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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
Booth Theatre 222 West 45th Street)
Broadway premiere of play n by Christopher Demos-Brown, directed by Kenny Leon. From 10/06/18; opening 11/04/18. Cast: Jeremy Jordan, Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, Eugene lee. What it's about: A Florida police station in the middle of the night; a mother searching for her missing teenage son. Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Dede Ayite (Costume Design) and Peter Fitzgerald (Sound Design).Performance Schedule: From October 6 - November 3, American Son will play Tuesday-Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning November 6, Tuesday-Thursday evenings at 7pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturdays at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Running time: Approx 90 minutes without intermission. For an idea of what to expect see our review of the Berkshire premiere and another production in New Jersey, both with different actors.
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
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, Ariel Stachel, George Abud, Andrew Polk, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh and Alok Tewari. New cast members: Etai Benson as Papi and Adam Kantor as Telephone Guy. Cast update: Tony Award winning Tony Shalhoub played his last performance 5/27/18. As of 6/26/18 Sasson Gabay, the Israeli film star who created the role of Tewfiq in the movie that inspired the musical, will take over the role. Our Review
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
Roundabout's American Airlines Theater
New play by Teresa Rebeck, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Cast:Janet McTeer as the title character, Dylan Baker as Constant Coquelin and Jason Butler Harner as Edmond Rostand; also Matthew Saldivar as Alphonse Mucha, Nick Westrate as Maurice, Paxton Whitehead as Louis, Ito Aghayere as Rosamond, Brittany Bradford as Lysette, Aaron Costa Ganis as Raoul, Triney Sandoval as Francois. From 8/31/18; opening 9/25/18; closing 11/11/18. What it's about: set against the lavish, late 19th century production of Hamlet starring Sarah Bernhardt in her make-or-break role. Beowulf Boritt (set design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design), Bradley King (lighting design), and Fitz Patton (original music and sound design). 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.
Imperial Theatre 249 West 45th Street
Revival of Rodgers & Hart Musical, directed Jack O'Brien. Choreographed by Justin Peck. Cast: Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan, opera star Renee Fleming ass Nettie Fowler, Betsy Wolfe as Carrie Pipperidge, Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow, Margaret Colin as Mrs. Mullin, Amar Ramasar as Jigger, Brittany Pollock as Louise. Santo Loquasto (scenic Design), Ann Roth (costume Design), an Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting Design), Scott Lehrer (sound Design), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations), Andy Einhorn (musical Supervision And Direction). From 2/28/18,opening 4/12/18. What it's about: set In A Small New England Factory Town, the show follows the tragic love story of a troubled carnival Barker and the girl he give up everything for him. I t opened to rave reviews at the Majestic Theater in 1945.Closing 9/16/18! Carousel/Rodgers & Hammerstein musical (2018 Broadway)
The Cher Show
From 11/01/18; opening 12/03/18.Book by Rick Elice. Music by various composers. What it's about: Traces the career of pop star Cher.
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.
Samuel J. Friedman
From 12/27/18; opening 1/22/19. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Trip Cullman. What it's about: For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? For an idea of what to expect, see our review of previous Off-Broadway production.
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
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre 242 W. 45th Street 212-239-6200
New York production of Jez Butterworth play, directed by Sam Mendes. From 10/02/18; opening 10/21/18. Cast: Most of original cast member will reprise their roles. Additional casting will be announced. At some 3 hours, it's another departure from the 90-minute playFor an idea of what to expect see our review of the London Production.
