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Ambassador 219 W. 49th Street
American Airlines (Roundabout) 227 W. 42nd Street
August Wilson 245 W. 52d St. (7th/8th Avs)
Barrymore, 243 W. 47th St. (8/9thAvs)
Belasco, 111 W. 44th St. (Broadway/8th Av)
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre 242 West 45th Street
Barrymore 243 W. 47th Street
Beaumont (Lincoln Center) 150 W. 65th Street
Belasco 111 W. 44th Street
Booth, 222 W. 45th St, (Broadway/8th Av)
Broadhurst, 235 W. 44th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Broadway, 1681 Broadway, (52nd/53rd Sts)
Brooks Atkinson, 256 W. 47th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Circle in the Square, 1633 Bway (at 50t>h St)
Foxwoods Theater 213 West 42nd Street (7th/8th Avs)
Gerald Schoenfeld, 236 West 45th Street (Broadway/8th Ave)
Gershwin , 222 W. 51 St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Golden, 252 W. 45th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Helen Hayes, 240 W. 44th St., (7th/8th Avs)
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Imperial, 249 W. 45th St., ((Broadway/8th Av)
Longacre, 220 W. 48th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Lunt-Fotanne, 205 W. 46th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Lyceum, 149 W. 45th St., (Broadway/6th Av)
The Lyric Theater 213 W. 42nd Street
Majestic, 247 W. 44th St. (Broadway/8th Av)
Marquis, 1535 Broadway, (45th/46th Sts)
Hirshfeld), 302 W. 45th St., (8th/9thAvs)
Imperial, 249 West 45th Street (Broadway/8th Ave)
Minskoff, 200 W. 45th St. (7th/8th Avs)
Music Box, 239 W. 45th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Nederlander, 208 W. 41st St., (7th/8th Avs)
Neil Simon, 250 W. 52nd St., (Broadway/6th Av)
New Amsterdam, 214 W. 42nd St., (7th/8th Avs)
Eugene O'Neill, 230 W. 49th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Palace, 1564 Broadway, (46th/47th St)
Plymouth, 236 W. 45 St. (Broadway/8th Av)
Richard Rodgers, 226 W. 46 St.(Broadway/8th Av)
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street
St. James Theatre 246 W. 44th St. (7th/8th Avs)
Shubert, 225 W. 44th St. (7th/8th Avs)
Stephen Sondheim Theater 124 W. 43rd Street (6th/7th Avs)
Studio 54, 254 West 54th St. (Broadway/6th Av)
Vivian Beaumont, 150 W. 65th St
Walter Kerr, 219 W. 48th St., (Broadway/8th Av)
Winter Garden, 1634 Bway, (50/51st Sts)
CurtainUp's Broadway Listings
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
Longacre Theatre 220 West 48th Street
A musical about Japanese-Americans in United States internment camps during World War II, will arrive on Broadway in October. Book by Marc Acito and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, will be directed by Stafford Arima From 10/06/15; opening 11/08/15. The 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. Andrew Palermo (choreography), Lynne Shankel (music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations), Laura Bergquist (musical director), Donyale Werle (scenic design), Alejo Vietti (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Kai Harada (sound design), Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig design), and Darrel Maloney (projection design).
Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41st Street
. From 6/25/15; opening 7/16/15. Broadway engagement follows Chicago world premiere. 31-Member cast: Tom Hewitt as Captain Newton, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Stanley Bahorek, Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle, Rachael Ferrera and Elizabeth Ward Land. Ensemble: Leslie Becker, Sara Brophy, Rheaume Crenshaw, Miquel Edson, Mike Evariste, Sean Ewing, Savannah Frazier, Christopher Gurr, Allen Kendall, Michael Dean Morgan, Vince Oddo, Oneika Phillips, Clifton Samuels, Gavriel Savit, Dan Sharkey, Bret Shuford, Evan Alexander Smith, Uyoata Udi, Charles E. Wallace, Toni Elizabeth White, Hollie E. Wright. Music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Smith and Arthur Giron. Directed by Gabriel Barre and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli. Eugene Lee and Edward Pierce (scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design), Ken Billington and Paul Miller (lighting design), Jon Weston (sound design), Robert –Charles Vallance (hair design), David Leong (fight and military movement), Gillian Lane-Plescia (dialect coach), Kenny Seymour (orchestrations), Michael Keller (music coordinator), and Joseph Church (music director, arranger, incidental music). What it's about: The true story behind the beloved song. Review
Palace Theatre Broadway at 47th Street
From 3/13/15; opening 4/12/15.Music And Lyrics By George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Book by Craig Lucas. Directed And Choreographed By Christopher Wheeldon. Bob Crowley (sets and costumes) and Natasha Katz (lighting), Jon Weston (sound) with the musical score adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher, orchestrations by Christopher Austin and musical direction by Brad Haak. Cast: Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg, and Max von Essen as Henri Baurel; also Caitlin Abraham, Will Burton, Attila Joey Csiki, Michael Cusumano, Taeler Cyrus, Ashlee Dupré, Rebecca Eichenberger, Sara Esty, Laura Feig, Jennie Ford, Kurt Froman, Heather Lang, Dustin Layton, Nathan Madden, Gia Mongell, Candy Olsen, Rebecca Riker, Adam Rogers, Sam Rogers, Shannon Rugani, Garen Scribner, Sam Strasfeld, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Allison Walsh, Scott Willis and Victor. Running time: Two hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 15-minute intermission. Our Review
Shubert Theatre to be announced
. Broadway premiere of musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis novel from 2/19/16; opening 3/21/16. Benjamin Walker will star as Patrick Bateman. Music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The director is Rupert Goold and choreography by Lynne Page. What it's about: Living the high life in 1980s Manhattan, Patrick Bateman has it all – looks, money, style and status. He and his entourage buy the most expensive designer clothes, eat at the most exclusive restaurants and party at the hottest clubs. But privately, Patrick indulges in another kind of transgression. And people, including those closest to him, keep disappearing. For our review of the British version at the Almeida, click 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 Academy® 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 Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
A new production of the 1978 Larry L. King - Pete Masterson - Carol Hall musical, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, recently represented by Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Promises, Promises, will direct and choreograph. The show moved from off-Broadway the RichardR Rodgers Theatrewhere it played 1584 performances. What it's about: ecounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the best pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello. . . that is until the crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe focuses his cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. Details TBA
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.
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 Schneider— 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.
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 West 45th Street(212) 239-6200
World premiere of new play by David Mamet and starring Al Pacino and Christopher Denham. Directed by Pam MacKinnon. Scenic design by Derek McLane, lighting design by Russell H. Champa, costume design by Jess Goldstein. From 10/21/15; opening 11/19/15.
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street 212-239-6200
American premiere by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, both making their Broadway debuts. From 12/16/14; opening 1/13/15;closing 3/15/15. For more of what to expect, see our London critic's review here . Tom Scutt (scenic and costume design), Lee Curran (lighting design), David McSeveney (sound design), and Lucy Cullingford (movement direction). Our Review
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The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time
Barrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street 212-239-6200
National Theatre production of new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel, directed by Marianne Elliott. Cast: Alexander Sharp in his Broadway debut as Christopher, Ian Barford as Ed, Helen Carey as Mrs. Alexander, Francesca Faridany as Siobhan and Enid Graham Wife) as Judy. The ensemble includes Jocelyn Bioh, Mercedes Herrero, Richard Hollis, Ben Horner and David Manis. Taylor Trensch will play Christopher at certain performances. From 9/10/14; opening 10/05/14. The production received seven 2013 Olivier Awards, including Best New Play. What it's about: Fifteen-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. 50 tickets at $27 for every performance.
Cast Changes: Tyler Lea will take on the leadafter Alex Sharp on 9/13/15. Other original cast members leaving at the same time: Ian Barford, Helen Carey, Jocelyn Bioh, and Francesca Faridany. New cast members: Rosie Benton as Siobhan, Andrew Long as Ed and Nancy Robinetteas Mrs. Alexander. Benjamin Wheelwright will make his Broadway debut as Christopher at certain performances. Continuing in their original roles: Enid Graham as Judy, and ensemble membersKeren Dukes, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Mercedes Herrero,, Richard Hollis, Ben Horner, David Manis, Tom Patrick Stephens and Timothy Wright.
