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Based on The Comedy of Errors, 15 Villainous Fools is a classic tale of twins separated at sea who run into love triangles and lawsuits, crazy sisters and a dangerous doctor as they try to reconnect with their lost family and sort out the nonsense. With the help of puppets, a makeshift nunnery, and a variety of musical and dance numbers, these two ladies tell the improbable story with humor, Nerf guns, and just a touch of lunacy.
For the 15th year in a row, producer Scott Siegel presents an all-star cast singing famous Broadway show tunes as they were originally performed on the Great White Way: without amplification! Come hear some of today's bright Broadway stars: Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block, Emily Skinner, and Max Von Essen will all rattle the rafters without any help from a soundboard. So will Tony honoree Ben Davis, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita, Olivier nominee Kyle Scatliffe, and others.
The New York Burlesque Festival brings superstars from around the globe together with five shows in one sparkly long weekend. This unique event captures the best of what NYC nightlife has to offer and then some, featuring over 100 artists from across the globe! Local celebrities of the nightlife such as comedienne Murray Hill (NYC), Medianoche (NYC), Angie Pontani (NYC), Dirty Martini (NYC), and Julie Atlas Muz (NYC) will be featured as well as Ariana Savalas (Hollywood) — Postmodern Jukebox's singer and daughter of Telly Savalas — and many more!
Following four wildly successful U.K. runs, the new stage adaptation of George Orwell's masterpiece comes to New York. One of the most widely referenced and best-known fiction titles of all time, 1984 has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 65 languages. Now Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have adapted this iconic novel into a breathtaking new play starring Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde, and Reed Birney. Don't miss this strictly limited engagement at Hudson Theatre!
Note: This show is intended for ages 13 and up. Children under 13 will not be admitted to the theater.
It begins when you walk through the doors of the storied Radio City Music Hall. Perhaps you pause for a moment and stand to admire the art deco lobby before making your way to your seat. After a hush, the curtain slowly rises, the music swells, and Rockettes appear. In perfect unison they dance across the stage, mesmerizing in their precision. And just like that, you're transported to another place, where reindeer prance and dash through the snow, where rag dolls spring to life and wooden soldiers march in a fantastic parade. For a time, the hustle and bustle of the world outside disappear and you are reminded of the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season.
A reunion. An argument. A TED Talk. Emotional mutiny. And a bond that connects four women who meet once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate love, careers, children, and world events. But when these private photographs gain the potential to go public, their relationships are tested, forcing the women to confront who they are, what they've become, and how they'll deal with whatever lies ahead. Funny and evocative, 20th Century Blues questions our place in the world and in relation to one another. Multi-Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee Emily Mann (Anna in the Tropics) directs the New York premiere of this play by Susan Miller (My Left Breast), another multi-Obie winner and winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
5 Minutes to Midnight is a modern retelling of a classic myth. Through original scenes, stories, and poetry written and performed by the members of Stargate Theatre's 2017 Sharon Sullivan Company, this new work explores the bonds between friends and the relationships between fathers and sons.
Stargate Theatre is a project of the Education's Giving Voice initiative, which employs young men with a history of involvement in the justice system to write, rehearse, and perform a theatrical piece that reflects their collective identity and their aspirations, ideas, and fears about themselves and the world. Company members are guided by Stargate's co-artistic directors: Emmy Award winner and playwright Judy Tate and director Stephen DiMenna.
Note: The 7pm performance on Saturday, August 19, can be viewed live by visiting Manhattan Theatre Club's Facebook page.
5: A Celebration of the Senses - The Living Movie takes on an idea that is generally two-dimensional and distant — that of a movie — and makes it come to life among its audience. In this immersive show, dance, cuisine, film, lighting, photography, and performance art converge in a story line inspired by the cycle of life and led by music. The result is a dreamlike experience that blurs the line between art and reality, and, within the confines of a theater room, takes the audience on a surreal journey summoning the whole of existence.
Featuring: - Stefano Di Lorenzo (percussion, synth, and artistic direction) - Joe Fee (bass and percussion) - Joe Hartmann (guitar) - Chieh Hsiung (dancer and actress) - Presente Infinito (photos) - John Salutz (lighting) - Jacquelyn West (singer, songwriter, and actress) - Tzuan Wu (film)
Emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms showcasing short new work.
Expressions Dance Company performing MOYUBA Choreography by Jenny Efremova
Ishita Mili performing The Elephant Hunter Saga Choreography by Ishita Mili
Luiza Karnas performing InRitmo Choreography by Luiza Karnas
Neville Dance Theatre performing Exposed (excerpt – Section II) Choreography by Brenda R. Neville
Ntrinsik Movement performing Free Indeed (Excerpt 2) Choreography by Michelle Isaac
she mee zoo performing Presenting… Choreography by Caylee Shimizu
Take It Away Dance performing Rhythm and Blues and Shoes Choreography by Pamela Hetherington
Danza Orgánica performing Abuela (excerpt from Melaza) Choreography by Marsha Parrilla
New York City's finest improvisers join forces with the city's finest poets in a unique format: part comedy, part poetry, part theater, part UNPREDICTABILITY. It all begins with an exquisite corpse (aka poem) written collaboratively by the audience. After that the improvisers delve in, building a world around the themes and imagery of the poem, populating it with a cast of characters who are funny, tragic, and in between. Fueling the proceedings is the work of published poets, national slam champions, and up-and-comers from around the world. (Among the cast are performers and poets featured on This American Life, the Onion, and Chicago's Second City.) The whole shebang ends with the performance of a poem inspired by the show and written on the spot.
The season will feature 11 theatrical productions. The fall lineup includes an adaptation of Roberto Bolaño's novel Distant Star presented by the theater company Caborca (September 14-October 1); Blackouts by "Drag fabulist" Dickie Beau (October 5-8); Katherine Brook, Toni Enelow, and Taylor Brook's The Power of Emotion: The Apartment (October 11-21); Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty's Why Why Always, featuring Jim Fletcher (October 12-29). Wintertime will see Jack and the Beanstalk, created by disabled actor and writer Mat Fraser and feminist art star Julie Atlas Muz (December 6-23).
In 2018, the venue will present Fabrice Melquiot and Paul Desveaux's Pollock, featuring Jim Fletcher and Birgit Huppuch (February 15-25); Modesto Flako Jimene's Listen for My Dear Brooklyn (March 14-31); Deborah Stein and Suli Holum's The Wholehearted (March 15-April 1); Eliza Bent's Aloha, Aloha or When I Was Queen (April 4-21); Elevator Repair Service's Everyone's Fine With Virginia Woolf, written by Kate Scelsa and directed by John Collins (late May-June 17); and the Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble's Month of a Million Likes (June 7-30).
The Accidental Pervert is a laugh-out-loud play that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's videotapes hidden in a bedroom closet. The boy subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife-to-be and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality.
Let acclaimed performer and comedian Andrew Goffman take you on a whirlwind tour of his funny romance with magazines, videos, and off-color fantasies while you roll in the aisles. However, it's not all laughs in this layered show, which ends on a touching moment of redemption as he struggles to find true love and perspective through real-life relationships.
So come have some good dirty fun with The Accidental Pervert! Oh, and leave the little ones home. The show has mature themes and is meant for audience members over 16.
• The Accidental Pervert has eclipsed 1,000 performances in the legendary Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York!
• Award-winning run in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
• Winner of a 2013 Best Comedy Award in Panama City, Panama!
Amber and Tom are freshmen at Princeton University, where their experiences so far have only two things in common: drunken parties and a desire to fit in. But when they meet, their common experience becomes anything but, and their moral mettle is put to the test. Lileana Blain-Cruz directs Anna Ziegler's deeply felt and relevant play about intimacy and responsibility, power and provocation, privilege, and protocol.
After the Blast is set in the wake of total environmental disaster. The human population has retreated underground. Experience is simulated. Fertility is regulated. And Anna and Oliver have one last chance to have a baby.
Afterglow is a raw one-act play exploring the emotional, intellectual, and physical connections among three men and the broader implications within their relationships. Josh and Alex, a married couple in an open relationship, invite Darius to share their bed one night. When a new intimate connection begins to form, all three men must come to terms with their individual definitions of love, loyalty, and trust as futures are questioned, relationships are shaken, and commitments are challenged.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 18 and up because of its language and nudity. Children under the age of four are not permitted in the theater.
A Tony Award-winning hit!
Disney's smash-hit movie Aladdin has made its way to the Broadway stage! Directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and featuring the classic Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice score with songs such as "Friend Like Me" and the Academy Award-winning "A Whole New World," Aladdin uses a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). This show brings joy and laughter to audience members of all ages!
The unique and uproarious musical returns to the PIT after a sold-out run for 10 upcoming performances from August 17 to September 18. Aliens Coming brings to life the journey of two best friends as they encounter the expected pressures of graduating high school and the not-so-expected pressures of alien abduction and genital harvesting. Aliens Coming beautifully merges contemporary music, classic showtunes, and campy humor. The 90-minute musical comedy is filled with outrageous moments, foot-stomping jokes, and showstopping numbers.
A young woman struggles to articulate her feelings and meaningfully communicate with the people around her, including her boyfriend. The difficulty is exacerbated by the fact that she may be becoming a werewolf.
Commissioned by Dixon Place, Almodóvar Dystopia, by the renowned downtown dance artist Antonio Ramos and his outrageous company, the Gangbangers, is part Latino-flavored tribute to the Spanish film director, part humorous celebration of LGBT culture, and part bold political statement against the body-negative and repressed nature of the world we live in. Featuring video, movement, spoken word, and gourmet surprise, the piece makes its case for the affirmation of all things physical through Ramos' trademark chaotic and joyful storytelling style. Parental guidance strongly cautioned.
Amateur Night at the Apollo is live entertainment with a history. This weekly talent competition began in 1934 and within months became a leading showcase for emerging performers. Among its early winners was a 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald. Since then the series has launched the careers of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.
Today Amateur Night attracts performers and audiences from around the world. Audience members, known for their toughness and expectation that contestants "be good or be gone," gleefully choose the winners.
The Amazing Max bursts with visual magic, comedy, and audience participation. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, defies the laws of physics, and performs miracles inches from spectators' faces. The Amazing Max is a wacky, interactive, high-energy, family-friendly show.
A richly textured evocation of New York City as it absorbed wave upon wave of Jewish immigrants from 1897 through the 1940s, Amerike – The Golden Land features Glenn Seven Allen (The Light in the Piazza), Alexandra Frohlinger (Soul Doctor), and others. With a score that weaves in popular period songs heard on the radio and in the theaters along Second Avenue, the show re-creates an authentic soundscape of New York's Lower East Side and of the outer-borough neighborhoods to which the Jewish population gravitated. Its book incorporates the stories and observations of real-life immigrants collected by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld — people who, like the vast majority of American immigrants, faced the heartbreak of starting over and the challenges of confronting poverty and racism, both abroad and in their new home.
After their father's death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. Together they careen down the Long Island Expressway, navigating strip malls, traffic jams, and some serious (and not-so-serious) family drama. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives...and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind. Written by Lindsey Ferrentino, who made her New York debut at Roundabout Theatre with Ugly Lies the Bone, and directed by Scott Ellis (The Elephant Man), Amy and the Orphans is a rollicking ride that proves it's never too late to follow a new road.
Inspired by the beloved films of the same name, Anastasia transports audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s as it follows a brave young woman who sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, the intrepid Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
With its opulent settings, dazzling costumes, and a soaring score — including the popular songs "Journey to the Past" and "Once Upon a December" from the animated film — Anastasia is a spectacular new musical about discovering who you are and defining who you're meant to be.
Arc Welding, an acoustic, a cappella new music and stage improvisation trio, will create a spontaneous work on the subject of theft. They do not take a position about whether theft is good or bad — they present it. Cheap glitter purses will play a role. Their music, entirely original and of our time, will connect to Arnold Schoenberg's "Raub" ("Theft") from Pierrot Lunaire.
Lovers in disguise! Troubadours in trouble! Shakespeare's pastoral comedy features an exiled duke, his banished daughter, a gentleman in love, and a melancholy traveler. Tony Award-winning director John Doyle and Tony-winning composer Stephen Schwartz transplant this classic play into the Jazz Age. Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), a Tony, Emmy, and Academy Award-winner, plays the role of Jaques.
About Rosalind's journey for identity, love, and home, and those she meets along the way
About Shakespeare Sports: All actors know their roles, which include only their lines and their cues. There is a prompter on stage. Actors know the arc and have had some rehearsal for the arc of the play and the cues of scenes, but the form has an improvisational aspect in that actors need to be open to finding who they are talking to, so that the actors are discovering the story as the actors are discovering the story. Based on Patrick Tucker's book Secrets of Acting Shakespeare and his company Original Shakespeare Company.
The Public Theater kicks off its 2017-18 season with a free Public Works musical reworking of As You Like It, adapted by director Laurie Woolery and composer-lyricist Shaina Taub. Two hundred community members and professional actors perform together in this immersive dreamlike tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind, and his niece Celia escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amid the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars.
This new production of Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, directed by Lila Neugebauer (Everybody), honors Albee, who passed away in 2016. In Act 1, "Homelife," we meet Peter and his wife, who live a comfortable but vaguely unhappy bourgeois existence; in the second act, the classic "The Zoo Story," Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger in Central Park. With jolts of brutality and Albee's signature dark humor, this seminal play explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day.
NYU Skirball's backstage, dressing rooms, hallways and lobby (everything but the theater itself!) will be transformed when AUNTS takes over the building for this special, one-time-only, FREE event. AUNTS brings together contemporary dance artists and audiences for a special immersive party evening. Audiences will be able to wander and experience as many or as few performances as they choose, creating their own experiences through chance encounters.
NYU Skirball's AUNTS event is organized by Laurie Berg, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Ali Rosa-Salas, and Ash R.T. Yergens. Performers include Alexandra Tatarsky, Christine Elmo, Freedom Dabka Group, Imma, Jahmal B. Golden, Katrina Reid, Lime Rickey International, Nia Love, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, DJ set by Br0nz3 G0d3ss, and more.
Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. He meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman), and other new friends! Together they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison, plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin, and Solomon Hicks.
Two one-act plays to round out your education.
The evening begins with the Christopher Durang classic Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You. Before there was Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, before Betty's Summer Vacation and Beyond Therapy, there was Sister Mary, the nun who teaches grade school and explained how life works. Four of them return to present the Christmas pageant for Sister Mary, but one of them has something else in mind. Don't worry, Sister Mary surely has something up her sleeve.
We complete the evening with The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco. One of the greatest writers of the French avant-garde, and author of Rhinoceros and The Bald Soprano, we are pleased to present one of his early works. An absurd but terrifying private lesson in "New Spanish" and obedience unfolds as a student comes to the home of the Professor. Slowly, the position of power and author devour the humanity and a grotesque lesson is learned.
Habits, relationships, belief systems, memories — our histories walk among us. And to ignore them is to be haunted by them. Taja Lindley's The Bag Lady Manifesta is an immersive, participatory experience filled with striking visuals and dynamic movement. Audiences are invited to (re)consider what to let go of and what to remember. The Bag Lady is a living Sankofa, of movement, song, theater, and ritual — with the intention to build a collective memory and to create a just future for all.
This show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections, and unremitting boredom when a fax arrives from Germany — and with it a golden opportunity. If the defector's story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It's all fun and games until a looming cataclysm changes everything.
BAMcafé Live is a free weekly performance series, featuring a mix of live music in a bar and lounge space. Performances span jazz, R&B, Afro-pop, Latin, rock, experimental music, and spoken-word poetry. Duncan Sheik, Billy Martin, Survival Soundz, Tracie Morris, and Carl Hancock Rux are among the series' alums.
An Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The Band's Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.
Featuring music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek and a book by Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Drama Desk nominee Itamar Moses, The Band's Visit is directed by Outer Critics Circle and Obie Award winner David Cromer.
Winner of a 2017 Tony Award!
From Andy Blankenbuehler, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of Hamilton and Broadway's hottest new director-choreographer, comes Bandstand — the new musical that explodes with the most high-octane, heart-stopping, and best dancing onstage today.
The year is 1945. As America's soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, a singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart.
When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation's next great musical superstars, inspiration strikes! Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice, and finally feel like they have a place to call home.
BB King Blues Club All-Stars specialize in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin and Solomon Hicks.
The Ultimate Beatles Tribute in Full Costume with Former Members of Broadway's BEATLEMANIA BEATLES BRUNCH Featuring STRAWBERRY FIELDS
Strawberry Fields is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. The tribute takes you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964, complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties, and the first four albums of music. The next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with all the costumes and jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes the White Album, Abbey Road, and of course Let It Be.
