Theatre is abundant in October with 8 Broadway openings and 30 Off Broadway shows looking for an audience.
First up is The Lifespan Of A Fact opening October 18th. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale, directed by Leigh Silverman. Written by: Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell. Jim Fingal has a small job: to fact check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim Fingal’s boss has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D’Agata. And now, Jim Fingal has a huge problem: John made up the majority of his article. What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up?
Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery stars Elaine May, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges and David Cromer. A feisty Greenwich Village art dealer must give up her beloved gallery due to her advancing years. As time rearranges her world, she must rely more then ever on her family’s love, loyalty, and devotion. The show is directed by Lila Neugebauer and starts previews September 25th at John Golden Theatre, opens October 25th.
Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, opens October 21stat the Bernard B. Jacobs. Sam Mendes directs this play set in rural Northern Ireland in 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.
I have been waiting for 6 years for King Kong. This musical adaptation of Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace’s novella, had its world premiere at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Playing at the Broadway Theatre with their first preview October 5th, opening: November 8th.
Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale star in Christopher Demos-Brown American Son at the Booth Theatre. Kenny Leon directs this gripping tale of two parents caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance. First preview October 6th with an opening November 4th.
The acclaimed 2017 Off-Broadway revival of Torch Song is back. Transfering with its cast intact to The Hayes. Starring Michael Urie. First preview begins October 9th with an November 1st opening.
Highly touted, The Prom goes into the Longacre Theatre, October 21st with a November 15th opening. Written by Bob Martin (book), Chad Beguelin (lyrics), Matthew Sklar (music) Director Casey Nicholaw brings Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, Christopher Sieber to the stage in an original musical about a gay couple who want to attend their high school prom.
The news just came out that Mike Birbiglia‘s The New One was moving to the Cort theatre. First Preview: October 25th with a November 11th opening.
Stephen Bogardus, Marc Kudisch, Luba Mason, Mare Winningham and more star in Bob Dylan’s inimitable songbook The Girl From North Country. This heartbreaking story is about a down-on-its-luck community on the brink of change in Dylan’s hometown Duluth, Minnesota in 1934. Opens October 1stat the Public Theatre.
Christian Borle directs Popcorn Falls at the Davenport Theatre. Adam Heller and Tom Souhrada are the mayor and the local handyman and the enterprising townsfolk who try to rise to the challenge and prove that art can save the world. Opens October 8th.
Glenn Close, Kate Jennings Grant, Grace Van Patten and more star in Mother of The Maid at the The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater. Mother of the Maid tells the story of Joan of Arc’s mother, a sensible, hard-working, 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 new perspective. Opens October 17th.
Fireflies opens Octoer 15th at the Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater. Khris Davis and DeWanda Wise star as 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’ 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.”
Bill Irwin can’t escape Samuel Beckett in On Becket: Exploring The writings of Samuel Becket at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Special guest appearance by Finn O’Sullivan. Opens October 3rd.
Before he was an Emmy®-winning TV actor, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony®-winning Broadway legend. Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Diaries 2018 presents the acclaimed actor/singer/storyteller in his most electrifying role: concert performer. From Randy Newman to Stephen Sondheim, from Irving Berlin to Rufus Wainwright, Mandy Patinkin takes you on a dazzling musical journey you’ll never forget. Opening October 10th at New York Theatre Workshop.
We loved Midnight At The Never Get, when it played at NYMF. Now the show gets an new productions at the York Theatre @ Saint Peter’s. Starring Sam Bolen, Jeremy Cohen, and Jon. J. Peterson, the show follows singer Trevor Copeland and songwriter Arthur Brightman have the perfect New York romance. That’s swell. In 1965, it’s also against the law. So in the back room of The Never Get, an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar, they put together a show called Midnight— a nightclub act where Trevor sings Arthur’s love songs with their male pronouns intact. But, as the lovers hurtle towards the end of the decade, they find themselves caught in a passion they can’t control and a political revolution they don’t understand. Opens October 11th.
Ensemble Studio Theatre presents Travisville. October 11th, the show follows an ailing minister, a protege, a mayor, a journeyman preacher, a domestic, and her husband, have their lives irrevocably changed, when their community, untouched by the tumult of the civil rights movement, is compelled into a kind of reckoning once a stranger enters their lives, forcing them to take sides and take a stand.
Actor, writer, and former correspondent for “The Daily Show”, Aasif Mandvi revisits his acclaimed, Obie Award-winning one man show, twenty years after its celebrated debut in New York City. 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 vehice for the dextrous and charming Mandvi. First preview October 5th with an opening October 14th.
Stockard Channing, Hugh Dancy star in Apologia at the Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre. You do not mess with Kristin Miller. 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. Opens October 16th.
It’s springtime in America. The war is finally over. Grotilde has completed her life’s work of losing the last 10 pounds, General Michail has proposed, and the President is up to her new tricks. So what if the weather is a little strange and the last soldier won’t come home? Kate Tarker’s satire pokes, picks, and plucks at a society swimming, spinning, sloughing, and slurping through the fog of war. Thunderbodies opens October 16th at the Soho Rep.
