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 (7/18): The Great Society, sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play, is headed to the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The verdict is out on Luis Alfaro’s latest work Mojada at the Public Theater. And Beautiful – The Carole King Musical sets its closing date on Broadway.
The Great Society
Begins September 6
It’s been five years since All The Way brought Lyndon B. Johnson to the stage. Now, the 36th President of the United States is coming back to Broadway in Robert Schenkkan’s sequel, The Great Society. Starring Brian Cox as LBJ, Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as Richard J. Daley, Grantham Coleman making his Broadway debut as Martin Luther King Jr., and Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey, The Great Society picks up after his landslide victory in the 1964 election, exploring his full four-year term against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement.
Directed by Bill Rauch, performances of The Great Society will begin September 6 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater for a 12-week run.
Through August 11
MacArthur Genius recipient Luis Alfaro’s Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles has officially opened at the Public Theater. Directed by Chay Yew, Mojada follows a Mexican woman who makes sacrifice after sacrifice to bring her son to America where an uncertain amount of challenges await them. This imaginative, devastating, and topical retelling of Euripides’ tragedy is one of many Off-Broadway gems this season. Catch Yew and Alfaro collaborate again at the Public through August 11.
Closing Soon: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
Closing October 27
It began January 12, 2014. A musical venture through singer-songwriter Carole King’s iconic catalog. Lauding remarkable performances and Tony awards. It has truly been a fantastic, revitalizing and game-changing run for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. By the end—which has been set for October 27— the musical will have totaled to 2,418 regular performances, surpassing the original production of Annie and the 1998 revival of Cabaret to become the 27th longest-running musical in Broadway history. Don’t let Beautiful – The Carole King Musical close its doors before you can get in to witness a little—but beautiful—part of musical history.
July 11, 2019
West Side Story
Not to be confused with the Steven Spielberg West Side Story movie coming out in 2020, though we are also excited about that. The Broadway revival of West Side Story will begin performances December 10 at the Broadway Theatre (home to King Kong until August 18), with opening night set for February 6, 2020. Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove (Network, Crucible) will serve as director, with Isaac Powell (Once On This Island) as Tony and Shereen Pimentel (The Lion King) as Maria. The production will be choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, leaving behind Jerome Robbins’ iconic choreography for a fresh, contemporary take on the musical and movement. West Side Story will, undoubtedly, be a huge draw next Broadway season.
My Fair Lady
The 2018 Lincoln Center revival of My Fair Lady, to the dismay of Broadway aficionados nationwide, closed their doors on July 7. But the Barlett Sher-helmed production launches a tour in Syracuse, New York, before officially opening December 19 at the Opera House at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The ten Tony award-nominated production will feature Shereen Ahmed—who understudied the role of Eliza Doolittle on Broadway—as the London flower girl, and Laird Mackintosh as Henry Higgins. Ahmed made her Broadway debut with My Fair Lady in the ensemble after an open call audition and has truly made the role hers. So for those of you who couldn’t make it to New York for the Lincoln Center revival, don’t worry, because My Fair Lady is headed to a city nearest you.
Looking to attend a Broadway play or musical in the next coming months? We suggest getting in to see the following shows, which will be closing soon. Trust us, you don’t want to squander your last chance to see these productions, a few of which were lauded as the Best on Broadway in 2019.
Burn This: Closing July 14
“When a mysterious death brings together two unlikely strangers, their explosive connection sparks a chemistry too fiery to ignore.”
We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time: Closing July 14
“Growing up, writer/performer David Cale escaped his parents’ fraught marriage by singing in his bedroom and tending to birds in his backyard animal hospital. Lush songs, featuring a six-piece orchestra, and an intimate portrait of his mother unite in Cale’s vivid musical memoir of hope, family, and transcendence.”
The Secret Life of Bees: Closing July 21
“South Carolina, 1964. Lily Owens, a restless white teenager, struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother’s death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily’s rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship and healing.”
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune: Closing July 28
“When a diner waitress and a short order cook meet for a night of fiery passion, they expect a return to loneliness. But as desire turns into the possibility of love, they realize that true connection means being unafraid to reach for the moon.”
Be More Chill: Closing August 11
“What if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? In Be More Chill, achieving that elusive “perfect life” is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology-but it comes at a cost that’s not as easy to swallow.”