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Beautiful Monster is a new play depicting the final hours of the life of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. On the eve of her expected death, Mary, gripped by madness, is visited by the dead: her husband and Romantic poet Percy Shelley, their shared lover Lord Byron, and literary rival John William Polidori, author of the first known vampire fiction — fiction begun, along with Frankenstein, on that now famous night of ghost stories on the banks of Lake Geneva. As the clock ticks toward Mary's death, she recalls in a series of hallucinations her heart-wrenching confrontations with Percy's formidable mother and the tender friendship of her loving stepsister. She's even confronted by the monster she created.
Note: This show includes nudity and sexual content.
Winner of two Tony Awards!
Long before Carole King was a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her 20s, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music; she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Becca C. Kidwell discovers her voice through singing and performing as she reprises her cabaret show, A Song & Its Girl. The show features songs from the Great American Songbook, modern musical theater, and popular music.
Four short plays by Samuel Beckett: Not I, Footfalls, Come and Go, Rockaby
Experience the women who inhabit some of Beckett's best-known short works, women whose connection between body and soul has ruptured. Director Sarah Jane Scaife places Beckett's characters from the page into the urban landscape, using the aesthetic tools of the body, sound, site, movement, architecture, and projection to put flesh on the scars the playwright reveals within our society.
Before We Grew is a gentle and beautiful show explores the Brooklyn of the past in a multi-sensory story that is designed to engage young children at a variety of developmental levels. Before We Grew was specifically designed for families with children on the Autism Spectrum and is engaging for all children 2-5 and special needs audiences of all ages.
Behind Closed Doors follows the lives of three young men who are apart of a powerhouse singing trio; smooth, confident, intelligent, topping the charts, and winning the hearts of adoring fans! But beyond the lights and the cheering crowds lie fears, insecurities, and pain! Witness as they each take journeys to the deepest parts of their souls to face some of their toughest battles! We watch as they each learn that in order to be a true king, he must first learn to be a servant and in order to be the head, he must first sit at the feet of Jesus!
Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.
Winner 2009 Artistic Achievement Award "Best Play"
"Uplifting! Inspirational! This show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes." - New York Times
Composer Michel van der Aa combines classical instruments, voice, electronics, actors, video, apps, and even web browsers in his multidisciplinary work. His broad musical vocabulary embraces these elements alongside film, stage direction, and the written word, allowing him to create works that are as visual as they are aural.
This dynamic young creative voice comes to the Armory for the North American premiere of his latest creation, a chamber opera for soprano and 3D film based on the life and work of South African poet Ingrid Jonker. Soprano Miah Persson sings live, combined with replayed loops of herself and the voice of Baritone Roderick Williams on film to create haunting musical passages and ensembles. This groundbreaking work combines live action, innovative techniques of interactive film, and inventive music to consider human memory, the ways in which we reconstruct and deal with traumatic life events, and notions of individual realities
A documentary play composed of interviews with college students about their experiences with formal sex education both in and out of the classroom, Blanket Statement is a compilation of verbatim monologues — stories of awkward conversations and confusing interactions, of shame and fear, joy and satisfaction. Inspired by consciousness-raising, the show is political, educational, and cathartic, intended to combat stigma and to promote conversation and open discourse. Such work is crucial at any time and especially now, amid a political and cultural climate that threatens to eliminate access to sexual literacy and health care.
In Blood Boundary (the third and final play of Vicki Lynn Mooney's Broken Heart Land trilogy), James, a young man raised in a white family, must examine his life when confronted with his Cherokee mixed-blood relatives. James faces the tough choice to leave to pursue his medical career abroad or stand beside his family in a time of racial oppression during the dark days of 1920s.
Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multisensory experience that has captivated 35 million people worldwide. Don't miss Blue Man Group — enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation. Dare to live in full color!
Bobbie killed Casey in the middle of a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska. Two years later, Milton's residents are ready to tell you their side(s) of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy pushes the boundaries of Roundabout's Black Box Theatre with a sprawling cast of eccentric characters and an ambitious narrative that pulls back the husk of rural life. Bobbie Clearly is written by Nebraskan Alex Lubischer, a Yale School of Drama student discovered by Roundabout Underground.
Experience the science and splendor of the human body through Plastination, a breakthrough in anatomy invented by trailblazing scientist, Gunther von Hagens. Learn about the human body, its form and function, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century. BODY WORLDS: PULSE is an inspiring, immersive multimedia exhibition about health, wellness, and living to the beat of life in a vibrant, fast-paced city. It is an exhibition unlike any other. Body donors who willed their bodies, after death, for plastination and the education of future generations, act as guides and teachers on this unforgettable journey of discovery.
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park, comes this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon was written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning writer of Avenue Q, and is codirected by Parker and Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone).
Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has certainly captured the hearts of many in the Broadway community by presenting modern, in-the-know, and often profane content in the tried-and-true form of a very traditional integrated book musical, complete with tap dancing.
Audience-interactive physical theater about the difference between passion and intimacy, and the wild heart, mind, and body journey to attaining and sharing both. The main character learns passion but not intimacy from her family, then goes out on her life-path learning intimacy, with diversely odd and just-like-everybody-else ups and downs, crashes and celebrations. She ultimately brings intimacy home.
A funny work about a serious thing, this show aims to also evoke desire for family connection, deeper authenticity, more outrageous expression, and immense self-love in the audience, as they, too, unite in love and creativity.
Kelli O'Hara (The King and I), Steven Pasquale (The Bridges of Madison County), and Robert Fairchild (An American in Paris) star in a concert production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical Brigadoon, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris), with music director Rob Berman leading the Encores! orchestra. The first performance, on November 15, is City Center's annual gala, honoring City Center board co-chair and Broadway producer Stacey Mindich. An additional five performances follow from November 16 through 19. Funds raised at all six performances of Brigadoon will allow City Center to make the best in the performing arts accessible to the widest possible audience by subsidizing affordable tickets throughout the year to programs such as Fall for Dance and Encores! Off-Center.
Before My Fair Lady and Camelot, there was Brigadoon, Lerner and Loewe's transcendent romantic fantasy about the past, the present, and what it means to (almost) be in love. The classic 1947 musical, now celebrating its 70th anniversary, follows Tommy Albright (Pasquale), a jaded New Yorker who gets lost in the Scottish Highlands and stumbles into an idyllic town that only appears for one day every century. He quickly becomes smitten with the headstrong Fiona MacLaren (O'Hara) and makes an enemy of the rebellious Harry Beaton (Fairchild), bringing about a chain of events that could spell doom for the entire town.
A true story based on the writings and letters of Reginald "Regy" Brett and Charles "Chat" Williamson, along with their classmates Elliot and Beak, during their final year at Eton College in 1870s England. Under the controversially progressive guidance of their tutor, esteemed scholar William Johnson Cory, the four students discover their relationships and sexual identity. As the year continues, they are faced with the brutal realities of life beyond the isolated walls of school while embarking on a journey of self-discovery to find the bravery to love in a world that is often unloving.
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
Every Thursday night at 11 PM Broadway Ballyhoo: A Show Tune Hootenanny! will offer approximately four different stars each week who will sing Broadway's great songs. This ever-changing cast of stars will sing the show tunes they know and love best. Jesse Kissel is the musical director and Scott Siegel hosts!
BroadwayCon is theater's answer to Comic-Con, tailor-made for fans. Join some of Broadway's biggest fans, performers, and show creators to perform, discuss, debate, and celebrate theater. BroadwayCon 2018 will feature panels, performances, interviews, workshops, sing-alongs, and more, all packed into an epic three-day weekend. Past panels have included previews from upcoming Broadway shows, conversations with the casts and creatives of the current season's hits, and discussions featuring the industry's top producers and designers — not to mention the giant opening ceremony, nighttime concerts, and dance parties.
BroadwayCon 2018 is pleased to announce a lineup of new and returning special guests, including co-creator Anthony Rapp, Alex Brightman, Andrea Burns, Carolee Carmello, Andrew Chappelle, Lilli Cooper, Janet Dacal, Ben Fankhauser, Annie Golden, Derek Klena, Joe Mantello, Lesli Margherita, Ruthie Ann Miles, Donna Murphy, Kelli O'Hara, and James Snyder.
Based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now classic film, this streetwise musical will take you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s — where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Featuring an original doo-wop score, this is a tale about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else, family.
The play begins with the day of the annual auditions at Grand Central Station for the MTA's Musicians Under New York program, where over 300 applicants are whittled down to the final talented and lucky few. The play alternates between two time frames: a waiting room in the present and the day of the live performances. While in the waiting room, we learn about each and every one of the buskers — their dreams, motivations, and reasons for becoming a New York City busker despite the pessimism of veterans who continually discourage them. The struggle between the hardened veterans and hopeful newcomers leads to a mutual respect between two generations and finally an Underground Cabaret, in which the audience chooses the best musical collaborations between subway musicians. Together they mourn the lost heyday of busking but keep faith in a brave new future.
Shackled by restraints of reality, Frida finds herself unable to paint. In a moment of desperation, she rediscovers her life source — the other Frida.
A performance art piece that explores the idea of finding an independent voice and freedom through female lineage and relationships.
The last opera by one of the longest-lived composers in history, Capriccio turns the tables on audience members, giving them a glimpse of life in the theater from the other side of the curtain. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly), what happens behind the scenes is filled with as much drama and comedy as what takes place onstage! The plot revolves around the Countess — a supporter of the arts, just like you — and her courtship by both a composer and a playwright (poet?). In choosing one over the other, she plans to answer this age-old question: Which is more important to opera, the music or the words?
Carolines on Broadway, the premiere comedy nightclub of New York City, presents the biggest stars of television, movies, and the national standup circuit seven nights a week. The television studio-like showroom, which can accommodate over 250 people, has won numerous architectural awards for its lush wood and brushed metal design. A wide assortment of food and drink is available during the show, and fine dining is available before or after the show in the intimate supper lounge.
Note: There is a two-drink minimum for all shows.
Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show is set in a larger-than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favorite feline characters, including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella, and Skimbleshanks.
The Jellicle cats come out to play on one special night of the year — the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one, they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by him and Dayle Reyfel, features a lineup of rotating performers who read — in both solo and ensemble pieces — the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.
The show features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, the Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and Vanna White. It also includes special "celebrity mash-ups" — Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working "it" out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are"; Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of "diva-dom"; and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.
Celebrity Confessions: Live From Broadway is a provocative and intimate piece that is likely to surprise, shock, entertain, and change viewers' lives. The show invites you to spend an intimate evening with personalities from Broadway, TV, and film as they reveal their most personal stories — including testimonies of faith in God and revelations of overcoming life's biggest issues. Each show has its own guests and is distinct from every other.
Before the days of radio and television, wealthy patrons would regularly invite entertainers into their homes, to delight small gatherings of family and friends. In those sophisticated, friendly environs, the living room became the stage, and the audience looked gleefully on, mere inches from the show.
Master conjuror, Steve Cohen, is recreating this posh, intimate entertainment experience, in his exclusive evening show, Chamber Magic: A Demonstration of Modern Conjuring. Some of the tricks Cohen will perform include:
- the linking of three borrowed wedding rings
- the bending of metal with his mind
- the single most astonishing card trick he's learned in twenty years of study.
Cocktail attire is requested.
Midnight showings of Chamber Magic are also available for groups of 15 or more.
For more than 50 years Roald Dahl's story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has captured imaginations around the world, and now for the first time Broadway audiences are invited to experience Willy Wonka's delightful and semi-dark chocolate world firsthand. Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous — and mysterious — factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life-changing journey through Wonka's world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels, and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka's army of curious Oompa-Loompas.
When Mama Darleena Andrews — a 67-year-old black, transgender woman — takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago's LGBTQ community center, the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the very real life challenges of identity, poverty, and prejudice faced by her students. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Chicago's Center on Halsted, Philip Dawkins' Charm asks this question: How do we lift each other up when the world wants to tear us down?
A passionate love triangle develops when a rural Irish woman and a sexy, French-singing Charolais heifer vie for a farmer's attention. Charolais is a multi-award-winning (and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-nominated) play about the rivalry between a woman and a cow.
With a book by Janet Krupin and music by Krupin, guitarist Brian Ripps, and multi-instrumentalist Gabe Cummins, Chemical Drive was inspired by the stranger-than-fiction nuclear history of Krupin's hometown. This performance features her and a cast of Broadway friends (including Lilli Cooper and Ariana Groover) portraying what life might be like if the government were to hire a rock 'n' roll band to distract from top secret operations underway. Chemical Drive is where Cabaret meets Fleetwood Mac.
One of the longest-running shows on Broadway, Chicago is a New York City institution. It tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two killer-dillers on their way to fame by any means possible. All publicity is good publicity, right? When Roxie shoots her lover, Fred, she employs an unscrupulous lawyer, Billy Flynn, to get herself off the hook. But will she be thwarted by double-murderess and headliner Velma Kelly? Or will this gruesome twosome become a sister act?
Chicago features a classic score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, including the songs "All That Jazz," "Cell Block Tango," and "Razzle Dazzle." So you better slick your hair and wear your buckle shoes for Chicago on Broadway.
Children ages four and under are not permitted in the theater.
Direct from an acclaimed run in London, the powerful Royal Court Theatre production of Lucy Kirkwood's astonishing new play makes its American debut with the heralded original cast. In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they're shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.
The Children stars BAFTA Award winner Francesca Annis (BBC's Cranford), Olivier winner Deborah Findlay (Stanley), and Olivier nominee Ron Cook (Juno and the Paycock). Directing is the award-winning James Macdonald (Top Girls).
One of the most celebrated American plays of the late 20th century, Children of a Lesser God tackles the complexities of human connection and communication with insight, wit, and unyielding compassion. Its original Broadway production in 1980 earned a Tony Award for writer Mark Medoff (Best Play), as well as for the two leads: John Rubinstein and Phyllis Frelich. Its London transfer went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play. The acclaimed 1986 film adaptation starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin further solidified the work's place in the American canon and earned Matlin the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Frelich and Matlin remain the only deaf actors ever to have won the Tony and Academy Awards for leading roles, respectively. Directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), this new production stars Joshua Jackson (Dawson's Creek) and Lauren Ridloff.
Multi-Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago, Frasier) hosts the Chita Rivera Awards. The event, directed by Randy Skinner (42nd Street), includes a performance by the New York City Ballet of "America" from the West Side Story Suite to honor Rivera, a performance by Robert Fairchild, and a performance of "We'll Take a Glass Together" from Grand Hotel. Theater and dance legend Tommy Tune will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, Diane Paulus will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theater Award, and Antonio Vendome will receive the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Humanities Award.
The mission of the Chita Rivera Awards is to celebrate dance and choreographic excellence. The awards seek to continue that vision by not only celebrating the superb achievement of each nominee but by recognizing the immeasurable talent and passion of so many theater choreographers and dancers.
A Clockwork Orange lures audiences into the glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of young Alex and his rebellious gang of droogs is a groundbreaking classic of orgiastic violence and sexuality. As hauntingly relevant today as when Anthony Burgess's book was first published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation caused a stir in 1971, A Clockwork Orange is an unapologetic celebration of the human condition.
Are you are thinking, comedy on the Upper East Side? Yes! We have an amazing line-up of some of the hottest comedians in the City, performing at a bar price! This is quickly becoming one of the best kept secrets of the summer.
Created especially for families with children ages 5-10, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Snowflakes," a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers' understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes' delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky's enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages.
Winner of a 2017 Tony Award!
It's been called the "edge of the world." The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it's here, in Newfoundland, that a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie, and uncommon generosity.
That story began in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Flights had to be rerouted, and 38 of them, carrying a total of 6,579 passengers, were grounded near this Newfoundland town. The locals put their lives on hold and opened their homes to a world of strangers. In a heartbeat, the town's population doubled. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Come From Away, which tells the story of those passengers and that town, is a new musical written by Tony Award nominees (and Canadians) Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The direction is by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and the choreography by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Rocky).
Come Light My Cigarette is an edgy and suspenseful new musical in which a young actor is driven to confront the two most turbulent relationships in her life. One is with her father, with whom she shares a volatile and shameful past. The other is with her ex-lover, a powerful and controlling woman who was instrumental in making her a success.
There's nothing like standup comedy in person — the spontaneity of a comedian in front of a live audience is something special. See for yourself at Comic Strip Live, which offers some of the best standup in New York City. Performers hail from Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, Conan, and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Audiences can enjoy food, mixed drinks, and specialty brews as they laugh the night away.
