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LCT Uncle Vanya, Days of Wine and Roses, Boebart Booted

By: David Sheward

September 15, 2023: Lincoln Center Theater will present the 11th Broadway production of Anton Chekhov’s classic Uncle Vanya in a new translation by Heidi Schreck (What the Constitution Means to Me). Drama Desk winner Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves, The Waverly Gallery) directs (she will also be staging Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate for Second Stage this season.) Previews begin April 2 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater with an opening slated for April 24. No casting has been announced as of yet, but there will probably be some high-caliber stars attached. 

Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James in “Days of Wine and Roses” at Atlantic Theater Company. Credit: Ahron R. Foster

LCT Uncle Vanya, Days of Wine and Roses, Boebart Booted

By: David Sheward

September 15, 2023: Lincoln Center Theater will present the 11th Broadway production of Anton Chekhov’s classic Uncle Vanya in a new translation by Heidi Schreck (What the Constitution Means to Me). Drama Desk winner Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves, The Waverly Gallery) directs (she will also be staging Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate for Second Stage this season.) Previews begin April 2 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater with an opening slated for April 24. No casting has been announced as of yet, but there will probably be some high-caliber stars attached. 

Nicol Williamson and George C. Scott in Uncle Vanya (1973).

The play takes place on a country estate where Vanya and his niece Sonia’s simple lives are upended when her pompous father and his glamorous young wife arrive for an extended stay. Vanya is a popular work on and Off-Broadway and on stages around the world. Another translation by Paul Schmidt starring David Cromer, Marin Ireland, Bill Irwin, and Will Brill played in a Manhattan loft for audiences of 40 this past summer and received rave reviews. Jay O. Sanders won a Drama Desk Award for playing the title tole in a 2018 production. Previous Broadway stagings have starred Derek Jacobi and Roger Rees (2000), Tom Courtney and James Fox (1995), Nicol Williamson, George C. Scott and Julie Christie (1973), and Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, and Margaret Leighton (1946). A film adaptation, Vanya on 42nd Street (1995), directed by Louis Malle, starred Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Larry Pine, and Lynn Cohen.

Days of Wine and Roses: Days of Wine and Roses, the musical version of JP Miller’s 1962 film and 1958 teleplay about an alcoholic couple, will be transferring to Broadway’s Studio 54 in early 2024. Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and Tony nominee and Drama Desk winner Brian d’Arcy James will repeat their roles from the Off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company production which ran from June 5 to July 16 of this year. The new musical features a book by Tony nominee Craig Lucas, score by Tony winner Adam Guettel, and direction by Tony nominee Michael Greif. Further casting will be announced. Previews begin Jan. 6 at Studio 54 with an opening announced for Jan. 28.

Heidi Schreck in her play What the Constitution Means to Me. Credit: Joan Marcus

Boebart Booted from Beetlejuice: MAGA Congresswoman Lauren Boebart was escorted out of a Denver, Colorado performance of Beetlejuice for “causing a disturbance” on Sunday night, Sept. 10. The Denver Post reports that Boebart and a companion were given a warning at intermission for vaping, talking loudly and filming the show. A few minutes into Act Two the behavior evidently continued and they were escorted out of the theater. 

The Denver Post quotes an usher at the performance: “They told me they would not leave. I told them that they need to leave the theater and if they do not, they will be trespassing. The patrons said they would not leave. I told them I would (be) going to get Denver Police. They said go get them.”  So Boebart behaves just as badly at the theater as she does in Congress. 

2023-24 Broadway and Off-Broadway Calendar

Fall 2023

Sept. 15–Prometheus Firebringer (TFANA/Polonsky Shakespeare Center)

Sept. 17–Swing State (Audible/Minetta Lane)

Sept. 18–Job (Soho Playhouse)

Sept. 20–Dig (Primary Stages/59E59)

Sept. 27–Purlie Victorious (Music Box)

Sept. 28–Melissa Etheridge: My Window (Circle in the Square)

Oct. 3–Jaja’s African Hair Braiding (MTC/Friedman)

Oct. 4–The Refuge Plays (Roundabout/NYTW/Laura Pels)

Oct. 4–DruidO’Casey (Public/NYU Skirball Center)

Oct. 6–Stereophonic (begins previews; opening TBA) (Playwrights Horizons)

Oct. 10–Merrily We Roll Along (Hudson)

Oct. 12–Gutenberg! The Musical (James Earl Jones)

Oct. 22–Here We Are (The Shed Griffin Theater)

Oct. 29–Translations (Irish Repertory Theater)

Oct. 30–I Can Get It for You Wholesale (CSC)

