Every Thursday, we bring you the latest from Broadway—what’s hot, what’s new, what must be scheduled into your calendars and budgets.
This week: Lovers of dramatic romance rejoice, because Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook is Broadway bound. Barry Jenkins’ Choir Boy receives a NYT Critics Pick, in addition to other swells of praise. And for the week of January 21 – February 10, The Lion King, Frozen, and several other shows are 2 for 1 ticket eligible.
The heart-wrenching romance of Allie and Noah Calhoun—first penned by Nicholas Sparks and later made famous by the dazzling performances from Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the feature length film—is officially Broadway bound. The Notebook musical will be scored by “Girls Chase Boys” and “Be Ok” singer Ingrid Michaelson, with production from Kevin McCollum (Avenue Q, In the Heights) and Kurt Deutsch (Broadway Bound, A Few Good Men) in association with Sparks.
Tarell Alvin McCraney, the playwright behind Moonlight, has a new production on Broadway. Choir Boy, which opened this week at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, has been lauded as a captivating production centered on the “reflexively provocative” Pharus—a main character unlike any you’ve seen before on Broadway. Not to mention it will be your first opportunity to witness the talents of Jeremy Pope, who makes his Broadway debut with Choir Boy, but is slated for the cast of the upcoming Temptations musical, Ain’t Too Proud.
2 for 1 on the great white way
NYC Broadway Week has presented its first deal, and it’s a huge one. 2-for-1 tickets are now available to purchase for several shows along The Great White Way—a nickname for the section of Broadway specifically between 42nd and 53rd Streets. Landmark Broadway shows such as The Lion King and The Book of Mormon, in addition to limited-run shows such as The Waverly Gallery and The Cher Show are participating in the NYCgo and Broadway League initiative. The Broadway Week deal applies to performances of select productions between January 21 and February 10.
December 20, 2018
be more chill
Based on the beloved Ned Vizzini novel, the Off-Broadway production of Be More Chill will be heading to Broadway February 2019—with the entire cast making the move. Be More Chill depicts the story of troubled teen Jeremy Heere (played by Dear Evan Hansen actor Will Roland) and his attempt to assuage the calamity of high school with a pill purported to make people more easygoing. Be More Chill will be a natural addition to the lonely teen narratives we’ve seen come through Broadway.
road show, working, Promenade
The New York City Center 2019 Encores! Off-Center lineup will feature Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show and Stephen Schwartz’s Working, the latter of which will include two new songs by Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda. In addition to the absurdist play Promenade. With shows revolving around the fluctuating concept of the American dream, artistic director Anne Kauffman released a statement on the theatre’s creative direction. “How are we defining success and freedom these days and who in this country has access to them? Off-Center is all about bringing the cutting-edge artists of today into contact with the groundbreaking works from the past.” You won’t want to miss out on these revitalized summer musicals from the New York City Center, which will begin June 26th.
The reimagined production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is getting quite the buzz. Deemed as “a daring, brilliant, utterly absorbing re-interpretation” by The Daily Beast, and “a charged, scary production, a story about the aggressions and ambiguities entwined deep in the root system of America” by New York Magazine, Oklahoma! could become the season’s most discussed production. Curious as to how the lighthearted, “Surrey With the Fringe On Top” musical could be so groundbreaking, so charged? This contemporary recreation of Oklahoma! is definitely one you want to witness for yourself, at the famed Circle in the Square Theatre.
December 13, 2018
According to recent reviews of Network, the cast still has some chemistry to conduct. But the journey has just been expanded to run through April, extending Bryan Cranston’s limited engagement as “mad as hell” newsman Howard Beale. Director Ivo van Hove has staged the entire Paddy Chayefsky satire in the setting of a newsroom, which really pressurizes the show’s dramatic tension. We think there is plenty of time for Network to evolve into the industry shaker it was envisioned to be. Matched with multi-media effects and a shiny, modern touch, Network is pleasing to the eye, a thrill for the heart, and stunt for the mind.
Once On This Island
Recently, Michelle T. Williams has stepped down from her leading role in Once On This Island. Now, the part of goddess Erzulie will be filled by Tony Award-winner Lea Solanga (Miss Saigon, Allegiance, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song), who originated the role in this production. Winner of the 2018 Tony for Best Musical Revival, Once On This Island is a captivating tale of a woman who travels far and wide to answer the call of her heart. You won’t want to miss the incredibly talented Solanga reprise her role this Winter.
Over 15 years later, the Off-Broadway sensation Avenue Q is getting ready to leave NYC’s New World Stages. If you haven’t witnessed the puppet-driven, coming-of-age-tale, the time is now. Remarkable and complicated as life itself, Avenue Q follows Princeton as he rifles through New York City for his post-grad purpose. Filled with raucous neighbors, monsters, and life-lessons, Avenue Q is a musical that manages to unite us through the vexing issues of adulthood. Attention: Puppets abound, but Avenue Q is not for children.