St. James Theatre frozenthemusical.com
The Disney musical of its 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. Director is Michael Grandage and and Rob Ashford choreographs. From 2/22/18; opening 3/22/18. Our Review
Gettin' the Band Back Together
From; opening 8/13/18. Cast: Mitchell Jarvis as Mitch Papadopolous, Jay Klaitz as Bart, Paul Whitty as Sully, Sawyer Nunes as Ricky, Brandon Williams as Tygen, and Tamika Lawrenceas Roxy. Directed by Tony winner John Rando, Gettin' the Band Back Together has Music and lyrics by Mark Allen, book by Ken Davenport and the Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. Directed by John Rando. Chris Bailey (choreography), Derek McLane (sets), Emily Rebholz (costumes), Ken Billington (lighting design), John Shivers (sound design).Additional casting TBA. will be announced at a later date. What it's about: Follows a recently fired fortysomething who gathers his old bandmates and sets out to win a local Battle of the Bands competition. Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including intermission.An earlier, developmental staging, see New Jersey's George Street Playhouse 2013 --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
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Lyric Theatre on 42nd Street
from March, 2018. Opening, 4/22/18. Cast features 7 members of the award-winning Original West End Company : Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) with Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy); also David Abeles, Brian Abraham, Shirine Babb, Jess Barbagallo, Stephen Bradbury, Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, Joshua De Jesus, Jessie Fisher, Richard Gallagher, Susan Heyward, Geraldine Hughes, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Katie Kreisler, Joey LaBrasca, Andrew Long, Kathryn Meisle, Angela Reed, Dave Register, Adeola Role, James Romney, Malika Samuel, Alanna Saunders, David St. Louis, Stuart Ward, Madeline Weinstein, Alex Weisman and Benjamin Wheelwright playing. The cast will also include four children who will alternate two roles. What it's about: 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. Part 1, 2 hours and 40 minutes; Part 2, 2 hours and 30minutes, both include intermission. Opening 4/22/18. Our Review
Head Over Heels
Musical comedy onceived by Jeff Whitty with nook by James Magruder, based on 'The Arcadia' by Sir Philip Sidney. Music orchestrated and arranged by Tom Kitt. Directed by Michael Mayer. Cast: Rachel York, Jeremy Kushnier, Alexandra Socha, Taylor Iman Jones,Bonnie Milligan, RuPaul's Drag Race's Peppermint, who will be the first trans-woman actress to create a principal role on Broadway, Andrew Durand, Tom Alan Robbins and large ensemble. Music by all female rock band, the Go-Gosn. Directed by Michael Mayer. Cast: Running Time:2 hours 10 minutes, with 1 intermission). From 6/23/18; opening 7/26/18. What it's about: Inspired by Sir Philip Sidney's 16th-century pastoral romance Arcadia, this is an Elizabethan love story turned on its head. There's a duke, a mysterious prophecy and two daughters: one mobbed by suitors, the other...not so much. Our Review
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; closing 8/25/18. Running Time 2 1/2 hours with intermission. Update: After Bette Midler leaves, the show gets another iconic star: Bernadette Peterswho will begin performing on 1/20/18; with an opening on 2/22/18. Our Review
Musical with book by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), score by Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice). Drew McOnie directs. From 10/05/18; opening 11/08/18. Cast:Christiani Pitts as Ann Darrow, Eric William Morris as Carl Denham, and Erik Lochtefel as Lumpy; also Ashley Andrews, Mike Baerga, Rhaamel Burke-Missouri, Chloe Campbell, Leroy Church, Peter Chursin, Jovan Dansberry, Bradley Dean, Casey Garvin, Christopher Grant, Lauren Yalango Grant, Khadija Griffith, Jon Hoche, Gabriel Hyman, Curt James, James T. Lane, Marty Lawson, Jonathan MacMillan, Danny Miller, Brittany Marcell Monachino, Jennifer Noble, Kristen Oei, Eliza Ohman, Roberto Olvera, Kayla Davion Robertson, Jaquez André Sims, Akron Watson, Jacob Williams, Warren Yang, and David Yijae. What it's about: Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production is a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. It follows a young actress, Ann Darrow, and a maverick filmmaker, Carl Denham, as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the world's greatest wonder. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining is a 20-foot-high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of artists and technicians, blending robotics, puppetry, and stagecraft.
The Life Span Of a Fact
Roundabout's Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street 212.239.6200.
World premiere written by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, based on a true stor and directed by Leigh Silverman. From 9/20/18; opening 10/18/18. What it's about: Jim Fingal (Daniel Radcliffe) has a small job: to fact check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim Fingal’s boss (Cherry Jones) has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D’Agata (Bobby Cannavale). And now, Jim Fingal has a huge problem: John made up some of his article. Well, a lot of his article. OK, actually, maybe the majority of it? What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up?
