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New Amsterdam Theatre 42nd Street AladdinTheMusical.com
A new Disney musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film. From 2/26/14; opening 3/20/14.Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Chad Beguelin . Book by Beguelin. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw). Cast: George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura; and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka. The ensemble will feature Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Cary Tedder, Elena Wang , Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise. What it's about: Adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz,costume designer Gregg Barnes, and sound designer Ken Travis, illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. Our Review
Musical adaptation of 2001 film. Dan Messé (music), Nathan Tyson (lyrics), Craig Lucas (book). directed by Pam MacKinnon. From 3/09/17; opening 4/03/17. Cast: Phillipa Soo and Adam Chanler-Berat; also David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Alyse Alan Louis, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Paul Whitty, Emily Afton, Trey Ellett, Destinee Rea, Jacob Keith Watson and Tony Sheldon. Running Time: 100 minutes. What it's about: A shy waitress with a wild imagination. Our Review
Broadhurst Theatre 235 West 44th Street
The musical which premiered at Hartford Stage is headed For Broadway next year. The musical recently completed a sold-out, record breaking world premiere engagement at Hartford Stage in Conn. Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Direction by Darko Tresnjak. Cast: Christy Altomare in the title role, Derek Klena as Dmitry, Ramin Karimloo as Gleb and Mary Beth Peil as Dowager Empress Maria, Caroline O’Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch and John Bolton as Vlad Popov; also Zach Adkins, Sissy Bell, Lauren Blackman, Kathryn Boswell, Kyle Brown, Kristen Smith Davis, Janet Dickinson, Constantine Germanacos, Wes Hart, Ian Knauer, Ken Krugman, Dustin Layton, Shina Ann Morris, James A. Pierce III, Molly Rushing, Nicole Scimeca, Jennifer Smith, Johnny Stellard and Allison Walsh. Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Thomas Murray (Music Supervision & Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations). What it's about: The romantic, adventure-filled story of a young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past, inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures and featuring songs from that film. From 3/23/17; opening 4/24/17. Our Review
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
This new musical directed and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), with music by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Oberacker will star Laura Osnes and Corey Cott. What it's about: Set in the smoke filled, swing fueled night clubs of 1945, it tells the story of singer/songwriter Donny Novitski (Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow WWII veterans to the stage. When a national radio contest to find America's next big swing band offers a chance at fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wise-cracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. From 3/31/17; opening 4/26/17. our review
the Band's Visit
Ethel Barrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street
One of my favorite Off-Broadway shows of the 2016-17 season has won the recognition it deserved with a fistful of prestigious awards. And now it's headed to Broadway from 10/07/17 and opening 11/09/17. Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub will reprise their original roles as will John Cariani, Ari'el Stachel, George Abud, Andrew Polk, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh and Alok Tewari. Additional casting TBA. Andrea Grody will once again serve as musical director.For an idea of what to expect, see my review of the Off-Broadway production here
Stephen Sondhaim Theater 124 W. 43rd Street
Cast: Jessie Mueller as Carole King,Jake Epstein as 'Gerry Goffin', Anika Larsen as 'Cynthia Weil', Jarrod Spector as 'Barry Mann', Jeb Brown as 'Don Kirshner', Liz Larsen as 'Genie Klein', and an ensemble that includes Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Shepard, Antoine L. Smith and Melvin Tunstall. Book by playwright and AcademyÂ® Award-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince Derek McLane (Set Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Sidwell (Orchestrations and Music Arrangements) From 11/21/13; opening 1/12/14. Running Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes. Casting Update: Canadian actress Chilina Kennedy will take over the lead role from Jessie Mueller on March 7th Our Review
The Book of Mormon
Eugene O'Neill Theatre 230 West 49th Street 212-239-6200.
A new world premiere musical from the creators of South Park and the co-creator of Avenue Q. From 2/24/11; opening 3/24/11. Book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Choreographed byCasey Nicholaw and directed by Nicholaw and Parker. What it's about: Show follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place thats about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get,. Cast: Josh Gad as Elder Cunningham, Andrew Rannells as Elder Price, Nikki M. James as Nabalungi, Rory O'Malley as Elder McKinley and Michael Potts as Mafala Hatimbi. Set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman. Music supervision is by Stephen Oremus. Tickets, $137.00 - $59. Our Review.
OK for ages 13 and up.
