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Broadway Update: New Stoppard Play; Kinky Boots Marches Off-B’way; COVID Woes

By: David Sheward

April 9, 2022: What a coincidence. Just as I finish reading Hermione Lee’s comprehensive, 700-plus page biography of Tom Stoppard, an announcement by Twitter arrives that his latest play, Leopoldstadt will be arriving on Broadway at a future, unspecified date. The tweet was sent by the production. Auditions for the New York company will take place later this month. The play concerning a Jewish-Catholic family in Vienna over several decades, opened in London in 2020 but closed after a brief run due to the COVID pandemic. A production was set for Toronto earlier this year but was cancelled due to ongoing COVID restrictions. The production reunites Stoppard, director Patrick Marber and producer Sonia Friedman who collaborated on Travesties in 2017.

Ed Stoppard (the author’s son), Alexis Zegerman, Faye Castelow and Adrian Scarborough in Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt.

Broadway Update: New Stoppard Play; Kinky Boots Marches Off-B’way; COVID Woes

By: David Sheward

April 9, 2022: What a coincidence. Just as I finish reading Hermione Lee’s comprehensive, 700-plus page biography of Tom Stoppard, an announcement by Twitter arrives that his latest play, Leopoldstadt will be arriving on Broadway at a future, unspecified date. The tweet was sent by the production. Auditions for the New York company will take place later this month. The play concerning a Jewish-Catholic family in Vienna over several decades, opened in London in 2020 but closed after a brief run due to the COVID pandemic. A production was set for Toronto earlier this year but was cancelled due to ongoing COVID restrictions. The production reunites Stoppard, director Patrick Marber and producer Sonia Friedman who collaborated on Travesties in 2017.

Kinky Boots will return in an Off-Broadway production this summer.

In other news, Kinky Boots, the 2013 Tony-winning Best Musical, will follow in the footsteps of Avenue Q, Jersey Boys, and The Play That Goes Wrong by opening Off-Broadway after a successful Broadway run. The tuner about a drag performer saving a family-run shoe factory played for 2,505 performances and featured a book by Harvey Fierstein, score by Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell. The same production will begin previews on July 26 at Stage 42 in advance of an Aug. 25 opening. 

“We are over the moon to be bringing this beloved show back to New York for audiences to feel the joy once again,” said producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig. “Kinky Boots has so much heart, and reminds us to be unashamedly ourselves and raise each other up, which is exactly what we need at this moment in time. We can’t wait to see fans old and new dancing, singing, and leaving the theater with full hearts and open minds.”

“The joy that is Kinky Boots is headed back to NYC!” said Harvey Fierstein. “Beyond the laughs and applause, what I’ve missed most is seeing the audience shed tears of happiness at every performance. Kinky Boots is more than a musical. It’s a life experience.”

Kinky Boots has been a full out joy in my life and around the world.” said Jerry Mitchell. “I am so excited to have the Price and Son Factory back in NYC sharing that joy and reminding everyone that we can change the world when we change our minds.”

Both Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker have been sidelined from Plaza Suite.

COVID cut short Tom Stoppard’s new play in London in 2020, and the virus, driven by a surge of the subvariant BA2, continues to affect Broadway and Off-Broadway two years later. Daniel Craig tested positive for COVID and his Macbeth delayed starting previews as did the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop. Earlier this week, Matthew Broderick tested positive and his understudy, Tony winner Matthew McGrath took over his role in Plaza Suite. On Thursday, Sarah Jessica Parker also tested positive and the performance was cancelled. Also Thursday, several performers in Paradise Square were reportedly suffering from COVID-related ailments and that performance was cancelled. The Off-Broadway show Suffs likewise had numerous cast afflictions including Shania Taub who wrote the score and plays the central role of Alice Paul in the musical about women’s suffrage. Suffs will be suspending performances until April 10. Heartland at 59E59 has been cancelled altogether.

All of these cancellations and cast replacements do not bode well for Broadway in April which is traditionally the New York theater’s busiest month as shows scramble to open in order to beat the deadline for the Tony Awards. Hopefully, all the shows will premiere in time for eligibility. Speaking of awards, the Lortels announced their nominations. Kimberly Akimbo and Oratorio for Living Things lead with the most nominations with six each. The awards will be presented on May 1 at NYU Skirball. No word yet on dates for the Drama Desk. The Outer Critics noms will be announced on April 26, winners announced on May 16 and presented on May 26 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.

