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1776, A Fresh Start is a multidisciplinary theatrical performance with sounds, sights, movements, and rhythms, clamoring in a dystopian future where America has lost its ascendance to Russia, India, and China. When depersonalized American workers plan a rebellion, a memory-erased janitor must make a fateful decision amidst global capitalism gone feral.
After he became the second man to walk on the moon, reporters asked Buzz Aldrin if he wished he had been the first. "I really didn't want that," Buzz claimed, "because of the added heartache." Why is it so hard to believe him?
A folk-rock fable for the runner-up in all of us, 1969: The Second Man explores competition and collective achievement through the story of one small man who became one giant myth. Jacob Brandt's rueful, raucous song cycle comes to theatrical life with playwright Dan Giles, director Jaki Bradley, and a seven-piece band.
Now in its 30th year, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals attracts theater producers from around the world. Eight new musicals are presented as 45-minute concert performances over two days. Benny & Joon, Come From Away, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Thoroughly Modern Millie are among the festival's past shows.
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Are you a self proclaimed Directioner? Are you still hoping that our favorite British boys are just "on a break"? Then, baby, this concert is perfect for you!
Starting with Up All Night and heading through Made in the A.M., we'll be putting our spin on our favorite songs, including "What Makes You Beautiful," "Story of My Life," "Drag Me Down," and "Little Things." We may also throw a "Slow Hands" or "Just Hold On" for good measure. Join us to celebrate the song stylings of Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis, and…Zayn.
So, let's "Live While We're Young" and dance with "No Control." Who knows, while digging through their "History," you may discover "The Best Song Ever!"
About Alice, a new two-character play, is inspired by Calvin Trillin's best-selling memoir of the same title — a love letter to his wife, Alice, who died in 2001 at the age of 63 while awaiting a heart transplant.
The play begins with the death of Alice, played by Jessica Hecht (Admissions), goes back in time to when the couple first met, and then returns to the present. In Trillin's memoir we experience Alice only through Calvin. In the play, Alice is present in Calvin's memory but she is also present as an independent character. Calvin sees her through the eyes of a humorist and a husband. Though About Alice incorporates some of the actual words of Alice and Calvin Trillin, the play, directed by Leonard Foglia (Anna Deavere Smith's Notes From the Field), goes beyond literal representation and expresses a universal story.
Ain't No Mo' is a vibrant satirical odyssey portraying the exodus of black Americans out of a country plagued by injustice. In a kaleidoscope of scenes of the moments before, during, and after this outrageous departure, Jordan E. Cooper's new work explores the value of black lives in a country hurtling away from the promise of a black president. Stevie Walker-Webb directs this imaginative and emotionally charged play.
A Tony Award-winning hit!
Disney's smash-hit movie Aladdin has made its way to the Broadway stage! Directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and featuring the classic Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice score with songs such as "Friend Like Me" and the Academy Award-winning "A Whole New World," Aladdin uses a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). This show brings joy and laughter to audience members of all ages!
Writer, composer, and lyricist Bryan Williams crafts a beautiful and hilarious coming-of-age story about what it takes to pursue your artistic dreams in New York City. Think Rent meets the digital age, Alex & Eugene is a world-premiere musical, suggested by Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, but set in contemporary New York. A group of recently graduated theater kids valiantly fight to hang onto friendship, love, and idealism while pushing to make it in the cutthroat entertainment business. Alex & Eugene is a thoroughly modern tale of young artists struggling to find themselves in a world where their bond with each other is often the only refuge from despair.
Singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel returns for her fifth engagement. Joel, immortalized in her father's hit song, "The Downeaster Alexa," has said that by age 15, she was finishing complete songs and complementing those songs with piano accompaniment and poetry. Alexa recently performed with her father on a duet of his hit, "Baby Grand," during his record-breaking 53rd consecutive monthly performance at Madison Square Garden.
At this residency, Alexa Ray Joel will perform original material, Broadway numbers, and — as always — a tune from her dad and one from Ray Charles. "People don't know this, but my middle name is after my dad's favorite singer, Ray Charles, so I always pay homage."
When the madness of the world is too much to bear, we take refuge in the stories we love. Tony and Grammy Award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, reunite for their new musical, Alice By Heart. Inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this musical is directed and cowritten by Jessie Nelson (Waitress).
In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer's budding teen life is turned upside down, and she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to wonderland. As they travel through the tale, Alice By Heart explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss, and finding the courage to move forward. This world-premiere musical, starring Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.
Betrayal, it's complicated and life changing, for better or for worse. Four couples in different stages of life and types of infidelity are faced with exploring the consequences of their choices as individuals and as couples in this new, eye-opening, erotic, edgy, and honest dramatic play.
All Because of, Infidelity by Elise Maurine Milner is presented not only as a slice of life narrative, but it also offers surprises along the way that reveal how these characters and their circumstances are interwoven. Their poignant situations lead the characters to the discovery of themselves and their partners, while revealing their vulnerabilities, secrets, and perhaps even forgiveness. This play explores the risks some are willing to take for one experience over another, regardless of who gets hurt in the process.
In Peter Rothstein's All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, out of the violence of World War I comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into no man's land singing "Stille Nacht." This moment begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, song, and peace. The play, also directed by Rothstein, is a remarkable true story told in the words and music of the men who lived these events.
Amateur Night at the Apollo is live entertainment with a history. This weekly talent competition began in 1934 and within months became a leading showcase for emerging performers. Among its early winners was a 15-year-old Ella Fitzgerald. Since then the series has launched the careers of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Lauryn Hill.
Today Amateur Night attracts performers and audiences from around the world. Audience members, known for their toughness and expectation that contestants "be good or be gone," gleefully choose the winners.
The Amazing Max is an "awesome and hilarious live magic show for the whole family" (PBS Kids). What's truly amazing, as magician Max Darwin works miracles during the show, is not only what happens onstage but also what happens in the audience. The enchanted look that spreads across the faces of his young (and not-so-young) fans is hands down astounding. Max conjures a custom experience that young ones will carry with them long after the show ends.
Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Drama Desk Award nominee Steven Pasquale (Bridges of Madison County) star in the Broadway premiere of American Son, written by Christopher Demos-Brown and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun).
A Florida police station in the middle of the night...a mother searching for her missing teenage son...American Son is a gripping tale of two parents caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance.
Inspired by the beloved films of the same name, Anastasia transports audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s as it follows a brave young woman who sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, the intrepid Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
With its opulent settings, dazzling costumes, and a soaring score — including the popular songs "Journey to the Past" and "Once Upon a December" from the animated film — Anastasia is a spectacular new musical about discovering who you are and defining who you're meant to be.
This may be the longest all-night bedtime story ever told. Inspired by the classic Tales of the Arabian Nights, the storytelling begins at midnight and continues until dawn with never-ending tales that explore the relationship between a story, its storyteller, and its audience. Hysteria, absurd vulgarity, and surprising tenderness combine to result in a constantly mutating story that encapsulates all the stories of the world.
The sea is a powerful symbol in Anna Christie, and Eugene O'Neill, having lived by the docks in New York City's waterfront, was acquainted with the sailors, booze, saloons, and night life that he wrote about with such passion and authenticity.
Abandoned by her father when she was only five years old, Anna suffered a life of hardship and carries a dark secret from her past. An emotionally charged reunion with her father, a captain of a coal barge, intensifies when a merchant sailor is pulled from the cold, dark waters of the Atlantic on a foggy night. When the fog clears, Anna, the sailor, and her father are caught in a riveting struggle between love and the sea, changing their lives forever.
Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, Anna in the Tropics is a poignant and poetic play set in 1929 in a Cuban-American Florida cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The play is written by Nilo Cruz (Beauty of the Father).
All over America in 2018 women's voices are finally being heard en masse; in the mainstream media, the internet, on TV, movies, and in politics. Musical theater, however? Not so much. Join us as we celebrate women's voices and the stories they tell at our brand-new female-forward new-works concert Anything You Can Do (A Night of Something Better)!
With performances by: Daisy Hobbs (Aladdin original Broadway cast, Memphis original Broadway tour), Chelsea Williams (In Transit and Mamma Mia! on Broadway), Kim Shriver (A Chorus Line Broadway revival, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels first national tour), Gina Milo (Sweeney Todd on Broadway), and many more! Plus an ode to the new work by the composer of the frighteningly accurate viral video The Tinder Opera, Mr. Scott Joiner.
In Jonathan Yukich's Apes at Play, a seasoned assassin is hired to wipe out an obscure fringe playwright. Yet as she moves closer to the kill, she uncovers an inexplicable link between herself and the target. Part detective story, part meta-noir, this Kafkaesque comedy takes us on a topsy-turvy quest that explores everything from black holes to criminal clowns.
Direct from London, Alexi Kaye Campbell's biting play makes its New York debut with Stockard Channing in a powerhouse performance as a woman facing the repercussions of her past. You do not mess with Kristin Miller (Channing). In the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin has never been one to shy away from a fight. Apologia is a passionate, human, and humorous clash of generations and beliefs — a lively look at yesterday's rebels living in today's reality.
Appointment with Death is Agatha Christie's most surprising adaptation from page to stage. In this version of the detective novel of the same name, Christie has created an entirely new ending. The mystery features a group of travelers who find themselves thrown together on an expedition. This chilling play offers a unique take on the classic murder mystery, where characters' motivations are suspect and relationships may not be what they seem.
Arizona Justice, written and performed by Katherine Brann Fredricks, is a Michael Moore/Spalding Gray-style documentary exposé of corruption in Arizona, involving Senator Barry Goldwater, land fraud, water rights, the mob, money laundering, and murder between the 1960s and the early 2000s. Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival will present the play's world premiere. Adam Chisnall directs.
Following a string of engagements around the world, At the Illusionist's Table made its New York City debut in 2017 at the McKittrick Hotel's Scottish dining room, the Heath. During the performance, acclaimed illusionist Scott Silven hosts an evening of culinary delight interwoven with illusion, mentalism, and storytelling. Guests won't believe their eyes, ears, or taste buds as candles flicker, whisky pours, and conversation stirs over the course of a magical evening.
Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. He meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman), and other new friends! Together they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Diverse in content, character, and casting, Awake shines an entertaining light on many of society's most contentious subjects, sparking much-needed conversations. This collection of topical, punchy vignettes invites you to examine your deepest fears and prejudices and shift your focus from yourself to the world around you.
Lorrel Manning is an award-winning writer-director, actor, and musician. His first feature film, Happy New Year, based on his critically acclaimed play and award-winning short film of the same name, had its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival and has screened at over 25 film festivals since. As a theater director, Manning has directed over 30 off-Broadway and off-off Broadway productions, most recently a new, critically acclaimed adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (cowritten with Seth Barrish), The Unrepeatable Moment, and a revival of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, a 1965 LP featuring work songs, blues, spirituals, preaching, and toasts from inmates in Texas's then-segregated agricultural prison farms, was brought to the Wooster Group by performer Eric Berryman after he saw the Group's previous record album interpretation Early Shaker Spirituals. In The B-Side, Berryman plays the album and transmits the material live by channeling the voices of the men on the record via an in-ear receiver. Accompanying him are Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore. Berryman also provides context from the book Wake Up Dead Man: Hard Labor and Southern Blues by Bruce Jackson, the folklorist who recorded the album at the prison in 1964.
Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison, plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin, and Solomon Hicks.
Based on the short story by Isak Dinesen and made famous by the 1987 Academy Award-winning film, this new stage adaptation of Babette's Feast premiered in January 2018 in Portland, Maine, to rave reviews and standing ovations. Conceived and developed by Abigail Killeen and adapted by Rose Courtney, the play tells the story of Babette, a French refugee, who finds asylum in a pious Norwegian village. With boundless generosity, she throws a lavish feast that becomes an agent of transformative grace. Babette's Feast is a bundle of exciting contradictions: the stark and the lush, the stunning and the austere, the mysterious and the comic. Further, it's timely with a twist, in that it highlights the plight of a refugee seeking asylum, who through her munificence creates a lavish feast that becomes an abundant experience of forgiveness and connection that heals a fractured community. Babette's Feast shows how embracing the other changes a community for the better.
Baggage at the Door is a wry peek inside the head of a seemingly well-adjusted trauma-queen — it is one woman's struggle to get through the terrors of her past and reclaim tenderness. With music written in collaboration with award-winning emerging composers, Dana Aber's autobiographical solo show addresses the critical moment when a trauma survivor realizes she may no longer be able to simply cope; when falling in love triggers her latent PTSD, she might be f*cked. This quirky and candid piece explores her attempts to break the PTSD trauma cycle and find strength to open the door toward a better life.
BAMcafé Live is a free weekly performance series, featuring a mix of live music in a bar and lounge space. Performances span jazz, R&B, Afro-pop, Latin, rock, experimental music, and spoken-word poetry. Duncan Sheik, Billy Martin, Survival Soundz, Tracie Morris, and Carl Hancock Rux are among the series' alums.
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
An Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The Band's Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.
Featuring music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner David Yazbek and a book by Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Drama Desk nominee Itamar Moses, The Band's Visit is directed by Outer Critics Circle and Obie Award winner David Cromer.
It's called a Squip. A tiny supercomputer inside a pill. Swallow one and a personalized voice will tell you how to dress, how to speak, how to…become cool.
Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey...until the day he finds out about "the Squip." Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy's desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self. Be More Chill is an honest, edgy, super-hilarious look at coming of age in the digital age, set to some of the most exciting songs in contemporary musical theater. This original musical comedy looks at modern issues like depression, bullying, and anxiety through the lens of sci-fi films of the 1950s, horror flicks of the '80s, and teen movies of the '90s.
The Ultimate Beatles Tribute in Full Costume with Former Members of Broadway's BEATLEMANIA BEATLES BRUNCH Featuring STRAWBERRY FIELDS
Strawberry Fields is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. The tribute takes you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964, complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties, and the first four albums of music. The next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with all the costumes and jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes the White Album, Abbey Road, and of course Let It Be.
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Winner of two Tony Awards!
For five years, Beautiful, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Carole King musical, has thrilled Broadway with the inspiring true story of one woman's remarkable journey from teenage songwriter to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
From the string of pop classics she wrote for the biggest acts in music to her own life-changing, chart-busting success with Tapestry, Beautiful takes you back to where it all began — and takes you on the ride of a lifetime.
Featuring over two dozen pop classics, including "You've Got a Friend," "One Fine Day," "Up on the Roof," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?", and "Natural Woman," this crowd-pleasing international phenomenon is filled with the songs you remember — and a story you'll never forget.
Emily Dickinson produced some of the most haunting and mysterious works of the 19th century. Through a pairing of her words with the music of renowned composer Amy Beach, audiences embark on a journey through Dickinson's soul and inner world.
Presented by the critically acclaimed Ensemble for the Romantic Century, this production combines theater, music, and multimedia, offering a unique experience for patrons.
Before We Grew is a gentle and beautiful show explores the Brooklyn of the past in a multi-sensory story that is designed to engage young children at a variety of developmental levels. Before We Grew was specifically designed for families with children on the Autism Spectrum and is engaging for all children 2-5 and special needs audiences of all ages.
Mark Twain wrote, "There are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses. And then there is Sarah Bernhardt." In 1899, the international stage celebrity set out to tackle her most ambitious role yet: Hamlet. Theresa Rebeck's new play rollicks with high comedy and human drama, set against the lavish Shakespearean production that could make or break Bernhardt's career. Janet McTeer brings the legendary leading lady to life.
Ana Gasteyer, Andy Karl, and Orfeh will join Sierra Boggess, Adam Kantor, Lindsay Mendez, Brad Oscar, Hugh Panaro, Christine Pedi, Kate Rockwell, Betsy Wolfe, and Karen Ziemba, with special guest appearances by adorable four-legged friends, in the 2018 Best in Shows, a star-studded cabaret evening benefiting the Humane Society of New York. The 2018 Best in Shows, presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni, will honor Sirius XM radio host Seth Rudetsky.
The Gallery Players has a history of supporting emerging playwrights, fostering play development, and producing world premieres. Each year, previously unproduced plays are selected, the playwrights are paired with a director and actors, and the team begins the workshop process. The playwright-focused festival aims to polish each play and create an exciting night of theater.
Only a lucky few witnessed her sold-out engagement at the Public Theater. Now, the legendary chanteuse Jomama Jones returns, stepping back into the spotlight with her critically acclaimed show Black Light.
Part cabaret, part theatrical revue, Black Light powerfully illuminates our times of love, resistance, and resilience. Through sultry original songs and sparkling personal stories, Jones invites audiences into her radiant world, a place right after twilight where life's endless possibilities guide us to the dawn.
The dazzling alter ego of playwright and performer Daniel Alexander Jones, Jomama and her ensemble of musicians and backup singers have returned at last. This time, be among those who see the light.
Experience the magic of Broadway like never before at Blank! The Musical, an astonishing and hysterical next-generation theatrical sensation. Each night, a talented ensemble takes to the stage — with no script, no rehearsal, and no idea what will happen — to perform a brand-new smash hit musical…that you help to create!
As sharply funny as it is poignant, BLKS introduces us to Octavia, Imani, and June — three twenty-somethings in New York City hunting for intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn't seem to care. They drink a lot, they smoke a lot, and they try to have sex...a lot. When they need one another the most, the women rally to "resurrect their fly" in a day full of humorous and painful attempts to be heard through the noise that surrounds them. Poet Aziza Barnes's playwriting debut signifies the arrival of a wholly original voice.
