Here’s a compilation of new Off-Off-Broadway and Off-Broadway (and one on Broadway) shows:

  1. Bardcore (Episodic Theatre Project) (Comedy): Written by The Episodic Theatre Project ensemble, this comedic play follows the fallout of a polyamorous breakup at a Renaissance Faire. The play is divided into five episodes, each exploring a different stage of grief, with leading cast members Major Curda, Charlie Foster, Leah Getz, and Alyssa James. Directed by Ellis Stump, Melissa Lewyn, Maya Davis, Lee Melillo, and Jean Carlo Yunén Arostegui, Bardcore runs at UNDER St. Marks (94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009) from April 25 to May 16 (every Thursday at 7:30 pm). Tickets are $15 and available at https://www.frigid.nyc/event/6897:651/. –Emily Owens
  2. Bring Them Back (Meta Dark Comedy): Playwright and Director David Willinger brings us Bring Them Back, a dark comedy about screenwriter Paul (played by Paul Korzinski) who attempts to bring back deceased loved ones through a faulty Cabalistic ritual. Carole Forman* co-stars as Trudy. The play explores themes of loss, aging, and unfinished business. Bring Them Back runs at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003) from May 9-19 (Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm). Tickets are $18 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors (Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission).–Paul Siebold
  3. Odd Salon NYC: Blunder (Live Performance & Watch Party): Curated by Olivia Owre-Bell (Odd Salon Co-Producer), Odd Salon NYC: Blunder is an evening featuring six speakers sharing strange-but-true stories on historical blunders, scientific mishaps, and social faux pas. The event offers both an in-person experience at Under St. Marks (94 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10009) and a livestream watch party at St. Dymphna’s (117 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009) on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Tickets are $25 in-person, $20 streaming (available at https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/FRIGID-New-York-to-Present-ODD-SALON-BLUNDER-at-UNDER-St-Marks-20240416). (Run Time: Approximately 2 hours)–Emily Owens
  4. Unbroken Blossoms (East West Players) (Historical Drama): Written by Philip W. Chung and directed by Jeff Liu, Unbroken Blossoms is a historical drama about the challenges of Asian American representation in Hollywood during the silent film era. The play dives into the making of the silent film “Broken Blossoms.” Leading cast members include Gavin Kawin Lee, Ron Song, Arye Gross, Alexandra Hellquist, Conlan Ledwith, Paul Dateh, Ty Aldridge, and Valerie Rose Lohman (understudies). Show Dates are from June 27 to July 21 (various times) at the David Henry Hwang Theater (120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Tickets range from $39 to $69 (discounts available) and can be purchased at https://www.eastwestplayers.org/unbroken.–TJ Ramirez and Peter Goldman
  5. Blue Man Group: Sensory-Friendly Performance (Theatrical Show): A sensory-friendly performance designed for autistic and sensory-sensitive audiences. Partnering with YAI (YAI Network of Agencies), the Blue Man Group offers a modified version of their theatrical show featuring reduced sound and light levels, limited audience interaction, and quiet areas outside the theater. This special performance takes place on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 pm at the Astor Place Theatre (434 Lafayette Street, New York, NY). Special pricing is available for tickets, which can be purchased at https://www.blueman.com/new-york/buy-tickets/sensory-friendly. (Run Time: 90 minutes with strobe lights)–Christian Heino
  6. A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical (Broadway Musical): This upcoming Broadway musical chronicles the life and career of legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. The story unfolds through the eyes of his four wives, highlighting their influence on him. While the show’s creative team is still under wraps, Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart is confirmed to star as Armstrong. Book writer Aurin Squire weaves the narrative around songs made famous by Armstrong. Directed by Christopher Renshaw (who co-conceived the musical with Andrew Delaplaine), A Wonderful World is set to premiere later this year. Previews begin on October 16, 2024, with an opening night scheduled for November 11, 2024. The show will be staged at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street, New York, NY). Tickets will go on sale soon at CriterionTicketing.com. (Please note: This is a Broadway production, not an Off-Off-Broadway show.)–Jim Byk

 

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