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An Act Of God
From 5/28/16; opening 6/06/16; closing 9/04/16. The show transcribed by David Javerbaum and directed by Joe Mantello will star Sean Hayes as God. This is actually a return of the play, as it ran last year with Jim Parsons starring in the 90-minute comedy. Scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone,sound design by Drama Desk Award® winner Fitz Patton and projection design by Peter Nigrini. The new God, Sean Hayes appeared on Brodway previously in Promises, Promises, but is best known for his long-running TV gig in Will and Grace. He's done God previously in California and while the play and the creative team are the same, the script has been updated for Hayes and changing current events. Our Review
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
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: Garen Scribner 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 when the show first opened with an update after a revisit over a year later
July 26m 2016 Update: The announced 1/1/17 closing has been move up to 10/09/16.
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, Derek Klena, John Bolton and Caroline O’Connor reprising original roles. Other casting TBA.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.
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 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.
Hudson Theatre 139-141 West 44th St www.thehudsonbroadway.com
Pulitzer Prize winning Lanford Wilson's acclaimed play,revived in re-opened historic Braodway theater. It will star Jaake Gyllenhall. Michael Mayer directs. From February 2017, with an opening set for 3/06/17. What it's about: Downtown New York during the gritty 1980s. More details to follow.
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: Giuseppe Bausilio as "Carbucketty," Quentin Earl Darrington as "Old Deuteronomy," Jeremy Davis as "Skimbleshanks," Kim Faure as "Demeter," Sara Jean Ford as "Jellylorum," Lili Froehlich as "Electra," Daniel Gaymon as "Macavity," Shonica Gooden as "Rumpleteazer," Christopher Gurr as "Gus/Bustopher Jones," Tyler Hanes as "Rum Tum Tugger," Andy Jones as "Munkustrap," Kolton Krouse as "Tumblebrutus," Eloise Kropp as "Jennyanydots / Gumbie," Jess LeProtto as "Mungojerrie," Georgina Pazcoguin as "Victoria," Emily Pynenburg as "Cassandra," Ariana Rosario as "Sillabub," Ahmad Simmons as "Alonzo," Christine Cornish Smith "Bombalurina," Corey Snide as "Coricopat," Emily Tate as "Tantomile," Ricky Ubeda as "Mistoffelees," and Sharrod Williams as "Pouncival." Casting for the coveted role of "Grizabella" TBA
The Cherry Orchard
American AirlinesTheater 227 w. 42dn Street
new adaptation of Chekhov's play by Stephen Karam, directed by Simon Godwin Cast: Diane Lane as Ranevskaya, Tavi Gevinson as Anya, John Glover as Gaev, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Varya, Harold Perrineau as Lopakhin and Joel Grey as Firs; also Tina Benko, Chuck Cooper,Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Aaron Clifton Moten, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis. Scott Pask (Sets), Michael Krass (Costumes), Donald Holder (Lights), Christopher Cronin (Sound), Jonathan Goddard (Movement) and Nico Muhly (Original Music). From 9/16/16; opening 10/16/16; closing 12/04/16016 on227 West 42nd Street).
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.
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The Color Purple
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre 242 West 45th street 212/239-6200 www.ColorPurple.com
Based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, adapted for the stage by Marsha Norman. Music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Directed by John Doyle. Jason Michael Webb will music direct, with Catherine Jayes as musical supervisor. From 11/10/15; opening 12/10/15. Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks also Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango, Kyle Scatliffe. What it's about: Follows the story of Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life. Scenic design by John Doyle, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Gregory Clarke, and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. The Color Purple Update: Heather Headley will take over the the Jennifer Hudson role as of 5/10/16. (Off-Broadway 2015)
Walter Kerr Theater 219 W. 48 St.
Revival of Arthur Miller's Salem witch-hunt dram, directed by Ivo Van Hove, with a score by Philip Glass. Cast: Ben Whishaw y (John Proctor); Sophie Okonedo (Elizabeth Proctor). Saoirse Ronan (Abigail Williams); Ciaran Hinds (Deputy Governor Danforth); Bill Camp (Reverend John Hale), Tavi Gevinson (Mary Warren) and Jason Butler Harner (Reverend Parris). From 3/01/16; opening 4/07/16; closing 7/17/16. Scenic and lighting design by longtime van Hove collaborator Jan Versweyveld, and costume design by Wojciech Dziedzic. Our Review
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. Update: Closing 9/4/16.
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.