The Bloody Deed of 1857 is based on the actual murder of Dr. Harvey Burdell on January 30, 1857. The scandalous crime captivated the city, filling the columns of every newspaper for months because all evidence pointed at his rejected lover, a devoted mother and conniving widow named Emma Cunningham. But the jury didn't believe a woman could commit such a violent act. Officially, the case remains unsolved, leaving restless ghosts behind to sort through the truth for eternity. Join us for a seance in a secret gilded-age parlor where the spirits will be conjured and encouraged to solve the mystery of the murderer so their wretched souls can finally rest.
Blue Man Group will rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. Leave your expectations at the door, and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter, and surprises. Thirty-five million people of all ages, languages, and cultures know what Blue Man Group is really about. Now it's your turn.
Dare to live in full color.
A progressive high school teacher with an anger problem retaliates against her unscrupulous boss and is sentenced to six months at a church-sponsored halfway house, where she attends to everyone's recovery but her own. Set in southern Appalachia, Blue Ridge, directed by Taibi Magar, is a pitch-dark comedy about heartbreak, hell-raising, and healing by Abby Rosebrock (Dido of Idaho), featuring Tony Award nominee Marin Ireland (Reasons to Be Pretty).
The world-premiere play was developed at Williamstown Theatre Festival as part of the Boris Sagal Directing Fellowship/Drama League Residency.
Experience the science and splendor of the human body through Plastination, a breakthrough in anatomy invented by trailblazing scientist, Gunther von Hagens. Learn about the human body, its form and function, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century. BODY WORLDS: PULSE is an inspiring, immersive multimedia exhibition about health, wellness, and living to the beat of life in a vibrant, fast-paced city. It is an exhibition unlike any other. Body donors who willed their bodies, after death, for plastination and the education of future generations, act as guides and teachers on this unforgettable journey of discovery.
Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, Drama Desk, and Obie Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard is known for his South African-set stories. With its themes of complex identities, racial tension, and social protest, his work remains as relevant as ever.
In this new production of Boesman and Lena, the human need for kindness, hope, and compassion is on display in the struggles of abusive Boesman and his long-suffering wife, Lena. Together they encounter a stranger while wandering the South African wastelands.
"If you want Santa to come, you have to go to sleep..." But Joêl and Wilkie are way too excited for snoozing! Rambunctious pillow fights, robot dance battles, and silly sibling shenanigans do nothing to tucker out the two bouncy brothers in this playfully imaginative, award-winning, dance theater production. So brush your teeth, grab your teddy bear, and join in the giddy bedtime fun in Boing!
Bonnie's Last Flight is a three-part play set on a plane. Our audience makes the trip as passengers: sitting on a tarmac before takeoff, floating at cruising altitude, and buckling down for the wild and rocky descent back to land.
It's Jan's retirement flight. Everyone knows, except for Greig, Jan's best friend and coworker of many years. As Greig waxes nostalgic, Jan worries about life postretirement. LeeAnne, a klutzy newbie flight attendant with a dark past, must avoid her ex on the plane while Captain, a waggish pilot with a weakness for unlimited Bloody Mary brunches, is caught in a love triangle. Erik, the co-pilot with a heart of gold, can't get a word in edgewise. Presiding over the flight is Mark Twain, of course. In a comedy set on everyone's least favorite mode of transit, we must reckon with our crew's dreams and regrets and ask ourselves: What is the best way to live and how?
Two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell of Ethel Merman and hilarity ensues in this new musical comedy. The Book of Merman is a diva-driven journey featuring original songs and showstopping ballads.
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park, comes this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon was written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning writer of Avenue Q, and is codirected by Parker and Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone).
Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has certainly captured the hearts of many in the Broadway community by presenting modern, in-the-know, and often profane content in the tried-and-true form of a very traditional integrated book musical, complete with tap dancing.
Abigail Rockwell, granddaughter of the American illustrator, Norman Rockwell, continues her NYC jazz debut at the Metropolitan.
Every Thursday night at 11 PM Broadway Ballyhoo: A Show Tune Hootenanny! will offer approximately four different stars each week who will sing Broadway's great songs. This ever-changing cast of stars will sing the show tunes they know and love best. Jesse Kissel is the musical director and Scott Siegel hosts!
Featuring gripping dramas, hilarious comedies, tearjerking tragedies and even something for the little ones, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (BBTF) offers theater lovers exclusive access to the latest and greatest works from a handpicked selection of up-and-coming playwrights. Happening at the top-of-the-range theater at the 14th Street Y — right in the heart of NYC's vibrant East Village — this year's Mainstage series presents a diverse and relevant cross section of plays including the true-life story of young John Lennon, along with engaging pieces dealing with themes like reincarnation, life after death, suicide, and even assassination. And for the first time, BBTF is featuring a play for young audiences based on the story of Peter Rabbit. A complete New York theater experience, come and see these world premieres by exceptional playwrights from around the country before they (hopefully) make their way to Broadway.
Heather Headley made her Broadway debut as Nala in the original Broadway cast of The Lion King and went on to win Tony and Drama Desk Awards for her critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Aida. She also earned an Olivier Award nomination for her West End stage debut in The Bodyguard and returned to Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple. In Broadway My Way, Headley presents an evening of beloved Broadway songs as well as several personal selections, all arranged specifically for her voice.
The acclaimed concert series Broadway Sings presents the spinoff Broadway Sings: Unplugged. The new series features acoustic, "unplugged" versions of brand-new arrangements that were written for the original. Eight different Broadway performers sing in one show each month. Among them are such fan favorites as Jelani Alladin (Frozen), Corey Cott (Bandstand), Ben Fankhauser (Newsies), Amber Iman (Shuffle Along), Aisha Jackson (Frozen), Corey Mach (Kinky Boots), Tiffany Mann (Waitress), and Natalie Weiss (Everyday Rapture). The schedule of featured music is as follows...
August: Whitney Houston
September: Justin Timberlake
October: The Beatles
November: Sara Bareilles
December: Lady Gaga
January: Bruno Mars
May: David Bowie and Prince
June: Kelly Clarkson
July: Alanis Morissette
BroadwayCon is theater's answer to Comic-Con, tailor-made for fans. Join some of Broadway's biggest fans, performers, and show creators to perform, discuss, debate, and celebrate theater. BroadwayCon 2019 features panels, performances, interviews, workshops, sing-alongs, and more, all packed into an epic three-day weekend. Past panels have included previews from upcoming Broadway shows, conversations with the casts and creatives of the current season's hits, and discussions featuring the industry's top producers and designers — not to mention the giant opening ceremony, nighttime concerts, and dance parties.
The Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas follows two Thai-American brothers who specialize in domestic hauntings. When the siblings investigate the home of an African-American couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina, everyone's notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.
It's the golden age of Hollywood in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, and aspiring starlet Vera Stark works as a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career. Worlds collide when Vera lands a trailblazing role in an antebellum epic starring her boss. While Vera's portrayal of a slave turns out to be groundbreaking, decades later, scholars and film buffs still grapple with the actor's legacy in Hollywood and the impact that race had on her controversial career.
Multi-Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's fast-paced, sly satire, directed by Kamilah Forbes, will take you on a 70-year journey through Vera's life and the cultural climate that originally shaped her and continues today.
The Cabaret Showdown is a monthly game show produced by Sound Street Productions in association with FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade. This unique competition is a mixture of live karaoke and musical improvisation, with a game board. Contestants are asked to choose songs from various categories with no knowledge of what the song will be until 30 seconds before they sing. The winner from each month receives a free one-hour showcase performance presented at the Kraine Theater the following month.
The latest piece written and directed by the Bessie Award-nominated Sean Donovan, Cabin is the reconstruction of an unsettling memory of a cabin in the woods and the three couples who made a life together inside of it. Part theater, dance, film, and live music, Cabin explores the lines between myth and memoir, the memories stored in objects, the complexity of intimacy, and the magnitude of loss.
All is going well for Della. Her North Carolina bakery is legendary, and she's just been cast on her favorite television baking competition. But then Jen, the daughter of her late best friend, comes home from New York City and asks her to make a cake for Jen's upcoming wedding. When Della learns that Jen's about to marry a woman, she is forced to reexamine her deeply held beliefs as questions about morality, judgment, and family swirl around them all. This emotional and deliciously funny play is written by Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us) and staged by Lynne Meadow, Manhattan Theatre Club's artistic director.
Carolines on Broadway, the premiere comedy nightclub of New York City, presents the biggest stars of television, movies, and the national standup circuit seven nights a week. The television studio-like showroom, which can accommodate over 250 people, has won numerous architectural awards for its lush wood and brushed metal design. A wide assortment of food and drink is available during the show, and fine dining is available before or after the show in the intimate supper lounge.
Note: There is a two-drink minimum for all shows.
Winner of two 2018 Tony Awards®!
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's Carousel has returned to Broadway, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, with choreography by New York City Ballet's Justin Peck, and starring Tony nominee Joshua Henry, Tony winner Jessie Mueller, and four-time Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming.
Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel depicts the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss, and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that produced some of the American Songbook's most iconic numbers and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come.
The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in one another's homes in a tight-knit working-class community, sharing the good times and the bad. As the younger generation grapples with complicated life choices, a shifting crisis is set in motion that threatens the bonds of this extended family. Using the device of character-doubling in an unconventional way, playwright Mia Chung brings fresh scrutiny to the roles we play in our families.
Celebrity Autobiography: The Next Chapter, created by Eugene Pack and developed by him and Dayle Reyfel, features a lineup of rotating performers who read — in both solo and ensemble pieces — the actual words and stories written by the famous and the infamous in their autobiographies.
The show features selections from books by Justin Bieber, "The Situation," Madonna, Tiger Woods, Susan Lucci, David Hasselhoff, Geraldo Rivera, Melissa Gilbert, Patti LuPone, Kenny Loggins, Destiny's Child, the Jonas Brothers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Diana Ross, David Cassidy, Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eminem, and Vanna White. It also includes special "celebrity mash-ups" — Cher, Barbra Streisand, Neil Sedaka, Dolly Parton, and Celine Dion all expressing their passion for food; Sylvester Stallone and Tommy Lee on working out and working "it" out; LL Cool J, Miley Cyrus, and Ricky Martin addressing who they "really are"; Tallulah Bankhead, Kathleen Turner, and Ethel Merman sharing the secrets of "diva-dom"; and Lauren Bacall and Carol Channing recreating the suspense of Tony night.
The Actors Fund hosts Celebrity Paddle Battle, a one-night-only benefit. This event features ping pong, a three-hour open bar, light fare, and a chance for guests (ages 21 and up) to mingle and play a game or two with performers from stage and screen.
Some notable friends of the Actors Fund scheduled to attend the event include Jelani Alladin (Frozen), Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Jessie Fisher (Harry Potter), Timothy Hughes (Frozen), Laura Osnes (Bandstand), Ashley Park (Mean Girls), Alex Price (Harry Potter), Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls), Kyle Selig (Mean Girls), and Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants).
Before the days of radio and television, wealthy patrons would regularly invite entertainers into their homes, to delight small gatherings of family and friends. In those sophisticated, friendly environs, the living room became the stage, and the audience looked gleefully on, mere inches from the show.
Master conjuror, Steve Cohen, is recreating this posh, intimate entertainment experience, in his exclusive evening show, Chamber Magic: A Demonstration of Modern Conjuring. Some of the tricks Cohen will perform include:
- the linking of three borrowed wedding rings
- the bending of metal with his mind
- the single most astonishing card trick he's learned in twenty years of study.
Cocktail attire is requested.
Midnight showings of Chamber Magic are also available for groups of 15 or more.
A movement theater piece, taking concepts from Chaos and Absolute Zero and transforming them into the psychological domain.
The Cher Show stars Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Teal Wicks (Wicked), and Micaela Diamond (making her Broadway debut) in the role of the iconic singer and actor at various times in her life and career. These performers are joined by Tony nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful) as Sonny Bono, Tony nominee Michael Berresse (Kiss Me, Kate) as Bob Mackie, Michael Campayno (Wicked) as Rob Camilletti, Matthew Hydzik (It Shoulda Been You) as Gregg Allman, and Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Prince of Broadway) as Georgia Holt.
One of the longest-running shows on Broadway, Chicago is a New York City institution. It tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two killer-dillers on their way to fame by any means possible. All publicity is good publicity, right? When Roxie shoots her lover, Fred, she employs an unscrupulous lawyer, Billy Flynn, to get herself off the hook. But will she be thwarted by double-murderess and headliner Velma Kelly? Or will this gruesome twosome become a sister act?
Chicago features a classic score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, including the songs "All That Jazz," "Cell Block Tango," and "Razzle Dazzle." So you better slick your hair and wear your buckle shoes for Chicago on Broadway.
Note: Children ages four and under are not permitted in the theater.
An aging, isolated chimpanzee pieces together the fragments of her childhood in a human family. Bleak reality bleeds to vivid memory in this non-verbal puppet play. Nick Lehane's CHimpanzee is inspired by true events.
Lehane's puppet work has shown at The Jim Henson Carriage House, St. Ann's Warehouse Puppet Lab, Puppet BloK at Dixon Place, Special Effects Festival at The Wild Project, and Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis. Nick studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School and holds a B.F.A. from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
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? This soaring, music-filled work is by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Moonlight and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad) directs.
A Chorus Line is a celebration of the unsung heroes of the Broadway musical: the chorus dancers — those valiant, over-dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who live in the background of the limelight. Seventeen dancers compete for a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway show, and the drama unfolds as they perform dazzling dance numbers and reveal personal stories through heartfelt songs. Featuring music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, A Chorus Line is a multi-Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.
Are you are thinking, comedy on the Upper East Side? Yes! We have an amazing line-up of some of the hottest comedians in the City, performing at a bar price! This is quickly becoming one of the best kept secrets of the summer.
Writer-director Amy Heckerling takes audiences back to 1990s Beverly Hills with this musical version of her beloved film Clueless, a modern spin on Jane Austen's Emma. With her singular voice, she presents a score that turns '90s hits into ingenious parodies and yearning monologues for her lovesick characters. Director Kristin Hanggi (Rock of Ages) and choreographer Kelly Devine (Come From Away) drive this fresh take on the story of Cher, a girl so psychotically optimistic she can't see that her bungling attempts at playing Cupid disguise her own fashion-plated isolation.
Coffeehouse Chronicles is a free educational performance series exploring the history and development of off-off-Broadway from its inception within the Village "coffeehouse theaters" of the 1960s through today. Part artist portrait, part creative event, part history lesson, part community forum, this series seeks to provide a home — as did La MaMa's founder, Ellen Stewart — for personal and intimate engagement with art. The Coffeehouse Chronicles are curated and directed by Michal Gamily, with educational outreach led by Arthur Adair.
Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by…that old English guy, what's his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman's unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the "thea-tah," provoking one another to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn't know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of George McBride), this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.
Created especially for families with children ages 5-10, The Colonial Nutcracker sets Tchaikovsky's classic ballet in wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. The production features classics such as "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and "Waltz of the Snowflakes," a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and compelling narration that will enhance young viewers' understanding and enjoyment of this timeless story. Rose Menes' delightful staging and choreography, coupled with colorful costumes and Tchaikovsky's enduring score, will captivate audiences of all ages.
Winner of a 2017 Tony Award!
Come From Away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Don't miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony Award nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley.
On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved us all.
Since 2004, ComedySportz New York has been entertaining fans with the fastest and funniest form of improv comedy in the Big Apple. Two teams of improvisers vie for points in a hilarious competition by playing a series of improv games, similar to what you may have seen on TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Set in Korea under Japanese colonial rule, Comfort Women: A New Musical tells the story of a Korean teenage girl named Goeun who embarks on a journey to Tokyo to make money for her family but ends up at a "comfort station" in Indonesia, where hundreds of teenage girls have been abducted and forced to become sex slaves, also known as "comfort women," for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The musical revolves around the stories of Goeun and other "comfort women," and the audience witnesses how such a tragedy can permanently and painfully transform the life of a young woman.
There's nothing like standup comedy in person — the spontaneity of a comedian in front of a live audience is something special. See for yourself at Comic Strip Live, which offers some of the best standup in New York City. Performers hail from Saturday Night Live, Comedy Central, Conan, and the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Audiences can enjoy food, mixed drinks, and specialty brews as they laugh the night away.
A salt and pepper shaker for the king and queen. A ruler for the prince. A spoon for the servant. Lighter fluid for the Innkeeper. A water bottle for the messenger.
Condensed versions of each and every Shakespearean play are comically and lovingly retold, transformed by a "cast" of household objects into 36 intimate and lovingly made miniatures, played out on an everyday tabletop. The stories of the plays vividly come to life over six nights as the act of storytelling and theater itself is celebrated.
The Conduct of Life presents an unflinching portrait of the intersection between political and personal violence. The play's action is driven by Orlando, an army officer serving under the totalitarian government of an unnamed Latin American state. As he advances in his career, Orlando perpetrates state-sanctioned acts of violence, warping his psyche and gradually upending life in his household. His descent into a lifestyle of corruption and abuse leaves Orlando's family grappling with the pernicious intrusion of state terror into their private lives. This riveting exploration of power, gender, and greed offers a timely and brutal picture of domestic life under authoritarianism.
A sheet of ice sits in the desert of New Mexico. A mad eco-terrorist plants a bomb in order to save humankind. A beleaguered film crew tries to get in one last shot before losing the light. Continuity is a sly, biting comedy in six takes where storytelling and science collide with both hilarious and devastating consequences. The play asks, "How do we keep going when hope can seem as fictional as a Hollywood ending?" "How do we tell the stories that could shape our future?" and, perhaps most importantly, "What's for lunch?"
