Here is everything you need to know about the Broadway and Off-Broadway shows in NYC in 2022. Big Apple stages are alive with new plays and musicals, so it’s not surprising that theatre lovers are busy plotting their Broadway and Off-Broadway adventures. Even the most jaded theatregoer can’t help but be impressed by the elevated star stats rocking New York’s theatre scene right now. Not only are Broadway notables out in full force, but Hollywood has unleashed several of its A-listers onto Big Apple stages. So get ready for some serious celeb spotting under the lights (as well as out and about in Manhattan).
BROADWAY SHOWS IN NYC 2022
JULY BROADWAY SHOWS
New to the Aladdin cast: Dennis Stowe takes on the role of Jafar.
Aladdin (New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.) (Opened 3/20/14) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Like The Lion King, this Disney musical developed from animated origins has been a total crowd-pleaser since it arrived in 2014. This family-friendly magic carpet thrill ride flies onto the stage teeming with romance, mischief, and, of course, a wildly madcap Genie! The end result is a not-to-be-missed Broadway spectacular! (aladdinthemusical.com)
American Buffalo (Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St.) (Opened 4/14/22) (2 hrs.) David Mamet’s explosive and timely classic revolves around the business of crime and how it takes over three small-time hustlers. The all-star award-winning cast includes Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss. Limited run thru 7/10. (americanbuffalonyc.com)
Beetlejuice (Marriott Marquis Theatre, 210 W. 46th St.) (Reopened 4/8/22) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This wild ride of a musical returns to Broadway bringing with it an edgy and madcap take on life—and afterlife, once the gloriously irreverent and unapologetically scruffy title ghost insinuates himself into the life of “a strange and unusual” teen who has befriended the deceased former owners of her family’s new home. (beetlejuicebroadway.com)
Kim Exum and Cody Jamison Strand in The Book of Mormon, photo by Julieta Cervantes.
The Book of Mormon (Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St.) 2011 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 3/24/11) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) One of Broadway’s most successful, Tony-winning (nine in 2011!) musicals, from Trey Parker and Matt Stone—the duo behind South Park—follows a couple of wide-eyed Mormon missionaries whose first official assignment takes them to a remote village in Uganda. Divinely profane in all the right places!(bookofmormonbroadway.com)
Chicago reopening night, 2021. Photo: Daniel Rader.
Chicago (Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St.) 1997 Tony, Best Musical Revival (Opened 11/14/96) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Kander and Ebb’s musical vaudeville about those murderous tootsies Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly picked up a Tony for Best Musical Revival back in 1997 and has reigned as one of Broadway’s fiercest hits ever since. Sparkling with Bob Fosse’s choreographic legacy, the show’s cavalcade of colorful characters includes everyone from Billy Flynn and Mamma Morton to Amos Hart and Mary Sunshine. (chicagothemusical.com)
Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Come From Away (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.) (Opened 3/12/17) (100 mins., no intermission) One of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals is based on the true story that unfolded on 9/11, 2001 when 38 planes were ordered to land in the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland. What unfolded when the stranded international strangers deplaned was amazing: the locals stepped up to host them, leading to extraordinary camaraderie. Worth noting: Christopher Ashley picked up the 2017 Tony for Best Direction of a Musical. Thru 10/2. (comefromaway.com)
Patti LuPone and Katrina Lenk in Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Company (Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St.) 2022 Tony, Best Musical Revival (Opened 12/9/21) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical has been given a gender and modern-day revamp. Starring Tony winners Katrina Lenk (as Bobbie) and Patti LuPone (as Joanne), the show uses Bobbie’s 35th birthday party as a launching pad for a score featuring such show-stopping numbers as “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and “Being Alive.” Thru 7/31. (companymusical.com)
Photo: Matthew Murphy.
Dear Evan Hansen (Music Box Theater, 239 W. 45th St.) 2017 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 12/4/16) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) It picked up the 2017 Best Musical Tony, with its compelling story line about the title high school character who felt like an invisible outsider until a tragic event thrust him into the center of controversy and he’s given the chance to be somebody else. Unique and deeply personal, this unique show is about a little lie that changes everything. Thru 9/18. (dearevanhansen.com)
Beanie Feldstein (Fanny Brice) and Ramin Karimloo (Nick Arnstein) in Funny Girl. Photo: Matthew Murphy, 2022.
Funny Girl (August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St.) (Opened 4/24/22) (2 hrs., 50 mins.) This long-awaited first Broadway revival of the celebrated Fanny Brice musical bio comes to life with a revised book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein and starring Beanie Feldstein (American Crime Story: Impeachment), Jane Lynch (Glee), and Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables). (funnygirlonbroadway.com)
Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer of Hadestown. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St.) 2019 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 4/17/19) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This unique musical follows the overlapping love stories of Orpheus & Eurydice and Hades & Persephone. The action unfolds in both a stylized New Orleans setting and Hades' stomping ground, The Underworld. As for the score, think New Orleans jazz melded with American folk music. (hadestown.com)
Miguel Cervantes and the ensemble of Hamilton, (c) Joan Marcus 2021.
Hamilton (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St.) 2016 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 8/6/15) (2 hrs., 55 mins.) Visionary Lin-Manuel Miranda’s white-hot historical musical that redefined Broadway. Told through a score of musical theatre, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B, the Pulitzer Prize-winning show has also scooped up Tony, Olivier, and Grammy awards. Act fast. (hamiltonmusical.com)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Lyric Theatre, 214 W. 43rd St.) 2018 Tony, Best Play (Opened 4/22/18) (3 hrs., 30 mins.) Now a single night of exciting theatre, this visually spectacular production begins where the film series ends and follows the friendship between Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son, Scorpius—BFFs whose magical misadventures involve Time-turner shenanigans and a mysterious friend. Familiar characters plus a new generation of Hogwarts students make this a must-see for fans of the books and movies. (harrypottertheplay.com)
Into the Woods (St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.) (From 6/28/2022) (2 hrs., 45 mins.) Direct from its sold-out New York City Center Encores! run, this latest revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony-winning musical weaves together some of the Brothers Grimm’s most beloved fairy tales and characters for a show that enchants. Limited run thru 8/21. (intothewoodsbway.com)
The Lion King (Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St.) 1998 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 11/13/97) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) The longest-running Disney production to grace Broadway—it arrived in November of 1997—this Tony-winning stage adaptation of the animated classic is a musical and visual treasure-trove to be savored. Set in the flourishing African Pride Land, the story follows lion prince Simba as grows from cub to king. Along the way, he makes friends, falls in love, and is subject to the machinations of his power-hungry uncle, Scar. (lionking.com)
Macbeth (Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.) (Opened 4/28/22) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Tony-winning director Sam Gold helms this thrilling new production starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga as the notorious Shakespearean couple whose bloody quest for power becomes tinged with soul-gripping guilt before the final curtain. Limited run thru 7/10.(macbethbroadway.com)
The Minutes (Studio 54, Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St.) (Opened 4/17/22) (90 mins., no intermission) Tracy Letts’ mega-hit from Steppenwolf Theatre Company will be resuming Broadway performances. The play looks at how small-town democracy is not always what it seems, with greed and hypocrisy forming its core—and change possible within “a matter of minutes.” Thru 7/24. (theminutesbroadway.com)
Myles Frost as Michael Jackson, photo by Matthew Murphy.