The Prom: Closing August 11
“We’ve got trouble, folks, right here in Indiana and when Broadway’s brassiest hear a student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they are ready to kick-ball-change the world.”
June 27, 2019
Tom Hiddleston To Appear in Betrayal This Fall
A new revival of Harold Pinter’s play Betrayal is set to star three famous U.K actors: Tom Hiddleston (the Avengers series), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), and Zawe Ashton (Greta), all of which will be making their Broadway debuts. Performances for the 17-week limited engagement will begin August 14th at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, with an official opening on September 5th.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical Previews Begin Tomorrow
The first musical of the 2019-20 Broadway, reported to be operating on an astounding $28 million dollar budget, is Moulin Rouge! The Musical. The official open is tomorrow (June 28) at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Much like the film by Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge! The Musical features music that veers into the world of popular music. But unlike the movie, this musical has songs from this era of popular music, by artists such as Lady Gaga and Beyonce. You don’t want to miss Moulin Rouge! The Musical, destined to be one of the highest-grossing shows of the 2019-20 Broadway season.
Summer Musicals Set Closing Dates
Closing this Fall! Entering final weeks! We can’t express the urgency enough, because two incredible musicals have set dates for their closing doors. The Prom—which is now entering stages for a film adaptation—is set to close October 20th, while The Cher Show will run until October 13th. Both being huge draws on Broadway, we suggest picking dates to see these shows soon, as tickets are becoming more limited by the day.
June 20, 2019
Dave Chappelle To Make Broadway Debut This Summer
“Though he’s no stranger to the stage, he’s never been on Broadway. Critically acclaimed, Emmy award-winning comedian Dave Chappelle will host a five-run show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Being the host of The Chappelle Show, in addition to hosting an Emmy winning variety special, makes the actor/comedian a natural fit for the Broadway stage. But we also wouldn’t be surprised if Chappelle performs a show unlike any he’s done before.” Dave Chappelle will be on Broadway July 9th-13th.
Regina Spektor at The Lont-Fontanne
Tonight is the debut of Regina Spektor’s five-night residency at the Lont-Fontanne Theatre. Fans of this singer are in for a spectacle show, as Regina Spektor’s beautiful discography gets the Broadway treatment. “You can go deeper with the setup,” she explains. “And you have a lot of theatrical toys at your disposal.” So far, they’re all being used: “Everything is getting reimagined and found. It’s so fun to hear the strings in new ways; I’m doing a new song that I wrote that I’ve never done before. It’s called Spacetime Fairytale. It’s an eight- or nine-minute song and it has tap dancing in it and strings. My mind just went theater with it.” Regina Spektor will be delighting the Lunt-Fontanne stage through June 26th.
New Musical The Prom Sets ITs Closing Dates
From opening to critical acclaim, to accruing seven Tony Award nominations this Spring, the new musical comedy The Prom has lived the Broadway dream. But at long last, The Prom has finalized when they will close the production. Theater-goers have until August 11th to see The Prom at the Longacre Theatre. Telling the story of a young, teenage girl who is refused the right to attend Prom with her girlfriend—and the eccentric band of people who insert themselves in the debacle—The Prom is widely proclaimed for its humor and heart.
May 13, 2019
Fairview Extends Run at Polonsky Shakespeare Center
Race. Privilege. Surveillance. Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer Prize–winning drama Fairview will continue its run at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center due to overwhelming demand. This Theater for a New Audience production of Fairview will feature the entire original cast from last summer’s widely acclaimed world premiere. Fairview begins at grandma’s birthday party and takes audiences through several juicy, enlightening, and unexpected turns. The extended run of Fairview will host performances through July 28.
The Secret Life Of Bees Opens Off-Broadway
We can’t imagine a better confluence of art and artists. Sue Monk Kidd’s best-selling novel The Secret Life of Bees. Adapted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. Music by Tony winner Duncan Sheik, and lyrics by Susan Birkenhead. This world premier musical adaptation tells the beloved story of Rosaleen, a Black caregiver who is beaten and jailed for the right to vote, and the young Lily, a restless teenager haunted by her mother’s death. Nottage’s adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees is the first time she will construct a musical narrative. “Unlike other books I’ve read, it sang to me,” she said to Playbill. “Every page I saw a song.”