An Israeli-American woman returns to Tel Aviv to sit shiva for her father and faces financial and emotional chaos. Struggling to reconcile her Israeli upbringing with her life in America, she finds herself battling both her older brother and her father's Romanian caretaker. This enthralling play cracks open the myths of family and country.
August Strindberg Rep will perform Strindberg's Creditors in a new translation by Robert Greer as part of the Dream Up Festival. This masterpiece from Strindberg's naturalist period is rarely excelled in its unity of construction, dramatic tension, and acute psychological analysis, but it is far less performed and anthologized than The Father or Miss Julie. During an afternoon in a lounge at a seaside resort, a revenge is played out as a credulous artist has his mind poisoned against his wife by her former husband. Greer directs.
Fiercely strong women... Broken, corrupt men... Visions of a dark-skinned Christ... And hope blinding light cracks fire into rage-filled time.
Damascus Christophany shows an insurance fraud scheme and questions who will make it out alive.
Jake Shore (writer and director) is an award-winning playwright, novelist, short story writer, director, and educator who teaches courses in playwriting and literature at St. Joseph's College. His play Holy Moly premiered in August 2016 at the Flea Theater and was simultaneously released in tandem with the novel A Country for Fibbing.
The setting is a run-down bar in the Bronx where two of society's rejects, Danny and Roberta, strike up a halting conversation over beer. He is a brooding, self-loathing young man who resorts more to violence than reason; she is a divorced, guilt-ridden young woman whose troubled teenage son is now being cared for by her parents. Danny, whose fellow truck drivers call him "the animal," seems incapable of tender emotion, while Roberta, who is still haunted by the memory of an ugly sexual incident involving her father, is distrustful of men in general. And yet, as their initial reserve begins to melt and they decide to spend the night together, the possibility of a genuine and meaningful relationship begins to emerge — the first for both of them.
Looking for the quintessential New York brunch outing? You'll find it at New World Stages in Day Drinking, the latest edition of the smash-hit musical comedy shows about cocktails and spirits! After all, what could be more New York than combining Bellinis and Bloody Marys with an off-Broadway show in the heart of Manhattan's world-famous Theater District? Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends. Your ticket includes a create-your-own Bloody Mary Bar, an authentic Irish coffee, and a seasonal Bellini! Day Drinking is the perfect afternoon outing for bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, and special events!
Against the backdrop of an endless, unwinnable war raging halfway across the world and a polarizing president recklessly stoking the flames of racist backlash at home, a generation of young people rises up to demand change from a corrupt political establishment. It is October of 1969, and unbeknownst to the rest of the world, three 20-something radicals are busy planning the impending revolution from a quiet college town in upstate New York. But when two strangers appear and disrupt the group's delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart. By the Tony Award-winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen, Days of Rage is a timely new play about means and ends, ideals and extremes, and the perils of changing the world.
Lillian Hellman's second play, Days to Come, is a family drama set against the backdrop of labor strife in a small Ohio town which threatens to tear apart both town and family. "It's the story of innocent people on both sides who are drawn into conflict and events far beyond their comprehension," Hellman said in an interview before Days to Come opened in 1936. "It's the saga of a man who started something he cannot stop."
Winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.
Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it. It first opened off-Broadway in a production that received an Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Many cast members from that production have transferred with the show to Broadway. Obie Award winner Steven Levenson wrote the musical's book; the music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal) directs.
This musical journey takes audiences back in time — specifically, to when "soul" emerged as a style of music. Berry Gordy's Motown label and his studio band the Funk Brothers helped popularize soul music, as did Stax Records' Booker T. & the MG's. Before long, James Brown became the "Godfather of Soul" and Aretha Franklin its queen.
Now vocalists Prentiss McNeil (of the Drifters) and Bruce Wayne (of the Midnight Movers, Wilson Pickett's backing band) lead this classic soul revue. Their energy is unmatched; their showmanship, breathtaking. A Decade of Soul is a passion-driven tribute; the passion may even drive audience members out of their seats and onto their feet.
Desperate Measures is a hilarious new musical that tells the tale of Johnny Blood, a handsome young man whose life is in danger because of a saloon brawl. Set in the early 1890s, Johnny must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters, including a wily sheriff, an eccentric priest, an authoritarian governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Laws are broken and hearts are won as they try to find justice in a world that often doesn't seem just.
Sound familiar? Inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, this musical is a joyful, madcap comedy that also manages to ponder the nature of justice. Will the good guys pull off the greatest caper yet, or will Johnny be left hanging? One thing is certain...audiences will exit smiling.
Broadway. We all know it. We all love it. Distorted Broadway asks and answers the simple question: What if your favorite Broadway shows didn't end up being quite what you expected? What if Avenue Q really turned out to be a ballet about south Brooklyn or if Jersey Boys was about the Jersey Shore? What would Oklahomo, Trannie, The Queen & I, The Book of Morons, or West Village Story be like? And what the heck does "Turn Off The Dark" mean, anyway? Find out in this truly wicked 70-minute, non-stop musical theater tribute, where everything gets twisted -- even the happy ending!
Distorted Diznee is an outrageous Las Vegas-style parody revue of some of America's most beloved animated classics. Come be Part of Our World as a troupe of fabulous drag queens takes you on a twisted -- and very adult -- journey, catapulting you back to your childhood into a Magical Kingdom where dreams come true. This ever-evolving 75-minute non-stop extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies"-- with a bit of Cher, Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel and Rihanna thrown in for good measure! This show is certain to offer a happy ending -- if you believe in fairies, that is!
Come enjoy New York's hottest up and coming talent at this wonderful cabaret located in the heart of the theater district. Don't Tell Mama's Piano bar provides music and fun every night from 9:30 pm on. The space provides two cabaret rooms showcasing a wide range of performers and styles. To check out their full schedule click: Don't Tell Mama. There is a two drink minimum at all cabaret performances.
Theresa Rebeck, one of the country's most acclaimed and widely produced playwrights, returns to Primary Stages with her gripping new family drama, Downstairs. This thrilling production stars real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly, appearing together for the first time on a New York stage. In Downstairs, Teddy is a bit lost and lives in his older sister Irene's unfinished basement to the vexation of her husband Gerry. As Irene and Teddy struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family's troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearth a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together.
Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, based on the beloved British television drama, transports you to post-Edwardian England, where members of the Crawley family and their iconic country house come to life. You'll be immersed in the era's social history and culture as well as some of the most memorable moments from the show's six-season run.
"You'll find there's never a dull moment in this house." — Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey
Twelve iconic divas wrapped into one! This versatile, rambunctious show features live vocals and onstage costume changes. New York's Dorothy Bishop pays hilarious, loving tribute to performers from Cher and Madonna to Stevie Nicks and opera star Renée Fleming.
Nominated for Best Tribute Show by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret in 2015!
Both adults and children may find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch's, of course) when they witness the magic of this holiday tale onstage. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! features the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," both from the animated TV special. Max the Dog narrates as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from the Whos, the lovable creatures that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holidays. When the Grinch realizes that he can't steal Christmas from Whoville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and holiday spirit to make any Grinch not so mean after all.
A series of talks where The Drama League gets "up close" with the stars and creators behind New York's biggest theatrical successes!
Film, television, and theater icon Nathan Lane is the honoree of the Drama League's 35th Annual Benefit Gala: A Musical Celebration of Broadway. The black-tie event pays tribute to Lane, a multi-Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Obie, Emmy, and Drama League Distinguished Performance Award winner. Honoring him are performances by stars of stage and screen. Past performers at Drama League benefit galas have included Liza Minnelli, Carol Kane, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Harry Connick Jr., Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth, Angela Lansbury, Tony Bennett, Nick Jonas, and Kermit the Frog.
More performances of Shakespeare than any other company in New York!
The stage is set at the Lounge, a hidden library on 47th Street and 8th Avenue with over 15,000 real books and craft cocktails. Five professional New York actors meet as members of "the Drunk Shakespeare Society." One of them has at least five shots of whiskey and then overconfidently attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespeare play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue as the four sober actors try and keep the script on track. Every show is different depending on who is drinking...and what is being drunk!
Direct from Israel, the internationally acclaimed Gesher Theater presents the North American premiere of The Dybbuk as part of the Cherry Orchard Festival. This spellbinding event takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey through Jewish folklore and the spiritual world. Blending comedy and tragedy as well as mysticism and psychology, The Dybbuk is awash in spectacular imagery, rich emotion, and theatrical magic.
This evocative work follows Hanan, a young, destitute yeshiva student who meets his untimely demise. Trapped between two worlds, Hanan's spirit will not let go of his one true love, Lea — and struggles from beyond the grave to return to her. On the day of Lea's wedding to another man, Hanan's restless soul returns as a dybbuk — a malicious spirit — to possess a host and halt the nuptials.
Israel's celebrated Gesher Theatre will return to New York City with two performances of its new production inspired by The Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds, written by S. An-sky in 1913, in a modern version written by Roy Chen. The Dybbuk, arguably the most iconic play of the entire canon of Jewish drama, tells the story of a young Hasidic woman who became possessed on the eve of her wedding by the dead spirit of her beloved, a young scholar whom her parents forbade her to marry. The esteemed Gesher artistic director Yevgeny Arye directs the cast of 25.
A raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena's most groundbreaking '80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out-of-work MTV video jockey. Eddie and Dave is a gender-bending world-premiere play written by and featuring Amy Staats (Miles for Mary) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius, and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.
Eddie and Dave, directed by Margot Bordelon (Do You Feel Anger?), is supported by the Venturous Theater Fund of Tides Foundation.
Eh Dah? Questions for my Father follows the lives of a family divided across continents and cultures in a turbulent political landscape. Set in Egypt and America, this contemporary musical by Aya Aziz explores what it means to live in post a 9/11 world. The musical is the recipient of the Best Book and Best Individual Performance awards at New York Musical Festival 2016.
The cast of Eight Is Never Enough delivers hilarious comedy improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. Every show is topical and customized to you. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway? meets Broadway.
Two sets of storytellers, some now and some in the 17th century, cross a country — risking everything for a new life. As they tell their tales, their lives and plots combine and intertwine into the same conclusion.
A new sci-fi musical comedy about the end of the world in — where else — a basement in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Chronicling the fabled New Brunswick basement music scene during the apocalypse, this new show, which had its premiere as part of New York Winterfest back in January, includes a New Brunswick basement rocker, the rising star astrophysicist he used to date, a committed performer from Medieval Times, a giant snake, cannibals, a group of mole people, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The end of the world is about 12 hours away.
The Eleventh Hour swept the 2018 New York Winterfest with seven awards: Best Production, Best Score, Most Creative Play, Best Director, Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design, and Best Singer.
Emma and Max is the first play written and directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse), who is well known for his dark, thought-provoking, and socially conscious films. The play explores the illusions, delusions, hopes, and despair of the city's well-off and worn-down in a satire of tragic dimensions. This world-premiere production features a cast of five actors.
The Emperor explores political power. Set at the brink of Haile Selassie's downfall, Kathryn Hunter gets inside of ten different male servants of Selassie to create complex human portraits. The play's author, Ryszard Kapuściński, cagily used The Emperor to illuminate corruption and avarice in his native country, communist Poland. Today, as adapted by Colin Teevan and performed by this incomparable theatrical team, the material just as strongly illuminates the world's continuing and disturbing fascination with despotism. This will be the American premiere of The Emperor, directed by Walter Meierjohann.
The Emperor's Nightingale by Damon Chua is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Nightingale" set in 18th-century China. It brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong, who befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do to be king. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this fun, thrilling tale. A show for the whole family.
From the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group alum and 2017-18 Tow Playwright-in-Residence Patricia Ione Lloyd (Pretty Hunger) and Obie Award-winning director Jo Bonney (Mlima's Tale) comes a stunning, genre-bending new drama about the haunting of a black family in America.
In the aftermath of a messy divorce and a daughter coming out as queer, Deborah is trying to keep things normal at home. But as black people continue to be killed beyond their four walls, the outside finds its way in, blurring the lines between family dynamics, politics, and the spirit world. How long can family dinners keep the dangers outside at bay? Filled with dark humor and boiling suspense, Eve's Song examines our present racial climate through the eyes of a regular American family.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics) debuts his newest work, Exquisita Agonía ("Exquisite Agony"), in this world premiere production. According to Cruz, Exquisita Agonía is a love story that explores a middle-aged woman's obsessive quest to find love with a young man who is transformed by the gift of life when he receives a new heart.
This satirical tale, set in present-day New York City, follows successful African-American publicist Undine as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune.
Broke and now pregnant, Undine is forced to return to her childhood home in the Brooklyn projects, where she must face the challenges of the life she left behind. Fabulation, or The Re-education of Undine reveals how difficult it is to outrun where we come from. The play is written by multi-Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Sweat) and directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz.
Directed and choreographed by Austin McCormick, Company XIV's latest show reimagines Munro Leaf's classic children's tale "The Story of Ferdinand" as an erotic all-male baroque-burlesque spectacle. Roll around the Spanish hillside and enjoy a bullfight in the XIV ring, where a ferocious, fertile matador challenges dear Ferdinand to a duel. Will Ferdinand rise to the occasion or succumb to the field of flowers?
Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year, they will be interrupted by a visitor.
Following unanimous five-star critical acclaim and a thrice-extended yearlong run in London, Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman finally premieres on Broadway this October. This play is directed by Academy and Tony Award winner Sam Mendes and has won three Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director; three Evening Standard Theatre Awards, including Best Play and Best Director; three WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director; and was named the Best New Play at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.
Fiddler on the Roof concerns Tevya and his family, residents of a Jewish village in czarist Russia. One by one, his daughters get married to men he has increasing difficulty accepting. The show features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein. The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, was the first musical theater production in history to exceed 3,000 performances. It won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tonys. The Yiddish translation was crafted by noted Israeli actor-director Shraga Friedman in 1965, just one year after the musical's Broadway premiere.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the Museum of Jewish Heritage copresent Fiddler Talks: From Anatevke to Broadway and Back Again, a special Fiddler on the Roof-themed Wednesday evening series. Speakers include Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning lyricist), Joel Grey, Austin Pendleton (the original Motel on Broadway), and Ruth Wisse (professor of comparative and Yiddish literature at Harvard).
Join Primary Stages in this farewell to one of its own members AND one of the most prolific playwrights of the 20th century. Final Follies is a uniquely curated selection of three one-act plays by master writer A.R. Gurney. To wit: "The Love Course," an observation of the culminating meeting of an undergraduate romantic literature course, co-taught by two of academia's most eccentric professors; "The Rape of Bunny Stuntz," an enigmatic story of an overburdened woman anxiously trying to keep her personal life from the throes of chaos while leading a rowdy community meeting; and the titular "Final Follies," the last chapter in Gurney's oeuvre of short plays examining WASP life in America, about a forlorn Manhattanite searching for the key to adulthood in the most adult place imaginable.
Somewhere in the Jim Crow South, the sky is on fire. A pregnant Olivia's fierce speech writing is the sole force behind her charismatic husband, Charles, and his successful movement to galvanize people to march towards freedom. When four little girls are bombed in a church, Olivia and Charles's marriage is threatened — as this tragedy and years of civil unrest leave Olivia believing that "this world ain't no place to raise a colored child."
Fireflies, directed by Saheem Ali (Sugar in Our Wounds), is a startling world premiere by Donja R. Love and the second part of a trilogy beginning with Sugar in Our Wounds.
This original musical comedy spoofs the first family in a "yuge" way! Donald Trump's brood has gathered to perform in a live televised event for the new Trump TV network. But when the man-of-the-hour runs late, host Ivanka stalls by interviewing other family members. And when they're "off camera," the audience finds out what they're really thinking. Reminiscent of vintage TV family specials like The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch, the show offers comic relief for this day and age, with a fresh perspective and fun-loving spirit. A first-rate cast delivers a cabaret evening audience members won't soon forget.
In 1941, months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the First American Volunteer Group, aka the Flying Tigers, was formed and joined the Second World War in Asia.
The play revolves around three young Flying Tigers pilots and two Chinese volunteer nurses in Yunnan, China. The lives of the five young people are intertwined and entirely changed because of the war. Sixty years later, a new chapter is written by those who are still alive.
Frankenstein is a two-act sweeping, romantic musical about the human need for love and companionship. Published in 1818, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is in its bicentennial year, and this musical honors its source material. Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end man's mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, he grants none to his creation.
Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses, and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind. The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to anonymously write down their repressed rants, cursing-outs, and sultry confessions. Improv performers then use that writing to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity. The cast includes a fistful of New York City's best improvisers with credits on 30 Rock, Comedy Central, MTV, Chicago's Second City, the Onion, and NPR — and at least one Primetime Emmy Award loser.
Broadway's Frozen is based on the 2013 movie that won Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song ("Let It Go"). The stage production expands on and deepens the film's plot and themes through new songs and story material provided by the film's creators, Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Winnie the Pooh), EGOT winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), and book writer Jennifer Lee (Zootopia). In fact, the Broadway show features more than twice as much music as the film. The musical's director is Michael Grandage, a Tony Award winner (Red), and its choreographer is Rob Ashford, another Tony winner (Thoroughly Modern Millie).
Throw your mittens around your kittens and get ready to rock around the world with the new off-Broadway musical, FunikiJam's Baby Likes to Rock! This globe-spanning musical adventure is the latest addition to the ongoing series of Jam-Magical Family Musicals playing at the historic Actors Temple Theatre.