MJ the Musical (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.) (Opened 2/1/22) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) The new musical bio featuring over 25 Michael Jackson hits comes with a staggeringly impressive pedigree: book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and direction/choreography by Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon. (mjthemusical.com)
Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St.) 2020 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 7/25/19) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) A gleefully flamboyant stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 cinematic jukebox mashup, this Tony-winning musical from the 2019/2020 season takes place in a world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows, reveling in the decadence and high kicks in the legendary Parisian night spot once upon a retro time. Add a love triangle, Toulouse-Lautrec, and a score of over 70 songs!(moulinrougemusical.com)
Photo by Steve Schofield.
Mr. Saturday Night (Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.) (Opened 4/27/22) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Tony and Emmy winner Billy Crystal returns to Broadway in this new musical comedy based on his 1992 film of the same name. The story follows Buddy Young Jr., a one-time famous TV comedian who now some 40 years later seeks one more shot at the spotlight— and while he’s at it, one last shot at fixing the family he fractured along the way. (mrsaturdaynightonbroadway.com)
Photo by Joan Marcus.
The Music Man (Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway) (Opened 2/10/22) (2 hrs., 25 mins.) Meredith Willson’s beloved musical comedy returns to Broadway with an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. When con man Harold Hill arrives in River City to sell the townspeople the promise of a marching band, he gets more than he bargained for—including romance with Marian the librarian. No surprise this is one of the season’s hottest tickets! (musicmanonbroadway.com)
Sidney DuPont as Washington Henry, A.J. Shively as Owen Duignan and Ensemble in Paradise Square ©Kevin Berne
Paradise Square (Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.) (Opened 4/3/22) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) Conceived by Larry Kirwan, who co-wrote the book with Craig Lucas, Marcus Gardley, and Christina Anderson, this new musical centers on the racially diverse 1863 regulars at Paradise Square, a saloon in the slums of Lower Manhattan, and how their relationships come unraveled “by a country at war with itself.” (paradisesquaremusical.com)
Meghan Picerno as Christine and Ben Crawford as The Phantom. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
The Phantom of the Opera (Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St.) 1988 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 1/26/88) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This long-running record breaker opened in January, 1988 and picked up a Tony a few months later. Based on the Gaston Leroux thriller, Phantom centers on a beautiful young soprano and the mysterious masked figure who adores her. Featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Music of the Night,” the musical is as iconic as it is a visual masterpiece. (us.thephantomoftheopera.com)
Photo by Joan Marcus.
Plaza Suite (Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St.) (Opened 3/28/22) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This revival of the Neil Simon comedy triptych stars two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick alongside his real-life spouse, two-time Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker, in three separate vignettes unfolding in the noted New York hotel. Limited run thru 7/10. (plazasuitebroadway.com)
POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive (Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.) (Opened 4/27/22) (1 hr., 50 mins.) This modern farce unfolds when the U.S. President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis. Thankfully, the seven brilliant and beleaguered women whom he relies upon most are ready to risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. Limited run thru 8/14. (potusbway.com)
SIX (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.) (Opened 3/12/20) (80 mins., no intermission) Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry XIII take the mic to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power. This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their heads over! (sixonbroadway.com)
Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
A Strange Loop (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.) 2022 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 4/26/22) (100 mins., no intermission) Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, blisteringly funny musical exposes the heart and soul of Usher, a young gay artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, he wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life on stage by a hilarious ensemble. (strangeloopmusical.com)
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe in TINA. Photo by Manuel Harlan, 2021.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.) (Opened 11/7/19) (2 hrs., 45 mins.) From humble Tennessee beginnings to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. Featuring her most loved songs, the acclaimed production soars as it celebrates her resilience, talent, and overall star power. Big wheel [absolutely] keeps on turning, in this sparkling stage bio! Thru 8/14. (tinaonbroadway.com)
Photo by Emlio Madrid.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St.) (Reopening TBA) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) Set in 1930s Alabama, Aaron Sorkin’s theatrical take on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book follows small-town lawyer Atticus Finch (Greg Kinnear) as he defends a young black man in the face of ignorance and racial injustice. (tokillamockingbirdbroadway.com)
Brittney Johnson makes history as the first Black actor cast full-time as Glinda in Broadway’s Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Wicked (Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St.) (Opened 6/10/03) (2 hrs., 45 mins.) One of Broadway’s biggest success stories, this fantasy musical, based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, follows the friendship between two young girls—one smart, misunderstood, and green-hued; the other beautiful, ambitious, and popular. Wicked takes the world of Oz’s fairy tale roots and replants them into an eye-popping production that turns the original story spectacularly upside down. (wickedthemusical.com)
Coming Soon to Broadway
July 6th: The Kite Runner (Official opening is July 21st at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.) In this new play with music based on the best-selling novel, it’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, Afghanistan where the skies are filled with the excitement of a kite-flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir—two close childhood friends—can foresee the terrible incident that will shatter their lives forever. Limited run thru 10/30. (thekiterunnerbroadway.com)
September 13th: Almost Famous (Official opening is October 11th at a Shubert Theatre TBS) It’s 1973 and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, he’s thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. (almostfamousmusical.com)
September 14th: Leopoldstadt (Official opening is October 2nd at the Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.) Set in Vienna, Tom Stoppard’s latest work takes its title from the Jewish quarter. A passionate drama of love and endurance begins in the last days of 1899 and follows one extended family deep into the heart of the 20th-century. Full of wit and beauty, this Olivier Award-winning play spans 50 years of time over two hours. (leopoldstadtplay.com)
September 19th: Death of a Salesman (Official opening TBA at the Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St.) Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke reprise their roles as Willy and Linda Loman from the Old Vic revival of Arthur Miller’s classic, told from the perspective of an African American family. A powerful interpretation, it illuminates the dark underbelly of the American Dream and its elusive promise of equality and opportunity for all. Limited 17 week run. (salesmanonbroadway.com)
September 19th: The Piano Lesson (Official opening TBA at the St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.) August Wilson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece stars Samuel L. Jackson in the story of a brother and sister locked in a war over the fate of a family heirloom: a piano carved with the faces of their ancestors. Only by revisiting history can the siblings move forward. Limited 16-week run. (pianolessonplay.com)
September 27th: Topdog/Underdog (Official opening is October 20th at the John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.) Susan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, centering on two brothers, Lincoln and Booth—names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with three-card monte, the two come to learn the true nature of their history. Limited run. (topdogunderdog.com)
October 12th: Kimberly Akimbo (Official opening is November 10th at a Shubert Theatre, TBA). In this new musical Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side. (TBA)
October 13th: KPOP (Official opening is November 20th at Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St.) Starring K-POP superstar Luna, this new musical follows global pop sensations putting everything on the line for a one-night only concert, when one singer’s inner struggle threatens to dismantle a mega industry label. The multimedia production explores the discipline, talent, and ambition behind the international phenomenon. (kpopbroadway.com)
November 1st: Some Like It Hot (Official opening is December 11th at the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.) Starring Tony winner Christian Borle and Kinky Boots alum J. Harrison Ghee, this new musical comedy based on the classic film follows two musicians fleeing Chicago after witnessing a mob hit. With gangsters in pursuit, they join in an all-girl band, but can they hide in plain sight, or will the mob and/or love be their undoing?(somelikeithotmusical.com)
November 2nd: A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical (Official opening is December 4th at the Broadhurst Theatre 235 W. 44th St.) How did a poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn become one of the most universally adored showmen of all time? There’s only one way to tell it: a musical bio set to his era-defining smash hits that entranced the world. (abeautifulnoisethemusical.com)
November 3rd: Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT (Official opening is December 8th at theLincoln Center Theaters’ Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St.) This new version of the classic musical has been reimagined for the 21st century by award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin. Based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner, the epic tale, centering on King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot, features an iconic score that includes “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “Camelot.” (lct.org)
BROADWAY YOUR WAY: A VISITOR'S GUIDE
With the arrival of t-shirt and shorts weather, New York is awesome personified, and this is especially evident on Broadway where—in the span of just 11 blocks—the number of shows playing at one time outshines any other theatrical stretch on the planet. As a bonus, Tony nominations, awards, and celebs are currently front and center, so show time is officially prime time for Big Apple Broadway!
