Memories, morals and mysteries: Top 5 must-see plays of the fall season

The 2013 Tony Awards were filled with the likes of an eye-opening journey back home, an evening spent with acquaintances gone awry, a flashy and flamboyant burlesque show, and a Chekhov-inspired masterpiece. Can anything top this season of Broadway plays?

Good news for theatregoers, many exciting productions have already been confirmed for this fall on Broadway! If you want to know which plays you’ll have to start saving up for (or if you want to start your Tony pool early), here are the top five plays to look forward to this fall.

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury

The Chalk Garden – The Queen is returning to Broadway. Angela Lansbury has confirmed that she is coming back home for the revival of this mysterious comedy heading to New York this fall! She will be starring as Mrs. St. Maugham, a lavish yet quirky lady who raises her teenage granddaughter with the help of her butler, who just so happens to be an ex-convict. The emergence of an enigmatic governess shakes up the plot, and with some twists and turns and chuckles in between, this revival is sure to be yet another hit for Ms. Lansbury. Maybe I’m a bit over-eager, but I’m hoping this means she will host the Tony Awards again…is it too soon to tell?

The Chalk Garden will arrive on Broadway in late 2013. An official opening night date has not yet been announced.

The Glass Menagerie Broadway Revival Cast

The Glass Menagerie Broadway Revival Cast

The Glass Menagerie What three words are even more exciting than “The Glass Menagerie?” “Celia Keenan-Bolger.” In this highly-acclaimed play, the production is set to feature the lovely Celia alongside Zachary Quinto, Cherry Jones, and Brian J. Smith. The piece follows a family living in St. Louis who have higher hopes for themselves; especially Amanda (played by Cherry). She wishes for her daughter Laura (Celia) to seek out a suitable gentleman to spend her time with, but unfortunately their plans quickly go awry. After its successful run at the American Repertory Theatre, this Broadway engagement will be sure to amaze its audiences!

The Glass Menagerie went into previews on Sept. 5 and will officially open on Sept. 26. The play will run for a special 17-week engagement at the Booth Theatre.

Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal

700 Sundays (with Billy Crystal) He’s finally putting that thing back where it came from (or so help me.) Billy Crystal is bringing his autobiographical one-man show back to Broadway for a limited run at the Imperial Theatre this November. Since his father was constantly busy during Billy’s childhood, they were left with only “700 Sundays” to spend together before his death. This poignant examination of Mr. Crystal’s life lights up with dashes of humor and self-reflection, and it earned the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event. Get your tickets while you can!

700 Sundays will begin previews on Nov. 5, with opening night set for Nov. 13.

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

Betrayal – With a title as straight-forward and ferocious as its plot, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are set to make their Broadway debuts in this frequently buzzed-about revival. Married couple Robert (a publisher) and Emma face the drama as it is discovered that Emma has been having an affair with a literary agent named Jerry (played by Rafe Spall). Tickets have been practically flying ever since the box office opened, so act while you can and make sure you don’t miss these impeccable performances.

Betrayal begins previews at the Barrymore Theatre on Oct. 1 and is set to officially open on Oct. 27.

Sebastian Arcelus in A Time to Kill

Sebastian Arcelus in A Time to Kill

A Time to Kill – After an appalling crime is committed against his daughter, Carl Lee Hailey has a vengeance that cannot be quenched. He takes the law into his own hands and is put on trial for murder. His lawyer Jake Brigance is set against a ruthless district attorney, and everything heats up quickly in this thrilling courtroom drama. The play will star Sebastian Arcelus, Patrick Page, Tom Skerritt, and John Douglas Thompson. Keep your eye out for this remarkable production!

A Time to Kill begins previews on Sept. 28 with opening night scheduled for Oct. 20.

Which play are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!

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