We’re Only Alive FOr a Short Amount of Time Debuts Off-Broadway
This Summer at the increasingly popular Public Theater, David Cale’s musical memoir We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time will be showing from June 27 through July 14. In the show, Cale guides audiences through the years of his childhood, many of which he spent singing and bird-watching to distract himself from his parent’s unhappy marriage. Following an incredibly successful run in Chicago last Fall, We’re Only On Earth for a Short Amount of Time features a six-piece orchestra behind Cale as he spins his deeply tale.
May 6, 2019
Enter Laughing Extends Off-Broadway Run
The Off-Broadway musical Enter Laughing, which first premiered on May 7th, has extended its run. The musical, based on Joseph Stein’s play Enter Laughing from the novel by Carl Reiner, details the bumbling, woman-crazed adolescence of David Kolowitz as he trips into manhood via the 1930’s New York theater scene. The original schedule of Enter Laughing had shows ending June 9th, but is now extended to conclude the week of June 23rd at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson Joins Cast of Take Me Out
The upcoming Broadway revival of Richard Greenbergs Tony-winning drama Take Me Out will feature Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, in addition to the previously announced casting of Jesse Williams. The baseball drama will begin performances April 2, 2020, ahead of an April 23rd opening at 2ST’s Hayes Theater on Broadway. First premiering on Broadway in 2003, Take Me Out details the story of Darren Lemming (Williams), the star center fielder for the Empires, as he deals with the fallout of revealing his homosexuality to the league. Baseball, its tradition and intricacies—along with its prejudices—define the meaty subject matter of this production; a must-see for the Spring Broadway season.
Get Your Tina – The Tina Turner Musical Tickets, Now
Tina Turner fans, R&B fans, and lovers of the jukebox musical: Are you ready for TINA – The Tina Turner Musical? Tickets are now on sale for the production, which will feature actress Adrienne Warren in the empathic and uncompromising role of Tina Turner. Also showing in London, TINA – The Tina Turner Musical will begin previews October 12th, with an opening night set for November 7th. The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre will undoubtedly be a destination for the masses as Warren reprises her role as one of America’s music icons. The rest of the cast have yet to be announced.
May 31, 2019
Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees
Part feminist commentary, part coming-of-age story, Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees—a new comedy written by and starring Jacqueline Novak—is coming to Broadway. Natasha Lyonne, known for her roles in Russian Doll and Orange is the New Black, is behind the Off-Broadway premiere, along with comedian John Early as director, and Mike Birbiglia who will serve as executive producer. Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees will arrive at the Cherry Lane Theatre for a limited engagement July 10, ahead of a July 22 opening.
Mary-Louise Parker Set to Return To Broadway in ‘The Sound Inside’
Following a 2018 world premier at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside will open on Broadway. This will mark Mary-Louise Parker’s return to Broadway. The Tony award-winner will reprise her original role as Bella, a tenured Ivy league professor, who entangles herself with a challenging and mysterious student. David Cromer, who earned a Tony Award last year for The Band’s Visit, will direct. Parker returns after being in Broadway shows such as such shows as Heisenberg, The Snow Geese, Hedda Gabler, Reckless, Prelude to a Kiss, and Proof —for which she won her Tony.
Broadway Continues A Record-Breaking Streak
In 2018, the average ticket price for a Broadway play or musical was $124—largely due to shows such as Hamilton and the presence of well-known titles such as Pretty Woman, Beetlejuice and Tootsie. This is the ninth consecutive year of NYC tourism growth, and the culture this has affected most is Broadway. Because of the diverse, healthy array of shows Broadway has to offer, the theater scene is more alive than ever with American playwrights, beloved actors, kid-friendly musicals, and more. Don’t miss out on being a part of what will likely be considered one of Broadway’s golden ages.
May 16, 2019
See Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon in the Revival of Frankie & Johnny
Playwright Terrence McNally—who was recently honored with the Broadway League’s 2019 Distinguished Lifetime Service Award—has now had 25 plays produced on Broadway. This Summer, beginning May 30th, you can catch Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald in the revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune at the Broadhurst Theatre. A love story set between a waitress and a line cook, Franke & Johnny continues to draw audiences as it enters its second revival, the first being in 2002.