THE CLASS OF 2022 ON BROADWAY
The new show count for the season leading up to this year’s Tony Awards has been impressive and, in the category of musicals, eclectic. A concert format (along with some awesome contemporary costumery) brings the wives of Henry VIII to vivid, anachronistic life in SIX—a mega-hot ticket and deservedly so.
Nostalgia your thing? Opt for the highly anticipated first revival of Funny Girl and/or Hugh Jackman’s return to Broadway in The Music Man. Want to step back in time to the 1800s? Paradise Square offers a look at life against an unconventional historical backdrop. Then there’s Mr. Saturday Night, the musical comedy version of the 1992 Billy Crystal film, starring Mr. Crystal himself. MJ, Broadway’s latest jukebox musical/bio zeroes in on a portion of Michael Jackson’s life while gender-tweaked Company continues to dazzle with Tony winners Patti LuPone and Katrina Lenk. Finally, the year’s most lacerating, rule-defying, essential new musical, A Strange Loop, hit Broadway in a flurry of critical accolades—and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize already gracing playwright Michael R. Jackson’s award shelf.
PERFECT SCORES FOR BROADWAY MUSICALS
Whether it’s Tony trophies, rave reviews, cult status, or all of the above, some Broadway musicals continue to sell-out long after opening night. The Book of Mormon, e.g., has been showering audiences with blasphemous hilarity for 11 years, while June 10th marks Wicked’s 19th birthday, a celebration of multi-generational proportions. Hamilton, of course, is legend for being a colossal draw, while theatregoers are so moved by Come From Away they return again and again. Stylized and haunting, both Hadestown and Moulin Rouge! continue to beguile their audiences, just as Dear Evan Hansen, with its contemporary score and compassionate storyline, ranks as a top tier Broadway must-see.
FUNNY BUSINESS ON BROADWAY
No matter how you like your laughs—understated, sophisticated, or slapstick—New York stages have you covered. Where Tracy Letts’ dramady The Minutes serves up small town U.S.A. satire, black humor acolytes toss back pints in Hangmen’s Irish pub. If, however, you crave non-stop farce, I recommend two shows: POTUS—an impeccably profane, off-the-White House-wall political femme fest in which the grenade pin has been pulled, allowing seven major-league comics to overstep their own boundaries; and The Play That Goes Wrong, a former Broadway hit that’s now an Off-Broadway hilarity tour de force, capturing the hapless antics of an amateur theatrical troupe attempting a murder mystery while navigating serial cast, set, prop, and costume catastrophes.
FAMILY FABULOUS BROADWAY
If introducing a young family member to New York theatre is on your must-do list, there are a few shows you you’ll want to consider…and I promise, as an adult, you’ll be equally smitten! For starters, on Broadway, Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King are brilliant, kid-friendly versions (with a little grownup humor tucked in here and there) of the animated classics we grew up on. And for fans of J.K. Rawlings’ ever-expanding wizarding world, I’m pleased to report the next generation of Hogwarts students are not so “mischief managed” in the magically eye-popping Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Off-Broadway, I say why not indulge the kids—and your inner child—in off-the-wall high jinks served up by the three colorful deadpan dudes known as Blue Man Group.
EMOTIONAL IMPACT BROADWAY
Dramatic revivals are a really big deal this season thanks to VIP casts and the ways even vintage scripts take on new significance when viewed through a 2022 lens. A wide swath of themes—from greed (American Buffalo starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss), to power (Macbeth, showcasing Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga), to male sexuality (Take Me Out, with Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson)—have audiences enthralled.
And should you be looking for a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical opportunity, I urge you to check out Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning How I Learned to Drive with Mary Louise Parker and David Morse. Gently unraveling the same complex and disturbing relationship they portrayed Off-Broadway in 1997, the two actors embrace Vogel’s memory play with piercing subtlety. Mesmerizing on all counts: humanity, aversion, and humor.
SUPER CHARGED STAR POWER ON BROADWAY
If big name celebs top your Broadway wish list, look no further, we have the stars and where to find them (no telescopes needed)!
Tony winners Patty LuPone & Katrina Lenk: Company
Tony winner Laurence Fishburne, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy winner Darren Criss: American Buffalo
Tony winner Matthew Broderick and Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker: Plaza Suite
Tony winner Billy Crystal: Mr. Saturday Night
Tony winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster: The Music Man
Film stars Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga: Macbeth
Tony winners Tracy Letts, Blair Brown, and Jessie Mueller plus Noah Reid (Schitt’’s Creek): The Minutes
NOTES ON BROADWAY
It’s safe to say, buzz went ballistic when Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga signed on to play Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth. Eighty-sixing 007, Craig, alongside Oscar nominee Negga (Loving) in her Broadway debut, innervate the pulse and bloodlust of Shakespeare’s tragedy. (Before the show’s adrenalin-soaked momentum fades, I suggest doubling-down at Punchdrunk’s immersive Sleep No More version of the drama, unfolding throughout the McKittrick Hotel. The contrast will haunt you, guaranteed.)
Another high-profile twosome—Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse—are making theater history in the roles they originated Off-Broadway in 1997 in Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, How I Learned to Drive. The current production marks the drama’s Broadway debut.
Meanwhile, a headliner trifecta is spotlighting at Circle in the Square as Tony winner Laurence Fishburne (Two Trains Running; The Matrix), Oscar winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), and Emmy winner Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace; Glee) juggle greed and profanity in David Mamet’s classic American Buffalo.
