Broadway Has Man-tastic Season With Piven, Leguizamo, Sarsgaard and Radcliffe

Broadway is beefing up for the fall season with a full lineup of sexy (sometimes naked!) male leads and super-dark themes. Break out the black turtlenecks!

Harry Potter boy Daniel Radcliffe will kick off the season by flashing his razor-sharp nipples in Equus, Peter Shaffer’s 1974 drama about a man and his psychiatrist (a relationship most New Yorkers can relate to). But Mr. Radcliffe has a special religious and, uh, sexual fascination with horses, which we definitely don’t want to relate to, actually. (Previews: Sept. 4, Broadhurst Theater)

Frank Langella stars as a guy who is sticking up for the ladies in a revival of Robert Bolt’s 1961 play A Man for All Seasons. Directed by Doug Hughes, Mr. Langella will play Sir Thomas More, the chancellor of England who clashed with King Henry VIII when the king wanted to divorce his barren wife for Anne Boleyn, the sister of his former mistress—portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in last year’s movie. (Previews: Sept. 12, Roundabout at the American Airlines Theatre)

Critics have been cawing for a new Broadway revival of The Seagull, Chekhov’s 1895 play that can be as dark and depressing as it is hilarious. Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) got rave reviews for her role as aging stage diva Arkadina in the London production of the play. She’ll make her Broadway debut alongside smoldering hottie Peter Sarsgaard as her lover Trigorin. (Previews: Sept. 16, Walter Kerr Theater)

All My Sons, Arthur Miller’s 1947 play about a shady Second World War-era businessman, stars John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and (as everyone already knows) Katie Holmes. It’s directed by Simon McBurney, and in previews now at the Schoenfeld. Billy Elliot, the much anticipated musical adaptation of the film, about an adorable, aspiring boy ballet dancer, seems to be in good hands here on Broadway after a smashing London run; Elton John wrote the music while Stephen Daldry, the director behind the original Billy Elliot movie and The Hours, directs. (Previews: Oct. 1, Imperial Theatre)

Raúl Esparza, a guy long overdue for a Tony, will star alongside frenetic Jeremy Piven, of Entourage fame, and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, in a revival of David Mamet’s 1998 play Speed-the-Plow, which offers a never-out-of-style, scathing portrait of film industry swindlers who are willing to sell their souls for sex, fame and fortune. Ari Gold, we’re calling you! (Previews: Oct. 3, Barrymore Theater)

For more in the power-and-greed category, there’s Beau Willimon’s dark election comedy, Farragut North, starring Chris Noth, Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. and Juno’s best friend Olivia Thirlby. Mr. Gallagher plays a power-hungry press secretary who gives in to sleazy backroom politics. Ari Fleischer, it’s you this time! (Previews: Oct. 22, Atlantic Theater Company)

There’s also more Mamet this season, with a revival of his 1977 play American Buffalo. John Leguizamo will take on a role previously tackled by Robert Duvall and Al Pacino as one in a team of men who steal a coin collection from a wealthy man. Cedric the Entertainer and Haley Joel Osment are also on the (so bizarre it might work) cast lineup. (Previews: Oct. 31, Belasco Theatre)

And for a final revival … Pal Joey, the Rodgers and Hart musical originally written as a series of awkward letters published in The New Yorker in the late 1930s. Christian Hoff of Jersey Boys will play a lowlife Chicago nightclub entertainer who wants to own his own business; Stockard Channing will be a cougar he tries to seduce for money; and Goonies gal and two-time Tony winner Martha Plimpton will play Gladys Bumps, a chorus girl who tries to hold him back. We’re sad there’s no Peter Gallagher, who starred with Patti LuPone in ’95, but we’ll give Mr. Hoff a whirl. (Previews: Nov. 14, Studio 54)

Broadway Has Man-tastic Season With Piven, Leguizamo, Sarsgaard and Radcliffe