Best New Off-Broadway: Proof of Love
The world premier of Chisa Hutchinson’s Proof of Love took place at Off-Broadway’s Minetta Lane Theatre May 14. Now until June 15th, you can catch this powerful solo-play, which tells the story of a woman whose happy, upper-class life was splintered by a sudden and tragic accident. Sponsored by Audible and the New York Theater Workshop, Proof of Love is heavily driven by sound, making the set wan in comparison. But if you’re looking to witness dramatic theater narrated by a confounding character—the prim Constance Daley, expertly executed by Brenda Pressley—then you’re in for a treat at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
Closing soon On Broadway: My Fair Lady
You only have around a month to see the My Fair Lady at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The Lincoln Center Theater’s current revival has won the 2018 Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Drama League Awards for Best Musical Revival. Starring Laura Benanti as Eliza Doolittle and Harry Hadden-Paton as Professor Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady continues to pack and astound audiences at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Get in before it’s gone!
May 2, 2019
Two Kid-Friendly Musicals Go on Sale Nationwide
Do your kids get jealous when you take off to the theater? Tickets for the first touring production of Trolls have officially gone on sale, bringing characters such as Poppy and Branch to cities nationwide. Eric Grilly, CEO of the entertainment group who took charge of this production, says audiences can expect “singing, dancing and glitter-filled celebration that only the Trolls can bring.”
Not to mention, the new, contemporary-leaning production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is touring nationally. Imaginative and reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s candy-fueled drama, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is also fine choice for whole-family, theater fun.
Hadestown and Be More Chill Are THis Year’s Broadway Gems
After sifting through the 2019 Tony nominees, it is clear to both theater-goers and critics alike who this year’s gems are. By far, Hadestown and Be More Chill shine amongst the list of well-produced, competitive productions. Based primarily on originality, awe, and the unspooling of a captivating story, these productions are (nearly) unmatched, the dark horse candidate being the revitalized Oklahoma!. Be a part of the conversation. Get in to see these musicals soon, as they will undoubtedly raise in value after the James Corden-hosted Awards Ceremony June 9th at Radio City Music Hall.
Morrissey Begins His Lunt-Fontanne Residency
British singer/songwriter Morrissey will begin his stay at the Lunt-Fontanne as a part of the In Residence on Broadway series. Morrissey’s Broadway residence will be in conjunction with a new album release—a record of 60’s and 70’s covers—titled California Son. The In Residence series, which is brought to audiences in partnership with Live Nation, will continue throughout the Summer with guests such as Regina Spektor, Yanni, Tony-winner Mel Brooks, and the illusionist Criss Angel.
April 25, 2019
Beetlejuice Opens At the Winter Garden Theatre
Through October 6th
Beetlejuice is a treat for both theater-goers and movie lovers alike, as this musical dutifully reimagines the beloved Tim Burton film.The stage adaptation of Beetlejuice is now on at the Winter Garden Theatre; monsters with human streaks, a Girl Scout, a giddy dystopia of hilarity, the cult-classic has been resurrected for the masses.
2019 Drama Desk Nominations Go to Tootsie And Oklahoma!
Recently, NY1 announced the 2019 Drama Desk Award nominations. Among the list of nominees are Tootsie for Outstanding Musical, and Oklahoma! for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. A few other nods include Laurie Metcalf for Best Actress in Hillary and Clinton and The Ferryman for Outstanding Play. So, what does this mean for theater-goers? Many of these productions were already selling out quickly, but with lead-up to the Drama Desk Awards on June 2nd at Town Hall, these incredible shows will be in even higher demand. Don’t miss your chance to see these plays and musicals, to be a part of the Drama Desk conversation, and witness some of the best theater in 2019.
Ink Is on at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Through June 9th
The Rupert Murdoch-centered drama Ink is officially on at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, following its twice-extended limited engagement from the Manhattan Theatre Club. Following a young and brash Murdoch as he’s on the verge of founding one of the U.K’s most influential newspapers, Ink is more comedic and absurd than your average dramatic play. You can even expect a few musical numbers.
April 18, 2019
Hadestown Opens at the Walter Kerr Theatre
Through September 1st
“Hadestown, where a song can change your fate”, has officially opened at the Walter Kerr theatre. Written entirely by acclaimed songstress Anaïs Mitchell, Hadestown is the first Broadway musical to feature a book, music, and lyrics by a sole female writer since Elizabeth Swados’ 1978 production Runaways. The underworld-set folk opera will feature a cast of characters most are familiar with by now, such as Persephone, Hades, Hermes, Orpheus, among others. If you’re someone who is energized by Greek mythology-based theater, Hadestown is one you have to catch this Broadway season.