In the year 1949, three elite members of the Poe Society gather in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Edgar Allan Poe. They hope to induct new members into the Society as well as attempt to summon the spirit of Poe and discover how he really died. Their foray into the spirit world through the eyes of a medium takes a sharp left when the spirit of Poe arrives and events do not go the way anyone expected.
The Cooping Theory: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? is an intimate, multisensory, immersive, paranormal experience located in a 150-year-old speakeasy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Enjoy a theater event featuring craft cocktails, delicious food, and live music after the show in the beautiful upstairs bar and outdoor patio at St. Mazie Bar & Supper Club.
Corkscrew Theater Festival is a brand-new festival coming to NYC this August that aims to increase access to production opportunities for a varied set of early-career artists, especially those who are redefining traditional creative roles and developing work through unusual collaborative models. The 2017 festival includes five new plays with eight performances each, plus a reading series of five plays in development. The festival is presented by The Brewing Dept. and Fortress Productions.
Toney Brown has fashioned an experimental play based on A Crack Up at the Race Riots by Harmony Korine. The play meditates on the Artaudian notion of psychology and suicide, focusing on how the term "mad" is thrust upon those who dare to speak unbearable truths to society. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the piece August 27 to September 16, directed by Brown.
The text of the play is taken directly from the novel and is brought to life on stage with a cast of seven performers. The play starts off with Tupac Shakur reading a letter to his mother followed by several vignettes, occasionally with Shakur interrupting with another letter to a different recipient. Each vignette contains a story of a unique individual in the community, ranging from a 19-year-old crack dealer discussing literature with his ex-high school librarian to a son recounting the abusive relationship his mother and father had over the years. At the end, the performers kill themselves.
Combining elements of Greek tragedy with contemporary devised theatre, Cradle Two Grave uses authentic found recordings, interviews, original music and raw text to draw its audience into the ongoing tug-of-war between twin sisters and chronic mental illness. While our patient Frances takes us on a journey through the fraught history of mental illness by way of her own experiences in and out of treatment, her twin sister, Mo, grapples with her own fears and frustrations. Mo ultimately comes to terms with that which she cannot control - her sister's diagnosis, and her unconditional love for the diagnosed.
Poet Walt Whitman's personal experience caring for Union soldiers in a Civil War field hospital sets the stage for composer-librettist Matthew Aucoin's critically acclaimed and resonant opera. Directed by Diane Paulus, with Aucoin conducting 26-piece chamber orchestra A Far Cry, the opera features baritone Rod Gilfry (Walt Whitman), tenor Alexander Lewis (John Wormley), bass baritone Davone Tines (Freddie Stowers), soprano Jennifer Zetlan (Messenger), and an 11-member male chorus. The work was commissioned by American Repertory Theater for the National Civil War Project, commemorating the war's 150th anniversary.
Set in a ramshackle hospital, bloodied and broken soldiers await their fates and news of the war's end. Aucoin's fictional characterization of Whitman presents a conflicted but compassionate man drawn romantically to a wounded soldier. That soldier, John Wormley, is himself a complex character in need. Crossing features rich choral segments and additional solo roles by Davone Tines as Freddie Stowers, an escaped slave who later joined the Union forces, and Jennifer Zetlan — the opera's sole female voice — as the messenger who brings word of the war's end.
Extreme loss shakes a Texas family as its members comes to terms with a tragic act of violence. In the midst of widespread media attention, their story becomes an allegory for the national debate over religion, tolerance, and the seedlings of hate. With humor and resilience, they confront ghosts of the past and discover the brutal universal truths that define the American family in the 21st century.
After six years in the army, Stephan Wolfert hopped off the Amtrak deep in the mountains of Montana and found himself at a performance of RICHARD III that would change his life forever. In this heartrending two act, one man show, Wolfert examines his own experience pre- and post-service, in the lines of some of Shakespeare's most famous speeches. Through his own personal insights as he explores our societal neurosis of war, and questions, is there room for improvement in the way in which we reintegrate our Vets back into society? The military recruits citizens and trains them to kill, but what does the "de-cruit" process look like? How do we re-learn to live together? Trigger warning: Cry Havoc! contains strong language and strong content.
Starring Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Curvy Widow, this sassy, frank, and witty new musical comedy takes audiences through the semiautobiographical adventures of a gutsy, recently widowed 50-something woman as she immerses herself in the modern dating scene. From exploring internet personal ads and surviving hilarious first dates to weighing the pros and cons of married vs. unmarried men, this widow romps her way through it all with humor and perseverance, discovering unexpected truths about love, life, and sex as she goes. Alongside dramatis personae including best friends, a dead husband, and potential suitors, Curvy learns the hard way what it means to start life over in the modern age.
In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up questions: What truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable? Loosely inspired by a passage from The Great Gatsby, this timely new play by the author of The City of Conversation probes the troubling relationship of finance and educational opportunity in American life today. Directing is Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt).
The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Broadway and concert stage star Daniel Reichard is bringing his popular annual New York City holiday show back to the historic music room. Reichard, who created the role of Bob Gaudio in the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys and currently tours with the vocal group, "The Midtown Men," will play the iconic jazz club for three consecutive nights.
Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
All his life, Evan Hansen has felt invisible. Then tragedy strikes, forcing him into the center of a community controversy. At last he has the chance to become somebody else — somebody who fits in.
Dear Evan Hansen is a new, deeply personal musical about living and lying in the world today. It first opened off-Broadway in a production that received an Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical. Much of the original cast, including its Obie-winning star, Ben Platt, have transferred with the show to Broadway. Another Obie winner, Steven Levenson, wrote the musical's book; the music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal) directs.
Set in a New York City rehearsal room, Dear Jane journeys into the life of a passionate artist, Julie, who explores the divergent paths of her past. From her fractured relationship with her identical twin, Jane, to love affairs to questionable parenting skills to her time as a political activist, she strives to demonstrate how art is the ultimate expression of meaning, even if it may be beyond her boundaries.
This musical journey takes audiences back in time — specifically, to when "soul" emerged as a style of music. Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers helped popularize soul music, as did Stax Records' Booker T. & the MG's. Before long, James Brown became the "Godfather of Soul" and Aretha Franklin its queen.
Now vocalists Prentiss McNeil (of the Drifters) and Bruce Wayne (of the Midnight Movers, Wilson Pickett's backing band) lead this classic soul revue. Their energy is unmatched; their showmanship, breathtaking. A Decade of Soul is a passion-driven tribute; the passion may even drive audience members out of their seats and onto their feet.
One of Broadway's greatest stars will join forces with an authority on all things Broadway for an extraordinary evening of music and merriment. For the first time in New York City, two-time Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone will revisit some of the iconic roles of her illustrious career, and Seth Rudetsky, the host of Seth's Big Fat Broadway on SiriusXM, will deconstruct them as only he can do. After acclaimed performances together across the U.S. and in London, the pair's unscripted evening will include stories LuPone hasn't talked about anywhere else and would share only at the prompting of Rudetsky. Proceeds from the event will benefit Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.
Hailed for its "compelling and innovative programming (WQXR Radio)," dell'Arte Opera Ensemble presents its 2017 UNTAMED! Opera Festival as a summer share in downtown New York City's La MaMa Theatre. Spotlighting the unpredictable, wild characters of opera, this year's festival explores parallels between human, animal, and supernatural realms. dell'Arte opens the festival with two fully staged rarities: Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto, which combines the two Greek myths of Jove's seduction of Calisto and Diana's affair with Endymion; and Leoš Janáček's Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen), which tracks the intersection of animal lives with those of humans and explores their common experiences. For audiences new to opera, the festival offers a colorful tapestry of several works in UNTAMED! Opera Scenes, excerpts from Carmen, Rusalka, Pelléas et Mélisande, and more; and Wild Things, a recital of repertoire about the animal kingdom and other "untamed" creatures.
In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wandered the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spied on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashed in the Russian city of Smolensk.
Set in Russia over the course of 80 years, this thrilling new play by Rajiv Joseph (Guards at the Taj) traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy theories.
The York Theatre Company opens its 2017-18 season with Desperate Measures, the foot-stompin', knee-slappin' new musical with a nod to Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. It's funny, it's sexy, it's country, and it's a New York premiere with music by award-winning composer David Friedman and book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Peter Kellogg.
In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother's life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will "do his bidding" for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche.
Dido, a young queen in the midst of building the city of Carthage, is thrown into turmoil when the brave and handsome warrior Aeneas lands on her shores. Initially rejecting his advances, her ever-observing court coaxes her into a relationship with the visitor for their own enjoyment. After a very swift and public romance, the lovers are split by a jealous and conniving Sorceress, driving Dido and all of Carthage to a tragic end.
The play focuses on the lives of young African-American students in fraternities and sororities at an unnamed Los Angeles art school. Many of these students are dealing with closely held secrets as they attempt to finish out the semester with their friends. A young woman struggles to come to terms with her sexuality while trying to stay true to those around her. A trans man living in a fraternity with his brothers must face up to the moment when he finally admits his secret. This young African-American cast and creative team endeavor to highlight the issues affecting black students today. The show features a number of fashion, music, and spoken word interludes which showcase modern elements of African-American culture. In particular, the soundtrack for this show is a mix of recorded African-American pop music and original music by Karachi and by Jhenet Tati featuring Goodz Da animal.
Broadway. We all know it. We all love it. Distorted Broadway asks and answers the simple question: What if your favorite Broadway shows didn't end up being quite what you expected? What if Avenue Q really turned out to be a ballet about south Brooklyn or if Jersey Boys was about the Jersey Shore? What would Oklahomo, Trannie, The Queen & I, The Book of Morons, or West Village Story be like? And what the heck does "Turn Off The Dark" mean, anyway? Find out in this truly wicked 70-minute, non-stop musical theater tribute, where everything gets twisted -- even the happy ending!
Distorted Diznee is an outrageous Las Vegas-style parody revue of some of America's most beloved animated classics. Come be Part of Our World as a troupe of fabulous drag queens takes you on a twisted -- and very adult -- journey, catapulting you back to your childhood into a Magical Kingdom where dreams come true. This ever-evolving 75-minute non-stop extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies"-- with a bit of Cher, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel and Rihanna thrown in for good measure! This show is certain to offer a happy ending -- if you believe in fairies, that is!
Written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath and directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, A Doll's House, Part 2 explores, in uproarious fashion, the emotional chaos that results when Nora Helmer returns to the home she exited 15 years earlier. The play stars Tony winner Julie White, Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Erin Wilhelmi.
Come enjoy New York's hottest up and coming talent at this wonderful cabaret located in the heart of the theater district. Don't Tell Mama's Piano bar provides music and fun every night from 9:30 pm on. The space provides two cabaret rooms showcasing a wide range of performers and styles. To check out their full schedule click: Don't Tell Mama. There is a two drink minimum at all cabaret performances.
Twelve iconic divas wrapped into one! This versatile, rambunctious show features live vocals and onstage costume changes. New York's Dorothy Bishop pays hilarious, loving tribute to performers from Cher and Madonna to Stevie Nicks and opera star Renée Fleming.
Nominated for Best Tribute Show by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret in 2015!
A series of talks where The Drama League gets "up close" with the stars and creators behind New York's biggest theatrical successes!
One professional New York actor has at least five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform in a Shakespeare play.
There is a hidden library on the second floor of a building on 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue. With over 15,000 books, the Drunk Shakespeare Society meets every night to drink...and perhaps do a little Shakespeare. A mysterious bartender serves cocktails through a 10-foot-high bookcase made entirely of black books. A hundred prized novels are forever buried in an amber fluid in front of a royal throne. Other easter eggs are hidden throughout the room...
Note: Audience members must be at least 21 years old.
Duo: A Musical is a coming of age tale. Aaron Thompson is the star of the football team, gets good grades, and should be content — so why does he wake up with questions every morning? And that new kid, James...why does he create such a spark inside Aaron? Duo: A Musical combines pop and rock music to create an electrifying score, filled with musical numbers that both soar above the skies and stay grounded.
The star of the cult TV comedy hit Black Books returns to New York City in an all-new show. Dylan Moran is sarcastic, unique, and glorious — go enjoy one of the masters of stand-up comedy!
The novel El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba ("No One Writes to the Colonel") by Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez (100 Years of Solitude) has been adapted for this world premiere production. Written in 1956-57, while Garcia Márquez was living in Paris, El Coronel is the story of an impoverished, retired colonel, a veteran of Colombia's Thousand Days' War who still hopes to receive the pension he was promised 15 years earlier. The action is set during the period known as "La Violencia" in Colombia — years of martial law, rampant corruption, and censorship.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System.
Eleanora Duse Dies in Pittsburgh is a short dark comedy written by Don Nigro about the terror and holiness of theater. Famous Italian actress Eleanora Duse finds herself regretful of her past actions and attempts to find some sort of relief, only to be pestered by the comedic interactions of other famous characters around her, leaving her more uncertain of her eventual fate. The actress would like to mend affairs with her daughter, Enrichetta, whom she abandoned for a career upon the stage. But the chaos of the unwelcome intruders frightens and confuses Enrichetta, prompting her to leave her mother once again. Just as all looks lost and unresolved, Duse's companion Desiree introduces her to an aspiring actress named Eva (based on Eva Le Gallienne), who is terrified and nervous about "telling lies" and desecrating the holiness of the theater. Duse realizes then that despite being unworthy of the holy theater stage, it is all she truly has. And that is the paradoxical nature of life and death, light and dark.
Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he's actually human, Buddy's enormous size and toy-making ineptitude cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New Yorkers connect with their inner elf.
Endangered! is an international, multicultural, multi-species musical about a social media-savvy kid reporter and a group of famous endangered animals from around the globe that try to survive an unexpected superstorm. Stranded at the zoo when the storm hits the city, the kid and the endangered animals must quickly learn to understand and respect each other while working to save themselves. Endangered! has melodies that are renewable and harmonies that are sustainable, making this groundbreaking eco-musical uplifting and enjoyable for creatures of all ages!
Imagine a place where the sun is hot, the water's warm, and the drinks are as cold as they are plentiful. Welcome to Margaritaville, an island paradise where city folk get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble they can almost always sweet-talk their way out of. Take a break from your concerns, make some new friends at the bar, and kick back to the soothing sounds of the kettledrum.
Escape to Margaritaville is a musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and beloved Jimmy Buffett classics, including "Come Monday," "Volcano," and "Cheeseburger in Paradise." With a book by Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Emmy nominee Mike O'Malley (Survivor's Remorse), this rousing and refreshing new production is directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) and choreographed by Tony nominee Kelly Devine (Come From Away) .
Holly and Miles are heirs to an etiquette dynasty. Following in the footsteps of their media-mogul friends Ben & Jen, Holly and Miles launch a new brand targeted at manner-less #millennials. Will privilege, politesse, and podcasts save them from destroying one another?
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) debuts his newest work, Exquisita Agonía ("Exquisite Agony"), in this world premiere production. According to Cruz, Exquisita Agonía is a love story that explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he receives a new heart.
Following news of their brilliant but estranged father's stroke, Mychal reluctantly returns to their childhood home in Oxford, Mississippi. Upon arrival, they are confronted by a community grappling with death, love, scientific legacy, identity, and a few old ghosts. With its blend of realism and the supernatural, False Stars is a darkly humorous modern take on the Southern Gothic drama—in which strained relationships, covert queer love triangles, and notebooks of mysterious origin lurk around every corner.
King Philippe V of Spain (Mark Rylance) lies awake in his chamber, plagued by insomnia. The queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli — a castrato with a voice so divine that it can captivate all who hear it. Astonished when Farinelli sings, Philippe begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe?
Choreographers working in all dance forms workshop 25- to 35-minute pieces on a shared bill curated around the theme "Awareness" with Janice Rosario and Company & SNM Dance Collective.
Michael Feinstein: Showstoppers
August 8-September 3
Two-time Emmy Award- and five-time Grammy Award-nominated Michael Feinstein returns to Feinstein's/54 Below with the surefire showstopping songs that made Broadway great… from then and now.
Liz Callaway: The Beat Goes On
July 25, 28-29, & September 10
Broadway favorite Liz Callaway returns to Feinstein's/54 Below this summer with an evening of music from the 1960s. Featuring pop hits of the era and music from Broadway and the movies, the show also includes songs from her iconic album The Beat Goes On.
Tovah Feldshuh: Aging Is Optional
August 1 & 3
An age-defying romp. Some people call them decades; Tovah calls them her collected works. It's an hour of Juvederm for the soul, a booster for the heart and a probiotic of laughter!
Lesli Margherita:Rule Your Kingdom
Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea, Zorro) returns to Feinstein's/54 Below with a new take on her signature cabaret show. With her take-no-prisoners attitude and self-deprecating humor, Margherita "inspires," "uplifts," and "slaps you across the face" — and let's be honest, everyone needs a good slap in the face every once in a while.
