Footlights

Shows and performers to be thankful for this month.

The turkey is in the oven, frost is on the pumpkin, and the fall season on and off Broadway offers a cornucopia of new shows, favorite performers and the largest star ever seen on a New York stage. No kidding.

Beauty and the Beast: Christiani Pitts as “Ann Darrow” is in the clutches of the Eighth Wonder of the World in the new Broadway musical. (Joan Marcus)

A STAR IS REBORN

King Kong has made the leap from screen to stage: He’s now a bona fide Broadway leading man in the new musical that bears his name. And at 20 feet tall and weighing 2,000 pounds, this Kong—part marionette, part animatronic puppet, part sculpture—is no shrimp. Computer programs give expression to his eyebrows, eyelids, nose, lips and jaw, while a team of 10 dancers and physical performers, using ropes and handholds, control his limbs. Only thing: He doesn’t sing.

King Kong, Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, 212.239.6200

Christopher Sieber (center) and the cast rock it in “The Prom.” (Deen van Meer, 2018)

PROM NIGHT

For good or ill, everyone remembers their high-school prom. Broadway veteran and all-around popular star Christopher Sieber, who plays Trent Oliver, a disgraced former member of Actors’ Equity Association, the theatrical union, in the new musical comedy, “The Prom,” remembers—with good humor—not one, but three proms from his days at Forest Lake Senior High in Minnesota. Prom No. 1: “I wore this all-white dinner jacket and looked like James Bond. It was pretty awesome.” But the prom was ruined by parents roaming around taking photos and videos. “This is not for us, it’s for the parents,” he thought. Prom No. 2: The next year, he and his date, Cricket—Rem, U2 anti-establishment teenagers by then—did prom their way. They made their grand entrance wearing roller skates. Prom No. 3: Chris and Cricket once again arrived in style. “Instead of a classic car limousine, we rented a Winnebago. Valet parking was hilarious.” Ah, youth.

The Prom, Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., 212.239.6200

Straight from Dublin: “Waiting for Godot” at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. (Matthew Thompson)

MUST-SEES

• Audiences never tire of “Waiting for Godot.” But hurry, the clock is ticking: Ireland’s Druid theater company’s refresh of Samuel Beckett’s existential masterpiece is here for a limited time only, Nov. 2-13.

• Elaine May hasn’t acted on a Broadway stage since 1966. “The Waverly Gallery” is her passport back to live theater. Critics have outdone themselves in heaping praise on her performance in the Kenneth Lonergan family drama.

• No apology needed: Tony Award winner Stockard Channing is dynamite in “Apologia.”

• “The Hard Problem,” author Tom Stoppard’s first new play in 10 years. teases the brain and entertains. Problem solved.