Dames at Sea
Helen Hayes Theatre 240 West 44 Street ww.DamesAtSeaBroadway.com
) Musical comedy. Book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by Jim Wise, and music supervision and vocal & dance arrangements by Rob Berman. Directed and choreographed by three time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner . From 9/24/15; opening 10/22/15. Cast: TBA. This is the show's first time on Broadway and with an orchestra. The show will have more dancing than ever before with all new dance and vocal arrangements by Rob Berman. cenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer. The show first opened in 1968 at the Theater de Lys, now known as the Lucille Lortel, where it launhed Bernadette Peters' careet. Though the theater is now owned by Second Stage this is not their show since they are renting it while fund raising for renovatons.
MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street
New play by Florian Zeller, in a translation by Christopher Hampton, directed by Doug Hughes and starring Frank Langella. From 3/22/16/ opening 4/12/16. What it's about: Andre (Frank Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?
Fiddler on the Roof
The Broadway Theatre 1681 Broadway
From 11/17/15; opening 12/17/15. 17. Cast: Danny Burstein will play Tevye under the direction of Bartlett Sher. cenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Catherine Zuber and lighting design by Donald Holder, sound design by Scott Lehrer. Choreography by Hofesh Shechter, based on original conceptions and choreography by Jerome Robbins. Music direction and arrangementsby Ted Sperling. Cast besides Burstein: Jessica Hech as Golde, Adam Kantor as Motel, Alix Korey as Yente, Samantha Massell as Hodel, Ben Rappaport as Perchik, Alexander asTzeitel, Jessica Vosk as Fruma Sarah, Aaron Young as Sasha, also Julie Benko and Silvia Vroskova.
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 West 46th Street
New Musical , Directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin) with book by James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Eliot Kennedy, choreography by Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance) Cast: Laura Michelle Kelly (Sylvia Llewelyn Davis), Carolee Carmello (Madame du Maurier), Matthew Morrison (J.M. Barrie), Kelsey Grammer (Charles Frohman). Opening 4/15/15. What it's about: Based on the Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, this follows the relationship between playwright J. M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan. Update: In mid July Anthony Warlow takes over for Kelsey Grammar until 9/13/15. Our Review
Fish in the Dark
Cort Theatre West 48th Street 212/239/6299
New comedy written by and starring Larry David. From 2/02/15; opening 3/05/15. David of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld fame will be , will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Cast (besides David): Jayne Houdyshell, Jake Cannavale, Jonny Orsini, Rosie Perez and Jerry Adler. What it's about: "a comedy about a death in the family." Scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Brian MacDevitt. During previews, show times will be Monday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM. Beginning March 10, show times will be Tuesday and Thursday at 7 PM and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Update: Jason Alexander has taken over for Larry David-- and while the show took a slight dip right after he did, the fans are coming again and the show has extended to a new closing date- 8/01/15. Our Review
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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street
Another tranfer to Broadway from the Berkshires summer offerings, this one at Williamstown Theatre Festival. From 9/15/15; opening 10/08/15. A return to Broadway of a favorite Sam Shepard play. For an idea of what to expect, see my review of the play at Williamstown
Circle in the Square Theatre 1633 Broadway
The Award-winning American musical in its much-anticipated Broadway premiere with most the original cast: Michael Cerveris ('Bruce Bechdel'), three time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn ('Helen Bechdel'), Beth Malone ('Alison'), Sydney Lucas ('Small Alison'), Emily Skeggs ('Medium Alison'). Joel Perez and Roberta Colindrez will also return to the cast, with Zell Morrow and Oscar Williams joining the production as Alison's brothers John and Christian respectively. From 3/27/15; opening 4/19/15; open-ended. Fun Home Review
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Walter Kerr Theater
Starring Jefferson Mays in multiple roles. From 10/22/13; opening 11/17/13. What it's about: Mr. Mays again playing eight different heirs to the D'Ysquith family fortune, all of whom become targets for a disinherited distant relative. It's set during the Edwardian era in Britain Music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Mr. Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, and a book by Mr. Freedman; it is based on the novel Israel Rank”by Roy Horniman. The director is Darko Tresnjak, who previously staged it. Review with more details of the Tony award winning show Update: As of January 20, 2015, Bryce Pinkham will take a leave fro playing Monty Navarro to co-star in the revival of The Heidi Chronicles, and his role will be taken over by original ensemble member and Monty understudy Jeff Kready.