Don Scardino appearing in The Broadhurst at 100! 54 Celebrates the Broadhurst Theatre
Join us for an evening of songs and stories, performed by Don Scardino and other legends who were lucky enough to grace the Broadhurst stage!
Written as a love letter to his late father, the infamous owner of "Sid King's Crazy Horse Bar," Mike King performs his life story about being a dentist, a stand up comedian, and the son of a "nightclub" owner. A heart-warming, hilarious tribute to his father Sid King, "The Sultan of Striptease."
Finishing the Suit is a memory play about a tailor who mourns the loss of the two most important people in his life: his lover, Jimmy, and his most famous client, the Duke of Windsor. The play explores people's bravery to break free of the lives their families expect them to lead and to be true to themselves. The play begins with a nameless tailor working on the Duke's funeral suit; however, he is also working through his guilt and unresolved feelings for both Jimmy and the Duke. The other two men appear before him and conversation ensues focusing on faith, gay identity, nationality, and class differences. Through this, we learn more about each character. The tailor is a working-class New York Jew who is expected to marry a strictly Jewish woman and raise a traditional family. Jimmy was raised Catholic in Northern Ireland and became a gay Broadway dancer. The Duke of Windsor had abdicated the throne of England to marry the American woman he loved.
Playing Peter Pan at her hometown children's theater is one of Ann's fondest, most formative memories. Now, 50 years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old. With this play, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Sarah Ruhl conjures a tender, yearning tale that flies in the face of time, searching for a second youth.
For What It's Worth, written and directed by Chris Bayon, is a musical about a group of talented jazz and classical musician-actors living and working in New York City. Set in the 1930s, the play peeks into a society where the classical instrumentalists are the elite while the jazz players are poor street workers. It becomes a musical battleground between jazz artists and classical musicians when Christopher, a struggling trumpet player, falls in love with a violinist, Carolina, who comes from an upper-class family. The two cannot be together but still try, even though Carolina's family and Christopher's peers do not accept their love. Will they end up together, or will their peers and families tear them apart first?
Frantic Beauty reflects on society's pursuit of, and relationship to, beauty, and features an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards). Layering their signature physicality over vivid visual landscapes, the multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya and the LEIMAY Ensemble return to BAM Fisher with this world premiere.
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses, and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind. The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs, and sultry confessions. Improv performers then use that writing to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity. The cast includes a fistful of New York City's best improvisers with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, Chicago's Second City, the Onion, and NPR — and at least one Primetime Emmy Award loser.
Born in response to the news that the New York Fringe Festival would not take place in the summer of 2017, FRIDGE Fest is a multidisciplinary theater festival featuring new works of all genres. Audiences can expect a run of unique, thought-provoking plays by both established and emerging artists. All plays include — nay, feature — a fridge.
Half of all the performances at FRIDGE Fest will be Fill Our Fridge nights, in which tickets can be purchased with nonperishable goods instead of money. Donations will be delivered to City Harvest.
Each ticket holder will see two plays in one evening.
The festival features: Moving Day by Jenny King, Rock Paper Scissors by Suzanne Willett, Nick and Zoe by Daniel Talbott, Sad Indie Love Song by Steve McMahon, Funny Voices, or a Thing I Cannot Name by Matthew Minnicino, Two Below Zero by MJ Halberstadt, Scarcity Freezer by Glenn Marla, no seconds by Korde Arrington Tuttle, Joy by Katie Cappiello, and What's in Your Fridge? by Jordan G. Teicher.
Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Gunther are back. Friends! The Musical follows the misadventures of these six twentysomething pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in Manhattan. Friends! The Musical was created by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the duo behind Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical, 90210! The Musical, Full House! The Musical, and...you get the idea.
When 23-year-old performer Walker Vreeland took a job as a lead singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines in 2003, he could never have imagined the voyage that lay ahead. Boarding the Bermuda-bound ship would precipitate a mental breakdown so severe, he would wind up months later at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Mood Disorder Psychiatric Ward. From Ship to Shape is a tragicomic autobiographical monologue about one young man's struggle with mental illness in today's world.
Broadway's Frozen is based on the 2013 movie that won Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song ("Let It Go"). The stage production expands on and deepens the film's plot and themes through new songs and story material provided by the film's creators, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh), EGOT winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), and book writer Jennifer Lee (Zootopia). In fact, the Broadway show features more than twice as much music as the film. The musical's director is Michael Grandage, a Tony Award winner (Red), and its choreographer is Rob Ashford, another Tony winner (Thoroughly Modern Millie).
The international Galli Group, founded by philosopher and playwright Johannes Galli, stages modern adaptations of fairy tales. Written by Galli, these adaptations make children laugh and also communicate social issues relevant to today's world. Audience participation is part of the experience: Children may go onstage and interact with the actors. By awakening a sense of liveliness in audiences and actors alike, the Galli Group's shows celebrate childhood.
Take the journey of a lifetime and step into the "unbubblelievable" magical kingdom of Fan Yang's Gazillion Bubble Show! The first and only interactive stage production of its kind, complete with fantastic light effects, lasers, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry, this unforgettable extravaganza is not to be missed.
Fan Yang's gorgeous and unique creations defy gravity and logic as we know it. He holds (and has broken his own) Guinness World Records for the biggest bubble ever blown, the largest bubble wall ever created (a staggering 156 feet!), most bubbles within a bubble, and in May 2006 he was able to encapsulate 22 people inside a single soap bubble on live television in Madrid. His performances, including an appearance on The David Letterman Show, have been broadcast worldwide.
Over the past two decades, Fan Yang has explored the fragile and mysterious world of soap bubbles and emerged with a completely new medium, blending art and science to dazzle audiences around the globe. Children and adults of all ages are sure to be amazed, mystified, and enchanted!
This one-man show paints a picture of a family and a time. Songs by New York artist and musician Marc McBarron Kessler. Starring J. Michael Reeds.
God in a Box is a one-act play written, directed, and performed by Craig Silver, on a man agonizing over his love-hate relationship for God. Silver plays a man contemplating what to do with God when the deity has been captured and put into a box in front of him. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the piece's American premiere.
A black cardboard box, where God is imprisoned, will be visible at the center of the stage. Silver's soliloquy erupts with active physicality as he channels aggression toward the box, indicting God for His offenses against humanity. Silver also acknowledges first his appreciation and then his love for the Divinity. After he tires of criticizing God's crimes and cruelties, curiosity engulfs Silver. He breaks open the box and, much to his surprise, finds a do-it-yourself God kit consisting of a white beard, robe, and scepter.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People's Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. The company's members are athletes, actors, and artists who have studied and trained for their crafts since early childhood. The group averages 200 performances annually and has toured through all 50 states and performed in over 65 countries across the world.
A collection of spoken word and hip-hop pieces on topics ranging from gentrification and womanism to interracial dating and natural hair.
From Scott Carter, the executive producer of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, comes The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. This new play features three of history's most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debating everything from religion to literature to marriage. Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Leo Tolstoy are trapped in a limbo wherein each believes his path to salvation depends on convincing the other two that they are wrong. Kimberly Senior, the acclaimed director of Disgraced and Chris Gethard's Career Suicide, directs this battle of biblical proportions.
Presented by award-winning filmmaker, artist, and producer Gary Beeber, Gotham Burlesque is an exciting evening of song, dance, tricks and visual treats will feature a different cast at each performance, offering a wide range of live entertainments from around the globe.
All politics are local. Nikolai Gogol's deeply silly satire of small-town corruption offers a riotous portrait of rampaging self-delusion. When the crooked leadership of a provincial village discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption, the town weaves a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness. This New York premiere of acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's (Stage Beauty) adaptation offers a hilarious reminder of the timelessness of bureaucracy and buffoonery. The inimitable Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar) leads an all-star cast that includes Mary Testa (two Tony Award nominations, five Drama Desk nominations, Drama Desk Special Award for "consistently outstanding work"), Arnie Burton (Peter and the Starcatcher), Stephen DeRosa (Into the Woods), and Michael McGrath (Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Nice Work If You Can Get It and Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Spamalot).
Inspired by Vicki Baum's 1929 novel, Grand Hotel follows the postwar comings and goings of the artists, businessmen, jewel thieves, and ambitious young secretaries whose lives intersect in the opulent lobby of Berlin's most prestigious hotel. First produced under the title At the Grand (1958), the original production was revitalized in 1989 by director-choreographer Tommy Tune and enjoyed a Tony Award-winning run on Broadway.
Winner of two 2017 Tony Awards!
Starring multiplatinum recording artist Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is based on 70 pages of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. Natasha is a beautiful ingenue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancé Andrey to return from the war against France. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing (but married) Anatole, and her position in society is all but ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre (Groban), a lonely outsider whose love for Natasha may be the key to her redemption and to the renewal of his own soul.
The Great Comet comes to Broadway after a sold-out run in Boston and a critically acclaimed off-Broadway premiere in 2013. Its renowned creative team has redesigned the Imperial Theatre as an opulent Russian salon, where every seat provides a unique perspective and an unforgettable experience. The musical's groundbreaking score mixes rock, pop, soul, folk, and electronic dance music with a classic Broadway sound.
San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a "friendship" game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the Cultural Revolution aftermath, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from her father's life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee makes her Atlantic Theater Company debut with this tender but fast-paced play.
Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical!
Karma can be a funny thing. So when a big-city weatherman gets stuck in small-town America, laughter is in the forecast. With his unique look on life, Phil Connors is always ready with a one-liner or clever quip about the all-too-cheery people of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. But one extraordinary day is about to show Phil that maybe the joke is really on him. Andy Karl stars in this new Broadway musical as Phil, a role that won him the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Actor.
Based on the iconic film, Groundhog Day is reimagined by the award-winning creators of the international hit Matilda the Musical — including director Matthew Warchus and songwriter Tim Minchin — with a book by original screenwriter Danny Rubin. This musical comedy is about living life to the fullest, one day at a time.
Gruff! takes place in a world that goats have transformed into a toxic junkyard. A young goat named Gruf discovers the magically hidden Troll Valley - the only surviving oasis of natural plant and animal life left on Earth. Gruf eagerly tries to convince her fellow goats to join her on a quest to make the world green again, but her elders are bent on drilling for fuel in Troll Valley. The fate of the world hangs in the balance!
Tribute Center Walking Tour Guides are 9/11 survivors, workers who assisted in the recovery efforts, lower Manhattan residents, or family members that lost loved ones. The tour includes a brief history of the World Trade Center, the attacks and the aftermath of 9/11. Each tour offers unique personal experiences of survival, loss and healing and ends in discussion of the rebuilding of the new World Trade Center. Please note: on inclement weather days, the tours go into the World Financial Center, looking into the 9/11 Memorial, and passes to the 9/11 Memorial are distributed after the tour concludes.
Iceland in the 19th century was not exactly an idyll; it was an island nation of farming and fishing communities, pretty much cut off from much of the rest of the world. Crime was rare and capital crimes rarer still. So the country's criminal cases have become the stuff of legend, including the child rape case in Rifsaedasel of 1837, which is as infamous to Icelanders as the Manson family is to Americans. Contemporary Icelandic playwright Hrafnhildur Hagalín Gudmundottir revisits this infamous case with Guilty (2014), a verse play that gracefully and provocatively examines issues of obsession and mercy which cling to it to this day. Robert Greer, artistic director of New York's August Strindberg Rep, discovered the piece, translated by Salka Gudmundsdottir, at a staged reading in Denmark in 2015 and resolved to bring the play to American audiences. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival has made this possible.
Almost everyone knows about Manhattan's Central Park, but far fewer people know its designers also created a sibling: Prospect Park! In the heart of Brooklyn, Prospect Park is an extraordinary combination of natural beauty and civil engineering. This Amazing Race-style hack competition takes small teams on a journey through Prospect Park, revealing amazing hidden facts and stories about specific locations, buildings, and monuments. Participants also dive into the park's history, biology, and modern relevance. Activities include...
- Prospect Park bingo!
- Physical and photo challenges!
- Tree identify-and-seek!
- Historical reenactments starring you!
Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From the creative team behind In the Heights comes Hamilton, a musical about a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has given words and music to the story of an unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind who went from being a bastard orphan to George Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury Department secretary who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, lifelong friend and foe of Hamilton, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
Oscar Isaac returns to the Public Theater in this electrifyingly intimate new production of Shakespeare's enduring drama Hamlet. Isaac plays the prince caught between thought and action, not to mention anger and anguish, as his uncle assumes the throne left vacant by Hamlet's murdered father. As the dead king calls to him from the grave, demanding to be avenged, Hamlet is forced to choose between bearing the oppressor's wrong and taking arms against a sea of troubles. Tony Award winner Sam Gold directs theater's most powerful tragedy about life and death, madness and conscience, and corruption — of the state as well as of the soul.
Torn Out Theater, the company that received international media attention last year for their nude, all-female production of The Tempest, returns with a nude, all-male outdoor production of Hamlet. The (free!) show celebrates body freedom and uses Shakespeare's classic tragedy to examine the assumptions and anxieties surrounding the nude male form.
Notes: Attendees are encouraged to arrive half an hour before curtain time, as seating is self-selected. They are welcome to bring picnic blankets or chairs; seating will be on the lawn in front of the Prospect Park Music Pagoda. No tickets required for this show!
Update: The show has been extended and transferred to Manhattan for 2 performances. Sept. 7 and 8 at 5:00pm at the King Jagiello Statue in Central Park.
In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what's the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they've abolished hanging? Among the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry's reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.
Following a sold-out run at London's Royal Court Theatre and subsequent transfer to the West End, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (The Cripple of Inishmaan) returns to Atlantic Theater Company with his first United States premiere in eight years.
A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man who leads an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn't much easier now that he's an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Set in Montezuma, Georgia, and New York City in 1941, this new work by Adrienne Kennedy — a multi-Obie Award winner and one of America's greatest living dramatists — is a heartbreaking and nail-biting memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love. The action, driven by lyrical parallel monologues and a chilling tour through a storeroom of charged images, braids together the indignities of Jim Crow, rising Nazism, sexual hypocrisy, Christopher Marlowe, and the lingering shadow of a terrible crime.
Barry Weiss is a hotshot broker — smart, tough, and arrogant. When Barry needs a new heart, he descends into a comically callous world of inept doctors and hard-bitten nurses. Shortly after receiving a transplant, he finds that everything feels radically wrong, including emotions of kindness and compassion. In an effort to find out why, he tracks down the widow of his heart donor and begins a journey of discovery into the real meaning of his new heart.
Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical (Bette Midler), this widely acclaimed new production of Hello, Dolly! has smashed house records numerous times and achieved the highest weekly gross in the history of the Shubert Organization. Directed by multi-Tony winner Jerry Zaks, it pays tribute to the original work of legendary director-choreographer Gower Champion, whose production was hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Don't miss one of the most celebrated shows of the Broadway season!
Prince Hal is caught between two worlds: In the tavern, he carouses with a wild bunch led by the scoundrel Falstaff, but at court, the king presses him to shoulder his responsibilities as heir to the throne. Meanwhile, the rebellious Hotspur threatens to destroy the kingdom. Shakespeare's action-packed coming-of-age story asks, "What makes a good leader?"
her, him, prince, michael & marvin (aka Love is Love is Love) was birthed out of April, 21, 2016, and the passing of the Purple One. After MJ in 2009, Mia Anderson was shocked by how she was impacted by the transition of men she had never met and wouldn't know her if she passed them on the street. This piece explores how three artists have impacted her and brought her closer or helped to heal the pieces that have seemed disparate but are part of her.
HERE is an award-winning, boundary-stretching institution. Its 2017-18 lineup features three HERE resident artist world premieres; the world premiere of a production helmed by HERE artistic director Kristin Marting; innovative works from the Dream Music Puppetry Program, including a revival of Symphonie Fantastique by Basil Twist; the sixth annual Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now festival; and HERE's yearly Culturemart festival, in which HERE serves up a first look at new work in process from artists in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). The multidisciplinary productions in the 2017-18 season represent the culmination of commissions and developmental residencies of up to three years in HARP and/or the Dream Music Puppetry Program. For a complete list of shows, click the link below.
For 25 years, City Center's Encores! series has been bringing classic American musicals back to life. City Center is where Chicago, Wonderful Town, and Finian's Rainbow were reborn — but they were just the beginning. Catch a glimpse at the future of Encores! in this original production, a cavalcade of overtures, opening numbers, grand finales, and other excerpts from beloved shows that Encores! hasn't gotten to...yet. Look for Mack & Mabel, Greenwillow, Wildcat, and others of their ilk. The many musical numbers in Hey, Look Me Over! add up to one exciting celebration: Encores! at 25.
