AMHERST – Showcase Productions is busy preparing for its annual voyage to Broadway.
“The line-up of stars featured this fall on Broadway continues to grow,” said Ed MacKay, tour manager for Showcase Productions Theatre Tours, as he begins to list some of the actors scheduled to dance “the boards” this fall in New York City.
One of his favourites, Glenn Close, is schedule to return to Broadway after a lengthy absence. She last appeared with Gene Hackman and Richard Dryfess in Death and the Maiden. This fall she will appear in A Delicate Balance co-starring John Lithgow and more.
Other favourites will include Hugh Jackman, who will appear in The River with opening night during the group’s stay just blocks away from their hotel in New York City. Jackman, known for his movies and television shows, is a favourite among the theatre crowd in New York City. James Earl Jones will headline the revival of Your Can’t Take It With You; Blythe Danner will lead the cast in the The Country House; Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullaly, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, star in the comedy It’s Only A Play; Tony Yazbeck and Megan Fairchild star in a revival of the popular musical On The Town, a musical that takes place in New York at the end of the Second World War, featuring songs like New York, New York and Lonely Town.
Sting, the popular musician, has written the music and lyrics to the new musical The Last Ship, opening in October. The Elephant Man will be revived in November starring Bradley Cooper; and Honeymoon in Vegas will preview in November with well-known television star Tony Danza.
Meanwhile the longest running musical on Broadway, Phantom of the Opera, as well as Wicked and The Book of Morman, as well as many more, will continue to fill their seats. There are about 34 Broadway theatres that will be offering their best while another 50+ Off-Broadway shows will be vying for the public’s attention.
Celebrating their 25th anniversary since being founded, Showcase has provided theatre tours to New York and other theatre locations since 1991.
The tours have grown from the one tour that year to its greatest heyday eight coaches in the fall of 2000.
Showcase has more than 2,000 names on their list, many of whom are seniors. Keeping this in mind, Showcase Productions Theatre Tours stays in three and four-star hotels right in mid-town Manhattan because seniors like to go back to their hotel for a bit of rest before dinner and theatre.
The tours leave on the weekend of Nov. 15 and 16 and are eight days in length and are all but sold out.
All profits help fund the group’s scholarship and sponsorship program which has provided in excess of $120,000 to deserving students since the beginning of this project.