Hi theatre fans!  It’s been another great week on Broadway – here’s what’s up:

Preview performances began Tuesday for the revival of Harold Pinter’s time-bending drama Betrayal, which stars real-life married couple Daniel Craig and Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz. One of the most anticipated shows of the new season, it’s brought to you by super producer Scott Rudin (Book of Mormon, Death of a Salesman) and directed by Tony and Academy Award-winning director Mike Nichols (Death of a Salesman, Spamalot).  Their official opening is October 27 at The Barrymore, for a limited engagement through January 5, 2014.

Also playing their first preview Tuesday is the world premiere of The Snow Geese, starring Tony and Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker, Tony winner Victoria Clark (away from Cinderella on a temporary basis for this show) and four-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein. Written by Sharr White, this play reunites Parker with director Daniel Sullivan, who collaborated in 2000’s Proof, winning both of them Tonys.  Playing at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Snow Geese officially opens October 24 and runs through December 15.

There’s already great news for the revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, starring an incredible cast led by Emmy and two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones, two-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger, Zachary Quinto in his Broadway debut, and Brian J. Smith – the limited engagement has been extended through February 23, 2014 from January 5! I had the honor of seeing the show this week and I was absolutely spellbound. Tony winning director John Tiffany (Once) and the work of the superb cast helped me hear and see things in this familiar work that I had never experienced before. A transcendent, complex, delicate, nearly other-worldly production we’ll likely be referencing for years to come!

On Monday, we’ll celebrate legendary triple-threat Chita Rivera’s 80th birthday at the August Wilson Theatre, as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS presents Chita:  A Legendary Celebration for one night only. But instead of sitting back in the audience to be lauded, Chita will sing and dance up a storm herself on stage, in a show written by Terrence McNally, directed by Graciela Daniele, with musical direction by Michael Croiter.  Ms. Chita will also be joined onstage by nine-time Tony winning icon Tommy Tune, and the consummate Tony winning showman, Ben Vereen, as well as some of her dancers from Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Dancer’s Life. I hear there’s a precious few tickets left if you are lucky enough to snap one up:  www.BroadwayCares.com/Chita!

The magical adventure of Peter and the Starcatcher will come to a close after 645 performances both on and off-Broadway.  But you’ve got two ways to look on the bright side:  they don’t wrap at New World Stages until January 12, so you’ve got time, and they’ve embarked on their first national tour, playing upcoming cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Washington DC, Chicago and, I’m told, more are being added all the time. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see this truly inventive production, or just need another fix of Star stuff, make your plans at www.PeterandtheStarCatcher.com

And finally, the rumors are swirling about Academy Award-winner Gwyneth Paltrow’s plans to produce a new Broadway musical based on the all-female ’80s pop band The Go-Go’s!  She’s apparently tapped Tony winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q, Bring It On) to write the book.  Perhaps the most surprising tid-bit is that the jukebox musical would be based in the 1600s, and while not revealing the source material, it’s said to be “surprising!”

More news from the boards next week.  In the meantime, listen for scoop on Broadway Buzz on-air every day and connect with me on Twitter and Instagram @julie_james

Til next week!

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