TBH high school is v v v hard, especially if you're a witch! Liana, Naomi, Rachel, and Trina form a coven to cope with the pressures of being a teenage girl, like finding the perfect homecoming dress, locating a suitable familiar, and something more sinister -- reporting sexual assault within the education system. Join us for this dark comedy about female friendship and the art of magick!
New York Premiere
Written by Tony- and Olivier Award-winning playwright Brian Friel.
In the hot Donegal August of 1878, the fruits of colonialism and the ambiguities of loyalty are tested within the background of impossible love. Christopher Gore, the liberal-minded Anglo-Irish landlord and his son, David, reside at the Lodge with their "chatelaine" Margaret, with whom they are both in love. Christopher's cousin, Dr. Richard Gore, arrives with the intention of pursuing a Darwin-inspired scientific theory: By measuring the craniums of the indigenous Irish, he hopes to crack the genetic code of the indigenes…demonstrating their inferior place in the natural order. Set in the era of the rumblings of violence and uncertainty at the dawn of the Home Rule movement, Brian Friel explores the aftermath of Dr. Gore's experiment as deep animosity is dangerously ignited among the suspicious villagers of Ballybeg.
A best-selling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she's long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.
Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is a tragedy set in a cloistered world of women in 1930s Spain. A tyrannical mother dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. Their repressed environment leads to an explosion of passion, jealousy, hatred, and despair.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System. At matinee performances, subtitles are provided only by request.
The House of Charity, by Andre F. Degas, is a hyper-realistic, racially and sexually charged drama set in a fast-paced working environment, bursting with expressionistic scenic media. The play opens with the residents of the institution bickering, throwing racist and homophobic slurs around, and making attempts to undermine each other at every turn. Political strategies play out as some grapple desperately for power, while others just want an hour off so they can see their kids. Issues of responsibility and loyalty arise as a group of men attempt to run a professional kitchen to feed a crowd of hundreds. Will they come together and cast aside their differences for the sake of the less fortunate? The play addresses serious issues about addiction and recovery. It is dedicated to the men and women who are healing their lives with faith, service, and love.
Indulge a bachelorette party fantasy, celebrate a birthday, or have the ultimate girls' night out at NYC's longest running male revue show. Yes girls, you can bring your male friends with you.
Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2017 presents the world premiere of I Am Antigone, a contemporary adaptation of the Sophocles text by poet Saudamini Siegrist, and directed by Myriam Cyr, begins performances September 8. Starring Broadway and screen actress Nicole Ansari and internationally renowned Comédie-Française actor and dancer Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, I Am Antigone is a timely story of one woman's stand against the abuse of political power. Defying Creon's command by performing burial rites for her beloved brother Polynices, Oedipus's daughter Antigone is condemned to be buried alive. And there, impervious to time, she lives to this day.
A play about the life and times of one of America's premier comediennes. Taking place at the end of her career, on the day of her last performance at the world-famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, an interview is granted to Mr. Charles Earsthstien from The Chicago Community Paper.
I Like It Like That – A Musical is the story of the Rodríguez family living in New York City in the early 1970s. At that time music was the proudest expression of "El Barrio," their East Harlem neighborhood. I Like It Like That takes the audience on a historical musical journey amid neighborhood volatility and social activism. As neighborhood residents deal with the ever-present pull between escape and social conscience, so too members of the Rodríguez family navigate the challenges they face living in the heart of a volatile environment. Instilled in them is the importance of family and the desire to succeed. Starring as the patriarch is Tito Nieves, Grammy nominee and Latin music superstar.
Nathalie's clown, dubbed Little Snotty after her tendency to cry and even leak snot out of her red nose during exercises in clown class, is a BIG failure. Her problem arises from her ineptitude to cultivate the irrational hope of a clown. Her journey is marked by encounters with birthday, hospital, and theater clowns who discuss failure and why they keep pouring all their work, pain, and love into something that is sort of dumb and useless. This leads us to the big question: Why do we commit ourselves and time to creating any type of art, even when it hurts us and can never be perfect?
Hi-Excellent Productions presents two one-acts by NYC playwright Edward Allan Baker:
DOLORES Dolores flees her abusive husband, clinging to the hope that her sister Sandra can give her the strength she can't find in herself. Sandra is not putting up with this s**t today.
LILA ON THE WALL A woman thought she saw Jesus in a graffiti-covered sea wall three months ago, and now reporter Lila and TV photographer Carl are back on the scene to cover the story — but the story's a dud. Unable to back out, Lila barrels ahead without a plan until they go live.
#IamSueCostello is Sue Costello's life story that she has been writing for 20 years. It was inspired after her TV show —Costello on Fox — got cancelled. She read an article in the New York Times that said that poor kids hear fewer words than rich kids. Costello thought, "I'm not going to stop telling my story, no matter how many words I have or how many obstacles I have to overcome." The result is a play that connects the dots in a journey to a girl returning to her authentic self.
Costello, though best known as a comedian, created and performs this play solo but with extraordinary range. She plays herself at different periods in her life and converses with real-life characters the audience can't see but whose presence is as real and riveting as hers. What's especially striking about #IamSueCostello is that it isn't simply a monologue about Costello's life or a series of quick impressions, but a part-comedic performance, part-raw emotional saga.
Developed at the Lark Playwriting Center, If Only is a new four-character play by Thomas Klingenstein exploring a love and racial equality that might have been. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln visited New York City, where he befriended a well-educated ex-slave and a young, spirited woman ensconced in New York society. Later, in the middle of the American Civil War, Lincoln brought the two of them together. A romantic relationship ensued, though neither party could acknowledge it. Now, 36 years later, they meet again.
The year is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom. A four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square, Carnegie Hall is slated for demolition, and entire neighborhoods on Manhattan's West Side are leveled to make room for a new "palace of art." Also, a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city's elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park.
From Richard Nelson, the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade, comes a drama about a different kind of family — one held together by the belief that the theater and N.Y.C. belong to everyone.
Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a boozy romp through the history of spirits and cocktails in this smash — make that smashed — hit! Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy once used as a meeting place by the notorious Tammany Society, The Imbible chaperones audiences on a trip through 10,000 years of world history. The journey is accompanied by music — the a capella stylings of The Backwaiters — and craft cocktails. You can sit back, drink up, and enjoy as Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and, like any good bartender, keeps his guests laughing throughout the night. Tickets to this critically acclaimed comedy sell out weekly, so get yours early.
Note: Each ticket includes three cocktails.
Looking for the quintessential New York City brunch experience? You'll find it at New World Stages in The Imbible: Day Drinking, the latest edition of the hit musical comedy series about cocktails and spirits! After all, what could be more N.Y.C. than combining brunch with a show in the heart of Manhattan's world-famous theater district? Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends.
Note: A complimentary continental bunch and three craft cocktails are included as part of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy brunch and your first drink. Attendees must be 21 or older.
"A production you and your children don't want to miss!" - ABC NEWS
Totally based on audience suggestion and participation, you become a part of the show. The multi talented cast presents spontaneously theater and music original to every show. Hilarious parodies of Opera, Broadway, Shakespeare, Mime, Modern Dance, Jazz and Hip Hop dazzle audiences and alternate with interactive theater scenes. Think Who's Line is it Anyway meets Nickelodeon.
A story reveals the illusion of one's identity in Derek DelGaudio's modern allegory, In & Of Itself. New ways of seeing the unseeable are explored, as memories from yesterday, inexplicable events witnessed today, and secrets imagined for tomorrow all blend together, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. The writer and producers of Nothing to Hide reunite with executive producer Neil Patrick Harris to present this theatrical experience directed by Frank Oz.
In a Little Room tells the story of two strangers trapped in the cold comforts of a hospital waiting room, feebly trying to restart their lives and failing fantastically as the hospital, possibly, burns down around them.
The Tony Award-winning author, performer, and activist Eve Ensler, whose Vagina Monologues is an international sensation, comes to Manhattan Theatre Club with a powerful new play based on her critically acclaimed memoir. While working with women suffering from the ravages of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ensler was stunned by a life-threatening diagnosis. Told with her signature brand of humor, Ensler's personal journey uncovers surprising connections between her body and the earth and how illness can be both transformative and transcendent. Directing this bold, unflinching, and inspiring piece is Tony winner Diane Paulus (Waitress).
In the Wake is a play with music (haunting a cappella melodies and rhythms) which explores the themes of holding onto elements of those we have loved and lost, and how we carry them with us. These themes are explored through the content of the story as well as through physical theater and movement exploration. In the Wake is rich in metaphorical imagery and exploration. The skeleton of the production follows a romantic couple's journey on a farm in the middle of nowhere.
Erica, shy and more than a little socially awkward, is in love with Dee. The problem is that her family, her only and equally awkward new friend, and the nosy residents of their small town in Massachusetts don't understand at all because Dee...well, Dee is a letter in the Dairy Queen sign. Inanimate is a play that explores objectum sexuality, feeling like an outsider, listening to your heart, and finally finding your tribe. This world premiere production is directed by Flea associate artist Courtney Ulrich and features the Bats, the Flea's resident acting company.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
The Open Finals features the top 10 a cappella "dream teams" from around the globe — groups of all ages and styles — as determined by the preceding tournament. They face off against the winners of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) as they compete for a $25,000 cash prize to jump-start their professional careers.
If you loved Pitch Perfect, you'll love this event — in fact, the movie is based on a true story of our ICCA tournament! Previous ICCA Finalists include John Legend and Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix! ICCA Finals sells out quickly every year, but this new tournament is a great chance to catch a world-class live a cappella show at half the price. Come join us before this tournament explodes as well!
In 1965, Life magazine published an astonishing photo essay of two New York City junkies, John and Karen, shot by iconic photojournalist Bill Eppridge. These pictures, the most controversial that Life had ever published, shocked readers by bringing the grim reality of addiction into the American living room. Inspired by these photographs, LIT's creative director Carlo D'Amore explores the potential immersive theater has as a tool for empathic connection. With Live In Theater, these photographs will now come alive.
The infamous "Needle Park" is the backdrop for an interactive journey where 14 participants are immersed in the world of John and Karen. You will traverse the Lower East Side and play roles: friends, family, fellow drug addicts, as you bond and become complicit in the love story at the heart of these "two lives lost to heroin."
After consultation with Jim Steinmeyer (Pippin), Broadway's greatest illusion designer, Jason Bishop returns with jaw-dropping new tricks and illusions designed especially for this show's venue. Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic is festive fun for the whole family.
When Jeanie and May face eviction from their home, they seek freedom on the open road. Together, they traverse the back roads of Canada with spirit guide Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road. This surreal and heartfelt play explores what happens when you hold on to the past and when you let go.
Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis (Between Riverside and Crazy) begins his residency at Signature with a revival of his darkly comic meditation on redemption and faith, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, directed by Drama Desk Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson). Angel Cruz is a 30-year-old bicycle messenger awaiting trial for the death of the leader of a religious cult. Inside Rikers Island, a terrified Angel is befriended by a charismatic serial killer named Lucius Jenkins. Lucius has found God and been born again, and now Angel's life and the course of his trial will be changed forever.
Jim Caruso's Cast Party, a popular weekly event on Monday nights, is now at Birdland!
"No one can be called a true New Yorker until they've been to the Cast Party, which is to Broadway what the Conde-Nast cafeteria is to publishing. Divas and dapper-dans insouciantly sip cocktails while watching each other sing and perform at the open-mic event during Broadway's dark night," says Next Magazine. Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts a combination open-mic, networking event and party in which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Performers are accompanied by Billy Stritch, pianist and musical director for Liza Minnelli and Charles Aznavour.
It's 1985. Robert Merkin, the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker Lowell, has just landed on the cover of Time magazine. Hailed as "America's alchemist," his proclamation that "debt is an asset" has propelled him to dizzying heights. Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to reshape the world.
Junk is the story of Merkin's attempt to take over an iconic American manufacturing company and, in the process, to change all the rules. What Merkin sets in motion is nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and ultimately, pitting people against themselves.
Doug Hughes directs this new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar. The sets are by John Lee Beatty, the costumes by Catherine Zuber, the lighting by Ben Stanton, and the original music and sound by Mark Bennett.
When a mother and therapist are confronted with an unexpected dilemma in the raising of a disabled young woman, they must face decisions neither of them ever expected to make.
Katie, Miguel Toruño's debut play, is a story that questions when loyalty to a loved one should supersede social norms, taboos, or even the law. Toruño's play asks audiences to think of where they stand on important subjects such as devotion to family, sexual consent, treatment of the disabled, and the role we want the law to play in enforcing our views on these issues.
The unforgettable Broadway sensation with music by Tony- and Grammy-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. It's a feel-good celebration packed with nonstop fun...and a kick of pure joy!
Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots features a book by Tony-winning theater legend Harvey Fierstein and direction and choreography by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell. It tells the story of Charlie Price, who inherits his father's shoe factory. Looking to save the family business, Charlie turns to a fabulously fashionable new friend — cabaret star Lola — who gives him an outrageous idea that could change both of their destinies. Soon, this unlikely duo creates the most sensational footwear that's ever rocked the runways of Milan…giving the factory and its hardworking family a sparkling new future.
An exuberant story about finding friendship, inspiration, and passion where you least expect, Kinky Boots proves that you change the world when you change your mind. Experience the uplifting power of this Tony-winning musical that will raise your spirits to new heights!
Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
This fundraiser is an evening of songs from the World War Two era. Singing them are well-known and not so well-known theater artists, including Cara Akselrad, John Carlin, and Adam Cohen. Portia hosts, and the Dysfunctional Swingers dance. The event is directed by Jill DeArmon; Robert Cowie provides piano accompaniment. All money raised will go toward production costs for the new play Victory Girls, which is part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity next month.
KPOP is here, and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean pop music factory where stars are made…or broken. This show is a high-octane immersive event that gives audiences a backstage pass to a K-pop music factory.
Acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Kristine Mills is proud to announce the official release of her 6th studio recording, BOSSAtoo. Join us for the Official CD release concert with the extraordinary band (Klaus Mueller piano, Itaiguara Brandao bass/guitar, Portinho drums and Kristine Mills vocals/guitar) who recorded the CD!
The beautiful princess is cursed to live her life as a swan, while another in disguise steals her prince. Swan Lake paints this tragic heroine into the canvas of our culture. But what of Rothbart, the "evil" sorcerer who has delivered this fowl fate? Our conceptions of good and bad are often changed with the introduction of a compelling backstory.
A collaborative trio — playwright E. Thomalen, director and choreographer Andrea Andresakis, and composer Edward W. Hardy — will present The Lake of Sorrows, an adaptation of the timeless ballet Swan Lake, as part of the annual Summerfest New York Theater Festival.
Climb inside Aaron's head where all his memories are shuffled like songs in a playlist. Dance through these memories as he reflects on his rocky romance with Wes and searches for the right words to say. Told in a series of nonchronological vignettes that scan memories both real and invented, Last Ditch Playlist is a modern mixtape eulogizing love lost and found.
It's the semifinals of the U.S. Open, and two tennis greats are facing off in the match of their lives. Tim Porter, the aging all-American favorite, wants to prove to the world, his wife, and himself that he's still a champion. Hot-headed rising star Sergei Sergeyev struggles to believe he truly deserves to beat his lifelong hero. Set against the high-stakes backdrop of professional sports, this New York premiere, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, serves up a richly theatrical look at what keeps us striving and why.
Renowned Playwright A.R. Gurney graces the Keen stage for a third time! In Later Life, a middle-aged man and woman meet at a cocktail party and ponder beginning the relationship that eluded them 30 years ago. While the pair rediscover each other and themselves, a bevy of delightful guests rally behind them. With poignancy and laughs, this classic Gurney play reminds us of the infinite possibilities in life just waiting to be pursued. A romantic tale of missed connections and hope for new beginnings.
Laugh and a Draft is a free stand-up comedy show featuring talented up and coming comedians hosted, produced, and booked by Jared Wilder at Flannery's Bar.
Laugh and a Draft is a comedy-variety show produced and hosted by Jared Wilder through SomethinWilder Productions featuring the best up and coming talent in New York.
Laura Ainsworth grew up watching her dad, renowned big band musician Billy Ainsworth, back such idols as Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme. Today, she keeps the family tradition alive in a style critics have dubbed "new vintage," mixing classic lounge jazz with modern touches to create her own twist on standards and lost gems of the Great American Songbook. Her smooth, sultry vocals have been compared to such mid-century chanteuses as Dinah Shore, Julie London and Jo Stafford. Her albums Keep It To Yourself and Necessary Evil have earned critical raves and worldwide airplay, and she has performed from Las Vegas to India.
