7 More Stage Shows We’re Excited For this Fall

9.9.2013

By Jerry Portwood

From Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to Alison Bechdel's memoir adaptation, this season is decidedly queer

We've already told you about what to expect from Big Fish (read our interview with Bobby Steggert) and The Glass Menagerie (read our interview with Zachary Quinto and Michael Musto's with the director, John Tiffany). Plus, there's the slew of Romeo & Juliet productions coming your way (more on that soon enough). Now get ready for these seven shows you're not going to want to miss.

Much Ado About Nothing
It’s the Driving Miss Daisy love fantasy you never knew you wanted. James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave play reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the Shakespeare comedy. Odd, yes, but we’re betting that the incredible Mark Rylance, who’s directing, can make it all work. (Opened September 7 at The Old Vic, London)

Women or Nothing
David Cromer directs the world premiere of Ethan Coen’s first full-length play, about a lesbian couple so desperate to have a child that one is willing to sleep with a man. (Opens September 16 at Atlantic Theater, N.Y.C.)

Anna Nicole
A big, brash, blonde tragic heroine is nothing new for an opera. But this one, who used to be a Playmate, will be singing a different tune. (Opens September 17 at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn)

Fun Home
Graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s successful memoir, set in her father’s funeral home, may not seem like a natural fit for the stage, but with music by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change) and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron (Well) this adaptation is a major draw. (Opens October 17 at Public Theater, N.Y.C.)

Little Miss Sunshine
With musical heavyweights James Lapine and William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) behind this adaptation, we have high expectations. Also, here’s hoping for a Honey Boo Boo cameo in the child pageant scene. (Opens mid-November at Second Stage Theater, N.Y.C.)

Waiting for Godot & No Man’s Land
We’ve seen them spar as Prof. Xavier and Magneto in the X-Men movies. Now Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are teaming up for the Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter classics. (Both open November 24 at Cort Theatre, N.Y.C.)

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