Broadway Fall Preview 2012

The new Broadway season is soon upon us. While most of the new shows are based on existing properties, there are one or two completely original plays in the mix. Even some of the revivals and adaptations spark my interest, so let's hope it will be another stellar year for show biz on the Great White Way. Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of the plays, musicals, and concert shows opening during the start of the 2012/2013 New York theater season. 

The Anarchist - David Mamet writes and directs a brand new play, starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger. All I know about the show is its tagline: "Passion. Redemption. Deception. Revolution. One woman has been put away for life, and the other is making sure she stays there." Expect Mamet's usual explosive writing. (Opens December 2 at the Lyceum Theater. Previews begin November 13.)

Annie - The sun will come out tomorrow -- actually, in a few months when this beloved musical about the little orphan girl and her dog Sandy returns to Broadway. (Opens November 8 at the Palace Theater. Previews begin October 3.)

Bring It On: The Musical - Based on the movie about competitive cheerleaders, this adaptation opened in August and has been extended to run through the new year. (At the St. James Theater.)

Chaplin: The Musical - The life of the cinema pioneer is brought to life on stage through song and dance. (Opens September 12 at the Barrymore Theater. Now in previews.)

A Christmas Story: The Musical - I love the cult classic film on which this musical is based. Will it do the original justice or will they betray the legacy of Ralphie? (Opens November 19 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Previews begin November 5.)

Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand's classic returns to Broadway thanks to the Roundabout Theater Company. (Opens October 11 at the American Airlines Theater. Previews begin September 14.)

Dead Accounts - Actress Katie Holmes goes back to work, putting all those Tom Cruise tabloid headlines behind her. She stars alongside one of my favorite Broadway actors Leo Butz in this new comedy by Pulitzer Price nominee Theresa Rebeck. It's described as a story about "a brother, a sister and the 27 million dollar secret that turns their surprise family reunion upside down." (Opens November 29 at the Music Box Theater. Previews begin November 3.)

Elf: The Musical - The wacky Will Ferrell comedy becomes a song and dance musical. You'll either love it or hate it. (Opens November 9 at the Hirschfeld Theater. Previews begin November 6.)

An Enemy of the People - The Henrik Ibsen classic returns. (Opens September 27 at the Friedman Theater. Now in previews.)

Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons on Broadway - For a limited engagement, the singing legend and his band bring their music for the first time on Broadway for a concert series. (Opens October 19 at the Broadway Theater. Seven shows only.)

Glengarry Glen Ross - Man, I would love to see this show. Al Pacino stars in David Mamet's famous play. (Opens November 11 at the Schoenfeld Theater. Previews begin October 16.)

Golden Boy - Tony Shalhoub stars in this Broadway revival of a play by Clifford Odet that first premiered in the 1930s. It's about "a man (who) defies his family and a promising career as a classical musician for a shot at immortality in the boxing ring." (Opens December 6 at the Belasco Theater. Previews begin November 8.)

Grace - A nice cast that includes Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington bring this new play to life. It deals with a couple on the road trying to open a chain of gospel-themed motels when their life is thrown into chaos. (Opens October 4 at the Cort Theater. Previews begin September 13.)

The Heiress - The wonderful Jessica Chastain stars with David Strathairn and Dan Stevens in this Tony Award winning play, directed by Moises Kaufman. It's "the timeless New York story of society, status and the true cost of love." (Opens November 1 at the Kerr Theater. Previews begin October 7.)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens' unfinished novel was turned into a Broadway play in the 1980s and now returns to delight audiences again. (Opens November 13 at Studio 54. Previews begin October 19.)

The Other Place - Laurie Metcalf headlines this show after a successful run Off-Broadway. (Opens January 10 at the Friedman Theater. Previews begin December 11.)

The Performers - Henry Wrinkler as a porn star? Yikes. Alicia Silverstone also has a part. Yay! (Opens November 14 at the Longacre Theater. Previews begin October 23.)

Rebecca - How do you turn an Alfred Hitchcock movie that was based on a novel into a Broadway musical? We'll soon find out. (Opens November 18 at the Broadhurst Theater. Previews begin October 30.)

Running on Empty - Comedian Lewis Black brings his schtick to Broadway for a week-long gig. (Opens October 9 at the Rodgers Theater.)

Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple - Carolee Carmello stars as the world's first media superstar evangelist. The book and lyrics are by Kathie Lee Gifford. (Opens November 15 at the Simon Theater. Previews begin October 13.)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? - Another classic comes to Broadway. The Steppenwolf Theater Company take a stab at Edward Albee's masterpiece. (Opens October 13 at the Booth Theater. Previews begin September 27.)

There you have it.  Also, remember that September 4-16, 2012, is Broadway Week, when you can purchase two-for-one tickets to select productions on Broadway. Then, September 17-30 is Off-Broadway Week.  Enjoy some live entertainment and go catch a show!