What’s Coming Off Broadway Until March
January 6: Hunter Theater Project’s production an all-female re-interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth adapted and directed by Erica Schmidt, returns for an encore run at Hunter College’s Frederick Loewe Theater. Performances are scheduled through February 22.
January 7: Olivier Award-winning company Fishamble returns to 59E59 Theaters with Eva O’Connor’s Maz and Bricks. Ciaran O’Brian and O’Connorstar. Jim Culleton directs; performances run through February 2.
January 8: Eboni Booth, who was in Dance Nation, makes her professional playwriting debut with Paris at the Atlantic Theater. Jules Latimer stars, in Booth’s new play about invisibility and isolation. Knud Adams directs the world premiere, which runs through February 9th.
January 8: Stephen Mallatratt’s got story gets site-specific in an adaptation of Susan Sill’s The Woman in Black, previously seen in the West End, moves into the McKittrick Hotel until March 8th or beyond.
January 9: One of the good things to come out of the New York Musical Festival, was Emojiland, written by Keith Harrison and Laura Schein. Now they get a full run at The Duke on 42nd Street. Max Crumm, Lesli Margherita, Ann Harada, and more star.
January 9: Rick Miller performs his solo show documenting the music, culture, and politics that shaped the Baby Boomers, BOOM,at 59E59 through February 23rd.
January 11: Theatre For a New Audience teams up with Royal Shakespeare Company for a gender-bending Timon of Athens. Olivier Award winner Kathryn Hunter in this Shakespeare play, directed by Simon Godwin, at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center through February 9th.
January 11: Tony-nominated playwright Charles Busch, returns Off-Broadway in his play The Confession of Lily Dare at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Seen in 2018 at Theatre for a New City, the return engagement is presented by Primary Stages and directed by Carl Andress until March 5th.
January 12: Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, and Dylan Baker star in a contemporary reworking of the Euripides tragedy Medea at BAM. Opens January 30th.
January 14: Classic Stage Company in a new adaptation by Kate Hamill brings Dracula, to life. Now a feminist revenge fantasy,” the Sarna Lapine- production stars Matthew Amendt as Dracula. Through March 8th.
January 14: Mark Saltzman’s Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn is adapted from classic Italian melodies. Playing at A.R.T/New York by Amas Musical Theatre until February 16th.
January 16: The New Group brings a musical adaptation of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, to the stage. The 1969 film about the sexual revolution will star Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano, Ana Nogueira, Joél Pérez and Michael Zegen. Artistic Director Scott Elliott directs at the Signature Theatre, with book by Jonathan Marc Sherman, additional lyrics by Amanda Green and choreography by Kelly Devine, until March 15th.
January 16: Darling Grenadine, is a new musical, starring Adam Kantor, Emily Walton, and Jay Armstrong Johnson. Playing at Roundabout Underground’s black box, director Michael Berresse also choreographs this production, until March 15th.
January 16: Jewelle Gomez traces jazz singer and songwriter Alberta Hunter’s life story in Leaving the Blues at The Flea, directed by Mark Finley through February 8th.
January 17: Barra Grant’s autobiographical Miss America’s Ugly Daughter, about growing up the daughter of the first and only Jewish Miss America, opens at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, through March 1st.
January 21: Beyond Babel had a sold-out run in San Diego. Told entirely through West Coast urban dance, the immersive production is inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Keone and Mari Madrid choreograph, direct, and star in the production, co-created with Josh Aviner and Lyndsay Magid Aviner of Hideaway Circus. The 10-week limited run is at the Gym at Judson until March 29th.
January 22: Michelle Dooley Mahon’s solo show The Scourge—about her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s—debuts at Irish Rep’s downstairs theatre in association with Wexford Arts Centre through February 2nd.
January 23: The Obie-winning Mint Theater Company returns with the world premiere of Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories. These two short plays by Miles Malleson—An Artist’s Story and What Men Live By—each an adaptation of a story by Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy, respectively. The Mint’s artistic director Jonathan Bank and longtime collaborator Jane Shaw, co-direct the limited run at Theatre Row through March 14th.
January 30: Classic Stage Company is also doing Tristan Bernays’ adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, running in rep with Dracula. Stephanie Berry takes on the title role as Timothy Douglas directs.
