Summer is winding down and that means new TV shows and Broadway openings. This week our spotlight falls on the upcoming TV season, and New York is the site of a crop of debuting series.
New Series Shooting in N.Y.
For those keeping score, the number of new TV series either now, recently, or soon to be shooting in New York is up to seven—or maybe eight. Joining the previously announced The Black Donnellys, Kidnapped, and 30 Rock (all for NBC) is a new ABC comedy called The Knights of Prosperity; the casting director is Alaine Alldaffer, who has left James Calleri Casting, where she cast for Playwrights Horizons and ABC's Hope & Faith, to set up her own company. Kim Miscia, who used to cast NBC's Third Watch, will be casting a new midseason replacement series for CBS called Waterfront, with Joe Pantoliano, Billy Baldwin, and Mary Stuart Masterson. Pat McCorkle's office is handling New York casting for the new Stanley Tucci series, 3 lbs., co-produced by Tom Fontana for CBS. Also shooting here is ABC's new ensemble drama Six Degrees, co-produced by Lost's J.J. Abrams. Finally, CBS is rumored to be gearing up to cast another new comedy series shooting in the Big Apple. (For more details, see the Fall TV Preview in this week's issue.)
Broadway Dates Announced
The fall Broadway calendar is filling up as well. The revival of Company, directed by John Doyle (Sweeney Todd), will begin previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Oct. 30 for a Nov. 29 opening. Raúl Esparza heads the cast, who are reprising their roles from the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park production. As in Sweeney, each performer will play a musical instrument. Sweeney is closing at the Eugene O'Neill on Sept. 3, and Spring Awakening, the rock musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 expressionist drama, will begin previews there on Nov. 17. The opening date has not yet been announced. Spring Awakening played a hit engagement earlier this summer at Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company.
Short Play Fest
The New York International Fringe Festival is in full flower, but another fest is in the works. TheatreRats will present the second annual Chester Horn Short Play Festival, Sept. 21–24 at the Medicine Show Theatre (549 W. 52nd St., NYC). Fourteen 10-to-15-minute plays will be featured. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $18 or online for $15. Visit www.theatrerats.com for more information.