A Bronx Tale
Longacre Theatre 220 West 48th Street
Cast: Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose, Lucia Giannetta, Bradley Gibson lead a 30-member cast. Book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Co-Directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. From 11/03/16; opening 12/01/16. Our Review
Neil Simon Theatre 250 West 52nd Street
One of Andrew Lloyd Webber's super hits (7,485 performances over 18 years) will return to Broadway this summer which means Sir Andrew will have 3 musicals on the Great White Way. From 7/14/16; opening 8/02/16. Composed by Webber and based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this new production will be ck-directed by Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lyme, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreograph. Mick Potter (Sound Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), John Napier (Scenic & Costume Design). Cast and song list in our review. The Review
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 West 46th Street
Musical of Roald Dahl's best-selling novel, directed by Jack O'Brien, choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture. Cast: Christian Borle (Willy Wonka) will be joined by a cast of 35 that includes John Rubinstein as Grandpa Joe, Emily Padgett as Mrs. Bucket, Kathy Fitzgerald as Mrs. Gloop, F. Michael Haynie as Augustus Gloop, Ben Crawford as Mr. Salt, Emma Pfaeffle as Veruca Salt, Alan H. Green as Mr. Beauregard, Trista Dollison as Violet Beauregard, Jackie Hoffman as Mrs. Teavee, Michael Wartella as Mike Teavee and introducing Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust and Ryan Sell making their Broadway debuts as Charlie Bucket. From 3/28/17;opening 4/23/17. Our Review
Ambassador, 219 W. 49th St., (Broadway/8th Av), 212/239-6200
The 1975 Kander and Ebb Musical is on the way to joining shows like Cats as a landmark musical. Original revival cast: Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, and James Naughton.our review . . .a second review and the London Review. Update: Having passed the decade mark last year (see our feature celebrating the show's and Curtainup's 10th birthdays) , the show has seen a parade of Billy Flynns. The next to to take on the role are Jeff McCarthy and John Schneiderâ€” McCarthy from December 7 to January 13, Schneider from January 14 to March 16. Other current stars: Brenda Braxton, Michele DeJean, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, and R.Lowe.
OK for ages 13 and up.
Come From Away
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 West 45th Street 212.239.6200
New musical with book, music and lyrics by Canadians Irene Sankoff & David Hein, directed by Christopher Ashley, choreographed by Kelly Devine, with music supervision by Ian Eisendrath. Cast: Petrina Bromley; Geno Carr; Jenn Colella; Joel Hatch; Rodney Hicks; Kendra Kassebaum; Chad Kimball; Lee MacDougall; Caesar Samayoa; Q. Smith; Astrid Van Wieren; Sharon Wheatley; Josh Breckenridge; Susan Dunstan; Tamika Lawrence and Tony LePage. Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen , orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, music arrangements by Ian Eisendrath. From 2/18/17; opening 3/12/17; closing 12/30/17. What it's about: In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers. Our Review
Dear Evan Hansen
Music Box Theatre 239 West 45th St 212-239-6200
The musical which premiered at 2nd Stage is coming to Broadway from 11/14/16; opening 12/04/16. The original team will be aboard. Our Review
A Doll's House, Part 2
John Golden 252 West 45th Street
Lucas Hnath's look at Ibsen's play years after its end. Cast: Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell, Condola Rashad. Directed by Sam Gold. From 4/01/17; opening 4/27/17; closing 7/23/17 extended, and now closing 1/07/18. What it's about: Many years have passed since Nora's exit. Now, there's a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? Miriam Buether (Scenic Design) and David Zinn (Costume Design) Our Review
Update: As of 7/25, Julie White abd Stephen McKinley Henderson and Erin Wilhelm will join Jayne Houdyshell. .
Escape to Margaritaville
Marquis Theatre, Broadway & 45th street EscapeToMargaritavilleMusical.com..
Jimmy Buffett musical. From 2/16/18; opening 3/15/18. Book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley. Christopher Ashley and Kelly Devine direct and choreograph, respectively. Cast: Paul Alexander Nolan stars; lison Luff as Rachel and Lisa Howard as Tammy, Charlie Pollock as Brick, Don Sparks as J.D., Andre Ward as Jamal, and Rema Webb as Marley. What it's about: Follows Tully, a part-time bartender and singer at the titular island paradise, where a beautiful career-minded tourist in town makes him question his overly relaxed lifestyle. Kelly Devine, scenic designer, Walt Spangler costume designer, Paul Tazewell lighting designer, Howell Binkley, sound designer Brian Ronan.