The Gin Game
Golden Theater 252 West 45th Street
Revival of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play starring James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson and directed by Leonard Foglia. Fromm 9/21/15; opening 10/13/15. Tyson and Jones will be sharing a Broadway stage for the first time since 1966, when they appeared in A Hand Is On The Gate at the Longacre Theatre.
Gotta DanceBway venue TBA after Chicago run
Broadway-bound musical based on the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary about professional basketball's first ever aged 60-and-older dance team. Cast: Andre De Shields, Lillias White,, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, and Nancy Ticotin are set to star in the pre-Broadway World Premiere at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre from 12/13/15 to 1/10/16 December 13, 2015 and runs through January 10, 2016. Additional casting and Bway venue TBA
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
Hand to God
Booth Theatre 222 West 45th Street www.HandToGodBroadway.com
The Off-Broadway hit by Robert Askins, moves to Broadway with director Moritz von Stuelpnagel and the original cast on board. Cast: Steven Boyer as Jason/Tyrone; Geneva Carr, as Margery; Marc Kudisch as Pastor Greg; Sarah Stiles as Jessica; and Michael Oberholtzer as Timmy. Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Sydney Maresca, lighting by Jason Lyons, sound by Jill BC Du Boff, puppet design by Marte Johanne Ekhougen, and fight direction by Robert Westley. From 3/14/15; opening 4/07/15. Review
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Belasco Theatre West 45th street
Lyrics & music by Stephen Trask. Book by John Cameron Mitchell. Directed by Michael Mayer. Original cast: Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. Running Time: Approx an hour and 40 Minutes . From 3/29/14; opening 4/22/14; closing 8/17/14-extended again and again with new Hedwigs and ten open-ended. See our review of the premiere February 27th update: John Cameron Mitchell who stepped into the role he created ill play his final performance as Hedwig on 4/26, with . Darren Criss taking over on 4/29 for 12 weeks. Lena Hall who's aboard all along as Yitzhak is also leaving as of 4/04. Update-- Now, after countless Hedwigs, the show is closing 9/13/15 after 22 previews and 506 regular performances. A national tour will start in San Francisco 10/04/15 with productions also being planned for the West End and Australia.
Jersey Boys, The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
August Wilson (formerly Virginia Theatre), 245 West 52nd Street 212/239/6200
Musical based on the life story of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. The musical chronicles the lives of a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invente their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide 51; all before they were thirty. Author/Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice; director: Des McAnuff; lyricist: Bob Crewe; composer: Bob GaudioCast: Christian Hoff (Tommy DeVito), Daniel Reichard (Bob Gaudio), J. Robert Spencer (Nick Massi) and John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli) as The Four Seasons. From 10/04/05;11/25/05. Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, includes 15 minute in
aermission. Our Review.
OK for ages 13 and up.