And FYI, spring’s new show roster includes more than a few TV notables. Birthday Candles stars Emmy winner Debra Messing (Will & Grace), while Modern Family alum Jesse Tyler Ferguson shares the stage with Jesse Williams of Grey’s Anatomy in the revival of Take Me Out. Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tracy Letts, familiar to viewers of Homeland, wrote and costars in The Minutes. He’s assembled a cast that includes Tony winner Blair Brown, who rose to small screen fame in The Days and Night of Molly Dodd, and Noah Reid, best known as Patrick on Schitt’s Creek. Finally, there’s the long-awaited revival of Funny Girl, starring American Crime Story: Impeachment’s Beanie Feldstein as Fanny Brice, with five-time Emmy winner Jane Lynch (Glee) playing her mom and Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables) as Nick Arnstein.
ABOVE & BEYOND ON BROADWAY
When mere snippets of escapism no longer suffice, it’s time to cut the reality cord and head to Broadway’s fantasy other-worlds: the breathtaking Pride Lands of The Lion King, Aladdin’s fictional town of Agrabah (where a genie and flying carpets are standard issue), the Land of Oz and Shiz University where Elphaba and Glinda are roomies in Wicked, and, of course, Hogwarts, providing the backdrop for two young wizards to push the boundaries of magical shenanigans in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
FOREVER FABULOUS: EDITOR'S PICKS FOR BROADWAY (ON AND OFF)
Theatre lovers know how easy it is to become obsessed with certain shows. Here are a few of my personal favorites:
- Come From Away. Uplifting & unforgettable.
- Company. Tony winners Katrina Lenk and Patty LuPone in a Sondheim classic.
- SIX. Henry VIII’s wives as tell-all Tudor rock stars.
- Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. No one like her…never will be.
- ¡Americano! A Dreamer’s inspirational tale.
- Blue Man. Iconic, cobalt, off-the-wall.
- Jersey Boys. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons bio.
- The Play that Goes Wrong. Farce on steroids.
Read on for the full rundown of shows and theatres across Broadway and beyond.
53% OF (Second Stage Theater’s McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway) The president is coming to town, and the good ladies of Bethlehem, PA are planning a hero’s welcome; later, their husbands drink and posture during his swearing in. And in Brooklyn, a group of 20-something white women gather to plan… a revolution? Or is it a ritual to absolve their own guilt? Thru 7/10. (2ST.com)
300 el x 50 el x 30 el (BAM’s Harvey Theater at the BAM Strong, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn) With some OT inspiration (the title refers to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark), Belgian theater collective FC Bergman transform the theater into a village in the woods. As a film crew circles the scene, the stories luring behind closed doors build to a fever pitch in the face of an oncoming flood. Part of Next Wave 2022. Adult content. Running 9/28 thru 10/1. (bam.org)
Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion (Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St.) In her new show, Alison Leiby walks audiences through the stupid minutiae, backwards practices, and surprising perspective that come with exercising your reproductive rights— from a visit to Planned Parenthood to a scary trip to the "Fertility" section of a Missouri CVS to a dozen meltdowns about what to wear to your abortion. Running 8/8 thru 8/26. (ohgodshow.com)
Annie Hamilton: Looking for Papa (Cherry Lane Theatre, 39 Commerce St.) Following a sold-out run at the Jane Hotel, Annie Hamilton brings her solo show to the historic Cherry Lane Theatre. 7/11 thru 7/18. (cherrylanetheatre.org)
As You Like It (Delacorte Theater in Central Park) Public Works’ musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy brings together a diverse ensemble of professional actors and community members from across New York. Set in the Forest of Arden, the leading characters, forced from their homes, discover a community of acceptance and transformational love. 8/10 thru 9/11. (publictheater.org)
Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge (Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) Noted theater company Elevator Repair Service applies its trademark verbatim textual technique to the1965 debate between writer James Baldwin and ultra-conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. on whether “the American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro”. The production concludes with an imagined scene between Baldwin and his close friend Lorraine Hansberry. 9/24 thru 10/16. (publictheater.org)
The Bedwetter (Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St.) Based on the bestselling memoir of the same name, this new musical zeroes in on 10-year-old Sarah whose secret shame is spelled out in the title. Thru 7/10. (atlantictheater.org)
Between the Lines (Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, 305 W. 43rd St.) This empowering and enchanting new musical for any of us seeking to find our place in the world follows Delilah, an outsider in a new school who seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. But as the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur in extraordinary ways, Delilah has to confront whether she alone has the power to rewrite her own story. Thru 10/2. (betweenthelinesmusical.com)
A Black and White Cookie (The Tank Theater, 312 W. 36th St.) After conservative African American Harold Wilson reopens his NYC newsstand post-pandemic lockdown, a rent increase forces him to retire to Florida. Enter Albie Sands, an eccentric 1960s Jewish radical, who persuades him to fight the landlord. The two form an unlikely friendship that shows there is more that unites us than divides us. Running 7/14 thru 7/28. (thetanknyc.org)
Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St.) (105 mins., no intermission) No plot, dialogue, or ripped from headlines drama, just a romp and a half orchestrated by three blue-hued alien dudes. This long-running Off-Broadway show and international sensation combines music, paint drums, snacks, high-tech hijinks, and unpredictable physical comedy. (blueman.com)
Bluey’s Big Play the Stage Show (Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater) In this theatrical take on the Emmy-winning animated TV series, audiences get to see Bluey, Bingo, Bandit, and Chilli as they’ve never seen them before—on stage! Featuring puppetry, live actors, iconic sets, and new music, the show follows Bluey and Bingo as they pull out all kinds of games and cleverness to get Dad off his bean bag! Running 11/18 thru 11/20. (msg.com/bluey)
The Butcher Boy (Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.) In this musical adaptation, Francie Brady lives in a comic book dreamland with his best friend Joe in a gossipy Irish village in the 1960s. But when he taunts a newcomer, his uptight mother calls Francie’s family a bunch of pigs. This triggers a violent pig obsession, which grows as Francie’s life falls apart around him. Running 7/21 thru 9/11. (irishrep.org)
Cascando (Outdoors in Greenwich Village) A line of black-cloaked, hooded figures move through Greenwich Village, guided by the words of Irish playwright and poet Samuel Beckett. Audience members, wearing headphones, take part in the guided processional performance and rhythmic group walk as the listen to the voices of Irish actors from Dublin’s Pan Pan theatre. Running 6/21 thru 7/3. (nyuskirball.org)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theater at St. Clements, 423 W. 46th St.) Tennessee Williams’ classic, set on Big Daddy Pollit’s 65th birthday, the play centers on the tempestuous relationship between his alcoholic, former star athlete son, Brick, and his fiery wife, Maggie; his scheming elder son Gooper and his wife Mae; and the diagnosis of Big Daddy’s terminal cancer. Running 7/15 thru 9/14. (ruthstage.org)
Chain Theatre Play Festival (Chain Theatre, 312 W. 36th St.) This festival of live performances created by independent artists features over 30 short plays and two full-length premieres, including the NYC premiere of Eric Bogosian’s 1+1, and the world premiere of Glynn Cosker’s Masked, a family drama chronicling the intimate dynamics of a family during the shutdown. 7/8 thru 7/24. (chaintheatre.org)
Chains (Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St.) This drama, capturing the stories of a handful of ordinary people yearning for less ordinary lives, became the surprise breakthrough work for British playwright Elizabeth Baker, turning her from a $5 a week stenographer into an overnight literary success in 1910. Running thru 7/17. (minttheater.org)
Chamber Magic (Lotte New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave.) Theatregoers, dressed to impress in cocktail attire, experience the mystifying artistry of Steve Cohen in an elegant and intimate salon within the legendary New York Palace. Recreating the up-close parlor entertainment of Manhattan in the early 20th century, Cohen conjures, mind-reads, and performs sleight of hand, along with a trick called Think-A-Drink. (chambermagic.com)
Photo by Jenny Anderson.
