BROADWAY OKTOBERFEAST

A third of the current Broadway season is over, yet only two shows have opened so far— the international dance-a-ganza, Burn the Floor, and the raw police drama, A Steady Rain. Nu, so where are all the shows?
Get ready for an avalanche. Ten productions are scheduled for October, ranging from yesteryear musicals to the latest by the Pulitzer-winning author of August: Osage County. Here’s a quick rundown of a month that’s traditionally second only to April in excitement and activity on the Great White Way:

Superior Donuts
A hit in Chicago, Steppenwolf’s production of Tracy Letts’ latest (yup, he’s the Osage and Killer Joe scribe) reaches the Music Box Oct. 1. It’s about a donut-shop owner (Michael McKean) who resists pleas to renovate the store. (Music Box Theatre)

Wishful Drinking
Star Wars siren Carrie Fisher dishes on her parents’ unfortunate marriage, her life after Leia, and, oh yes, drugs, booze, the dead guy in her bed, manic depression and shock treatment. For laughs. (Booth Theatre)

Hamlet
Before you yawn, be advised that this is an English transfer starring Talented Mr. Ripley heartthrob, Jude Law. (Broadhurst Theatre)

The Royal Family
Edna Ferber’s 1928 comedy that gently kidded a Barrymore-style acting clan arrives with John Glover, Rosemary Harris, Jan Maxwell and Tony Roberts. (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)

Oleanna
Will time be as kind to this divisive David Mamet drama as it was to last season’s Speed-the-Plow? Prepare to argue about Bill Pullman’s college prof and Julia Stiles’ offended student all the way home. (John Golden Theatre)

Bye Bye Birdie
Believe it or not, this is the first Broadway revival of the musical that launched both Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde (and, on film, Ann-Margret). Will John Stamos, Bill Irwin and Gina Gershon find the same magic? (Henry Miller’s Theatre)

Memphis
Joe DiPietro penned a brilliantly funny book for 2004’s All Shook Up, but the tuner tanked. Now he returns to the 1950s with a show about a white deejay daring to play R&B. I hope he rocks the house. (Shubert Theatre)

After Miss Julie
Actually, it’s just Miss Julie updated to 1945, but the updater is Patrick Marber, whose Dealers Choice, Closer and screenplay for Notes on a Scandal put him near the pinnacle of modern dramatists. (American Airlines Theatre)

Brighton Beach Memoirs
A comedy-drama that signaled a new richness in the work of the master, Neil Simon. Broadway Bound, the third play of his “B” trilogy, will be revived in December. (Nederlander Theatre)

Finian’s Rainbow
Last seen on Broadway in 1960, this is the classic from whence sprang, “Look to the Rainbow,” “Old Devil Moon” and “How are Things in Glocca Morra?”