February 1: Alice Birch’s Blackburn Prize-winning play, Anatomy of a Suicide, premieres Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company. Directed by Obie winner Lileana Blain-Cruz, the cast includes Carla Gugino and runs through March 15th.
February 1: Keen Company kicks off its 2020 season with Blues for an Alabama Sky by playwright, novelist, and poet Pearl Cleage. LA Williams directs through March 14th.
February 4: Young Jean lee’s We’re Gonna Die, was first done at Joe’s Pub in 2011. Now returning, the play moves uptown to Second Stage starring Janelle McDermoth. Directed and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly until March 22nd.
February 4: Signature Theatre’s Lauren Yee’s rbrings her musical play Cambodian Rock Band, featuring music by rock group Dengue Fever. Chay Yew directs a cast led by Aladdin star Courtney Reed and Joe Ngo through March 8th.
February 6: MCC Theater has the world premiere of All The Natalie Portmans by resident playwright C.A. Johnson. Directed by Kate Whoriskey (Sweat), the show runs through March 15th.
February 8: LCT3 debuts the newest work from Obie-winning playwright Christopher Chen (The Passage). The Headlands is directed by Knud Adams, running through March 22nd.
February 13: Maria Elena Ramirez (Fish in the Dark) is a woman deported from her home and separated from her family in Arizona, in the world premiere of 72 Miles to Go. FX’ The Americans writer Hilary Bettis brings her play to Roundabout Theatre Company. Jo Bonney directs Laura Pels, playing through May 3rd.
February 11: Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of The Hot Wing King, a new comedy by resident playwright Katori Hall (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, The Mountaintop). Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, until March 22nd.
February 11: Tony-nominated playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House Part 2) is back with Dana H., a new play detailing the real-life kidnapping of Hnath’s mother. Director Les Waters tells the true story of how Hnath’s mother was held captive for five months by a patient in the psych ward where she worked. The show premieres at the Vineyard Theatre through March 22nd.
February 11: Manhattan Theatre Club presents the world premiere of Richard Greenberg’s The Perplexed, directed by MTC artistic director Lynne Meadow. The cast includes Patrick Breen, Margaret Colin, Ilana Levine, and Tony winner Frank Wood until March 29th or later.
February 11: Cary Gitter’s Manhattan-set romantic comedy The Sabbath Girl, directed by Joe Brancato, runs at 59E59 through March 8th.
February 12: Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory, is helmed by Ciaraán O’Reilly, at The Irish Rep, through March 22nd.
February 14: Daniel Goldstein and Michael Friedman’s musical In Unknown Soldier, spans three generations. Margo Seibert, Thom Sesma and Estelle Parsons star at Playwrights Horizons. Direction by Trip Cullman and choreography by Patrick McCollum, the musical plays through March 28th.
February 17: Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs a cast that includes Phillipa Soo, John Ellison Conlee, and Andy Grotelueschen in Clubbed Thumb’s return engagement of Ethan Lipton’s Tumacho. First seen in 2016, the play will have a limited run at the Connelly Theater through March 14th.
February 18: Coal Country, a new play with music by wife-and-husband team Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, is set for The Public Theater. With direction by Blank, Coal Country features music by three-time Grammy Award winner Steve Earle. Through March 29th.
February 19: The New York Theatre Workshop brings Celine Song’s Endlings a new play, previously seen at A.R.T. in Cambridge. The production will officially open March 9 and is set to run through March 29th.
February 22: Atlantic Theater presents She Persisted, the musical adaptation of Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger’s illustrated feminist picture book. The production will run through March 15th.
February 27: Lincoln Center Theater debuts Intimate Apparel, a new chamber opera based on Lynn Nottage’s play—about a Black seamstress living and working in a boarding house in turn-of-the-century New York—of the same name. Featuring a libretto by Nottage and music by Ricky Ian Gordon, the world premiere is directed by Bartlett Sher and set to run through May 3.
February 28: At The Flea, Taylor Mac’s The Fre, a queer love story. The Flea’s artistic director and frequent Taylor Mac collaborator, Niegel Smith, will direct the world premiere, featuring resident acting ensemble The Bats.
