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A New York Fall Theater Primer

Two theater critics weigh in on this fall's season. Is it the autumn of the has-been and the rehashed? Or a creative, new season?

Friday, September 24, 2010

The lights are on again at the Great White Way for the start of the fall theater season. At least 11 new musicals are scheduled to open on Broadway this year. Some critics say this will be the fall of the has-been and the rehashed. But others say that's true only if you stick to Broadway plays.

WNYC's Brian Zumhagen gets the skinny on fall theater from Elisabeth Vincentelli, chief drama critic of The New York Post, and Adam Feldman, theater critic at Time Out New York. They weigh in on "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," a musical adapted from the 1988 Spanish film of the same name by Pedro Almodóvar; "Spider-Man On Broadway," "The Scottsboro Boys," Lillian Hellman's "The Little Foxes," and "Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson."

To get you in the spirit, here's a trailer from Almodóvar's original "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

Guests:

Adam Feldman and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Hosted by:

Brian Zumhagen

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson

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Comments [1]

Steven from NYC

IF "Spider-Man" is a hit, and that's a big if, I think it will be a disaster for Broadway and for the theatre-going public. That's because other producers will then think it's OK to increase their budgets to ridiculous, obscene and irresponsible levels, like the $60 million for "Spider-Man". And as the budgets go higher and higher, the theatre-going public will pay for it with ever-increasing ticket prices: $200 tickets cannot be that far off.
I have no desire to see "Spider-Man" at all, but even if I did, I would refuse to go, just on principle. Sorry, but I hope Mr. Peter Parker falls flat on his face.

Oct. 03 2010 10:28 PM

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