2014 Broadway premiere of Tracy Letts's play directed by Pam MacKinnon. Casting and other details production will be announced at a later date. What it's about: Chris Smith, a 22-year old drug dealer, finds himself in serious debt to the wrong people. He devises a lethal plan that will solve all of his problems, enlisting the help of his father and step-mother. They hire a police detective turned contract killer to get the job done right, igniting a series of events that lead to a memorably shocking climax. The play made its world premiere at the tiny yet prestigious Lab space of Evanston, Illinois' NEXT Theatre in 1993. It then opened off-off-Broadway at New York's 29th Street Repertory Theatre in October, 1994. During that same year, the original cast brought the play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Opening in the small Traverse Theatre. Since its debut it has been produced in at least 15 countries in 12 different languages. For more details see our Off-Broadway review. --
Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center
Kelli and Ken Watanabe star in Lincoln Center Theater's revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's show. Bartlett Sher will direct the production which will feature the musical's original Jerome Robbins choreography and musical staging by Christopher Gattelli. From 3/12/15; opening 4/16/15'closing 1/03/16-- after multiple Tony nominations production went open-ended. Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Scott Lehrer (sound design), and Ted Sperling (musical director). The production will make use of Robert Russell Bennett's original orchestrations. What it's about: Inspired by Margaret Landon's novel Anna and the King of Siam. Our Review
King Charles III
Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street
, Tim Pigott-Smith wil reprise his much-raved-about role as King Charles III when Mike Bartlett's play comes to Broadway. Directed by Rupert Gould. From 10/10/15; opening 11/01/15. Other Cast Members:Oliver Chris as William, Richard Goulding as Harry, Adam James as Mr. Evans, Margot Leicester as Camilla, Miles Richardson as James Reiss, Tom Robertson as Couttsey and other roles, Sally Scott as Sarah and other roles, Tafline Steen as Jess and Lydia Wilson as Kate. For an idea of what to expect see our review of the London production here
Imperial, 249 West 45th Street (Broadway/8th Ave)(212) 239-6200
It's bak yet again, the popular musical based on Victor Hugo's novel. Cast: Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean; Will Swenson as Javert; Caissie Levy as Fantine and Nikki M. James as Eponine. From 3/01/14; opening 3/23/14. Additional cast members TBA. The new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter and projections by Fifty-Nine Productions. or (800) 447-7400. Ticket prices range from $57 - $139. v 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.
Long Day's Journey Into Night
American Airlines Theatre 227 West 42nd Street
5th Broadway production of O'Neill's classic. From 3/31/16; opening 4/19/16; closing 6/26/16. Cast: Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon, John Gallagher Jr.
Winter Garden, 1634 Broadway ( West 50th/51st St.) 632-6200
Based on the songs of ABBA, this musical arrives on Broadway an established hit. Audiences are transported to a mythical Greek Island to share two days in the lives of Donna, a mother about to confront her past, her soon to be married daughter Sophie, and Sophie's three possible fathers. Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (of ABBA), book by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreogaphed by Anthony Van Laast. Original Cast: Louise Pitre, Judy Kaye, Karen Mason, Tina Maddigan. From 10/05/01; opening 10/18/01. Performances:Mon - Sat 8pm (eve), Wed & Sat 2pm (mat)-- $20-$90 Our Review. It's closing 9/05/15, after 5,765 performances
OK for ages 13 and up.
Shubert Theatre 225 West 44th Street) www.matildathemusical.com 212/239-6200
The hit show created by the RSC in 2010, and recipient of a record-breaking seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical based on the beloved story by t Roald Dahl From 3/04/13; opening 4/11/13. The production is de.signed by Rob Howell, with choreography by Peter Darling, orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, sound by Simon Baker and special effects and illusions are by Paul Kieve. Cast: Lesli Margherita will portray Miss Wormwood, Gabriel Ebert is Mr. Wormwood, original London cast member Ward is Miss Honey and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps. Our Review. Cast update: Matthew Harrison takes over as Mr. Wormwood on March 4, and Chistopher Sieber as Miss Trunchbull on March 18. They join the current cast that includes Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps, Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood, Jill Paice as Miss Honey, and the four girls who share the title role: Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo, and Ava Ulloa.
Stage adaptation of 1990 film adaptation ofStephen King's book. Cast: Laurie Metcalf Bruce Willis. Directed By Will Frears, From 10/22/15; opening 11/15/15 for 16-week engagement. What it's about: Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis) is rescued from a car crash by his 'Number One Fan,' Annie Wilkes (Metcalf), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new 'Misery' novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and if he does not make her deadline, it will.
American Airlines Theatre 227 West 42nd Street
Michael Frayne's popular farce will be revived for a limited revival. It will be directed by Jeremy Herrin. Previews will begin in January 2016. The full cast and creative team TBA
Roundabout American Air Lines Theater at 42nd Stree
Roundabout opens its 50th anniversary season Harold Pinter's play, directed by Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge and starring Clive Owen, Eve Best Kelly Reilly From 9/17/15; opening 10/15/15; closing. What it's about: Deeley (Owen) is looking forward to meeting Anna, his wife Kate's friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna's visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power. Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
Lyric Theater,135 W. 42nd Street
Cast:Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and Clyde Alves as sailors-on-leave Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie, with Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress, and Elizabeth Stanley as the women who win their hearts: Ivy, Hildy, and Claire and Jackie Hoffman as Madame Dilly. John Rando, who helmed the 2012 Barrington Stage production will again direct and Joshua Bergasse serving as choreographer.(Curtainup's review ). But the scenic design adjusted for the larger Broadway house, and instead of 11 musicians, there'll be 28 in the pit. Created by the legendary creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins, On the Town writes a musical love letter to New York City. From 9/20/14; opening 10/16/14. Closing 9/06/15 Our Review
On Your Feet!