February 29: Parity Productions presents Azure D. Osborne-Lee’s Mirrors as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door programming. Ludovica Villar-Hauser directs the limited run through March 22nd.
March: Ars Nova brings Oratorio for Living Things, a new musical work by Animal Wisdom creator and resident artist, Heather Christian. Lee Sunday Evans directs the show, which will feature a 12-member choir. Preview and opening dates yet to be announced.
March 4: New York Theatre Workshop premieres Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok’s (The Cost of Living), Sanctuary City (which premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival). Rebecca Frecknall directs.
March 4: Ren Dara Santiago ‘s The Siblings Play, directed by Jenna Worsham starts at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. The world premiere is presented with piece by piece productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory. Through Aprl 5th.
March 7: TFANA premieres Will Eno’s Gnit, the playwright’s re-imagining of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. Presented last year in a staged reading starring Michael C. Hall, Oliver Butler (What the Constitution Means to Me) directs the Off-Broadway run at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center.
March 10: The Shed kicks off its 2020 theatrical programming with the commissioned Help, a new piece by acclaimed author and poet Claudia Rankine. The world premiere will be directed by Obie winner Taibi Magar, with movement by Shamel Pitts, and will star Fairview’s Roslyn Ruff.
March 12: 59E59 The Civilians new production of the Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Kyle Jarrow (SpongeBob SquarePants) musical Whisper House. Directed by artistic director Steve Cosson, through April 19th.
March 17: Playwright Mona Mansour brings Palestinian and identity into play with her three-part, The Vagrant Trilogy at The Public Theater. Featuring six actors in 19 different roles. Obie winner Mark Wing-Davey directs.
March 17: Soho Rep. produces with with Ma-Yi Theater Company for the Off-Broadway premiere of Hansol Jung’s Wolf Play. Dustin Wills directs.
March 19: MCC Theater brings Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls) world premiere of Nollywood Dreams to life. Saheem Ali directs.
March 19: Nathan Yungerberg’s Esai’s Table, “a mythic tale at the Cherry Lane Theatre, until April 25th.
March 24: Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey team up with writer-director Kwame Kwei-Armah for the world premiere of the new musical The Visitor at The Public Theater. Based on the film of the same name, Tony winners David Hyde Pierce and Ari’el Stachel, along with Slave Play’s Joaquina Kalukango and Jacqueline Antaramian star. Daniel Sullivan directs and Lorin Latarro choreographs through May 10th.
March 25: The Crown stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith reprise their performances in Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, at BAM. The production, directed by Tony winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), through April 19th.
March 27: Playwright Sylvia Khoury Selling Kabul. Is about U.S. interpretor, hunted by the Taliban. The night before his son will be born, he must decide whether to stay in hiding or risk his life to meet his child. Tyne Rafaeli, who helmed Khoury’s Power Strip at LCT3, directs the Off-Broadway premiere at Playwrights Horizons.
Theatre News: Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, Parade, The Shubert Organization and Millennials Are Killing Musicals,
Tovah Feldshuh, Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton at Opening Night of Bob Fosse’s DANCIN’. Photo by Emilio Madrid
The curtain was raised last night at The Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street) as Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, the American showbusiness legend’s landmark musical tribute to the artform that defined his life, opened on Broadway 45 years after the original smash-hit production premiered. The production’s direction and musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento, one of the stars of the original Broadway production, and is produced in cooperation with Nicole Fosse.
In attendance on opening night were Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nicole Fosse; original A Chorus Line cast members Baayork Lee, Donna McKechnie, Priscilla Lopez; Chita Rivera; Erich Bergen; Jordan E. Cooper; Tovah Feldshuh; J. Harrison Ghee; Jane Krakowski; Adam Lambert; Ralph Macchio; Abby Lee Miller; Audra McDonald; Casey Nicholaw; Justin Peck; Tiler Peck; Bernadette Peters; Tonya Pinkins; Tony Roberts; David Rockwell; Krysta Rodriguez; Christopher Sieber; Jennifer Simard; Will Swenson and more.
