2006 Fall Broadway Preview

New York: The upcoming fall season on Broadway is more diverse than it has been in years. M&C looks at all the new opening shows.




Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!

Jay Johnson and his cast of characters will finally make their Broadway debuts after gracefully agreeing to be postponed earlier in the year to accommodate the run of Bridge & Tunnel.

In the play, the ancient craft of ventriloquism will be returned to its rightful place as an art form. Jay Johnson takes us on a multi-dimensional journey that combines his skills with a parade of characters that range from a subversive monkey to a withering tennis ball.

Opens: September 28, 2006
Theater: Helen Hayes


A Chorus Line

That one singular sensation returns to Broadway this season, sixteen years after its record breaking run at the Shubert Theater.

The massive cast of Broadway wannabees includes Ken Alan, Brad Anderson, Michael Berresse, Natalie Cortez, Charlotte d’Amboise, Mara Davie, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Deidre Goodwin, Tyler Hanes, James T. Lane, Paul McGill, Heather Parcells, Michael Paternostro, Alisan Porter, Jeffrey Schecter, Yuka Takara, Jason Tam, Chryssie Whitehead, and Tony Yazbeck.

A Chorus Line, which remains the longest running American musical in Broadway history, tells the story of a group of dancers who are auditioning for a director and for the audience.

Opens: October 5, 2006
Theater: Schoenfeld

Heartbreak House

The Roundabout’s first foray into the new Broadway season is George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House.

The production will feature Philip Bosco, Swoosie Kurtz, Byron Jennings, Lily Rabe, and Laila Robins.

In the play, a weekend at an English countryside estate becomes a tangle of unlikely attachments and unwanted complications. Romance springs eternal but never mutual, and the most successful relationships have the least to do with love.  

Opens: October 11, 2006 to December 3, 2006
Theater: Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater

Losing Louie

Broadway’s other theater company, Manhattan Theater Club, open their fall season with Losing Louie.

Simon Mendes da Costa’s play stars Matthew Arkin, Scott Cohen, Patricia Kalember, Michele Pawk, Rebecca Creskoff, Jama Williamson, and Mark Linn-Baker.

How do our childhood memories affect our lives? How do the mistakes of one generation impact the next? And most importantly, why does love make us do such crazy things? Interwoven events from the past and present blend together in this wise and witty new play, as two generations of family members work things out in the same bedroom, fifty years apart.

Opens: October 12, 2006 to November 26, 2006
Theater: Manhattan Theatre Club’s Biltmore


Nathan Lane returns to Broadway since last year’s popular revival of The Odd Couple. This time he reprises his role in Butley, a play he first starred in at Boston’s Huntington Theater in 2003.

Joining Lane in Simon Gray’s play is Dana Ivey, Julian Ovenden, Pamela J. Gray, James McMenamin, Jessica Stone, and Darren Pettie.

Butley is billed as a dark comedy about a literary professor who loses his wife and lover in the same day. 

Opens: October 25, 2006 to January 14, 2007
Theater: Booth

The Times They Are A Changin

Twyla Tharp attempts to do for Bob Dylan what she did for Billy Joel – take his music and turn it into a successful Broadway musical. Few jukebox musicals, as they have been coined, have succeeded, but when they hit (Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys) they hit big, and when they flop (Good Vibrations, Lennon) they flop big.

Starring in the musical will be Thom Sesma, Caren Lyn Manuel, and Michael Arden. The Times They Are A-Changin’ is set within a low-rent traveling circus run by Capt. A. Rab, whose wagon hasn’t moved from its location in some time — though not by lack of effort from his ragtag band of clowns and performers which includes such performers as the animal trainer Cleo, a young woman exploited by Capt. Arab and loved by his son, Coyote. Coyote longs for a world outside the confines of the family business, and as the circus show plays out, he must decide whether to flee or stay, and if he does stay, how to inspire change within the troupe.

Opens: October 26, 2006
Theater: Brooks Atkinson