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Top 10 Broadway Plays for Fall 2010

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While never as numerous as musicals on the Great White Way, Broadway hosts a slew of fine plays for Fall 2010. Television and film stars David Hyde Pierce, James Earl Jones, and Patrick Stewart come back to their thespian roots to lead open-ended runs of new works and classic masterpieces.

Check back for more information on cast additions as they are announced and to see if Opening Night dates have changed!

1. La Bete

La Bete LP

Opens October 14, 2010
Comedy

Music Box Theater
239 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Starring David Hyde Pierce, Mark Rylance, and Joanna Lumley, this play by David Hirson pays homage to Moliere, theatre, and love itself. Written entirely in iambic pentameter and performed by a stellar cast, this comedic farce is sure to please.

2. Driving Miss Daisy

Photo by Krissie Fullerton

Opens October 7, 2010
Comedy-Drama

Golden Theatre
252 W. 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Alfred Uhry's award-winning play-turned-film still resonates on social issues. This production features true theatre star-power with leads Venessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones.

3. Time Stands Still

Previews: September 23, 2010
Drama

Cort Theatre
138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036

Nominated for two Tony Awards, this production closed in March 2010. But renewed interest convinced producers to bring it back for an open-ended run. Starring Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James as two war documentarians, Time Stands Still is getting the run it deserves.

4. The Pitmen Painters

Opens September 30, 2010
Comedy

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th St.
New York, NY 10036

Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall wowed London audiences with this work, and now it's coming to Broadway with the London cast. The Pitmen Painters follows the lives of British coal miners as they journey from pitmen to world-famous artistes.

5. Mrs. Warren's Profession

Opens September 3, 2010
Comedy

American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

George Bernard's classic social dissection of class and the role of women's sexuality in society. Starring as the brothel owner Mrs. Warren will be Tony Award winner Cherry Jones.

6. A Life in the Theatre

October 12, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Drama

Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Helmed by Neil Pepe and starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight, A Life in the Theatre is David Mamet's ode to the gypsy life through the eyes of a young actor and his imperfect mentor.

7. Lombardi

Circle in the Square

Opens September 23, 2010
Drama

Circle in the Square Theatre
W. 50th St. Between Broadway and 8th Ave
New York, NY 10019

Starring Dan Lauria of The Wonders Years, Eric Simonson's play Lombardi recounts the life story of legendary Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi. Tony-nominee Thomas Kail of In the Heights directs.

8. A Brief Encounter

Opens September 28, 2010
Comedy/Drama

Studio 54
254 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

Musical theatre composer Noel Coward is the subject of this new play that incorporates song, dance, and multimedia components.

9. A Free Man of Color

Opens November 18, 2010
Drama

Vivian Beaumont Theater
150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Set in 1802 New Orleans, A Free Man of Color follows Jacques Cornet, a wealthy man of color, whose world turns upside down as the United States heads into fighting the Civil War.

10. You Can't Take It With You

Opens November 14, 2010
Comedy

TBA

Anna Shapiro directs this Pulitzer Prize-winning play that premiered in 1936. Family relationships (and crazy relatives) are thoroughly examined in this comedic romp. Theatre location is soon to be announced.

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