2019-2020 Broadway Season

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2019-2020 Broadway Season#126
Posted: 8/20/19 at 8:24am

bandit964 said: "Would A Soldier's Play fall under the revival category?"

Yes, I would think so. It would similar to The Waverly Gsllery which had never played Broadway before but was an established play with at least one off-Broadway run in its past and came to broadway without major modifications to the script. 

 

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Posted: 8/20/19 at 10:22am

bandit964 said: "Would A Soldier's Play fall under the revival category?"

I'd say yes. Debuted in 1981, won the Pulitzer. Would fall in the "classics" category that will allow it to be considered a revival.

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Posted: 8/20/19 at 10:27am
Thanks, I wasn't too familiar with it but I just moved it over to revivals.
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Posted: 8/20/19 at 10:59am

Sigh,

I feel like the last couple seasons this board hasn’t had nearly as much confusion about what’s a revival and what’s original. We were doing so well! Nobody even batted an eye when the Tony committee stopped announcing when shows qualified for the Classics Rule.

 

But it seems like there’s suddenly a lot of confusion and mistakes around it again. Rule of thumb: if the producers are reviving the show, it’s a revival. Doesn’t actually matter much if it’s been on Broadway before.

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2019-2020 Broadway Season#130
Posted: 8/20/19 at 11:32am

JBroadway said: "But it seems like there’ssuddenly a lot of confusion and mistakes around it again.Rule of thumb: if the producers are reviving the show, it’s a revival. Doesn’t actually matter much if it’s been on Broadway before."

How can you find out if the producers are reviving a show? I might be wrong but I don't think I saw it in any of the press articles. 

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Posted: 8/20/19 at 11:51am

It’s not about looking at press releases, it’s about looking at the context. We just have to look at the origin of the material and timing of the new production, and ask the question: what is being DONE here? Is someone (the producer) taking an established play and REVIVING it (i.e, bringing it back after the original production had been left for history) or is this a culmination of a show’s road to Broadway?

For example, shows like Hadestown and The Visit had been around in some form or another for over a decade before they came to Broadway. But every production along the way was a step on the same “road” that eventually led to Broadway. There was a progression that was very slow, but never abandoned. As opposed to shows like Three Tall Women or The Waverly Gallery, which had their premiers some time ago, then everyone went about their merry way, and later someone decided to take that material and create an all new production of that had no affiliation with the original. To continue the metaphor - the road reached its conclusion, then someone started a new road (sorry, not a perfect metaphor, but hopefully I’m making my point). 

Or in the case of things like A Christmas Carol and To Kill a Mockingbird: is someone doing another adaptation of the same source material, or are they bringing back an adaptation that already exists?
 

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Posted: 8/20/19 at 12:56pm
Doesn't that put How I Learned to Drive in a very gray area though since it's the same director and original stars so we don't know if behind the scenes they just decided that now was a good time to remount that original production on Broadway (not saying that's what they're doing but could be a possibility). Like I do find it curious that producers don't just announced their intentions to revive something in a press release but I suppose the Tony committee has final say if there's ambiguity.

It could also just be that many producers are taking the opportunity to bring celebrated off-Broadway works to Broadway more often now so there's a bit of change involved in adapting to that (ie allowing the playwright to accept the Tony for revival).

Also, another new musical hits the boards with Flying Over Sunset: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Harry-Hadden-Paton-Carmen-Cusack-Tony-Yazbeck-Will-Lead-FLYING-OVER-SUNSET-At-Lincoln-Center-Theater-20190820
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Posted: 8/20/19 at 1:23pm

chrishuyen said: "Doesn't that put How I Learned to Drive in a very gray area though since it's the same director and original stars so we don't know if behind the scenes they just decided that now was a good time to remount that original production on Broadway (not saying that's what they're doing but could be a possibility). 

 

I ageee that the remounting of the original staging makes it a tad confusing. And so in this case you’d have to look at the amount of time that has passed (too much to credibly call it a new play) as well as the fact that in the intervening time, play has entered the canon and become a modern “classic” (hence, the “classics” rule). In this regard, it also isn’t just about what the producers intend, so much as the context behind what they are doing. Even if these producers said they are trying to transfer this to Broadway as if it were new, everyone else would look at that and say “No you’re not, you’re reviving it,” because that’s just the literal nature of the circumstances. 

