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Top 10 Broadway Shows Fall 2012

Musicals and Plays Old and New Hitting the Boards of Broadway Fall 2012

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Autumn brings the turning leaves and a slew of Broadway shows as the theatre season begins to hit its stride in time for the holidays. Click through the links to find out more about each show, cast indo, schedules, and how to get tickets.

1. Grace

Set in Florida, Grace centers around a young couple who have big plans to open a string of motels with a Gospel theme. Drawing on the paradoxes of believing versus knowing and coincidence versus fate, Grace is a dark comedy that shines a bright light on the dichotomies of life. Craig Wright's thought-provoking play makes its Broadway debut in the Fall of 2012 starring television icon and seven-time Emmy Award-winner Ed Asner, Paul Rudd, Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon, as well as Kate Arrington.

2. The Performers

The Performers

The Performers is a new romantic comedy by David West Read, who came to wide recognition for penning his acclaimed show, The Dream of the Burning Boy. This production of The Performers will have its Broadway premiere in the Fall of 2012 with an all-star cast that includes Cheyenne Jackson, Ari Graynor, Daniel Breaker, Jenni Barber, and television icon Henry Winkler. The plot revolves around two high school friends and the women they love reconnect at the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas, everything changes as their relationships' status quo is threatened. The combination of sex, love, and Barry Manilow come together to provide a comedic take on the highs and lows of love.

3. Annie the Musical

Annie
After decades away from the lights of Broadway, the Tony Award-winning family favorite musical Annie returns to Broadway. After an exhaustive search for the perfect cast to fill the iconic roles of "Annie" and her "Orphan" friends, the producers have announced the Broadway revival of Annie the Musical will open November 2012 at the Palace Theatre.

4. An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People
The Manhattan Theatre Club takes a fresh approach to Henrik Ibsen's work, An Enemy of the People for their 2012-2013 season. The plot revolves around "Dr. Thomas Stockmann" who discovers the water that attracts tourists to the local baths is actually contaminated with harmful toxins. Prizing the economy over the environment, the town turns on "Dr. Stockmann." He soon learns that freedom of expression comes with a price. The cast of An Enemy of the People is led by four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines, who has won Tonys for Best Actor in a Musical as well as Best Featured Actor in a Play. Also appearing in this production Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas.

5. The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Roundabout Theatre Company
Set in a Victorian music hall, The Mystery of Edwin Drood follows a rowdy acting ensemble that decides to mount a staging of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Young Edwin Drood is murdered, and everyone in the cast is a suspect. Whether it is John Jasper, Edwin’s overprotective, maniacal uncle, or his unfortunate fiancee Rosa Bud, or the debauched Princess Puffer, each performance results in a different verdict because each audience gets to decide who is guilty. Marking its first return to the glittering lights of Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, prepares for a limited engagement in the Fall of 2012.

6. Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross
Returning to the Broadway stage, Glengarry Glen Ross is one of David Mamet's most known and revered works. Based on personal experiences in a Chicago real estate office, the Fall 2012 Broadway revival of Mamet's play packs star power as well as an unflinching look at the American dream. The plot of Glengarry Glen Ross focuses on a high-stakes work incentive at a fly-by-night Chicago real estate office, hacking away at the myth of the American dream. This Fall 2012 Broadway revival production marks the 30th year anniversary of Mamet's Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

7. The Heiress

The Heiress
A timeless love story, The Heiress explores the tale of a sheltered young woman who finds herself caught in an emotional battle. The play explores the power that passion, loss, and money have in the lives of a young woman, her grief-stricken father, and a mysterious newcomer. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, The Heiress' plot is as meaningful now as it was when it first appeared on Broadway. In this gripping drama, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner David Strathairn, and "Downton Abbey's" Dan Stevens appear in this dramatic revival set for a Fall 2012 opening.

8. Chaplin

The new Broadway musical Chaplin explores the life and work of an entertainment legend: Charlie Chaplin. A labor of love for the creative team and the large ensemble cast, this new production opened in September 2012 to critical and audience acclaim. Chaplin highlights early 20th century Hollywood showbiz but in a Broadway musical format. Charlie Chaplin overcame adversity to become celluloid royalty in the days of silent film. Chaplin, with its Tony Award-winning creative and design teams features a 24-person triple-threat cast, reveals the genius man behind the enduring legend that made audiences fall in love with cinema.

9. Elf the Musical

Elf the Musical
Based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit film starring Will Ferrell, Elf the Musical returns to Broadway this holiday season at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Performances begin on Friday, November 9, 2012, with the show playing a limited engagement of only nine weeks. Tony Award winner Beth Leavel stars as "Emily," Tony Award nominee Mark Jacoby as "Walter," and television icon Wayne Knight will star as "Santa" in this Fall 2012 revival production. This Fall 2012 Broadway revival production of Elf the Musical is directed & choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, who won Tony Award for Best Director for his work on the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon.

10. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Steppenwold Theatre Company
The Steppenwolf Theatre tackles the tour-de-force show, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The roles of "George" and "Martha" are played by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, respectively. They face off as one of 20th century theatre’s most volatile married couples in Edward Albee's hilarious and provocative masterpiece. Joining them onstage are Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks as the young couple duped into witnessing World War III. For the 50th Anniversary of the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago brings this electric production back to Broadway in 2012.

11. Rebecca the Musical (or not...)

'Rebecca'

On again, off again... No one's really sure if this show will in fact make it to Broadway this year or any other. But here's hoping it does!

A European transfer to Broadway, Rebecca is a new musical based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier and made famous by the film noir offering of Alfred Hitchcock. Rebecca is a dark, romantic thriller set to a mysterious, entrancing score. As "I" uncovers the well-kept secrets of the Manderley estate and its occupants, she unravels the mystery of "Rebecca," finding an inner strength that will be imperative if she is to stand up to the intimidating "Mrs. Danvers" and save her marriage to "Maxim." Jill Paice will play the role of “I” and Ryan Silverman the role of “Maxim de Winter," a man still haunted by the memory of his dead wife, "Rebecca."

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