The Metropolitan Room is proud to present the New York solo debut of this elegant Texas songbird, in celebration of her highly-anticipated third album, New Vintage and a best-of audiophile vinyl LP, Top Shelf. Joining her will be her producer/pianist extraordinaire, 2012 "Dallas Jazz Musician of the Year" Brian Piper of the N'Awlins Gumbo Kings.
What can we do when it's too late to fix the mistakes of the past? Letters, written and composed by Daniel Schwartzman, is a musical about Frida, a middle-aged writer of children's books long estranged from her parents. The reasons come into focus as the action progresses, moving back and forth through time. With her parents recently deceased and no longer a threat to her stability, Frida decides to finally read the letters they had sent her over the years, all unanswered. She is joined by visions of her mother and father as she reads the letters, often leading into highly charged scenes. As Frida grows from age 5 to 16, we watch a creeping toxicity take over their household, eventually destroying the family. In the final third of the musical, we discover where this began. Frida's beloved younger brother, Mikey, drowned in the sea at age six while the parents had one of their nasty arguments nearby. Frida was present at the scene and it left her changed forever.
The original cast members of the off-Broadway hit The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical reunite for a one-night-only concert and album signing. The event celebrates the recent cast album release, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Cast Album Chart. The album features the original cast, including Chris McCarrell (Les Misérables), Carrie Compere (The Color Purple), Sarah Beth Pfeifer (Legally Blonde, the musical), Jonathan Raviv (The Band's Visit), James Hayden Rodriguez (Spring Awakening), George Salazar (Godspell), and Kristin Stokes (Fly by Night). The concert offers a special bonus: previously unheard songs cut from the production!
The musical love story of Rosie Penn, a famous Jewish cabaret singer, and Count Hans Wilhelm von Kleister Graff, Lili Marlene is set in Berlin during the last year of the Weimar Republic and at the beginning of the Third Reich period. As the dark clouds of Nazism loom, the Count, as the head of the passport bureau of the German foreign ministry, helps the German cultural and scientific elite escape from the country, and he, his family, and Rosie must decide where their futures lie.
Five people wait in line for an unknown event, each trying to get to the front. Through their shoving and conniving, Line dramatizes the absurdity of everyday life.
The length of the show's run is a testament to its interminable relevance. Line has been running — or rather, standing and waiting — since 1967. Among those stuck in the original production was Richard Dreyfuss, then almost as unknown as the event his character awaited. Today the rotating cast continues to feature emerging young actors. Tradition also lives on in the play's director, Jay Michaels; he studied with Carol Ilson, who directed Line in 1974. The playwright is still Israel Horovitz.
Based on the 1994 Disney film, The Lion King continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world. With a powerful score by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, The Lion King amazes with astounding stage wizardry from visionary director Julie Taymor. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by an enormous company of international performers whose detailed costumes, carved masks, and intricate makeup will transport you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna. Experience the stunning visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the exhilarating choreography of this musical theater phenomenon — one of the most awe-inspiring productions ever brought to life onstage. A remarkable tale of hope and adventure, The Lion King has found its way into the hearts of millions.
In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis' classic, two actors give a tour-de-force performance that's sure to delight children and adults alike. Through the magic of theater, Peter and Lucy take viewers to Narnia, where the White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. See them meet Mr. Tumnus the faun and conspire with talking animals to save Narnia. Come face-to-face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil and discover that love is the deepest magic of all.
Note: This show is open to everyone but most suitable for ages five and up.
Created by the New York City-based comedy troupe Eight Is Never Enough, LMAO is an interactive show combining improv, sketch, music, and (why not?) magic. Every Saturday night, special guest artists enrich the mix.
Lone Star takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar in 1972. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and realizes that about all he has left are memories of his glory days, his adoring younger brother Ray, his wife Elizabeth, and his now-crumbling 1959 pink Thunderbird. Joined by Ray, Roy sets about consuming a case of Lone Star beer while regaling his brother with tales of his military and amorous exploits. But with the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world gradually begin to collapse.
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The story takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar in 1972. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and realizes that about all he has left are memories of his glory days, his adoring younger brother Ray, his wife Elizabeth, and his now-crumbling 1959 pink Thunderbird.
Joined by Ray, Roy sets about consuming a case of Lone Star beer while regaling his brother with tales of his military and amorous exploits.
But with the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world gradually begin to collapse.
NINE Theatricals's production of Lone Star will be only the second New York City revival of the show since Powers Boothe originated the role of Roy on Broadway in 1979.
Lone Star is one of the first plays written about the Vietnam War and the effects of PTSD.
Lonely Planet is the story of friendship in a time of crisis. Set in a small map store on the oldest street in an American city, Lonely Planet is an intimate portrait of two friends at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Shop owner Jody becomes increasingly fearful of the world outside and the dangers it poses, refusing to leave his shop. Meanwhile Carl, his spirited friend, begins filling the store with a variety of mysterious chairs. Funny, moving, and deeply human, Steven Dietz's landmark play examines how we all navigate troubled times.
The play transports us to out-of-the-way, unknown areas of the world as they were before they faded into oblivion from the inevitable reaches of war, mayhem, and modernization. Stephan Morrow shows that there is no real glory that is usually perceived of traveling to these parts of the world, only a grim and often disconcerting reality. Through his exploration of the "old ways," Morrow introduces the idea of himself being not a man without a country but a man of all countries, his idea of true freedom.
The lives of four young Syrians are changed forever after anti-government protests transpire in the city of Daraa. Throughout the next six years, each of them is forced to undergo a unique and heroic journey, while the turmoil in their country erupts into a full-fledged civil war. From the Middle East to the streets of New Orleans, Lost and Guided is a universal story of love, friendship, and the struggle for happiness. Based on transcripts from writer-director Irene Kapustina's interviews with Syrian refugees living in the U.S.
When the King of Navarre and his friends swore to devote themselves to a monastic life of scholarship, they forgot the embassy of the Princess of France would force them all to break their vows. Confronted with ladies who can match their wit, the lords learn the hard way that the heart wants what it wants. Shakespeare's classic comedy of love's triumph is rarely performed in its earliest printed version; Bad Quarto Productions will present the play using its signature style of combining modern text work with Shakespeare's staging conditions. BQP's performances combine detailed understanding of Elizabethan language with the liveliness of improv to deliver productions of Shakespearean plays as intensely raw as their original stagings, combining universal lighting, cross-gender casting, audience interaction, live acoustic music, minimal scenery, and contemporary costumes to bring both this Renaissance play, and the Renaissance play-going experience, to the modern stage.
Loveless Texas tells the story of two brothers in 1930s Texas. The elder is King Navarre, responsible oil man and cattle rancher, and the younger is Berowne Navarre, playboy and rascal. With the onset of the Great Depression, King enlists Berowne and his college buddies Duke and Bubba to a contract of three years' employment...with the condition of no romance, no drinking, no carousing, no gambling. When four intelligent and beautiful women arrive and demand an audience, all contracts are open for renegotiation.
Loveless Texas is a traditional book musical, with a score in a variety of traditional Americana styles, encompassing Texas swing, bluegrass, blues, Cajun waltz and two-step, and cowboy yodels. It is a fun, joyous, affirmative celebration of the power of love.
Luana Sandoval, a successful singer, songwriter, and dancer from Germany, makes her solo concert debut at the Metropolitan Room. Luana performs songs in different languages that best represent her unique voice in the music genres classic, musical theater, and contemporary. She will also perform her originals from her debut EP Love as well as originals from her pianist Nataliya Medvedovskaya. This bright young singer takes us to a musical journey and tells us a bit of her own fascinating story.
Drag queens serve up dinner, outrageousness, and a show at Lucky Cheng's Restaurant. The show features comedy, karaoke, and — embrace yourself — interactive cabaret. The cross-dressed staff are anything but a drag; they enhance the fun as your bartenders, waitresses, and performers. After 19 years in downtown Manhattan, this dinner show transferred in 2012 to the Times Square area, where the shenanigans continue today.
The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an all-new celebration of Chinese culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. The festive, family-friendly event will showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, Peking Opera performers in dazzling costumes, live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, and a traditional Chinese marketplace.
David Henry Hwang's modern classic examines the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer. The couple's 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female as well as East and West, all while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit. This remarkable love story, encompassing international espionage and personal betrayal, is based on the real-life love affair between Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu.
For the Tony Award-winning play's first Broadway return, Hwang introduces new material inspired by historical information that has surfaced since the play's 1988 premiere. Julie Taymor (The Lion King) directs a cast that includes Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Clive Owen (Closer).
Shakespeare's tale of blood, war, and witchcraft dives into the psyches of the power-hungry Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
In a city with millions of things to see and do, there is only one place where every day over 220 world-famous celebrities provide you with the experience of a lifetime. Become a star at Madame Tussauds New York with over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment located in the heart of Times Square. Gossip with Hollywood's hottest celebrities, give an earful to world leaders, or take your photo with historical icons. Get up close with Justin Bieber, Diddy, Robert Pattinson, Lady Gaga, and so many more.
NEW this year is Marvel Super Heroes 4D! Step inside the top secret command center to unlock your powers alongside the Hulk, Spider-Man and more. Pass their tests and advance to the thrilling finale, the Marvel Superheroes Cinema 4D Experience. Don't miss this all new interactive adventure!
The NoMad, in collaboration with theory11, presents The Magician, an intimate evening of magic, mystery, and deception, starring Dan White.
Dan White is a magician, creator, consultant, and performer. Over the past 20 years, he's created magic on stage and screen around the world. Most recently, Dan was featured on the Discovery Channel special The Supernaturalist and White Magic on the Travel Channel. In 2014, Dan served as a creative consultant to Kanye West, collaborating on iconic, magic visuals for the YEEZUS tour. Prior to that, Dan consulted on-site in Las Vegas with legendary illusionist David Copperfield. Dan is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Marcel is a poignant two-hander about the collision of clowning and mortality. Jos Houben and Marcello Magni, who starred in Samuel Beckett's Fragments at Theatre for a New Audience, are comic masters and original members of the famed Theatre de Complicité. In Marcel, they play an aging physical comedian and his inscrutable, clipboard-wielding nemesis mysteriously enjoined to test him with a battery of absurd tasks. Slapstick here meets the limits of age.
The Art of Laughter is a comedy about comedy — part performance and part master class — about what makes audiences laugh. Performing in English, Houben dissects everyday life — a baby's first steps, a man falling in a restaurant, the essence of various cheeses — revealing why laughter is at the core of our humanity.
Marina's High-nrg Live! — The Musical is the first interactive musical theater song and dance experience. The choice of participating or being seated and observing the show is up to each audience member. All will be accommodated. The idea is to, as Marina says, "hear the music, feel the beat and never stop movin' in your body and in your life!" Perfect for all ages, with a talented cast of singers, dancers, and musicians who join Marina for this new innovative concept in musical theater.
Estranged sisters Lee (Janeane Garofalo) and Bessie (Lili Taylor) have never seen eye to eye. Lee is a single mother who's been busy raising her troubled teenage son, Hank. Bessie's got her hands full with their elderly father and his soap opera-obsessed sister. When Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, the two women reunite for the first time in 18 years. Are Lee's good intentions and wig-styling skills enough to make up for her long absence? Can Bessie help Hank finally feel at home somewhere...or at least keep him from burning her house down? Can these almost-strangers become a family in time to make plans, make amends, and maybe make a trip to Disney World? Exploring an unsentimental reality with hope, compassion, and a dose of wonderfully absurd humor, Marvin's Room is a life-affirming reminder of the gift we give ourselves when we love unconditionally.
Following 2013's Belleville, Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog and multi-Obie Award-winning director Anne Kauffman return to New York Theatre Workshop with Mary Jane. During a rain-drenched summer in New York City, an indefatigable single mother navigates the mundane, the shattering, and the sublime aspects of caring for a chronically sick child.
The joys and perils of motherhood, the hovering shadow of infant mortality, and the sting of loneliness and rejection merge as Mary Shelley creates her masterwork, Frankenstein. The creature that Dr. Frankenstein produces, an assemblage of disparate elements, coalesces into a monster with a human soul. His horrific appearance conceals the gentlest heart. Through no fault of his own, he descends into evil. Excerpts from the 1818 edition of Frankenstein, music, and dance are interwoven with Mary Shelley's letters and diaries, creating parallel narratives as both dramas unfold. This production features music by Bach, Liszt, and Schubert.
Eleven years ago, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and a group of Juilliard students sought to change the world and transform the lives of youth, using the most powerful tool they had: their art. By connecting performing and visual artists with underserved communities all over the world, ASTEP is seeking to awaken the imagination of these young people, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.
Join Mary-Mitchell and some of the close friends that she has gained, both through ASTEP and her Broadway career (Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter To Broadway, Tuck Everlasting, Big Fish, The Addams Family and Company), and spend the evening reminiscing about the good work already done, the things ASTEP is doing today, and the amazing work planned for the future. Alongside these amazing friends, Mary-Mitchell Campbell will perform and accompany an evening of some of her favorite classics, as well as the debut of original music.
The toast of 1930s London, Me and My Girl is a delightfully old-fashioned musical about a cockney everyman who wreaks havoc on high society after being unexpectedly elevated to the lofty position of Earl of Hereford. Part music hall frolic, part class-warfare comedy, Noel Gay's infectious score includes "The Lambeth Walk," a dance routine that swept the continent in 1937. In the 1980s, Me and My Girl was revived on both sides of the Atlantic and became a completely unexpected smash all over again. Now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, it's back in New York.
They say that comedy is tragedy plus time. After over 100 days of Trump, the creators of 2006's acclaimed musical revue Bush Wars declare that it's time! Their new show, Me the People: The Trump America Musical, is uproarious entertainment that takes aim at the embarrassment that is the topsy-turvy presidency of comrade Donald J. Trump.
From his Crony Cabinet to his Supremely Radical Court to White House grifters Ivanka and Jared to the Trumpcare debacle, no one is spared. Me the People also offers a hilarious diagnosis from Sigmund Freud and an earful from Hillary Clinton.
The Duke of Vienna's puritanical deputy Angelo, tasked with cleaning up a city out of control, revives ancient laws about sex and marriage. When he unjustly sentences the young gentleman Claudio to death, Claudio's sister Isabella pleads his case...and discovers that Angelo is not as virtuous as he seems. Shakespeare's dark comedy examines the danger of placing power in the wrong hands.
Elevator Repair Service, the Obie Award-winning company behind Gatz and Arguendo, celebrate their 25th season with a dynamic new production of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure at the Public Theater. With athletic theatricality and Marx Brothers-inspired slapstick, the ERS ensemble brings exciting new life to this story of impossible moral choices in 17th-century Vienna. Radical experiments with speed set the play's combination of the comically absurd and the tragically serious in stark relief — and deliver a remarkable new show that marries the company's unique performance style with the Bard's exquisitely lyrical language. ERS founder and artistic director John Collins directs.
Each week, the Magnet Theater's resident ensembles converge for a night of improv comedy. The night might include anything from monoscenes to Harolds (long-form improv acts that begin with a suggestion from the audience). Because Megawatt's format gets changed more frequently than a lightbulb, returning audience members can expect to be dazzled every time.
Written by Tony Award-nominated playwright and comedy icon Steve Martin, Meteor Shower is a new play starring Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer in her Broadway debut, Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key (also making his Broadway debut), Tony winner Laura Benanti, and Alan Tudyk. Jerry Zaks, a multi-Tony winner, directs.
Meteor Shower is set in Ojai, California, on a hot night. Corky (Schumer) and her husband, Norm (Tudyk), are having another couple over for dinner. However, Gerald (Key) and Laura (Benanti) aren't looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Instead, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky.
Dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," this multi-platinum-selling entertainer brings his impeccable interpretative skills to some of the greatest tunes of the 20th century with his Sinatra Centennial Celebration, an intimate evening celebrating the anniversary of the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra.
Experience the greatest Broadway hits, sung by one of our premiere song interpreters! This summer's extravaganza of showstopping songs will take you on a journey like no other. Come celebrate the summer with Michael Feinstein and his special guests: Nick Ziobro, Julia Goodwin, Erich Bergen, John Lloyd Young, and Betty Buckley! Featuring songs by iconic Broadway composers and lyricists such as Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch, and even some contemporary composers and lyricists of today.
Featuring Special Guests: Nick Ziobro Aug 8 & 10 Julia Goodwin Aug 9 & 11 Erich Bergen Aug 12 John Lloyd Young Aug 23-27 Betty Buckley Aug 29-Sep 3
Michael Moore makes his Broadway debut in this exhilarating, subversive one-man show. The Terms of My Surrender takes audiences on a ride through the United States of Insanity, posing the question, "Can a Broadway show take down a sitting president?" Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) directs.