Dear Evan Hansen
Belasco Theatre 111 West 44th Street www.DearEvanHansen.com
The award wnning and widely acclaimed new musical with a book by Steven Levenson, score by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and direction by Michael Greif will follow its lauded Off-Broadway run with a move to Broadway. Ben Platt, who led the world and New York premieres of the musical, will once again star and will be joined by his Second Stage co-stars Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Mike Faist, Will Roland and Kristolyn Lloyd. Michael Park, who originated the role of Larry Murphy at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., returns for the Broadway production. Tickets will go on sale 6/19/16 for a 12/04/16 opening. Falsettos
Walter Kerr Theatre West 48th street
Revival of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony-winning musical. Cast: Christian Borle (Marvin), Andrew Ranells (Whizzer), Stephanie J. Block (Trina). From 9/29/16; opening 10/27/16. Lapine will direct as he did with the original production. Choreography by Spencer Liff, sets by David Rockwell, costumes by Jennifer Caprio, lighting by Jeff Croiter, sound by Dan Moses Schreier, and musical direction by Vadim Feichtner, conducting Michael Starobin's original orchestrations. Falsettos premiered on Broadway in 1992 and won Tony Awards for Best Score for Finn and Best Book of a Musical for Lapine and Finn. The show consists of two separate musicals, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, the last two in a trilogy of one-act off-Broadway plays with premiered at Playwrights Horizons. What it's about: Follows the lives of five people: Marvin, his ex-wife Trina, his psychiatrist Mendel, his son Jason, and his lover Whizzer, who eventually contracts AIDS. Cast: TBA
Broadway Theater 1681 Broadway (W. 53rd St)
Book by Joseph Stein. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Directed by Bartlett Sher. Choreography by Hofesh Shechter, inspired by the original choreography of Jerome Robbins..Musical direction by Ted Sperling.Cast, Danny Burstein (Tevye), Jessica Hecht Golde, Jenny Rose Baker (Shprintze), Michael C. Bernardi (Mordcha), Adam Dannheisser (Lazar Wolf), Hayley Feinstein (Bielke), Mitch Greenberg (Yussel/the Beggar), Adam Grupper (the Rabbi), Adam Kantor (Motel), Karl Kenzler (the Constable), Alix Korey (Yente), Jesse Kovarsky (The Fiddler), Samantha Massell (Hodel), Melanie Moore (Chava), George Psomas (Avram), Ben Rappaport (Perchik), Nick Rehberger (Fyedka), Jeffrey Schecter (Mendel), Alexandra Silber (Tzeitel), Jessica Vosk (Fruma Sarah), Lori Wilner (Grandma Tzeitel), Aaron Young (Sasha), Jennifer Zetlan (Shaindel). Scenic Design, Michael Yeargan.Costume Design, Catherine Zuber.Lighting Design, Donald Holder.Sound Design, Scott Lehrer. Hair and Wig Design, Tom Watson. Make-Up Design, Tommy Kurzman. Running Time, 2hrs 50 mins. One intermission. From 11/20/15; opening 12/20/15; closing 12/31/16 Our Review
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: As of November 3, schedule will be as follows: Tuesday at 7:30pm; Wednesday at 2pm; Thursday at 7:30pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm & 7:30pm. Update: Marc Kudisch will step into the duo roles of Charles Frohman and Captain James Hook as of April 12. Our Review Latest News: The show will close 8/21/16 after 33 previews and 565 performances. A London run will begin Spring 2017 and and American Tour 10/11/16 launches at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.
The Front Page
Broadhurst Theatre 235 W. 44th Street (212) 239-6200
Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthurs classic 1928 comedy set in the world of the Chicago newspaper business. Directed by Jack O'Brien. Cast: Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor, Robert Morse, Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Christopher McDonald, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock, and Clarke Thorell. From 9/20/16; opening 10/20/16; closing 2/05/17. What it's about: The press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.
Lyceum, W. 45h Street
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, currently best known as half of the TV hit Modern Family, will star in an updated revival of Becky Mode's delicious solo comedy about New York's foodie snobs. From 4/02/16; opening 4/25/16; closing 7/31/16; Jason Moore will direct the play. Scenic Design by Derek Mclane, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting eesign by Ben Stanton, sound design by Jill Bc Du Boff. Tuesday at 7:00pm (8:00pm during previews), Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00PM, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM. Running Time: 90 minutes. Our Review
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. 2/24/16 Cast update: Rebecca Luker will join the cast as Helen Bechdel, from April 5 - May 22, 2016 while Judy Kuhn has hip surgery. Fun Home Review Update: Sydney Lucas who's been with the show as Small Allison for a third of her life will leave the show 10/04/15--to be replaced by her understudy Gabriella Pizzolo.