Marquis Theatre 1535 Broadway
New musical with music and lyrics by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Book byAlexander 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. From 10/05/15.
Our Mother's Brief Affair
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com
New York premier of a new play by Richard Greenberg, directed by MTC's Artistic Director Lynne Meadow, starring Linda Lavin. From 12/28/15; opening 1/29/16; closing What it's about:On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Linda Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother's Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small. Additional casting, creative team, and other listings information TBA.
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
School of Rock—The Musical
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.
She Loves Me
Roundabout Theatre CompaAny's Studio 54
Revival of the 1963 musical with a book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. Cast: Jane Krakowski (as Ilona), Rene Auberjonois (as Maraczek), Gavin Creel (as Kodaly), Nicholas Barasch (as Arpad) and Peter Bartlett (as Head Waiter) with ensemble members Cameron Adams, Alison Cimmet, Justin Bowen, Preston Truman Boyd, Benjamin Eakeley, Sara Edwards, Michael Fatica, Gina Ferrall, Jenifer Foote, Andrew Kober, Laura Shoop and Jim Walton. Scott Ellis directs. Choreography by Warren Carlyle with musical direction by Paul Gemignani. David Rockwell (sets), Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Don Holder (lights), Jon Weston (sound), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and David Krane (dance arrangements and incidental music). From 2/05/16; opening 3/03/16/closing 5/22/16.
Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.
Music Box Theater
This star-studded musical isn't likely to be forgotten any more with a new book by George C. Wolfe will write a new book and direct the show featuring the original jazz music and lyrics by the vaudevillians Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, and feature new choreography by Savion Glover. Cast: Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry. The show will begin performances in March 2016 and openin in April. If the new book and choreography gets this tagged as a new show rather than a revival, it may well prove stiff compettion to the seemingly unbeatable Hamilton.
St. James Theatre
New musical by Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick, and John O'Farrell. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw. From 3/23/15; opening 4/22/15. What it's about: A tribute to musical theater, that'set in 1590s England and follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, a pair of brothers desperate to write a play, but stuck in the shadow of William Shakespeare. When they're told by a local soothsayer that the future of theater involves, singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, they set out to write the world's first musical. Cast: Christian Borle,Brian d'Arcy James, John Cariani,Heidi Blickenstaff,Brad Oscar, Kate Reinders,Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi, Michael James Scott, Eric Giancola, Linda Griffin, David Hibbard,Jenny Hill, Stacey Todd Holt,Courtney Iventosch, Aaron Kaburick,Austin Lesch, Beth Johnson Nicely, Aleks Pevec, Angie Schworer, Eric Sciotto, Brian Shepard, Chelsea Morgan Stock, Ryan VanDenBoom, Matt Wall,Marisha Wallace,Bud Weber. For the first three performances every seat in the St. James Theatre will be sold at the price of $15.95, the year the piece is set. Our Review
Cort 138 W. 48th Street http://www.sylviabroadway.com/ 212/239-6200
A. R. Gurney's romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog--often produced, but never before on Broadway. From 9/25/15; opening 10/15/15 Cast: Annaleigh Ashford in the title role, with Matthew Broderick Julie White and Robert Sella. Daniel Sullivan will direct. Scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Ann Roth, and lighting design by Japhy Weideman.
oe Tippett as Earl and Jessie Mueller as Jenna in the A.R.T. production of Sara Bareilles' Waitress. (© Evgenia Eliseeva) Waitress
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
New musical by five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, will begin Broadway previews in March 2016 with an opening night scheduled for April 2016. Book, Jessie Nelson. Music and lyrics by Bareilles, direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Jessie Mueller stars. Other casting TBA. The show is pre-Broadway-running at the American Repertory Theater in Boston to Sept.
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.