Dancin’is Fosse’s full-throated, full-bodied celebration of dancers and dancing. Utterly reimagined for the 21st century, this Dancin’brims with a level of warmth, emotion, and color seldom seen in modern interpretations of Fosse’s influential style and features some of his most inventive and rarely performed choreography. With New York’s hottest cast performing wall-to-wall dance, including Fosse classics such as “Mr. Bojangles,” and “Sing Sing Sing.” Dancin’ delivers the quintessential Broadway experience for Fosse fans and first-timers alike. You think you’ve seen dancing, but you’ve never seen Dancin’like this.
The cast, consisting of some of the best of Broadway’s elite dancers includes Ioana Alfonso (Hometown: Miami via DR/PR), Yeman Brown (Hometown: Tallahassee, FL), Peter John Chursin (Hometown: San Francisco, CA), Dylis Croman (Hometown: Dallas, TX), Jovan Dansberry (Hometown: St. Louis, MO), Karli Dinardo (Hometown: Melbourne, Australia), Tony d’Alelio (Hometown: Roanoke, VA), Aydin Eyikan (Hometown: Fairfield, CT), Pedro Garza (Hometown: Abilene, Texas), Jacob Guzman (Hometown: Brockton, MA), Manuel Herrera (Hometown: Charlotte, NC), Afra Hines (Hometown: Miami, FL), Gabriel Hyman (Hometown: Chesapeake, VA), Kolton Krouse (Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona), Mattie Love(Hometown: Layton, UT), Krystal Mackie (Hometown: Brooklyn, NY), Yani Marin (Hometown: Miami, FL), Nando Morland (Hometown: Colombia / Denver, CO), Khori Michelle Petinaud (Hometown: Centreville, VA), Ida Saki (Hometown: Dallas, TX), Ron Todorowski (Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA), and Neka Zang (Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ).
Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ is produced by Joey Parnes, Hunter Arnold, Kayla Greenspan, Rodger Hess & Michael Seago, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Bob Boyett, The Shubert Organization, James L. Nederlander, Tim Forbes, Carson Gleberman, Park West Productions, McCabe Ventures, Fran Kirmser & Jodi Kaplan, Greg Young, The Fabulous Invalid, Julie Hess & Tommy Hess, and The Old Globe in cooperation with Nicole Fosse.
Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ originally opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on March 27, 1978 and later transferred to the Ambassador Theatre. The production ran for 1,774 performances. Dancin’ was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and brought Fosse his seventh Tony Award for Best Choreography.
This production of Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre from April 19, 2022, to June 5, 2022.
Interscope Records is proud to announce the cast album for the “brilliant” (Variety) 2023 revival of Parade — Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical, which opened on March 16 at New York’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre to rave reviews. Parade (2023 Broadway Cast Recording) features the vocal talents of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award® winner Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond and conducted by composer Jason Robert Brown, and will be released on Thursday, March 23. Pre-order it HERE.
Leo and Lucille Frank (Ben Platt and Micaela Diamond) are a newlywed Jewish couple struggling to make a life in the old red hills of Georgia. When Leo is accused of an unspeakable crime, it propels them into an unimaginable test of faith, humanity, justice, and devotion. Riveting and gloriously hopeful, Parade reminds us that to love, we must truly see one another.
The current revival of Parade, which is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, has received overwhelming acclaim since its debut. Entertainment Weekly called it “a phenomenal production that feels more poignant and powerful than ever,” while Variety said, “Ben Platt stuns in a powerful Broadway production of an essential American musical.”
Platt (Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon) and Diamond’s performances (The Cher Show) were singled out for praise. Deadline gushed “Ben Platt has no trouble reminding us just why he’s become one of Broadway’s most beloved performers. His vocals here are stunning in a pitch-perfect performance,” while The Guardian raved that “Micaela Diamond’s singing voice is luminous.” “Micaela Diamond, as Lucille Frank, breaks your heart with no affectation whatsoever, and a voice directly wired to her emotions,” wrote The New York Times in its Critic’s Pick review. Tickets are available now at www.paradebroadway.com.
Parade (2023 Broadway Cast Recording) showcases their voices, as well as other members of the all-star cast, while capturing the essence of a musical that, Entertainment Weekly writes, “is the most gorgeous production on Broadway.” Viewers will get a special preview of the musical on March 23 when Platt and Diamond perform its signature ballad “This Is Not Over Yet” on NBC’s Today accompanied by Jason Robert Brown on piano.
