'La Mancha' revival previews begin Nov. 19

NEW YORK — Broadway continues to gear up for fall and beyond.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Ernie Sabella will join Brian Stokes Mitchell in the Broadway revival of “Man of La Mancha.” First seen on Broadway in the 1980 revival of “West Side Story,” Mastrantonio returns as Aldonza to Mitchell’s Quixote. Sabella essays Sancho Panza.

“La Mancha” begins previews Nov. 19 at the Martin Beck Theater and opens in December. Jonathan Kent directs.

This fall, Carol Burnett will not appear onstage in her comedy “Hollywood Arms,” but she’ll be doing major PR for the show. Barbara Walters is looking at a big Burnett profile for “20/20” to coincide with the production’s Broadway opening on Halloween, with first preview set for Oct. 6. Burnett co-scribed “Hollywood Arms” with daughter Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer Jan. 20.

Show, based on the star’s memoir “One More Time,” is set in Hollywood before and after WWII. Cast includes Linda Lavin, Frank Wood and Michele Pawk, as well as Sara Niemietz and Donna Lynne Champlin, who play the central character, Helen, at different ages. Hal Prince directs. The play had its world premiere at Chi’s Goodman Theater this spring.

The League of American Theaters & Producers plans a September redux of its successful Season of Savings, which tied discount theater tickets to reduced prices at restaurants, hotels and parking lots. Jan Svendsen, the league’s director of marketing, said the program would most likely run between Labor Day and Columbus Day, traditionally the lowest-grossing weeks of the year. Again, the program is headed up by the legit marketing firms of Serino-Coyne and Spotco.

Svendsen said Broadway theaters had not taken a industrywide position on how to observe the first anniversary of Sept. 11. “We’re getting information on what the city is planning,” she said. “We’re waiting to hear back from the mayor’s office.”

According to Svendsen, some Broadway producers had already planned not to have their shows perform either matinee or evening perfs that Wednesday. In those cases, shows would probably add a Monday- and Sunday-evening performance.

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