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
August Wilson Theatre 245 West 52nd Street
New musical based on the hit film. From 3/12/18; opening 4/08/18. Book by Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjam. Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs. Main Cast Members: Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith, Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard, Kerry Butler as Ms. Norbury, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall. Scott Pask (Set Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Finn Ross & Adam Young (Video Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Milagros Medina-Cerdeira (Make-Up Design), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Music Director), John Clancy (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Dance and Incidental Music Arrangements), Jeff Richmond & Glen Kelly (Additional Music Arrangements), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator).. Our Review
My Fair Lady
Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater 150 West 65th Street
The beloved musical adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The cast of 37 is led by Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, w Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston, and Manu Narayan. Choreography by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Marc Salzberg. Music Director Ted Sperling conducts a 29-piece orchestra performs the original musical arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang, and dance arrangements by Trude Rittmann. Our Review
MTC Samuel Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street 212-239-6200
American premiere of comedy thriller by Richard Bean, the author of the rollicking, award-winning, directed by Daniel Sullivan.Cast: Alexandra Billings, John Ellison Conlee, Johanna Day, Heather Lind, Max Gordon Moore, Bhavesh Patel, Thomas Jay Ryan, Ben Schnetzer,with additional cast members to be announced. From 9/05/18; opening 9/27/18. What it's about: Funny look at the world of snooker, the British version of pool. Dylan Spokes (Ben Schnetzer), a fast-rising young star arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by the authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan’s forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters that include his ex-convict dad (John Ellison Conlee), saucy mum (Johanna Day), quick-tongued manager (Max Gordon Moore) and a renowned gangster (Alexandra Billings), to boot. David Rockwell (scenic design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), Anne Ford-Coates (hair and make-up design), Ben Furey (dialect coach), and Thomas Schall (fight director).
National Theatre Production of Network
Cort Theater 138 W. 48th Street
The Natioan Theater stage version of the Academy award winning film by Paddy Chayefsky comes to Broadway. Directed by Ivo Van Hove. Cast: Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale. From 11/10/18; opening 12/0618; closing 3/24/19. Lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, video design by Tal Yarden, music and sound by Eric Sleichim. More casting details TBA.
Once on This Island
Circle in the Square Theatre W. 50th 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. 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. Cast: Emerson Davis and Mia Williamson will take on the role of the Little Girl. They join previously announced star Hailey Kilgore, who takes on the role of Ti Moune. The cast also includes Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Merle Dandridge (Papa Ge), Quentin Earl Darrington (Agwe),Emerson Davis (Little Girl), Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), David Jennings (Armand), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Alex Newell (Asaka), Isaac Powell (Daniel), Lea Salonga (Erzulie),Mia Williamson (Little Girl). The Storytellers for this production include Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, Aurelia Williams. 12/19 Cast update: Norm Lewis and Tamyra Gray will step into the roles of Agwe and Papa Ge as of 1/08/18 while Quentin Earl Darrington and Merle Dandridge are on leave-- their return date TBA. Our Review
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. scheduled closing extended from 8/16/18 to 1/06/19 Our Review
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41st Street Ticketmaster
World premiere with original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, book by Garry Marshall and the film's screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Cast: Samantha Barks as Vivian, Steve Kazee as Edward, Orfeh as Kit,' Eric Anderson. as Mr. Thompson, Jason Danieley as Pilip Stuckey, Kingsley Leggs aJames Morse. Scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner & Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Josh Marquette, music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke. From 7/20/18; opening 8/16/18.
New York production of musical directed by Casey Nicholaw. Book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, music by Matthew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Cast: Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen , Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins and Josh Lamon. Ensemble includes Mary Antonini, Gabi Campo, Jerusha Cavazos, Shelby Finnie, Josh Franklin, Fernell Hogan, Joomin Hwang, Sheldon Henry, David Josefsberg, Becca Lee, Wayne Mackins, Kate Marilley, Anthony Norman, Drew Redington, Jack Sippel, Teddy Toye, Kalyn West. . From 10/23/18; opening 11/15/18 Scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth & Matthew Pachtman, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Peter Hylenski, wig and hair design by Josh Marquette, make-up design by Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. The show is based on an original concept by Jack Viertel it tells the story of a high school student banned from her prom for wanting to bring her girlfriend. When her story reaches a group of eccentric Broadway actors, the group travels to the community in an earnest (if perhaps misguided) attempt to help fight the injustice.