Steve Cohen, "The Millionaires' Magician," is proud to present the world's most exclusive magic show, Miracles at Midnight.
Held once a month at midnight in New York City's famed Waldorf Towers, the show seats twenty guests only.
You will experience Cohen's one-of-a-kind miracles up close, and will be inches away from the magic. Indeed, some of the magic will take place in your own hands and inside your own mind.
Watch as Cohen will:
· Perform unique sleight of hand and mind reading · Move objects without touching them. · Tap into the thoughts of audience members he has never met before.
In Miracles at Midnight, Cohen combines favorites from his long-running show, Chamber Magic, along with a dozen miracles that have previously been reserved for his private performances.
Witness some of the wonders he has personally performed for Warren Buffett, Barry Diller, David Rockefeller, Michael Bloomberg, Jack Welch, Martha Stewart, Stephen Sondheim, the Queen of Morocco, and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
The result will be a night you'll talk about and remember for years.
Cocktail attire required.
In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as "the Engineer." There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he's fathered a son.
Magical Nights Inc. presents New York's longest running magic series, Monday Night Magic. Every show features a minimum of six internationally renowned magicians performing in an intimate theatrical setting. The fun continues during intermission as sleight-of-hand close-up magicians mingle with the audience. Monday Night Magic performers have been featured on numerous television shows, including ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's Early Show, NBC's Today Show and most recently on The Wall Street Journal Report. Visit www.mondaynightmagic.com for more information on upcoming performers.
They say money talks...and this money has a lot to say! As the man on the hundred dollar bill, Ben is not pleased by what he sees in America today, and he's done keeping his mouth shut. Over the course of this musical comedy, he gets passed from a hedge fund manager to a stripper to a judge to his mistress, who's a nun. Armed with a lifetime of famous sayings, Ben must convince the people around him to change their priorities before it's too late.
Inspired by the writings of Ben Franklin, the play La Ronde, and the huge mess America is in today, Money Talks is a madcap romp filled with life, liberty, and laughs.
The mob just made a hit, but everyone will live to talk about it. And talking they are because when the "boys" get together, it's a scream! Join this interactive show for a private audience with the Don; maybe he'll make you an offer you can't refuse. Mingle with mobsters and molls, meet the new "Boss of Bosses," break bread and heads with wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Sure, you'll be ducking bullets over Broadway, but that won't stop the fun! Eat, drink, dance, and be merry. You might just die laughing!
This two and a half hour comedy mystery includes a three-course sit-down dinner and dancing. Audience members even have the chance to solve the case and win prizes. Seven prizes are awarded at every performance and include "Academy Awards" for the best actor and actress in the audience.
When the Museum of Sex first emerged on New York City's Fifth Avenue on October 5, 2002, it was without precedent in the museum world.
In the past seven years, the Museum of Sex has generated 14 exhibitions and 5 virtual installations, each in keeping with the Museum's mission of advocating open discourse surrounding sex and sexuality as well as striving to present to the public the best in current scholarship unhindered by self-censorship. With each new exhibition, lecture series, event and publication, the Museum of Sex is committed to addressing a wide range of topics, while simultaneously highlighting material and artifacts from different continents, cultures, time periods and media.
The Museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 artifacts is comprised of works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions and historical ephemera. Additionally, the museum houses both a research library as well as an extensive multimedia library, which includes 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, BETA, VHS and DVDs. From fine art to historical ephemera to film, the Museum of Sex preserves an ever-growing collection of sexually related objects that would otherwise be destroyed and discarded due to their sexual content.
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Musical Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with a completely improvised musical. No two shows are the same; come see what your favorites are up to this week!
Following their sold-out run of Abigail's Party last fall, the Barrow Group Theatre Company and the Pond Theatre Company present the New York premiere of Muswell Hill by Torben Betts. Set in a leafy north London suburb, this black comedy chronicles an evening in which friends gather over dinner, discussing their day-to-day worries while halfway around the world a natural disaster is occurring. Betts is a multi-award-winning British playwright, described by Alan Ayckbourn as "one of the most exciting theater writing talents I have come across in many a year."
Called funny, profane, and totally larger than life, Joe Moffa and Eric Tartaglione are those "only in New York" characters that would have had to be dreamed up if they didn't already exist. Famed for their work in the hit off-Broadway show Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, this duo is now taking the stage for an afternoon of hysterical dysfunction in Welcome to My Big Fat Dysfunctional Life. These two guys meet up at a ball game by mistake and their personalities hit a grand slam of funny.
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956. Starring Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, with direction by Moss Hart and design by Oliver Smith and Cecil Beaton, the original production is now legendary. It won six Tony Awards, including best musical, and became (at the time) the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
Now My Fair Lady is being revived under the direction of Bartlett Sher. Its score, written by Frederick Loewe (music) and Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics and book) remains as fresh as ever. Among the now-classic numbers are "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?", "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain in Spain," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face."
Naked Boys Singing! consists of six adult males doing what the title declares. Whether exposing the anxiety of a high school locker room or revealing the joys of performing nude, the uninhibited singing of these "boys" celebrates the male anatomy with wit and explicitness. And not only do they perform in the buff; many are buff themselves. Each member of the cast performs a solo tune as well as in ensemble pieces. Get excited: Every penile synonym known to man is referenced in this show.
Roundabout presents the world premiere of Napoli, Brooklyn, the latest work from Meghan Kennedy (Roundabout Underground's Too Much, Too Much, Too Many). Gordon Edelstein (The Road to Mecca) directs this fiery and poignant new play about an Italian immigrant household in 1960s Brooklyn.
In 1960 Brooklyn, the Muscolinos have raised three proud and passionate daughters. But as the girls come of age in a rapidly changing world, their paths diverge — in drastic and devastating ways — from their parents' deeply traditional values. Despite their fierce love, each of the young women harbors a secret longing that, if revealed, could tear the family apart. When an earth-shattering event rocks their Park Slope neighborhood, life comes to a screeching halt, and the Muscolino sisters are forced to confront their conflicting visions for the future in this gripping, provocative portrait of love in all its danger and beauty.
Jaime Lozano, named Broadway's "next big thing" by Lin Manuel-Miranda, developed A Never-Ending Line with a group of female lyricists (Lindsey Erin Anderson, Neena Beber, Lauren Epsenhart, Sami Horneff, Victoria Kühne, Lisa Mongillo, Marina Pires, Noemi de la Puente and June Rachelson-Ospa). Inspired by his upbringing in a strong matriarchy, Lozano conceived the show as a tribute to the women in his life. The songs, performed by a company of four, explore the unique challenges women face in society today on the journey to find happiness, love, and meaning in their lives. The themes of acceptance, hope, and friendship are universal reminders that no matter who we are or where we come from, our lives are all connected through the shared experience of womanhood.
After a worldwide nuclear holocaust, a widow and her daughter open their farmhouse to two survivors as an act of grace and begin to rebuild their lives. Soon, however, an other-worldly order of Sisters arrives and attempts to seize control of their farm. The family comes to learn that the Sisters' dogma is deadlier than they ever expected, in this horror-thriller that asks what rules we choose to follow when given a chance to rebuild society, and what memories of the old world must become casualties to create a new order.
New Writers at 54! is a summer series at Feinstein's / 54 Below showcasing musical theater work by emerging voices. Individual artists as well as songwriting teams share new work. The lineup has been curated by Feinstein's / 54 Below creative and programming director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. To see a complete list of performances, click the link below.
New York Broadway Tours, combining the rich history of New York's musical theatre scene with real New York actors who are also professional licensed tour guides!
New York Broadway Tours is a unique experience! These gifted actors, singers, dancers have a passion for sharing their love of the stage and the city with you! Think of the tour as the equivalent to an interactive walking, talking, singing Broadway show where YOU get the chance to be a STAR!
It's great for kids of all ages and definitely a Broadway show you will never forget.
The New York Pops — a symphonic orchestra known for presenting popular programs of exceptional quality — launches its 35th season at Carnegie Hall. Music director Steven Reineke leads the orchestra in a season that celebrates the diversity of some of popular music's greatest icons.
The 2017-18 series opens with a celebration of founder Skitch Henderson's centennial year and a mix of the greatest hits of today and yesterday, featuring up-and-coming Broadway stars Matt Doyle and Ali Ewoldt. In November, Reineke leads Adam Kantor and Betsy Wolfe in an all-new concert exploring the myriad works by female songwriters of the stage and screen, Women of Notes. As always, the orchestra rings in the holiday season with a weekend of festive tunes, featuring Broadway and TV sensation Megan Hilty in The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. In February, Reineke presents Heart and Soul, featuring Broadway royalty James Monroe Iglehart and Capathia Jenkins in a concert spanning the history of R&B, just in time for Valentine's Day. The season closes with The Best of Hollywood: Blockbuster Film Scores, in which the 78 musicians of the orchestra take the stage to present iconic theme music from some of the biggest box office successes of the silver screen.
Love movies? Love the people who love them too? You'll find plenty of both at The New York Times Film Club. The club offers members tickets to their choice of 12 new preview screenings from among dozens presented annually.
Enjoy the Ride TM-With a guide! The only harbor cruise that lets you hop off, explore, then hop on again! Take an express trip from West 44th St. to Battery Park, then to South Street Seaport and across the East River to Brooklyn's DUMBO Fulton Ferry Landing-then back up to West 44th St.! Get amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge and visit New York's bustling waterfront neighborhoods along our guided tour! Additionally you can package your Hop-On/Hop-Off cruise with a visit to the national September 11 Memorial. As the select transportation partner of the 9/11 Memorial, free Memorial Visitor passes are offered with the purchase of a select Hop-On/Hop-Off Combo ticket. The timed visitor passes allow passengers to plan their visit to the 9/11 Memorial at a select time that coordinates with a designated boat departure. *Good for up to 4 people
NEWSical the Musical lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. No one in the news is safe! With songs and material updated regularly, this topical musical revue is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof!
In 2010 NEWSical received two Drama Desk Award nominations: one for for Outstanding Musical Revue and one for Outstanding Lyrics. The lyrics were written by Rick Crom, who also composed the music.
Composer and performer Erik Ransom and guests will perform songs from his repertoire of offbeat musicals such as Grindr: The Opera, More Than All the World, Happy Yummy Chicken and more. Ransom will tell his story from the time he was an ostracized outcast to an in-demand theater talent. He has been forging a name for himself with several high-profile projects which have received critical acclaim and international attention. Special guests Ilene Kristen, David J. Raleigh, and actors from Ransom's past productions will join in on the four-nights-only performance.
Many years after a contentious divorce, Edward and Rebecca have moved on — she with a new husband and he to a series of a tenuous relationships. When forced confront an unspeakable tragedy, they must navigate their complicated feelings of guilt, relief, and grief. Acidly funny and brutally honest, No Wake unpacks the grieving process and the effects of death on the living.
This show features pop, folk, musical theater, rock 'n' roll, and blues songs of various vintages linked by the subject of memory. Memory & Mayhem is a chance to see one of today's most acclaimed performers bare his soul through music at one of New York City's most intimate settings. Norbert Leo Butz is the multi-Tony Award-winning star of Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked, and The Last 5 Years, as well as TV's Bloodline and Mercy Street.
The musical nightclub phenomenon NYC Dueling Pianos is proud to announce its triumphant return to Times Square. Having played to sold-out crowds across the country, the critically-acclaimed interactive concert is preparing to come back to it's original location at the HA! Comedy Club.
You want A-list laughs on a D-list budget? Then come to the Broadway Comedy Club! You can enjoy shows every night in an intimate setting with great food and drinks. The lineup of comedians includes the hottest TV headliners from Comedy Central and late-night television as well as New York City's rising stars — this is your chance to see them before they make it big! Plus, if you're from out of town, you'll have a real NYC story to tell your friends back home.
Past headliners include...
Josh Spear (Last Comic Standing; Late Night With Conan O'Brien)
Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents)
Aaron Haber (Comedy Central's The Watch List; Friars' Club)
Shannon Sutherland (Maxim Radio)
Rob O'Reilly (The Tonight Show; Live at Gotham)
Dean Obeidallah (Comedy Central's Axis of Evil)
Dave Konig (HBO)
Set in South Central Los Angeles, Luis Alfaro's Oedipus el Rey is an electrifying new take on Sophocles's classic tragedy. Oedipus is reimagined as a troubled Latino whose dreams of controlling his own destiny soar above the barbed wire of the prison where he's spent his life. But in a place where everyone is trapped — by desperation or fate, history or violence — no one man can change his story alone. Love, family, and belief collide in this chilling new play that asks, "What's fate, and what's just the system?"
A classic of comic satire that seems ripped from today's headlines, Of Thee I Sing was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize when it premiered in 1931. With a tuneful and witty score by George and Ira Gershwin and a libretto by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind — written during the time of their famed association with the Marx Brothers — MasterVoices's production features Tony Award-nominated luminaries Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) and Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) together with Elizabeth Stanley (On the Town) in a tale of truth, justice, and corn muffins. Warning: No matter your political persuasion, this show may remind you of some people you know!
Note: Of Thee I Sing is recommended for ages eight and up.
Gina was warned that one of her students would be a problem. Eighteen years old and strikingly odd, Dennis writes violently obscene work clearly intended to unsettle those around him. Determined to know whether or not he's a real threat, Gina compels Dennis to meet her during her office hours. But as the clock ticks down, Gina realizes that "good" versus "bad" is nothing more than a convenient illusion and that the isolated young student in her office has learned one thing above all else: that for the powerless, the ability to terrify others is powerful indeed. Neel Keller directs this taut new drama by playwright Julia Cho.
Step into the kitchen. The onions are cooking on the stove and meat is on the cutting board waiting to be chopped. Our host is preparing kubah, a traditional Syrian dish. While she cooks, she tells us the story of meeting Ashraf, a Syrian exile, and falling in love with him as he desperately tries to help those he was forced to leave behind. When he vanishes, she impulsively trails him to her homeland — one she has never known, now consumed by war. As the meal comes together and then falls apart, we learn the stories of brutality, grace, and humanity of those she witnessed along the way.
Take a city tour with On Location Tours, a one-of-a-kind company that takes you past the doorsteps of your favorite television and movie characters and real-life celebrities. Straddle fiction and reality while you shop, eat, drink, and dance at the sites you've seen on both the big and small screens!
All tours are led by local actors and actresses - so come prepared to sing along to your favorite theme songs and answer trivia questions!
Bus tours offered include: New York TV and Movie Sites, Sex and the City Hotspots, Sopranos Sites, and Gossip Girl Sites. Walking tours offered include: Central Park Movie Sites
Choreographers create...on one condition: they must abide by the same crazy rule!
In this Olivier Award-winning play by Simon Stephens, something is about to happen that will change one family forever. Set over the course of nine months, On the Shore of the Wide World is a play about love, family, Roy Keane, and the size of the galaxy.
A seat for contemplation is left maimed on the side of a road, an authentic impulse turns into a loop and loses itself, a meaningful posture descends into vanity and becomes simple imitation. These are remnants of us all — eager, wanting, with bodies unmoved.
Nominated for a 2016 Tony Award!
On Your Feet! is the story of two people who — through an unwavering dedication to each another and to their pursuit of the American dream — showcased their talent, their music, and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. The show, choreographed by Drama Desk nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), is set to Gloria Estefan's chart-topping hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga" as well as to new music created by the Estefans. Its book is by Drama Desk nominee Alexander Dinelaris (The Bodyguard).
Tony Award winner Lea Salonga returns to Broadway in Once on This Island, a Broadway musical from the Tony-winning writers of Anastasia and Ragtime.
Once on This Island is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods — Erzulie (Salonga), Asaka (Alex Newell of Glee), Papa Ge (Merle Dandridge, Greenleaf), and Agwe (Quentin Earl Darrington, Cats) — on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms, and dance, Once on This Island comes to vibrant life in a striking production by Tony-nominated director Michael Arden (the Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown. The show transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.
The untold story of Mozart's prodigy sister.
DRAMA DESK, Off-Broadway Alliance and 8 New York Innovative Theater Awards nominations - winner of 2 New York Innovative Theatre Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance (Sylvia Milo) and Outstanding Original Music (Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen)
September 23 - November 13, January 6 - 9
Performed (in rotation) by Sylvia Milo (the play's creator), Samantha Hoefer, Daniela Galli or Jody Christopherson.