Farinelli And The King
Belasco Theatre 111 West 44th Street
Mark Rylance will return to Broadway in the critically acclaimed Shakespeare Globe production of a new play with music by author and composer Claire van Kampen. To be directed by John Dove, designed by Jonathan Fensom, with musical arrangements also by Claire van Kampen. From 12/05/18; opening 12/17/17; closing 3/25/18. What it's about: King Philippe V of Spain (Mark Rylance), plagued by insomnia, lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli, a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and 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?. The production will feature London cast members Sam Crane as Farinelli, Huss Garbiya as Doctor José Cervi, Colin Hurley as Metastasio, and Edward Peel as De La Cuadra, with additional casting to be announced. The production also stars Grammy Award-winning countertenor Iestyn Davies as the singing voice of Farinelli. Mr. Davies will share the singing role of Farinelli with another artist to be announced.
St. James Theatre frozenthemusical.com
The Disney musical of ts film. Cast of 40 will feature: Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans) and Robert Creighton (Duke of Weselton), are principal cast members Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett (Young Anna), Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson (Young Elsa), Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa), Alyssa Fox (Elsa Standby) and Aisha Jackson (Anna Standby). The 2-act stage work is expected to run two and a half hours in 2018. Director is Michael Grandage and and Rob Ashford choreogrpahs.
The Glass Menagerie
Sally Field and Joe Mantello will return to the Broadway stage next to star in Tennessee Williams's play, to be directed by Sam Gold who first directed this production with a Dutch cast at Toneelgroep Amsterdam in an engagement that garnered rave reviews. Also in the cast will be Finn Wittrock and Madison Ferris, who will be making her Broadway debut in the role of Laura Wingfield. From 2/07/17; opening 3/09/17; closing 7/07/02 -- nown closing 5/21/17. Andrew Lieberman (scenic design), Wojciech Dziedzic (costume design), Adam Silverman (lighting design) and Bray Poor (sound design). Field previously played the role of Southern matriarch Amanda Wingfield in 2004 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where she was directed by Gregory Mosher. Our Review
August Wilson Theatre 245 West 52^nd Street
The London hit of th stage adaptation of the 1993 film will move in after Jersey Boys leaves. From March 17th; opening 4/17/17. Directed by Matthew Warchus. Cast: Barrett Dos, Andy Karl,Rebecca Faulkenberry, John Sanders, Andrew Call, Raymond J. Lee, Heather Ayers, Kevin Bernard, Gerard Canonico, Rheaume Crenshaw, Michael Fatica, Katy Geraghty, Camden Gonzales, Jordan Grubb, Taylor Iman Jones,Tari Kelly, Josh Lamon, Joseph Medeiros, Sean Montgomery,William Parry, Jenna Rubaii, Vishal Vaidya,Travis Waldschmidt, and Natalie Wisdom. From 3/16/17; opening 4/17/17. Review
Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W. 46 St
From 7/13/15 with an 8/06 official re-opening. For what all the raves are about see Broadway transfer feature Update: Lin-Manuel Miranda will depart the show on July 9, and Javier MuÃ±oz, who has served as the standby for Alexander Hamilton since the beginning will take over the role full time beginning July 11 to do seven performances a week, with a yet unnamed alternate playing the remaining show. Other departing cast members departing on July 9th Leslie Odom and Phillipa Soo.
Shubert Theater 225 West 44th Street 212/239-6200
Revival of Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) legendary hit will star Bette Midler. Rest of Cast: David Hyde Pierce (Horace Vandergelder), Gavin Creel (Cornelius Hackl), Kate Baldwin (Irene Molloy), Taylor Trensch (Barnaby Tucker), Will Burton (Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (Ermengarde), Jennifer Simard (Ernestina), Donna Murpy (alternate Dolly), plus an ensemble of twenty-seven. From 3/15/17; opening 4/20/17. Running Time 2 1/2 hours with intermission. Our Review
Cort Theater w. 48th Street
The play with music by Paula Vogel, created by Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Taichman was a major hit at the Vineyard Theater last year . And now it's transferring. Broadway. Cast from original ensemble:Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol, Adina Verson; and joining the Broadway company will be Ben Cherry, Andrea Goss, Eleanor Reissa. Creative team: Davidorfman (choreographer), Aaron Halva and Lisa Gutkin (music directors and co-composers), Riccardo Hernandez (scenic designer), Emily Rebholz (costume designer), Chris Akerlind (lighting designer), Matt Hubbs (sound designer), and Tal Yarden (projection designer). From 4/04/17; opening 4/18/17; closing 6/25/17- there's been such an outpouring of support that the show will now run longer-- closing 8/06/17. Our Review
The Lion King
Minskoff, 200 W. 45th St. (7th/8th Avs)
Stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney animated musical, with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Julie Taymor. Since 10/15/98 -- opened,11/13. Arts.