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. 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 2/14/17; opening 3/23/17.
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 Muñoz, 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.
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. Update: Review
MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street
Simon Stephens's play, directed by Mark Brokaw, will transfer to the MTC's Broadway home, again starring original cast members Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker. From 9/20/16; opening 10/13/16. For what to expect see our review of the Off-Broadway premiere here . What's unlikely to be repeated is seating that puts the audience at either side of the stage, guaranteeing perfect sight lines for all.
Helen Hayes on W. 44th Street
On Broadway after successful run at the Laura Pels. Stephen Karam's play directed byJoe Mantello, as part of the 50th Anniversary Season. Cast: Cassie Beck (Aimee), Reed Birney (Erik), Jayne Houdyshell (Deirdre), Arian Moayed (Richard), Sarah Steele (Brigid) and Lauren Klein (Fiona "Momo Blake)." What it's about: Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake (Birney) has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter's apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point. . .and the hilarity, heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed. David Zinn (Sets), Sarah Laux (Costumes), Justin Townsend (Lighting) and Fitz Patton (Sound). From 1/23/16; opening 2/18/16. June 23, 2016 Update: The play will play its final performance at the Helen Hayes on July 24h, and then move into the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street) to extend its limited run. The Humans will play its first performance in its new home on Tuesday, August 9. The move is necessitated by the Hayes being renovated. our review during the downtown run<
Lunt-Fontanne Theater 205 W 46th St
This entertainment will return to Broadway for the third consecutive holiday season, from 11/25/16; closing 1/01/17 . It features world class illusionists handpicked from across the globe. The cast will feature Dana Daniels (The Charlatan), Charlie Frye (The Eccentric), Mark Kalin (The Showman), Jinger Leigh (The Conjuress), Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass (The Clairvoyants), Justo Thaus Jin (The Grand Carlini), and Rick Thomas (The Immortal), joined by returning audience favorite Jonathan Goodwin (The Daredevil). 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.
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-- 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
Update: Kelli O'Hara will leave the kingdom on 4/17, and Marin Mazzie will take over as of 5/03. Hoon Lee who has played the King, will step aside 3/16, and Ken Watanabe, who originated the role returns -- and the show will leave Lincoln Center and go on tour after 6/26/16. (watch for our final revisit after 6/16.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Booth Theatre 222 W 45th St
Donmar Warehouse production by Christopher Hampton, directed by Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke. From 10/08/16; opening 10/13/16; closing 1/22/17. Cast: Janet McTeer, Mary Beth Peil as Madame de Roe . Tom Scutt (Set & Costume Designs), Mark Henderson (Lighting Design), Carolyn Downing (Sound Design), Michael Bruce (Original Music), Richard Ryan (Fight Director) and Arthur Pita (Movement Director).
Imperial, 249 West 45th Street (Broadway/8th Ave)(212) 239-6200
It's back 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;closing 9/04/16. 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.
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 schedule of which actress will play which role at each performance will be announced in Spring 2017. From 3/29/17; opening 4/19/17; limited engagement.
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 (Mary tyrone, Gabriel Byrne (James Tyrone), Michael Shannon (Jim Tyrone JJr.), John Gallagher Jr. (Edmund Tyrone), Colby Minifie (Cathleen the maid) Directed by Jonathan Kent,Tom Pye (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), and Clive Goodwin (sound). Running Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes, 1 intermission. Our review
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. April 14, 2016 Update: Closing 1/01/17 after a healthy 4-year run.
Motown The Musical
Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41 Street
The hit production featuring the music of the legendary Motown catalogue and a book by Berry Gordy, will return to Broadway from 7/12/16; closing 7/31/16. This h is built into the current national tour. The cast: Chester Gregory as Berry Gordy, Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, Jesse Nager as Smokey Robinson, Jarran Muse as Marvin Gaye, and J.J. Batteast and Leon Outlaw, Jr. as Young Berry Gordy/Stevie Wonder/Michael Jackson. For what to expect see our original review here. However, count on this return engagement to be a more streamlined and cost-effective edition.
