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3 to See: March

March 7th, 2017 Comments off

Spring is around the corner and the means a whole new crop of Broadway shows bursting on the scene. Here are our three picks of the month:

Sally Field and Joe Mantello in 'The Glass Menagerie' (Photo: Julieta Cervantes via The Broadway Blog.)

Sally Field and Joe Mantello in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ (Photo: Julieta Cervantes via The Broadway Blog.)

The Glass Menagerie
It’s Tennessee Williams like you’ve never seen it before. Sam Gold directs an all-star cast that includes Academy Award winner Sally Field, Tony Award Joe Mantello, Finn Wittrock and Madison Ferris in her Broadway debut. Stripped down to its electrifying core, don’t expect a flashy set typical of the Great White Way. Instead, Gold puts the Pulitzer Prize-winning play front and center, where it belongs. Following a few days in the lives of the dysfunctional Wingfield family, the memory play examines the family ties that bind and the cost to break free.

The Glass Menagerie
Belasco Theatre
111 West 44th Street, NYC
Opening night: March 8

The cast of 'Come From Away' (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Come From Away’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Come From Away
A sleeper hit that’s been inching its way to Broadway after record-breaking engagements in La Jolla, Seattle, Washington D.C. and Toronto, this new musical is inspired by harrowing source material. On September 11, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers—spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances. Christopher Ashley (Memphis) directs.

Come From Away
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th Street, NYC
Opening night: March 12

Eva Noblezada in the London production of 'Miss Saigon.' (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Eva Noblezada in the London production of ‘Miss Saigon.’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Miss Saigon
The 90s mega-musical returns with the revival of Miss Saigon, Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical. Featuring its acclaimed stars from the London production, Jon Jon Briones, Eva Noblezada, Alistair Brammer, and Rachelle Ann Go, Miss Saigon promises to wallop audiences once again with sweeping melodies and scenic spectacle (Production Design by Totie Driver and Matt Kinley; Design Concept by Adrian Vaux.)

In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Bring tissues!

Miss Saigon
Broadway Theatre
1681 Broadway
Opening night: March 23

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on social media at @roodeloo

 

 

 

Broadway’s Three to See

February 15th, 2017 Comments off

Broadway and beyond is delivering the goods this month, with star turns from Glenn Close and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as the latest musical from legendary composer John Kander. Here are our picks of what not to miss.

Glenn Close in 'Sunset Boulevard.' (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Glenn Close in ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Sunset Boulevard
Glenn Close returns to Broadway in her Tony Award-winning role as the wide-eyed Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epic Sunset Boulevard. John Napier’s towering sets for the original production have been stripped down to make room for the largest Broadway orchestra in 80 years.

In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screenwriter, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.

Ben Brantley described Glenn Close’s Norma Desmond as “One of the great performances of this century.”

Sunset Boulevard
Palace Theatre
1564 Broadway
Through June 25

The cast of 'Kid Victory.' (Photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Kid Victory.’ (Photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Kid Victory
Kid Victory, a haunting new musical, is the latest collaboration from the creators of Vineyard Theatre’s The Landing, composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago, The Scottsboro Boys) and playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl, Her Requiem).

Seventeen-year-old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance. Directed by Liesl Tommy (Broadway’s Eclipse, recipient of The Vineyard’s Susan Stroman Directing Award) and choreographed by Christopher Windom (Pippin, Drama League Fellow Assistant Director) in their Vineyard debuts.

Kid Victory
Vineyard Theatre
108 East 15th Street
Opening night: February 22

 

sunday in the park with george
Sunday in the Park with George

One of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s most celebrated musicals returns (again) for a limited run starring Jake Gyllenhaal making his Broadway debut, and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots, Wicked). With a two-act structure that loosely follows the life of Impressionist painter George Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George has become a cult favorite since its original 1983 Off Broadway premiere at Playwrights Horizons. Past revivals have included the 2008 transfer of Menier Chocolate Factory’s production.

This production is based on the 2016 City Center concert and has a limited run through April 23.

Sunday in the Park with George
Hudson Theatre
139-141 West 44th Street
Opening night: February 23

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on social media at @roodeloo.