National Revival of Hello, DOlly! Continues to Captivate Audiences
In most ways, the national tour of Hello, Dolly! is the same show audiences witnessed decades ago, when Carol Channing starred as the titular character Dolly Gallagher Levi in the 1964 production. But what’s wrong with that, when the musical continues to have audiences eating out of Dolly’s parasol gripping hand from the moment of her beginning soliloquy? Revivals nationwide are going on sale this week, so those of you in Minneapolis, Boston, etc, don’t sleep on grabbing your tickets to Hello, Dolly! A Broadway revival that continues to withstand the boundaries of time, as theaters everywhere return to 1885 Yonkers, NY.
Adam Driver and Keri Russell Give Grandstand Performances in burn This
Through July 14th
The reviews are in of the Michael Mayer-directed production of Lanford Wilson’s 1987 drama Burn This. Though the play is largely dominated—and at times lopsided—by Adam Driver’s headstrong performance, it keeps its audience on the line. And with Emmy nominee Keri Russell (The Americans) set opposite, there exists a quieter, nuanced, and caregiving character onstage to balance Driver’s destructive energy—a loud but necessary energy to summon for the role of the grieving restaurant manager named Pale. You won’t want to miss this star-powered production of Burn This, a must-see this Broadway season.
April 4, 2019
Glenda Jackson Revives shakespeare’s momentous king Lear
Through July 7
In Shakespeare’s royal family drama, the aging King Lear catapults his heiresses into madness and disarray—all because his youngest and favorite won’t publicly proclaim her love for him. But in this Sam Gold-helmed production, the fascinating role of King Lear will be portrayed by two-time Academy Award, two-time Emmy, and 2018 Tony Award winner Glenda Jackson. Set upon the backdrop of an original score from Philip Glass, the success of the Cort Theatre’s production of King Lear is essentially etched in the stars.
Be more chill and Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish receive high, off-broadway honors
Be More Chill: Through 2019
Fiddler on the Roof (A Fidler Afn Dakh): Through September 1
The 34th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards, held every year to honor achievements Off-Broadway, have announced their list of nominations. Notably, productions of Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof and the critically acclaimed, mind-bending Be More Chill are nestled amongst the list of nominations, propelling these Off-Broadway offerings into must-see shows. Don’t miss your chance to see these Lortel-nominated productions before they possibly snag wins in their categories—which will definitely up and price and demand of these tickets.
The life and works of maya angelou are being adapted for the stage
Maya Angelou, acclaimed author, activist, and visionary, will have her life and works adapted for a one-woman stage play, according to her son Guy Johnson. “My mother lived an extraordinary life,” Johnson said in a statement. “She brought a sense of passion to living and invested herself wholly in it. What she wanted most was justice for all human beings, and the freedom to experience joy and laughter. We hope to capture her joie de vivre. We’re going to include some private anecdotes that will be a revelation to audiences. I’m pleased to be working with this team in bringing her story to life and can’t wait for the public to experience it.” Phenomenal Woman: An Evening With Maya Angelou will hopefully announce its Broadway debut sometime next year.
March 21, 2019
Ain’t Too Proud—A Biography Musical—Doesn’t Shy Away from Drama
Through November 24, 2019
When the term “jukebox musical” is brought up for cast member Derrick Baskin, (who plays Otis Williams) the actor stiffens corrects Rolling Stone. “We refer to our show more as a ‘biography musical,’” he says. “With jukebox musicals, you have the catalog of an artist and a fictitious story. But our story is true. What we’re bringing is truth.” Before attending Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations, audiences should prepare themselves to witness the group’s internal dissent, the rise of addictions, marital collapses. Their tour bus life, the bong, the playful banter and then the spiraling of egos. Ain’t Too Proud is a must-see for those who want to better understand the legacy of Motown.
Daddy at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre
For three nights only
Your next chance to see actor, theatre and New York City aficionado Alan Cumming is at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The new play, Daddy, is from 29 year old Jeremy O’ Harris, whose work Slave Play received critical praise last year. Leading the cast are Ronald Peet, who stars as young artist Franklin and Alan Cumming as Andre, an older white art collector. Basquiats, Bel Air swimming pools, gospel, and a delicious and dangerous blend of reality and fantasy propel this must-see play.