When the United Nations asks Captain Jam to create a brand new kids' TV Show to promote global community, he invites the coolest, hippest, grooviest Agents of Jam from around the world to join him at the World Music Fair where they explore Mexico, Africa, Germany, Ireland, Arabia, and more. It's a unique experience that will captivate little ones with original tunes and high-energy dancing that feels like a favorite Saturday morning cartoon come to life.
WARNING: May cause dancing, laughing, and singing in a variety of different languages. SIDE EFFECTS may include relaxed parents, happy kids, and the chance to go onstage and jam along with your favorite Agents of Jam!
When Agent Tina thinks she is going to have a "totally boring" summer, Captain Jam invites her on a one-of-a-kind musical vacation around the world — and back in time! You too will be "feeling fine as you jam-along" with the Agents of Jam to awesome vacation destinations like: the Beach, the Islands, the '80s, Australia & America's Birthday Jam!!
Written by and starring Brian Barrentine as Captain Jam with his Jam-azing team of talented international artists, Totally Awesome supplements FunikiJam's ongoing series of music & movement programs which include weekly classes, music in the park, school programs, and birthday parties.
SPECIAL NOTE: Kids are encouraged to get out of their seats to dance and sing along with the cast in the aisles or up close to the stage.
Winnie lives in an airport. She didn't always live in an airport but she does now. She likes it, though. She loves the tension, the high-stress situations, watching people crack under the pressure. She'll chat to anyone who'll sit still long enough and hand out advice like candies, though it's easy to hold the mirror up for others so we don't have to look at ourselves. With a heavy dose of whimsy, Gate 64 is a playful look at life on the fringes. Stories that have been collected like stamps are presented with pride and expertise by our host and raconteur, Winnie.
Take the journey of a lifetime and step into the "unbubblelievable" magical kingdom of Fan Yang's Gazillion Bubble Show! The first and only interactive stage production of its kind, complete with fantastic light effects, lasers, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry, this unforgettable extravaganza is not to be missed.
Fan Yang's gorgeous and unique creations defy gravity and logic as we know it. He holds (and has broken his own) Guinness World Records for the biggest bubble ever blown, the largest bubble wall ever created (a staggering 156 feet!), most bubbles within a bubble, and in May 2006 he was able to encapsulate 22 people inside a single soap bubble on live television in Madrid. His performances, including an appearance on The David Letterman Show, have been broadcast worldwide.
Over the past two decades, Fan Yang has explored the fragile and mysterious world of soap bubbles and emerged with a completely new medium, blending art and science to dazzle audiences around the globe. Children and adults of all ages are sure to be amazed, mystified, and enchanted!
The new musical comedy for anyone who dreams of a second shot at their first love!
The Tony Award-winning director of Urinetown returns to Broadway with Gettin' the Band Back Together, a hilarious new musical comedy.
He always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but Mitch Papadopoulos (Mitchell Jarvis, Rock of Ages) left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he's forced to move back in with his mom (multi-Golden Globe nominee Marilu Henner, "Taxi") in New Jersey.
A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch's family home, unless he can win the Battle of the Bands — a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride — and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind — proving it's never too late to give your dreams one last shot.
Following a critically acclaimed sold-out run at London's Old Vic and a West End transfer, the astonishing new show from Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Conor McPherson (The Weir) and music icon Bob Dylan will make its American premiere. Dylan's inimitable songbook is authentically transformed into this achingly beautiful story of a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Dylan's hometown of Duluth, Minnesota in 1934.
McPherson, who also directs Girl From the North Country, has created a mythical new show, weaving the music of our greatest poet-singer-songwriter into a piercing drama about home, heart, and the searching determination of the American soul.
Gloria: A Life weaves together personal and history-changing moments from the past 50 years — among them small moments that have raised consciousness among a few women as well as the current moment, a tipping point of global consciousness. Starting with Gloria Steinem's early adventures as a female reporter (a rarity at the time), the revelations of this play include stories of the people who inspired her and led her to inspire others. Act 1 focuses on Steinem's personal life and activism; Act 2 is a "talking circle" in which the audience is invited to carry the themes of the play into a conversation of their own. This production offers a new form of communicating through theater.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People's Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. The company's members are athletes, actors, and artists who have studied and trained for their crafts since early childhood. The group averages 200 performances annually and has toured through all 50 states and performed in over 65 countries across the world.
Nkechi was a good Nigerian-American girl. She did everything right. Went to med school. Made plans. Then life happened, and plans changed. A first-generation coming-of-age journey of love, loss, and growing into adulthood, Good Grief follows Nkechi as she navigates Pennsylvania's suburbs alongside her childhood crush, her would-be-philosopher brother, and her immigrant parents. This hilarious and heartbreaking new play reunites playwright Ngozi Anyanwu and director Awoye Timpo following their acclaimed collaboration on The Homecoming Queen.
A powerful, soul-stirring show, The Gospel at Colonus is an exuberant retelling of Sophocles's Oedipus at Colonus set in the context of a black Pentecostal service. With the ground-shaking thunder of a gospel revival meeting, this Obie Award-winning adaptation celebrates the 2,400-year-old myth of Oedipus's redemption with a rousing gospel and blues score.
Conceived, adapted, and directed by MacArthur Genius Grant winner Lee Breuer — and with music composed, arranged, and directed by Academy Award nominee Bob Telson — The Gospel at Colonus is a one-of-a-kind show featuring more than 40 powerhouse voices, including such gospel legends as the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Original Soul Stirrers.
Presented by award-winning filmmaker, artist, and producer Gary Beeber, Gotham Burlesque is an exciting evening of song, dance, tricks and visual treats will feature a different cast at each performance, offering a wide range of live entertainments from around the globe.
In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair, they are visited by Crow — antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.
This new production, adapted from the award-winning novel by Max Porter, reunites director-adaptor Enda Walsh with actor Cillian Murphy, who gives a shattering performance as the bereaved widower.
Tribute Center Walking Tour Guides are 9/11 survivors, workers who assisted in the recovery efforts, lower Manhattan residents, or family members that lost loved ones. The tour includes a brief history of the World Trade Center, the attacks and the aftermath of 9/11. Each tour offers unique personal experiences of survival, loss and healing and ends in discussion of the rebuilding of the new World Trade Center. Please note: on inclement weather days, the tours go into the World Financial Center, looking into the 9/11 Memorial, and passes to the 9/11 Memorial are distributed after the tour concludes.
Gumshoe drops audiences into a world where facts are few, and trusted allies are fewer. For the 125th anniversary of Henry Street Settlement, join Trusty Sidekick Theater Company at the historic settlement house where a clandestine game is afoot. The world-premiere play is inspired by the legacy of Henry Street Settlement founder Lillian Wald.
Almost everyone knows about Manhattan's Central Park, but far fewer people know its designers also created a sibling: Prospect Park! In the heart of Brooklyn, Prospect Park is an extraordinary combination of natural beauty and civil engineering. This Amazing Race-style hack competition takes small teams on a journey through Prospect Park, revealing amazing hidden facts and stories about specific locations, buildings, and monuments. Participants also dive into the park's history, biology, and modern relevance. Activities include...
- Prospect Park bingo!
- Physical and photo challenges!
- Tree identify-and-seek!
- Historical reenactments starring you!
Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From the creative team behind In the Heights comes a musical about a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has given words and music to the story of an unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Miranda's work is an exploration of a political mastermind who went from being a bastard orphan to George Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury Department secretary who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, lifelong friend and foe of Hamilton, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
Arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, Hamlet features a Danish prince bent on revenge. His target is his uncle, Claudius, who's murdered Hamlet's father to seize the throne. Adding insult to homicide, Claudius has also married Hamlet's mother. In his quest for vengeance, Hamlet descends into madness...or does he?
Note: pay-what-you-can admission. No tickets required.
Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real And Imagined explores the life of prolific writer Hans Christian Andersen and some of his most memorable tales, which transcend age and nationality.
Presented by the critically acclaimed Ensemble for the Romantic Century, this show offers a unique theatrical experience for patrons.
In Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, Hilary is a young psychology researcher at the Krohl Institute for Brain Science, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is "the hard problem" facing science, and for Hilary the possibility of genuine altruism, without a hidden Darwinian self-interest, depends on the answer. Meanwhile, she is nursing a private sorrow. She needs a miracle and is prepared to pray for one.
A reading from the latest play by 2016 MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and a discussion with author and director of Harman Writers Series Bridgett Davis.
Jacobs-Jenkins won the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play for his plays Appropriate and An Octoroon. His plays Gloria and Everybody were finalists for the 2016 and 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, respectively. He was named a MacArthur Fellow for 2016. The evening will include a reading from Jacobs-Jenkins's latest play plus a discussion.
Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play!
It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn't much easier now that he's an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Note: This show has two parts. Viewers may buy tickets to either or both. The running time of Part One is two hours and 40 minutes (including one intermission); the running time of Part Two is two hours and 35 minutes (one intermission).
A play on the Ghanaian proverb "the head and the load are the troubles of the neck," this large-scale work expressively speaks to the nearly two million African porters and carriers used by the British, French, and Germans who bore the brunt of the casualties during the First World War in Africa, and the historical significance of this story as yet left largely untold. This processional musical journey — as much an installation as a performance piece — melds performances by orchestra collective the Knights and an international ensemble cast of singers, dancers, and performers accompanied by a chorus of mechanized gramophones alongside multiple film projections and shadow play to create a landscape of immense proportion and imagination that uses the vast sweep of the Park Avenue Armory's Wade Thompson Drill Hall to upend standard notions of scale.
Head Over Heels is the bold and fierce new musical comedy from the visionaries who rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q, and Spring Awakening. Set to the iconic music of the 1980s all-female rock band the Go-Go's, it features the hit songs "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," and many more! It's a hilarious and sexy celebration of love in its infinite varieties, told through the story of a royal family who must embark on an extravagant journey to save their beloved kingdom and find love and acceptance.
In Heartbreak House, the new adaptation of George Benard Shaw's infamous WWI play, it's the first days of the London Blitz of September 1940. With the performance of Shaw's play interrupted, the cast and audience have joined together to seek shelter in the theatre's basement. To entertain the crowd, the cast performs Shaw's most vital paean to resistance and perseverance against tyranny, Heartbreak House. Inspired by actual events as lived by Hermione Gingold during WWII's darkest days, this revelatory approach will make Shaw's masterpiece more timely than ever.
Heartbreak House, which Shaw began at the beginning of WWI but which was first performed by New York's famed Theatre Guild in 1920, brings a wildly disparate group of people together in the English countryside over a September weekend to make major decisions about their future. No stone is left unturned as each character is forced to come to terms with his or her past while finding a way to move forward in the face of the coming crisis.
Heist! follows a ragtag team as they attempt the biggest con Broadway has ever seen. Can four rogues infiltrate the cast of a classic Broadway revival? Plans go awry and alliances shift on opening night — will our team pull off the heist of the season? Or will someone else steal the spotlight?
From New York to Paris, from ragtime to jazz — an ensemble of triple threat actor-musicians chronicles the story of America's first women soldiers in The Hello Girls.
These intrepid heroines courageously served as bilingual telephone operators on the front lines, helping turn the tide of World War I. They then returned home to fight a decades-long battle for equality and recognition, paving the way for future generations. Celebrate the centennial of these groundbreaking women with an original musical created by Prospect Theater Company's critically acclaimed founding artists Peter Mills and Cara Reichel.
Bette Midler is back through August 25 only. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Midler), Hello, Dolly! is directed by four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks. This revival smashed house records numerous times and achieved the highest weekly gross in the history of the entire Shubert Organization. It pays tribute to the original work of legendary director-choreographer Gower Champion, hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.
The Obie Award-winning National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) opens its 28th season with Stephen Brown-Fried's new adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry VI plays. Condensing Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 into two parts played in repertory during the week and back-to-back over the weekend, NAATCO allows audiences to uniquely experience Shakespeare's saga of a nation spinning wildly out of control.
Trumpet icon Herb Alpert and Grammy Award-winning vocalist/producer Lani Hall return to Café Carlyle. Hall started her career as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes's breakthrough group, Brasil 66. Alpert's legendary career includes five decades of unprecedented breakthroughs as a musician, painter, sculptor, record executive, and philanthropist. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Alpert has sold over 72 million albums worldwide.
59E59 favorite Hershey Felder returns with his critically acclaimed salute to Irving Berlin.
Jerome Kern famously said, "Irving Berlin has no place in American music — he is American music." George Gershwin called him "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived." From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to the silver screen, and from the pop charts to the steps of the nation's capital, Berlin's music provided America with the soundtrack of a century.
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin brings the man behind the iconic music to life in an evening reflecting his remarkable journey from child immigrant to America's most beloved and prolific songwriter, featuring some of the composer's most popular and enduring songs, including "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Always," "Blue Skies," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "White Christmas."
Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (La Casa de Bernarda Alba) is a tragedy set in a cloistered world of women in 1930s Spain. A tyrannical mother dominates her five unmarried daughters, all of whom harbor a secret passion for one man. Their repressed environment leads to an explosion of passion, jealousy, hatred, and despair.
Note: The play is performed in Spanish with English subtitles via Simultext In-Seat Captioning System. At matinee performances, subtitles are provided only by request.
Indulge a bachelorette party fantasy, celebrate a birthday, or have the ultimate girls' night out at NYC's longest running male revue show. Yes girls, you can bring your male friends with you.
The Hurricane Party is a new play by David Thigpen, whose pulverizing Southern voice takes audiences on a breakneck roller-coaster ride. The characters, forced to face themselves at the most dangerous time of their lives, journey into the heart of an approaching storm.
The Flea Theater presents the New York premiere of Hype Man by playwright, breakbeat poet, and essayist Idris Goodwin. Following its sold out run in Boston, this hip hop play dares to ask who has the responsibility to speak up in the face of social injustice. A front man, hype man, and beat maker are on the verge of hitting it big when yet another police shooting shakes them to the core. The Flea Theater associate artist Kristan Seemel and artistic director Niegel Smith will codirect the Bats company.
One of Ireland's most respected storytellers, Mikel Murfi imagines the characters of a bustling Irish village, capturing their vibrancy through snapshots of its two most disparate residents: the bashful, solitary cobbler and the indomitable football manager. He delivers his living portraits as separate performances in repertory:
I Hear You and Rejoice: From the Gaelic Athletic Association pitch to the chapel floor, Kitsy Rainy always has the final word. By turns moving and hilarious, her friends and neighbors recall the often literal marks Kitsy has left on her community.
The Man in the Woman's Shoes: Just outside of town, Pat Farnon lives on his own, quietly aging in the house where he was reared. Join him as he walks the five miles into a village populated with no-necked water diviners, sporting savants, loudmouths, and preachers.
I Like It Like That – A Musical is the story of the Rodríguez family living in New York City in the early 1970s. At that time music was the proudest expression of "El Barrio," their East Harlem neighborhood. I Like It Like That takes the audience on a historical musical journey amid neighborhood volatility and social activism. As neighborhood residents deal with the ever-present pull between escape and social conscience, so too members of the Rodríguez family navigate the challenges they face living in the heart of a volatile environment. Instilled in them is the importance of family and the desire to succeed. Starring as the patriarch is Tito Nieves, Grammy nominee and Latin music superstar.
Ash has a blessed life and is thankful every day for the gifts of his family, his addiction, and his son's deafness. But on one fateful day, everything's taken from him. How can he see this unexpected test, which threatens to cast him and his loved ones into darkness, as the ultimate gift? Craig Lucas's new play is performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language by two casts.
Fiore Barbini makes his NYC cabaret debut in I'm Still Here My Story: The Songs of Leading Ladies. He's an actor, singer, and dancer who's toured with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and A Chorus Line, has regional credits that include The Full Monty, Sunday in the Park With George, Singin' in the Rain, Damn Yankees, George M!, Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly!, and performed in cabaret stagings of Grease, Chicago, and Cabaret. He might also be known by some as his adult entertainment alter ego Hugh Hunter. In his first solo outing, he tells the story of his 31 years in show business with his own twist — the songs he sings to tell that story were originated by his favorite Broadway leading ladies! Songs include "Not a Day Goes By," "Meadowlark," a medley from Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde, and Les Misérables, and "I'm Still Here." At 42, Fiore is back in NYC and ready to get back on the boards because in his own words, "I'm still here."
In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty — not even her jealous classmates. But they'll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. These frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach. A decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable, playwright Tori Sampson's explosive epic brims with live music and dance.
It's the morning after Scrooge's spectral visits, and our hero is determined to celebrate Christmas by throwing a party "just like old Fezziwig!" However, he realizes that he has no idea how to go about the thing, and the libations prove particularly puzzling. Summoning Marley back for some additional help, they depart on another trip through time and space — this time with a capella accompaniment — to mix cocktails past, present, and future under the expert tutelage of three Christmas spirits.
Discover the stories behind our most cherished holiday beverages of days gone by, sample cutting-edge cocktails of holidays yet to come — including frozen rosé and red wine made using liquid nitrogen — and learn how to create today's hottest drinks for your very own seasonal celebrations.
Looking for the quintessential New York City brunch experience? You'll find it at New World Stages in The Imbible: Day Drinking, the latest edition of the hit musical comedy series about cocktails and spirits! After all, what could be more N.Y.C. than combining brunch with a show in the heart of Manhattan's world-famous theater district? Join four friends as they battle today's always-connected, over-scheduled world to carve out time to enjoy brunch together. While struggling to prioritize and prepare for their gathering, they learn the stories behind not only well-known brunch drinks but also brunch itself, and come to appreciate the value of making time to break bread and sip drinks with good friends.
