This season is shaping nicely, too, for star-gazers and theatre fans, alike, not to mention those of us who are both! Looking at the number of plays and play revivals scheduled for this season, there are a number of performers who should be of interest to everyone. Here is a list of actors currently attached to projects scheduled to open in the 2011 - 2012 season, divided up by their medium of notoriety. Most of them overlap, and since every actor in New York has appeared on the Law and Order series or The Good Wife, I only count "TV" actors as those known primarily for that, not the occasional appearance.
* Stage @ TV # Film
- Master Class: Tyne Daly@* (Cagney and Lacey, Gypsy), Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, love Never Dies)
- Man and Boy: Frank Langella*# (Dracula, Frost/Nixon), Michael Siberry* (Spamalot, Death Takes a Holiday)
- Relatively Speaking: Mark Linn-Baker *@ (Perfect Strangers, Doonesbury: The Musical), Lisa Emery* (Rumors, The Smell of the Kill), Ari Graynor* (The Little Dog Laughed), Steve Guttenberg# (Three Men and a Baby, Police Academy) , Julie Kavner@ (Rhoda, The Simpsons), Grant Shaud@ (Murphy Brown), Marlo Thomas@ (That Girl)
- The Mountaintop: Samuel L. Jackson# (Star Wars), Angela Bassett (What's Love Got to Do with It)
- Other Desert Cities: Stockard Channing*# (Six Degrees of Separation, Grease), Rachel Griffiths@ (Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters), Judith Light @* (Who's the Boss?, One Life to Live, Lombardi), Stacy Keach*@# (NYSF, numerous films), Thomas Sadoski* (Reasons to Be Pretty, The House of Blue Leaves)
Master Class, Relatively Speaking, The Mountaintop
Stockard Channing, Other Desert Cities, Rachel Griffiths
- Venus in Fur: Nina Arianda* (Born Yesterday), Hugh Dancy*# (Black Hawk Down, Journey's End)
- Private Lives: Kim Catrall@# (Sex and the City)
- Seminar: Alan Rickman*# (Les Liaisons Dangerueses, Harry Potter...)
- The Road to Mecca: Rosemary Harris*# (The Royal Family, A Delicate Balance, An Inspector Calls, Spider-Man), Jim Dale* (Joe Egg, Barnum), Carla Gugino#* (Spy Kids, After the Fall, Desire Under the Elms)
- W;t: Cynthia Nixon@#* (Sex and the City, Rabbit Hole)
Brian Murray, Philip Seymour Hoffman,
James Earl Jones, Jonathan Groff,
- The Old Masters: Brian Murray* (The Crucible, Mary Stuart, The Importance of Being Earnest), Sam Waterston@* (Law and Order, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, A Walk in the Woods)
- Death of a Salesman: Philip Seymour Hoffman*@ (True West, Twister, Capote), Andrew Garfield# (Spider-Man), Linda Emond* (Life x 3, 1776)
- The Columnist: John Lithgow*@# (Sweet Smell of Success, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Third Rock from the Sun, Dexter, The World According to Garp, Footloose)
- Streetcar Named Desire: Blair Underwood@# (Sex and the City, L.A. Law, The Event, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Deep Impact)
- The Best Man: James Earl Jones*# (Driving Miss Daisy, Star Wars, Field of Dreams)
- The Submission (Off-Broadway): Jonathan Groff *@ (Spring Awakening, Deathtrap, Glee), Rutina Wesley@ (True Blood), Eddie Kaye Thomas #* (American Pie, Dog Sees God)
RUMOR: A 5-time Tony winner is rumored to be joining James Earl Jones in The Best Man.
I'm sure this list is only the tip of the iceberg. And, of course, it is subject to change.
Who are you excited to see onstage this season?
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