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This Week on Stage: Greta Gerwig debuts, Tonys post-mortem

To paraphrase Stephen Sondheim: Another theater season just got off of the train. But the start of the 2014-15 season is already threatening to jump off the track a little. After Sunday night’s mixed-results Tonys ceremony (No “in memoriam” segment? And did we really need to see Hugh Jackman embarrass himself rap?), the Tony administration committee announced that they would be discontinuing the sound design categories, to much consternation; in fact, 19,000 theater professionals and fans have already signed a petition to reinstate them, and the number keeps growing. (Ironic, too, as the Tony telecast at Radio City Music Hall is often criticized for poor sound quality.) But one of the show’s highlights was big winner Neil Patrick Harris essaying the flirtatious rocker “Sugar Daddy” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch (which won best musical revival), and EW proudly scooped the news that The Book of Mormon and Girls star Andrew Rannells will take over the role after Aug. 17, which is Harris’ final day. And given that he’s done it before, he should have no problem assuming those sausage curls and platform boots (though he’ll do it eight times a week after the summer, as opposed to Harris’ seven). And despite the season anew, there are no shortage of new shows opening around the country, including Blythe Danner taking on L.A. before Broadway this fall, a threesome of new works by one of the stage’s leading comedy writers, a new musical from the folks at Playwrights Horizons, and Noah Baumbach’s muse (and real-life partner) Greta Gerwig in her first NYC stage role in a new play from Britain (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY

Sarah Jessica Parker's new stage role: Get a behind-the-scenes look -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s amazing to discover that Sarah Jessica Parker hasn’t appeared on the New York stage in 12 years (!), which was right in the midst of her celebrated turn as Carrie Bradshaw in HBO’s Sex and the City.

Meanwhile, uptown…(hee hee), it is quite a big deal that NYC has her back, starring in a brand-new play called The Commons of Pensacola, written by none other than actress Amanda Peet (The Good Wife) — making her stage debut as a playwright — with a tale of a woman (Parker) reconnecting with her her mother, who has been forced out of living a luxurious lifestyle. And given that the latter role is played by Blythe Danner (who, it is mentioned, was Parker’s co-star in A.R. Gurney’s delightful comedy Sylvia nearly 20 years ago), this looks to be one of the hot shows to catch this fall. And it’s already a monster hit off-Broadway, with nary a performance under their belt and a several-week extension (seats are only on sale through Jan. 26, so you might want to act fast). Judging by the clip below, there appears to be no shortage of chemistry between these ladies.

The Commons of Pensacola begins previews at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage I in NYC on Oct. 22, with an opening night scheduled for Nov. 21. The play will run through Jan. 26; for tickets and additional info, you can visit MTC’s website.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner head to stage as mother and daughter

The theatricality of Glee must have made Sarah Jessica Parker want to return to the theater. Producers announced today that Parker, currently singing and dancing on the Fox dramedy, and Tony winner Blythe Danner will return to the New York City stage this fall in a new play, The Commons of Pensacola.

The show, written by actress Amanda Peet, centers on a woman (Danner) “forced to leave her life behind when husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Becca’s filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. How will past and present circumstances inform how this family moves into the future?” READ FULL STORY

Sarah Jessica Parker 'in conversation' to join Blythe Danner on stage

It’s official: Sarah Jessica Parker is (maybe) returning to the stage.

Entertainment Weekly can confirm a Showbiz 411 report that Parker is in talks to join a play written by actress Amanda Peet about “a family weathering a major financial crisis,” the Manhattan Theater Club told EW in a statement.

“We are looking forward to producing the world premiere of The Commons of Pensacola … directed by Lynne Meadow as part of our 2013-2014 season,” the MTC said. “We are in conversation with Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker about appearing in this timely, new play.”

At the moment Danner is featured in Nice Work if You Can Get It alongside Parker’s husband, Matthew Broderick, but the new deal would see her switch productions in the fall. If Parker comes on board, it will be her first stage appearance since the ’90s.

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