Nov. 1–Poor Yella Rednecks (MTC/City Center Stage I)

Nov. 2–I Need That (Roundabout/AA)

Nov. 2–Sabbath’s Theater (New Group/Signature Theater)

Nov. 4–Waiting for Godot (begins previews; opening TBA) (TFANA/Polonsky Center)

Nov. 12–Scene Partners (Vineyard Theater)

Nov. 13–Harmony (Barrymore)

Nov. 13–Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Lortel)

Nov. 16–Monty Python’s Spamalot (St. James)

Nov. 19–Hell’s Kitchen (Public)

Nov. 20–The Gardens of Anuncia (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)

Nov. 24–Lone Star (Ruth Stage/Theater Row)

Nov. 30–Spain (Second Stage/Terry Kiser)

Nov.–Sad Boys in Harpy Land; Amusements; School Pictures (solo shows performed in repertory at Playwrights Horizons)

Winter 2023-24

Dec. 5–Manhatta (Public)

Dec. 10–How To Dance in Ohio (Belasco)

Dec. 12–Buena Vista Social Club (Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross)

Dec. 18–Appropriate (Second Stage/Hayes)

Jan. 9–Prayer for the French Republic (MTC/Friedman)

Jan. 17–Public Obscenities (previews begin; opening TBA) (TFANA/Polonsky Center)

Jan. 21–Aristocrats (IRT)

Jan. 28–Days of Wine and Roses (Studio 54)

Feb. 8–Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy (Vineyard Theater)

Feb. 21–Teeth (previews begin; opening TBA) (Playwrights Horizons)

Feb. 26–Pericles (previews begin; opening TBA) (CSC)

Feb.–Doubt: A Parable (Roundabout/AA)

Feb.–The Ally (Public)

TBA–Brooklyn Laundry (MTC/City Center Stage I)

TBA–An Enemy of the People

TBA–I Love You So Much I Could Die (NYTW)

TBA–The Seven Year Disappear (The New Group/Signature Center)

Spring 2024

March 14–The Notebook (Schoenfeld)

March 19–Fish (previews begin; opening TBA) (Keen Co./Theater Five) 

March 21–Water for Elephants (Imperial)

March 24–Philadelphia, Here I Come (IRT)

March–Sally and Tom (Public)

April 2–Mary Jane (previews begin; opening TBA) (MTC/Friedman) 

April 5–Macbeth (an undoing) (previews begin; opening TBA) (TFANA/Polonsky Center)

April 11–The Outsiders (Jacobs)

April 12–Staff Meal (previews begin; opening TBA) (Playwrights Horizons)

April 24–Uncle Vanya (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)

April 25–Mother Play (Second Stage/Hayes)

April–Jordans (Public)

May 2–Wine in the Wilderness (previews begin; opening TBA) (CSC)

June–Cats (Perelman Performing Arts Center)

TBA–All of Me (The New Group/Signature Center)

TBA–Cabaret (August Wilson)

TBA–Here There Are Blueberries (NYTW)

TBA–Home (Roundabout/AA)

TBA–Jonah (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

TBA–Lempicka

TBA–The Wiz

Fall 2024

King Lear (Kenneth Branagh Theater Company/The Shed)

2024-25

Smash

Spring 2025

Show Boat (Target Margin/NYU Skirball)

Future–Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death; Beaches the Musical; Black Orpheus; BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical; Come Fall in Love–The DDLJ Musical; Death Becomes Her; The Devil Wears Prada; Ella: An American Miracle; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Frida, the Musical; Game of Thrones; The Great Gatsby; The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation; High Noon; Imitation of Life; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Karate Kid; La La Land; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; The Mousetrap; Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Spotlight Manor; Our Town; Pal Joey; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; The Secret Garden; Sing Street; Soul Train; What a Wonderful World; The Who’s Tommy; Working Girl.

2023-24 Broadway Season Breakdown:

New Plays:

The Cottage

Grey House

I Need That

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Mother Play

Prayer for the French Republic

The Shark Is Broken

New Musicals:

Back to the Future

Days of Wine and Roses

Harmony

How to Dance in Ohio

Lempicka

The Notebook

Once Upon a One More Time

The Outsiders

Water for Elephants

Play Revivals:

Appropriate

Doubt: A Parable

An Enemy of the People

Home

Mary Jane

Purlie Victorious

Uncle Vanya

Musical Revivals:

Cabaret

Gutenberg! The Musical

Here Lies Love

Merrily We Roll Along

Monty Python’s Spamalot

The Wiz

Solos/Specialties:

Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Melissa Etheridge: My Window