The Britney Spears Musical
Set for sometime in 2020
It’s Britney, b*tch. The iconic discography of Britney Spears is heading to Broadway for a new musical dubbed Once Upon A One More Time. “I’m so excited to have a musical with my songs – especially one that takes place in such a magical world filled with characters that I grew up on, who I love and adore,” she said of the show. Uproarious and in search of the mythical “Happily Ever After”, Once Upon A One More Time places us in the drama of Snow White and Cinderella once they have their world shaken up by the Feminine Mystique. With Britney backing the production, there’s no telling the heights of Once Upon A One More Time.
March 14, 2019
Hugh Jackman as ‘the music man’
Set for sometime in 2020
It will be Hugh Jackman’s fifth time on Broadway, and this time, as the storied Harold Hill, a scam artist who fakes his music sensibilities and makes his money selling instruments and uniforms to an aspiring band in River City, Iowa. With book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, The Music Man first arrived on Broadway in 1957. And in 2020, the tale will again be told, with the help of Broadway theatre’s biggest players and advocates. Besides Jackman, no further casting has been announced for the new revival, which will be directed by Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Warren Carlyle
Previews begin March 15
The Hudson Theatre has summoned two incredible actors for their production of Lanford Wilson’s acclaimed play, Burn This. Adam Driver and Kerri Russell will be acting as the two unlikely strangers brought together by the unfortunate circumstance of death. Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and co-starring Tony nominees David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz, the smoldering love story of Burn This is a must-see production from one of the most vital playwrights of this era.
The Radically reimagined ‘oklahoma’
Previews begin March 19
Broadway lovers, get ready, this reimagined production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is getting really interesting. First, the show is set for Circle in the Square, which has become one of the most sought out venues of Theatre Row since its successes with Fun Home and Once On This Island. Second, the orchestration has been left up to just seven musicians instead of the normal 28, the music reimagined to create a sound far more evocative of turn-of-the-century Oklahoma than Broadway, 1943. And finally, Oklahoma! has been stripped-down in its storytelling to reveal the darker, psychological truths of its designated era. Far, far, far from the high school productions of this musical, get ready to see Oklahoma! unlike its ever been seen before.
March 7, 2019
Be More Chill
Is it because it’s the only show daring to blur the lines between the physical and technical? Or because it directly interrogates our attachments to technology, how we’ve let our devices and online presences dictate and exacerbate every day interactions? Or is it because Be More Chill has been heavily revised and perfected from its Off-Broadway stages to enduring brief Tumblr fame to now, residing at the Lyceum? Either way, people are freaking out about Be More Chill, a dark horse candidate for becoming Broadway’s next big thing.
the tv show nashville is broadway bound
The Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere-led TV show Nashville concluded its epic saga just seven months ago. But now, Lionsgate and Broadway producer Scott Delman has announced his plans to bring the TV show, its complex cast of characters, its ambition, to the Broadway stage. “From that rich DNA, we will be building an original story with entirely original music, written by major Nashville and Broadway songwriters,” Delman said in a statement to Deadline. For those country music lovers out there, be sure to stay tuned for when one of America’s best TV shows heads to the Big Apple.
how king kong comes to life
Has anyone wondered if there were any women puppeteers guiding that ginormous ape about the stage during King Kong The Musical? Well, there are. One of them, Khadija Tariyan, has been practicing her daring athleticism since she was a little girl, as if she’s been preparing for her multiple King Kong roles for a lifetime. She and one other female puppeteer are dressed in traditional garb—masking their gender—as they assist the predominantly male cast to transform the colossal 2,000 pound, 20-foot-high King Kong hulk into an expressive, lifelike character. Though written during a less progressive time, King King The Musical benefits from allowing figures such as Tariyan express their strengths on stage.
February 28, 2019
Jake Gyllenhaal and tom sturridge off-broadway
This won’t come as a surprise to those who saw Gyllenhaal in 2015’s Constellations, but the Academy award-winning actor is delivering some vital performances at the Public Theater with his Velvet Buzzsaw co-star Tom Sturridge. Directed by Carrie Cracknell, the performance is divided into two halves: Sturridge in Sea Wall first, followed by Gyllenhaal in A Life. The monologues are penned by two different playwrights and are only connected by mood and theme. For those of you who haven’t seen Gyllenhaal on Broadway, his Off-Broadway stint at the Public could be your best shot to be in this star’s proximity.