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OK for ages 8 and up.
The Little Foxes
MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street 239-6200
Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will star in a new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman' play, to be directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. In a first for MTC,, Linney and Nixon will alternate in the roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens, and Birdie Hubbard. The actresses will play the roles in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance. The cast also features Richard Thomas as Horace, Michael McKean as Ben, David Alford as Mr. Marshall, Michael Benz as Leo, Caroline Stefanie Clay as Addie, Lyla Porter-Follows as Alexandra and Charles Turner as Cal. From 3/29/17; opening 4/19/17; closing 7/02/18 Our Review
Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre 227 West 42nd Street
Revival of dark comedy by Scott McPherson, directed by Ann Kaufman. Cast: Janeane Garofalo as Lee, Lili Taylor as Bessie, Celia Weston as Ruth, Jack DiFalco as Hank, Carman Lacivita as Bob and "Marvin," Nedra McClyde as Dr. Charlotte, Luca Padovan as Charlie, and Triney Sandoval as Dr. Wally. 6/08/17; opening 6/29/17;closing 8/27/17. What it's about: Estranged sisters Lee and Bessie 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. Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. Laura Jellinek (Sets), Jessica Pabst (Costumes), Japhy Weideman (Lights) and Daniel Kluger (Original Music & Sound). Our Review
First Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award will star Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard and be directed byJulie Taymor. The production will open on 10/26/17. What it's about: The scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer is a love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. The 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west and redefined the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit. The production will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play's 1988 premiere. The original production ran on Broadway from 1988 to 1990 for 777 performances. Additional casting and design team TBA
Broadway Theater 1681 Broadway
From 3/01/17; opening 3/23/17; closing 1/14/18 and then going on tour. Cameron Mackintosch's new production of the Boublil and Schonberg's musical transferring from its acclaimed London run. Cast: Alistair Brammer as Chris, Jon Briones as The Engineer and Eva Noblezada as Kim, Katie Rosie Clarke as Ellen, Nicholas Christopher as John, Devin Ilaw as Thuy and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission. Our Review
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812
Book,Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations: Dave Malloy. Directed again by Rachel Chavkin Choreographer: Sam Pinkleton Boston and its critically acclaimed 2013 Off-Broadway premiere. The theater will be reimagined as a Russian Salon. Josh Groban and Denee Benton will star as Pierre and Natasha; also Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell, Nicholas Belton, Nick Choksi, Amber Gray, Grace McLean, Paul Pinto, Scott Stangland, Lucas Steele, Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Perez Flanagan, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Nick Gaswirth, Alex Gibson, Billy Joe Kiessling, Mary Spencer Knapp, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Andrew Mayer, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Ani Taj, Cathryn Wake, Katrina Yaukey, Lauren Zakrin. Imperial Theatre 249 W 45th St 212/239-6200
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
The Hudson Theater on 44th Street
Adaptation of George Orwell's famous horror novel brought to Broadway. Stage adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. Cast: Reed Birney as O'Brien, Olivia Wilde (making her Broadway debut)as Julia, Tom Sturridge as Winston, Wayne Duvall as Parsons, Carl Hendrick Louis as Martin, Nick Mills as Syme, Michael Potts as Charrington, Cara Seymour as Mrs. Parsons. From: 5/18/17; opening 6/22/17; closing 10/08/17. Running time; approx. 101 minutes, no intermission. Our Review
Once on This Island
Circle in the Square Theatre W. 505h Street 212-239-6200
Revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical, directed by Deaf West's Spring Awakening Tony nominee Michael Arden. From 11/09/17; opening 12/03/17.Camille A. Brown will choreograph, with original orchestrator Michael Starobin creating new arrangements with non-traditional instruments. Tony winner Nikki M. James will serve as assistant director. Costume designer Clint Ramos, set designer Dane Laffrey, and lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer. Casting will be announced at a later date. The musical premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 1990 before transferring to Broadway later that year. What it's about: Peasant girl Ti Moune's star-crossed romance with a young man from the wealthy side of her island, which is ruled by four island gods.
