Fall Theater News You Can Use: Follies, Prop 8 and Karen O's Opera Head to the Stage

Whitney Spaner

We're bummed that summer is going so fast (didn't June feel like it lasted for like two weeks?) but, if you're a Broadway baby like us, there's a lot to look forward to on stages this fall. These five little Broadway news nuggets have certainly helped cure our case of the Mondays and have us excited for what's to come.

1) The full cast of the Broadway-bound revival of Sondheim's 1971 musical Follies was announced. They begin rehearsals for the production today and previews start on August 7th! The principle cast is much the same as the Kennedy Center production earlier this year -- the erstwhile show-biz couples at the play's center Sally and Buddy Plummer and Phyllis and Benjamin Stone are played by Bernadette Peters (pictured above) and Danny Burstein and Jan Maxwell and Ron Raines. Elaine Paige and Jayne Houdyshell will sing the famous tunes "I'm Still Here" and "Broadway Baby," respectively.

2) Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black wrote a play about California's Prop 8 trial over same-sex marriage called 8 that will be touring to different colleges this fall. There will also be a reading of the play on Broadway this September directed by Joe Mantello. The Times reports that most of the dialogue will be straight from the transcripts of the trial, which Black attended daily, as well as interviews he conducted there. With the success of Larry Kramer's AIDS drama The Normal Heart on Broadway and the recent marriage equality law that passed in New York, we predict this play will soon be headed for a full Broadway run.

3) Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O is collaborating with indie-theater director and writer Adam Rapp on an opera for DUMBO's St. Ann's Warehouse. According to Playbill.com the work, which debuts in October, is described as "a psycho-opera, an assault on the tragic joys of youth." Sounds exciting! It's all part of The Creators Project's New York festival, taking place October 13-16th.

4) A production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys), currently running at Stratford Shakespeare Festival Ontario, is transferring to La Jolla Playhouse this fall and may be Broadway bound. It looks like this will be a big theater season for Webber. This spring a revival of Evita starring Ricky Martin is slated to open as is and his much-delayed new musical Love Never Dies.

5)  And just to top off our little list with a dollop of whip cream here is Laura Osnes and Colin Donnell from Broadway's current smash-hit revival of Anything Goes performing "De-Lovely" on the Early Show this morning. How cute does Colin look in a suit? Sigh.

Photograph of Bernadette Peters in Follies by Joan Marcus.

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