This Week on Stage: New year's edition

With the holiday season upon us, new stage openings are sparse. What’s worse, audiences have been sparse at several of this season’s new shows. This week brought closing notices for two well-reviewed revivals, Finian’s Rainbow (final performance Jan. 17) and Ragtime (pictured at left; final show Jan. 10). On the other hand, we received casting news on some upcoming productions (The Hangover‘s Justin Bartha in for T.R. Knight in the Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor) — as well as word that Martin Sheen will return to the stage in February (at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum) in a revival of The Subject Was Roses, a show he first performed 44 years ago.

Check out the EW.com Stage hub for up-to-date news and reviews; or consult this handy guide below, which includes links to all of our stage reviews of current shows. (Note: The reviews are typically of the show’s original casts.)

BROADWAY

The Addams Family — Musical; opens 4/8/2010

All About Me — Musical Revue starring Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein; opens 3/18/10

A Behanding in Spokane — Comedy starring Christopher Walken; opens 3/4/10

Billy Elliot — Musical; opened 11/13/08; EW grade: B+

Burn the Floor — Musical; opened 8/3/09 – 1/10/2010; EW grade: A-

Bye Bye Birdie — Musical Revival starring John Stamos; opened 10/15/2009 – 1/24/2010; EW grade: C+

La Cage Aux Folles — Musical Revival starring Kelsey Grammer; opens 4/18/10

Chicago — Musical Revival; opened 11/14/1996; EW grade: A+

Collected Stories – Drama Revival starring Linda Lavin; opens 4/28/10

ENRON — Musical; opens 4/27/10

Fela! – Musical; opened 11/23/2009; EW grade: B+

Finian’s Rainbow — Musical Revival; opened 10/29/2009 – 1/17/2010; EW grade: B-

God of Carnage — Comedy starring Jimmy Smits and Christine Lahti; opened 3/22/2009; EW grade: A-

Hair — Musical Revival; opened 3/31/2009; EW grade: A-

In the Heights — Musical; opened 2/14/2009; EW grade: A-

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play — Comedy; opens 11/19/2009 – 1/10/2010; EW grade: B-

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas — Musical Revival; 11/13/2009 – 1/3/2010

Jersey Boys — Musical; opened 11/7/2005; EW grade: A

Lend Me a Tenor – Comedy Revival; opens 4/4/10

The Lion King — Musical; opened 11/13/1997; EW grade: A+

Lips Together, Teeth Apart – Drama Revival starring Megan Mullally and Patton Oswalt; opens 4/29/10

A Little Night Music — Musical Revival starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury; opened 12/13/09; EW grade: B+

Looped — Drama; opens 3/14/10

Mamma Mia! — Musical; opened 10/18/2001; EW grade: B+

Mary Poppins — Musical; opened 11/16/2009; EW grade: A-

Memphis — Musical; opened 10/19/2009; EW grade: C+

Million Dollar Quartet — Musical; opens 4/11/10

The Miracle Worker — Drama Revival starring Abigail Breslin; opens 3/3/10

Next Fall – Drama; opens 3/11/10

Next to Normal — Musical; opened 4/19/2009; EW grade: A

The Phantom of the Opera — Musical; opened 1/26/1988

Present Laughter — Comedy Revival starring Victor Garber; opens 1/24/2010

Promises, Promises — Musical Revival starring Sean Hayes and Kristen Chenoweth; opens 4/25/10

Race — Drama starring James Spader and Kerry Washington; opened 12/6/2009; EW grade: C

Ragtime — Musical Revival; opened 11/15/2009 – 1/10/2010; EW grade: A

Rock of Ages — Musical; opened 4/7/2009; EW grade: C+

Shrek the Musical — Musical; opened 12/14/2008 – 1/3/2010; EW grade: B+

Sondheim on Sondheim — Musical Revue; opens 4/22/10

South Pacific — Musical Revival; opened 4/3/2008; EW grade: A

Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark — Musical starring Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood; opens 2010

Superior Donuts — Drama; opened 10/1/09 – 1/3/2010; EW grade: B

The 39 Steps — Comedy; opened 1/4/2008; EW grade: B+

Time Stands Still — Drama starring Laura Linney; opens 1/28/2010

A View From the Bridge – Drama Revival starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson; opens 1/24/2010

West Side Story — Musical Revival; opened 3/19/2009; EW grade: B

Wicked — Musical; opened 10/30/03; EW grade: B

Wishful Drinking — Drama/Comedy starring Carrie Fisher; opened 10/4/2009 – 1/17/2010; EW grade: A-

OFF BROADWAY

Altar Boyz — Musical; opened 3/1/2005 – 1/10/2010; EW grade: B+

Avenue Q — Musical; reopened 10/21/2009; EW grade: A

Blue Man Group — Special Performance; opened 11/11/1991

The Fantasticks — Musical Revival; opened 6/16/2008; EW grade: B+

Let Me Down Easy — Drama starring Anna Deavere Smith; opened 10/7/2009 – 1/3/2009; EW grade: A-

Love, Loss, and What I Wore — Drama; opened 10/1/2009; EW grade: B+

The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part I — Drama; opened 11/20/2009; EW grade: A-

The Orphan’s Home Cycle, Part II Drama; opened 12/17/09; EW grade: B+

Our Town — Drama Revival; opened 2/26/2009

Stomp — Special Performance; opened 2/27/1994

This — Drama starring Julianne Nicholson; opened 12/2/09 – 1/3/2010; EW grade: B+

The Toxic Avenger Musical — Musical; opened 4/6/2009 – 1/3/2010; EW grade: B

The Understudy — Comedy starring Julie White, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Justin Kirk; opened 11/5/2009 – 1/17/2010; EW grade: B+

ELSEWHERE

The 101 Dalmatians Musical (national tour) — Musical; EW grade: B-

August: Osage County (national tour with Estelle Parsons) — Drama; EW grade: A

Dreamgirls (national tour with Syesha Mercado) — Musical; EW grade: B+

(Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened November 2004; EW grade: A-

LOVE (Las Vegas) — Musical Revue; opened 8/24/2006; EW grade: A-

Mary Poppins (Los Angeles) — Musical; 11/13/2009 – 2/7/2010; EW grade: B

Mystere (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened 5/25/1993; EW grade: A

Palestine, New Mexico (Los Angeles) — Drama; opened 12/13/09 – 1/24/2010

O (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened October 1998; EW grade: A-

Zumanity (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened September 2003; EW grade: C

More Stage coverage from EW.com:
‘Hangover’ star Justin Bartha may head to Broadway
Tyler Perry readies tour for new Madea play
Megan Mulally and Patton Oswalt to star in Broadway’s ‘Lips Together…’
Martin Sheen returns to stage in ‘Roses’

Photo credit: Joan Marcus


Comments (3 total) Add your comment
  • sorare

    Totally disagree with your “C” grade for RACE. I have seen the show twice and love it. Spader and Grier are fabulous in their roles and each time my friends and I have gone away from the theatre deep in discussion regarding what Mamet put forth. For me the show is a “must see” theatrical event.

  • gallagher

    actually, Finian’s final show is the 17th, not the 24th…

  • R

    You gave Mary Poppins a (more accurate) B-, not an A-. And it’s funny to see all of these grades next to one another…for example, I would think it without question that Wicked is better than Shrek, and that In the Heights or the current incarnation of Hair are both further away from Shrek than the difference between an A- and a B+….but I suppose it’s a matter of taste :)

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