On Your Feet!
Marquis Theatre 1535 Broadway
New musical with music and lyrics by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Book by Alexander Dinelaris. Directed by Jerry Mitchell, choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Set Designer, David Rockwell; Costume Designer, Emilio Sosa; Lighting Designer, Kenneth Posner; Sound Designer, Steve Kennedy; Orchestrations Gloria and Emilio Estefan. opening 11/05/15/ closing on Broadway 8/20/17 and going on global tour our review
Vivian Beaumont-Lincoln Center Main Stage
J. T. Rogers dark comedy was a sell-out hit at the Mitzi Newouse will moge to LCT Broadway stage with same team. What it's about: Story of how Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rod-Larsen, planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. After winning Tony award for best play, the show extended for an additional 3 weeks and is now closing 7/16/17 Our Review
The Parisian Woman
A double Broadway debut, for Uma Thurman as the tiitle character, and House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon. To be directed by Pam MacKinnon. Opening 11/30/17. . Full casting, design team, and preview dates TBA. What it's about: 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. Inspired by Henri Becque's controversial 1885 play, La Parisienne .
The Phantom of the Opera
Majestic, 247 W. 44th St. (Broadway/8th Ave), 239-6200 www.thephantomoftheopera.comAnother heavy hitter in the big ticket, big spectacle musical and longevity (Opened 1/26/88) department. Adapted from Gaston Leroux's novel, Phantom's enduring glow is sustained by a Tony Award and a star-studded creative team: Harold Prince director; book by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe); music by Webber; and lyrics by Charles Hart. As of January 9, 2006, with performance # 7, 486, the show became the longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing another Andrew Lloyd Webber hit, Cats, which previously held the record with 7,485 performances. This ranks at the top of the list teenagers from out of town want to see with parents or with a date. OK for ages 12 and up. re-reviewed with first African-American Phantom, Norm Lewis
the Play That Goes Wrong
Lyceum on 45th Street
Olivier award-winning comedywWritten by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, directed by Mark Bell. Cast: Matthew Cavendish, Bryony Corrigan, Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill, and Nancy Zamit. What it's about: An amateur university production that goes hopelessly awry. Our Review
St. James Theatre 246 West 44th
Limited revival of Noel Cowad comedy, directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnage. From 3/10/16; opening 4/05/17; closing 7/02/17 Cast: Kevin Kline as Garry Essendine, Kate Burton as Liz Essendine, Kristine Nielsen as Monica Reed, Cobie Smulders as Joanna Lyppiatt, Bhavesh Patel as Roland Maule, Reg Rogers as Morris Dixon, Matt Bittner as Fred, Ellen Harvey as Miss Erikson, Peter Francis James as Henry Lyppiatt, Tedra Millan as Daphne Stillington, Sandra Shipley as Lady Saltburn, with Kelley Curran, Rachel Pickup, James Riordan, and David L. Townsend. Set design by David Zinn, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Fitz Patton, and hair design by Josh Marquette. What it's about: Follows a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Juggling his considerable talent, ego and libido, the theater's favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingenues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists. Our Review
Roundabout at American Airlines Theatre 227 West 42nd
Revival of Arthur Miller's play, directed by Terry Kinney.. Cast: Mark Ruffalo as Victor Franz, Tony Shalhoub as Walter Franz, Jessica Hecht as Esther Franz, Danny DeVito as the furniture dealer. directed by Terry Kinney. Derek McLane (Sets), Sarah J. Holden (Costumes), David Weiner (Lights) and Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (Sound). From 2/16/17; opening 3/16/17; closing 5/14/17. What it's about: When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents' estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice. Additional cast and design team TBA.Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM. Our Review
Prince of Broadway
MTC, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street
A celebration of Hal Prince's career with songs, musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown book by David Thompson, directed by Mr. Prince with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. Cast: Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal,, Bryonha Marie Parham,Emily Skinner, Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Tony Yazbeck, Karen Ziemba. From 8/03/17; opening 8/24/17 Broadway will start previews Thursday, August 3, 2017 for a Thursday, August 24, 2017. The show will include songs from many of the shows that earned Harold Prince a record 21 Tony Awards and biographical material
School of Rock
Winter Garden Theatre
World Premiere based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title. Music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes. from 11/02/15; opening 12/06/15. Directed by Laurence Connor. What it's about: Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. Choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, Scenic and Costume Design by Anna Louizos, Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, and Sound Design by Mick Potter. our review
The Palace Theatre 1564 Broadway - Broadway at 47th Street
Conceived and Directed by Tina Landau. Book by Kyle Jarrow. Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision by Tom Kitt. Choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Cast: Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward , Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks and Danny Skinner as Patrick. From 11/06/17; opening 12/04/17. This Broadway concept wll feature original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! Also a song by David Bowie. With additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe Full cast TBA.