Full schedule and tickets: www.theOtherMozart.com
After the death of the beloved Sister Rose, a group of her former students return to their Harlem neighborhood to pay respects. But at the funeral home, there's a problem — her dead body has been stolen. An irreverently brash and insightful dark comedy, directed by Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman (Detroit), Our Lady of 121st Street paints a vivid comic portrait of what happens when old friends meet old wounds and how old habits die hard.
In Panic!, Shakespeare is the rock star of the Elizabethan age and at the height of his popularity. However, like every writer in Elizabethan England, he's bound by the rules of censorship, so when there's an opportunity to produce his play Richard II uncensored, he seizes it. What he doesn't realize is that the production is part of a plot to incite rebellion.
Panther Woman is a work of historical fiction chronicling one woman's experience in the original Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey from the Jim Crow South to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s through a tale of struggle, love, and hope for the future.
In 1949, Detroit's Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance. The first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau's Signature residency, Paradise Blue, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson) is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on living? That is the question facing Bee, who, much to Jay's confusion, can click through different moments in her life with the touch of a remote control. Past, present, and future collide in this sharp existential comedy that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don't have the power to change.
Tony Award nominee Michael Greif directs this play by Tony, Olivier, and Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris.
Parental Guidance Suggested (An Unfortunate True Musical Dramedy) takes a close look at the sacrifices we all make to get by, and the individuals we tolerate along the way. Can you ever achieve your dream if you have to spend time fighting to survive? What is the most we are willing to put up with in exchange for the humiliation of a terrible minimum wage job? This no-holds-barred show challenges our assumptions about professional childcare and the people we trust with our children. It smashes the perception that these are easy, or pleasant jobs, and instead serves us the cold, hard reality.
Uma Thurman stars in The Parisian Woman, a new play written by Academy Award and Emmy nominee Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
The Parisian Woman is set in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe (Uma Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage, and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and the stakes couldn't be higher.
St. Ann's Warehouse, building on its history of partnerships with the United Kingdom's most exciting theaters and theater artists, is proud to join forces with the National Theatre and Headlong for the first time to present the American premiere of Duncan Macmillan's People, Places & Things. The production, directed by Jeremy Herrin, was one of last season's must-see shows on the West End. Denise Gough reprises her Olivier Award-winning role as an actress whose life has spun out of control because of her addiction to alcohol and drugs.
Perfect Crime is a thriller about three psychiatrists, a detective, a crazy patient, and at least one dead body. A man is murdered...or is he? Did his wife kill him? The detective investigating the case thinks so — until he starts to fall in love with her and the husband mysteriously reappears. The plot includes Gone Girlish and Agatha Christiesque twists and turns. Audiences member don't have to navigate them all by themselves, though. There's an "answer key" for people to review after the show if they're still trying to figure out what happened and how.
Bedlam returns with a new production of J.M. Barrie's 1904 play about the Darling children who follow Peter Pan and Tinker Bell to Neverland, where children never grow old. Bedlam's cast of six will inhabit Barrie's 25 characters including pirates, the Lost Boys, Indians, and the maniacal Captain Hook.
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
This mega-musical classic is the longest-running show in Broadway history. Indeed, it is entirely likely that there are cast members currently in the show who were born after The Phantom of the Opera's opening night on Broadway in 1988. Based on Gaston Leroux's 1909 novel, Phantom centers on the hideously deformed "phantom" who lurks beneath the Paris Opera and on the object of his obsession, the young soprano Christine, whom he is determined to make a star and thereby win her affections. With a timeless score and a design that reinvented the stage spectacular forever, Phantom is a must-see on Broadway.
The show has something for everyone but will be especially enjoyed by devotees of the mega-musicals of the 1980s and '90s. If you love Les Misérables, Cats, or Miss Saigon, you'll love Phantom too. It has also become very popular with non-English speaking tourists who can enjoy the melodic score and breathtaking set as they follow the action onstage.
The Pharmacist is a one-man show about a pharmacist who accidentally gives someone the wrong prescription and then tries to fix his mistake. It's a story about depression and antidepressants, about heartbreak and love, and about what happens when your worst mistakes hit the Internet. Funny, dark, and to the point, the show is at once a speculative fiction about the direction of the Internet culture and an investigation of modern loneliness.
A pharmacist starts swapping people's antidepressants out for placebos and watching them descend into depression. At first it is an accident, but as time goes on, the pharmacist finds that watching people slowly lose their grip on life is, in essence, the best show he's ever seen. He selects his victims. The catharsis of causing deaths brings a jolt of excitement into his own wretched life, and soon enough, he is hooked. Proud of his achievements and eager to show off, he begins videotaping the killings to publish them online — with instant success.
Hello, World! I'm Rebeccah. I call myself a dancer. I mostly look like a dancer. But I don't entirely fit. My outline's all wrong. I'm too tall. I'm knock-kneed. I have a hole in the back of my head. But you can have my torso. It's perfect. And you can have my stories, too. Tonight I'll perform them for you from memory…almost. We may need some help along the way.
Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe — a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.
In Dominique Morisseau's Pipeline, Nya Joseph is a dedicated, inner-city public high school teacher who is committed to her students' achievement. At the same time, she sends her only son, Omari, to a private boarding school. When Omari gets involved in a controversial incident that threatens him with expulsion from his school, Nya is forced to reconcile Omari's rage with her own parental decisions as she rallies to save her son.
Can love between blacks and Latinos survive? Platanos y Collard Greens is a tale of secret lovers from different cultures who fall in love at first sight...until Mom finds out and has a heart attack. Updated with new moments, current politics, and laughs, this show is now funnier than ever!
Winner of a 2017 Tony Award!
The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are attempting to put on a 1920s' murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
Love at first sight, blind dates, late night hook-ups, and ugly break-ups (among other dramas of dating life in NYC) unfold in this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience comprised of short plays about love and relationships set throughout Fat Baby's three levels. The production encourages audience members to interact with characters, grab drinks, and commiserate with other patrons as they choose what to watch and which stories to follow.
The Play/Date experience begins the moment tickets are reserved. Audience members can log on to their social media accounts (from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram) to friend and follow the characters they will meet upon arriving at Fat Baby. The relationships of their new "friends" explode when they meet this motley crew of soul mates, missed connections, and everyone in between (including the bartenders and cocktail waitresses uniting them all). With a guest DJ providing a score, Play/Date creates an electrifying mash-up of live performance, digital communication, and New York nightlife.
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
Combining comedy cabaret with progressive political parody, Sandy and Richard Riccardi have over 15 million views on social media and will be performing at the beautiful Metropolitan Room on August 9 at 7pm.
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical follows eight-year-old Lily Polkadot, who just moved to the "Squares only" small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all-Square school, Lily faces the almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily's quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polka-dot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the Little Rock Nine, Polkadots serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.
A daring trick by a mysterious illusionist at the summer carnival inspires a rich girl to convince an orphan boy to break all of the town's rules. Plans are hatched, promises are broken, and innocent mistakes produce tragic consequences. Poor Boys' Chorus reimagines the Greek chorus as a trio of orphans who use rhythm, light, and a little bit of magic to tell a tale so tragically romantic, it'll take your breath away. Literally.
1944: a time of segregation and unfairness in America, especially in the United States Navy. African-American sailors are recruited to work in a navy shipyard in Port Chicago where dangerous artillery is loaded onto ships to support the military during World War II.
Enter The Portal and follow Dante through epic deserts and alpine mountains as he seeks the beautiful and mysterious Beatrice while being pursued by his inner demons. Driven by epic rock music that pulses with tribal and electronic beats, The Portal is part concert, part movie, and part performance. It not only entertains but also immerses the audience in a journey of transcendence and empowerment.
Porter Carroll, Jr of Hall & Oates and Atlantic star, along with The Tambourine Band featuring Wali Ali, Eric Perez, Danny Obadia & Kevin Hill begin their much anticipated Residency at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan. It's the ultimate baby boomers musical buffet; the Contemporary American songbook tantalizingly reworked into something fresh, imaginative and ultramodern, while constantly reflecting the roots of these sophisticated and powerful players. The entire show runs the gamut from R& B and improvisational Jazz to soul,funk,blues, rock & roll and more. It is a bold and daring nightclub act for the modern world.
In Providence, Rhode Island, habitually widowed Atalanta pays a visit to her second-rate lawyer Barry Dragonetti. Intending to settle her latest husband's affairs, this larger-than-life Greek tightwad quickly becomes a nightmare for her cheesy, self-aggrandizing attorney. Add Barry's impossible Croatian mother, a dash of current politics, and a couple of opportunistic young lovers, and you have in hand a recipe for comic combustion.
This feisty romantic comedy could only come from John Patrick Shanley, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Doubt, and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck. The production features Tony winner Jason Alexander, who starred in the iconic television series Seinfeld, for which he received six Emmy Award nominations. Alexander made his Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along and won a Tony for Jerome Robbins' Broadway. His film credits include Pretty Woman, Love! Valour! Compassion!, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
From the mind of Erica Vlahinos, Power Over POTUS is a gossip-fueled political comedy that spills true tales of women getting frisky in the situation room, using whips in the West Wing, and having romps in the White House Rose Garden. These ladies — including blackmailing female athletes, models, actors, and scandal-inducing staff — may not have acted first lady-like, but they exercised a big influence on politics. In Power Over POTUS, a certain former intern receives an invitation back to the Oval Office 20 years after her time there. While pondering the offer, she seeks guidance from the spirits of women who once stood in her shoes.
Every week the cast takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a fully crafted musical. Each character is made up on the spot, as are the song-and-dance numbers! Led by Magnet Theater musical director Frank Spitznagel, Premiere: The Improvised Musical features a cast whose professional credits include Comedy Central, HBO, and Second City.
The outspoken Elizabeth Bennet faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth's intelligence and independence? Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved…tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! This tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical or more full of life than it does in this effervescent new adaptation. The play, adapted from the novel by Jane Austen, is written by and features Kate Hamill.
Harold Prince is a legend in the American theatre - the acclaimed director and producer behind a long list of America's most iconic musicals and the winner of a staggering, record-breaking 21 Tony Awards. Now, he's bringing together six decades of magical moments in a new musical event, Prince of Broadway.
This thrilling night of theatre includes hits from such celebrated musicals as West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera and more, in an unforgettable tribute to an unmatched Broadway career.
Each month, Gingold Theatrical Group presents a different play by George Bernard Shaw (or his contemporaries). GTG is the first group to ever present performances of all of Shaw's 65 plays! This script-in-hand series is always packed with theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Every play is presented as a staged reading by a specially assembled, star-studded cast. The reading is followed by a spirited talkback with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
Set against the backdrop of theoretical axioms and the discovery of a potentially historic mathematical proof, David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is an extraordinary story of familial devotion and discord, identity, sacrifice, trust, and the precarious pathway linking brilliance and mental instability.
Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, Robert, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in 103 notebooks her father left behind. A burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness — or genius — has she inherited?
Some people are born to do great things. Some people change the world. Some people rise from humble beginnings to beat back the forces of darkness in the face of insurmountable odds. This is the story of the people who sit next to those people in class. Puffs; or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic gives viewers front row seats to the sidelines of the world's most famous magical journey. Puffs follows the story of a young wizard named Wayne Hopkins and the Puffs — a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Together, they do their best to learn spells, try not to get hurt, and discover what they're really made of…but, seriously, try not to get hurt.
The Quantum Eye is Sam Eaton's entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception, and deception. Extraordinary ability and gentle humor blend with the audience to make for a different performance every time. Join Sam on a journey past the limits of possibility in a show you'll never forget. He's been dazzling audiences with his magic and mentalism show since 2006, making it the longest-running one-man off-Broadway magic show in New York.
Note: The Quantum Eye is sophisticated and family-friendly but may not be visually entertaining for children under 7 years of age.
Ragtag Theatre Company is back with this year's Off Broadway Alliance winner for Best Family Show! See the well-known fairy tale Cinderella in a brand new way — with daffy llamas, roller-skating fairy godmothers, selfie taking stepsisters, Carol Channing, and furry kicks standing in for the traditional glass slippers.
Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 drama chronicles the struggle of the Younger family to escape their impoverished existence on the south side of Chicago and find a more prosperous life away from the limitations of their segregated black community. The decision to move to Clybourne Park, an all-white neighborhood, tests the family's core values and fortitude.
When Grace B. Matthias is raped, her world spirals into chaos. Between navigating emotionally unstable guidance counselors, overbearing lawyers, an angry championship football team, and useless Wikipedia answers, Grace tries to make sense of her world anew. Looking into the microcosm that is a typical American high school, this timely debut by playwright Michael Yates Crowley urges people to question their assumptions, their complicity, and why they still struggle to talk about rape.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 16 and up.
When two puppets adopt a human child, they must deal with the fallout when the boy begins to grow strings. The boy's overzealous (and human) teacher steps in to teach him how to be "normal," igniting a political firestorm that threatens to engulf the entire community.
After five years in New York, Greg and Steph return to their blue-collar hometown for their 20th high school reunion and to a dramatic encounter with Kent and Carly, the friends they left behind. Old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide as the evening (and the drinking) goes on. With Reasons to Be Pretty Happy, MCC Theater's Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute revisits the characters first introduced in Reasons to Be Pretty (2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play) and Reasons to Be Happy as they grapple with that eternal question: Have I become the person I wanted to be?
The Red Letter Plays, produced together for the first time, explode our ideas of love, society, sex, and power with wit and fearlessness. In these modern remixes of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel The Scarlet Letter, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks conjures two distinct interpretations of Hester, American literature's most famous adulteress.
In F**king A, Hester Smith, the revered and reviled local abortionist, hatches a plan to buy her jailed son's freedom — and nothing will deter her from this quest. In this wild-eyed blend of story and song, directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From the Wars), Hester's branded letter A becomes a provocative emblem of vengeance, violence, and sacrifice.
In the Blood's Hester La Negrita is a penniless mother of five condemned by the men who love her. She turns to former lovers, friends, and the institutions meant to support her, only to be spurned by them all with devastating consequences. This new production is directed by Obie winner Sarah Benson (An Octoroon).
Together these two plays form a haunting and powerful indictment of the way we live now.
The Red Letter Plays, produced together for the first time, explode our ideas of love, society, sex, and power with wit and fearlessness. In these modern remixes of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel The Scarlet Letter, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks conjures two distinct interpretations of Hester, American literature's most famous adulteress.
In F**king A, Hester Smith, the revered and reviled local abortionist, hatches a plan to buy her jailed son's freedom — and nothing will deter her from this quest. In this wild-eyed blend of story and song, directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From the Wars), Hester's branded letter A becomes a provocative emblem of vengeance, violence, and sacrifice.
In the Blood's Hester La Negrita is a penniless mother of five condemned by the men who love her. She turns to former lovers, friends, and the institutions meant to support her, only to be spurned by them all with devastating consequences. This new production is directed by Obie winner Sarah Benson (An Octoroon).
Together these two plays form a haunting and powerful indictment of the way we live now.
Previously a beloved fairy tale and Academy Award‐winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession, and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. For the production's New York premiere at City Center, New Adventures star Ashley Shaw, who originated the role, and New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns, making her debut as a guest artist with the company, alternate in the part of Victoria Page. Rising star Cordelia Braithwaite performs the role at the matinee performance on November 4.
Matthew Bourne's (Swan Lake) Olivier Award‐winning adaptation of the classic Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film is set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies, which uses the mesmerizing music of golden‐age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann (most famous for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles). The Red Shoes is Bourne's first new production in four years and had its world premiere at Sadler's Wells, London, in December 2016, where it opened to rave reviews and a sold‐out eight‐week season.
Theresa Hanneck is a celebrated author and veteran feminist warrior; Msemaji Ukweli is a promising young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender for a new generation. When a heated exchange between the two women goes viral, Theresa finds herself ill-equipped to manage her message in the era of 140-character tweets — especially against a rival whose time may have come. A collision of ideals within the feminist movement propels JC Lee's riveting drama from breathless start to surprising finish.
Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Works by both canonical authors (Lope de Vega, Calderón, García Lorca) and living writers are produced. In presenting these works, the company endeavors to bring the best of Spanish, Latin American, and Hispanic-American theater to a diverse audience, including Hispanics of all backgrounds and non-Spanish speakers. Plays are performed in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
The Rhythm/Da Blues follows Lena, a young woman who grew up in a family of storytellers. When it was her turn to take the mic, she had plenty to say, but not enough courage to spit it. That's when her Auntie, Miss B. Darling, a trans woman and businessperson, steps in to teach Lena how to find the beat. Playing multiple characters, Wade brings her own brand of southern charm and ferocious wit to this celebration of family, first loves, and #BlackGirlMagic. The Gnome Haus presents this world premiere solo show from writer and performer E.E. Wade.