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'Broadway's Best Shows' Series Is Back to Cheer Up Theater Fans

Addison Aloian | October 21, 2020 | Culture

Broadway's Best Shows Series Returns

Fear not, theater buffs! While live Broadway shows are officially on hold until 2021, new streaming series Broadway’s Best Shows will officially return this fall after a successful test run of three virtual productions in May.

The lineup consists of seven plays written by notable playwrights that will be acted by star-studded casts of actors well-versed in both film and stage performance. With marquee names like Morgan Freeman, John Malkovitch, Laurie Metcalf and Patti LuPone, and more gracing the virtual stage, you won’t want to miss these special streaming shows.

In addition to a brilliant cast, renowned producer and eight-time Tony Award winner Jeffrey Richards will be executive producing the shows. After receiving criticism about the lack of writing diversity for the fall series of Broadway’s Best Shows, the series promises a more representative lineup for the sprint iteration, including at least five plays by women and three by women of color.

In case you need any more of an incentive to watch, tickets sale proceeds from the series’s Spotlight on Plays productions will directly benefit the Actors Fund. Tickets start at $5 with pay-what-you-can pricing, sold through TodayTix, and tickets for the remaining fall events are available for purchase now. Check out the fall schedule below.

Broadway’s Best Shows 2020 Season:

Tuesday, October 20, 8pm EDT: This Is Our Youth by Kenneth Lonergan, starring Lucas Hedges, Paul Mescal and Grace Van Patten, dir. Lila Neugebauer

Thursday, October 29: Race by David Mamet, starring David Alan Grier, Ed O’Neill, Alicia Stith and Richard Thomas, dir. Phylicia Rashad

Thursday, November 12: Boston Marriage by David Mamet, starring Patti LuPone, Rebecca Pidgeon and Sophia Macy, dir. David Mamet.

Thursday, November 19: Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, starring Alan Cumming, Samira Wiley, Constance Wu, Ellen Burstyn, Manik Choksi, K. Todd Freeman, Mia Katigbak and Anson Mount; narrated by Gabriel Ebert; adapted by Neil LaBute; dir. Danya Taymor.

December 3, 2020: Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, starring the original Broadway cast of Eric Bogosian, Brian d’Arcy James, Laura Linney and Alicia Silverstone, dir. Daniel Sullivan.

December 10, 2020: Barbecue by Robert O’Hara, starring Carrie Coon, Colman Domingo, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Annie McNamara, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Metcalf, David Morse, Kristine Nielsen, Tamberla Perry and Heather Simms, dir. Robert O’Hara.

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