Out of the Box Theatrics (Elizabeth Flemming, Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Ethan Paulini, Associate Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that Grammy and Emmy Award winner Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen) will star in the Off-Broadway developmental production of Millennials Are Killing Musicals, written by Drama League songwriting contest and NAMT Challenge winner Nico Juber. The production, to be directed by Ciara Renée(Waitress, Frozen), will play a limited engagement from May 7-28, 2023, at Theatre 71 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street). Opening night is May 15. Tickets are on sale now at Ovation Tix.
The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly The Actors Fund, the national human services organization supporting the needs of those working in the entertainment and performing arts industry, today announced that The Shubert Organization has made a $5 million gift to the Fund to support expansion of The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, and affordable housing and a community arts center at The Hollywood Arts Collective in Los Angeles.
The $5 million gift will be used to expand doctors’ offices and services at The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, with additional support to the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, NJ. Funds will also be used to bolster the construction and programs of The Hollywood Arts Collective, a new affordable housing and community arts center located in the heart of Hollywood where the Central Gardens will be named in honor of The Shubert Organization.
The Shubert Organization has long supported the Fund’s ongoing work to help people in performing arts and entertainment. In 2017, The Shubert Organization unveiled The Shubert Pavilion: an expansion to the Actors Fund Home, an assisted living and skilled nursing care facility located in Englewood, New Jersey. The Shubert Pavilion houses a 25-bed short-stay rehabilitation center available to the general public and intended for people who are recovering from illness or surgery, as well as 14 assisted living beds. The facility also includes a fully equipped gym for physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Robert E. Wankel, Chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, also serves as Chair of The Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors, a role in which he supports and guides the development of affordable housing for the performing arts and entertainment community to improve lives, create jobs, foster economic development and revitalize communities. In 2022, Wankel received the Entertainment Community Fund’s Medal of Honor, an award presented at the Fund’s annual gala that recognizes individuals who have had a profound impact on the entertainment community.
“The Entertainment Community Fund is honored by the long-standing commitment of The Shubert Organization and the countless ways it supports our work to provide a safety net for people in the performing arts community,” said Fund Board Chair Brian Stokes Mitchell. “A special thank you to Bob Wankel for his continued leadership not only at The Shubert Organization, but also with the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors.”
“The Shubert Organization is proud to strengthen the Entertainment Community Fund’s ability to provide affordable housing, medical care, emergency financial assistance and so much more to those in our industry,” said Robert E. Wankel. “We look forward to all that’s to come in our ongoing collaborations, from Englewood to Times Square to Hollywood and beyond.”
Asi Wind’s Inner Circle Where Cards Are Magical and Slight of Hand is Astounding
My guest absolutely loved Asi Wind’s Inner Circle, but if you have been to Speakeasy Magick at The McKittrick Hotel, much of what is here will seem repetitive, though still amazing.
Asi is good looking, charming, amusing and displays a wonderful sleight of hand. The Gym at the Judson has been designed and lit by Adam Blumenthal to make the space warm and inviting. The space only has 100 seats, so you are up-close and personal.
Before the show starts, audience members are asked to write their names and initials on a blank card with red or black sharpies. These are the cards he uses as his deck, so that each night the show is personalized.
Wind is a wonderful storyteller and loves his craft. He is infectious about his passion and so brings his audience in. Each trick is celebrated as he builds his momentum. You will have seen most of these tricks before if you have been to The McKittrick, but Asi makes it fun and exciting.
My guest could not wait to bring her grandson and thoroughly enjoyed the show. That alone made the performance special.
Asi Wind’s Inner Circle: Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street, until May 28th.
Theatre News: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bad Cinderella, John Kander, KPOP and The Rewards of Being Frank
A Statement From Andrew Lloyd Webber
I am absolutely devastated to say that my eldest son Nick is critically ill.
As my friends and family know, he has been fighting gastric cancer for the last 18 months and Nick is now hospitalised.
I therefore have not been able to attend the recent previews of Bad Cinderella and as things stand, I will not be able to cheer on its wonderful cast, crew and orchestra on Opening Night this Thursday.
We are all praying that Nick will turn the corner. He is bravely fighting with his indomitable humour, but at the moment my place is with him and the family.
