Pulitzer Prize–winning author of How I Learned to
Drive
is set in Washington, D.C., in 1864, the
last Christmas of the Civil War. The play intertwines
many famous and not-so-famous lives and is scored with
ballads, carols, and spirituals from the period. 

West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein,
Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents

Opens December 16
and runs through January 17 at the National Theatre,
Washington, D.C. 

The landmark
American musical is revitalized in a new Broadway-bound
production directed by playwright and librettist Laurents.
The remarkable 91-year-old director returns to the
work he coauthored in the late 1950s with an exciting
21st-century take on the gritty and violent world of the
Spanish-speaking Sharks and their English-speaking rivals,
the Jets.