The recent arrival of a powerful new production:

On Broadway:

The Who’s Tommy (Rock Musical):  Opened Thursday, March 28th, 2024 at the Nederlander Theatre. This new production of the iconic rock opera by The Who, with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, tells the story of a deaf, blind, and mute young man named Tommy who overcomes his limitations and becomes a pinball champion. Directed by Des McAnuff.

Reception of The Who’s Tommy, from critics:

  • “The new staging by Des McAnuff is a marvel of theatrical invention, bursting with color, energy, and sheer rock-and-roll exhilaration.” – The New York Times
  • “While the story itself might feel a tad dated, the power of The Who’s music and the show’s undeniable theatricality make this a thrilling night out.” – Variety

Looking Ahead (April 7th – June 6th, 2024)

Eight exciting productions are on the horizon for the next two months! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming to Broadway and Off-Broadway:

Broadway:

  • The Outsiders (Musical):Opens Thursday, April 11th at the Shubert Theatre. This highly anticipated stage adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s classic coming-of-age novel, with music and lyrics by Justin Paul and Pasek F. Benj and book by Idris Elba and Johan Larson, follows the rivalry between the Greasers and the Socs, two teenage gangs in 1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.
  • Lempicka (Play):Opens Sunday, April 14th at the Golden Theatre. This captivating play by Elaine May explores the life and art of Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish Art Deco painter known for her bold portraits and flamboyant lifestyle. Directed by Michael Blakemore.

Off-Broadway:

  • Agreement (Drama):Opens Thursday, April 11th at Irish Arts Center. A timely drama by Vanessa Garcia about a married couple navigating the complexities of international adoption. Directed by Jaime Castañeda.
  • King Lear (Play):Opens Wednesday, April 17th at The Public Theater. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about an aging king who divides his kingdom amongst his daughters with disastrous results. This new production stars Oscar nominee Ruth Negga as King Lear. Directed by Oskar Eustis.
  • Mad Hatter Musical (Musical):Opens Tuesday, April 30th at New York Theatre Workshop. A world premiere musical based on the life of Lewis Carroll and the fantastical world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Featuring music by Rachel Carvin and book and lyrics by Melissa James Gibson. Directed by Moisés Kaufman.

Plus, three more shows to tantalize your theatrical taste buds!

  • Soft Power (Comedy):Opens Friday, May 3rd at Playwrights Horizons (Peter Jay Sharp Theater). A hilarious new satire by Tanya Saracho about a struggling American theater company that attempts to win back international funding with a controversial play. Directed by Mark Wing-Davey.
  • Cry, Wolf (Drama):Opens Monday, May 13th at MCC Theater (The Newman Theater). A powerful drama by Rajiv Joseph that explores themes of race, privilege, and the complexities of friendship on a college campus. Directed by Kimberly Gee.
  • Facsimile (Play):Opens Tuesday, May 28th at The Atlantic Theater Company (The Linda Gross Theater). A thought-provoking play by Deborah Zoe Laufer that examines the ethics of artificial intelligence and the nature of human connection. Directed by Trip Cullman.

Remember, this is just a glimpse into the vibrant theater scene that awaits! Stay tuned for more updates on exciting new shows and don’t forget to check your local listings for the latest information.

(Article written with Gemini and Perplexity.)

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