Opening Night Performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Bad Cinderella is Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Imperial Theatre, 249 W 45th Street.
Red Carpet arrivals of celebrity guests including Afyia Bennett, Senator Barbara Boxer, Alex Brightman, Tory Burch, Kandi Burruss, Jordan E. Cooper, Erin Dana Lichy, Lamar Dawson, Machine Dazzle, Bethenny Frankel, Mandy Gonzalez, Amber Gray, Jae Gurley, Amber Iman, Ashley Longshore, Carson Kressley, Judy Kuhn, Loosey LaDuca, Luann de Lesseps, Marcia Marcia Marcia, Martyna Majok, Ingrid Michaelson, Andy Mientus, Minnie Mills, Pablo Montalban, Justin Peck, Wendell Pierce, Zac Posen, T. Oliver Reid, Krysta Rodriguez, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Stanley, Alex Timbers, Tommy Tune, Tanairi Sade Vasquez, Ana Villafane, Anna Wintour and the cast and creative team of Bad Cinderella including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Linedy Genao, Carolee Carmello, Grace McLean, Jordan Dobson, Sami Gayle, Morgan Higgins, Cameron Loyal, Christina Acosta Robinson, Savy Jackson, Mike Baerga, Raymond Baynard, Lauren Boyd, Tristen Buettel, Alyssa Carol, Gary Cooper, Kaleigh Cronin, Josh Drake, Ben Lanham, Angel Lozada, Mariah Lyttle, Robin Masella, Sarah Meahl, Michael Milkanin, Chloe Nadon-Enriquez, Christian Probst, Larkin Reilly, Julio Rey, Lily Rose, J Savage, Dave Schoonover, Tregony Shepherd, Paige Smallwood, Lucas Thompson, Alena Watters and more.
John Kander celebrates his 96th birthday on Saturday, March 18, six days before New York, New York, his 16th original Broadway musical begins performances at the St. James Theatre., giving him the distinction of being the oldest composer to open a new musical on Broadway. To honor the legendary composer Susan Stroman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colton Ryan, Anna Uzele and the cast and creative team of New York, New York surprised John Kander with a Big-Apple-sized rendition of “Happy Birthday.” You can watch the video here.
A titan of the American Theatre, John Kander made his Broadway debut as the rehearsal pianist for the original production of Gypsy starring Ethel Merman in 1951. The first Kander & Ebb musical, Flora The Red Menace, debuted in 1965 and starred Liza Minnelli in a Tony-winning performance. What followed was a string of legendary musicals including Chicago, Cabaret, Steel Pier, Curtains, The Visit and The Scottsboro Boys, all culminating in this new musical set in post-war New York, inspired by the 1977 Martin Scorsese film of the same name, which features the iconic song “New York, New York.” New York, New York marks the 15th Kander & Ebb musical to open on Broadway.
New York, New York marks the first new John Kander & Fred Ebb musical to open on Broadway since 2015’s The Visit, which was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The legendary duo is also currently represented on Broadway with Chicago, which holds the distinction of being the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
New York, New York stars Colton Ryan (Girl From The North Country, Hulu’s “The Girl From Plainville”) as Jimmy Doyle, Anna Uzele (Six, Apple TV+’s “Dear Edward”) as Francine Evans, Clyde Alves (On The Town) as Tommy Caggiano, John Clay III (Choir Boy) as Jesse Webb, Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Sofia Diaz, Ben Davis (Dear Evan Hansen) as Gordon Kendrick, Oliver Prose as Alex Mann (Broadway Debut), Angel Sigala (Broadway Debut) as Mateo Diaz, and Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner (Side Show) as Madame Veltri. The ensemble includes Wendi Bergamini, Allison Blackwell, Giovanni Bonaventura, Jim Borstelmann, Lauren Carr, Mike Cefalo, Bryan J. Cortés, Kristine Covillo, Gabriella Enriquez, Haley Fish, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Richard Gatta, Stephen Hanna, Naomi Kakuk, Akina Kitazawa, Ian Liberto, Kevin Ligon, Leo Moctezuma, Aaron Nicholas Patterson, Dayna Marie Quincy, Julian Ramos, Drew Redington, Benjamin Rivera, Vanessa Sears, Davis Wayne, Jeff Williams, Darius Wright. New York, New York begins performances Friday, March 24, 2023 and officially opens Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).