2021-22 Broadway/Off Broadway Schedule

April 8–Beetlejuice (Marriott Marquis)

April 10–Birthday Candles (Roundabout/AA)

April 11–The Little Prince (Broadway)

April 12–To My Girls (Second Stage/Kiser)

April 13–Harmony (Museum of Jewish Heritage)

April 14–American Buffalo (Circle In the Square)

April 14–Mrs. Doubtfire re-opens (Sondheim)

April 17–The Minutes (Studio 54)

April 19–How I Learned to Drive (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman)

April 20–for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Booth)

April 21–Hangmen (Golden)

April 23–Wedding Band (TFANA/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)

April 24–Funny Girl (August Wilson)

April 25–The Skin of Our Teeth (LTC/Vivian Beaumont)

April 25–The Vagrant Trilogy (Public)

April 26–A Strange Loop (Lyceum)

April 27 (matinee)–POTUS or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Great Women Trying to Keep Him Alive (Shubert)

April 27 (evening)–Mr. Saturday Night (Nederlander)

April 28–Macbeth (Longacre)

April 29–Girl from the North Country re-opens (Belasco)

April 30–The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company)

May 1–Lortel Awards (Skirball Hall)

May 3–Tony Nominations Announced

May 16–Outer Critics Circle winners announced

May 17–Golden Shield (MTC/City Center)

May 26–OCC ceremony (Bruno Walter Auditorium/Lincoln Center)

June 1–To Kill a Mockingbird re-opens (Belasco) (???)

June 2–what the end will be (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

June 12–Tony Awards (Radio City Music Hall)

2022-23 Broadway/Off-Broadway Schedule

June 16–Epiphany (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)

July 21–The Kite Runner (Hayes)

Aug. 25–Kinky Boots (Stage 42)

Summer 2022–Richard III; As You Like It (Delacorte)

Sept. 19–The Piano Lesson (St. James) (previews begin; opening TBA)

Nov. 10–Kimberly Akimbo (theater TBA)

Nov. 20–KPOP (Circle in the Square)

Dec. 8–Camelot (Lincoln Center/Vivian Beaumont)

Fall 2022

1776 (Roundabout/AA)

A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical

Between Riverside and Crazy (Second Stage/Hayes)

the bandaged place (Roundabout/Underground)

2022

Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Cinderella, The Ohio State Murders

2022-23

Black Orpheus, Dancin’, Pal Joey, Square One

Winter 2022-23

The Wanderers (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

2023 and Beyond

Game of Thrones, The Great Gatsby

Future--Leopoldstadt; Our Town; Death of a Salesman; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; Smash; Some Like It Hot; Soul Train; The Who’s Tommy

2021-22 Broadway Season Breakdown:

New Plays

Birthday Candles

Chicken and Biscuits

Clyde’s

Dana H. (transfer from Off-Broadway)

Hangmen (previously presented Off-Broadway)

Is This A Room (transfer from Off-Broadway)

The Lehman Trilogy (transfer from Off-Broadway)

The Minutes

Pass Over (previously presented Off-Broadway)

POTUS or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Great Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Skeleton Crew (previously presented Off-Broadway in a different production)

Thoughts of a Colored Man

Play Revivals

American Buffalo

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

How I Learned to Drive

Lackawanna Blues (previously produced Off-Broadway)

Macbeth

Plaza Suite

The Skin of Our Teeth

Slave Play (return engagement)

Take Me Out

Trouble in Mind

New Musicals

Diana

Flying Over Sunset

The Little Prince

MJ: The Musical

Mr. Saturday Night

Mrs. Doubtfire

Paradise Square

Six

A Strange Loop (previously presented Off-Broadway in a different production)

Musical Revivals

Beetlejuice (return engagement)

Caroline or Change

Company

Funny Girl 

Waitress (return engagement)

Specialties

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway (return engagement)

David Bryne’s American Utopia (return engagement)

 Leopoldstadt Photo Marc Brenner
Kinky Boots Photo: Matthew Murphy
Plaza Suite Photo: Joan Marcus

Originally Posted on The David Desk 2 on April 8, 2022