Glenda Jackson to star in ‘king lear’
One of Shakespeare’s oft-told tales will be residing at the Cort Theatre for a limited engagement. The Sam Gold-helmed production, with an original score by Philip Glass, will feature the iconic actress Glenda Jackson in the title role. This production will definitely sell quickly due to the star-studded cast, the evergreen appreciation of Shakespeare, and the long-standing reputation of the Cort Theatre. So far, performances are scheduled through July 7.
‘Ain’t too proud’ releases cast album in march
Universal Music Enterprises will release the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations this Spring. Featuring a book by Dominique Morisseau, the musical production journeys from the group’s Detroit roots to being initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With songs like “My Girl,” “Just My imagination,” “Get Ready,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, audiences are exposed to the backbones of Motown, a genre that went on to define the American music we hear today. A physical release of Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations will be available beginning March 21 exclusively at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre—where the jukebox bio-musical resides.
February 21, 2019
Fiddler on the ROof
For those of you who are looking to see a vital rendition of the long-loved musical Fiddler on the Roof, seek no further than the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene production at Stage 42 (formerly the Little Shubert Theatre). Fiddler is performed in Yiddish—as are all of the productions from the NYTF—and features a translation by Shraga Friedman, which was first used in a performance in Israel in 1965. The production is accompanied by supertitles in English and Russian. We can’t imagine a more exceptional way to view this beloved stage production.
Network: Extended for the third and final time
Network protagonist and TV newsman Howard Beale—as played by the incredible Bryan Cranston—will be extending his nervous breakdown for a third time. The limited engagement, which opened Dec. 6, had initially been set to close March 17, but was then extended to April 28. According to producers of the Ivo van Hove-directed play, this will be the final extension of Network. Now, Broadway fans will be able to catch this once-in-a-lifetime rendition of the Paddy Chayefsky script through June 8th.
By the way, meet vera stark
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is dedicating part of her Signature Theatre residency by reviving her 2011 play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. The play centers on Vera Stark—a young African-American woman working as a maid as she tries to break into the world of acting—and her boss, Gloria Mitchell, known as “America’s Little Sweetie Pie”, who often relies on the support of Vera as she rehearses her roles. Though By the Way, Meet Vera Stark looks and sounds like a screwball comedy at times, the play is deep of heart and mind, a testament to both its incredible cast and the gut-punch of Nottage’s writing.
February 7, 2019
If you haven’t heard, prepare yourself: Beetlejuice is coming to Broadway. Beneath the direction of Alex Timbers, Beetlejuice may not appeal to the “purists” out there, as it veers away from the story told in the film. But writers Scott Brown and Anthony King have described the show as the perfect “fan fiction” to the original Beetlejuice. The new direction and adaptation of Beetlejuice will carry its cast over from the run of previews which took place at the National Theatre in D.C, and will reside in the home left vacant by the recently departed School of Rock. Don’t miss out on what could become Broadway’s first “absurdist” musical, previews beginning March 28 at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Producers of the forthcoming Tina – The Tina Turner Musical have finally announced their casting decisions. Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along, Bring It On: The Musical) has been chosen to reprise her critically lauded West End performance of Tina Turner. The announcement even received the approval of the iconic woman herself. “I’m so proud of everything that Adrienne has achieved over the last year in the West End,” Turner said in statement. “She has given it everything she’s got, she has poured her soul into it, and she deserves every success. I am thrilled she will be reprising her role in New York, and I cannot wait to see her on that Broadway stage on Opening Night”. In the meantime, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical will continue playing to sold-out houses at London’s Aldwych Theatre.
The new comedic musical Tootsie—based on the film starring Dustin Hoffman—will open its box office this Friday (Feb. 8) at the Marquis Theatre. Portraying the story of the talented but oft difficult actor Michael Dorsey, Tootsie details one desperate act of reinvention in order to become the actor—or actress—of his dreams. Tootsie will begin previews March 29th, and open officially on April 23rd.
Best Day to Buy: Network and The Ferryman
If there are two plays you need to see before they leave the Theatre district, they are the Bryan Cranston-led Network, and the bonafide thriller The Ferryman. But scoring tickets to these shows isn’t easy, or very affordable. But according to some market research, the best day to buy Network or The Ferryman tickets is Saturday. You can catch Network at the Belasco Theatre through April 28th, while The Ferryman runs through July 7th at the Bernard Jacobs Theater.
