There is plenty of great theater in New York beyond Broadway, and lots of actors (like Oscar-winners Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett) have crossed the East River over to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
This coming BAM season will also get plenty of star power, we hear, with Hollywood celebs like Isabella Rosselini, Willem Dafoe and Frank Langella set to trod the boards this winter and spring alone.
According to Broadway.com, Langella will play the title role of the old and vain king in William Shakespeare's King Lear, directed by Angus Jackson. (Good to know for those unable to make it to New York City: The play will have its premiere at the U.K.'s Minerva Theatre from October 31 through November 30 before coming across the pond in January). The play will run at BAM's Harvey Theater through February 9.
Other productions include the U.S. premiere of Billy Budd at the Howard Gilman Opera House from February 7 to 13; the U.K.'s production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll’s House, which will run from February 21 to March 15 at the Harvey Theater; and programs from the Lyon Opera Ballet, DanceAfrica 2014 and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's 10th anniversary celebration.
Here's a taste of a recent BAM production—Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter's US premiere of a new work.
Visit BAM.org for tickets and more information on upcoming productions.