Broadway’s Fall Season Kicks Off with Something for Everyone in New York City

Posted on Oct 9, 2013

The Fall Season on Broadway is off to a good start with lots of drama, musical history and over the top entertainment. 

A Time to Kill

Based on the 1988 John Grisham novel, A Time To Kill, this production has everything that makes going to the theater fabulous with great writing that moves like lightning, perfect casting, creative set design and wonderful direction.  It’s everything that Broadway should be and more.

This courtroom drama brings you into the lives of the people that live in Ford County, Mississippi. A Time to Kill tells the emotional story of a young, idealistic lawyer who defends a black man, Carl Lee Hailey, for taking the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his young daughter. The small town is thrown into upheaval as Jake finds himself arguing against the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and goes under attack from both sides of a racially divided city.

Recommend for adults as the content about a rape and assault of a 10 year old girl needs to be parental discretion.

Lady Day

If you love Billy Holiday, you’ll love this Off-Broadway production celebrating the songs that made her famous.  Unlike most of the new jukebox musicals, this actually has a storyline to it and is just a lovely theater experience.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, a Tony and Grammy Award winner, exudes the essence and spirit of the late, great Billie Holiday. Lady Day tells the inspired and heart-wrenching story of Billie’s attempt at a final comeback performance with candid challenges of onstage triumphs and backstage personal trials,

This is a play with music including 25 Billie Holiday standards such as “Strange Fruit,” “My Man,” and “Good Morning Heartache,” “A Foggy Day (In London Town),” “Them There Eyes,” “Strange Fruit,” “My Man,” and “Mean to Me”.

Lady Day sold out in Paris and broke box office records in London. Now with its New York debut, Lady Day secures Billie Holiday’s status as one of the most important singers in American history.

Recommended for families with children over 13 that want to learn about America’s musical heritage.

Big Fish

The main reason to see this new musical is to applaud the sheer stamina and talent of Norbert Leo Butz as he is in virtually every scene.  Butz plays Edward Bloom, weaver of fishy tales as a father using imagination to leave behind memories of what relationships can be between father and son.  This musical has everything but the kitchen sink thrown into one production.  As Edward launches into a fantastical story, the best set design by Julian Crouch is the daffodils shown on the playbill cover.  Fun and elaborate costumes are by William Ivey Long. Director and choreographer Susan Stroman’s fantasy staging features dancing trees, a high-stepping giant and fish flying right out of the orchestra pit. However, it best to sit upstairs to see the flying fish in the orchestra pit since you can only see the tip of her tail from orchestra seats.  One day someone will actually sit in every seat to check sightlines before a production opens.  It’s long, and in parts slow. 

Recommended for families with children over 8 that have seen everything else.

For a complete listing of shows seen by Kitt, check out Theatre Reviews.

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