It could also just be that many producers are taking the opportunity to bring celebrated off-Broadway works to Broadway more often now so there's a bit of change involved in adapting to that (ie allowing the playwright to accept the Tony for revival).”

 

I agree! We’ve been getting a TON of these “Broadway debut revivals” in the past few years, and I think it’s great that it has become a trend, 

 

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Posted: 8/20/19 at 1:44pm

I was confused by The Waverly Gallery only because it was less than 20 years since it performed off broadway. Sure, its been a minute but it hadn't been on Broadway before and didn't necessarily feel revived it felt more of a transfer finally, which I guess also makes it being "revived" so I think its just complex honestly. Like you said though theres a clear distinction for the most part between a Hadestown workshop and a show that ran successfully off broadway only to make its Broadway debut more than a decade later. Im all for it though if it means we keep getting productions like How I learned To Drive, Soldier's Play, and The Waverley Gallery! 

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Posted: 8/23/19 at 9:32pm

Slava's Snow Show in the Sondheim: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/22/theater/slavas-snowshow-broadway-holiday-shows.html

And word on the street is Company is going into the Jacobs, but no official announcement yet.

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Posted: 9/4/19 at 1:01am
I feel like the Billy Crystal show is a long shot!
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Posted: 9/16/19 at 12:50pm
Virginia Woolf is officially playing in the Booth: http://www.playbill.com/article/revival-of-whos-afraid-of-virginia-woolf-starring-laurie-metcalf-and-rupert-everett-sets-broadway-home
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2019-2020 Broadway Season#141
Posted: 9/19/19 at 1:50pm
Added American Buffalo and For the Girls
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-Sam-Rockwell-Laurence-Fishburne-Will-Lead-AMERICAN-BUFFALO-on-Broadway-in-2020-20190917
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Kristin-Chenoweth-Will-Bring-FOR-THE-GIRLS-Solo-Show-to-Broadway-This-Fall-20190917
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Posted: 9/20/19 at 11:41am
Looks like KPop is having a lab, so maybe they are reworking it into a more traditional musical for Broadway? With KPop at such a hype, it could be a smart move.
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Posted: 11/7/19 at 9:06am
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/THE-MINUTES-On-Broadway-To-Star-Tracy-Letts-Jessie-Mueller-Armie-Hammer-And-More-20191107

The Minutes finally gets an official announcement!
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2019-2020 Broadway Season#145
Posted: 11/18/19 at 10:51am
Hangman transfers to Broadway!
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Martin-McDonaghs-HANGMEN-Comes-to-Broadway-in-February-2020-20191118
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Posted: 11/18/19 at 10:52am
Guess Slave Play isn’t extending.
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Posted: 11/19/19 at 7:19pm

Found an interesting list of upcoming shows in consideration for participants of a summer teaching workshop to attend. Three shows on the list I have not heard announcements for. Do they know something we all don't?

MOULIN ROUGE, HADESTOWN, COMPANY (STARRING PATTI LUPONE), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, JAGGED LITTLE PILL, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, SIX, WEST SIDE STORY, GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF, HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, TITANIC, THE HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL, THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, BEETLEJUICE, ALMOST FAMOUS.

https://www.broadwayteachinggroup.com/about-btw

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Posted: 11/19/19 at 7:27pm

Not to mention Almost Famous, which has not made an official announcement either. Pretty much all of those have been heavily rumored, minus The Heart of Rock & Roll. 

I am curious how much BroadwayTeachingGroup are in the know because it would seem very scummy if they are just guessing what shows will land this summer and asking people to pay money for the chance to see them. 

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2019-2020 Broadway Season#149
Posted: 11/19/19 at 9:12pm

TITANIC & the London JOSEPH revival are coming next season.

A Chorus Line revival played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013. Another non-equity tour launched on January 20, 2018. The tour ended its US run in Kansas City and then toured throughout Japan August & September 2018.
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Posted: 11/19/19 at 9:41pm
Titanic is being done regionally this summer / season so it won’t be in the 19/20 season.