Note: A complimentary continental bunch and three craft cocktails are included as part of the show. Please arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy brunch and your first drink. Attendees must be 21 or older.
"A production you and your children don't want to miss!" - ABC NEWS
Totally based on audience suggestion and participation, you become a part of the show. The multi talented cast presents spontaneously theater and music original to every show. Hilarious parodies of Opera, Broadway, Shakespeare, Mime, Modern Dance, Jazz and Hip Hop dazzle audiences and alternate with interactive theater scenes. Think Who's Line is it Anyway meets Nickelodeon.
It's a freezing Catskill winter outside on Gladstone Farms, and pretty frosty inside the farmhouse kitchen too, as three generations of women debate the fate of their matriarch. A holiday weekend with family becomes a fulcrum for change, as recently widowed Elizabeth Gladstone (Dorothy Lyman) faces old age and the loss of her home. Betsy (Abigail Hawk), her daughter, and granddaughter Liz (Jeanne Lauren Smith), each have their own ideas about what should happen. Betsy wants to cash out, while Liz wants to try to hang on to the farm. Tempers are as short as the winter days. But for Elizabeth, the only real question is, can the third act of her life really be the best one yet?
Direct from Israel, the internationally acclaimed Gesher Theater presents the North American premiere of In the Tunnel, directed by Irad Rubinsten, as part of the Cherry Orchard Festival. Israeli soldiers — a beat-up reservist named Iftach and "green" draftee Tzlil — are buried in a tunnel. They are there with two Palestinians, Mansur and Hisam. Enemies are in the mousetrap, trying to find their way out. Should they kill or save each other? Above them is our customary political carnival, the absurd, dominant, and inherent background of our daily life.
Israel's celebrated Gesher Theatre will return to New York City October 6 and 7 with the political satire In the Tunnel, by Roy Chen, inspired by the Best Foreign Language Oscar-winning film No Man's Land by Danis Tanovic. Firas Nassar, the breakout star for his role as Nidal al-Makdasi in the hit Israeli Netflix series Fauda, now in its second season, will make his NY stage debut in this production. Two Israeli soldiers and two Palestinians are trapped in a tunnel dug by Hamas between Gaza and Israel. Enemies snared in a mousetrap, they try to find their way out. Should they kill or save each other? Meanwhile, above ground, a political and media circus is attempting to cover the event. The cast of nine is directed by award-winner Irad Rubenstein.
In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family's only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation's cherished customs clash with another's modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family's past linger in everyone's thoughts — until a sudden event changes everything. This poignant and smartly funny new play about legacy, life, and longing comes from the fresh voice of Jaclyn Backhaus, who again teams up with her Men on Boats director, Will Davis.
The Infinite Love Party: An Intentional Barefoot Dinner, Dance Party, and Sleepover is where love is forged. A celebration of soul awakening, it's where play breeds change and where queer magic can do its healing. Diana Oh's play is for all people. It's a celebration of the outskirts, of Queerness and allies. A celebration of people of color and allies. A space for bare humanity to exist — where audiences leave kinder more open, more connected to their purpose, bodies, and hearts.
The Infinite Wrench is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here-and-now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, The Infinite Wrench is the Neo-Futurists' ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences, including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.
It's London, 1969. The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, the Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash that will destroy — and ultimately horrify — the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb, who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success, and the race for the most ink is on! Inspired by real events and a recent hit in London's West End, James Graham's electrifying new play comes to Broadway in the exhilarating Almeida Theatre production directed by Rupert Goold.
Sarah McIntyre, a presidential appointee parachuted into the Foreign Service, has been assigned two wary young diplomats to develop her pet project: New Training Scenarios for the Resolution of Intractable Global Situations. The three begin to role-play, led by a charismatic woman experienced in persuading men to lay down arms. Suddenly, a rebel group lashes out in a distant country, destroying the tenuous peace recently negotiated by McIntyre. The women's role-playing becomes increasingly charged, pushing them deeper into the bodies and minds of violent insurgents. Meanwhile, as Washington undergoes its own regime change, their work becomes active weaponry for Sarah's political enemies.
Intelligence is a semi-immersive play developed by playwright Helen Banner and director Jess Chayes that pulls the audience into a Washington, DC, basement conference room, for an intense experience of how we code and decode others and ourselves through our imaginations. Intelligence received developmental support as part of the 2017 Artist Residency Program of The Drama League of New York, and the New Georges JAM.
Journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow in 2006 after spending the previous seven years exposing suppression by the Russian government and the atrocities of war in Chechnya. Staged at a moment when even the US constitutional protection of a free press feels precarious and growing numbers of journalists are being jailed and even killed for their work worldwide, Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya is a vital display of the indispensability of journalism.
While Intractable Woman is layered with vivid cultural detail surrounding a life that was taken over a decade ago, Politkovskaya's story also brims with immediacy and universality. In this production, directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Dance Nation), three actors deliver an interpretation of her experiences reporting on and living within the second Chechen war. Theater cannot resurrect the dead, but it can tap into the desires that compelled them in life — and Intractable Woman mines Politkovskaya's uncompromising desire to unveil the truths behind authoritarian power.
Intrusion is set 20 years into the future, where sexual violence has been eradicated — that is, until one woman comes forward about her rape. The production examines how we all perpetuate rape culture through the exposé of different sectors of society. Over the span of one hour, and through her portrayal of a college student, journalist, prosecutor, day trader, politician psychologist, school kid, and professor, Qurrat Ann Kadwani evaluates the flaws in a society where rape is supposedly eradicated, helping to raise awareness about sexual violence and combat systemic oppression
Producers John Lant and Cornell Christianson with ICFB Productions are pleased to announce the off-Broadway premiere of It Came From Beyond, a 1950s sci-fi musical comedy with book by writer-producer Christianson, music and lyrics by Stephen M. Schwartz and Norman E. Thalheimer, and direction by Jim Blanchette.
It Came From Beyond tells the story of Harold, a nerdy high school geek whose only chance to save Becky, the popular, beautiful girl that he's in love with, is to find the secret hidden information in a new comic book, It Came From Beyond. In the comic book's parallel storyline, an astronomer seeks the answers to the similarly mysterious clues in order to stop aliens from outer space "blanking" the population of Planet Earth for their evil twisted purposes.
Following its 2017 New York Times Critic's Pick world premiere, which introduced many New York audiences to the widely popular British art form known as the Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk returns this holiday season with even more radical joy. Jack needs the whole town's support to help him chop down the beanstalk. In the process, Jack and their neighbors free themselves from their oppressor, the plundering Giant Rump. Written by disabled actor/writer Mat Fraser, directed by feminist artist Julie Atlas Muz, and featuring an intergenerational, mixed-ability cast, Jack and the Beanstalk brings the Lower East Side together with a family-friendly, holiday production that is inherently irreverent, lightly political, and with the message that eventually good triumphs over evil.
From the darkness of an unlit stage, two strangers meet, each with a chair and what appears to be the same task to complete: place the chair, then leave. Their encounter in this inky limbo disrupts their awareness of self and purpose, propelling them headfirst into an exhilarating discourse of understandings and misunderstandings. Performed entirely in darkness, the only light in this show originates from custom-built, illuminated costumes.
With masterful physicality and quick-witted wordplay, James & Jamesy in the Dark conjures answers to the age-old questions "Who are we?" and "Why are we here?" The result is laugh-out-loud hilarious and surprisingly illuminating.
Jana Robbins (Gypsy) and Haley Swindal (Jekyll & Hyde) join forces and return to Feinstein's/54 Below for an unforgettable evening with We Just Move On! The Songs of Kander & Ebb. No strangers to composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, Robbins appeared in two tours of Zorba, and they have both played Sally Bowles in separate productions of Cabaret.
Currently, Robbins and Swindal can be seen onstage together in the hit off-Broadway show This One's for the Girls. Musical director Joe Goodrich joins the pair for an evening containing some of Kander and Ebb's best known songs, including "Maybe This Time" and "All That Jazz." They also tell the story of their hopes, their dreams, their challenges, and their successes onstage and off.
Acclaimed singers/actors Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery make their Café Carlyle debut with Two Lost Souls. Jane Lynch is the multi-time Emmy Award-winning host of Hollywood Game Night and an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee. She currently appears in The Good Fight on CBS and on Amazon's The Amazing Miss Maisel. Lynch made her Broadway debut in the 2013 production of Annie, and soon thereafter embarked on her own live concert tour, See Jane Sing, with Kate Flannery and Tim Davis.
Kate Flannery is best known for her nine seasons as Meredith the drunk on NBC's The Office. Their holiday album, "A Swingin' Little Christmas," reached Billboard's Top 10. At this performance, Jane and Kate put their one-of-a-kind spin on songs from Broadway to The Barry Sisters to the Swingin' Sixties. Tony Guerrero serves as the duo's musical director.
Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey...until they sang their very first note. They had a sound that nobody had ever heard and that the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, offstage it was a very different story — a story that's made them an international sensation all over again. This show features all their hits, including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What a Night," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and "Working My Way Back to You."
Jim Caruso's Cast Party, a popular weekly event on Monday nights, is now at Birdland!
"No one can be called a true New Yorker until they've been to the Cast Party, which is to Broadway what the Conde-Nast cafeteria is to publishing. Divas and dapper-dans insouciantly sip cocktails while watching each other sing and perform at the open-mic event during Broadway's dark night," says Next Magazine. Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts a combination open-mic, networking event and party in which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Performers are accompanied by Billy Stritch, pianist and musical director for Liza Minnelli and Charles Aznavour.
As they start dating, Maddie and Beau at first are thrilled to discover they have an uncanny connection. Yet the lovebirds run into a little problem as they start to get it on: Maddie thinks she's the reincarnation of Beau's twin brother, Jim.
The lady or the brother? That's the complicated choice Beau faces as he thinks longingly about the sibling he lost a lifetime ago.
Jim's Room is playwright Albi Gorn's response years ago to the stillbirth that took the life of one of his and wife Robin Anne Joseph's newborn twins.
"What was an unimaginably painful time in my life," he says, "found a place to land when I thought about not only what my deceased child would have been like, but what my living child would have been like had he had his brother in his life. Jim's Room imagines the humor and the magic in the possibility of recovering that relationship."
Musical theater writer and rabble-rouser Joe Iconis (Be More Chill) brings his unique mash-up of showtune cabaret and rock-and-roll jamboree back to the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Join Iconis and his merry band of musical theater punks as they roar their way through a set of his incendiary songs. Expect classic tunes, new numbers, and works-in-progress. Spill a drink, make a friend, and spend an evening with a tribe of artists determined to cling to their traditional musical theater family values as they blaze into the future.
Husband-and-wife duo John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey make their annual visit to Café Carlyle with an all-new show. A world-renowned guitarist and singer, John Pizzarelli has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years and has established himself as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook. Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows including the revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, which was nominated for nine Tony Awards.
Jonathan Larson wrote Rent and Tick, Tick... BOOM!, the former a Broadway game changer and the latter a beloved musical gem. Larson was a brilliant, groundbreaking creator of musical theater who died at 35 — before seeing the worldwide acclaim his work would receive. He was posthumously awarded Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, and his songs have come to be treasured and performed in 25 languages everywhere from Mexico to Japan to Italy, from summer camps to the silver screen to Broadway.
But what about all of Larson's songs we've never heard?
The Jonathan Larson Project is an evening of Jonathan's unheard work. Such as? Songs from never-produced shows like 1984 and Superbia. Songs that were cut from Rent and Tick, Tick... BOOM! Songs written for theatrical revues and songs written for the radio. Songs never before publicly performed or recorded. Songs about politics and love and New York City.
Julius Caesar is a marked man. Adoring commoners celebrate his battlefield victories, but those higher up the Roman political ladder worry that his ambition has grown too large. On a stormy night full of alarming sights and ominous portents, Cassius persuades Caesar's friend Brutus to help him with a momentous task: assassinate Caesar for the good of the Republic. But death doesn't stop Caesar, whose spirit haunts the destinies of his friends and enemies, threatening the republican ideal for which they murdered him. Shakespeare's political thriller explores power brokers' strategies — honorable and not — and their unexpected, violent consequences.
This production of Julius Caesar, directed by Shana Cooper, was originally produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2017.
The Jungle is a vital remembrance of the now-bulldozed camp in Calais, France, known as the Jungle, where thousands of refugees who escaped drought, war, and strife-torn countries in Africa and the Middle East waited for their "good chance" passage to Britain. With minimal resources in the squalid, sprawling landfill-turned-makeshift camp, immigrants and committed volunteers built a warm, self-governing, diverse society — with restaurants, shops, a school, and a church — from nothing.
In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe lived on Amity Street (now West 3rd Street) just blocks from the Merchant's House. His publication of "The Raven" had brought him instant fame and invitations to the city's most fashionable literary salons. Join John Kevin Jones (A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House) as the great master of horror in the Tredwells' candlelit double parlor for a hauntingly memorable performance of Poe's thrilling tales, "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Raven." It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession, premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark.
From Jack Thorne, the Olivier Award-winning writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, comes a thrilling theatrical take on the world's most epic modern myth. Directed and choreographed by Olivier winner Drew McOnie, with an electrifying new score by Marius de Vries (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom the Musical), King Kong comes alive on Broadway through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry, and stagecraft. Follow an ambitious young actor and a maverick filmmaker as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining: a 2,000-pound, 20-story gorilla and the woman who risks everything to help him. Don't miss this exhilarating, emotional encounter with a legend that's always been too big to contain.
Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents its annual travelling repertory in venues across the city.
King Lear: The aging King Lear decides to divide his kingdom among his three daughters based on their love for him. Misunderstanding his youngest daughter's refusal to flatter him, he disowns her in favor of her ruthless, manipulative sisters...who promptly strip him of power, wealth, and sanity. Shakespeare's spectacular tragedy pits good against evil as the exiled princess returns to claim the throne.
All's Well That Ends Well: Having restored the King's health with a miraculous potion, Helena requests Count Bertram's hand in marriage in return. But when the arrogant Bertram refuses to marry beneath his class and flees from both King and bride to the nearest war, Shakespeare's courageous heroine must stop at nothing to bring him home. Meanwhile, Bertram's friends hilariously unmask the swashbuckling braggart Parolles.
Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Kinky Boots is the winner of every major Best Musical award, including the Tony, the Grammy, and London's Olivier Award. Based on true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common — or so they think! Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business. Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, the unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship.
Featuring 16 original songs by Cyndi Lauper, a book by Harvey Fierstein, and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, this musical is a joyous sensation. There's never been a better time to experience Kinky Boots!
In the constellation of musical comedy masterpieces, Kiss Me, Kate shines as perhaps Cole Porter's most sparkling achievement. The show won the first-ever Tony Award for Best Musical and pulses with onstage romance, backstage passion, comedy high and low, a hilarious dash of Shakespeare's Shrew, and the songwriting genius of Porter at his stylish, sexy, sophisticated best, with such songs as "Too Darn Hot," "So in Love," and "Always True to You in My Fashion." Tony winner Kelli O'Hara stars; multi-Tony nominee Scott Ellis directs.
This fundraiser is an evening of songs from the World War Two era. Singing them are well-known and not so well-known theater artists, including Cara Akselrad, John Carlin, and Adam Cohen. Portia hosts, and the Dysfunctional Swingers dance. The event is directed by Jill DeArmon; Robert Cowie provides piano accompaniment. All money raised will go toward production costs for the new play Victory Girls, which is part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity next month.
Acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Kristine Mills is proud to announce the official release of her 6th studio recording, BOSSAtoo. Join us for the Official CD release concert with the extraordinary band (Klaus Mueller piano, Itaiguara Brandao bass/guitar, Portinho drums and Kristine Mills vocals/guitar) who recorded the CD!
The La Mama Puppet Series is a biannual festival showcasing new contemporary puppet theater by American and international artists. Puppetry has been an integral part of La MaMa's programming since 1962, when founding artistic director, Ellen Stewart invited puppet artists from Korea to perform their production of Head Hunting by Pagoon Kang Wouk. Since then, La MaMa has presented other notable puppet artists including Theodora Skipitares, Heather Henson, Vit Horejs, Kevin Augustine, and Ralph Lee, among many others.
This August, renowned Russian director Aleksey Burago and the Russian Arts Theater and Studio returns with an encore run of Lady With a Lapdog With Jokes and a Happy Ending, a heartwarming, larger-than-life comedy celebrating the short stories of Anton Chekhov.
While vacationing alone in the Crimean sea resort of Yalta, a Moscow playboy quickly finds himself having another affair — this time with a married woman who wanders along the shore with her pet dog. However, their lives are soon uprooted as they realize they have found true love. Interwoven around their romance are 10 of Chekhov's most hilarious anecdotes, including Fish, Death of a Government Clerk, Confessions, A Chorus Girl, Overspiced, A Little Joke, Daughter of Albion, Surgery, Elements Most Found in Short Stories, A Happy Ending, and Life is Beautiful.
Twenty years ago, the eyes of the nation were drawn to Laramie, Wyoming, after the hate-crime murder of Matthew Shepard. In the following weeks, the Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded and members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled from New York to Laramie to conduct interviews with the people of the town. These interviews formed the basis of The Laramie Project, which has become one of the most performed contemporary plays in the world. On September 24, 2018, the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Tectonic Theater Project present Laramie: A Legacy, a benefit reading of The Laramie Project to honor the progress made over the last two decades to erase hate.