January 31, 2019
Limited engagement of Superhero begins this week, at the Second Stage Theater. Brought to you from the composer of Next to Normal, this new musical is about a fractured family, a mysterious stranger, and the emergence of unexpected heroes. Beneath the direction of Jason Moore (Avenue Q, The Cher Show), we think Superhero could end up being one of the biggest Broadway destinations of 2019. The world premier is set officially for February 28.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Why does The Play That Goes Wrong continue to be such a huge draw on Broadway? Riding on the wings of self-deprecation, The Play That Goes Wrong uses rampant humor to diffuse any air of pretension, giving audience members a break from the stuffiness that can be associated with Broadway. If you’re looking for a show that will make your abs hurt from laughing, leave it to the Mischief Theatre Company and the torpedoing cast of “The Cornley University Drama Society” to satiate your funny bone.
Jagged Little Pill The Musical
“You Outta Know”—following an initial 10-week run at American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, MA, “Jagged Little Pill: Our New Musical” is coming to Broadway. Based on the endlessly celebrated 1995 album by singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, the show is arriving to New York City this Fall. And not only is Morissette integral to the musical, so is Oscar-winnning “Juno” writer Diablo Cody, who wrote the show’s book. Cast and theater have yet to be announced, but we suggest you start scrounging your pennies for this Fall Broadway debut, as it’s likely to be a momentous one.
To Kill A Mockingbird Continues to Soar
Based on the American classic by Harper Lee, the recent adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird continues to thrive at the Shubert Theatre. Beneath the direction of Aaron Sorkin, and led by the rock solid performance of Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch, TKAM has compelled every audience set before it. With the brevity of the times, and the weighted matter of TKAM, this production isn’t an “easy watch”. But it is a vital one. Don’t miss out on what will be a subject of Broadway discussion for years to come.
January 23, 2019
Alice By Heart
Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater—the Tony and Grammy award-winning creators of Spring Awakening—have reunited to revisit the beloved Lewis Carroll story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The new musical, Alice by Heart, tells the tale of two friends amidst the rubble of World War II’s London Blitz. Audiences will be led down the rabbit hole, along with Alice and her quarantined friend Alfred, as they rediscover the power of one’s imagination in the face of crisis.
Don’t Stop ‘Til You get enough
The Michael Jackson Estate has finally announced the title and arrival date for the King of Pop’s life-inspired musical. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, named after one of the many Off The Wall hits, will arrive on Broadway in 2020, after first running performances in Chicago, beginning October 29. The musical, featuring a book by Lynn Nottage, will run through December 1 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre before heading to Broadway. Christopher Wheeldon, a 2015 Tony Award winner for An American in Paris‘ choreography, will direct and choreograph.
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de lune
The 2019-20 Broadway season is in for a treat, because six-time Tony winning actress Audra McDonald is returning to the stage, this time to revive Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Opposite Audra McDonald will be Oscar nominated actor Michael Shannon, a stage veteran who has appeared on Broadway twice, in Grace and Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Given that the previous production of Frankie and Johnny was noted for its nudity, it makes the play a natural fit for the first ever intimacy director to be on set. Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is bound to be tender, and expertly wrought.
January 17, 2019
This month will be the last chance to catch the famed, family-friendly musical School of Rock. The new play American Son—led by star cast members Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale—and The Waverly Gallery will also be closing this month, with the final weekend being January 26 & 27. American Son and The Waverly Gallery won’t be returning for quite some time. If you were ever interested in these acclaimed family drama plays, we suggest getting in to see them before they leave!
Hillary and Clinton
Performances of Hillary and Clinton begin March 16 at the John Golden Theatre. Set in early 2008, the new play by Lucas Hnath follows New York senator Hillary Clinton as she attempts to salvage her troubled campaign for President of the United States. While examining the politics of marriage, gender roles, and the limitations of one’s own life, Hillary and Clinton achieves a profound viewer experience. Though the plot sounds familiar, don’t be fooled. This isn’t real life, this is theatre, where just about anything is possible.
Skittles Commercial: The Musical
Instead of playing the big ad game during the 2019 Super Bowl along with other consumer favorites such as Doritos, McDonald’s, Pepsi, etc, Skittles will be performing live art. “Skittles Commercial: The Musical” will be a one-show-only, 30-minute spectacle performed at The Town Hall in Times Square, at 1 PM on February 3. Through song and dance, the musical will take shots at consumer culture, the increasing pervasiveness of brand advertising, and more. “Skittles Commercial: The Musical” will be led by a yet-to-be-announced, A-List celeb.
January 10, 2019
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.