For several years now, longtime Drama Desk member and past President David Sheward has offered members a handy and helpful list of each season's major New York openings. Recently, Sheward offered to answer a few questions and share his list with DramaDesk.org (see below or visit thedaviddesk2.blogspot.com).
1. How long have you been a Drama Desk member?
I joined in 1991, so 22 years.
2. You were President for several years. Given the job's responsibilities and natural frustrations, what would you say were your best one or two memories/experiences as President?
Probably the most exciting and memorable experience was when the Drama Desk
Awards were broadcast live from the Booth Theatre on New York-1 News and I
stepped out onto a Broadway stage introducing the show. There were all these
important theater people in the audience and I had the privilege of representing
our organization. It was wonderful to see that we were being taken seriously and
that we were presenting a high-class ceremony.
3. Many Drama Desk members have looked forward with anticipation to your annual
efforts to inform us of the opening dates before each season. When did you start
compiling this list and what was your inspiration?
I started doing the list for myself a few seasons ago just to keep my schedule
straight. It can be rather confusing when a lot of shows are opening close
together, especially towards the end of the season when everyone is racing to
meet the deadline for the various awards including ours. It helped when setting
up review dates with the press agents. Then I thought why not share it with the
rest of the Drama Desk, so they can have all the upcoming openings in one place?
4. Can you describe your current website (theDavidDesk2.blogspot.com) and a couple of the best reasons for DD members to visit?
My blog, The David Desk 2, is where I can write whatever I want to without
filtering it through an editor. I can address any topic and give my frank
opinion. In addition to theater news and commentary, I write about serious
subjects like politics or silly stuff like my favorite reality TV shows. It's
kind of a catch-all for my various interests.
MAJOR NYC OPENINGS: 2013-14
July 14--Luis Bravo's Forever Tango (Walter Kerr)
July 24--Let It Be (St. James)
Aug. 8--First Date (Longacre)
Aug. 8—The Great Society (Clurman Theatre)
Aug. 15--Soul Doctor (Circle In the Square)
Sept. 12—The Old Friends (Signature Theatre Company)
Sept. 12—Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW)
Sept. 15--Mr. Burns, a Post-Electronic Play (Playwrights Horizons)
Sept. 19--Romeo and Juliet (Richard Rodgers)
Sept. 26--The Glass Menagerie (Booth)
Oct. 5--Big Fish (Neil Simon)
Oct. 10--A Night with Janis Joplin (Lyceum)
Oct. 17—The Winslow Boy (AA/Roundabout)
Oct. 20--A Time to Kill (Golden)
Oct. 24--The Snow Geese (Samuel Friedman)
Oct. 27--Betrayal (Barrymore)
Nov. 3--After Midnight (Brooks Atkinson)
Nov. 4—Domesticated (Mitzi Newhouse/Lincoln Center)
Nov. 10--Twelfth Night/Richard III (Belasco)
Nov. 12—The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (PH/Peter Sharp)
Nov. 17--The Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Walter Kerr)
Nov. 18—Small Engine Repair (Lortel/MCC)
Nov. 21--Macbeth (Vivian Beaumont)
Nov. 21—The Commons of Pensacola (MTC/City Center Stage I)
Nov. 24--Waiting for Godot/No Man's Land (Cort)
Mid-Nov.—Little Miss Sunshine (Second Stage)
Dec. 8 or 9—The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons)
Jan. 12--Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Stephen Sondheim)
Jan. 16--Machinal (American Airlines)
Jan. 23--Outside Mullingar (Samuel Friedman)
Mid-Feb.--The Bridges of Madison County (Gerald Schoenfeld)
March 2—Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons)
March 18—Tales from Red Vienna (MTC/City Center Stage I)
March 23--Les Miserables (Imperial)
March 27--If/Then (Richard Rodgers)
April 3--A Raisin in the Sun (Barrymore)
April 11--Bullets Over Broadway (St. James)
April 17--Act One (Vivian Beaumont)
April 21—Your Mother’s Copy of the Kuma Sutra (PH/Peter Sharp)
May 5—The City of Conversation (Mitzi Newhouse/Lincoln Center)
Spring--The Real Thing (American Airlines)
Spring--Houdini (Theatre TBA)
Spring--Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Theater TBA)
Spring--Rocky (Winter Garden)
Spring--Holler If Ya Hear Me (Theater TBA)
June 9—Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons)
June 17—When We Were Young and Unafraid (MTC/City Center Stage I)
Maybes for Broadway--All the Way, Disgraced, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, The Revisionist