BEING SHAKESPEARE

Simon Callow stars in this new one-man show by the Shakespeare biographer Jonathan Bate, comprised of excerpts, soliloquies, and odes from the Bard’s work. Tom Cairns directs. Opens April 4. (BAM’s Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. 718-636-4100.)

 

BROKE HOUSE

Caden Manson/Big Art Group presents a new piece at Abrons Arts Center, about what happens when disaster strikes. Opens April 6. (466 Grand St. 212-352-3101.)

 

CLYBOURNE PARK

Bruce Norris wrote this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, which expands on Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun.” Pam MacKinnon directs the original cast, from 2010, which includes Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos, and Frank Wood. In previews. (Walter Kerr, 219 W. 48th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

THE COLUMNIST

Manhattan Theatre Club stages David Auburn’s play about the mid-century political writer Joseph Alsop, starring John Lithgow, Margaret Colin, Boyd Gaines, Stephen Kunken, Brian J. Smith, and Grace Gummer. Daniel Sullivan directs. In previews. (Samuel J. Friedman, 261 W. 47th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER

The Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new comedy written by Marc Camoletti (“Boeing-Boeing”), about a web of infidelity among a husband, his wife, his mistress, and his visiting friend. Starring Ben Daniels, Patricia Kalember, Adam James, and Jennifer Tilly; John Tillinger directs. In previews. (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. 212-719-1300.)

 

AN EARLY HISTORY OF FIRE

The New Group presents a drama by David Rabe, set in the early nineteen-sixties, about a Midwesterner who must choose between small-town life and a college girl’s outside world. Jo Bonney directs. Previews begin April 5. (Acorn, 410 W. 42nd St. 212-239-6200.)

 

EVITA

Ricky Martin (as Che), Michael Cerveris (as Juan Perón), and Elena Roger (as Eva Perón) star in a revival of the 1978 musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Michael Grandage directs. In previews. Opens April 5. (Marquis, Broadway at 46th St. 877-250-2929.)

 

GHOST THE MUSICAL

The musical based on the movie, with a book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin and music and lyrics by Dave Stewart (of the Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard, comes to Broadway via London’s West End. Matthew Warchus directs. In previews. (Lunt-Fontanne, 205 W. 46th St. 877-250-2929.)

 

LEAP OF FAITH

Raúl Esparza stars in a new musical, based on the 1992 film, in which a con artist passing for a minister swindles the people of a small Kansas town. With music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Janus Cercone and Warren Leight; Christopher Ashley directs. In previews. (St. James, 246 W. 44th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

THE LYONS

Mark Brokaw directs a Broadway transfer of the comedy by Nicky Silver, starring Linda Lavin and Dick Latessa, in which a family gathers around its dying patriarch. Previews begin April 5. (Cort, 138 W. 48th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

MAGIC/BIRD

Eric Simonson (“Lombardi”) wrote this play, based on conversations with Earvin (Magic) Johnson and Larry Bird. Thomas Kail directs; starring Kevin Daniels (as Magic) and Tug Coker (as Bird). Produced in association with the N.B.A. In previews. (Longacre, 220 W. 48th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

MASSACRE (SING TO THE CHILDREN)

The Rattlestick presents a play by José Rivera, in which seven New Hampshire friends hatch a plot to murder their strange neighbor. Brian Mertes directs. In previews. (224 Waverly Pl. 212-279-4200.)

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Bebe Neuwirth, Christina Ricci, David Greenspan, Anthony Heald, and Taylor Mac star in the Shakespeare comedy, presented by Classic Stage Company. Tony Speciale directs. In previews. (136 E. 13th St. 866-811-4111.)

 

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

In this musical comedy, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Joe DiPietro, a bootlegger (Kelli O’Hara) meets a Long Island playboy (Matthew Broderick) on the weekend of his wedding. Kathleen Marshall directs and choreographs. Also starring Estelle Parsons and Judy Kaye. In previews. (Imperial, 249 W. 45th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

NINTH AND JOANIE

Kevin Corrigan and Bob Glaudini star in the Labyrinth Theatre Company production of Brett C. Leonard’s new play, which follows the lives of a grieving father and his dissipated son in South Philadelphia in 1986. Mark Wing-Davey directs. Previews begin April 5. (Bank Street Theatre, 155 Bank St. 212-352-3101.)

 

ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS

Nicholas Hytner directs the National Theatre of Great Britain production of Richard Bean’s comedy. Previews begin April 6. (Music Box, 239 W. 45th St. 212-239-6200.)

 

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER

Roger Rees and Alex Timbers direct the play by Rick Elice, about the early life of Peter Pan, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. In previews. (Brooks Atkinson, 256 W. 47th St. 877-250-2929.)

 

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

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