Performers for the evening include Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother); Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award winner Mary Louise Parker (Weeds); Tony winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots); and Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon. They join the original company of The Laramie Project: Stephen Belber, Amanda Gronich, Mercedes Herrero, Andy Paris, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts McAdams, and Kelli Simpkins. Tectonic Theater Project founder and artistic director Moisés Kaufman directs; Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist Anderson Cooper hosts.
Laugh and a Draft is a free stand-up comedy show featuring talented up and coming comedians hosted, produced, and booked by Jared Wilder at Flannery's Bar.
Laugh and a Draft is a comedy-variety show produced and hosted by Jared Wilder through SomethinWilder Productions featuring the best up and coming talent in New York.
A smart and witty unromantic comedy about love and all the insane, irrational, and impromptu ways we try to keep it. Actor and comic Gianmarco Soresi blends theater with stand-up comedy and a shifting fourth wall to build a meta-exploration of contemporary romance in an age of cynicism with an unforgettable twist.
An intimate diptych of plays, the Lewiston and Clarkston experience unfolds in three acts for an audience of 51 people each night. First, audience members gather to watch Lewiston. Second, they share a communal meal-break during which they may eat food they've brought. Alternatively, they can pre-purchase a catered meal inspired by Idaho cuisine. The evening concludes with the production of Clarkston.
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale star in The Lifespan of a Fact, a world-premiere Broadway play. Based on the book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal, the work has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell. Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman directs.
Jim Fingal (Radcliffe) has a small job: fact-checking articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim's boss (Jones) has given him a big assignment: applying his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D'Agata (Cannavale). Now Jim 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 ever just shut the fact up?
The Lifespan of a Fact is based on the stirring true story of John D'Agata's essay "What Happens There," about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley. Fingal, assigned to fact-check the piece, ignited a seven-year debate on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary nonfiction.
Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb's The Light introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping, two-character drama. Can their relationship survive the growing divide between them over who — and what — to believe?
Directed by Logan Vaughn in its New York premiere, The Light is a reckoning that unfolds in real time and peels away the layers of truth, doubt, pain, and ultimately the power of love.
Based on the 1994 Disney film, The Lion King continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world. With a powerful score by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, The Lion King amazes with astounding stage wizardry from visionary director Julie Taymor. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by an enormous company of international performers whose detailed costumes, carved masks, and intricate makeup will transport you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna. Experience the stunning visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the exhilarating choreography of this musical theater phenomenon — one of the most awe-inspiring productions ever brought to life onstage. A remarkable tale of hope and adventure, The Lion King has found its way into the hearts of millions.
Little Rock tells the riveting true story of the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend their city's formerly segregated central high school, three years after the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision declared that separating students by race was unconstitutional. What began as their quest for a better education soon became a national crisis, igniting the passions of a divided country and sparking a historic fight for justice in the Jim Crow south. On the cusp of the civil rights movement, a changing world watched as these nine children from Arkansas battled for their rights, armed with only a book and pencil. At once harrowing and hopeful, Little Rock brings to life the Nine's untold personal stories of challenge and resilience, conjuring memories of America not so long ago. From writer and director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, this moving play honors the bravery of these young heroes and asks audiences, "Would you have had the courage?"
Created by the New York City-based comedy troupe Eight Is Never Enough, LMAO is an interactive show combining improv, sketch, music, and (why not?) magic. Every Saturday night, special guest artists enrich the mix.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such works as Time Stands Still and Dinner With Friends returns to Manhattan Theatre Club with a funny, unsettling, and ultimately moving play about the limits of compassion and filial obligation. When troubled Billy appears out of the blue in his estranged brother David's Wall Street office, he soon tries to re-insert himself into the comfortable life David has built with his philanthropist wife and college-age son. But what does Billy really want? Can he be trusted? And how much can family bonds smooth over past rifts? Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof) directs this riveting new work from one of today's sharpest observers of modern life, Donald Margulies.
This celebration of Eugene O'Neill's early sea plays — collectively known as the S.S. Glencairn cycle (1914-1917) — engages theatergoers in a unique performance featuring professional actors as well as Hunter College students and alumni. Together, they bring the experiences of sailors far from home to life, as dramatized by one of the true masters of American drama. These three early one-act plays include:
Moon of the Caribbees: Fighting, singing, dancing, and drinking unite sailors anchored in a port far from home as they relax with locals smuggling rum onboard in fruit baskets.
Bound East for Cardiff: After an accident, a dying sailor reflects on old adventures and life at sea in a fog-shrouded ship headed from New York to Wales.
The Long Voyage Home: A sailor's plans to return home to his mother and family after a lengthy journey at sea are derailed when he visits a seedy London bar, where he is drugged, robbed, and shanghaied aboard another ship for a dangerous voyage.
The Lost Supper is an interactive, surreal dinner party at the Attic atop the McKittrick Hotel. An unlocked room, an enigmatic hostess, titillating performances, and tantalizing fare, The Lost Supper will not disappoint.
On August 22, Sally Jackson and Luke Rosen return to the stage for a special, one-night performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters. Veteran actors and founders of KIF1A.org, Jackson and Rosen will revive this tradition to shine a light on children affected by rare genetic diseases and benefit the TREATMENT program within the Center for Rare Pediatric Genetic Diseases at Columbia University Medical Center.
In Tennessee Williams's unique tragicomedy, four women in Depression-era St. Louis live and work together in a valiant effort to stave off loneliness and despair. And, along the way, they uncover false idols — and maybe even themselves.
Drag queens serve up dinner, outrageousness, and a show at Lucky Cheng's Restaurant. The show features comedy, karaoke, and — embrace yourself — interactive cabaret. The cross-dressed staff are anything but a drag; they enhance the fun as your bartenders, waitresses, and performers. After 19 years in downtown Manhattan, this dinner show transferred in 2012 to the Times Square area, where the shenanigans continue today.
The prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an all-new celebration of Chinese culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. The festive, family-friendly event will showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, Peking Opera performers in dazzling costumes, live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, and a traditional Chinese marketplace.
A Gangs of New York-styled Macbeth, set in the mid-1800s when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area.
In a city with millions of things to see and do, there is only one place where every day over 220 world-famous celebrities provide you with the experience of a lifetime. Become a star at Madame Tussauds New York with over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment located in the heart of Times Square. Gossip with Hollywood's hottest celebrities, give an earful to world leaders, or take your photo with historical icons. Get up close with Justin Bieber, Diddy, Robert Pattinson, Lady Gaga, and so many more.
NEW this year is Marvel Super Heroes 4D! Step inside the top secret command center to unlock your powers alongside the Hulk, Spider-Man and more. Pass their tests and advance to the thrilling finale, the Marvel Superheroes Cinema 4D Experience. Don't miss this all new interactive adventure!
Maestro brings to life the story of conductor Arturo Toscanini, who bravely opposed fascism in Italy and America. The show is a moving theatrical experience that draws on his passionate personal letters along with music of his contemporaries. Audience members enter the mind of an artist.
Presented by the critically acclaimed Ensemble for the Romantic Century, this production combines theater, music, and multimedia, offering a unique experience for patrons.
Theaterlab presents the world premiere of Magdalena, an intimate multimedia solo work by the award-winning filmmaker and Guggenheim Fellow Gabri Christa. Utilizing storytelling, visuals, and dance, the artist reveals a deeply personal account of experiencing her Dutch mother's dementia and an effort to piece together her past, marked by struggles with war, interracial marriage, and unconventional motherhood.
The titular character — Josephina Magdalena Aleida de Jong — lived a remarkable life. Born in Holland to a modest Dutch family, she survived the severe bombing of her hometown of Rotterdam during World War II and lived to meet a handsome middle-class black man from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, who became her husband. When Magdalena's memories started to fade, her daughter, Gabri Christa, took on the task of rebuilding her mother's life through stories, dance, and images. The resulting 60-minute multimedia piece is part family album, part story of love and race, but above all, a reckoning with the harrowing consequences of a devastating illness that affects an increasing percentage of the world's population.
The NoMad, in collaboration with theory11, presents The Magician, an intimate evening of magic, mystery, and deception, starring Dan White.
Dan White is a magician, creator, consultant, and performer. Over the past 20 years, he's created magic on stage and screen around the world. Most recently, Dan was featured on the Discovery Channel special The Supernaturalist and White Magic on the Travel Channel. In 2014, Dan served as a creative consultant to Kanye West, collaborating on iconic, magic visuals for the YEEZUS tour. Prior to that, Dan consulted on-site in Las Vegas with legendary illusionist David Copperfield. Dan is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The benefit begins with cocktails, followed by dinner and a tribute to multi-Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters. Proceeds from this event support Manhattan Theatre Club's mission as a nonprofit theater company that produces contemporary plays on and off-Broadway, nurtures new talent through its artistic development program, and connects young people with theater as a source of joy, understanding, and self-expression through its esteemed education program.
Women get the last laugh as men go over the hill!
Middle age was never so funny! Four guys finally open up and confess the agony and hilarity of going through MANOPAUSE. Ladies, now is your chance to find out what men are really thinking as they navigate everything from the depths of expanding waistlines to the heights of Viagra. And all's well that ends well as our midlife quartet concludes with the rousing revelation that you'll never be younger than you are today!
Masseur meets the #MeToo era as it exposes the power, race, and class dynamics in today's massage industry. A moving and suspenseful coming-of-age journey of Jose, a queer Latinx massage therapist new to NYC, the raw story is told through a unique interplay of live cello, intentional movement, and dialogue.
Mean Girls is now a ferociously funny new musical from director Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin), composer Jeff Richmond (30 Rock), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), and book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock).
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns the hard way that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
Produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures, Mean Girls gets to the hilarious heart of what it means to be a true friend, a worthy nemesis, and above all, a human being.
This dynamic rock musical follows a group of first-year medical students as they grapple with their lives, loves, and the rigors of their education. Join the class!
"Look to your left. Look to your right. One of you won't be here to graduate"
Each week, the Magnet Theater's resident ensembles converge for a night of improv comedy. The night might include anything from monoscenes to Harolds (long-form improv acts that begin with a suggestion from the audience). Because Megawatt's format gets changed more frequently than a lightbulb, returning audience members can expect to be dazzled every time.
This audacious musical about a trio of friends in showbiz who fall apart and come together over two decades emerges as newly personal and passionate in this revival from Fiasco Theater. The ensemble brings to life a reimagination of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's creation in an emotionally rich production that confronts the pains and pleasures of fame, fortune, and old friends.
Dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," this multi-platinum-selling entertainer brings his impeccable interpretative skills to some of the greatest tunes of the 20th century with his Sinatra Centennial Celebration, an intimate evening celebrating the anniversary of the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra.
In 2008, Nathan Lane introduced New York City theatergoers to Mike Birbiglia by presenting Birbiglia's solo theater debut, Sleepwalk With Me, which went on to be adapted into a New York Times bestselling book and a Sundance-award-winning feature film of the same name. Now The New One, a new comedy written and performed by Birbiglia, plays the Cherry Lane Theatre. Seth Barrish (Thank God for Jokes) directs; set design is by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt (On The Town).
Steve Cohen, "The Millionaires' Magician," is proud to present the world's most exclusive magic show, Miracles at Midnight.
Held once a month at midnight in New York City's famed Waldorf Towers, the show seats twenty guests only.
You will experience Cohen's one-of-a-kind miracles up close, and will be inches away from the magic. Indeed, some of the magic will take place in your own hands and inside your own mind.
Watch as Cohen will:
· Perform unique sleight of hand and mind reading · Move objects without touching them. · Tap into the thoughts of audience members he has never met before.
In Miracles at Midnight, Cohen combines favorites from his long-running show, Chamber Magic, along with a dozen miracles that have previously been reserved for his private performances.
Witness some of the wonders he has personally performed for Warren Buffett, Barry Diller, David Rockefeller, Michael Bloomberg, Jack Welch, Martha Stewart, Stephen Sondheim, the Queen of Morocco, and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
The result will be a night you'll talk about and remember for years.
Cocktail attire required.
MacArthur Genius Award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro returns to the Public Theater with the New York premiere of his stirring drama about love, immigration, and sacrifice, inspired by the ancient Greek story of Medea. Directed by Chay Yew (Oedipus El Rey), his play combines ancient storytelling with the most pressing issues facing our country today. Mojada follows a young Mexican mother who gives up everything to bring her son to America, only to find America demands even more.
Spanning 1915 to 1919 and set against the backdrop of Italian immigration in Boston's North End, Molasses in January is a charming historical musical that tells the story of Anna, a single mother doing her best to raise her children in a world caught up in the turmoil of World War One. As rumors grow about the construction of an enormous molasses tank that will be used to make liquor and gunpowder for the war, so do hopes for prosperity. But on an unusually warm January day, the tank suddenly bursts. Two million gallons of molasses come pouring down around Anna, and her family discovers that life can change in a moment. The music of Molasses in January is performed in the traditional style of the Great American Song Book, similar to Fiddler on the Roof and Gypsy.
Magical Nights Inc. presents New York's longest running magic series, Monday Night Magic. Every show features a minimum of six internationally renowned magicians performing in an intimate theatrical setting. The fun continues during intermission as sleight-of-hand close-up magicians mingle with the audience. Monday Night Magic performers have been featured on numerous television shows, including ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's Early Show, NBC's Today Show and most recently on The Wall Street Journal Report. Visit www.mondaynightmagic.com for more information on upcoming performers.
In Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, the struggle is real for Olga, Masha, and Irina — siblings who are not super-thrilled to be stuck in rural Russia circa 1900. In Halley Feiffer's contemporary reimagining of Chekhov's Three Sisters, we follow the joys and heartbreaks of one lovably dysfunctional family over the course of several pivotal years in a world that proves to be eerily similar to the one we live in today. Directed by Trip Cullman, this new black comedy tackles the absurdity of the privileged class and the power of love in a fresh twist on a classic tale that reveals itself to be far more relevant, than like, ever before.
Can a mother love her son too much? Anne has given everything to the family she's built. Now the years have gone by and her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own, leaving her alone in a world that is crumbling around her.
Starring Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert (Elle), The Mother is a captivating and disquieting new play about a woman grasping for stability. Written by acclaimed French writer Florian Zeller (The Father) and translated by Christopher Hampton (Atonement), The Mother will leave you questioning the very nature of reality in its U.S. premiere.
Multi-Academy Award nominee and multi-Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Glenn Close (Sunset Boulevard) returns in a breathtaking new play by Emmy winner Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge).
Mother of the Maid tells the story of Joan of Arc's mother (Close), a sensible, hardworking, God-fearing peasant woman whose faith is upended as she deals with the baffling journey of her odd and extraordinary daughter. This riveting play is an epic tale told through an unexpected and remarkable perspective. Emmy nominee Matthew Penn (The Sopranos) directs this deeply moving drama about the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child.
Belgian director Jan Fabre's monumental masterpiece, Mount Olympus: To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy (A 24-Hour Performance), will have its North American premiere with a one-time-only performance at NYU Skirball on November 10-11. Mount Olympus is a graphic, Dionysian orgy of madness, murder and that invites audiences to join its 27 performers in a transformative, 24-hour catharsis. It is a hallucinatory, modern vision of Homeric themes and characters, blending dance, poetry, and music with stories of murder, rampant sexuality, death, and raving madness.
Mount Olympus is performed without intermission, for 24 hours straight, allowing audiences and performers share a vivid emotional connection. The outside world is shut out, and time plays a leading role. The performers wake and sleep onstage, and rest areas will be set up in the NYU Skirball lobbies for audience members who wish to nap. Coffee, food, yoga, Tarot readings, relaxation activities, and other events will be available.
Ever dream of making a movie? Now you can as you team up with the Exuberant Theatre Company for The Movies —Improvised!<b/> No need for a huge cast and crew or shiny special effects; all this classic-in-the-making needs is your hilarious suggestions! The troupe of improv experts will then take your off-the-wall ideas and somehow make them into an original blockbuster — totally in the moment. Plus, if you're celebrating a special occasion, you can even score a cameo! Don't miss this fun send-up of Hollywood at the Broadway Comedy Club in New York City's Theater District.
The mob just made a hit, but everyone will live to talk about it. And talking they are because when the "boys" get together, it's a scream! Join this interactive show for a private audience with the Don; maybe he'll make you an offer you can't refuse. Mingle with mobsters and molls, meet the new "Boss of Bosses," break bread and heads with wiseguys and Mafia princesses. Sure, you'll be ducking bullets over Broadway, but that won't stop the fun! Eat, drink, dance, and be merry. You might just die laughing!
This two and a half hour comedy mystery includes a three-course sit-down dinner and dancing. Audience members even have the chance to solve the case and win prizes. Seven prizes are awarded at every performance and include "Academy Awards" for the best actor and actress in the audience.
When the Museum of Sex first emerged on New York City's Fifth Avenue on October 5, 2002, it was without precedent in the museum world.
In the past seven years, the Museum of Sex has generated 14 exhibitions and 5 virtual installations, each in keeping with the Museum's mission of advocating open discourse surrounding sex and sexuality as well as striving to present to the public the best in current scholarship unhindered by self-censorship. With each new exhibition, lecture series, event and publication, the Museum of Sex is committed to addressing a wide range of topics, while simultaneously highlighting material and artifacts from different continents, cultures, time periods and media.
The Museum's permanent collection of over 15,000 artifacts is comprised of works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions and historical ephemera. Additionally, the museum houses both a research library as well as an extensive multimedia library, which includes 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, BETA, VHS and DVDs. From fine art to historical ephemera to film, the Museum of Sex preserves an ever-growing collection of sexually related objects that would otherwise be destroyed and discarded due to their sexual content.