Chasing Andy Warhol (Walking tour beginning at 26 Astor Place). This unique multimedia piece features scenes inspired from Warhol’s enigmatic life. It unfolds on the streets, behind windows of area businesses, and inside secret locations along the route, using a blend of immersive theatre, dance, film, art, and puppetry to peek into the life of the iconic and mystifying artist. Thru 8/21. (batedbreaththeatre.org)
Circus Abyssinia (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) Celebrating Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu's trailblazing 1992 gold medal win, the production excites with juggling flags and flames to the sounds of ’70s funk and modern-day Ethio-pop. This tribute to teamwork showcases the incredible athleticism and artistry of Ethiopian circus and the pride that Tulu’s triumph inspired. 12/9 thru 1/1/23. (newvictory.org)
Colorblind (Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St.) Following the life of Mr. Clinton Muhammad, controversial spiritual leader of the Minority Empowerment Movement, this new play about racial inequality in America tackles the issues from every angle, presenting a story of love, patriotism, betrayal, violence and redemption, including the question, “Does love care about ethnicity?”. (colorblindoffbroaddway.com)
Committed (Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.) A work of historical fiction about the last two days of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh's life. When his highly controversial documentary causes a violent uproar, Theo’s downward spiral brings to light the collision of his radical temperament and unyielding vision with modern political realities and the inevitable tragedy when the two clash. Running 9/22 thru 10/9. (theaterforthenewcity.net)
Complicity (New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St.) In 2018, an actress, along with her sister/agent and a top female producer, seek advancement in the film industry only to find themselves navigating a system of complicity surrounding a predator. It’s a story that asks should women holding women accountable for enabling the open secret of sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood to run rampant. Running 9/28 thru 10/16. (edentheater.org)
Cookin’ (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) Working against the clock to prepare a wedding feast, four zany chefs make a manic menu of non-stop, high-speed action that whips up into an all-you-can-eat frenzy of martial arts and Korean samul nori drumming. The explosive percussion show that sliced, diced and banged its way across the globe is back! 10/14 thru 10/30. (newvictory.org)
Corsicana (Playwrights Horizons, Mainstage Theater, 416 W. 42nd St.) In this world premiere production, a woman with Down syndrome and her brother find themselves unmoored following their mother’s death. Enter a close family friend who introduces them to a recluse artist and a story unfolds about caretaking and caregiving. Thru 7/10. (playwrightshorizons.org)
Crossing the Line Festival (Various venues throughout Manhattan) This annual international arts festival produced by the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIFA) features a number of exciting performances, including five impressive theatre pieces. For dates, descriptions and venues, please visit their website. 9/9 thru 10/28. (fiaf.org/2022-crossing-the-line-festival)
Cymbeline (NY Classical Theatre, various parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn) (2 hrs., no intermission) In this free-to-the-public production, the intrigue and drama of William Shakespeare’s 1611 romantic adventure is performed by seven energetic actors. Running thru 7/10. (nyclassical.org)
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Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Stage Musical (The Hundred Acre Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St.) This magical new story is told with life-size puppets of the A.A. Milne characters that have enchanted children for generations. Pooh and Christopher Robin, along with Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, Owl and Tigger, come together in a modern narrative featuring an original score and songs from the animated feature, including “Winnie the Pooh”,”The Blustery Day”, and A.A. Milne's “The More It Snows.” Running 6/18 thru 7/31. (winniethepoohshow.com)
El Otro Oz! (Various locations across the five boroughs) From Theater Works USA come this free theater/ fiesta and journey infused with salsa, merengue, and Mexican folk music. It centers on Dora, a Latiné teen struggling with her family’s ideas about tradition. As her 15th birthday approaches, she gets swept away to a strange new land where she learns to celebrate her unique rhythm and embrace her cultural identity. Thru 7/10. (twusa.org/family-summer-theater)
The Elephant in the Room (59E59 Theaters, 50 E. 59th St.) A one-woman dark comedy about your typical Indian metalhead who defies her family by quitting her IT job in India and moving to the U.S. to pursue an acting career. A funny, tumultuous ride through immiscible cultures, unforgettable love, irreparable loss, and the desperation of not belonging anywhere. Running 7/15 thru 7/24. (priyankashetty.com)
Emmy Blotnick (Cherry Lane Theatre, 39 Commerce St.) Coming off the release of her debut comedy album “Party Nights”, standup/actress/writer Emmy Blotnick serves up an evening of comedy. 7/19 thru 7/22. (cherrylanetheatre.org)
Epiphany (Lincoln Center Theaters’ Mitzi Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St.) An uncanny evening. Snow falls softly. An eager host gathers old friends to try and resuscitate a forgotten tradition. But when the guest of honor is unusually late, the group becomes unmoored. And there might not be enough wine, or goose, or time to fend off the long-neglected questions that now haunt their souls. From 5/19. (lct.org)
The Fire This Time Festival (Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St.) FRIGID New York’s 13th annual edition of The Fire This Time Festival features both full-length and 10-minute plays. For a full roster of shows, their descriptions, and dates, please visit the festival website. Running 7/7 thru 7/10. (firethistimefestival.com)
Friends! The Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach Theater, 210 W. 50th St.) The unauthorized comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends celebrates the adventures of Ross, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. The show recreates favorite moments from all 10 seasons of the iconic sitcom through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp! (ticketmaster.com/friends-the-musical-parody-new-york)
Hamlet (BAM’s Harvey Theater at the BAM Strong, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn) From its mud-splattered, rain-soaked opening, Thomas Ostermeier’s Hamlet delivers on its reputation as one of the great interpretations of Shakespeare. Pop music, drag shows, and courtly duels coexist in riotous harmony in the German auteur’s legendary production, which finally comes to New York after traveling the globe to international acclaim. Running 10/25 thru 11/5. (BAM.org)
Happy Life (Walkerspace, 46 Walker St.) Loosely inspired by the Hello Kitty murder, a violent abduction and killing of a nightclub hostess, this new play by Kathy Ng, set in a Hong Kong apartment haunted by its previous tenants and previous deaths, grapples with the harsh realities of loneliness and those on the fringe of society. Running 7/22 thru 8/6. (thehearththeater.com)
Here There Be Dragons—A New Musical Quest (The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St.) In this new musical, it’s the night before their college graduation and a group of Dungeons and Dragons players must contend with their anxieties, fears, and obstacles, manifested as fantasy monsters and locales, to discover what their futures may hold. Running 6/16 thru 7/17. (terisandoneill.com/heretherebedragons)
Hooded; Or Being Black For Dummies (Asylum Theatre, 306 W. 26th St.) Marquis is a book smart prep-schooler living with his adoptive white family in upscale suburbs; Tru is a street savvy kid from Baltimore’s inner city. Their worlds overlap in a holding cell—a first for Marquis, who has been protected by his family’s privilege, but all too familiar to Tru. They butt heads, debate, wrestle, and ultimately prove Nietzsche and Tupac were really saying the same thing. Running 6/11 thru 7/3. (59e59.org)
HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis (Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E. 15th St.) From improv legend Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and master hypnotist Asad Mecci comes a totally unique and completely unforgettable theatrical experience combining both art forms. Once Mecci finds 4 or 5 hypnotically receptive audience volunteers, the group joins Mochrie to improvise the rest of the show while fully under hypnosis. Running 8/12 thru 10/30. (hyprov.com)
The Inconvenient Miracle: A Mysterious Birth Musical (Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 E. 29th St.) When Abigail, a self-described prophet, declares that Vanessa, the lone atheist, will be the next Virgin Mary, Vanessa punches Abigail, ending her in detention with Sister Florence, who’s been begging God for any sign of His existence. Vanessa may be the miracle Florence is looking for, but not in the way either of them expected. 8/11 thru 8/27. (inconvenientmiracle.com)
Irregulars (Cherry Lane Theatre, 39 Commerce St.) Set in the kitchen of a Brooklyn brownstone, an Italian-American family gathers on the 5th anniversary of the patriarch’s death to fulfill his last wish: to scatter his ashes. But when it comes out his widow has forgotten where she hid them, chaos ensues as the family tries to a) find them. and b) discover her reasons for hiding them. 7/14 thru 7/17. (cherrylanetheatre.org)
Jes Tom: Less Lonely (Cherry Lane Theatre, 39 Commerce St.) Actor/writer/comic Jes Tom presents an hour of standup comedy on sex in the face of death, gender transition on the brink of oblivion, and the search for love at the end of the world. 7/13 thru 7/15. (cherrylanetheatre.org)
Just for Us (Greenwich House Theater, 27 Barrow St.) After a string of anti-Semitic abuse is directed at Alex Edelman online, he decides to covertly attend a gathering of White Nationalists in New York City and comes face to face with the people behind the keyboards. The result is a hair-raising encounter that offers a final, jaw-dropping twist. Running 6/15 thru 7/23. (justforusshow.com)
Kinky Boots (Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St.) Harvey Fierstein and Cindy Lauper’s Tony & Olivier-winning musical in its Off-Broadway debut. Based on true events, the story follows Charlie, a factory owner struggling to save his family business and Lola, a fabulous entertainer with a groundbreaking idea: to create a line of sturdy stilettos for drag performers! From 7/26. (kinkybootsthemusical.com)
Lambs to Slaughter (Cherry Lane Theater, 38 Commerce St.) A single mother who has lost her older son to gun violence must navigate the mourning process with the help of an upstairs neighbor and an ex-lover. She fears failing her younger son, who wrestles with his own demons and guilt. 6/16 thru 7/3. (nec.org)
A Little Life (BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn) Based on the award-winning novel by Hanya Yanagihara and adapted for the stage by director Ivo van Hove, the play follows the complex relationships between four ambitious friends—a lawyer, an actor, an architect, and an artist—as they unfold over more than three decades, from college through the pressures of middle age in New York City. Running 10/20 thru 10/29. (BAM.org)
Skylar Astin in Little Shop of Horrors. Credit: Emilio Madrid.
Little Shop of Horrors (West Side Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St.) The wildly acclaimed Tony-winning musical revival is now a long-running Off-Broadway hit with Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard as Audrey and two-time Tony winner Christian Borle as Orin Scrivello, D.D.S. et al. The story follows hapless flower shop employee, Seymour, who finds himself trapped under the blood-thirsty fronds of the plant he's named Audrey II, after the girl of his dreams. (littleshopnyc.com)
Love All Alices (Connelly Theater, 220 E. 4th St.) A live play by Lavinia Jones Wright telling the story of legendary New York City acting teacher Alice Spivak, who taught for more than 60 years and died in 2020 at the age of 85. Composed of the greatest stories of Spivak’s life, the play is performed by actors who knew her. Over two nights the play will be shot and incorporated into an upcoming documentary film of the same name. 8/11 & 12 only. (tickettailor.com/events/loveallalices/724537#)
Love Quirks (AMT Theater, 354 W. 45th St.) In this award-winning musical based on actual events, a group of 30-somethings explore the bizarre tribulations of love, friendship, and all the blurry lines in-between. Running 6/16 thru 9/3. (lovequirks.com)
A Man of No Importance (Classic Stage Company, 136 E 13th St.) This acclaimed musical by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally tells the story of an amateur theatre group in 1960s Dublin and their leader, Alfie Byrne (Jim Parsons). Determined to stage Oscar Wilde’s Salome despite objections by local church authorities, Alfie confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name.” Running 10/11 thru 12/4. (classicstage.org)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond St.) Playwright Jethro Compton put a fresh coat of paint on this classic fable, dealing with timeless issues such as racism, guns, and violence in America. This enables the theatrical production to become a live action “Western” that honors the classic film, speaks to modern issues, and touches upon universal themes, such as love and forgiveness. Running 7/8 thru 7/30. (theotheatrecompany.com)
Mister Miss America (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place) It's the 86th Annual Miss Southwestern Virginia Pageant, and Derek Tyler Taylor is fightin' tooth and well-manicured nail to win the crown. But when the road to victory is bumpier than a sock fulla Skittles™, Derek must decide how dirty he's willing to play to make his lifelong dream come true. Written and performed by Neil D’Astolfo (Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News). Running 7/6 thru 7/31. (afo.nyc)
Mo Welch: Mole (Cherry Lane Theatre, 39 Commerce St.) Cartoonist Mo Welch merges her art and comedy into one show about attachment. In the summer of 2021, Mo traveled across the country to reunite with her estranged father of 20 years, inspiring her to tackle other issues in her life, like getting a mole removed from her back. 8/3 & 8/4 only. (cherrylanetheatre.org)
New York Theatre Festival 2022 (Teatro Latea, 107 Suffolk St.) The event’s NY Spring/Summerfest runs between May and July. It is a playwright and musical competition featuring a wide variety shows running between 5 and 90 minutes long in an intimate theatre environment. Running thru 7/3. (newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest)
Next Wave Festival 2022 (Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn) Returning for the first time in three years, BAM brings back celebrated favorites and welcomes new and international artists for thrilling theater, music, and dance engagements. Visit website for full line up with info and dates. Running 7/16 thru 8/28. (BAM.org)
The Nosebleed (Lincoln Center Theaters’ Claire Tow Theater, 150 W. 65th St.) This intimate, darkly humorous autobiography explores playwright/director Aya Ogawa’s fractured relationship with their long-deceased father. Through a series of vignettes, Ogawa reveals the seemingly insurmountable cultural and generational gaps between child and father, and the questions they face in their own motherhood today. The play considers how we inherit and bequeath failure, and what it takes to forgive. Running 9/28 thru 2/22. (lct.org)
Nothing Further (LIC, 5-25 46th Ave., Queens) Based on a true story, Meridith Grundei’s one-woman multimedia performance explores secrets, family history, generational trauma, gender identity, and the need to keep up appearances. It examines the relationship between a daughter and father, a Vietnam veteran who lived with PTSD, and how it affected their family, the community, and subsequent generations. Thru 7/10. (nothingfurther.org)
Notre Dame de Paris (David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza) Written by French musical icon Luc Plamondon with a score by renowned Italian singer Richard Cocciante, this one-of-a-kind theatrical experience has transcended cultural boundaries for over two decades. In it, the passion and complexities of love is captured through music and acrobatic choreography, all performed in front of the iconic French cathedral. Performed in French with English supertitles. 7/13 thru 7/24. (notredamedeparis.com)