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812
Imperial Theatre 249 W 45th St
Broadway transfer of the musical that began in a tent in the meat district. 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 reimagianed as a Russian Salon. Josh Groban and Denee Benton will star as Pierre and Natasha, From 10/18/16; openng 11/14/16; closing 4/23/17. For an idea of what to expect see our 2013 review
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Longacre Theatre 220 West 48th Street 212/239-6200
A musical about tech giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Book & Lyrics: Jordan Allen-Dutton & Erik Weiner, music by Hal Goldberg. Cast: TBA. Casey Hushion will direct From 3/31/16; opening 4/21/16. Choreography by Josh Bergasse. Running Time: 2 hours, 1 intermission. What it's about: Journey of famous, geeks' competitive journey from the floppy disc era to the iPhone phenomenon. Unsurprisingly, the production will feature progressive technology, including: on-stage holograms; projection mapping; and an enhanced theatergoing experience through app integrations that wll allow users to interact with the set and other audience members. For an idea of what to expect see our review of the 2013 production in Philadelphia
American Airlines Theatre 227 West 42nd Street
Michael Frayne's popular farce revived for a limited revival. It will be directed by Jeremy Herrin. Cast: Andrea Martin (Dotty Otley), Campbell Scott (Lloyd Dallas), Tracee Chimo (Poppy Norton-Taylor), Daniel Davis (Selsdon Mowbray), David Furr (Garry Lejeune), Kate Jennings Grant (Belinda Blair), Megan Hilty (Brooke Ashton), Rob McClure (Tim Allgood), Jeremy Shamos (Frederick Fellowes), From opening 1/14/16; closing 3/13/16. This is a limited engagement through Sunday, March 6, 2016 Jonathan Fielding (Frederick Fellowes/Tim Allgood, Meredith Forlenza Brooke Ashton/Poppy Norton-Taylor u/s Pippa Pearthree Dotty Otley/Belinda Blair u/sPreviews will begin in January 2016. Running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes, including intermission. Our Review
Oh, Hello On Broadway
Lyceum Theatre 149 West 45th Street 212 239 6200
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney will make their Broadway debuts via their popular alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. From 9/23/16; opening 10/10/16; closing 1/08/17. Alex Timbers directs the duo who appear as opinionated, 70-something, native New Yorkers that Kroll and Mulaney first began performing on the alternative comedy stages in NYC. Scott Pask (Set), Jake DeGroot (Lighting), M.L. Dogg (Sound), and Emily Rebholz (Costume Consultant).
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 4/03/16From 10/05/15.
Cirque Du Soleil Theatrical Lyric Theatre 213 West 42nd Street
From 4/16/16; opening 5/25/16; closing 2/14/17. What it's about: the tale of a beautiful young actress forced to choose between love and art in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood. Featuring acrobatics, music and dance. Cast: company of 38 Broadway actors i, dancers, and renowned aerialists, acrobats, and circus arts performers covering the disciplines of aerial strap artists, Chinese pole, contortion, juggling, Russian beam, teeterboard, tumbling, trampoline, trapeze, and many others. Included are Jeremy Kushnier (replacing Bradley Dean during rehearsals) in the role of A.J. Golden, the production announced today. The veteran of Jesus Christ Superstar and Footloose takes over for Bradley Dean, who has departed the show due to creative differences. Bradley Dean as A.J., the director; Ruby Lewis as Indigo, the poetess; and Ryan Vona as Joey, the composer. 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
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. our review
Music Box Theater 239 W. 45th St. 212/239-6200
This star-studded musical isn't likely to be forgotten any more with a new book and direction by George C. Wolfe. The show will feature 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, Joshua Henry, Brooks Ashmanskas, Felicia Boswell, Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Phillip Attmore, Darius de Haas, C.K. Edwards, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Adrienne Howard, Kendrick Jones, Lisa LaTouche, Alicia Lundgren, J.C. Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks, Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Britton Smith, Zurin Villanueva, Christian Dante White, J.L. Williams, Pamela Yasutake, Richard Riaz Yoder Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, 1 intermission June 24, 2016 Update: McDonald was slated to leave the show 7/24 on maternity leave and expected to return in mid September. However, theproducers decidded "No Audra-No Show" so the show is now closing 7/24/16.w2016. She will return 9/13/16. Our Review
Subert Theater TBA
Joshua Harmon's play which premiered at the Roundabout's Black box is headed to Broadway at a TBA date in mid-February, director Trip Cullman, who guided the play previously, along with original cast and creatives. Original Review to its successful of
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
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
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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