Adam Gwon‘s Ordinary Days is a refreshingly humorous and inspiring musical about making simple connections in a chaotic city. Written by 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. Whitney Bashor, Marc delaCruz, Sarah Lynn Marion, and Kyle Sherman star at the Clurman Theatre @ Theatre Row. Opening October 17th.
Christine Lahti is Gloria Steinem. Written by Emily Mann, directed by Diane Paulus, Gloria: A Life, weaves together events from her 50 years in social and political activism. Starting from her early years as an audacious reporter and as a founder of Ms. Magazine, the play features personal stories of the people who inspired her, leading to her evolution into a woman who has inspired generations. Opens October 18th at the Daryl Roth Theatre.
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. Plot Points In Our Sexual Development First preview October 6th with an opening October 22nd at Lincoln Center Theater/Claire Tow Theater.
School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play is back at MCC Theater/Lucille Lortel Theare starting October 16th with an opening October 22nd. This is a do not miss play.
At the Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage I, India Pale Ale, opens October 23rd. Directed by Will Davis, 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 one sudden event changes everything.
Arnie Burton stars in Lewiston/Clarkston at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Set at a failing fireworks stand in Lewiston, Idaho, and across the river at a big box store in Clarkston, Washington, the plays Lewiston and Clarkston focus on two modern-day descendants of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The plays share the essential question: what is the true legacy of the great American push West? Opens October 25th.
Jack Cummings III & Dick Scanlan direct Renascence at the Abrons Arts Center. Book by Dick Scanlan, music by Carmel Dean and lyrics by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Renascence is the story of Edna St. Vincent Millay, who lived one hundred years ago, a hundred years ahead of her time. At eighteen she writes a staggeringly profound poem that rocks the literary world and transforms this girl from rural Maine into a cause cèlébre. Vincent captivates everyone in her orbit (male and female), and is hero worshipped by young women for her unabashed intellect and frank sensuality. She works her newfound fame, leaving in her wake broken relationships with those who believed in her before anybody else. This stars the fabulous Katie Thompson. First preview October 5th with an opening October 25th.
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. The Niceties first preview is October 12th with an opening October 25th for Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage II
Daniel and Mitchell enjoy life as the Perfect Couple. Perfect house, perfect friends, even a mother who wants them to wed. What isn’t perfect is that Daniel longs to be married and Mitchell does not. A turn of events forces both men to face the consequences of their opposing views, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren’t always so fundamental. Daniel’s Husband first preview is October 18th with an opening October 28th at the Westside Theatre (Upstairs).
Mike Faist, Tavi Gevinson, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Lauren Patten, and Odessa Young star in Days of Rage. At Second Stage Theatre. Written by Dear Evan Hanson’s Steven Levenson and directed by Trip Cullman. 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, 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, disrupting the group’s delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart. First preview October 9th with an opening October 30th.
In Good Grief, 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. First preview October 11th with an opening October 30th at the Vineyard Theatre.
How do girls grow up? Quickly, painfully, wondrously. On an elementary school playground, a boy threatens to tell on the girls for swearing – unless one of them kisses him. But just before lips can touch, Kyeoung tackles the boy to the ground. The victory is short-lived. Over the coming years, Kyeoung’s stories get stranger, funnier, more harrowing – and more familiar. Find out in Usual Girls at Roundabout Theatre Company/Black Box Theatre. First preview October 11th with an opening November 5th.
Ah, Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays: when families gather to celebrate the warmth of home, the bounty of the harvest — and a legacy of genocide and violent colonial expansion. Good intentions collide with absurd assumptions in Larissa FastHorse’s wickedly funny satire, as a troupe of terminally “woke” teaching artists scrambles to create a pageant that somehow manages to celebrate both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month. The Thanksgiving Day Play’s first preview is October 12th with an opening November 5th at Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Jo Bonney directs Eve’s Song at The Public Theater/LuEsther Hall. 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? First preview October 23rd with an opening November 7th.
This surreal and very real one-man show follows Thom Pain as he desperately, and hilariously, tries to save his own life…or at least make it into something worth dying for. Michael C. Hall Stars in Thom Pain (Based On Nothing) by Will Eno. First preview October 23rd with an opening November 11th.
Back again is The Other Josh Cohen. 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. First preview October 26th with an opening November 12th at the Westside Theatre Downstairs. Hunter Foster directs.
In 1930s Chicago, mobster Arturo Ui (Raúl Esparza) will stop at nothing to control the cauliflower trade. Terror and bloodshed follow. Can anyone stop him? Brecht’s skewering of Adolf Hitler and totalitarianism is given renewed significance in a production directed by John Doyle. Written in 1941, The Resistible Rise Of Arturo UI was one of the Berliner Ensemble’s greatest box office successes. First preview October 30th with an opening November 14th at Classic Stage Company. Elizabeth A. Davis also stars.
Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible? Wild Goose Dreams directed by Leigh Silverman first preview begins October 30th with an opening November 14th at The Public Theater/Martinson Hall.
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. First preview October 25th with an opening November 19th at Lincoln Center Theater/Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.