On That Day In Amsterdam (59E59 Theatres, Theatre A, 59 E. 59th St.) After a one-night stand in Amsterdam, a refugee from the Middle East wakes up next to an American backpacker. The two set off on a romantic journey through the city, counting down their remaining hours together as they discover the meaning of art, love, and loss. Running 7/23 thru 9/4. (primarystages.org)
The Orchard (Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St.) Conceived, adapted from The Cherry Orchard, and directed by Igor Golyak, the play centers on the fragile world of a family threatened with foreclosure and the loss of their beloved orchard. They face unstoppable, destructive forces that dismantle their lives like the breaking of a string. Running 5/31 thru 7/3. (theorchardoffbroadway.com)
Oresteia (Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave.) Aeschylus’ final play is a searing familial saga that examines the sins of a family over several decades and explores whether justice can ever really be done. Robert Icke‘s Olivier Award-winning adaptation of this moral dilemma comes to the Armory for its North American premiere following sold-out runs in London’s West End. Running 6/9 thru 8/13. ([email protected])
Patience (Second Stage Theater’s McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway) In this sports-inspired fantasia, professional solitaire player is one of the best, but he’s ready to retire and settle into a perfect new house with is husband-to-be. He’s just got to hold it together through one final, career-defining match. 8/2 thru 8/16. (2ST.com)
peerless (59E59 Theatres, Theatre A, 59 E. 59th St.) A darkly comedic twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in the cutthroat world of elite college admissions. The story centers on twin Asian-American siblings who have given up everything to get into The College. When another classmate claims what they feel is rightfully “their spot,” the twins decide they have only one option: murder. Running 9/24 thru 11/6. (primarystages.org)
Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
The Play That Goes Wrong (New World Stages/Stage 4, 340 W. 50th St.) A madcap hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes, this award-winning comedy is bringing down the house—literally—Off-Broadway. It’s opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where an unconscious leading lady, corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything are only some of the hilarious mishaps. (broadwaygoeswrong.com)
Plays for the Plague Year (Joe’s Pub at The Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) During the pandemic lockdown, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks set out to write a play every day, resulting in a chronicle of our collective experience – at once a personal story of one family’s daily lives as well as an account of what we faced a city, a nation and a global community. 11/4 thru 11/27. (publictheater.org)
Prince Charming, You’re Late (Theatre Row, 410 W. 42nd St.) (75 mins., no intermission) Once upon a time a boy named Billy waited patiently for his Prince Charming to rescue him from his life among the commoners. When Billy’s Prince finally arrived, he was a noble, handsome, and downright charming man. Half Billy’s age and straight as an arrow. Billy Hipkins wrote and stars in this one-man middle-age-ed cautionary tale warning us to be careful who you crush on, or you might just get crushed. Thru 7/23. (tigerbearproductions.com)
Queen (A.R.T./New York Mezzanine Theatre, 502 W. 53rd St.) After years researching vanishing bee populations across the globe, PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel are about to publish a career-defining paper, when Sanam stumbles on an error in their calculations that could damage their reputations, careers, and friendship. Should she look the other way or stand by her principles and accept the consequences? Running 6/10 thru 7/2. (naatco.org)
Queerly Festival (Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St.) FRIGID New York’s annual celebration of all things LGBTQ+, Queerly strives for diversity on and off stage and provides a space for queer artists who’ve rarely or never seen their identities portrayed on stage to be able to represent themselves and tell their stories, their way. Visit website for productions and playing schedules. Running 6/15 thru 7/3. (frigid.nyc/festivals/queerly)
A Raisin in the Sun (Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) In this innovative new production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama, Lena Younger is ready to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped Chicago apartment, however her son, Walter Lee, has other ideas. 9/27 thru 11/6. (publictheater.org)
Rakugo (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) Master Storyteller Katsura Sunshine returns to New York with his acclaimed work. With a minimal set, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in a kimono, kneeling on a cushion, and using only a fan and a hand towel for props; Sunshine entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by traditional stories. (rakugo.lol)
Randy’s Dandy Coaster Castle (A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd St.) The complex and darkly comedic lives of five coworkers doing their best to hold a scrappy amusement park together. Working at Randy's is no joke, but this little piece of life, detailing the experience of a day job that's also killing you, is too funny and relatable not to leave you laughing through the cringe. (eggandspoontheatre.org)
Richard III (Delacorte Theater in Central Park) Celebrating 60 years of Free Shakespeare in the park, the play follows the political machinations of one the Bard’s most iconic villains as Richard’s manipulative power lust drives him to kidnapping and murder leading up to and after his acquisition of the throne. Starring Tony nominee Robert O’Hara in the title role. Running thru 6/21 thru 7/17. (publictheater.org)
The Rise and Fall of Jean Claude Van Damme (The Pit Loft, 154 W. 29th St.) Told largely through puppets that beat the crap out of each other. Stylistically inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s work, especially “Breakfast of Champions,” the show centers on 80’s/90’s action icon Jean Claude Van Damme. It’s a redemption tale, or a cautionary tale, or a comedy of manners, or hard-hitting melodrama…and mostly absurd. Running 6/24 thru 7/17 (thepit-nyc.com)
Romeo and Juliet (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) Set in the contemporary chaos of a Southern city steeped in class and racial conflict, two star-crossed souls collide and fall fast in love, only to take their own lives in a tragic twist of fate. A fresh look at Shakespeare’s cataclysmic romance. Playing in repertory with the Three Musketeers. 11/11 thru 11/20. (newvictory.org)
Seagull (NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place). Elevator Repair Service returns with Anton Chekhov’s classic about artists in life and love. Blurring the line between the play itself and an informal chat with the audience, ERS’s venturous approach to the text twists truth into lies and fact into fiction as actors become characters who become actors who become characters. Running 7/7 thru 7/31. (nyuskirball.org)
Sesame Street the Musical (Theater Row, 410 W. 42nd St.) Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, Gabrielle, and a host of Honkers, Martians and other favorites appear onstage in their very own musical! Special guest stars from Broadway and beyond join the gang in this unique show featuring Sesame Street’s classic songs and new numbers created especially for this production. 9/8 thru 11/27. (sesamestreetmusical.com)
Sistas! The Musical (Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St.) After a matriarch’s death, the women in the family clean Grandma’s attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of Black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the '60s to the empowerment of the '90s. Featuring 40 hit songs by such black legends as Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys, and The Supremes. (sistasthemusical.com)
Photo by Robin Roemer.
