Sanaz Toossi's English, David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face, New Orleans-Themed Pirates of Penzance Join Roundabout Season | Playbill

Broadway News Sanaz Toossi's English, David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face, New Orleans-Themed Pirates of Penzance Join Roundabout Season

Plus, two new plays by Meghan Kennedy and Bess Wohl will make their world premieres.

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Roundabout Theatre Company is making plans for the 2024–25 season, the first under the leadership of Interim Artistic Director Scott Ellis, who took the reins this year following the death of longtime AD Todd Haimes. This season will also be the first in the newly renamed Todd Haimes Theatre (currently the American Airlines) on Broadway.

In September 2024, David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face will make its Broadway premiere in the venue starring Daniel Dae Kim (The King and I, Lost). Inspired by real events, the playwright's fictionalized doppelgänger DHH (Kim) leads protests against yellowface casting in Miss Saigon, but then mistakenly casts a white actor as the Asian lead in one of his own plays. Leigh Silverman will direct. 

Pulitzer winner English by Sanaz Toossi will also make its Broadway premiere at the Haimes in December. Knud Adams, who directed the Off-Broadway premiere, will again helm the play, a co-production with Atlantic Theater Company. The play takes place in an Iranian classroom where adult students practice for an English language proficiency exam. 

A new jazz-infused production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance will open at the Haimes in April 2025. Ramin Karimloo and David Hyde Pierce are set to star, Karimloo as The Pirate King and Pierce as W.S. Gilbert and the Major General. Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) has adapted the libretto, setting the action in New Orleans. Orchestrations, with Caribbean and French Quarter influences, are by Josepfh Joubert and Daryl Waters. Scott Ellis will direct and Warren Carlyle will choreograph. 

Two new plays will make their world premiere in Roundabout's Off-Broadway space, the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. First, The Counter, by Meghan Kennedy in September 2024 and Liberation by Bess Wohl in January 2025. 

David Cromer will direct The Counter, about an unlikely friendship between a waitress and a regular in a small town diner. Whitney White will direct Liberation, a memory play about a six women who meet on a basement basketball court and the breakup of their friendship.


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