 

 

Three to See: November

November 7th, 2016 Comments off

Big or small, the theater scene is getting a major wake-up call this November with three production that deliver award-winning stars, Broadway transfers, and film-to-stage adaptations. Here are our three picks for the month…

The Great Comet Broadway

Natasha, Pierre and THE GREAT COMET of 1812
Move over, Hamilton, there’s another epic, historical musical coming to town. The Great Comet has been kicking around for several years and those who saw earlier incarnations at Ars Nova or the American Repertory Theatre may be intrigued by its Broadway bolstering, which includes a massive overhaul of the Imperial Theatre and the arrival of ballad-belting superstar Josh Groban.

The story is extracted from a small excerpt of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Natasha is a beautiful ingénue visiting Moscow while she waits for her beloved fiancé Andrey to return from the war. In a moment of indiscretion, she is seduced by the dashing (but already married) Anatole and her position in society is ruined. Her only hope lies with Pierre (Groban), the lonely outsider whose love and compassion for Natasha may be the key to her redemption… and to the renewal of his own soul.

Natasha, Pierre and THE GREAT COMET of 1812
Imperial Theatre
249 West 45th Street
Opening night: November 14

dead poets society

Dead Poets Society
Who can forget Robin Williams’ stirring performance as Professor Keating in the 1989 Academy Award-winning film? Tom Schulman adapts his own screenplay for this much-anticipated production. which follows the trials and tribulations at a rigorous all-boys preparatory school renowned for its ancient traditions, where the unconventional Professor Keating inspires his students to defy conformity and to live passionately.

Classic Stage Company’s artistic director John Doyle helms the production starring Jason Sudeikis.

Dead Poets Society
Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street
Opening night: November 17
(Through December 18)

 

sweet charitySweet Charity
Musical theater fans have officially gone mad in anticipation of Sutton Foster’s casting as Charity in Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Field’s 1966 hit. She’s got quite a legacy to follow, including Gwen Verdon and Debbie Allen. This production, presented in an intimate setting by The New Group, features original choreography by Joshua Bergasse (On the Town) and promises a fresh, modern perspective by Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman (Violet, Well).

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the classic musical Sweet Charity, the musical follows Charity Hope Valentine, the sassy, diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water.

Sutton Foster, Ryan Worsing and Joel Perez in rehearsal for The New Group's production of 'Sweet Charity.' (Photo: Hunter Canning via The Broadway Blog.)

Sutton Foster, Ryan Worsing and Joel Perez in rehearsal for The New Group’s production of ‘Sweet Charity.’ (Photo: Hunter Canning via The Broadway Blog.)

Sweet Charity
The Romulus Linney Courtyward Theatre
at The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 West 42nd Street
Opening night: November 20
(Limited run through January 8, 2017)

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on social media at @roodeloo

 

 

 

 

Three to See: October – Revival Edition

October 4th, 2016 Comments off

It’s show time! After a gloomy late summer when Broadway shows were shuttering like a hurricane was about to blow into town, things are picking up with a slew of new openings. This month, what’s old is new again with three revivals that hope to capitalize on big stars, Tony Award-winning composers, and creative visions for classic material. We’ll see what sticks!

The Front PageThe Front Page
Written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, The Front Page first opened at the Times Square Theatre in 1928. Nearly 90 years later, this revival marks the sixth production to hit the boards.

The play takes place in the press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building, which is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson (John Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Nathan Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.

Often cited as the greatest play ever written about the newspaper business, The Front Page has also been a hit on screen. A 1931 film version starred Adolphe Menjou as Walter Burns and Pat O’Brien as Hildy Johnson. The 1940 film adaptation, His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant as Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell as a now-female Hildy Johnson, is considered one of the classics of the screwball comedy genre, and in 1993 was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The Front Page
Broadhurst Theatre
235 West 44th Street
Opening night: October 20

 

The cast of Lincoln Center Theatre's 'Falsettos.'

The cast of Lincoln Center Theatre’s ‘Falsettos.’

Falsettos
What other show could open with “four Jews in a room bitching” other than William Finn and James Lapine’s 1992 look at love and life through the lens of the AIDS crisis?

The groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos comes back to Broadway this fall in an all-new production from Lincoln Center Theater. Lapine returns to direct an extraordinary cast featuring Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Tony Award), Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz (An American in Paris) and Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years).

Falsettos revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, lover, about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories.

Falsettos
Walter Kerr Theater
219 West 48th Street
Opening night: October 27

Les Liasons Dangereuses

Les Liasons Dangereuses

Les Liasons Dangereuses
Talk about a power play. Live Schreiber, Tony Award winner for Best Actor in Glengarry Glen Ross and star of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan”; and Janet McTeer, Tony winner for Best Actress in A Doll’s House, return to Broadway in one of the sexiest plays ever written.

Les Liasons Dangereuses begins with two ex-lovers who scheme to ruin the reputation of an innocent young aristocrat. As their game of seduction and manipulation becomes more intricate, they quickly discover that the stakes are higher than they bargained for… and their last encounter may be their most dangerous by far.

Direct from London, McTeer reprises her role in the Donmar Warehouse’s critically acclaimed, sold-out production. Written by Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton, re-imagined by Olivier Award nominee and Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke, and brought to Broadway by the Tony-winning producer of Red, this staging promises to breathe a bold new life into one of the theater’s most provocative and intriguing plays. 

Les Liasons Dangereuses
Booth Theatre
222 West 45th Street
Opening night: October 30

Three to See: September

September 1st, 2016 Comments off

Broadway is slowing coming out of its summer hibernation, but our eyes are wandering toward Off Broadway and beyond for our top picks of the month.

MCC All the Ways to Say I Love YouAll the Ways to Say I Love You
An unconventional triple threat conspires for one of the most anticipated plays of the fall: Neil LaBute’s All the Ways to Say I Love You.

Starring the formidable Judith Light under the direction of Leigh Silverman, the play follows high school English teacher and guidance counselor Mrs. Johnson. As she recounts her experiences with a favored student from her past, Mrs. Johnson slowly reveals the truth that is hidden just beneath the surface details of her life. The solo play about “love, hard choices, and the cost of fulfilling an all-consuming desire.”

All the Ways to Say I Love You
MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel
121 Christopher Street
Previews begin September 6

Marie and Rosetta Atlantic TheaterMarie and Rosetta
Before there was Aretha Franklin or Tina Turner, there was Sister Rosetta Tharpe. A legend in her time, she brought fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of ‘race records’ in the 30’s and 40’s, performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club. She filled a baseball stadium for her (third) wedding yet ended up in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia.

The play chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.

Marie and Rosetta
Atlantic Theater
Linda Gross Theater
336 West 20th Stret
Opening night: September 12

verso off broadwayVerso
“We’ve got magic to do just for you…” No, it’s not Pippin. Instead, Neil Patrick Harris directs Helder Guimarães in a contemporary magic show likely to bewilder and amaze audiences. Bear witness as he pushes the very limits of magic, and challenges just how much you’re willing to accept what your eyes assume to be true.

Verso
New World Stages
340 West 50th Street
Opening night: September 28

 

Three to See: August

August 8th, 2016 Comments off

Summer heat in New York City is no joke. We’d almost rather sit through a revival of Mamma Mia! than suffer in the stench of Gotham at its worst. Fortunately, no such production exists… yet. But theatres are still fairly quiet. The New York Musical Festival wrapped up its 13th season and The New York International Fringe Festival (August 12-28) is about to get underway. But we suggest using those frequent flyer miles and getting out of dodge so this month’s picks cross state (and country) lines!

(l to r) Rachel York and Betty Buckley in 'Gray Gardens.' (Photo: Craig Schwartz via The Broadway Blog.)

(l to r) Rachel York and Betty Buckley in ‘Gray Gardens.’ (Photo: Craig Schwartz via The Broadway Blog.)

Grey Gardens
Who can forget Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson’s Tony Award-winning performances in Grey Gardens. You just may after seeing Rachel York and Betty Buckley take on the roles of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ most eccentric relatives. Their notorious recluse and fall from society (captured in the 1975 documentary by the same name) is newly restaged by director Michael Wilson at Center Theatre Group.