They say that laughter is the best medicine, but for one comedian suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, it just might be psychedelic mushrooms. The Mushroom Cure is the hilarious, harrowing, and heartrending tale of how, inspired by a scientific study, Adam Strauss tried to treat his severe OCD with psychedelics. After extended sold-out runs in New York City and San Francisco, this show returns to New York for a limited engagement, starring Strauss and directed by Jonathan Libman.
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own Musical Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with a completely improvised musical. No two shows are the same; come see what your favorites are up to this week!
Winner of a 2018 Tony Award!
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956. The legendary original production won six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and ran for 2,717 performances, making it, at the time, the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
Boasting a score that contains such now-classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain in Spain," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," Lincoln Center Theater's production of My Fair Lady is directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher. The stellar cast — led by Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, and Diana Rigg — tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady."
Renée Taylor looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway — and just as many fad diets. A self-described "diet junkie," Taylor, in My Life on a Diet, dishes out juicy anecdotes about (and weight loss tips from) such Hollywood legends as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant. (Taylor used to think that if she ate like a star, she just might live like one). By sharing her highs and lows — on and off the scale — Taylor shows how the ability to laugh can get you through it all.
Naked Boys Singing! consists of six adult males doing what the title declares. Whether exposing the anxiety of a high school locker room or revealing the joys of performing nude, the uninhibited singing of these "boys" celebrates the male anatomy with wit and explicitness. And not only do they perform in the buff; many are buff themselves. Each member of the cast performs a solo tune as well as in ensemble pieces. Get excited: Every penile synonym known to man is referenced in this show.
By the author of the rollicking, award-winning Broadway comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, The Nap is a funny look at the world of snooker — the British version of pool. Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young star, arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by 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 who include his ex-convict dad, saucy mum, quick-tongued manager, and a renowned gangster to boot. The Nap is a fast-paced comedy thriller with an exciting twist: The tournament unfolds live onstage. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan directs.
Napoleon by Stanley Kubrick is to be presented for the first time on a staged version adapted by David Serero starring as Napoleon. On August 20 and 23 at 8pm, the wish of legendary film director Stanley Kubrick will finally become reality during this stage adaptation of his most documented and largest film project: Napoleon. David Serero is adapting the screenplay, written in 1969, by Stanley Kubrick for the first time on the stage. This film project is often qualified as the Greatest Movie Never Made. The staged-reading performances, in authentic costumes, will take place at the unique decor of the Orensanz Foundation.
Dive into an ocean of fun at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, the new immersive entertainment adventure in the heart of Times Square.
Instead of taking animals out of their homes, Encounter's groundbreaking technology transports you to theirs as your friends and family take an unforgettable walk-through journey across the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, you'll explore a luminous coral reef at night, swim through a kelp forest maze, play with mischievous sea lions, escape a magnificent 3-D feeding frenzy, and much more.
You'll then become an Ocean Hero in Exploration Hall, where you'll hear breathtaking stories from National Geographic explorers, play ocean gaming challenges, and take a pledge to support our natural wonders in everyday life.
Fathoms of fun await you at National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, the perfect experience before or after your Broadway show!
National Theatre Live is the National Theatre's groundbreaking project to broadcast world-class theater to cinemas in the UK and internationally. The initiative launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of the National Theatre production of Phèdre starring Helen Mirren. Since then, broadcasts have included Danny Boyle's Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller; War Horse; Man and Superman with Ralph Fiennes; and Everyman with Chiwetel Ejiofor. Each broadcast is filmed in front of a live audience in the theater, with cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the "best seat in the house" view.
For information about upcoming broadcasts, click here.
Nederlands Dans Theater 2 will kick off its 2019 US tour with a program of four works. The program will feature a New York premiere and a repertoire favorite by house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, and American premieres by associate choreographer Marco Goecke and Edward Clug.
Nederlands Dans Theater, under the artistic direction of Paul Lightfoot, is one of the world's leading contemporary dance companies. In 1978, NDT 2 was founded to develop young talent for the main company. Since then, NDT 2 has developed into an independent company with its very own repertory, now under the artistic direction of Nancy Euverink. Following the success of NDT's 2016 engagement at City Center, NDT 2 will kick off their US tour with an exciting program of established and new pieces.
From London's National Theatre comes Network, a stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet. The production stars Tony, Olivier, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). Tony and Olivier Award winner Ivo van Hove (The Damned) directs this adaptation by fellow Tony and Olivier Award winner Lee Hall (Billy Elliot).
Howard Beale, news anchorman, isn't pulling in viewers. In his final broadcast, he unravels live on screen. But when ratings soar, the network seizes on its newfound populist prophet, and Howard becomes the biggest thing on TV. Network depicts a media landscape where opinion trumps fact. Hilarious and hair-raising by turns, the iconic film ("I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!") won four Academy Awards in 1976.
You know that thing you're worried about? Us too.
A modern musical comedy with a psychiatric twist, Neurosis is a story about finding happiness, falling in love, and dealing with that little voice in your head along the way.
The New Victory Theater is dedicated to bringing high-quality international productions to New York kids and families. Starting September 28, the 2018-19 season includes nine US premieres among its 16 productions of theater, circus, dance, puppetry, and music from nine different countries around the world.
Click here for a complete list of shows in the 2018-19 season.
New York Broadway Tours, combining the rich history of New York's musical theatre scene with real New York actors who are also professional licensed tour guides!
New York Broadway Tours is a unique experience! These gifted actors, singers, dancers have a passion for sharing their love of the stage and the city with you! Think of the tour as the equivalent to an interactive walking, talking, singing Broadway show where YOU get the chance to be a STAR!
It's great for kids of all ages and definitely a Broadway show you will never forget.
The New York Pops hosts its annual cabaret fundraiser, this year starring Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Faith Prince. One of Broadway's leading ladies, Prince is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls opposite Nathan Lane. This event includes a pre-concert champagne reception, a music education demonstration led by PopsEd teaching artists, and dinner with wine pairings, followed by Prince's performance.
Proceeds from the event support the New York Pops's PopsEd music programs, which reach more than 5,000 New York City students each year throughout NYC's five boroughs. PopsEd allows students of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable music programs that blend traditional education with fun, using composition, lyrics-writing, performance, and mentorship to foster learning and creativity.
Love movies? Love the people who love them too? You'll find plenty of both at The New York Times Film Club. The club offers members tickets to their choice of 12 new preview screenings from among dozens presented annually.
Enjoy the Ride TM-With a guide! The only harbor cruise that lets you hop off, explore, then hop on again! Take an express trip from West 44th St. to Battery Park, then to South Street Seaport and across the East River to Brooklyn's DUMBO Fulton Ferry Landing-then back up to West 44th St.! Get amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge and visit New York's bustling waterfront neighborhoods along our guided tour! Additionally you can package your Hop-On/Hop-Off cruise with a visit to the national September 11 Memorial. As the select transportation partner of the 9/11 Memorial, free Memorial Visitor passes are offered with the purchase of a select Hop-On/Hop-Off Combo ticket. The timed visitor passes allow passengers to plan their visit to the 9/11 Memorial at a select time that coordinates with a designated boat departure. *Good for up to 4 people
NEWSical the Musical lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. No one in the news is safe! With songs and material updated regularly, this topical musical revue is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof!
In 2010 NEWSical received two Drama Desk Award nominations: one for for Outstanding Musical Revue and one for Outstanding Lyrics. The lyrics were written by Rick Crom, who also composed the music.
At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They're both liberal. They're both women. They're both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they're in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen — and facing stunning implications that can't be undone. Written with truth and humor by Eleanor Burgess, this resonant work is directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced).
No Exit — the beautifully wicked play by Jean-Paul Sartre. Three people are lead to a pleasant room where they are to spend eternity. All three know that in life, they were not the best of people and so expect to be tortured by demons. Slowly, their true and more horrible punishment is revealed to them.
In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms taking care of her brothers for her mostly absent mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his father in Hong Kong. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. The New York premiere of Nomad Motel, written by Carla Ching, is a surprising tale of kids raising themselves and making something out of nothing in the land of plenty.
Eight years ago, Noura and her family fled their home in Iraq. Today, she plans the perfect Christmas dinner to celebrate their new life in New York. But when the arrival of a visitor stirs up long-buried memories, she and her husband are forced to confront the cost of their choices and retrace the past they left behind. With compassion and startling clarity, Heather Raffo's play charts the intricate pathways of motherhood and marriage — and the fragile architecture of what we call home.
Leon and Harvey have come to this rooftop overlooking a parade to conduct an assassination of a prominent citizen. When Nicky arrives, the plan is thrown into disarray as she argues against this action. But what could be the justification for this planned crime? It is not what one would expect and, when revealed, questions the very ambiguity of morality
During the German occupation of Denmark in World War II, the Nazis closed down Jewish-owned businesses and began to round up the Jews for relocation to concentration camps for the Final Solution. Danish freedom fighters of all ages risked everything in daring, hurried attempts to rescue the entire Jewish population. In this stirring new play, young Annemarie and Kirsti Johansen face soldiers, interrogations, fierce dogs, personal danger, the loss of loved ones and their own fears as they try to help their friend Ellen Rosen escape across the ocean to Sweden and safely. Courage, faith, ingenuity, and even their fledgling acting skills eventually win the day. All the drama, pathos, adventure, terror, and humor that have made Number the Stars a national best seller (and winner of the Newberry Award and the American Library Association Book of the Year Award) come to life in this powerful adaptation.
The musical nightclub phenomenon NYC Dueling Pianos is proud to announce its triumphant return to Times Square. Having played to sold-out crowds across the country, the critically-acclaimed interactive concert is preparing to come back to it's original location at the HA! Comedy Club.
You want A-list laughs on a D-list budget? Then come to the Broadway Comedy Club! You can enjoy shows every night in an intimate setting with great food and drinks. The lineup of comedians includes the hottest TV headliners from Comedy Central and late-night television as well as New York City's rising stars — this is your chance to see them before they make it big! Plus, if you're from out of town, you'll have a real NYC story to tell your friends back home.
Past headliners include...
Josh Spear (Last Comic Standing; Late Night With Conan O'Brien)
Pat Dixon (Comedy Central Presents)
Aaron Haber (Comedy Central's The Watch List; Friars' Club)
Shannon Sutherland (Maxim Radio)
Rob O'Reilly (The Tonight Show; Live at Gotham)
Dean Obeidallah (Comedy Central's Axis of Evil)
Dave Konig (HBO)
The short two-act play is set in the foreseeable future, when the world is nearing its end. An older man, a young man, and a woman, all British expats, are sheltering from nearby bomb blasts in a bleak room. They cope by taunting each other with warped games of verbal wordplay and by blurring each other's realities while losing touch with their own. The older man is the uncle of the younger man, who is a punk rocker. The woman, wife of the older man, is a former Rockette of Sephardic Jewish heritage. The trio's ordeal is meant to offer a bleak glimpse at life in the wake of a dystopian presidency, where wars will abound, words will have lost their meaning, and people will have lost their way.
Multi-Tony Award nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is the author of the world-premiere musical Octet, directed by Annie Tippe (Ghost Quartet).
Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st-century technology.
Based on the popular NBC sitcom, The Office! A Musical Parody highlights a typical day at Scranton's third largest paper company, Dunder Mifflin. For no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees in an immersive parody experience during which audiences "work" with all their favorite officemates.
Cowboy Curly and farm girl Laurey are taking their sweet time falling in love. Can these stubborn romantics admit their feelings before it's too late? Passion and laughter blossom in a land where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain. The legendary score — including "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'," "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top," and the rousing title tune — is by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics). This production, reimagined by Daniel Fish, brings audiences and artists together under the vast canopy of St. Ann's Warehouse and makes the classic musical feel fresh and revelatory — as though it were written for today's America.
Daisy Gamble is a woman of extrasensory talents — she sings and flowers bloom, and she always knows where you've placed your keys — but it's her smoking habit that leads her to Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist who attempts to hypnotize her addiction away. In Daisy, Dr. Bruckner discovers the case — and perhaps the love — of his life as he unlocks her past self, an 18th-century British aristocrat named Melinda Welles. Mark becomes increasingly enamored of Melinda as he watches her relive her great love affair with Edward Moncrief. All is going well until Mark decides to publish his findings, and Daisy realizes she's been unwittingly along for the ride!
This 1965 musical by Burton Lane (composer) and Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) has one of Broadway's most beautiful scores, including the songs "What Did I Have That I Don't Have?" and the title number. The Irish Rep production of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever stars Tony Award nominee Stephen Bogardus (Bright Star), John Cudia (The Phantom of the Opera), and Tony nominee Melissa Errico (Finian's Rainbow). Charlotte Moore has adapted the original and directs.
Bill Irwin can't escape Samuel Beckett. He has spent a lifetime captivated by the Irish writer's language. In this intimate performance, Irwin explores a performer's relationship to Beckett, mining the physical and verbal skills acquired in his years as a master clown and Tony Award-winning actor. Irwin's approach to the comic, the tragic, to every side of Beckett's work — including Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Texts for Nothing — allows audiences to experience the language in compelling new ways. Whether you're encountering the Nobel Prize winner's writing for the first time or building on a body of Beckett knowledge, this dynamic showcase is not to be missed.
Take a city tour with On Location Tours, a one-of-a-kind company that takes you past the doorsteps of your favorite television and movie characters and real-life celebrities. Straddle fiction and reality while you shop, eat, drink, and dance at the sites you've seen on both the big and small screens!
All tours are led by local actors and actresses - so come prepared to sing along to your favorite theme songs and answer trivia questions!
Bus tours offered include: New York TV and Movie Sites, Sex and the City Hotspots, Sopranos Sites, and Gossip Girl Sites. Walking tours offered include: Central Park Movie Sites
What do you get when you combine some of the best vocalists in New York with world-class improvisers? You get a brand new type of show, where a new musical is created each night...On the Spot.
Set in Blackpool, England, 1953, not long after Queen Elizabeth's coronation, this real-life story is packed with gritty Northern comedy coupled with a heartbreaking emotional punch. Yorkshire miners Eddy and Tommy head to Blackpool with most of their town for the annual Pit Close Wakes holiday. However, Eddy had almost missed the bus and turns up with no suitcase. Now the lads have checked into the surprisingly empty Withering Heights on Sea guesthouse, run by the caustic and alarmingly odd Gladys, her rebellious and very flirty daughter Maureen, and the infamous Red Ethel, ex-communist stripper show girl. Upstairs, Mr. Elbridge is trying to muster the courage to unleash any of his three female alter egos and walk the fabled transvestite walk from north to south pier as a woman. As events unfold, six lives will be changed forever, and as Eddy reveals a shocking truth, it will lead to a lifetime of activism: the fight for equality and freedom for the LGBT community.
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical!
The sweeping theatrical power of Once on This Island comes through in the universal tale of Ti Moune (2018 Tony Award nominee Hailey Kilgore), a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Darlesia Cearcy, Glee's Alex Newell, Greenleaf's Merle Dandridge, and Cats's Quentin Earl Darrington), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
The groundbreaking vision of multi-Tony-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live) has resulted in a world where the timeless power of theater brings people together, moves our hearts, and helps us weather the storm. With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, Once on This Island is a testament to theater's unlimited possibilities.
This comic and progressive retelling of The Princess and the Pea will make you rethink your expectations of fairy tales. Once Upon a Mattress tells the story of the brave and strong Princess Winnifred who comes to the rescue of a kingdom in need of a new outlook on love, leadership, and life. Filled with hummable tunes, raucous comedy, fabulous dance numbers, and a happily-ever-after, this musical will appeal to audiences of all ages.
The Ones Upstairs is a comedic, heartwarming New York tale highlighting the connection and whimsical interactions between the living and the dead. The audience follows the life of a young man named Neil who has terrible luck in love. Unbeknownst to Neil, much of his disastrous bad fortune is due to his dead, overbearing mother, Elaine, meddling in his love life. Drama unfolds as Neil seeks to break his unlucky dating streak, while simultaneously helping his father find love again. An endearingly nosy upstairs neighbor, Millie, and her smooth-talking late husband, Fonzie, are among the quirky characters who interfere in Neil's romantic escapades as the story progresses.
Ordinary Days is a refreshingly humorous and inspiring musical about making simple connections in a chaotic city. Written by Adam Gwon, one of musical theater's most exciting new composers, Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways as they search for success, happiness, love, and taxis.
Josh Cohen just can't get a break. He's single, broke, and to top it all off, his apartment's been robbed of everything but a Neil Diamond CD. Soon, though, his luck takes a turn when a mysterious envelope arrives that changes his life forever. The Other Josh Cohen is a romantic musical comedy directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster.
Twentysomething and brilliant, Cat is a journalist at the top of her game: tack-sharp, ambitious, and rapidly establishing her place in the field. Until she meets Guy — magnetic, devilishly charming, and married — and the attrition begins. Charting their spiky relationship over eight years in a rapidly changing America, Halley Feiffer's harrowing comedy sheds light on how we perpetuate our roles within a patriarchal culture — and on the promise of a new paradigm.
Arist, writer, performer, and National Book Award winner Patti Smith tells stories from her life, family, and work. Patti Smith: Words and Music at the Minetta Lane features original spoken-word performance interwoven with music from Smith's beloved catalogue, creating a one-of-a-kind intimate portrait of this pioneering artist.
Perfect Crime is a thriller about three psychiatrists, a detective, a crazy patient, and at least one dead body. A man is murdered...or is he? Did his wife kill him? The detective investigating the case thinks so — until he starts to fall in love with her and the husband mysteriously reappears. The plot includes Gone Girlish and Agatha Christiesque twists and turns. Audiences member don't have to navigate them all by themselves, though. There's an "answer key" for people to review after the show if they're still trying to figure out what happened and how.
