Discovering the vibrant landscape of Off-Off Broadway reveals a tapestry of diverse narratives and artistic innovations that defy conventional norms. Here’s a glimpse into the upcoming performances that promise to captivate audiences with their unique storytelling and creative prowess.

Off and Off-Off Broadway Shows

    1.  Laura Benanti: Nobody Cares The Tony Award winner presents her own story, a comedic gem infused with original music created alongside Todd Almond. Directed by Annie Tippe, the show stars Laura Benanti alongside “Inner Demons” Barrie McLain and Chelsea Lee Williams. This captivating production delves into Benanti’s illustrious career, from her early days as an ingenue to her current status as a seasoned performer.

Catch this limited engagement from May 9 to June 2, 2024, spanning 18 performances only, at Audible’s Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, New York City). Press inquiries are handled by Chris Boneau, Michelle Farabaugh, and Angela Yamarone of Audible Theater.

For those unable to attend in person, a recording of the live performance will be available globally on Audible as an Audible Original starting May 9, 2024–Michelle Farabaugh

  1. A Final Toast by Michele A Miller

The world premiere of “A Final Toast” by Michele A Miller, directed by Kathy Curtiss and presented by Renaissance Now Theatre & Film, unfolds at the Chain Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10018) from May 10 to 26, 2024. This poignant comedy delves into the intricate dynamics of families dealing with mothers entering dementia, featuring a stellar cast including Jana Robbins as Blanche, Jolie Curtsinger as Ella, Diane J Findlay as Carol, and Sachi Parker as Alice.–Jonathan Slaff

  1. Issue #9 by Briana Bartenieff

Making its world premiere, “Issue #9” written and directed by Briana Bartenieff, with music composed by J.H. Greenwell, takes the stage at Theater for the New City (155 First Ave.) from April 4 to 21. This horror musical unfolds a tragic tale fueled by adolescent bullying and the obsession with unattainable beauty ideals, leading to revenge and family tragedy.–Jonathan Slaff

  1. The Miser by Molière (adapted by David Chambers)

Experience the re-imagined version of Molière’s “The Miser,” adapted by David Chambers and directed by Lucie Tiberghien. Presented by Molière in the Park, this comedic masterpiece is set at LeFrak Center in Brooklyn, from April 27 to May 19, 2024. Delve into the absurdities and timeless truths of Harpagon’s world, brilliantly portrayed by a talented cast including MaYaa Boateng, Alana Raquel Bowers, Francesca Faridany, Lisa Gorlitsky, Lakisha May, Daniel Pearce, and Calvin Leon Smith.David Gibbs

  1. Segal Center Spring 2024 Season

The Segal Center at CUNY Graduate Center presents a vibrant lineup for Spring 2024, featuring events, readings, film screenings, and discussions around theatre and performance.  Highlights include celebrations of Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek, The New Black Fest, Robert Lyons and the Ohio Theatre, Rasaboxes, Nehad Selaiha, Jon Fosse, Marvin Carlson, World Voices On Migration, and the Segal Center Film Festival.  All events are free and open to the public–Frank Hentschker 

  1. Works & Process Presents Experiments in Opera: The Lives and Dreams of Nikola Tesla

Join Works & Process for an evening of opera in development, “The Lives and Dreams of Nikola Tesla,” featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo. This event, held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Peter B. Lewis Theater (1071 Fifth Avenue, NY), offers a glimpse into the creation of this new opera by Phil Kline and Jim Jarmusch, exploring Tesla’s life and inventions in a post-apocalyptic New York City.

Tickets: $35 to Choose-What-You-Pay URL works and process ON Works & Process worksandprocess.orgMichelle Tabnick 

Be part of Off-off’s vibrant landscape!

(Gemini, Perplexity, and Chat GPT provided writing  for this article.)

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