Grey Gardens
Center Theatre Group
135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
Through August 14

Marriott Lincolnshire

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
There’s a reason why this musical about the rise of fictional character J. Pierrepont Finch up the corporate ladder is constantly revived. The musical won seven Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. This fantastic score by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows gets a theatre-in-the round (or square, in this case) interpretation at one of Chicago’s longstanding dinner theatres. Directed by Don Stephenson.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Marriott Theatre
Ten Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
Opening night: August 31

"The Naked Magicians" (Photo: London Theatre Direct via The Broadway Blog.)

“The Naked Magicians” (Photo: London Theatre Direct via The Broadway Blog.)

The Naked Magicians
Admittedly, we’re going below the belt for our third pick of the month, but hey—sometimes it’s nice to get a bit naughty. The show features magic, mirth and a touch of mayhem as these two hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.

Stripping away the top hats and capes (and the rest of their attire as well), The Naked Magicians’ juicy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing full frontal illusions and a new meaning to “now you see it…” Good magicians don’t need sleeves and great magicians don’t need pants. This show proves just that.

The Naked Magicians
Trafalgar Studios, London
Opening night: August 31

 

Three to See: July

July 7th, 2016 Comments off

The heat is on. Summer is in full swing and Broadway casualties are dropping like a dehydrated groupie waiting in line for Hamilton cancellation tickets. No more Shuffle Along, She Loves Me, Bright Star, American Psycho, The Crucible, or Fully beyond.

Daniel Radcliffe (Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

Daniel Radcliffe (Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com via The Broadway Blog.)

Privacy
Daniel Radcliffe returns to the New York stage in a new play by James Graham that explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the funny and heart-breaking travails of a lonely guy Radcliffe), who arrives in the city to figure out how to like, tag, and share his life without giving it all away.

This provocative theatrical event will ask audiences to charge their phones, leave them ON during the performance and to embark on a fascinating dive online and into a new reality where we’re all connected… for better or worse.

Privacy
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street, NYC
Opening: July 18

 

CatsCATS
Jellicle cats come one, come all. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical 1983 Tony Award-winning musical has been loved and loathed by theatergoers for more than three decades.

Trevor Nunn returns to remount the production with new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (based on the original by Gillian Lynne, who reportedly was none to happy about the decision to revisit her work.) Leona Lewis makes her Broadway debut in the role of Grizabella, for which Betty Buckley won a Tony Award. We’ll see how many lives this CATS has.

CATS
Neil Simon Theatre
250 West 52nd Street, NYC
Opening: July 31

 

War Paint

War Paint
Chicago’s Goodman Theatre premieres this new musical starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as iconic female entrepreneurs Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. Their 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to the cosmetics industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their rivalry was relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men. Directed by Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

War Paint
Goodman Theatre
170 North Dearborn, Chicago
Opening: July 18

 

Three to See: June

June 2nd, 2016 Comments off

There’s a hush that’s fallen upon Broadway this summer as a number of this year’s musicals have shuttered (so long, Tuck Everlasting, American Psycho, and the soon-to-close Finding Neverland). But there’s still plenty to see this month and we’re casting our net beyond the Great White Way to showcase new and noteworthy productions worth seeking out.

Taming of the ShrewThe Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare in the Park is back, this time with an all-female production of one of the Bard’s classics. Tony nominated director Phyllida Lloyd directs Cush Jumbo, Janet McTeer in a cast of 15 as they reimagine Shakespeare’s original screwball comedy.

The Taming of the Shrew
The Delecorte Theatre in Central Park
Opening night: June 14 (through June 26)


New York Spectacular

New York Spectacular
There’s nothing quite as iconic in New York City than Radio City Music Hall, and within that legendary venue you’ll find the Radio City Rockettes. This summer’s limited-run production features direction and choreography by Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels and book by Drama Desk Award winner Douglas Carter Beane and promises to showcase the Rockettes as never before.

New York Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas, NYC
June 15 – August 7


Broadway Bares XXVI
It’s hard to believe that this sexy fundraiser is already in its mid-twenties. This year’s theme, “On Demand,” promises to deliver the best of Broadway stripped down to, well… practically nothing. Proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bares XXVI
Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street
June 19
9:30 p.m. / midnight

Three to See: May

May 5th, 2016 Comments off

Now that the Tony Award nominations have been announced, we can all breathe a bit easier knowing that Hamilton will likely sweep every major category… but let’s make room for some of the other successful shows this season, eh? We’ll be offering a peek at some of our favorite moments from the past season, but in the meantime, May brings us some interesting openings worth checking out:

INDECENT

Indecent Vineyard Theatre
The Vineyard Theatre is on fire this season after Colman Domingo’s DOTThe Off Broadway theatre returns with Indecent by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive). This new play with music is inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance — a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.

Indecent
Vineyard Theatre
108 East 15th Street, NYC
Opening night: May 17

HADESTOWN

Hadestown NYTW
Put on your theatrical thinking cap… with Hadestown, celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and inventive two-time Obie Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Three Pianos; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) transform Mitchell’s “phenomenal concept album” (Rolling Stone) into a bold new work for the stage. This folk opera follows Orpheus’ mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. Inspired by traditions of classic American folk music and vintage New Orleans jazz, Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against death.

Hadestown
New York Theatre Workshop
79 East Fourth Street, NYC
Opening night: May 23

PARAMOUR

Paramour (Photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

Paramour (Photo: Richard Termine via The Broadway Blog.)

Cirque du Soleil comes to Broadway with this landmark production, that aims to provide a new experience for both traditional Broadway musical theatergoers and Cirque du Soleil’s fans. The show will have many of the elements beloved on Broadway: a timeless love story, live musicians, and professional actors in lead roles; but with the Cirque du Soleil aesthetic integrated throughout the show: visionary production design on a grand scale, world class entertainment, and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Hopefully Spider-Man has cleared the building.

Paramour
Lyric Theatre
213 West 42nd Street, NYC
Opening night: May 25

Three to See: April

April 5th, 2016 Comments off

April showers are raining on Broadway this month with last-minute openings for productions to be eligible for this year’s Tony Awards (the cut-off date is April 28). It was tough list to narrow down, but these are the three that we’ve got our eyes on (with a bonus show just for good measure!)

Jessie Mueller in 'Waitress.' (Photo: Jeremy Daniel via The Broadway Blog.)

Jessie Mueller in ‘Waitress.’ (Photo: Jeremy Daniel via The Broadway Blog.)

Waitress
Broadway’s favorite darling and Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carol King Musical) leads the cast as Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. With music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, book by Jessie Nelson, and direction by Diana Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland), this team of female powerhouses promises to deliver a heaping serving of musical theater.

Waitress
Brooks Atkinson Theatre
256 West 47th Street
Opening night: April 24

fully committedFully Committed
Our favorite funny man Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) finally returns to Broadway in a hilarious revival of Becky Mode’s one-person play, which was originally an Off Broadway tour de force.

You think you’re having a bad day at work? Meet Sam. He covers the red-hot reservation line at one of New York’s most exclusive restaurants, juggling desperate diners, scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, celebrity divas, panicked waiters and a fame-hungry chef. And in this sidesplitting comedy, Ferguson plays all 40 characters!

Fully Committed
Lyceum Theatre
149 West 45th Street
Opening night: April 25

 

shuffle along

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 And All That Followed
If there’s one show that might have just as much historical resonance and reinvention than runaway hit Hamilton, it’s this star-packed, behind-the-scenes look at the 1921 musical that redefined Broadway.

This retelling is helmed by director George C. Wolfe and stars Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brooks Ashmanskas, and features choreography by Savion Glover. Put on your tapping shoes, this is going to be one wild ride! 

Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 And All That Followed
Music Box Theatre
239 West 45th Street
Opening night: April 28 

BONUS PICK

Glenn Close in 'Sunset Boulevard' at the English National Opera. (Photo: Richard Hubert Smith via The Broadway Blog.)

Glenn Close in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ at the English National Opera. (Photo: Richard Hubert Smith via The Broadway Blog.)


Skip the pond and head to the English National Opera’s revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring its original Broadway leading lady, Glenn Close. Critics are raving about her performance!

Sunset Boulevard
English National Opera
Through May 7, 2016.