Sleep No More (McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St.) This award-winning theatrical experience tells Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth through a darkly cinematic lens. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, ensuring that everyone’s journey is different and unique.(mckittrickhotel.com)
Snow in Midsummer (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.) When a wealthy businesswoman takes ownership of a factory in a drought-devastated town, she learns of a curse placed on the town by a woman executed for a crime she did not commit. Weaving together parallel stories in a community torn apart by injustice and ecological disaster, the play is a spellbinding ghost story that explores the weight of generational trauma and restorative justice. Running thru 7/9. (classicstage.com)
Stomp (Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Ave.) (1 hr., 45 mins.) “For us, Stomp has always been about connecting with the audience, having a shared experience with them and celebrating rhythm together. We can’t wait to bring Stomp and New York audiences back together again,” says show co-creators Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell. Clearly, the exuberance of cacophony has returned. (stomponline.com)
Straight Line Crazy (The Shed, 545 W. 30th St.) David Hare’s new play offers an imagined retelling of the arc of Robert Moses’s (Ralph Fiennes) controversial career in two decisive moments: his rise to power in the late 1920s and the public outcry against the corrosive effects of that power in the mid-1950s. It homes in on the power Moses had to manipulate and intimate his way to remaking the city’s parks, bridges and expressways, often at the expenses of disempowered New Yorkers. 10/18 thru 12/18. (theshed.org)
Summerworks (The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd St.) Clubbed Thumb theatre company is back with its festival of new plays. This year’s lineup includes California by Trish Harnetiaux, Spindle Shuttle Needle by Gab Reisman, and Bodies They Ritual by Angela Hanks. For dates and descriptions, visit Clubbed Thumb’s website. Running 5/20 thru 7/2.(clubbedthumb.org)
The Three Musketeers (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) Serving swagger, style and swordplay, The Acting Company mashes up waltz with spoken word and high court drama with high fashion hip-hop in this new adaptation based on the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Playing in repertory with Romeo and Juliet. 11/12 thru 11/27. (newvictory.org)
Tight Five (Cherry Lane Theatre, 39 Commerce St.) A standup comic is given a horrible prognosis, she has an inoperable brain aneurysm. A five-week ticking clock, to be exact. In that same instant, she meets a woman who offers her a Faustian proposal: hand the rest of your life over to me and I'll build a legacy that will last. It works, but at what cost? 7/13 thru 7/17. (cherrylanetheatre.org)
Titanique (Asylum Theatre, 306 W. 26th St.) A musical celebration that turns one of the greatest love stories of all time into a hysterical and joyful slay-fest. Want to find out what really happened to Jack and Rose on that fateful night? Leave it to Céline Dion to casually hijack a Titanic Museum tour and enchant the audience with her totally wild take, recharting the course of Titanic’s beloved moments and characters with her iconic song catalog. Thru 9/25. (housesonthemoon.org)
To My Girls (Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, 305 W. 43rd St.) For one tight group of gay men, a post-pandemic getaway is the perfect chance to reunite, reclaim their time, and replace the gloom with some gossip. But as soon as the drinks start pouring, truths start spilling and this chosen family quickly realizes the world has changed. (2ST.com)
Trevor (Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St.) In this timely musical, 13-year-old Trevor struggles with what it means to become a teenager, including the challenges of harnessing his imagination and homing in on just how to fit in. (trevorthemusical.com)
Twelfth Night (Marcus Garvey Park) The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Free Uptown Shakespeare in the Park kicks off with this Afrofuturistic take on the Shakespeare’s comedy in which separated twins, Viola and Sebastian, wreak havoc, mistaken identities, and, ultimately, romance on Duke Orsino and the woman he loves, Countess Olivia. Running 7/5 thru 7/29. (cthnyc.org)
Under the Dragon’s Tail, 4 Short Plays (Matthew Corozine Studio Theater, 357 W. 36th St.) Snakes, myths, space, and self-help gurus collide in four tragicomic short plays by playwright/director Isaac Byrne. The works – some silly, some searing --are thematically linked by our country’s growing mental health epidemic and our burgeoning relationship with self-help platitudes. 7/20 thru 8/14. (theatre4thepeople.org)
Under the Radar Festival (Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) The Public Theater’s UTR 2023 is built around the enormous changes in theater and performance since 2020. Joyous, outrageous, witty, and powerful, the festival is partnering with stages across the city to highlight and celebrate the innovation and provocation of national and international artists. 1/4 thru 1/22/23. (publictheater.org)
Photo by Joan Marcus.
…what the end will be (Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.) In this new work, three generations of men live under one roof and grapple with their own truths of what it means to be Black and gay. It’s an exploration of pride, pain, and patience through the unflinching eyes of fathers and sons. Running thru 7/10. (roundabouttheatre.org)
Where the Mountain Meets the Sea (New York City Center, Stage I, 131 W. 55th St.) A Haitian immigrant travels from Miami to California on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Years later, his son makes the same journey in reverse. Along the way, blurring the lines of time, these two finally discover common ground and make a connection that has eluded them for decades. Featuring a script by Jeff Augustin and live folk songs from The Bengsons. 10/1 thru 11/27. (manhattantheatreclub.com)
Where We Belong (Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) In this intimate solo piece, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet asks what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world. Moving between England at the height of Brexit and the U.S., she finds comfort in the journeys of her Native ancestors who had to cross the ocean in the 1700s to help her people. 10/28 thru 11/27. (publictheater.org)
The Winter’s Tale (The Clemente’s Parking Lot, 114 Norfolk St.) This new take on Shakespeare’s play is set in contemporary NYC, with King Leontes and his Wall Street cronies, unable to accept truth that is self-evident and issues of probity and deception. "What proof do you need to know something is a lie? And how easily will we accept a lie if it suits our expectations?" he asks. 7/13 thru 7/23. (drillingcompany.org)
Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom (Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.) In this daring theatrical journey into the mind and heart of James Joyce’s Molly Bloom, it’s June 17, 1904, early a.m., when her philandering husband Leopold falls asleep. And Molly patrols the pathways of her wild and leaping consciousness. She is lustful. Scared. Exuberant. Lonely. Reckless. And profoundly funny. Running 6/8 thru 7/17. (irishrep.org)
Be sure to check websites for Covid-related performance cancellations before heading to the theatre, and do have a back-up show or two on your must-see radar!
For the latest news on Broadway scheduling and cancellations, check out this great resource from the Broadway League.
Vaccination and Mask Policy for Broadway Shows in NYC
The owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City will adopt a “mask optional” policy for the month of July. Audience members are still encouraged to wear masks in theatres (some theatre policies may still require masks of audience members).
Audience masking protocols for August and beyond will be evaluated on a monthly basis as we continue to monitor the science and will be announced in mid-July.
For more information regarding safety and safety protocols, please consult your show’s official website or the website of the theatre you are planning to visit. Please verify the theatre policies and requirements before making your purchase.
More information is available here.—The Broadway League