Sunday in the Park with George
Hudson Theatre 139-141 West 44th Street
Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, directed by Sarna Lapine. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Brooks Ashmanskas, Jenni Barber, Phillip Boykin, Mattea Marie Conforti, Erin Davie, Claybourne Elder, Penny Fuller, Jordan Gelber, Robert Sean Leonard, Liz McCartney, Ruthie Ann Miles, Ashley Park, Jennifer Sanchez, David Turner, Max Chernin, MaryAnn Hu, Michael McElroy, Jaime Rosenstein, Julie Foldesi, Andrew Kober. Set design by Beowulf Boritt, projection design by Tal Yarden, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Kai Harada, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, make-up design by Joe Dulude II, music coordination by Seymour Red Press, orchestrations by Michael Starobin, production supervision by Peter Lawrence,From 12/11/17; opening 2/23/17; closing 4/23/17. Our Review
Palace Theater 1564 7th Avenue
The musical based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning film. Book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. Directed by Lonny Price and starring Glenn Close who performed in the previous production in 1994 and featuring a 40-piece on-stage orchestra. From 2/02/17; opening 2/09/17. Our Review
Another Public Theater play to transfer to Broadway. From 3/04/17; opening 3/26/17. Our ReviewIt won the Publitzer but was beaten by Oslo for Best Play Tony-- closing 6/25/17.
The Terms of My Surrender
Belasco Theatre 111 W 44th Street
Michael Moore's Broadway debut in solo show directed by Michael Mayer for a limited 12-week engagement. From 7/28/17; opening 8/10/17. Question posed: "Can a Broadway show take down a sitting President?"
Time and the Conways
Roundabout Theatre Company's American Air Lines Theater 227 West 42nd Street
A new production of by J. B. Priestley, directed by Rebecca Taichman and starring Oscar, Emmy & Golden Globe nominee Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey). First Broadway revival since its premiere in 1938. From 9/14/17; opening 10/10/17; closing 11/26/17.
Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 W. 47th St.
New musical by five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles. From 3/25/16; opening 4/24/16. Book, Jessie Nelson. Music and lyrics by Bareilles, direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Cast: Jessie Mueller Jessie Mueller (Jenna, Eric Anderson (Cal), Nick Cordero (Earl), Christopher Fitzgerald (Ogie), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Kimiko Glenn (Dawn), Dakin Matthews (Joe), Keala Settle (Becky), also Thay Floyd, Henry Gottfried, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Max Kumangai, Jeremy Morse, Ragan Pharris, Stephanie Torns and Ryan Vasquez. What it's about: Jenna (Jessie Mueller), an expert pie maker in a small town, dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. Set by Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting by Christopher Akerlind and sound by Jonathan Deans. Running Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes, 1 intermission. Our Review
Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41st Street
New musical with book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directon by Michael Greif,, starring two legends and cosmetic industry Legends: Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. Scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and music direction by Lawrence Yurman. From 3/07/17; opening 4/06/17. The world premiere opened in Chicago's Goodman Theater and was the the biggest success in their history. Our Review
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz
Gershwin, 222 W. 51 St., (Broadway/8th Av) 212-307-4100
A new musical based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. It takes place in the Land of Oz, and tells the story of many of the characters before Dorothy arrived. Book by Winnie Holzman; music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; directed by Joe Mantello; choreographed by Wayne Cilento. Sets, Eugene Lee; lighting, Kenneth Posner; costumes, Susan Hilferty; sound, Tony Meola; musical director, Stephen Oremus; orchestrations, William David Brohn. From 10/2/03; opening 10/30/03. Tue at 7pm; Wed - Sat at 8pm; Wed & Sat at 2pm; Sun at 3pm -- $30 - $100. Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission. Our Review.
OK for ages 9 and up.
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