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Theatre News: Next to Normal Barcelona, Richard III, Potomac Theatre Project,Romeo and Juliet and Adventures in Vegas

Theatre News: Next to Normal Barcelona, Richard III, Potomac Theatre Project,Romeo and Juliet and Adventures in Vegas

Next to Normal is the first Broadway title to be presented in a disruptive 100% immersive format. The musical that revolutionized musical theater a decade ago, will premiere a new version worldwide as part of the Barcelona Grec Festival in July 2022.

Its authors, Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, have adapted the book into 60 minutes for an immersive space of 2000 square meters with an audience and actors sharing the same space.




British director Simon Pittman will take a completely new approach to the storytelling for this contemporary Pulitzer winner book, with a proposal without set design or props, with surround sound design and 360-degree projections on the walls and floor where the audience will live this story with the cast.

Again, Alice Ripley, who premiered this play on Broadway, will be Diana Goodman. A role both physically and emotionally challenging that at the time led her to win the Tony Award. With her, Andy Mr. Jr., Jade Lauren, Eloi Gomez and Lewis Edgar will complete the live cast. On this occasion, the role of the psychiatrist will be virtual, with the renowned Adam Pascal playing this character.

Shakespeare In The Park brings Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara (Slave Play, The Public’s Barbecue) brings his sharp wit and story-telling genius to The Delacorte with a bold new production of Richard III. One of Shakespeare’s most indelible villains, Richard is determined to be King. Following his lust for power and the throne, he manipulates, kidnaps, and kills all who stand between him and his throne, using brilliant words and dark charm to conceal his dismantling of government and justice. This masterful dive into the muddy middle between political genius and violent power grab will open Free Shakespeare in the Park’s 60th Season with piercing relevancy and electrifying drama.

The complete cast of Richard III will include Maleni Chaitoo (Ensemble), Wyatt Cirbus(Prince of Wales), Thomas DellaMonica (Understudy Ensemble) , Sanjit De Silva(Buckingham), Sam Duncan (Duke of York), Thaddeus S. Fitzpatrick (Ensemble), Skyler Gallun (Ensemble), Danai Gurira (Richard III), Sarah Nina Hayon (Ensemble), Monique Holt (Duchess of York), Matthew Jeffers (Ensemble), Matt Monaco (Ensemble), Gregg Mozgala (King Edward IV/Richmond (King Henry VII), Joe Mucciolo (Ensemble), Paul Niebanck (George), Xavier Pacheco (Ensemble), Marcus Raye Pérez (Ensemble), Grace Porter (Ensemble), Michael Potts (Lord Stanley), Ariel Shafir (Lord Hastings), Heather Alicia Simms (Queen Elizabeth), N’yomi Stewart (Ensemble), Ali Stroker (Anne), Sharon Washington (Queen Margaret), and Daniel J. Watts (Catesby Ratcliffe).

PTP/NYC Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 – plays by Caryl Churchill, Steven Berkoff, Robert Chesley & more. PTP/NYC’s (Potomac Theatre Project) 35th repertory season, running July 5 – 31, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 St.). Openings begin July 10.

This season’s line-up includes:1) Sex, Grift and Death. The evening’s ironic umbrella title features three one act plays: the NY premiere of Steven Berkoff’s Lunch, directed by Richard Romagnoli, and Caryl Churchill’s Hot Fudge and the NY premiere of Churchill’s Here We Go, both directed by Cheryl Faraone.2) Reverse Transcription, Hauntings from Pandemics Past and Present, an evening of two intertwined one act plays featuring Robert Chesley’s Dog Plays and the world premiere of Jim Petosa and Jonathan Adler’s A Variant Strain, both directed by Petosa. This pairing of plays sees the AIDS epidemic (Dog Plays ) as a prologue to the COVID pandemic (A Variant Strain).

Royal Family Productions, a non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, is proud to present the inaugural production in a new Young BIPOC Directors series, Romeo and Juliet. This new adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play by Lindsay Price is directed by 17 year-old Lily Ventura. Romeo and Juliet will run two performances only June 17-18th at Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor). Tickets can be purchased by clicking

Romeo and Juliet will star Hannah Beemer, Sam Wade, Ryan Weintraub, Lucian Zane, Gracie Chase, Oliver Zoduwah Jr., Griffen Duggar Ades, Jaiden Cortez, and Daisy Chase. The creative team includes production supervision by Kyle Conn and production design by Sara Beth Knight.

Adventures in Vegas, a wildly fun true life musical escapade featuring Andrea Bell Wolff*with special guest star Elliott Litherland*opens at AMT Theater on July 30th and runs Saturdays and Wednesdays through August 24th. The show is directed by Jimmy Larkin* with Jude Obermuller serving as musical director and accompanist. Also featured are bassist Sam Zerna and percussionist Doug Hinrichs.

Starting from age 16, petite actress/singer Andrea Bell was cast in five productions of Hello Dolly ranging from the National Tour with Carol Channing to Broadway. At 19 she traded her high button shoes for the glitzy glamour of Las Vegas and a part in the legendary Bottoms Up Revue at Caesar’s Palace. Reflecting on that dazzling year she re-enacts her adventures as a Las Vegas showgirl replete with feathers, sequins and sex, Her exploits are highlighted by an exciting blend of pop and show music from Wildhorn/Murphy to Rubicam/Merrill, Tom Waits and more.

Adventures in Vegas opens at AMT Theater (354 W. 45th Street) on Sat. July 30th at 3PM and runs Saturdays at 3PM and Wednesdays at 8PM through August 24th. Sat. Matinees at 3PM on July 30, August 6, 13 & 20. Weds. evenings at 8PM on August 3, 10, 17 & 24. Tickets are $30 and $20 for students and seniors. For tickets go to or


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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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