After freshman Joni joins sorority Theta Beta, she learns that sisterhood means more than the colors you wear. Accompanied by her troubled best friend Kate, Joni spirals down a rabbit hole of bulimia dream ballets, Bachelor restoration comedies, and Dirty Disney ragers. Confronted with a world that confounds her expectations, Joni forces all the members of Theta Beta to ask: What do women owe other women? Period Sisters, a 2018 O'Neill finalist, creates a searing portrait of life as a young 21st century woman. A fierce new voice in the American theater, playwright Ali Viterbi mixes fun with fury, creating the feminist theater you didn't know you needed.
Permission to Speak With Paul Mecurio is a theater experience starring you, the audience, and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning actor-comedian Paul Mecurio (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert). In this hilarious, unscripted, interactive performance, Mecurio randomly selects audience members, improvises with them onstage, and through simple conversation, draws out amazing, funny, and eye-opening stories about people's lives and what they think without feeling boxed in by contrived political correctness. A breath of fresh air, Permission to Speak takes the audience on a fun, entertaining, revealing, and liberating journey.
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
This mega-musical classic is the longest-running show in Broadway history. Indeed, it is entirely likely that there are cast members currently in the show who were born after The Phantom of the Opera's opening night on Broadway in 1988. Based on Gaston Leroux's 1909 novel, Phantom centers on the hideously deformed "phantom" who lurks beneath the Paris Opera and on the object of his obsession, the young soprano Christine, whom he is determined to make a star and thereby win her affections. With a timeless score and a design that reinvented the stage spectacular forever, Phantom is a must-see on Broadway.
The show has something for everyone but will be especially enjoyed by devotees of the mega-musicals of the 1980s and '90s. If you love Les Misérables, Cats, or Miss Saigon, you'll love Phantom too. It has also become very popular with non-English speaking tourists who can enjoy the melodic score and breathtaking set as they follow the action onstage.
Winner of a 2017 Tony Award!
The time is right to see The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway's funniest and longest-running play! This Olivier Award-winning comedy is a hilarious hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes. Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can't play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
Love at first sight, blind dates, late night hook-ups, and ugly break-ups (among other dramas of dating life in NYC) unfold in this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience comprised of short plays about love and relationships set throughout Fat Baby's three levels. The production encourages audience members to interact with characters, grab drinks, and commiserate with other patrons as they choose what to watch and which stories to follow.
The Play/Date experience begins the moment tickets are reserved. Audience members can log on to their social media accounts (from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram) to friend and follow the characters they will meet upon arriving at Fat Baby. The relationships of their new "friends" explode when they meet this motley crew of soul mates, missed connections, and everyone in between (including the bartenders and cocktail waitresses uniting them all). With a guest DJ providing a score, Play/Date creates an electrifying mash-up of live performance, digital communication, and New York nightlife.
Theo and Cecily want to be honest about their sexual histories, but what happens when telling the truth jeopardizes everything? A contemporary queer love story, Plot Points in Our Sexual Development explores gender, intimacy, and the dangers of revealing yourself to the person you love.
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
Combining comedy cabaret with progressive political parody, Sandy and Richard Riccardi have over 15 million views on social media and will be performing at the beautiful Metropolitan Room on August 9 at 7pm.
Welcome to Popcorn Falls, a small American town, whose only claim to fame — its namesake waterfall — has dried up. Now bankrupt, the town's last chance is a large grant that can only be used if the residents produce a play in a week. One big problem: ain't no playhouse. Another problem? Ain't no play. But led by the mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge and prove that art can change the world.
This production is directed by multi-Tony Award winner Christian Borle, making his New York directorial debut. Borle reunites with playwright and actor James Hindman after their collaboration on the premiere of Popcorn Falls at the Riverbank Theatre in Marine City, Michigan.
Porter Carroll, Jr of Hall & Oates and Atlantic star, along with The Tambourine Band featuring Wali Ali, Eric Perez, Danny Obadia & Kevin Hill begin their much anticipated Residency at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan. It's the ultimate baby boomers musical buffet; the Contemporary American songbook tantalizingly reworked into something fresh, imaginative and ultramodern, while constantly reflecting the roots of these sophisticated and powerful players. The entire show runs the gamut from R& B and improvisational Jazz to soul,funk,blues, rock & roll and more. It is a bold and daring nightclub act for the modern world.
Fascist, prisoner, immigrant, and mental illness patient, poet Ezra Pound wielded words as powerful weapons and remains one of the 20th century's most divisive and influential literary figures. During World War II, Pound made propaganda broadcasts for Benito Mussolini's government and as a result, was charged with treason. However, before he could be tried, Pound was declared mentally unfit to stand trial and was remanded to the custody of St. Elizabeth's Psychiatric Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he remained from 1945 to 1958, when the indictment was dismissed and he was ultimately released. Pound then returned to Italy and settled in Venice, where he died as a semi-recluse in 1972. Drama Desk and multi-Emmy Award-winning actor Christopher Lloyd stars as Pound.
Every week the cast takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a fully crafted musical. Each character is made up on the spot, as are the song-and-dance numbers! Led by Magnet Theater musical director Frank Spitznagel, Premiere: The Improvised Musical features a cast whose professional credits include Comedy Central, HBO, and Second City.
Vivian and Edward are unlikely soulmates who overcome all odds to find each other…and themselves. Experience moments from the beloved movie — and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way — in this dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages. Brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical may just lift your spirits and lighten your heart.
This show is a world premiere stage production featuring direction and choreography by multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), an original score by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams ("Summer of '69") and his longtime songwriting partner, Jim Vallance, and a book by the movie's director, Garry Marshall, and J.F. Lawton, the film's screenwriter. The musical stars stage, television, and film actor Samantha Barks (Les Misérables) as Vivian. Starring opposite her is Tony and Grammy winner Steve Kazee (Once) as Edward, with Tony nominee Orfeh (Legally Blonde) as Kit, Eric Anderson (Waitress) as Mr. Thompson, Jason Danieley (The Full Monty) as Philip Stuckey, and Kingsley Leggs (Sister Act) as James Morse.
Peter Brook (multi-Tony Award, multi-Emmy Award, and Olivier Award winner) and his longtime collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne examine the complexities of crime, justice, and compassion in a breathtaking new international production The Prisoner. A man sits alone outside a prison. Who is he, and what is he doing there? Is he free, or is he the prisoner?
Brook, an English theater artist and recognized as one of the most influential directors working today, has been based in France since the early 1970s. The Prisoner makes its New York premiere, codirected by Brook and Estienne.
Private Peaceful is a new solo play adapted and directed by Simon Reade from the award-winning young adult novel by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse). It follows the life of a young soldier, Thomas ''Tommo'' Peaceful, facing the firing squad for cowardice. As Tommo sits in his cell awaiting sunrise, he thinks back on the events that made him the person he is now. Tommo recounts memories of growing up with his elder brother, Charlie. They did everything together. They went to school together, faced their problems together, ate together, and slept in the same bed. They even loved the same girl…but now they have to face the many facets of war together. Can a bond and loyalty between brothers overcome the brutality of the front lines and bring them safely home? When the lines of heroism and cowardice collide, what can one man or even a brother do to fight the injustices of it all? This play highlights the horrors of war while celebrating the joyfulness of life.
Each month, Gingold Theatrical Group presents a different play by George Bernard Shaw (or his contemporaries). GTG is the first group to ever present performances of all of Shaw's 65 plays! This script-in-hand series is always packed with theatrical enthusiasts eager to share Shaw's comedic theatrical pieces, all embracing his bold humanitarian precepts encouraging human rights and free speech for all. Every play is presented as a staged reading by a specially assembled, star-studded cast. The reading is followed by a spirited talkback with the cast and an international team of Shavians.
We've got trouble, folks, right here in Indiana! When Broadway's brassiest hear a student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom — and the press is involved — they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. A new musical comedy showcasing the power of love (and a good 11 o'clock number), The Prom is about so much more than just a dance.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon), The Prom features a book by Tony winner Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Tony nominee Chad Beguelin (Aladdin), music by Tony nominee Matthew Sklar (Elf), and lyrics by Tony nominee Chad Beguelin. It stars Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!), Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), multi-Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (Shrek the Musical), and others. Scenic design is by Tony winner Scott Pask (The Book of Mormon), costume design by Tony winner Ann Roth (Shuffle Along) and Matthew Pachtman (Hello, Dolly!), lighting design by Tony winner Natasha Katz (Frozen), and sound design by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (Anastasia).
For seven years, a certain boy wizard went to a certain wizard school and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. Puffs; or, Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic is a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.
This clever and inventive play gives you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.
Note: Puffs matinees are fun for the whole family! On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the show has been lightly transfigured so that wizards ages eight and up can share in the magic of Puffs, and parents can relax knowing their kids won't learn any new curses. Evening shows, which include some adult language, are appropriate for ages 13 and up.
Pushkin, a new verse play written by Jonathan Leaf, examines the final two years in the life of Russia's most enduring poet, Alexander Pushkin. Always quick to take offense, delusional, jealous, forever in debt, and censored by Tsar Nicholas I, Pushkin chronicles the sufferings of an artist of modest rank and mixed race, the confrontation between his exceptional talent and a flawed society, and the painful choice between duty and personal happiness. In his struggles to end serfdom and reform his homeland, Pushkin, Russia's first literary superstar, raised his voice above exile and censorship to turn his art into a substitute for politics, poetically declaring, "Autocratic miscreant, Thee, thy throne I detest."
The Quantum Eye is Sam Eaton's entertaining and fascinating exploration of mentalism, magic, perception, and deception. Extraordinary ability and gentle humor blend with the audience to make for a different performance every time. Join Sam on a journey past the limits of possibility in a show you'll never forget. He's been dazzling audiences with his magic and mentalism show since 2006, making it the longest-running one-man off-Broadway magic show in New York.
Note: The Quantum Eye is sophisticated and family-friendly but may not be visually entertaining for children under 7 years of age.
This reimagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland includes elements of circus, opera, magic, and dance.
A secret redheaded revolutionary organization is taking matters into its own hands, fighting back against imminent extinction and standing up for the rights of redheads everywhere.
250 years from now, constructed humans are built in black market labs, Mars has become a forced labor camp, and underground outlaws are brewing rebellion. You might not remember how Beaux Weathers and her band of "illegal intelligence" fought for the right to exist, but Rags Parkland does. Back on Earth for the first time in 10 years, Rags plays the music that carried us to where we are today. But on this planet, the more things change, the more we stay the same.
Part dance-theater and part pop-culture collage, Raja Feather Kelly is UGLY, and this is the latest from the Warhol-obsessed, Black, Queer, Drama Queen of the feath3r theory, and his response to the dearth of nuanced black queer subjectivity in the mainstream. Raja Feather Kelly says, "I am an Ugly man. I am a queer of substance, color and depth, thoughts and expression — and I might even be said to possess magick. I am Ugly, understand, simply because you refuse to see me..."
Renascence is the story of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who lived 100 years ago and was 100 years ahead of her time. At 18, she wrote a poem that rocked the literary world and transformed this girl from rural Maine into a cause cèlébre. Vincent captivated everyone in her orbit and was hero-worshipped by young women for her unabashed intellect and frank sensuality. She worked her newfound fame, leaving in her wake broken relationships with those who believed in her before anybody else. In a New York premiere, composer Carmel Dean sets Millay's words to lush music, immersing the audience in this Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's groundbreaking but sometimes overlooked artistry and provocative point of view. Renascence has a book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), music by Dean (musical director of If/Then) and lyrics lifted from the poems of Millay herself. The show is directed by Jack Cummings III and Dick Scanlan.
Repertorio Español is a theater company that presents a rotating repertory of plays in Spanish. Works by both canonical authors (Lope de Vega, Calderón, García Lorca) and living writers are produced. In presenting these works, the company endeavors to bring the best of Spanish, Latin American, and Hispanic-American theater to a diverse audience, including Hispanics of all backgrounds and non-Spanish speakers. Plays are performed in Spanish with simultaneous translation to English via wireless headsets.
Karma, a black teenager in the foster care system, is looking for her foster brother, Terrell, who has gone missing within the Oblong — a fictional inner city that playwright Jonathan Payne describes as "an island isolated by poverty." Maybe Terrell has run away; maybe it's drugs; maybe he's dead; or maybe he's simply lost somewhere in the depths of an uncaring society. As Karma sleuths, she pries clues from a wide variety of characters: an undertaker who profits from abundant death, a veteran teacher with a poor recollection of his students, and several others, all of whom tend to be quick to disregard her.
Part tour and part show, The Ride is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that turns the streets of New York City into a stage. With stadium seating, 40 monitors, 3,000 LED lights, and surround sound, The Ride is the world's only moving theater. Its ensemble cast of singers, dancers, musicians, actors, and comedians appear along a 75-minute journey through Times Square and midtown Manhattan. These performers interact with RIDErs, engaging them through quizzes, facts, and shout-outs. At the same time, the RIDErs, who face sideways out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows, see Manhattan's iconic landmarks emerge in panoramic and vertical views. Students, adults, and seniors share this unforgettable NYC experience.
Singer-songwriter, actress, and producer Rita Wilson makes her return to Café Carlyle with Rita Wilson: Liner Notes. Rita Wilson's forthcoming residency will go "behind the music" to discover stories leading to songs that have become the soundtrack to so many lives. The performances will feature friends who just happen to have written some of the most memorable songs of this century and last — for fascinating revelations about how their creations came to be.
A loving recalibration of Shakespeare's eternal classic, Romeo/Juliet puts front and center the pratfalls, perils, pressures, pleasures, and pains of growing up — into our bodies, our beliefs, and our sexuality. Seen wholly through the eyes of its star-crossed lovers, it whittles Shakespeare's text into a tender and tragic celebration of youth, and an exploration of how we define desire in a world bound by chains of faith, family, media, and privilege. Romeo/Juliet asks what we honor most — where we came from, or who we are.
Torn Out Theater, famous for its outdoor, naked Shakespeare productions, returns to Prospect Park with Aphra Behn's famous Restoration comedy, The Rover. This will be the company's first mixed-gender play, and it will use full nudity as a celebration of body freedom and empowerment.
Set in Italy during Carnival, The Rover is a wild-eyed and transgressive story of love, deception, and liberty. For a few enchanted days, the nobility of Europe can become anyone they like — nuns turn into libertines, pirates into socialites, and lovers into strangers. Safe behind the secrecy of their masks, they mingle and play, looking for love, and finding danger.
Join us for New Pirate Onboarding as we muster our crew for the maiden voyage of the Pirate Ship Bumbo! We'll cover everything there is to know about how to be a successful pirate, starting of course with the history, applications, and proper appreciation of rum. Follow this tropical spirit from its origins in Persia, through the pivotal role it played in forging colonial empires on both sides of the Atlantic by powering the infamous Triangular Trade, to the creation of classic modern-day drinks like the daiquiri and the hurricane. Along the way, you'll be treated to three complimentary rum drinks, including authentic pirate recipes, while you enjoy traditional sea shanties woven into the Imbible's signature mix of comedy, science, history, and some of the best drinks in New York! Rum and Pirates is a can't-miss for all budding buccaneers seeking spirited adventure on the high seas!
Saturday at 6pm: the perfect time to get your jaded mind blown by four improv ensembles. Will the neighborhood kids be driven wild by their new forms and structures? Yes. Will you?
The Rundown features different groups at each performance that unite veteran performers with up-and-comers ready to bring it.
The evening is a dinner theater including a three-course meal and a unique David Serero performance of Russian classics and entertainment including singing, audience participation, stand-up comedy, and improvisation in the warm ambiance and unique decor of Onegin restaurant.
Based on the incredible life of 14th-century English mystic Margery Kempe and inspired by The Book of Margery Kempe, considered by many to be one of the first autobiographies in the English language, The Saintliness of Margery Kempe is a comedic tale about one woman's quest to define life by her own means in a world otherwise dominated by men. A uniquely funny, moving, and thought-provoking play, The Saintliness of Margery Kempe chronicles the journey of a woman ahead of her time as she aspires to saintliness while embarking on the travels of her incredible life.
Actor, writer, and former correspondent for The Daily Show, Aasif Mandvi revisits his acclaimed, Obie Award-winning one-man show 20 years after its celebrated premiere in NYC. Sakina's Restaurant, a vibrantly funny and touching story about identity, home, and opportunity, casts new light on the idea of the American dream and is a perfect vehicle for the dexterous and charming Mandvi.
Recent star of the acclaimed Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof and the lauded revival of Rags, Samantha Massell brings her solo show back to Feinstein's/54 Below. Featuring notable songs that shaped her career, as well as a few of her personal favorites, this event is an experience you don't want to miss. Join her as she journeys through her past, present, and future with music and stories and special guests.
With music by Frank Wildhorn and lyrics and book by Nan Knighton, The Scarlet Pimpernel is based on Baroness Orczy's 20th-century novel of the same name, which is set during the peak of the French Revolution and the fight for liberty, equality, and fraternity. The Scarlet Pimpernel tells the story of an English nobleman, Sir Percy Blakeney, who adopts a secret identity to battle the forces of evil during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. The story, whose events take place in England as well as France, looks penetratingly at life in 18th-century England. It also prefigured spy fiction and superhero stories, featuring a hero with an alias.
In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina's hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
Based on the movie of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star down on his luck. To make ends meet, he poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. After discovering the students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and win the Battle of the Bands.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd W