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Three to See: March

March 5th, 2016 Comments off

The 2015-16 season is kicking into high gear, with three unique musicals opening this month that are sure to catch your attention. Here are our top picks of what not to miss…

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Southern Comfort
Transgender themes continue to prevail in 2016, with Southern Comfort as the latest theatrical endeavor to tackle the topic. Based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary, the new musical tells the true story of a group of transgender friends living life on their own terms in the back hills of rural Georgia. Tony-winning lyricist/composer of Falsettos William Finn calls Southern Comfort, “remarkable,” with a score that “mines the country’s heart, and unveils, along its way, surprising pathways to a new world.”

Southern Comfort
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
Opening night: March 7

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in 'She Loves Me.' (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti in ‘She Loves Me.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus the The Broadway Blog.)

She Loves Me
The Roundabout’s 50th anniversary season continues with a revival of She Loves Me, a beloved musical that served as inspiration for the hit film You’ve Got Mail. Scott Ellis directs a star-studded cast including Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Gavin Creel, Jane Krakowski, and Michael McGrath.

She Loves Me follows Amalia and Georg, two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

She Loves Me
Studio 54
254 West 54th Street, NYC
Opening night: March 17

The cast of 'Bright Star' (Photo:  Joan Marcus - Kennedy Center production, via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Bright Star’ (Photo: Joan Marcus – Kennedy Center production, via The Broadway Blog.)

Bright Star
Grammy winners Steve Martin and Edie Brickell have teamed up to write a moving tapestry that tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago) directs.

Bright Star
Cort Theatre
138 West 48th Street, NYC
Opening night: March 24

Three to See: February

February 3rd, 2016 Comments off

It’s been a mild winter but things are heating up Off Broadway. Take a look at our top picks of the month!

Company XIV's 'Snow White' (Photo: Steven Trumon via The Broadway Blog.)

Company XIV’s ‘Snow White’ (Photo: Steven Trumon via The Broadway Blog.)

Company XIV’s Snow White
Artistic director Austin McCormick is back with another voluptuous, adult-only fairly tale inspired by the Brothers Grimm. Expect a dark, dangerous and decadent evening of circus, opera, dance, theatre, music, high fashion and lavish design. The show contains partial nudity—16 and over admitted.

Company XIV’s work is a unique mash up of classical texts, Baroque choreography, eclectic music, pop culture, opera, burlesque, ballet, gender bending, high fashion, theatrical staging and sumptuous design that has wowed both audiences and critics. Taking his cue from theatre/dance/opera under the reign of Louis XIV, director/choreographer Austin McCormick creates a compelling 360-degree experience for audiences. The players of Company XIV are theatrical libertines, who tempt, delight and fully immerse their audiences in the experience of their performances, inviting them to be seduced and liberated!

Snow White
Minetta Lane Theatre
18-22 Minetta Lane, NYC
Opening night: February 3
Through March 12

(l to r) Bill Irwin, Shaina Taub, and David Shiner in 'Old Hats.' (Photo: Kevin Berne from the ACT production in San Francisco.)

(l to r) Bill Irwin, Shaina Taub, and David Shiner in ‘Old Hats.’ (Photo: Kevin Berne from the ACT production in San Francisco.)


Old Hats

What’s old is new again at Signature Theatre Company, where Bill Irwin and David Shiner bring their whimsical theatrical combination of music, technology and movement back to the state. This production reunites the clowns with original director Tina Landau and introduces their new songstress and comic foil Shaina Taub, hailed as “a young Judy Garland meets grown-up Lisa Simpson” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Old Hats
Signature Theatre Company
The Pershing Square Signature Theatre
480 West 42nd Street, NYC
Opening night: February 18
Through April 3

Dot Vineyard Theatre

Dot
Susan Stroman momentarily puts her dancing shoes aside and sidesteps from musical theater to helm Dot, a new play by Colman Domingo. The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.

Domingo (Wild With Happy) reunites with Stroman at The Vineyard following his solo show A Boy And His Soul and his Tony Award-nominated performance in The Scottsboro Boys, also directed by Stroman.

Dot
The Vineyard Theatre
108 East 15th Street, NYC
Opening night: February 23
Through March 20

Three to See: January

January 4th, 2016 Comments off

The curtain rises on a new year of theatrical invention! What can we expect in 2016? … Plenty of drama. Here are our three picks for January. Buckle in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Royal Shakespeare CompanyRichard II
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and who better to commemorate one of the world’s most notable playwrights than The Royal Shakespeare Company? The company has presented KING AND COUNTRY: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings — a complete season cycle featuring Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V in repertoire, but Richard II stands alone January 7-10 with David Tennant in the title role. If you can’t jump the pond this weekend, mark your calendar for March 24 through May 1, when the production arrives at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Richard II
Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre
January 7 – 10
Brooklyn Academy of Music
March 24 – May 1

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life
The temperature has finally dropped in New York City but things are heating up at New World Stages, where Maurice Hines showcases his legendary tap dancing and pays tribute to his brother, Gregory, and the performers who inspired him. Hines first appeared on Broadway in 1954 in the short-lived The Girl in the Pink Tights. Along for the ride are his protégés, The Manzari Brothers, and The Diva Jazz Orchestra, an all-female big band.

(l to r) Leo Manzari, Maurice Hines and John Manzari (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

(l to r) Leo Manzari, Maurice Hines and John Manzari (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life
New World Stages
340 West 50th Street
Opening night: January 11

The cast of 'Noises Off' (photo: Jenny Anderson via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of ‘Noises Off’ (photo: Jenny Anderson via The Broadway Blog.)

Noises Off
This hilarious backstage farce returns to Broadway for its third incarnation. The original 1983 production starred Victor Garber and Dorothy Louden. It was revived in 2001 and earned Katie Finneran a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. The Roundabout tackles this latest incarnation with the hilarious Andrea Martin, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure, and Campbell Scott, among the cast. Hopefully the laugh-fest will endure.

Noises Off
American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
Opening night: January 14

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

Three to See: December

December 3rd, 2015 Comments off

Do you want “naughty” or “nice” this holiday season? New York theater is offering it all, so gather your friends and loved ones and head to one of our favorite picks of the month!

Ryann Redmond (l) and Bonnie Milligan (r) in 'Gigantic.' (Photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Ryann Redmond (l) and Bonnie Milligan (r) in ‘Gigantic.’ (Photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Gigantic
Go big or go home. Vineyard Theatre presents Gigantic, a new musical that some may remember from 2009’s New York Musical Theater Festival, when it was called Fat Camp and received the “Best of Fest” award.

Getting shipped off to weight-loss camp is hardly Robert’s idea of the perfect summer, but even he isn’t prepared for what can be lost or gained at Camp Overton, the “#3 weight-loss camp in Southern Pennsylvania.” With biting humor and irreverence, Gigantic tackles the growing pains of adolescence through the experiences of a bunch of misfit teens forced to find solace in one another as they look — inside and out— for acceptance, a hot make-out session, and the last contraband Butterfinger.

Gigantic
The Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
Opening night: December 3
Through December 20

'The Color Purple' at Menier Chocolate Factory (Photo: Nobby Clark via The Broadway Blog.)

‘The Color Purple’ at Menier Chocolate Factory (Photo: Nobby Clark via The Broadway Blog.)

The Color Purple
Director John Doyle reinvents The Color Purple, which opened a decade ago starring LaChanze (a role which earned her a Tony Award). His acclaimed 2013 from the Menier Chocolate Factory jumps the pond, this time starring Cynthia Ervio and Jennifer Hudson. Expect big voices in this musical adaptation based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The Color Purple
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 West 45th Street
Opening night: December 10

Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress
This one’s a wild card, but if anyone can pull it off, it would be the groundbreaking Transport Group. Directed by Jack Cummings III, Once Upon a Mattress stars the loud-mouthed Jackie Hoffman (On the Town, Hairspray) and John “Lypsinka” Epperson (Lypsinka’s The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford).

During a kingdom-wide search to find a princess fit for the hapless Prince Dauntless, in swims the less-than-regal Princess Winnifred the Woebegone (Hoffman).  Unrefined and undeniably charming, Winnifred is like no princess Dauntless has ever seen and his heart is captured.  The truly terrible Queen Aggravain (Lypsinka) goes on a mission to come between her son and his soulmate in this retelling of the classic story of “The Princess and the Pea.” This is a Happily-Ever-After unlike any other!

Once Upon a Mattress
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
Opening night: December 13
Through January 3

Three to See: October

October 5th, 2015 Comments off

What does October have in store for Broadway and beyond? Our picks include a violent romantic obsession, epic sci-fi trilogy, and good old-fashioned musical revival. Go to the theater!

Fool For Love

Fool For Love
Sam Shepard’s searing romantic drama premiered in San Francisco in 1983 starring Ed Harris and Kathy Baker before transferring to New York with the same cast. This revival features Manhattan Theatre Club favorite Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell. Be prepared for plenty of sparks as these two former lovers hole up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert and unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship.

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street, NYC
Opening night: October 8
Through December 6

The Honeycomb TrilogyThe Honeycomb Trilogy
Last year brought us the Royal Shakespeare Company’s epic Wolf Hall, a massive two-part theatrical endeavor that explored the reign of King Henry VIII. Not to be outdone, Off Broadway welcomes Gideon Productions’ sci-fi extravaganza, The Honeycomb Trilogy by Mac Rogers.

Advance Man centers on the family of Bill Cooke, the leader of a group of astronauts who have returned from the first manned mission to Mars bearing secrets and illicit cargo that could forever alter not only their lives, but all of humanity. Blast Radius follows a brother and sister on opposite sides of an extraterrestrial occupation as each rushes to carry out plans that will change the human race forever. In Sovereign, the final installment, the human race is slowly rebuilding. Ronnie, now a battle-scarred Governor, must decide the fate of the greatest war criminal still living: her brother Abbie, whose last desperate measure on behalf of the aliens forces a confrontation between species that will forever change the future of the human race.

The Gym at Judson
55 Washington Square South
Opening night: October 13
Through November 14

 

(l to r) Lesli Margherita, Eloise Kropp and Mara Davi in 'Dames at Sea' (Photo: Nathan Johnson via The Broadway Blog.)

(l to r) Lesli Margherita, Eloise Kropp and Mara Davi in ‘Dames at Sea’ (Photo: Nathan Johnson via The Broadway Blog.)

Dames at Sea
There’s plenty of genre-busting theatrical innovation this season on Broadway with the arrival of Hamilton and Spring Awakening revival, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a warm-fuzzy show that celebrates the golden era of movie musicals with dazzling dames and a heart as big as the ocean. Dames at Sea originally starred legendary performer Bernadette Peters in its Off Broadway run. This is the show’s first appearance on Broadway.

Follow Ruby as she steps off a bus in Manhattan and into her first Broadway show. Hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished, so it is “all hands on deck” to find a stage to put on the show. Featuring rollicking tap dancing, love at first sight, joyful music and a boatload of laughs, this glittering musical extravaganza has everything you need to sweep your glooms away.

Helen Hayes Theatre
240 West 44th Street, NYC
Opening night: October 22
Open ended run.

Three to See: September

September 2nd, 2015 Comments off

“Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh
so mellow.” – The Fantasticks

New York’s theater scene is anything but slow and mellow this fall, as the season gears up with some innovative new productions that have us on the edge of our seats. Here are the Broadway Blog’s top picks for the month.

 

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE

(l to r) Keith_Nobbs, Matt McGrath, and Wayne Duvall in 'The Legend of Georgia McBride.' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

(l to r) Keith Nobbs, Matt McGrath, and Wayne Duvall in ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride.’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

What happens when an Elvis impersonator becomes a winning drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? Playwright Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man) dishes up a southern comedy starring Matt McGrath (Boys Don’t Cry) and directed by Mike Donahue.

MCC Theater and the Lucille Lortel
121 Christopher Street, NYC
Opening night: September 9

 

SPRING AWAKENING


Duncan Sheik’s stirring, coming-of-age musical won eight Tony awards when it opened in 2006. The newly reimagined Deaf West Theatre production revisits the work, starring Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and choreographed by Emmy award-nominated So You Think You Dance choreographer Spencer Liff.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre
256 West 47th Street, NYC
Opening night: September 27

 

CINDERELLA

Davon Rainey in Company XIV's 'Cinderella' (photo: Steven Trumon Gray via The Broadway Blog.)

Davon Rainey in Company XIV’s ‘Cinderella’ (photo: Steven Trumon Gray via The Broadway Blog.)


Move over, Disney. Austin McCormick’s Company XIV returns with an adults-only tale of the girl with the glass slipper. Expect a baroque-burlesque confection of theater, dance, music, circus, opera and sumptuous design.

Company XIV at the Minetta Lane Theatre
18 Minetta Lane, NYC
Opening night: September 30

Matthew Wexler is the Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @roodeloo.

Three to See: August

August 5th, 2015 Comments off

HAMILTON

Carleigh Bettiol, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., and Anthony Ramos in "Hamilton" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Carleigh Bettiol, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., and Anthony Ramos in The Public Theatre’s production of “Hamilton” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)


Touted as the greatest theatrical endeavor to hit Broadway since A Chorus Line, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop retelling of Alexander Hamilton’s life and times has raked in a whopping $30 million advance sale. Is it worth it? Absolutely. History never looked so good.

Hamilton
Richard Rogers Theatre
226 West 46th Street
Opening night: August 6

Patrick Page, Kate Burton, Hamish Linklater, and Teagle F. Bougere in 'Cymbeline' (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

Patrick Page, Kate Burton, Hamish Linklater, and Teagle F. Bougere in ‘Cymbeline’ (photo: Carol Rosegg via The Broadway Blog.)

CYMBELINE
A Shakespearean fairytale, Cymbeline is the story of Princess Imogen’s fidelity that is put to the royal test when her disapproving father banishes her soul mate. Cross-dressing girls and boys, poisons and swordfights, and dastardly villains all take the stage in this enchanting romp about the conquering power of love. Plus, who can resist a free evening of theater under the stars in Central Park?

Cymbeline
The Delacorte Theatre in Central Park
Opening night: August 10

 

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Waitress
If you’re looking for a reason to take a theatrical road trip, head to American Repertory Theatre to catch Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller in the new musical, Waitress. With a book by Jessie Nelson and music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles, the story follows a down-on-her-luck, small town waitress as she pursues big dreams when a pie contest (and the town’s new doctor) offers her a chance at her dreams. Directed by Pippin’s Diane Paulus, we’re expecting compelling musical drama but without the circus tricks.

Waitress
American Repertory Theatre
64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Opening night: August 19

Matthew Wexler is the Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @roodeloo.

Three to See: July

July 6th, 2015 Comments off

Summer sizzles as Broadway and beyond heats up with new productions and some old favorites. Here’s what The Broadway Blog recommends this month…

Penn Jilette (left) and Teller. (Photo: George Francis via The Broadway Blog.)

Penn Jilette (left) and Teller. (Photo: George Francis via The Broadway Blog.)

Penn & Teller on Broadway
For 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels—and at times physics and good taste—by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy. With sold out runs on Broadway, world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials and hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from “Letterman” to “Fallon,” comedy’s most enduring team shows no signs of slowing down.

The duo made their off-Broadway debut in 1985 and first played Broadway in 1987. Following a national tour, they returned to Broadway in 1991 with The Refrigerator Tour which then moved off-Broadway. Their last New York stage appearance was a weeklong engagement at the Beacon Theatre in 2000. This will be a rare opportunity for New Yorkers and tourists to see Penn & Teller live on Broadway.

Penn & Teller on Broadway
Marquis Theatre
1535 Broadway
Opening night: July 12

 

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Ruthless!
Before there was “Toddlers & Tiaras” there was Ruthless!, an off-Broadway hit that first appeared 23 years ago at the Players Theatre. The show won both the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most notably, the production featured a few young girls in the role of Tina whose names might be familiar to contemporary audiences including Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy. The show continues to be a favorite among regional theaters and productions are continually being staged around the globe.

But make no mistake – this is not your mother’s Ruthless!. This is no mere revival, but a newly imagined meditation on narcissism, talented tykes and stage mothers.

Ruthless!
St. Luke’s Theatre
308 West 46th Street
Opening July 13

'Amazing Grace' (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

‘Amazing Grace’ (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Amazing Grace
In case you were wondering, Hamilton isn’t the only historical musical rolling into town this summer. Amazing Grace premiered in Chicago last year and is finally making its way to Broadway. Amazing Grace is based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. A captivating tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, the story follows one man whose incredible journey ignited a historic wave of change that gave birth to the abolitionist movement.

The new musical features music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies).

The cast for Amazing Grace on Broadway will include members of the show’s sold-out Chicago run: Tony Award nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar), Erin Mackey (NY Philharmonic’s concert production of Sweeney Todd, Chaplin), Tony Award-winner Chuck Cooper (Act One, The Life), and more.

Amazing Grace
Nederlander Theatre
208 West 41st Street
Opening night: July 16

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @roodeloo.

There to See: June — Tony Edition

June 4th, 2015 Comments off

At the beginning of each month we take a look at new productions opening on (and off) Broadway, offering our highly opinionated take on where you should spend your hard-earned theater bucks. This month we’re revisiting our three favorite shows of the season and suggesting you quickly scramble to get tickets before they run away with Tony honors.

Alex Sharp (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Alex Sharp (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Whether you’re a fan of the original book by Mark Haddon or are experiencing Simon Stephens’ adaptation for the first time, Curious Incident is one of those rare evenings of theater that will make your heart skip a beat. Director Marianne Elliott (who helmed the Oliver Award-winning production at the National Theatre) along with choreographers Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett utilize the 10-member ensemble in ingenious and infinite ways—as animate as well as inanimate objects. But it is the design team’s sensory framework that catapults the play from spectacular to pure genius.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Barrymore Theatre
243 West 47th Street

 

"An American in Paris" (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

“An American in Paris” (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

An American in Paris
For anyone who danced around the bedroom as a child, listening to cast recordings and dreaming of the day he or she might be on Broadway, An American in Paris is that dream come true.

Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, there isn’t a show on Broadway that comes close when it comes to storytelling through dance. Carried along by George and Ira Gershwin’s score, the musical is a sweeping celebration of musical theater.

An American in Paris
Palace Theatre
1564 Broadway

Kelli O'Hara ('The King and I' on Broadway/Facebook)

Kelli O’Hara (‘The King and I’ on Broadway/Facebook)

Kelli O’Hara in The King and I
She’s received six Tony Award nominations (including this year’s notch for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical), but O’Hara has yet to snag the coveted prize… until now. Her star turn as Anna Leonowens leads a cast of 50 in Barlett Sher’s gorgeous staging of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1951 classic. O’Hara is magnetic from the moment she appears on a magnificent ship sailing into Siam. And while that famous dress worn during “Shall We Dance?” took 20 yards of satin to create and delivers a circumference of nearly 30 feet, the actress is light as air. Her soaring soprano envelopes the rich score, but make no mistake—O’Hara is a superb actress on all fronts and delivers a performance of a lifetime.

The King and I
Vivian Beaumont Theater
Lincoln Center

Matthew Wexler is the Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on Twitter at @roodeloo.

Three to See: May

May 12th, 2015 Comments off

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You didn’t think we forgot about our monthly theater hotlist, did you? After more than a dozen productions opening last month, we had to catch our breath—but fear not. More curtains are rising this month. Here are the Broadway’s Blog’s picks:

An Act of GodAn Act of God
Not to be confused with Hand to God, this spring, God takes another form, this time starring four-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).The one-act comedy follows the Almighty and His devoted angels as they answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight… and He’s not holding back. Based on the critically acclaimed book The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, this new play was written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Wicked)

Studio 54
254 West 54th Street
Opening night: May 28
Through August 2

 

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Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is set in a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, where three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Barrow Street Theatre
27 Barrow Street
Opening night: May 28
Through August 30

 

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Ever After

Who didn’t love the charming film by the same name starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston? Three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall puts her creative spin on this musical adapatation and it’s no fairy tale. Ever After sets the record straight on the fable of Cinderella. It was never about fairy godmothers, talking mice, or magic pumpkins. Her name was Danielle and it was always about her wit, her smarts, her strength, and her good friend Leonardo da Vinci. She makes her own dreams come true. Warm and romantic, funny and smart, this is the musical you’ve been waiting for. Starring Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens), Charles Shaughnessy (The Nanny) and Margot Seibert (ROCKY).

Paper Mill Playhouse
22 Brookside Drive
Opening night: May 31
Through June 26

Matthew Wexler is The Broadway Blog’s editor. Follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram at roodeloo