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. Closing 1/20/19. our review
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
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 Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton and Danny Skinner as Patrick Star. The ensemble will include Alex Gibson, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L'ogan J'ones, Jai'len Christine Li Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington, Brynn Williams, Matt Wood and Tom Kenny as the French Narrator. From 11/06/17; opening 12/04/17; closing 9/16/18. 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. Our Review
Springsteen on Broadway
Walter Kerr, West 48 St.
from 10/03/17; opening 10/12/17; extended and now closing 6/30/18... Springsteen's music and Springsteen himself reading excerpts from his 2016 autobiography, Born to Run and other spoken reminiscences written for the show.
straight White Men
2nd Stage At The Hayes Theater 240 W. 44th ST. 212-230=6200
Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Armie Hammer and Stephen Payne in this Broadway production of Young Jean Lee's dark comedy, directed by Anna Shapiro. From 6/29/18; opening 7/23/18; closing. Lee will be the first Asian-American female playwright to be produced on Broadway. What it's about: It's Christmas Eve, and Ed has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash-talking, and Chinese takeout. But when a question they can't answer interrupts their holiday cheer, they are forced to confront their own identities. Scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Suttirat Larlab, lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by M.L. Dogg, choreography by Faye Driscoll. Our Review
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street
Cast: the 3 Summers- LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever/Additional TBA. Show features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others. Directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, with music supervised by Ron Melrose and scenic design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Gareth Owen and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis. From 3/28/18; opening 4/23/18. What it's about: She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. Our Review
To Kill A Mockingbird
From11/01/18; opening 11/13/18. Written by Aaron Sorkin, based on Harper Lee Novel. Directed by Bartlett Sher. Cast: Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Stark Sands, Frederick Weller, Erin Wilhelmi, Dakin Matthews, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stephen Mckinley Henderson, Phyllis Somerville, Liv Rooth
Marqui Theatre 210 West 46th Street
Musical version of popular movie. From 4/23/19; opening. Original score by David Yazbek,book by Robert Horn, choreography by Denis Jones and musical direction by Andrea Grody. To be directed by Scott Ellis. Cast:Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, Lilli Cooper as Julie Nichols, Sarah Stiles as Sandy Lester, John Behlmann as Max Van Horn, Andy Grotelueschen as Jeff Slater, Julie Halston as Rita Marshall, Michael McGrath as Stan Fields, and Reg Rogers as Ron Carlisle. Scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Brian Ronan, hair and wig design by Paul Huntley, make-up design by Angelina Avallone
Helen Hayes Theater
2nd Stage will remount this 2-part, trimmed version of the original trilogy at the Broadway home it now owns. It's the same theater, then called The Little Theater, where the original trilogy played. Torch song's Broadway transfer is set to open 11/01/18. To read our review of Torch Song off-Broadway go here.
American Airlines Theater 227 West 42nd Street
Broadway revival of Sam Shepard classic, directed by James Macdonald. Cast: Ethan Hawke as Lee and Paul Dano as Austin. From 12/27/18; opening;1/24/19; closing. What it's about: 2 brothers with more in common than they think are holed up in their mother's California house, screenwriter Austin (Dano) and lowlife Lee (Hawke) wrestle with big issues—and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster. Other cast and creatives TBA.
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
The Waverly Gallery
Revival of Kenneth Lonergan play, directed by Lila Neugebauer. Cast: Elaine May, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen. What it's about: Centers around a boutique art gallery in Greenwich Village, the elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease who runs it, her family who struggles to care for her, and a building owner who aims to turn the gallery into a cafe. Sets by David Zinn, costumes by Ann Roth, and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt. From 9/25/18; opening 10/25/18. To read about early productions of the play go here and here.
West Side Story
Broadway Theater TBA
, A new production directed by Ivo van Hove with all-new choreography by the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Scenery and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld. From 12/10/19; opening 2/06/20. West Side Story will begin performances on December 10, 20.
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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