Featuring music and lyrics by Tony, Emmy & Grammy Award winners and Academy Award nominees John Kander & Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret), written by Tony Award nominee David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys, Steel Pier), co-written by Sharon Washington (Audible’s Feeding The Dragon) and featuring additional lyrics by Pulitzer, Tony, Emmy & Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights), New York, New York will be directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, The Scottsboro Boys).
It is 1946, the war is over, and a resurgent New York is beginning to rebuild. As steel beams swing overhead, a collection of artists has dreams as big and diverse as the city itself.
Among them is New York native Jimmy Doyle, a brilliant but disillusioned musician looking for his “major chord” in life: music, money, love. The odds are against him getting all three until he meets Francine Evans, a young singer just off the bus from Philly, who is destined for greatness. If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere.
Tickets for New York, New York are now on-sale at www.NewYorkNewYorkBroadway.com. Tickets start at $59.
This new musical is inspired by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture New York, New York written by Earl M. Rauch.
Sony Masterworks Broadway, along with producers Tim Forbes and Joey Parnes, share new track “Super Star” from KPOP – Original Broadway Cast Recording – listen here. Featuring vocals from chart-topping Korean songstress and show lead Luna as well as the show’s talented cast of performers, “Superstar” is the second track to debut from the album, which arrives digitally on Monday, May 8 and on CD Friday, May 12. “Super Star” premieres today alongside an accompanying video featuring Luna – watch here.
Available for preorder and presave now, KPOP – Original Broadway Cast Recording was produced by Helen Park, Matt Stein, and Harvey Mason jr.(NCT 127, Red Velvet), and features music, lyrics, music production and arrangements by Park and music and lyrics by Max Vernon. The first-ever Broadway musical to celebrate Korean culture with Korean, Korean-American, and API representation on and off-stage, the album features a star-studded cast of performers from the world of K-pop, including chart-topping superstar and lead Luna, BoHyung (from the K-pop group SPICA and half of the duo KEEMBO), Min (from the K-pop group Miss A), Kevin Woo (from the K-pop group U-KISS), and more.
The Rewards of Being Frank, currently running through March 26, 2023 at the Mezzanine Theatre at ART/New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street), is now available for streaming, also through March 26 only. The World Premiere play, written by Alice Scovell, is a sequel to Oscar Wilde’s immortal 1895 comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. https://ci.ovationtix.com/35099/store/donations/49755 The cast for The Rewards of Being Frank feature Moboluwaji Ademide Akintilo (New York Classical’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Two Ways), Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Frank, James Evans (The McKittrick Hotel’s The Woman in Black) as Algernon, Kelly Mengelkoch (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company) as Gwendolyn, Tora Nogami Alexander (The Acting Company’s Twelfth Night) as Cecily, Jeremy Dubin (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company) as Ernest, and Christine Pedi(Broadway’s Chicago, Talk Radio, Off-Broadway’s Forbidden Broadway) as Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde’s much-loved The Importance of Being Earnest receives a hilarious sequel in this world premiere. Set seven years after Wilde’s play, see what happens to our characters when they meet Frank. After all, the only thing more Important than being Earnest, is being Frank! Performances are Tuesday-Sunday at 7:00 PM with matinees on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM. Running time is two hours including intermission. Tickets are available on the NY Classical website. Advance reservations are $35 per seat. These reservations are refundable—in cash, at the theatre—following each regular performance.* All NY Classical programs are free and open to the public. Pending seating availability, FREE admission will be available beginning one hour before curtain, on a first-come, first-served basis.The Rewards of Being Frank is a co-production of New York Classical Theatre (Stephen Burdman, Founding Artistic Director, Matthieu Chapman, Literary Director) and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (Brian Isaac Phillips, Producing Artistic Director). Mr. Burdman directs. The streaming version of The Rewards of Being Frank is available for a donation of $10 or higher. You can watch the recording as often as you wish and at any time. The link will expire at 10:00 pm on Sunday, March 26, 2023. To order, or for more information, please visit:
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